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Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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83
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446 Ratings
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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 17
Gots: 78 | FT: 2
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: adamette on 07-24-2009

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Ratings: 446 | Reviews: 69
Reviews by rlee1390:
Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, some carbonation, not much head.

S-Nice blueberries, tad bit of honey and wheat, not much though. The blueberry is not artificial at all.

T-Balance of blueberries, slight honey and no bitterness. The blueberry flavor is spot on.

M-Light, not much carbonation.

O-A perfect lawnmower beer. Easily one of the better blueberry beers I've had (Blue Point I'm looking at you)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Brenden
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a clear dark yellow-gold. It forms an off-white head that initially rises to a strong two fingers in height and leaves a thick foam when it recedes. The head that remains drops a good amount of sticky lacing in patches all the way down.
Blueberry is strong off the nose, pouring out of the bottle before I empty it into my glass. That said, for as strong as the blueberry is I have no problem picking out the crackery dry malts that lay down a firm backbone. The blueberry is fresh and there's just enough of a light herbal hops note to this beer to add an element without distracting.
This is one of the better fruit beers out there as far as how flavorful it is, how natural it is, and how all of the different notes integrate together. The blueberry, dry malts and light hops work very nicely. Malts are very wheat-like. I have to give an edge to the aroma only because I get just a hint of graininess coming underneath into the finish.
This is a light ale, and the body is appropriate for the style. It's also pretty smooth. There's something about how the play between the crispness and the herbal dryness, both fine in themselves, seems a little funny to me. I think it may be that they both linger into the finish and, while either by itself is good, there's an interesting sort of clash happening ever so slightly.

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time trying this beer, although it's been around the area for a while in NE Ohio.

Tastes more like an ale to me, good body to the beer and very tasty. The blueberry stays with during the entire glass.

The only other "fruity" beers I've had were infused with lemonade, I definitely prefer this beer over those.

I loved it and will purchase again for sure.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Fat Heads. Review from notes.

A: Poured a clear golden color with a small white head on top with minimal retention that let a thin ring on top. Sporadic/thin lacing formed on the sides.

S: Plenty of blueberry, a surprising amount in fact. A little bit of honey and some grain back it up, but mostly blueberry.

T: Less blueberry and more honey giving it a heavy sweetness. The blueberries are still the dominant flavor, but more like 60/40 as opposed to the 80/20 in the aroma.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: A good fruit beer, just not one I want to drink all the time.

Photo of Dave128
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - nothing special. Not much head. Golden amber in color with a floating haze.

S - Clean nose with lots of berries

T - Similar to the nose, berries and malted barley up front with a bitter honey finish. Not much on hops.

M - Crisp and refreshing. Appropriate for style.

O - I expected less from this beer. I am pleasantly surprised with what it has to offer.

Photo of secondtooth
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean yellow-amber, with a massive head of fine off-white bubbles. I got no lace here!

Nose is an appealing, refreshing rush of sweet berries and a little toastiness. Not bad.

Taste is sweet and tart, but not overbearingly so. I also get more biscuity malts in the mix. Finishes with more tart blueberry goodness and a trace of hops. Very enjoyable and I will try this one again.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale from Fat Head's is ok....but keep in mind I'm not a fruit/lambic fan. Any blueberry beers I would compare with my favorite the Sammy A's blueberry lager. This beer poured a nice clear copper with nice head that is not leaving a lacing. The scent certainly carries blueberries and some biscuit. The taste has blueberry and maybe a touch of sweetness....very dry on the back end with strong alcohol taste for only a 5% abv. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it good and worth a try....just not in my wheel house genre.

Photo of RickS95
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a fruit beer should. Nothing out of the ordinary or outstanding. A light copper color, a rating of 3 out of 10 on the hazy factor, and fairly clear. The head is a bright contrasting white, maybe a finger thick, with the slightest hint of purple on some bubbles. Decent retention and almost no lace.

The smell is fleeting, it's there for a second and then gone. While it's there, it's clearly blueberry with a carbonated soda mixed in.

Tastes much better than I expected after the sight and smell. Instead of fake blueberry syrup, it's got an authentic, real berry taste to it. It's not overpowering like articificial flavoring, instead more of a subtle flavor. The honey is there as well, playing a supporting role for balance.

Some different feelings happening. It's tart and carbonated from the beginning, but never overly so. There's a crispness that develops as the beer works it way toward the back of the tongue. All the while, the fruit and honey display a gentle sweetness to counter the tart a bit. The finish is crisp and dry. Light bodied, the alcohol and any hops never factor in.

Could be worse. It's about 35 degrees out and I'm sure this would taste better if it was 50 degrees warmer out. It's not bad, it actually has some good qualities to it. Fairly easy to drink, particularly if you like fruit beers. The low alcohol and gentle feel make it very sessionable.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale brewed by Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon. This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color with a nice white head. This is an unfiltered brew you can not see thought it. The smell is sweet with berries and grains. I like how this brew is not like most brews on the market. The taste is nice, clean ,smooth, and refreshing. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. No bad aftertaste it clean and smooth. The mouthfeel is nice as well. This is not what I was expecting. I would get this brew again. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5

Photo of Ohiolager
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Aroma is that of a blueberry muffin. Taste is a big let down. Very malty, not much of the aroma carries into the taste. Super subtle blueberry, with a malty crispness. Not my cup of tea. Glad i gave it a shot, but this ones not for me.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold color with some sediment floaties noticeable. There's about an inch frothy off-white head that stays around for a while, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells mostly like blueberries and bready/grainy malt, along with some honey. Taste is just like the aroma, it tastes like blueberries, wheat/grainy malt, and a bit of honey. It really reminds me of eating a blueberry muffin. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's easy to drink with good carbonation. I think it's worth trying, but then I like blueberries too. $1.99 a single.

Photo of Caveworm
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon, recommended by a friend. Poured from what looks to be a semi-squatter (?) bottle into a glass, this brew's head grows from nearly four finger thickness to barely a half in what seemed like no time at all. Very, very impressive lacing and a medium amber body for ol' Bumble Berry.

Smells like blueberries, but not overpowering. Just enough.

Taste is the same, its there but not too much. The same goes here with the honey taste. Both overall do not impede upon the overall taste of the brew itself. A crisp maltiness is also perceived by yours truly. Very refreshing indeed!

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. I mean this is beyond smooth, especially for ANYTHING past 5% abv that I've drank in entire life.

Overall, an outstanding 4 is achieved from Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon, This is just SO refreshing, not overbearing in any aspect. Juuust right. I will buy this brew again, you can count on that.

Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a elongated short flute like glass.

Body color is a muted yellow to brown appearance, quite clear with some cola carbonation. Two finger fluffy white head and a nice cap on tap. Some little bit of thick lacing while drinking. No hint appearance wise this is a fruit beer.

Bouquet shows a sharp and airy hint of flower like blueberry. Perfumey. Real nice aromatics. A hint of crispness fizz but some malt chewy quality also. Pretty impressive.

Palate is quite surprising. Honey angle seems to work more towards palate softness/smoothness than being any hint of sweet. Nice crisp blueberry angle that is much like on the nose. Fresh and floral. Some of the chewy malt sensations missing just slightly.

Overall a unique one in the blueberry realm and quite tasty.

Photo of buschbeer
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tumbler

A - This beer pours amber in color. It is topped with two inches of white head.

S - It smells like blueberries and there is a bready smell that makes it smell almost like blueberry muffins.

T - The taste starts out with blueberry but not an in your face, over the top blueberry taste. It is enough to let you know it is blueberry without overwhelming. I get a sweetness from the honey at the finish, and then it is gone. The finish is clean.

M - Moderate to thin.

O - My girlfriend loves this beer, so I decided to try it. It would probably be more refreshing in the summer, but it was a decent fruit beer.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin Du Monde snifter. The pour is absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful clear orange-gold color with a massive head that has rather poor retentio, but leaves nice lacing on the glass. The nose is all blueberries and crisp wheat. The blueberries smell tart and earthy, not sweet.

Light body and firm mouthfeel. The flavor is crisp and slightly tart and the blueberries are not overdone. There is a dry, cracker-like wheat flavor up front and tart flavors of wild blueberries come in at mid-palate. There is a little bit of hoppy dryness on the finish, but the finish is rather short-lived and the flavors do not linger very long. I know they use honey in this beer, but I am not sure what, if any, contribution it is making to the flavor. There isn't much sweetness in this. It is crisp, wheaty, semi-dry, semi-tart, and quite refreshing.

I really enjoyed this beer from Fat Head's. I have yet to find a blueberry beer that rocks my world, but I could see myself drinking this one often. It is crisp, tart, and refreshing.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel pours a lightly hazed copper color with a very large cap of creamy white head. Retention and lacing both excellent...in fact, it started bubbling out of the bottle a little bit.

Nose is tasty blueberry goodness. Artificial - probably, but thats ok by me...its tough to get much out of blueberries when using the actual fruit. Not much else, maybe a little grains with a touch of honey...but I wouldnt have guessed if it didnt say honey on the label.

Taste is mostly artificial blueberry, but that is a flavor I dont mind at all. The base beer is light and neutral, though not as light as most fruit beers. Mouthfeel is fine, plenty of carbonation. Not bad...not too sweet, not too light. I could drink a few of these on a summer afternoon.

Photo of valkyrx
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I did not enjoy this beer at all.. but it might be my own tastes, might not like fruit beer

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.25 A: Clear yellow orange color. Three fingers of frothy white head. Retention is very good and plenty of lacing is left.

3.75 S: I gotta admit, this smells pretty good. Plenty of blueberry in this. Honey underneath. Despite all the berries, there's still a pleasant neutral maltiness underneath.

3.5 T: Again plenty of blueberry, light honey, and neutral maltiness.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess on this and super smooth.

3.5 D: Pretty good, especially for a fruit beer.

Photo of ike4tay45
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Standard pale ale, orange amber color with a decent head

S- Blueberry, with a sweetness and hint of herbal hop

T- The flavor is a pretty balanced. There is a particular sweetness to it that develops into a blueberry flavor as the beer warms.

M- Light, fizzy and a bit syrupy

Overall- Pretty balanced, with a solid blueberry flavor. Very good beer during the summer months.

Photo of BB1313
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had samples of this over the years at Fat Head's. This is my first time enjoying more than just a sample. This is their first time bottling Bumbleberry.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent burnt golden, small fluffy white head which fades pretty quickly and leaves nice retention and lacing. The aromas are full of fresh blueberries and some fresh corn. The flavors match, but somewhat fall flat. I like how the blueberries don't dominate and let the other qualities shine as well. But don't get it twisted, this is a blueberry beer. The sweetness is there from the fruit and honey, but it's far from tart and cloying. It drinks like a real ale. There's a touch of wheat, hops, malts.. perfect balance. The mouthfeel is great. Moderate carbonation, light, smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Very refreshing.

This is a unique beer from Fat Head's. It truly is refreshing and is perfect to beat the heat.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Here’s hoping this is a blueberry beer that finally works; I’ve had too many bad berry brews.

A: Thin golden body with a shimmer like apple juice. A frothy white head appears quick but lasts long, lingering with a creamy retention.

S: Plump blueberry aromas stay at the top of the nose at every moment, with supporting hints of strawberry. Sweet wheat forms a soft foundation of straw and lemon tea with honey; a mild ale, it seems.

T: At first sip, it’s a blueberry palate with a crisp, trailing graininess, like blueberry cereal. The quick snap of grains is overcome by a vanilla and honey sweetness, a creamy, yogurt-like sweetness that settles lightly on the palate. A finishing touch of bright lemon and acidic berry round this off in slightly tart style.

M: Drinkable but almost overly frothy. If it’s served cold, I’m sure it would pass the hot-day-test, but the carbonation is a little too airy for me at the moment.

O: Success! A tasty blueberry ale. Unfortunately, like most blueberry beers I’ve had, this is a little thin, so I don’t think it’s any more than a light summer beer – a summer beer that’s unique enough, though, to keep me interested.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Bottled on 07/02/13 12:29" appears on the side of the bottle. My wife got me freshly bottled beer again :)

I poured it into a pint glass and got a finger and a half of effervescent nearly-white head. The body is a good amber color with a good amount of bubbles floating upward. The head died down after a minute or so, and while bubbles tried to cling, no lace was noticed.

This one smells sticky sweet. I get honey and blueberry.

The flavor starts off with honey and sweet grass and transitions into buttery crackers. Blueberry pervades the whole flavor, and finishes it off with the crackers.

This beer is rather light bodied, and it leaves a light coating and slightly dry finish. I would call it chug-able.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.26/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Fat Head's.

Pours a light golden color with an ample white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. So far, so good. After that, this was a fruit beer gone all wrong. The nose wreaked of blueberry syrup, which isn't the worst thing in the world for pancakes, but didn't work at all for this beer. There was a touch of honey and some sweet malt meandering in the background, but the strong, strong, strong blueberry presence was about all I can smell.

The taste went along similar lines with the addition of plenty of sweetness. There was a lot of residual sweetness in this. The combination of blueberry and the sweetness plus honey reminded me a bit of drinking the milk of a blueberry cereal. Fond memories of childhood, but not something I'm looking for in a beer. It was simply far too cloying and, aside from that, very one-dimensional. The feel was just too over the top. I really didn't want to drink that much of this.

Moving to the good things, I will say that there were no obvious brewing flaws with this--it simply is a recipe I really did not care for.

Photo of rpmetzler
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Initial honey taste followed by a very subtle blueberry finish that almost comes as a surprise, despite the name of the beer. A very good fruit inspired beer.

Photo of Mikus
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Have looked at this on the shelves for a couple of years. Didn't bite. Fruit not really my thing. However, FH is pretty damn good, so gave it a go when I found a super - fresh bottle. Into the Spiegelau, with a medium amber (reddish in the light) hue. 3 fingers of slightly off white head. Blueberries, blueberries, blueberries. You would think this was a blueberry beer. Nailed it on the nose and the palate. Clean maltiness, hint of flowery honey in the residual lingering. Refreshing and light, not out of place. Maybe not an everyday, but a nice one for a change of pace or the right crowd.

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Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
83 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.