Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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2.2/5 rDev -39.4%
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.
02-24-2011 19:55:51 | More by Thorpe429
3.75/5 rDev +3.3%
This beer poured out as a nice clear golden color with a thin white head on top and 2 blueberries floating on top. Not much lacing or retention here. The smell of the beer is soft and fruity, some sweet grains blending with the blueberry. The taste of the beer is sweet and fruity, it's got a nice wheat/graininess to it also in the finish. There is a very minimal bitterness to the beer. The mouthfeel is soft with a gentle amount of carbonation to it. Overall this beer is quite refreshing, would be awesome in the summer and the addition of the actual blueberries in it were really nice.
09-27-2012 19:54:00 | More by Knapp85
3.31/5 rDev -8.8%
A small white head on a hazy, dark golden body. Glad to see that it isn't purple... A bit of musty wheat and just a hint of fruit. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a bit of malt and honey as well as blueberry in the finish. Not bad for a fruit beer, the blueberry is kind of anemic but decent enough.
07-31-2013 23:55:49 | More by nickfl
3.23/5 rDev -11%
5.3% ABV confirmed. I love the funny label art. "Malt beverage brewed with honey and blueberries." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded yellow pry-off cap acquired in a trade with michaellcoates and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I liked their Headhunter IPA.
Served chilled. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger head of white colour. No real cream. Not very frothy. Thickness is lacking. Above average to pretty good (~4-6 minute) retention. Uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a clear copper. Nicely vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Looks generally good overall. Not unique or speical, but there are no overt flaws.
Sm: Blueberries, artificial fruit syrup, honey, clove honey, clean barley, and neutral malts. Nectary as hell and sweet. Appealing, but it does illicit suspicion; I'm hoping it's not an artificial sugar bomb. Complementary light floral hopping. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Pretty strong.
T: Heavy on the blueberry - which does feel authentic. But there is a bit of artificial fruit syrup character here; fake currants bolster the berry notes. Honey throughout. Clean barley. Neutral malts. It's a pretty simple build, but it's balanced for what it is. By no means too sweet or cloying as I feared, but definitely on the sweeter end of the sweet/bitter scale. Flavour intensity and duration are average. A pleasant, drinkable beer. Not much complexity or subtlety here, but it deliver son its premise. I do like it.
Mf: Very light on the palate. Smooth and wet. Refreshing. Good thickness and body. Fleeting. A bit overcarbonated. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Soft.
Dr: Quite drinkable, but I doubt I'd order a pitcher of this to share with friends. The sweetness would prevent me from wanting more than one in the same night, but I'd get it again if I was in the mood for a light summer beer with a little more flavour than a macro crap lager. Hides its ABV well. This would be a good beer to ease newcomers into craft/micro beer. An interesting brew from Fat Heads.
06-30-2013 23:56:24 | More by kojevergas
3.9/5 rDev +7.4%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big fresh lightly tart blueberry, blueberry skin, honey, light caramel, bread, light grass, and herbal. Very nice aromas with big authentic fruit notes with some good malt balance. Taste of honey, blueberry, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal spiciness. Slight fruit tartness on the finish; Lingering notes of honey, blueberry, cracker, bread, floral, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of breadiness with notes of fruit and honey; with zero cloying sweetness on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, very crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruit beer. Nice amount of well balanced fruit and malty flavors; very crisp and smooth to drink. A very enjoyable and refreshing offering.
01-02-2013 07:35:50 | More by superspak
3.6/5 rDev -0.8%
Fatheads : Bumbleberry
Pours a clear straw with a bone white head. In the nose, blueberries and a bready maltyness. Follows through in the flavor with a nice sweet blueberry note but does not become cloying. A hint of hops and due bitterness is percieved. Overall, an interesting and refreshing fruit beer.
06-07-2011 01:14:18 | More by Stinkypuss
3.99/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
04-01-2014 01:11:42 | More by smakawhat
3.65/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
11-12-2012 23:57:51 | More by mdaschaf
3.6/5 rDev -0.8%
on tap at hawthornes - served in tulip
Bright, clear golden pour with a two-finger crop of white head resting on top, fading into a frothy wave of filmy retention, leaving patches of lacing on the glass.
Juicy berries erupt from the nose, drizzled in honey sweetness with a soft malty undertone. Blueberry and blackberry with soft acidity.
Fruity and sweet right up front with plenty of jammy blueberries and honey. Fairly sweet overall, with a milder cracker malt backbone underneath the fruit and sugar. Finishes with berries and honey.
Lighter medium body, well carbonated, smooth and sticky on the tongue. A pretty refreshing brew for the summer although a bit sweet for my tastes. If you're a fan of blueberries and honey, they pretty much hammered the point home with this one.
06-10-2013 11:25:11 | More by xnicknj
Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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