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

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Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry AleBumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 493
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 19
Gots: 97 | FT: 2
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon visit their website
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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Reviews: 69 | Hads: 493
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of raznug
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This beer pours a dark golden color and is topped with 11/4” of off white colored head that tends to last.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is all berries and some malt aroma that blends in ok in the background.
Taste: The flavor is nothing like aroma is all malt with just a little berry mixed in.
Mouthfeel: Bumble Berry is a bit on the thin side but easy to drink due to the fact it is thin. Good try at this style but I have had better.

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Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.


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Photo of DeFaz
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bumble Berry's smell is unremarkable, with a scent of blueberry and not much else. But the taste is interesting, as it starts off sweet and ends tart and is never overpowering. The honey hangs out in the background and compliments the fruit flavor. The mouthfeel is somewhat thicker than your average fruit beer, but it manages to be very drinkable and goes down incredibly easy. The carbonation gives it just enough crispness. Overall, this stands out as one of the better fruit beers and is less sweet than any other blueberry beer I've had. The flavors are natural. Expect to taste much more of the blueberry than the honey.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Pours a nice gold color, nearly clear. Relatively low visible carbonation, but still forms a 1 1/2 finger white foamy head.

S: Huge blueberry, moderate sweetness, just a hint of cracker malt. The fruitiness reminds me almost of fruit salad with blueberry predominance. Nice.

T: Big letdown here. Flat tinny blueberry, decent cracker malt, some honey undertones, and slight hop bitterness in the finish. There's also some astringency here that becomes a big more noticeable as it warms.

M: Light, thin body, decent carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: Probably would never have bought this beer, but I have been SO impressed with Head Hunter's (and I'm very excited for them to come to Florida) that I thought I'd give it a try. This was a miss for me for sure, but honestly, it's far from the worst blueberry ale I've had. Still not sure I could recommend it though.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a full, deep gold with a small head. Head sticks around a short time, then is down to the lacing on the top, that transitions itself to the sides of the glass very well. Body is somewhat hazy.

S- Sweet blueberries all the way through. Scent seems to be somewhat artificially sweet, but still very appetizing. There is a small amount of honey also detectable underneath all of the sweet berry smells.

T- Starts with some mild blueberry flavors that taste way more natural that in the scent. Berries transition into some honey sweetness. More of a hone lager taste from there on out with mild sweetness mixed with some light malts. Finishes clean and refreshing.

M- Light, crisp, and easy to drink. This is the definition of refreshing summer beer. Berries make it sweet and keep you coming back for a little more, while the crisp light malts quench your thirst.

Overall, this is one of the best fruit beers I've had.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-toasted grain, blueberry, touch of sweetness form the honey

T-toasted malt, little too much sweetness from the honey, some blueberry, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, fairly smooth

O-not bad, not as artificial tasting as I thought it would be, might be ice change of pace on a hot summer day

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of milliCAN
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Capital Brewery Tulip.

The head is very abundant and tapers off to an even thin layer with a nice lacing ready for drinking. It's a good looking golden color with bits of sediment and good carbonation. It smells of the obvious blueberry but not obnoxiously. The reason I like this beer is the fact that this beer does not taste like chemical blueberry like 90% of the other attempts at it. There is a hint of white wildflower honey that makes the finish nice and drinkable. Overall a solid beer but I am a sucker for blueberry.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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)

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Photo of RickS95
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a clear honey yellow with a white head that fades quickly. The nose wreaks of artificial pop tart blueberries followed by a touch of honey with a zing. The taste comes on strong with a pronounced honey sweetness followed by blueberry fruitiness that lingers. The mouthfeel is light, drinkable, slightly fruity (not over the top when drinking), but not nearly as dry finishing as I'd hoped/expected. This beer is definitely a summer beer...enjoyed during a Buffalo snow storm... but is not too bad, albeit smells and tastes relatively artificial.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very lightly hazed dark gold. Head is white and drops to a thin cap and collar in short order. No lacing to speak of. Pours a bit heavier than anticipated with a moderate to light carbonation. Looks a bit like honey.

Smell: Blueberry syrup mixed with macerated blueberries. Nice fresh fruit aroma layered over the top of a sugary sweet syrup. Honey pulls through the back giving a slightly floral and earthy tone to the whole thing. Vaguely bready. Some minor citrus in the back. Seriously smells like blueberry pancakes complete with syrup.

Taste: Light pale malt sweetness. A bit of cracker. Blueberry fruity sweetness. Syrupy with a backing punch of honey. Some earthiness and a huge floral note. Very pale, slightly sweet. Blueberry flavor comes across a bit syrupy at the start, but gives way to a fresher, obliterated blueberry complete with skin and flesh. Juicy. Surprising depth. Not overly complex. Touch of citrus hopping in the back.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation runs a bit light. Body is medium but feels a bit thick at times. Nice and clean.

Overall: Willy Wonka made this when he squeezed Violet Beauregarde.

A solid drinking fruit beer. A real fruit flavor with enough of the earthy honey to temper the sweetness. Nice and refreshing. I will always think of this as blueberry pancakes in a bottle.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of siege06nd
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a mostly clear goldenrod. One finger of white head fades to a quarter finger. Lacing is really good.

S. Blueberry is prominent and blends well with grainy, crackery malt. Mild resinous hops in the background.

T. Sweet honey and blueberry with some hop bitterness and slightly dry finish from the malt.

M. Moderate carbonation, perhaps a bit undercarbed as the mouthfeel is slightly cloying and sticky. Flavors are balanced nicely.

O. A very nice blueberry beer. The body carries a little bit more heft than, say, Sweetwater Blue, but still retains the fruity, light refreshing nature I seek in the style. Simple, straightforward, tasty.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a beer exchange. Thanks Chris!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thinned out and left a few spots on the glass.

S - blueberry aroma is nice.

T - the blueberry flavor is just right with a enough of a balance of malt and hops to let you know it's still a beer.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation, it goes down easy.

O - a tasty beer that's worth a try.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of rodlavers
2.66/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a bottle of this into my perfect pint glass. Less than a finger of what head, gone in a few minutes, literally no sign of any head at all...no lacing. Coloring is decent, burnt orange, amber, but it actually looks like it does not have much texture to it...watery looking. Not particularly fond of the smell. Too fruity, but there are some fruit beers I enjoy the smell of, not this. Smells like a lager, almost, with SOME sweetness, not what I anticipated. I guess it's blueberry that I am smelling. Taste is similar, fruit, no honey, which is why I wanted to try this beer. Blueberry, tart, minimal malt character, some hops, not great. Mouthfeel is ruined by the taste. Combination with what generally would be a legit amount of carbonation is off-putting with the taste of this particular beer. Overall, disappointed, considering how much I love Head Hunter. Anyway, glad I tried it, but was looking for more honey. Cheers.

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Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
83 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.