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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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 19
Gots: 81 | 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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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 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 rodlavers
2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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 Knapp85
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hosehead83
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "stubby' 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a big, billowy head of white foam.
Aroma-Definite blueberry, honey note
Taste-Pilsner malt, cracker, subtle blueberry and honey notes. Very refreshing and sessionable. An interesting choice to have at your next outdoor get-together.

Photo of AwYeh
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my good friend Jesse13713 for splitting a bottle of this with me; served into tulip pint.

A: Pour is mostly clear; amber colored, quite closely resembling an American pale ale. One finger of head tops off the glass, but falls away quite quickly.

S: Faint blueberry flavors show up in the smell, along with wheat and crackers. Quite malt-forward, even if the malts aren't overpowering. I'm not getting much in the way of hops.

T: Big, tart blueberry flavors come through here. While not being a huge fan of fruit beers in general, I'm reviewing this one to style and it's quite solid. I imagine this would be perfect on a hot summer day (rather than the cool summer night I enjoyed it on), and I'm sure it would go over quite well among friends or family who aren't into craft beer even a little bit.

M: Quite dry, probably owing to the honey. Medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Definitely very refreshing.

O: A good beer, I certainly hope it's available if I'm ever in Ohio again on one of those 100 degree days where you can feel the humidity. If not, I have no qualms picking this up and bringing it to any kind of gathering where I can get others into craft beer. By no means do I mean to diminish this beer's quality; it is well brewed and hits the mark it is aiming for, it just so happens that that flavor seems like it would appeal to almost anyone willing to have a beer of any sort. While its bottling may limit its availability on tap, if you do see this one, it's worth checking out.

Photo of thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a plummy light brown with a soppy head that laces very well. Good retention, as in, a small cake of foam remains after almost twenty minutes.

Smells of blueberry bubble gum, clover honey, maltiness, and light grape juice. Not bad, for a fruit beer. As advertised.

Did your parents ever skimp and by Royal gelatin instead of Jell-o? You know their black raspberry variety? This beer tastes a lot like it. There's a husky grain presence that confirms its beeriness. The honey is further removed, yet darker, in the taste. Has a light hop presence in the end, springing forth a floral quality to the beer. Mild notes of orange blossom and peppermint. Lightly piney, like evergreen.

Not that sweet, after all. Brushing carbonation keeps it fascinating. The body is not much to speak of, other than being almost-medium. An impressive feat in drinkability.

Good fruit beer in that it doesn't overdo it. Still has bitterness, still shows some complexity, quality brand... even the beer snob in me can enjoy this one.

Photo of rudzud
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thanks to Miketd for this one. I think this is the best blueberry beer I've ever had. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear golden hue with a nice one finger white head that faded to leave a thick halo and light wisping. Solid retention.

S - Ohhhh yah. Blueberry explosion. Fresh berries and light skin notes. There is some faint grain aroma along with some very faint honey aroma. Loving how blueberry forward this is.

T - A tad too much honey for me that overshines the natural sweetness and deliciousness of blueberries. Blueberries are nice, fresh tasting. Almost dessert like. I get some faint malts and super, super light earthy/grassy hops. Mighty tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is great, not over carbonated, not too sweet. I can definitely see gulping this back on a hot summer day.

O - Overall this was a mighty tasty beer, definitely my favourite blueberry beer to date.

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 Cylinsier
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap

Pours a deep coppery gold with an off-white lacing.

Aroma of blueberries and wheaty malts.

Blueberry and wheat malt with notable clover honey sweetness.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Nice refreshing ale with just the right amount of blueberry flavor. Adds a fruit character without disguising it as anything but beer. Very drinkable and would definitely have one again.

Photo of nrbw23
2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a clear golden color with a hint of amber to it. Nice white head, that has good retention and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Picking up quite a bit of sweetness, honey and blueberry. A touch of malts here too.

T- Taste is blueberries every where. A honey is here too. A good amount of sweetness and bready.

M- Lighter side in body and a good amount of carbonation.

O- Not my type of thing. Better than I expected.

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 ckollias
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this brew out of a pint glass at Fat Head's in the North Olmstead, OH.

A: Golden ale hue with a thick two-finger white head that lingers for while. Five to six blueberries float on top.

S: Strong blueberry aroma with hints of honey and malt sweetness. Not an overwhelming aroma - but decent smell to the nose.

T: A sweet beer with light blueberries and honey flavors and a solid wheat backbone.

M: Light body and heavy carbonation.

D: Overall a pretty good fruit beer. It was easily drinkable and had a nice balance between the blueberries and honey.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fat Heads.

A: Pours a bright crisp yellowish orange color with a thick white foam head. Some spotty lacing. Several blueberries were placed in the beer. Normally I do not want any fruit in my beer, but I did not mind it this time.

S: Blueberry, wheat and some bready undertones.

T: Taste like eating a blueberry muffin. Ample amounts of blueberry up front. There is a slight undertone of wheat and bread.

M: Leaves a clean crisp taste on the palate. A nice light bodied beer.

O: This is one of the better Fruit Beers I have tasted. Not overly sweet. A nice brew for a warm summer day.

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 sitarist
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow color with light copper highlights. Just a bit of head by the time it reached the table. Has a ring that leaves spots of lacing. Three blueberry's float on top.

I smell blueberry, and honey, I can still pick out some nice malt notes as well.

Taste like blueberry's, with hints of honey. Its good though...the blueberry flavors are real and do not cloy, and the honey isn't overly done.

Light, and crisp.

Highly drinkable, even my wife who doesn't enjoy beer said this one was good.

Photo of jampics2
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Fat Heads Cleveland.

This beer just won some award naming it the best summer beer in the world. My sweetheart wanted to try this so we split a glass. The pint glass this came to the table with blueberries floating on top. Nice touch, but a tad hokey.

Looks nice when you get past the gimmick. Light gold/copper color with a small head, this beer has good lacing. Proper looking beer.

Smells of blueberry and honey with just a touch of crystal malt. Very expressive considering the ingredients and the fact this isn't an imperial or artifically flavored.

The smells translate well into the taste. This is not too multi-dimensional, but what it focuses on is a success. Honey (not sweet honey but fermented, leaving wildflower notes) dances with blueberries. The malt is crisp and clean, and there's no noticeable bitterness or alcohol.

Nice carbonation and body. It's light and crisp, and the aftertaste is clean and refreshing. This is very drinkable, probably the most drinkable beer I've had in a while. Really nice one here, not something the beer geeks will eat up, but a beer that is deserving of praise for it's light, refreshing nature.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sugary blueberry, almost like blueberry muffins. In the taste, a nice sweet to dry honey and big blueberries at the end. A nice bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry blueberry aftertaste. Like drinking a blueberry muffin. Not per se, my style, but really nice.

Photo of goblue3509
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold yellow color with a thin head. The aroma is of sweet blueberries and a hint of wheat. The taste is of real blueberries, not an artificial or overly sweet taste. There is a wheat backbone with the blueberries being the main taste. The mouthfeel is crisp and moderately carbonated. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, nothing to dislike about it, it has nice flavor and is an easy drink.

Photo of adamette
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery a few hours ago. Review from notes. Poured into a clean, clear glass. Notes from the brewery: Thirst quenching ale brewed with tart blueberries and Olmsted Falls honey from Jorgenson's Apiary. This friendly ale will buzz around the delicate beer drinkers without stinging them. Waggledance optional.

A Blueberries floating on top of glass (I am not kidding, they float some blueberries on the top of the beer!) with a nice, creamy head.

S Sweet, light blueberries with the backdrop of an ale.

T Basic light ale with Blueberries. The taste was less sweet than the smell suggested, more like real blueberries.

M Smooth again (like the other Fat Heads that I have tried).

D Really good, one of the best features of this beer.

Notes: This is a gimicky beer targeted for a certain audience but you know, it really works!

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