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

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67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 476
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 19
Gots: 89 | 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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Photo of jampics2
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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. (1,158 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (960 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan with a minimal 1/8th head. Minor lacing.

Smell - Very dominate blueberry. A little honey is detected but its really all blueberry.

Taste - Pretty much like the smell, straight up blueberry with some honey sweetness. Near the finish theres pilsner like malt backbone. Not much more to say really.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets blueberries. Palate gets remaining blueberries, a little honey and malt. Aftertaste is crisp blueberries, slight malts.

Overall - It is what it is, a straight up smooth, easy drinker that's all about blueberries. And they taste like real blueberry, not a sugar induced artificial creation. If you like blueberry you must try. (697 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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! (843 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

They garnish this brew with a couple of blueberries. A nice touch. Great blueberry aroma. Not detecting too much honey in the nose or taste. Very easy drinker. Not a big fruity beer at all. Way better than I thought it was gonna be. (232 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,324 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,397 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,183 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a glass, it has a golden color body with a small head to it. The smell is of fresh blueberries and smells sweet. The taste is up front blueberries with a little honey, then a little malt on the finish and a hint of blueberry on the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and overall a very tasty beer. (309 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks (yet again) to Todd for providing me a bottle of this. I love blueberries, and I've always made it my goal to try beers brewed with them whenever I can. Poured into a tulip wine glass from a 12oz bottle. Really wish there was a freshness or bottling date!

Pours a golden-amber color that's slightly cloudy in nature, with some noticeable thinned sediment at the bottom of the glass (especially after the dregs were poured in). What's pretty neat is when I held this against the light, there was a clear indigo (or light pink) tinge to the beer! Carbonation is quite good, and despite no bubbles showing, there's a solid creamy head (about 2 fingers wide) that sticks around for a while. A very solid looking beer, although with a brief glance I would have never guessed it containing blueberries!

The aroma is a pleasant combo of tart fruit, sweetness, and graininess, but don't expect anything too acidic or funky here, or a New Glarus offering. This is a fruit-blended beer that's pretty balanced - notes of tart blueberries, strawberries, and and cherries (the latter being more subtle) reach the nose, with a honeyed and lactic sweetness that makes this reminiscent of a light variation on sweet blueberry yogurt. Add a nutty, grainy flavor with notes of toffee and crackers at the finish, and it's pretty much on par to one. Very pleasant on the nose, and my hopes were it to be similar on the palate.

The flavor shows this contain a solid amount of grip, especially for a non-sour, low ABV fruit based beer. Not really all that tart, but rather retains the flavor of chewing just freshly ripened blueberries, boysenberries, and perhaps some other red fruit (such as strawberries) thrown in for good measure. Finishes slightly honeyed, with notes of lightly sweetened toffee, caramel, and the lactic creamy goodness that I found earlier in the aroma. Finishes clean, with a toasted grainy yet overall creamy feel that pulls everything together. Gentle on the palate, and no issues with the malt base or alcohol profile overall. Could use more fruit and honey, to be honest, but it's still a delight to drink.

Loved this beer - I want it for the warmer months of the year. In a country saturated with a lot of wonderful experimentation in brewing, this one could easily get overlooked under the higher ABV, barrel-aged, and more explosively tart fruit offerings. Let's hope this continues to find an audience. Wonderful stuff - I hope to try more experiments from this brewery. (2,498 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
2.66/5  rDev -29.1%
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. (934 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (1,515 characters)

Photo of sitarist
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (716 characters)

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Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.