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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by adamette on 07-24-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
544
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
36.41%
 
 
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23
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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 544
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 buschbeer
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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 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 thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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 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 LuvLagunitas
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly unclear orange with a substantial head white head. Thought it would have been at least a little blue... There is quite a bit of carbonation that keeps a small head constantly going.

S: A bit like a blueberry muffin. Its definitely blueberry at first and then the sweet honey and wheat come in.

T: If this were classified just as a simple ale and not a fruit beer, that would make more sense. The taste is a lot like the nose. Blueberries are a bit subtle in the beginning and then it moves to a general sweetness that fades into bread notes in the end. Almost every sip after, I almost couldn't identify the blueberries, just the ale body, which is very good in-and-by itself.

M: Quite smooth and medium-light bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Nice and sessionable.

O: I don't mind drinking this. It's good overall as an ale, but if you're looking for a really fruity beer to satisfy a sweet-tooth, don't get this one. It's worth trying because it's good. But don't expect anything mind-blowing.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of wac9
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this beer is a winner this beer you should drink during the summer my new summer beer a golden color with hint of blueberry i would never buy this but i heard a guy say the name out loud and i wanted to try it he went to pittsburgh and it was worth it great beer great taste drink it now

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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

I personally like blueberry or any berry brew as a sour beer. This was more of a beer with blueberry accent. Not bad for a hot summer day on the lake.

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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 adamette
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of Dave128
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.79/5  rDev +3%

Reviewed: 8/17/14

Bumble Berry by Fat Heads
poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Smith Snifter

P- stock label a great cartoon Fat Head 3.5

A- Golden and fizzy little head but some lacing present 3.75

S- Blueberry, wheat and some grains 4.0

T- Hop grain bitterness balanced with honey and a big blueberry bubble of flavor in the middle 3.75

M- medium body with a lot of character 4.0

D- good drink ability, nice flavor and finish balance 3.75

O- pretty good for a fruit beer, one of the best interpretations of this style I've had 3.75

Not really my style of beer, fruit is not really my thing but this came highly recommended. would have this again ---- J

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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 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 Mikus
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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 Cylinsier
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of exposd
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the best blueberry beers I've ever tasted. It's brewed with all natural ingredients and it shows! The blueberry fruit flavor is great without being overpowering and too sweet, while the honey plays more of a part in the overall smoothness and lends well to blend the blueberry and makes it the perfect flavor. Nice head and defer lacing eapecially for a blueberry brew. It's only April, but I imagine this would be a great, refreshing, summer beer when it's hot and sunny outside on a weekend afternoon. This is for sure worth a try if you like blueberry ale!

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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 goblue3509
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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