This week we're taking a look at the latest seasonal bottle release from the barons of Oakland Park, Funky Buddha Brewery, with their Blueberry Cobbler Ale.
It's a wheat ale with blueberries, cinnamon, and vanilla added in, to make for a dessert- and summer-oriented change from the stereotypical Hefeweizens and Wit beers that are so pervasive this time of year.
The beer is presented with a negligible amount of head, but holds a small ring of whitish foam that lingers for quite a while. Color-wise, it's an interestingly different pinkish red hue; very eye catching.
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Aromas of baked pie crust is most evident, with notes of berries that push through to make themselves known. A mild spiciness comes through as well, something slightly earthy and pervasive. The flavors are solidly graham cracker forward, with some thin blueberry juice flavors that come afterwards and mix about. Towards the end, there is a lot of lingering crust flavors, where the cinnamon and vanilla really make themselves prominent. However, the more you drink, and the more it warms up, the more the berries come out on the taste.
This 5.4 percent ABV wheat ale is unquestionably one of the most Funky Buddha-esque summer beers out there, and appropriately so.
Blueberry Cobbler Ale is available now on draft at select bars and the Funky Buddha Brewery tap room, as well as in four-pack 12-ounce bottles in most major beer and wine stores. It's their summer seasonal, so if you're thinking about sampling, get it while you can.
Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers, and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.