With a name like, Funky Buddha, you can expect some interesting beers to be coming out of the nationally-recognized Florida brewer’s tanks. Blueberry Cobbler is no exception. Funky Buddha added the beer to its stable in 2011 and continues to bottle bear on a season basis.
According to Funky Buddha, Blueberry Cobbler is a “copiously blueberried glass of goodness, generously dosed with real vanilla beans, quality imported cinnamon, and blueberries.” It gains its unique color from nothing artificial, but strictly from the blueberries used in the brew. Funky Buddha urges you to “listen to the beer” as is gently calls you to “sneak a piece” as you would a piece of pie that sits on the window sill to cool.
Upon pouring the beer, one of the first things you notice is a beautiful hazy, purple and orange color with a small bit of sediment floating around before falling to the bottom of my tulip. There was a an inch or so of off-white head that quickly faded away, however, I think the carbonation is actually on point for the style, or at least where I like my fruity beers to be.
The smell of the beer is really fantastic, but it really focuses on the “cobbler” aspect of beer and not so much the blueberry. I get a very small amount of overly tart blueberries, a bit of vanilla, tons of cinnamon and a very generous amount of baked graham cracker, which really makes the aroma stand out in a great way. It would have been nice if the blueberry was a bit more prominent, fortunately, the graham cracker crust, cinnamon and vanilla are very pleasing, making up for the lack of blueberry.
For the most part, the taste of Blueberry Cobbler follows the nose. There is a great cinnamon and toasted sugar flavor that I initially detect and the slightest bit of tart blueberry flavor on the palate. Mimicking my issues with the nose, I would love to see the headlining flavor make a stronger showing, as I’m left with a beer called “Blueberry Cobbler” that is once again made enjoyable solely by graham cracker crust and cinnamon flavors. While the vanilla does not hurt the flavor profile, it tastes rather artificial1, particularly toward the back of the beer.
If you are drinking this beer I would recommend drinking it cold and would be a great one to split among a friend or two. As it begins to warm the sourness takes over and it does not blend well with the sweeter components. The blueberry note goes from underwhelming to being reduced to blueberry skin, devoid of all sweetness. A lot of the great aspects of the beer also fade as the beer gets warmer with Blueberry Cobbler turning more sour than sweet.