Bonita Applebum is an American Brown Ale by Funky Buddha Brewery that deftly balances baked bread, tart apple, cinnamon, and vanilla.

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Bonita Applebum is an American Brown Ale that’s brewed by Funky Buddha Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip pint glass from a 12 oz. can.

Packaging art for the Bonita Applebum by Funky Buddha Brewery

Packaging art for the Bonita Applebum by Funky Buddha Brewery

What You Need to Know

It’s not a cider, but the Bonita Applebum is brewed with real apples. Vanilla and cinnamon are added to this Brown Ale for a dessert-like Fall seasonal. So how is it? Let’s get to the review.


The Brown Ale pours a very clear dark reddish-brown that shines brightly with ruby red highlights. The ale is topped by a thick cap of dense, pillowy cream-colored foam that shows good retention. The head’s reduction leaves a few droplets of residue on the glass.

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The aroma strongly wafts a scent of apples, sugary vanilla, and cinnamon. There’s a hint of baked bread as well.


The palate is led by malty baked bread that transitions to a modest bite of peppery hops and tart apple; spiced with cinnamon. The tasting then mellows out with mildly sugar sweet finish of vanilla and caramel.

Label art for the Bonita Applebum by Funky Buddha Brewery

Label art for the Bonita Applebum by Funky Buddha Brewery


The feel is very smooth with a relatively crisp, dry finish. Its body is medium with matching carbonation. The bitterness is nearly moderate and its finish is a touch acidic.


This Applebum looks presents well — one might event say it looks “muy bonita” in the glass. Its aroma is as fantastic as it is strong. Smells like an apple pie. Thankfully the palate doesn’t follow the nose entirely and isn’t overly sweet. In fact, the palate is balanced quite nicely.

Overall, Bonita Applebum is a delightful take on the American Brown Ale. Funky Buddha executes its concept well while still working within what one would expect for a Brown Ale.

Recommended Pairings

Funky Buddha recommends the following food pairings with their Bonita Applebum: Bavette steak, roasted pork loin, sweet potato mash, chicken mole, vanilla souffle, custard, and apple pie a la mode.


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