Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Buffalo Bill’s – Alimony Ale

I have seen a number of advertisements for Buffalo Bill’s in a few beer magazines and I thought I would give it a try.  Buffalo Bill’s is located in Hayward, CA and is widely distributed.  I added Alimony Ale (6.8% ABV and 80 IBU) to a mixed six pack.

American IPA – “The American IPA is a different soul from the reincarnated IPA style.  More flavorful than the withering English IPA, color can range from very pale golden to reddish amber.  Hops are typically American with a big herbal and / or citric character, bitterness is high as well.  Moderate to medium bodied with a balancing malt backbone.”  - Beeradvocate.com

Appearance – Gold with a little amber that poured a two-finger head.
Aroma – Citrus with hints of lemon from the hops and bready notes from the malt.
Taste – You can detect the hops, but they are not as “big” as I expected it to be at 80 IBU.  There is a citrus (lemon / grapefruit) at the end.  Not bad, but not great.
Overall – B- / C+ - I would rate this right on the edge and was not overly impressed with the beer.  It was not a bad beer, but there was nothing special about it.

Website description – Alimony Ale - It’s Irreconcilably Different – Buffalo Bill’s Alimony Ale was originally brewed in 1987 for a customer going through a divorce.  It has gained a reputation as one of the most eccentric brews, from reports in the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek.  No longer one of the bitterest beers in America, just one of the best.

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