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Buffalo Hump 1840 - Freetail Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pwsoldier on 02-19-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: WIth the liquid a hazy amber color, the beer pours out with a huge head that takes a while to settle down; tons of lacey stickage but just a bit too much foam

Smell: Belgian yeast aromatics and grassy hops combine with toffee tones

Taste: A range of flavors hit the palate, up front, with the toffee malt, spicy yeast and grassy hops combining in the middle; the hops dominate the back end but the malt and yeast do not surrender in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but overcarbonated

Overall: I suspect the overcarbonation had to do with a bit of age on the bottle so this is likely to be much better when absolutely fresh; still, quite an impressive take on the style by the Freetail folks

Thanks, BeerHunter76, for the opportunity

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of BrewerB
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to miikezombie for the hookup on this beer. Cheers, Glen!

Pours a clear pale amber color with a huge dollop of frothy white foam that forms a cavern in the middle as it slowly collapses. Good retention and attractive lacing pattern. Yeast character includes banana, clove, and a hint of vanilla. Citrus, pineapple, and piney hops mixed in as well. Piney, grassy hops at a moderate intensity mingle with a subtle bready malt and a hint of peppery yeast spice. Bitterness is moderate with a slightly sweet finish reminiscent of mandarin fruit. Medium bodied, moderate/mid-high carbonation.

In general I like my IPAs of the American or English variety with a clean or slightly fruity yeast strain that lets the malt and hops speak for themselves. That said, Belgian IPAs can be rather hit or miss with me. As for this particular version, I'm enjoying it more than most as the Belgian yeast flavors are blending well more traditional IPA flavors. Thanks again Glen for sending a bottle!

Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours a hazy amber with a soapy white head that leaves spots of lacing along the sides.

Aroma is a combination of floral grassy hops and some spicier Belgian yeast notes. Some earthiness from that yeast and some lemon zest and light citrus. Toasted caramel malts in the background.

The taste is even maltier with more caramel and toasted malts than I was expecting. The hops are present and of the earthy, grassy variety, though they are not prominent. The finish is where the spiciness of the Belgian yeasts come out.

Mouthfeel is active with strong carbonation and dry and bitter in the finish.

This is a decent IPA/Belgian IPA but not my favorite from Freetail. I think I prefer the hoppier versions of the style.

Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a resiny amber in color with a toasted straw-like aroma. I’m going to harbor a guess that there’s some [Amarillo] hops only because it reminds me of their Amarillo single-hopped that I had tried recently. I get a toasted grassy-hop flavor with some evident bitterness to it and a surprisingly sweet caramel hop backbone yet it finishes dry. Beckons for another sip.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a hazy, golden amber color with an off-white, pillowy head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral and yeasty. Some burnt toast maltiness.

T - Odd. It was a little soapy and astringent. Old maybe? No date on bottle. Some spicy bitterness and caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - I really can't figure out the soapy flavors. Again, maybe it was old.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.31.12

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange with a off-yellow head. Good retention.

S - Sweet and very floral.

T - Again sweet floral with some bitter grass.

D - Good carbonation and a light-medium body.

O - Sweet and light, floral a soft.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ms11781
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to duff247. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, dull copper with a huge, creamy off white head. The head reaches about a finger and a half and just stays at that height for the entire time it takes to drink the beer. The head is extremely impressive. It has amazing retention, possibly the best of any beer I've had. If the color were a bit brighter the appearance would be near perfect.

Huge orange notes lead the way in the nose. A good amount of citrus overall, but the orange really stands out. Some nice grassy and pine notes are here as well, but it's really about the citrus hops. Not a ton in the way of malt, at least in the nose.

The hops take on a fruitier flavor in the taste. The orange is still there but it's met with some nice malt character that balances each sip out. Definitely some grassy notes but none of the pine that was in the nose. There is a soft bitterness towards the finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The beer has a soft, creamy texture to it. There is a touch of bitterness at the finish but it's fleeting.

This is a very good IPA. It looks fantastic and the orange notes in the taste and the nose are excellent. At times it seems like it lacks depth but I think it's just a nice straightforward IPA with some unique flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Stunning pour shows a clear, fiery copper body beneath a lingering cap of creamy custard head. Lots of carbonation, and thick lacing coats the glass with foam. Crackery belgian malts in the nose support a bouquet of floral and grassy hops. A bit of pine and tropical fruit leans more toward the 'American' side of the IPA aisle, but the Belgian yeast esters add a great spicy balance.

Flavor mirrors the aroma nicely, with a big burst of hop flavor and a tamed bitter aggressiveness, which I like in my IPA's. Hops linger into the finish with a flash of spicy yeast to make for an enjoyable aftertaste. Malts taste clean with cracker-bread and cereal notes. Solid mouthfeel sports a tight carbonation level and medium-thin body. As easy-drinking as Belgian IPA's get--Buffalo Hump is a tasty rendition of the style from the talented brewers at Freetail.

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Buffalo Hump 1840 from Freetail Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.