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Alimony Ale - Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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Alimony AleAlimony Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

298 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Buffalo Bill's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Buffalo Bill's Alimony Ale was originally brewed back in 1987 for a customer going through a divorce. It has gained 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-13-2000)
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Alimony is a system by which, when two people make a mistake, one of them keeps paying for it."

--Peggy Joyce

Bright kumquat orange with a handful of racing bubble streams leading up to a thick chunk of khaki colored foam that looks decent enough. Small sheets of bubble-bath like lace end up on the upper portion of the glass. Given what else these guys brew, the appearance could very well be the highlight.

The nose reflects the ingredients. In other words, this brew smells like a caramel-malted, citric-hopped (Cascade primarily) American IPA. It isn't quite ballsy enough on the hop side of the ledger to earn the next highest score.

Alimony Ale, while far from a wonderful AIPA, is the single best thing that Buffalo Bill's currently bottles. It's hard to go too far astray when following (roughly speaking) the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale blueprint.

It tastes and feels like most of the original 80 IBUs are present and accounted for, so this is a reasonably fresh bottle. The beer features a pale-caramel bottom end that dominates early, followed a rush of white grapefruit zest that finishes the mouthful with a crisp snap of bitterness.

This isn't the cleanest, most well-defined IPA in America, but messy-estery can be good too. The mouthfeel has a firm creaminess born of sufficient malt, biting alpha acids, and nicely calibrated carbonation that is on the spunky side.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery beer ranges from the abysmal (Orange Blossom Cream Ale) to the forgettable (Pumpkin Ale) to the merely average (Blueberry Oatmeal Stout). Guess we can now add the 'surprisingly decent' to the list, courtesy of Alimony Ale. It might not have resulted in better beer, but to be true to the name, the brewers should have cranked the IBUs to well beyond triple digits. Bitter is an understatement.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 13:26:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Alimony Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.