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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

297 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 297
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 viverlee:
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viverlee

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A challenging brew, intended to be as such. I struggled with it, and maybe it got the best of me today.

STYLE: American IPA

ABV: 6.8%

LOOK: Ridiculously carbonated, the head quickly fills half the glass and nearly spills all over the baby shower thank you cards. Settles to a dark caramel supporting a light but voluminous foam nest.

NOSE: Astringent honey, you have to wonder if they opted for finishing sweetener instead of finishing hops.

MOUTH: Not quite IPA, there’s an almost Belgian Strong Dark Ale quality to it. Rose water, plums, milk chocolate, and honey, right up front. Short-lived hops bite right in the middle, and the finish is curious — bittersweet and metallic and oily. An excellent beer if it were more focused on what it could be instead of what it is.

Beeradvocate Rating: 79

Hayward Abbey Rating: 73

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 02:29:18 | More by viverlee
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Alimony Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.