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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

300 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 129
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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amstelcat

Ohio

4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-24-2011 03:39:12 | More by amstelcat
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nickthetick

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear mahogany into a DFH signature glass with a finger and a half of khaki head.

S: a lot of dark citrus, floral, earthy.

T: huge citrus notes! A lot of grapefruit, curacao oranges, tangerines. Its balanced with some sweet malt and earthy undertones.

MF: heavy, great effervescence, astringent as hell, and dry.

O: not bad but there are some pretty good qualities. The mouthfeel is great, as is the nose but the taste leaves a bit wanting.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 05:04:20 | More by nickthetick
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Another6Pack

Michigan

4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-22-2011 01:00:50 | More by Another6Pack
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -11.2%

11-21-2011 19:05:34 | More by Rochefort10nh
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taylocd

Alabama

4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-21-2011 03:13:48 | More by taylocd
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jamesgaither

Kansas

4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-20-2011 05:02:22 | More by jamesgaither
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber with no head or lace. The aroma is of caramel and citrus, not much more. It's flavor has grapefruit, lemon, grass and toffee notes. The mouthfeel is light, slightly sticky, and leaves a lasting hoppy aftertaste.Buffalo Bills Alimony Ale is an average brew. Mild for an American IPA. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 02:55:27 | More by B967ierhunter177
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-19-2011 02:18:36 | More by DoctorB2B
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-14-2011 18:44:38 | More by Lawnboy33
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle that cost about $1.75. Bright orange yellow color with good head and good lace, fits the style. Smells like a touch of citrus hops and not much else. Taste is bitter, citrus, hoppy, solid IPA but just doesn't wow me when compared to everything out there these days.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 20:27:48 | More by ArrogantB
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention

S: Some grassy & wooody hop presence

T: Grassy & herbal hop bitterness along with a little pineyness & just a touch of breadyness up front. A little bit of caramel fights through woody & piney bitterness. Finishes with a bready sweetness intertwined with much wooody hop bitterness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation, fairly good balance

Not a bad AIPA, I'm sure there was a time when this was considered very hoppy, now days, not so much. Might buy this again if the price was right, otherwise I stick with something from Stone, Odell, Founders or Bells. Not a bad flyer I took on this one a part of a mixed sixer

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 23:24:24 | More by russpowell
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matjack85

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfiled, IL for $1.49. No freshness date or any other information about the beer on the label.

The beer poured a dark amber color and made 1-finger's worth of white head that dissipated in less than a minute and left only minimal lacing.

Nice hoppy citrus nose to this one along with plenty of caramel malt.

Malty sweet flavor with a ton of grapefruit flavored hops to compete with the malts for dominance. Not sure which one wins - I'll call it a tie.. Not much else going on here, but not sure there needs to be. It's decent as it is.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a medium high carbonation level.

This beer used to say "World's bitterest beer". It's far from being that, but at 80 IBU's it still packs a decent bitter punch which lasts thru the finish and beyond.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 23:54:09 | More by matjack85
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ely2000k

California

3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Honey color, decent head, dissipation is fairly quick, carbonation looks good overall. Looks clean. Unlike some other reviewers, I didn't really have any lacing. Looking appetizing overall, but a bit generic.

S- Smell of mild hops, a bit of a cirtusy smell, orange perhaps. Some thing fairly sweet smelling in there, but not overwhelming. Smell is mild.

T- Piney, with a bit of sweet, but nothing too overwhelming in either direction. Finishes crisp. Overall I think the taste is the best part of this beer, but it does remind me of a "genric IPA" taste, with a little bit more sweetness.

M- Feels thin, watery. Carbonation is good. The thinness is a bit off putting, would prefer a bit more of weight, especially for the alcohol content of it.

Overall- I like it overall, but it's nothing special. Appearance and taste were average to good, but the smell and mouthfeel were a bit lacking for me. I think it is pretty good overall, but lacking that last little bit of something to separate from other generic IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 04:27:32 | More by ely2000k
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WesWes

New York

2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a towering off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a decent malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It's sweet and fruity with loads of yeast character. The hop aroma is average. It's mildly bitter with a piney hop character. The taste is poor. The flavors are all over the place. First, it's sweet with caramel malts while also being bitter with piney hop notes. The yeast provides a dry, fruity soapy character that is undesirable and off-putting. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a forgettable IPA. It's a slow drinker that will most likely result in a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 20:47:50 | More by WesWes
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Started my pour off medium-style, then turned it up quite a bit. Only got half a finger of head out of it. Body is a boring looking amber color. Head takes a couple minutes to die down, I'm left with an eighth of an inch of fluff. A nice bit of lacing around the glass too.

Floral hops with a hint of pine. Strong smells of caramel and bread.

Very much pine flavoring on the tongue with only a hint of the floral quality. Sweet malt meets this flavor and transitions into a wheat bread with a touch of spice and a whisper of rye.

Medium bodied, it's better if you sip it. This lets you feel it and lets the flavors come out a little more. A decent bitter taste builds up on the back of the tongue, which coincides with a very wet and refreshing feeling in the same area.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 01:39:42 | More by CFHMagnet
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allengarvin

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, Alimony Ale. I haven't seen this on a store shelf since about 1995. Anyway, poured into a Val Dieu chalice: It's a nice copper-colored beer, with a moderate initial head. The nose is disappointing: faint citrus hops--very faint, with a light malt. The hops do show up in the taste: a lot of bitterness up front, though hop flavor (which seems mostly floral noble-type hops) doesn't contribute a lot. Sweet malt comes through clearly. The finish is very dry.

I remember liking this beer a lot a decade and half ago. There weren't many excessively hopped beers on the market then--Sierra Nevada was about the only competitor, and you had to wait for their celebration to get a real load of hops.

However, after a decade of intense experimentation on what hops can do, this beer comes across as actually pretty bland, apart from high bittering hops. It's now a bit of a relic from the medium-early days of micros.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:14:27 | More by allengarvin
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Crossmd

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into a Sam Adams pint glass. No born on date.

Pours a reddish-amber in the bulb, copper on the bottom with a one finger porous head that hovers for a while around a third of an inch.

Smells of earth, moss, and tea, some pine and caramel, chives as it warms. Really Interesting, actually.

Tastes of oversteeped tea, alcohol, and a lot of wild onion. Btterness builds towards and through the finish in a sharp, almost disrespectful sort of way. Captivating, but only in that its interesting, that I wasnt expecting it. I can already tell that I do not really want another one of these, and I am a huge American IPA fan.

Mouthfeel is thin and oily, Coating the mouth, generally not super pleasant.

Honestly, veritably bizzare. Im wondering who really this is for, and how many people could see themselves buying a six pack. Ironically, just as the label describes, it is irreconcilablly different, and maybe not in the best of ways.

74.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 16:14:51 | More by Crossmd
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Ryan011235

Ohio

1.78/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 8/19/11

Pours a bit of a papery yellow and settles as a cloudy honey-brown. Poofy two finger head is riddled with pores, slowly collapsing. Impressive head retention - holds right around 1/3rd inch. Thick clumps of lace, too.

Smells not so hot. Dirty hops - vegetal (namely wild onion) and earthy. Kind of floral as it warms but even that smells dirty. Maybe some stray pine nips. Some faint candied fruit hints. Caramel, bread and yeast.

Oh man, tastes just as bad. Maybe worse. A quick hit of pine succumbs to a lingering bitterness (just shy of aspirin) and a slew of palate unpleasantries. Rotten citrus peel, earth, dirt, tea leaves, veggies, watery caramel and bread.

Basically medium body with a penchant for the watery side. Vigorous carbonation takes up way too much space and allows the bitterness to roam unchecked. The feel is far too coating, as well.

Alimony Ale is a terrible IPA and a lousy beer. Aside for great retention and lace, this one is plagued by issues, not the least of which are off-tones across the aroma and flavor profile. I dumped half the glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 02:12:56 | More by Ryan011235
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Tone

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of slight rye, slight metallic, slight citrus, sweet malt, and citrus hops. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, sweet citrus, hops, slight grain, and again a rye flavor. No mention of rye in the recipe, according to their website. Not sure what I was tasting and smelling, but I could have swore it was rye.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 15:03:37 | More by Tone
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TheSarge

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With a careful but vigorous pour, this brew produces a finger thick head of off white into a standard pint glass. The body is cleanly filtered, which I love in an IPA, and is copper in color.

The aroma is sweet and caramel, with a hint of floral hops.

The brew is full of malty sweetness. Probably the sweetest IPA I've ever had. The caramel and toffee flavors dominate the flavor, but in the very end the spruce hops kick in to save the day from the sugar monster.

Feels medium to full in body, dry and arid. There is definitely no oiliness left over from the hops.

I like a sweeter IPA and this one does it for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 22:25:54 | More by TheSarge
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 7-1-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured one finger of foam, nice layer of frothy foam. Carbonation is present. Dark amber color

S – Malts with a slight piney hop aroma with orange peel

T/M – Medium bodied that was well balanced between the malts and hops

D – Very drinkable brew! Wish I had more of this. I got this as an extra. Like I said this brew was a very well balanced brew. I highly recommend this brew

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 17:51:04 | More by FreshmanPour77
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kenatbeerswap

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

A: Nice copper color that poured with two finger head and had good retention.

S: I could smell the hops when I opened the bottle. Had a floral and citrusy aroma with some grassy aroma coming through.

T: Get a lot of bitterness up front followed by a citrusy sweet taste. Also has some toasty flavors coming through.

M: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

O: Overall its a nice IPA but does have a lot more sweetness than most of the other IPA's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 05:01:20 | More by kenatbeerswap
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SupaCelt

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the pour is a caramel coloured ale with a nice off white head that crumbles into a thin film. lacing dots the trail to the bottom.

the nose is bready above all. crusty caramel notes hang with just an ever so slight aromatic hop canopy. cascades and crystal are a bit status quo. smells very brew book recipe like. no flair. just tried and true standard smells.

the taste is full of the toasty bread influence that was abundant in the nose. mildly bitter, with just a pinch of hoppiness. sweet and crusty. the highly over rated cascade hops really magnify the caramel notes. cascades have the power of making people appreciate some of the more interesting cultivars, but the reviewer digresses. this feels like a brewing 101 textbook recipe. well made, but the mind and mouth are not completely blown away.

the mouthfeel is appropriate. just about medium.

overall, this feels closer to a traditional english ipa. remember the fuggle. the bread and toast and mild hop character provided by way of cascadian virtue and caramel malts are pleasant, but boldness does not apply. it is very drinkable. this particular brew, although free of flaws in quality, would likely stay on the shelf as another more dynamic version of the variety would be taken home by a thirsty hop head. solid for sure, just no glitz and no honey to draw flies. I ain't mad it it.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 07:35:31 | More by SupaCelt
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daledeee

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a tulip and got a white head with gold/orange body. Not much lacing

Nose is quite floral and has some sour apple candy smell.

Taste has a good dose of hops and malt. This is listed as an American IPA but it has characteristics of an English style.

Pretty enjoyable but I have had better.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 22:19:22 | More by daledeee
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with 2 row pale and crystal malts. Hopped with Cascade and "select bittering hops".6.8% ABV, 80 IBU. $1.59 for a 12oz bottle at BevCo.

Pours out to a hazy burnt orange, forming a voluminous white meringue head with excellent retention and a solid sheet of sticky lace. Moderate carbonation. Nice fresh hop aroma, very much your typical cascade nose, sitting on top of green apples and a suggestion of pine. Mouthfeel is biting with a medium body. The taste opens with the green leafy hops, with pine, grapefruit, and a touch of skunk, a faint brief suggestion of fusels in the middle, then some funky green leafy bitterness in the finish. Moderately bitter. Kinda peculiar inorganic aftertaste...like PVC or plastic.

While this isn't a bad beer by any means, it doesn't do much for me, and I wouldn't really buy this again unless I were in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 19:04:36 | More by Mitchster
Alimony Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.