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Alimony Ale - Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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Alimony AleAlimony Ale

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312 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -26%

Anvilfarm, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a slightly hazy amber gold, inconsistent haze, more cloudy at the top and more clear at the bottom, thick off-white head over two inches dissipates slowly.

Smells of floral and piney hops with some mild honey and biscuit malts.

Flavor is of light honey and bready malts with a mild dry hop bitterness.

Medium body with a light fizzy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty solid IPA, smells great, taste and feel are a half step down, but overall a pretty good brew worth trying.

Cylinsier, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of BlissJunkie
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

BlissJunkie, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Pidgurtle
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Pidgurtle, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of micropale
4/5  rDev +18.3%

micropale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Eric908
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Eric908, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of OgreSanchez
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

OgreSanchez, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of cre83
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

cre83, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of gpblackgt
3/5  rDev -11.2%

gpblackgt, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of hhtaylor
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: golden/amber in color, pretty highly carbonated, nice lacing with high retention, just a bit cloudy

Smell: sweet, resiny sort of smell, a hint of citrus but not very hoppy smelling for an IPA

Taste: Bitterness from start to finish, sweetness wears off quickly and you're left with a bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated, relatively heavy and chewy feeling

Overall: I enjoyed it but would like the hops to add a little more flavor other than bitterness

hhtaylor, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -11.2%

billbeers, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Erice78, Jul 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

GraduatedCashew, Jun 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

TLA, Jun 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

acknight, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
1.89/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours murky brownish amber with some bold and brawny foam that won’t fall down. I had to wait to taste it. Citrus hops nose with caramel malt, some floral some apple in the back and medicinal alcohol. The nose is not real big. Taste is both sweet and bitter. Alcohol on the palate and a rubbery taste that I couldn’t quite get into. I kept wondering what went wrong? Went down dry but tasted like pencil erasers and didn’t fade well. I would pass on this next time.

utopiajane, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of anvilx
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

anvilx, Jun 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

SnowFlowMfg, Jun 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

67couple, Jun 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Proclarush, May 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

MidwestBA, May 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

TonyTalon, May 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Remdog, May 10, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coppery color with a dense, thick head this IPA sets up quite nicely. The head was roughly a fingers width, creamy and pronounced it sat atop for the entire experience.

The scent was quite simple. An almost metallic malt aroma there is a certain spiciness but far too light to discern what spice.

The taste is dry, malty and even a touch fruity. Possibly cinnamon spice with a lemon zest, the malt breadiness and cracker dryness are near the front. There is a strange metallic taste and feel near the end.

Overall a very well constructed ale that could use a few more hops to truly set it apart.

KYGunner, May 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

beernads, May 08, 2013
Alimony Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.