Buffalo IPA - Flying Bison Brewing Company

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Buffalo IPABuffalo IPA

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70 Ratings

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Bison Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gabedivision on 03-14-2012

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 19
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #84 (Jan 2014):

This isn’t your usual IPA—while it has an English flare, the hopping crosses over with some American characteristics. Easily quells our desire for hops even if it is not as clean as one would want, and the lingering hop flavors seem scattered.

STYLE: English IPA
ABV: 6.4%

LOOK: Slightly hazed-out pale amber, tiny-bubbled lacing

SMELL: Big juicy hoppiness, tangerine zest, crackers, faint evergreen, floral, taffy, hint of alcohol

TASTE: Hop forward, peppery, herbal, earthy, light citrus rind, slightly dank bitterness, rustic maltiness, semi-clean, piney, pears, grainy; slightly rough, hoppy finish

Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a short description of the beer but there is no abv listed.

Appearance: The body has a very cloudy look with an orange amber color and a tall off white head. It’s head holds on well and makes some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a big pine like hops punch with a touch of orange rind citrus and deep malty sweetness.

Taste / Palate: Right up front there is a solid piney resin like hop presence with a good solid malty backbone. Deep bready maltiness adds some sweetness that mixes with some tropical fruity hops notes in the finish. The palate feels smooth and full with good carbonation.

3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to the Ommegang BPA glass. No date or batch number indicated.

A: Pours with a solid 2 1/2 finger high head, off-white with a yellow tint. The texture is foamy, mediumly compacted, and the staying power is great. The body is medium-light orange. Slightly hazy. More than adequate lacing sticks to the glass in sea foam form.

S: Citrus and pine on the hop front with a gentle toast to the plain malt character. An odd, lightly phenolic, melting plastic-like aroma is in the background - not too obtrusive - but definitely noticeable.

T: A small improvement from the nose. Firm bitterness with adequate malt sweetness which is enhanced when a caramelly dimension begins to creep onto the palate.

M: Rather gentle mouthfeel, with passive bubbles at first, that kind of tighten up for a finer effervescence from the middle to the end. Medium body.

O: Not a bad IPA really. Easy to drink, decent flavor, the mouthfeel is good. A better brew than the first few reviews let on.

Photo of gabedivision
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a FBBC pint glass.

Pours a clear copper orange with a frothy 2 finger head, decent retention and lace. Lemony citrus mixed with a nutty malt aroma, floral hops meld with a sweet caramel buttery smell. Nice subtle floral hops grace the tongue, hints of citrus, lemon, slight grapefruit, hints of peaches as well, leaves the mouth a nice bitter note. Light on the mouthfeel and body, decent medium carbonation, sweet and bitter. Overall; Buffalo IPA is an easy to drink IPA with a good hop-malt balance, floral hops fill the mouth while a nice citrus bite cleans up.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from tap into pint glass

Nice hoppiness, nothing too exciting

Photo of fscottkey
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Darker amber, like a nice honey color. 1 finger of white foamy head. The head slowly recedes leaving nice lacing all along the glass.

S: Nice solid pine smell.

T: There is definitely bitter - not over powering but the primary taste I got up front. I am not sure the ABV, and the beer doesn't have "heat" but I think there is the taste of cheap vodka. Not cheap vodka per se but that taste of alcohol from cheap booze. There is some pine and some breadiness too.

M: A little "tight" and dry feeling with a bit of bitter in the aftertaste.

O: I am a Buffalo guy - so I wanted to like this one so I could beat the "drink local" drum. But this is not one I would seek out again. It is out of balance and doesn't hit the right places for me. I will make one note (before condemning it). There is a section, on the bottle, that says, "Bottled on ---->" (The arrow points to an empty white box). So this could be old. I got it in a mix 6. I will buy another one in the future and review it again. (That is the home field advantage).

Photo of Hoss76
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Revisited after a poor experience a few years ago. Pleasantly surprised this time around and I'm not even sure it's the same recipe. Aroma and taste were excellent. Not overwhelming hops, loved the balance and could have several easily. Flying Bison never knocks my socks off but I truly enjoyed this one and would get again.

Photo of tlema1
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great hop nose, very well balanced English style IPA

Photo of match1112
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: clear light copper body. two fingers of bright white head that slowly settles to a frothy cap. decent lacing.

s: grassy, grains and malt. maybe a little lemon.

t: grass and malts. a touch of citrus tries to shine before its beat down by the grass again.

m: light body, decent carbonation. not much bitterness.

o: meh, more like an apa than an ipa. too much grass and english malts shining thru for my taste in an ipa.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice orange amber color with a half finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades fairly fast leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of pine with lots of sweeter fruity aromas of passion fruit, tangerine and some mango. Along with the fruit and pine are some light earthy smells as well as a bit of a grapefruit hop aroma, which overall produce a rather robust and inviting aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and doughy taste with some dank hop tastes of a earthy and herbal nature. Some fruit sweetness of tangerine is present upfront with it soon being joined by other tropical fruit flavors of the passion fruit and mango that were detected in the nose. All the while a modest amount of grapefruit and pine come to the taste with the pine being the stronger on the two. In the end, with the mix of flavors that is left to linger on the tongue, one is left with a somewhat modest and dank bitter but still fruity and sweet flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and lighter side with a carbonation level that is rather low. A bit more thickness in body and higher carbonation may have suited the mix of fruit and dank hop flavors slightly better, but even said the overall feel was rather decent.

Overall – Not a hop powerhouse but still rather balanced overall, with a not overly citrus flavor profile. A fairly nice drinker.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buffalo IPA pours a clear yellow color, with a nice white head. There is a nice hoppy smell, with a soapy smell mixed in. The taste is a bit watery, but has a decent grapefruit like hoppy flavor. Easy to drink, but a watery taste. Overall its not a bad IPA, pretty light, but still has the IPA flavors.

Photo of sliverX
2.03/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, perfectly transparent light copper, 1" head that faded down to a thin cap concentrated at the edge.
smell toasty malts, hops take on a green veggie/ skunk smell :( I seriously hope this is skunked but doubt it as its only been in stores a few days.
taste is bitter, skunky, green veggies. Dear jeebus I pray this is just a bad bottle and this is not supposed to taste this nasty.
mouthfeel light medium, highly carbonated would be easy to drink if it tasted good.
Overall this will be revisited not that I have high hopes from FB anyway but I keep on trying.
Tried a second bottle from the sixer and while not nearly as skunk influenced, still tasted nothing like an American IPA or anything close to a West Coast IPA it claims to draw influence from.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.33/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a light honey color with orange around the edges. There is a solid full finger of head that settles nicely along the top of the beer. There is decent lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is light malt, a touch of bitters, and a subtle amount of tropical fruits (pineapple and mango, maybe even some passion fruit). It's pleasant, but more of the malt shines through as it warms. That's not something I want in my IPA.

T: It starts off biting and astringent. Wow. Super harsh. Massive bitters right up front that are really off putting. I get some chalk mixed with pineapple in the middle. The finish is chalky, dry, and bitter. It's nothing like the nose. Very disappointing.

M: Light bodied beer. This beer is bitter and dry. For an IPA at 6.2%, I'm shocked at how harsh it is. It starts out dry, and finishes lit a desert.

O: This beer isn't good. The label says that it's brewed with three types of west coast hops, including galaxy. Aren't galaxy hops grown in Australia? Either way... it's just another pathetic offering from Flying Bison. It makes me wonder if the brewers have even tasted high quality west coast IPAs (i.e. Blind Pig, Sculpin, Duet, etc). I truly want them to make great local beer, but they keep letting me down. Add this beer to their long list of disappointments.

Photo of Tschnab
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a orange golden body with a really nice three finger rocky head and a decent amount of lace.

S- mostly lemon and grapefruit rind, light pine, sweet bread.

T- the hops are very citrusy, mostly lemon peel with some grapefruit as well. There is a bitterness at the end that has a bit of a pine character. Very tasty, a little one note though.

O- very nice ipa here that I enjoyed pretty fresh. Don't know why it has gotten such poor ratings. I find it to be a pretty solid ipa.

Photo of SLYFOXXX410
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice amber color with tint of cloudiness & a 2 finger head. The head is a light tan, which only sticks around for a couple of minutes, before evening out.

The aroma is very sweet to the nose and the lacing was alright, it stuck around longer enought to leave me liking this beer again or grabbing some more.

The taste matched the smell, "Sweet"! It was sweet to the palate, which turned over slowly to a tasty, but light hop bitterness. The pleasant bitterness lingered the whole time on the palate & on your lips.

Mouthfeel was good & smooth.

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's a play-it-safe ipa. Won't wow anyone but one of the better
Beers from a mediocre brewery.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.85/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best I.P.A. I have tried yet! It smelled citrusy fresh. Poured an orange gold body with a full long lasting beige head.Laced it's way all down to the bottom of the glass. Tasted crisp of citrus, lemonbalm,and just the right amount of bittering in the finish.

Photo of andypk
2.67/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Orangish hue, clear fading to hazy, some lacing

S: Tropical fruit. Mild citrus notes.

T: Some maltiness, no discernible hop characte, a bit astringent. A weird flavor that I couldn't put my finger on and it was noticeable in another beer (rusty chain) from the beer of the month selection. Not as much malty sweetness that I would expect with an IPA

M: Decent mouthfeel. Light to medium body. Doesn't linger.

Definitely not even above average for an IPA. Smell, Taste, and body were lacking for the style. A bit of a weird flavor that couldn't even be pegged. Mysterious flavor, but not one that needs to be solved.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of mick303
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip glass, a cloudy coppery brown colour, solid cap of white head, shows pretty respectable retention and lacing residue. Looks good. The bottle has a space for bottled on date, yet it is blank...

S - noticeable galaxy hops, passionfruit, cherries, caramel malts, biscuity, with a really tropical edge that almost feels artificial, citrusy grapefruit and pineapple. Has a fruity hopiness to it but it is dried and artificial feeling, like a cheap bad of dried tropical fruits rather than the real thing (good analogy).

T - has more of the same tropical fruit notes. Underripe mango, passionfruit, melded with a bit of a metallic character. English malts are in evidence with a mild caramel, breadiness, with the jelliness of the fruit. Smooth and grainy on the palate, caramel maltiness with a rounded nondescript tropical character before fading quietly into a weird messy ending, with harsh metalic character, graininess and dry carbonation.

M - moderate start, light/moderate carbonation, decent body and all round its not bad until the finish, which just comes across as really messy, metallic, harsh dryness. Meant to be a really sessionable IPA on the palate it comes across as flat and mellow then the finish really lets you down.

Not an IPA I would seek out again, hops are really flat and generally unappealing, beer itself is mild, overly tropical in an unappealing artificial way, and seemingly geared to offer a novelty to BMC drinkers, this is lacking in balance and depth, and though the Galaxy finish shows some promise the beer itself does a bad job supporting it and the flavour is ultimately unappealing. Not a bottle pour, and alright drinking, just not one I would say is one to seek out.

Buffalo IPA from Flying Bison Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.