Buffalo Gold Golden Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States
boulderbeer.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kojevergas on 12-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
34
Reviews:
8
Avg:
2.91
pDev:
20.96%
 
 
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1
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5
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Photo of beergoot
3.45/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold color with lots of lively carbonation; thick, frothy, white head. Mild grainy aroma; faint green grass notes. Warm bread-like flavors; slightly bitter. Light bodied; fizzy; crisp and dry finish.

A fair little beer that won't knock anyone over but is light, refreshing, and goes down easily.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.49/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can, from a King Soopers in Glendale, Colorado.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat rocky off-white head, which leaves a few instances of broken webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy pale malt, a slight biscuity doughiness, indistinct orchard stone fruit, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is more gritty, grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, underripe apple and pear skin, and earthy, leafy, and mildly grassy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, and just a wee bit fizzy here and there, the body medium-light in weight, and plainly smooth, a slight edginess mucking things up somewhat. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the grainy malt and hay-like hops nudging things with a certain urgency.

A standard craft rendition of this boring as the day is long 'style' - sweet, until it's not, and
underwhelmingly hoppy - the sort of thing you offer to your Bud or Coors swilling friends when you don't deign to keep that stuff on hand, I guess.

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3.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarrisWH
1/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of JKG
3.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jodio
3.8/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can:

Pours deep golden with a thin bubbly head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is of light grain.

The taste is of grain with a honey-like sweetness. A light touch of toast and a suble floral touch balance the sweetness in the finish.

It is light-bodied and easy enough to drink.

A pleasant enough basic blonde ale. Nothing particularly special about it, in my opinion, but inoffensive.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.36/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
2.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Back on The CANQuest (tm) for the foreseeable future! I have a plethora of CANs to run through & the CANbination of laundry + a Pirates game on TeeVee is a nice acCANpaniment.

From the CAN: Buffalo Gold is a light-bodied, easy-drinking yet very flavorful Golden Ale from [CAN]orado's First Craft Brewery."

I Crack!ed that Buffalo real good, but when I attempted an inverted Glug, the head came roaring up, trying to gore me with its horns! I ended up with two fingers of fluffy, foamy, tawny head that had no ChANce in the face of tonight's oppressive heat & humidity. Color was more of a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity, as opposed to Gold. Sorry. Nose was light & faint, kind of sweetish, but lightly discernible. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was lightly malty sweet, but mostly unobtrusive. Finish was semi-sweet, but I had to work to get much from it. It is a very light, ephemeral beer. You could probably fill your cooler with it without blinking an eye, but why bother? You could probably find something equally bland at a better price point.

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Photo of Oakenator
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Nat1975
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of barryjg
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is not Buffalo Gold Premium Ale. It's a Golden Ale (as clearly printed on the label and on Boulder Beer's website http://www.boulderbeer.com/beers/buffalo-gold-golden-ale ) and is brewed at both 4% and 4.8% strength. The 4% version is distributed to grocery stores in Colorado. Reviewed live. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a 6 pack at a safeway grocery in Fort Collins, CO and served into a Fort Collins Brewery pilsner glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are below average given the brewery.

"Enjoy by: Feb122014." Props to Boulder beer for including that.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a five finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Head retention is good - about 8 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear pale yellow of average vibrance. Abundant carbonation bubbles are visible, suggestive of overcarbonation. Translucent and transparent. It's a clean body, with no visible sediment or floating yeast particles.

For a golden ale, it's far from golden but generally appealing. Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Hop character is floral; I believe Cascade was used. Honey, American pale malts, golden malts, pilsner malts, maybe Munich malts, and some faint well-integrated graininess. Smells more like a honey blonde than a golden ale. Pleasant and appealing if average/mild in strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't find any spices (not even clove). There doesn't seem to be much depth here, but that's fine for an easy drinking blonde.

T: Honey, floral hop character, American pale malts, crisp Munich malts, golden malts, and some graininess - especially on the finish. Clean barley. Water quality doesn't seem ideal; spring mountain water would do this better. The hardness is off as well. It's a bit minerally.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

It's cohesive and balanced for the most part, but far from gestalt. Quite simple - even moreso than most beers in the style (whether we're calling this a honey blonde or a golden ale). Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for a blonde ale (but below average across the board for a golden ale). It lacks the Belgian feel of a proper golden ale, so I'm going to continue my review as though this is a honey blonde. Lightly sweet.

Not complex, subtle, intricate, or nuanced. There isn't a lot going on here, but it's pleasant and enjoyable to drink.

Mf: Light on the palate, with a lacking body. Decent thickness. Smooth and wet. Too light, even coming off weak - and almost watery. Certainly too wet. Okay presence on the palate. A biteen overcarbonated. I do like that it's soft.

Doesn't complement the flavour profile per se, but it facilitates delivery of the flavours in a general sense. It's a pretty generic texture for a beer - let alone for any specific style. Lacks character.

Not stale, oily, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, rough, or astringent.

Dr: One of the better grocery store beers you can get in Colorado, but not a solid brew for what it is. Not at all an inspired or bold brew. It's real drinkable, but there're better offerings in this class. While I'll easily finish this bottle (and the entire 6 pack), I wouldn't get this again or recommend it to friends. A somewhat boring and very underwhelming beer from Boulder Beer. Its best attribute is its availability.

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Photo of Lukebell15
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Moose90
2.99/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 23HopstateNY
2.18/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Hohnbaum
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
1.42/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

**
12/28/12

Bottle to pint glass.
AROMA: Vegetables.
LOOK: Gold Color, little head, but some lacing lasts awhile.
TASTE: Not good at all. Wilted Greens, Pissy Budweiser-esque.
FEEL: Thin; Surprised this is an Ale, feels more like a Lager.

Beer of the Month Club.
**

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.21/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep golden color with a tiny head of white foam. The head fades super fast leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a bready aroma with a good showing of a caramel. Along with these smells comes some fruitiness of harvest fruits and a little bit of a hay smell.

Taste- The taste begins with a rather thick bready taste mixed with a little bit of doughiness. Some fruitiness of harvest fruits (peach apricot and pear) develop more as the taste advances. Other flavors of a light herbal hop nature as well as tastes of caramel and a rather off musty tastes later come on. In the end, one is left with a odd, and slightly disagreeing malty and sort of sweet, but strangely hopped and musty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly thicker with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the bready and sweet tastes of the brew it was OK, but a higher carbonation would have helped hide the must and made for a more refreshing brew. So overall it was just OK.

Overall – Not really one I would necessarily recommend. It has an odd aftertaste and the flavors don’t really meld all that well together. Not one I will go back to any time soon.

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3.21/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hozersr
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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