Buffalo Gold Premium 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): 4.95%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
153
Reviews:
77
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
15.55%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 153 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of justinp
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of poppyjohn
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of denver10
2.48/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A yellowish golden with a half thumbs width white head. Before I sat the glass down in the other room the head had already left. Doughy aroma paired with a sweet malt aspect that is kinda diluted.Taste is pretty much on point with the aroma. Doughy at first, some honey enters into the middle, and closes a little bit too sweet. Medium body to this one with some carbonation. Not a bad beer, not a good beer. I probably wouldn't buy it again but I didn't have any problems drinking what I already had.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a light yellow/gold color with a 3/4 finger white head and decent lacing. Not much retention though.

S - The aroma is of a fairly light toasted barley with hints of sweetness and very mild bitterness from earthy hop aromas. Not much here and pretty average.

T - The beer starts with a lot of bread flavors in the toasted grains. This pretty much dominates the beer from start to finish. The middle brings out a very minor hop character in earthy tones similar to the nose, but is very subdued.

M - Medium carbonation and light body.

D - Average

Overall I found this to be a pretty average brew. Not sure I'd be back again.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-11-2011 14:04:36

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Photo of kiki3drt292
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of IPAylor
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of DBIII
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of smithmd4
4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

Photo of savagepm
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of kkrez
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Boulder Beer Tap House at the Denver Airport

A: The pour is a very pale gold color with a thin white head.

S: Doesn't really smell like much at all. Very light malt and hop aromas, maybe a bit of straw and bread. Just a bit of cereal sweetness to it.

T: Somewhat sweet, but also a very mild flavor. Some bread notes and a bit of floral hops and straw, very mild fruit esters. A bit watery and bland.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Not much to say about this other than it is bland and uninteresting.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Amberstone Bar & Grill inside the Red Lion Hotel in Denver, CO.

Pours a clear honey orange color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a thin cap. Thin random clumps of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, honey, and orange marmalade. Taste is of sweet malt, subdued honey flavors, and orange/citrus fruits. This beer has a lower level of carbonation and is slightly thick. Overall, this is a solid blonde ale that I would get again.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down and left intermittent lacing. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The smell is quite sweet and also has some aromas of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by a moderate amount of malty sweetness and also has some fruity flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and refreshing; it would be a good selection on a hot summer day.

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Photo of nickd717
2.24/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle dated March 22, 2011 at the Denver airport.

Nice appearance, clear bright golden with a one finger white head.

The aroma is not very good, as metal is the main thing I'm picking up. Some sweet malt and hops behind that.

The flavor is not anything too great either. Sweet pale malt, grain, mild floral hops, and metal.

Medium-light bodied and metallic on the mouthfeel with medium-low carbonation.

What can I say- this isn't very good. Disappointments all around from Boulder tonight.

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Photo of ColoradoRocket
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light transparent amber color, no head. Active carbonation.

S - Light citrus hops & sweet malt on the nose.

T - Sweet malt, soft hops undertones. Lingering malt finish.

M - Medium body, heavy carbonation. Settles on the tongue and runs off like molasses.

D - Nice malty flavor and not overly hoppy. Very drinkable for those who don't favor hops.

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Photo of MinorThreat
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured into a pint glass, high clarity, golden brown in color. Not much of a head to speak of and minimal lacing.

S-Not too much going on in the nose. A small amount of cereal grain and some yeast lingering around in there.

T-Not too shabby. This is what the big macro's would taste like in a perfect world. Light, refreshing, some light toasted grains, a light touch of green apples (yeast maybe). Nothing overwhelming but an overall balanced easy drinking beer. Patio pounder of a beer.

M-Really nice for the style, just viscous enough while remaining light.

D-Its a pretty solid offering. Lawnmower beer or a great intro into good micros.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, slight hop, citrus, and slight pine. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight metallic, sweet malt, pale malt, slight grain, yeast, and slight hop. Overall, fairly good; good appearance, blend, and aroma.

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Photo of manahansf
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this in a flight at the brewery. Semi-sweet malty nose over a lacy white head. The golden color is clear and shows mild carbonation levels. Great malt/hop balance and transition in flavor. Finishes with a semi-dry and light citrus bitterness. Nice session strength but things change at those altitudes.

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Photo of cthulu81
2.51/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

So right off the bat, this ia an American blonde ale, a very finicky style for us very finicky drinkers. It is also a style I don't think should be served outside of a brew pub, or at least outside of a certain radius of the brewery as it is more vulnerable to bad shipping and storage conditions than most other styles. Read on to find out what happens when a blonde from Boulder gets reviewed by a red head in Northern Virginia. The aromas present smell almost like a soggy saltine cracker. There is an off-putting soapy scent, with a distracting sweet corn aroma completing the unappealing introduction to this beer. At least it looks ok. Blonde, straw colored, no visible sea monkeys floating around in the glass. Taste. I almost wish I didn't have to, but it for the purposes of a review. Sip, sip...well this isn't very nice at all. Harsh, sharp grain husk flavors lead to an even more unpleasant damp biscuit finish. Light sulfur compounds complete the woeful package. Oh, look there are even some rough vegetal flavors to despise as well. Drinkability? I don't want to. I will take a water instead please. I know this isn't what the beer was supposed to taste like, but I am judging it as what came out of the bottle. Please don't ship blonde ales long distances through less than reputable and responsible distributors. It doesn't help your brand and it certainly doesn't help such a delicate beer like a blonde ale.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Included in the Boulder Sampler pack even though it wasn't listed on the outside of the box. What's the reasoning behind that?

An American Blonde Ale, a tough style to make this BA happy.

It pours a clear light gold with close to 1 finger head of foam. Straight off the bat, though, it has some very good lacing.

The smell is light with notes of grain, some malt sweetness and earthiness, and a bit of hop bitterness. Best nose of the sampler pack so far.

The taste pretty much destroys every positive I wrote about the smell. Toasted/bready malt, once again in a Boulder beer, dominates completely leaving little room for any hop presence but... after a few sips, I *do* find some nice hoppy tones so I take some of what I said back. For a Blonde Ale, I think the hops are where they should be. It's the damn toasty malt that is overbearing and throws the flavours askew. Still, I think the damage done was not as bad as it could be so this isn't a bad brew to sip on.

Typical Boulder beer(regular lineup) mouthfeel and carbonation. They have this down well.

Drinkability? I'll just say good drinkability. I could drink more than 1 Buffalo Gold at a sitting.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick Gold, with almost a bronze hue. Minimal head (but not none) and minimal lacing.

Smell: Slightly hoppy, with a touch of varied grains and citrus.

Taste: Clean, balanced, and pleasing for a golden ale. Mild malt hits the tongue first, followed by medium hops/slight citrus, ending with a full malt flavor lasting into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fuller than I expected, not watery, and not full bodied. Some might want a little more body, but this is pretty good for a gold colored beer.

Drinkablily: Better than average, but only by a little. This is a regular beer of mine, but I don't usually want more than two.

Overall, this is another solid beer from Boulder Brewing. Way better than almost all macros, but not world class.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a brilliant, light orange body with a small, though bubbly, white head.

Smell: Basic, sweetish cereal malts with light background floral notes and, well, that's pretty much all she wrote. It's one of those exasperating aromas where you swirl and swirl and let it warm and swirl some more and it never provides anything new or interesting beyond the original ho-hum scent.

Taste: A sweet taste of steeped grains with a vague hint of simple honey. Floral hops with a minimal hint of citrus provides no more than a mild bitterness. Finishes semi-dry, fairly brief, and with some lingering dull floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Whenever they boldly, unabashedly throw up a term like "PREMIUM", you know you're in for something real special. In truth, it's one of those golden/blonde ales that shamelessly leans towards being bland and lifeless. A "stampede of flavor," huh? More like it slowly shuffles along the palette like the grim line at the DMV.

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Buffalo Gold Premium Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.28 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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