Buffalo Hump 1840 | Freetail Brewing Company

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Buffalo Hump 1840Buffalo Hump 1840

Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by pwsoldier on 02-19-2010

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Photo of deedric
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of rusty2314
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hiikeeba
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours up a gold amber. Clear with a dense , creamy head

S - Citrus and fruity aroma from the hops. Very appetizing.

T - nice malt backbone for an excellent blend of hops. Clean hop flavor with a hint of bitterness in the finish.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - easy drink IPA that reminds me West Coast IPAs. I had to buy a growler of it!

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Photo of ebraun
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, from notes.

A: Fluffy white head, very cloudy orange, great lacing

S: Sharp pine hops up front, biscuit, banana, pepper.

T: Sharp hop bite up front built on top sweet banana bread which comes forward with a little white pepper.

M: Tight, crisp and refreshing.

D: I could happily sip on one of these all day long. It's like a hugely hopped hefeweizen.

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Photo of MaddDogg84
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pwsoldier
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Freetail website:
"Named for the Comanche chief Potsanaquahip of the Penataka band, this fierce IPA remains true to the American brewing spirit, delivering lasting hop flavor and character. Buffalo Hump led the Great Raid of 1840 in retaliation for the Texan settlers' betrayal under a white flag in San Antonio at the Council House Fight. Brewed w/ Franco-Belge Pale malts, hopped with four full-blooded varieties of American hops and fermented w/ our favorite Belgian strain."

A - Pours semi-clear copper with a smallish off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly into a thin layer of foam. Lacing is decent. It became more cloudy with the last pour from the growler.

S - Mango, pineapple, and citrus combine to make a very fruity nose. A strong malt base is also present, along with an earthy sweetness from the yeast. I'm very intrigued.

T - Sweet fruit notes dominate up front. I'm picking up the mango and pineapple that were present in the nose, with some apricot and pear coming through as well. Citrus hops are abundant in the finish. Malt backbone is solid throughout and hop bitterness creates a nice bite in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied with a dry, hoppy finish. Carbonation is just right.

D - The Belgian influence in this IPA is apparent and very welcome. This beer is the very definition of outside-the-box brewing. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Stunning pour shows a clear, fiery copper body beneath a lingering cap of creamy custard head. Lots of carbonation, and thick lacing coats the glass with foam. Crackery belgian malts in the nose support a bouquet of floral and grassy hops. A bit of pine and tropical fruit leans more toward the 'American' side of the IPA aisle, but the Belgian yeast esters add a great spicy balance.

Flavor mirrors the aroma nicely, with a big burst of hop flavor and a tamed bitter aggressiveness, which I like in my IPA's. Hops linger into the finish with a flash of spicy yeast to make for an enjoyable aftertaste. Malts taste clean with cracker-bread and cereal notes. Solid mouthfeel sports a tight carbonation level and medium-thin body. As easy-drinking as Belgian IPA's get--Buffalo Hump is a tasty rendition of the style from the talented brewers at Freetail.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Radome
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jamescain
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, the latest version was only 4.4% ABV.

Appearance: Golden orange with a thin white head that fades into a thin lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Bold citrus and fruit notes with hints of pine.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness and notes of citrus. There is a lack of a malty backbone, but that is probably why there is less alcohol too.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

Overall: I'm glad it was lower in alcohol then it used to be. It was much more sessionable. As much as I love IPA sometimes you can only have so many at 6-7%.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a resiny amber in color with a toasted straw-like aroma. I’m going to harbor a guess that there’s some [Amarillo] hops only because it reminds me of their Amarillo single-hopped that I had tried recently. I get a toasted grassy-hop flavor with some evident bitterness to it and a surprisingly sweet caramel hop backbone yet it finishes dry. Beckons for another sip.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to miikezombie for the hookup on this beer. Cheers, Glen!

Pours a clear pale amber color with a huge dollop of frothy white foam that forms a cavern in the middle as it slowly collapses. Good retention and attractive lacing pattern. Yeast character includes banana, clove, and a hint of vanilla. Citrus, pineapple, and piney hops mixed in as well. Piney, grassy hops at a moderate intensity mingle with a subtle bready malt and a hint of peppery yeast spice. Bitterness is moderate with a slightly sweet finish reminiscent of mandarin fruit. Medium bodied, moderate/mid-high carbonation.

In general I like my IPAs of the American or English variety with a clean or slightly fruity yeast strain that lets the malt and hops speak for themselves. That said, Belgian IPAs can be rather hit or miss with me. As for this particular version, I'm enjoying it more than most as the Belgian yeast flavors are blending well more traditional IPA flavors. Thanks again Glen for sending a bottle!

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Photo of Devil_Doc
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: WIth the liquid a hazy amber color, the beer pours out with a huge head that takes a while to settle down; tons of lacey stickage but just a bit too much foam

Smell: Belgian yeast aromatics and grassy hops combine with toffee tones

Taste: A range of flavors hit the palate, up front, with the toffee malt, spicy yeast and grassy hops combining in the middle; the hops dominate the back end but the malt and yeast do not surrender in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but overcarbonated

Overall: I suspect the overcarbonation had to do with a bit of age on the bottle so this is likely to be much better when absolutely fresh; still, quite an impressive take on the style by the Freetail folks

Thanks, BeerHunter76, for the opportunity

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Photo of tjkinate
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second brew from Freetail and was really hoping this one was better than my first. Luckily for my tongue and tummy it was!!!

A: Deep orange nearly opaque in color that is topped with a white fluffy head and also exhibits above average lacing.

S: Weak point of the beer to me, I didn't get the punch in the nose from the hops like from other IPA's.

T: Light on the pallet accompanied with well-balanced flavor from the hops that leaves a moderate bitterness on the tongue.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

O: Easy IPA to drink, I could have several of these in one sitting. In the end it’s a bit too soft as I prefer this variety with a more hoppy finish.

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Photo of exl_90
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery and mostly clear with a pretty chewy off white head and pretty decent lacing.

Pretty citrusy in the nose,, along with some yeastiness and a nice dose of hops.

Tastes very nice, Belgian yeast up front, nicely hopped in IPA fashion, but not overpowering in any one aspect. The ample malt backbone ties it all together.

Body is medium and yeasty on the finish. Carbonation is appropriate for the style and rounds out the beer.

It's a nice Belgian IPA. Freetail makes lots of great beer, so I'm not surprised that this one is pretty tasty too.

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Photo of Domvan
3.85/5  rDev -2%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz, no date
Doom glass

A: Pours a deep orange leading to amber almost. Chill haze. Thin layer of slightly off white, egg shell, head. Leaving some sticky lacing.

S: Smells like sweet caramel malts. Earthy hops. Some pine notes.

T: Slight earthy hops on tip of tongue. Some slight fruit is there. Maybe a peach note, really light. Sweet malts in mid palate. Dry and clean finish actually. Some sweetness lingers.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to travita for sharing this growler.

The beer pours a golden yellow/orange color with a white head. The aroma is malty with some orange and hay. The flavor is malt, toffee, citrus hops, wheat and some yeast. Really a fairly complex IPA flavor profile. Thin-medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Buffalo Hump 1840 from Freetail Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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