Buffalo Hump 1840 | Freetail Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States
freetailbrewing.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pwsoldier on 02-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
8.91%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
For Trade:
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 17
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 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 Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not an overly hoppy Belgian ipa. I would hope for a bit more in that department. Comes across as fairly typical, and made well enough. Nothing striking or severely interesting about it. Fairly smooth feel on things. Easy enough to drink. Not inspiring enough to want to do it again.

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Photo of 1424IpA
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bbadger
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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 sliverX
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jl28r1
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of MikeB91c
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Steimie
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of rusty2314
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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 gford217
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours a hazy amber with a soapy white head that leaves spots of lacing along the sides.

Aroma is a combination of floral grassy hops and some spicier Belgian yeast notes. Some earthiness from that yeast and some lemon zest and light citrus. Toasted caramel malts in the background.

The taste is even maltier with more caramel and toasted malts than I was expecting. The hops are present and of the earthy, grassy variety, though they are not prominent. The finish is where the spiciness of the Belgian yeasts come out.

Mouthfeel is active with strong carbonation and dry and bitter in the finish.

This is a decent IPA/Belgian IPA but not my favorite from Freetail. I think I prefer the hoppier versions of the style.

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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 ChrisKuhns
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a hazy, golden amber color with an off-white, pillowy head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral and yeasty. Some burnt toast maltiness.

T - Odd. It was a little soapy and astringent. Old maybe? No date on bottle. Some spicy bitterness and caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - I really can't figure out the soapy flavors. Again, maybe it was old.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.31.12

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange with a off-yellow head. Good retention.

S - Sweet and very floral.

T - Again sweet floral with some bitter grass.

D - Good carbonation and a light-medium body.

O - Sweet and light, floral a soft.

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Photo of deedric
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ms11781
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to duff247. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, dull copper with a huge, creamy off white head. The head reaches about a finger and a half and just stays at that height for the entire time it takes to drink the beer. The head is extremely impressive. It has amazing retention, possibly the best of any beer I've had. If the color were a bit brighter the appearance would be near perfect.

Huge orange notes lead the way in the nose. A good amount of citrus overall, but the orange really stands out. Some nice grassy and pine notes are here as well, but it's really about the citrus hops. Not a ton in the way of malt, at least in the nose.

The hops take on a fruitier flavor in the taste. The orange is still there but it's met with some nice malt character that balances each sip out. Definitely some grassy notes but none of the pine that was in the nose. There is a soft bitterness towards the finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The beer has a soft, creamy texture to it. There is a touch of bitterness at the finish but it's fleeting.

This is a very good IPA. It looks fantastic and the orange notes in the taste and the nose are excellent. At times it seems like it lacks depth but I think it's just a nice straightforward IPA with some unique flavors.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kspongeworthy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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