Buffalo Hump 1840 | Freetail Brewing Company

Buffalo Hump 1840Buffalo Hump 1840
63 Ratings
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 ms11781
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +10.7%

Photo of kspongeworthy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of cisteve
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of wagenvolks
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Exiled
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of jamescain
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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 tjkinate
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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 ebraun
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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 hiikeeba
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of pwsoldier
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
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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Buffalo Hump 1840 from Freetail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 63 ratings
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