Alimony Ale | Buffalo Bill's Brewery

Alimony AleAlimony Ale
338 Ratings
Alimony AleAlimony Ale

Brewed by:
Buffalo Bill's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Buffalo Bill's Alimony Ale was originally brewed back in 1987 for a customer going through a divorce. It has gained reputation as one of the most eccentric brews, from reports in the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. No longer one of the bitterest beers in America, just one of the best.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-13-2000

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Good beer, like true love, doesn't last long. Enjoy it while it lasts."

This has an intense honey and lemon taste. There's a floralness there, but taste more like a traditional ale--think a much sweeter Sam Adams--than an IPA, as there isn't much of a bitter taste. Dryness to it. A strong feel of citrus. More of a traditional ale than IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass; no decipherable freshness dating noted. Light amber colored body that is slightly hazy. Big three-finger off-white head that settles into a nice cap and leaves decent lacing.

Light aroma of citrus hops and caramel malt. Not much else going on here.

The flavor is on the lighter side of typical IPA fare these days. Some citrus hop notes blending with a sweet, bready malt flavor, but nothing that jumps out at you. Actually, that may be the thing that makes this very drinkable -- it's not in your face bitter.

Medium to light mouthfeel and, as previously mentioned, very drinkable. Could be a good starter IPA for newbs.

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – solid amber color, clear, with slow carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – fairly hoppy, as you’d expect from an IPA. Maybe a hint of citrus or ginger.

Taste – as with the smell, and as you’d expect, very hoppy (both in presence and in taste). I can’t quite tell what hops are being used, but probably American, so probably Cascade. There is a subtle sweetness to it that you can only discern just after the initial taste. But that’s following by the bite and then by the bitterness itself that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not leaning more toward the watery or creamy sides.

Overall – Not a bad brew overall. Decent hoppy bite, although not terribly intriguing.

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3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, unknown bottled date. This pours a hazy Orangish color with a nice foamy off white head impressive for buffalo bill's. The smells are of hops, pine, citrus, sweetness. The feel is medium to light. Taste is not bad, an okay amount of bitterness and a bunch of sweetness, way better than their other stuff (which doesn't say much).

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alimony hits my pint glass with a pale amber hue and a rocky eggshell head. Retention is good and some lace is left behind.

This is pretty standard IPA fare. Citrus hops with a hint of pine dominate. Malts add a toasted sweetbread quality. The bitterness is a touch above moderate. It lingers nicely through the finish. The medium body is slightly sticky.

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Alimony Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 338 ratings
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