Alimony Ale | Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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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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Ratings: 338 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle at Belmont Station. First time I ever noticed it.
12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a big light cream colored head, that fades slowly. Good lacing.

S - Orange citrus and some pine.

T - Bitter orange - almost artificial tasting.

D - Good carbonation and an average body. Bitter.

O - Flavor is just fake tasting, hard to place.

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Photo of ububru
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of hosehead83
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, orange-gold in appearance, with a nice cloud deck of off-white foam.
Aroma-Nice boquet of citrus hops and some toasted malt.
Taste-Tasty onrush of citrussy hops, solid toasted malt backbone, citrus rind finish.
Solid American IPA.

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Photo of thatdirtymick
5/5  rDev +47.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of bluetrevian
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of brown2cu
4.28/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: wonderful appearance! A thick viscous head forms atop a blood orange body. A copious amount of lacing is present.

S: tropical hop notes corroborate with a firm malt sweetness.

T: hops take a backseat here. The malt takes over this beer is sweet and fruity and slightly candy like. Not quite sure this is an ipa but it is good just the same.

M: smooth and creamy. Heavy bodied.

O: good but no ipa!

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Photo of Sinewave
2/5  rDev -40.8%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of twelveinches
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- A heavy psst! erupts when I crack the top followed by some carbonation steam. From a light pour comes a towering 8 or so inches of head so large that I can't get all the beer in the glass at first. It starts to melt around the edge and there's a hump of foam sticking up in the middle. I pour a second time and still can't get all the beer out of the bottle. Now the hump is protruding past the top of the glass. I pour a third time and almost cause foam to spill over the edge of the glass, but I'm good. Now the hump is an off-white mountain. Finally, with the fourth pour, I empty the bottle. The beer itself is a dark amber color. Crazy lacing. This is the first offering I've had from Buffalo Bill and just the appearance has me all excited.

S- Crisp, pungent hop aromas flow from the head. More herbal than piney or grassy but still has a citrus tone. Also a slight astringency is present.

T- At first there's a bitterness but, in a flash, the malts set in and tip the scales. There's an alcohol bite that's a bit unwelcome (considering the ABV) along with the bit of astringency I sensed in the aroma, but overall a well-balanced flavor profile. Also a somewhat metallic aftertaste.

M- Tingly and bright with high carbonation. Medium body is a bit on the moist side.

O- A very good IPA. I'll be seeking out more of Buffalo Bill's lineup for sure now.

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Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of nickthetick
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear mahogany into a DFH signature glass with a finger and a half of khaki head.

S: a lot of dark citrus, floral, earthy.

T: huge citrus notes! A lot of grapefruit, curacao oranges, tangerines. Its balanced with some sweet malt and earthy undertones.

MF: heavy, great effervescence, astringent as hell, and dry.

O: not bad but there are some pretty good qualities. The mouthfeel is great, as is the nose but the taste leaves a bit wanting.

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Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +18.3%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber with no head or lace. The aroma is of caramel and citrus, not much more. It's flavor has grapefruit, lemon, grass and toffee notes. The mouthfeel is light, slightly sticky, and leaves a lasting hoppy aftertaste.Buffalo Bills Alimony Ale is an average brew. Mild for an American IPA. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle that cost about $1.75. Bright orange yellow color with good head and good lace, fits the style. Smells like a touch of citrus hops and not much else. Taste is bitter, citrus, hoppy, solid IPA but just doesn't wow me when compared to everything out there these days.

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Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention

S: Some grassy & wooody hop presence

T: Grassy & herbal hop bitterness along with a little pineyness & just a touch of breadyness up front. A little bit of caramel fights through woody & piney bitterness. Finishes with a bready sweetness intertwined with much wooody hop bitterness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation, fairly good balance

Not a bad AIPA, I'm sure there was a time when this was considered very hoppy, now days, not so much. Might buy this again if the price was right, otherwise I stick with something from Stone, Odell, Founders or Bells. Not a bad flyer I took on this one a part of a mixed sixer

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Photo of matjack85
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfiled, IL for $1.49. No freshness date or any other information about the beer on the label.

The beer poured a dark amber color and made 1-finger's worth of white head that dissipated in less than a minute and left only minimal lacing.

Nice hoppy citrus nose to this one along with plenty of caramel malt.

Malty sweet flavor with a ton of grapefruit flavored hops to compete with the malts for dominance. Not sure which one wins - I'll call it a tie.. Not much else going on here, but not sure there needs to be. It's decent as it is.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a medium high carbonation level.

This beer used to say "World's bitterest beer". It's far from being that, but at 80 IBU's it still packs a decent bitter punch which lasts thru the finish and beyond.

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