Buzzard Breath Ale | Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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3.67 w/ 4 ratings

Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is now brewed at Big Rock Brewery.

Added by rhoadsrage on 03-10-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by CrazyMike:
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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangish amber apperance with thin head but decent lace. Smell is sweet with a hint of caramel, bread and grass. Picked up some floral hops as well.

Taste Is very malty and grassy with a hint of caramel, honey, orange and citrus. Slightly earthy with a hint of bread. Light bodied with low carbonation. Has a lingering honey aftertaste.

Overall, this is a smooth and flavorful beer. The low price makes this easy to drink all night at buzzards. Good choice if you don't want to buy an ellaborate from thier menu.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served at Bottlescrew Bill's in Calgary in tall pint glass)

A- Amber brown color very clear with a medium tan hued head that clings to the glass edges

S- caramel malt aroma with a nice floral hopiness

T- Biscuit malt start with a nice hop finish. The hops have a little citrus flavor not really lemon or grapefruit but a citrus hint. The finish is a little sweet with a honey taste.

M- Low carbonation but a nice medium body. No astringency or fuzziness at all

D- Very smooth mellow beer that has good maltyness with a nice hop balance. It is well crafted APA.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pint arrives on the bar, and appears a clear light orange-brown colour, with one finger of thin soapy white head, which leaves a decent curtain of lace around the glass as it quickly melts away. It smells of sweet biscuit malt, and light grassy hops. The taste is crisp bready biscuit malt, a wee bit of citrus, and mild earthy, floral hops. The carbonation is pretty average, the body fairly thin for an ale, and it finishes dry and crisp.

A decent enough standard offering for Wild Rose to provide a local beer bar, but for some reason I was expecting more, given the goofy moniker.

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Photo of BigBry
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The house brand at Bottlescrew Bill's and Buzzard's Cafe in Calgary, served in a pint glass. Previously Big Rock had produced Buzzard's Breath (but it was simply a blend of their regular products). Nice to see Wild Rose has taken over.
Clear light brown color (like strong iced tea), very thin off-white/tan head. Slightly stringy thin lace left down the side of the glass. Smell of some floral hops and some malt, but predominantly its the grapefruit aroma that really comes through. The taste has some sweetness from the caramel malt - almost like a honey brown. Hoppy finish, typical of an American Pale Ale.
Mouthfeel was smooth, low carbonation gave it a cream ale type feel.
Priced right, especially at Happy Hour, it's my session beer if I am planning to spend any amount of time here.

Edit: Just spent another evening at Bottlescrew Bill's. The beer doesn't seem the same (or as good). Not sure if the recipe has been 'dumbed-down' a bit, or if there was another problem (old keg, dirty lines, etc).
Just didn't seem to have the same punch in the flavor or aroma.
Will still give it another chance.

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Buzzard Breath Ale from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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