Buffalo Bayou 1836 | Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co

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Buffalo Bayou 1836Buffalo Bayou 1836

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Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
Texas, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
1836 combines our three favorite viewing traditions: the British Biters, the Belgian Trappist ales, & the American Hop Movement.

Added by champ103 on 01-30-2012

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Photo of marauding_prongs
4.6/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. It is an amber beer. It has that copper (think sucking on pennys) taste that ambers can have and I like. It is one of their most popular beers, and I can tell why.

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Photo of puck1225
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Golden orange yellow color with a decent head and lacing. Smell is light but slightly floral. Malty taste, slightly bitter. Not bad.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are mild. Has a very floral aroma with a hint of fruity sweetness. Has a strong malty bready backbone with a touch of smooth creaminess and hops at the end. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. I will say that I am presently surprised by this beer. Got a lot more than I expected.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear coppery color with off-white head. Caramel malts, toast, and bread on the nose; follows onto the palate. Decent mouthfeel, not chewy, medium body. Finishes with more maltiness. Somewhat one dimensional.

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Photo of Premo88
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into mug
(Feb. 2, 2015 born-on date ... I think ... sticker on 6-pack ring reads "Feb 2")

L: copper indeed ... it's orange-amber-gold has a burnt orange quality to it; tan head of foam rises just 1/4- to 1/3 inch with little sticking, but it's keeping a perfect collar; light easily passes through brew, but it's pretty murky in the vast middle -- maybe 60/40 clear to opaque; no lacing

S: sour grain, muted malt ... a little creamed corn (?) ... the malt at times has a nice bread quality to it; the grain/sour grain is actually pretty nice; slight hint of bread

T: good play back-n-forth from a toasted malt sweetness and a bitter hoppy bite of earth and black pepper ... and even at times a pinch of grass; very California common like with the solid presence of both malt and hops; the grain flavor at times takes on a slight creamed corn quality, but it's very slight; boy, the toasted note is running the hops in an almost toasted-hop flavor ... very nice; just a hair medicinal on bigger swallows ... alcohol is there

F: great carbonation, decent midweight

O: I first had this brew on-tap in Houston almost a year ago, and I REALLY liked it ... great bitter hop bite with a decent malt sweetness; but over time I'd swear it's becoming more and more "mushy" -- taking on the hints of creamed corn with almost a caramel sneaking in that wasn't there the first time I tried it. could be my tastes buds are changing, and I must admit, those mushier creamed corn notes don't play often.

It's a good brew, again very in the California common vein ... or a hoppier Vienna lager if you prefer, and an easy go-to brew when out and about and any doubt creeps in. the grain bomb quality gets going more and more as it warms, and I love that. has an almost lager-like dryness to that has me reaching for it over and over and over ...

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Photo of BungTapper96
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A little lighter than copper in color. Nose is fruity, peach/tropical. Moderate to low hops. They stick around longer after some consecutive sips. Finish it clean and dry. Overall not bad. I could drink more than a few.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12 oz can poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear orange amber with a frothy white head. Clumpy lacing and a haze of foam linger throughout.

Smell: Mild, malty aroma with some toffee sweetess.

Taste: Slightly toasty, toffee and caramel malt with a hint of ale yeast fruitiness. A bit of herbal hops add some bite and a crisp, lingering bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Easy drinking with just enough hops to offset the malty, toffee sweetness.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can is overcarbonated with large-bubbled white head taking up the majority of the glass. Expectedly sticks around quite some time.

Nose is a light toffee and some mildly fruity yeast. CO2 aromas abound with a little bit of floral hops.

Taste is a pleasant blend of caramel and leafy hops. The overcarbonation is a bit of a bummer, but this is not a bad little flagship amber that is easy to drink and has some interesting flavors. I wouldnt be opposed to drinking this again, would make a good offering at a ballgame...ahem Minute Maid, Toyota Center and NRG Stadium.

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Photo of matjack85
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I only got to try 5oz of this stuff as part of a flight of 5 Texas beers for $10. Served on tap at the Flying Saucer Beer Emporium in downtown Houston, Texas.

Nice, clear, copper color with a 1-finger white head that lasted about a minute. Minimal lacing.

Weak nose with just a faint hint of caramel malt.

The flavor was more toffee-like than caramel-like, with a good amount of bittering hops. Hoppier than most red ales.

Light bodied with only moderate carbonation.

Nothing remarkable, but very drinkable.

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Photo of El_Fish
4.67/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe I have it the freshest (it is brewed a few blocks from my home), but this is one of the better beers I have had. I has a great hoppy taste to it and a great body. The copper color is very nice and the aftertaste in lingering in your mouth, just prompts you to get up and pour some more.

It is not bottled yet (or canned God forbid) I normally buy it at Premium Draught Houston (in an old fashioned growler that you get to exchange) and at Onion Creek in the Heights.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Onion Creek.

The beer pours a copper color with a white head. The aroma is very malty with a lot of toffee and caramel notes. The flavor is more of the same, with some large toffee notes. I also get a little bit of grass and some caramel malt, but this thing is a toffee bomb. Easy to drink and refreshing. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Kornoms
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap from Valhalla tonight. The color is light but is not that opaque, which we like. The smell isn't that strong, I can't get any specific smells. The taste is nice enough, has a maltiness to it. Good mouthfeel. Overall, a nice beer, nothing too spectacular, but something tasty and nice to drink.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very beautiful color, clear copper and really nice head. The pour is gorgeous.

Nothing remarkable about the smell: slightly malty but nothing special.

Tastes like a "copper ale" which to me means a table beer with a slight bite. A little hint of hops, more of a malty flavor. Not bad.

Goes down easy, leaves no negative aftertaste.

The beer itself has a high ceiling - I can see this brewery turning out really good stuff but as a first beer, they have a ways to go. Still it's tasty enough that I would have more. I'd recommend eating chicken or fried foods at the same time, the taste lends itself to cut grease.

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Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Down House. This is called a Copper Ale, not really sure what style that would fit into, but Amber Ale seems close enough.

A: Pours a hazy, dully copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms and sticks around for a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sharp hops up front. Grassy and floral like. Finishes with a bready malt balance. Lots of grainy malt in the finish.
T: Sharp hops up front again. That vanishes in a second. Bread/biscuit malts. Grains, and earthy lagerish like yeast. Some veggie and even diacetyl flavors as well.
M/D: A medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit thin and watery. I also wish this was a bit more crisp and dry. Easy to drink. The pint was gone in no time.

Not a bad beer at all, it just seems rather standard. There is also a very distinct lager quality here, which is not a bad thing. Just odd considering they are advertising this as an Ale. It is good to see options in Houston now, and I will have to give it some more tries. Though not something I will reach for over some of the other local options right now.

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