More Cowbell | Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co

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Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Surprisingly balanced and drinkable given its stats. While most American Double IPAs use West Coast citrus hops, we went with old world noble hops to give it a floral, grassy bouquet and then punish you with Warrior hops.


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Photo of breadwinner
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Malty, boozy, sweet sort of thing that makes you pine for some dryness and a more interesting -- hell, more present -- hop profile. Cool label though.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -17.8%

The beer is mostly clear and golden with a frothy white head. Aromas of yeast, bread, hops, resin, grass, a touch of alcohol. Decent flavor. Bready and what I commonly refer to as a "balanced" IPA or DIPA. Resinous hops and pine notes with a warming alcohol finish. This is ok.

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Photo of Bluestar
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

poured from the bomber into a tulip.

A - right off the bat something is missing. pretty much no head on the pour what-so-ever. zero retention on what is there, lacing of the glass barely exists. The liquid is a pretty dark, honey colored yellow, but that's about the only thing it's got going for it.

S - the only smell i get off this is bittering hops. no individual notes associated with different hops that may or may not have been used... just a mess of "bitter". Certainly not what I would expect for a DIPA.

T - The bittering hops are there and again are a mess, but the malts dominate. Again, not what I would expect for a DIPA. I get some caramels, and a sticky-sweetness as my dominate notes.

M - Undercarbonated, sticky, not quite cloying, but almost there.

O - This is kind of a messy effort. I think the beer would probably actually benefit from some cellaring, this would give it time to carbonate, the stickiness could dissipate, and the bittering hops would balance a little betters - however this would probably cause the little nose that's there to disappear. Rassoul and the guys are great and i will continue to try all their unique products, but this one was a miss.

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Photo of spaceycasey
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Have had this on a few occasions over the years, this is my first time rating. It is getting better over time. Earlier samplings had a band-aid phenolic, but it is much cleaner tasting now, though the hops seem old and stale. Not sure how old that bottle I had was, maybe it was past its prime.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange body. Big white head. Nice lacing in the glass.

Smell - Musty piney hop aroma. Some grapefruit. Caramel and toasty malt.

Taste - Grapefruit. Lots of caramel malt. Some bready malt too. Intense hop bitterness. Grassy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Incredibly bitter. Medium heavy.

Overall - Way out of balance. Aggressively bitter.

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Photo of guityler83
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy lifesavers orange color with bright white head that falls quickly. The teku didn't show much lacing except on the initial couple sips.

S: Mango, pine and stone fruit hop aroma right off the bat. A hint of alcohol comes out and in a munich bready vibe.

T: Wow.. A sharp, jagged pine bitterness (definatly in the 90+ IBU range) crushing the taste buds for a few sips. After the luplin shift adjusts a sweet toasty malt profile comes through in the middle and a finishing flavor that resembles the stone fruit from the aroma.

M: A super dry finish that might be emphasised by the sharp bitterness. Low/moderate carbonation and a lingering drying mouth sensation from the hop oils... probably

O: The bitterness in this beer had a very jagged characteristic that made it less than easy to drink. Not sure if it was the water used or gypsum.. but if it wasn't for that I think it would have been a good DIPA..

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Photo of Hops4Pops
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Side pour into a tulip. 1 Finger head that quickly receded. Bubble size from foam up to a cluster of large bubbles up to 1/4 of an inch. Very little lacing and what is there is oily. Hazy golden amber with a slight reddish tint. Light on the carbonation for a DIPA.
S: Not too much smell. What I am getting is hops and a little bit of breadiness. That's about all I get. I would have hoped for some fruity citrus but its not there. I am getting some malt in the background but it does not blend as well as would be desired.
T: No too much complexity here. Again hops hops and hops with some mild bread. Bitterness on the backend. The ABV is well hidden.
M: A little too creamy for a DIPA and not enough crispness. Bite from the hops.
O: Not a bad DIPA but not a great one either. Its drinkable and certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours magnificent hazy bright orange body with a frothy white head.

Smells piney, resinous, caramel, peppery. Taste is muted hops, pine, and a lingering astringent bitterness (crushed aspirin). Mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation.

The bitter to aromatic ratio here is off.. Too much bitter not enough flavor. Lacks balance.

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Photo of champ103
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Liberty Station in Houston.

A: Pours a clear, but dull golden/orange color. A one finger white head head forms, and recedes to a ring. Light lace.
S: Bitter hops. Pine, citrus, lightly resinous. Some caramel malt for balance. Then lingering bitterness again.
T: Follows the nose and fairly simple. Bitter pine notes, some citrus hops. Caramel malt in the background. Finishes with long bitterness.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Lightly resinous, and just a little watery. The alcohol is very noticeable. A slow sipper, and I am really not that interested to come back to this.

Slightly above average. Just like everything else I have had from Buffalo Bayou, it is not bad just not something I would come back to to often.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours a golden peach color with a one-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour

S- piney hops, faint hints of grass and citrus, sugary sweet malt

T- piney and earthy hop bite up front with some faint citrus notes, sugary sweet malt mid-palate, boozy finish

M- medium bodied with medium biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and boozy finish

O- lots of alcohol throughout with an assertive malt bill that overpowers the hop bitterness a bit

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Photo of FLima
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber color with a sort of thick off-white head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice but not really intense aroma of sweet flowers, pineapples, passion fruit and minerals.
Bitter and bold flavor of herbal and floral hops, pine, spices, toasted malts, some mango, resiny and oily hops and peaches. Hints of caramel and toasted malts that are swiftly overcome by its bitter hop power. Quite dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness that made me sneezes a few times.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9% abv is well hidden, especially considering its relatively lower body.
Surprisingly balanced DIPA considering its 118 IBUs (but for sure leaned towards the bitter end as hop heads love it), and gladly not overly sweet as well. Not that complex and not my preferred choice of hop profile, though. Great option if you dig noble hops as opposed to predominant citrusy DIPAs.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Golden orange color with very little visibility through the beer. Poured a three finger head on an aggressive pour.

Aroma- Very sweet biscuit aromas along with some citrus and pine hops.

Taste- A very balanced dipa as neither hops or malt take over at any point. First sip reveals citrusy fruit flavors combined with a biscuit malt. That biscuit malt stays prevalent to the finish where it is accompanied by mildly bitter pine hop flavors.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, almost creamy. Slight prickle of carbonation on the middle of the tongue. Easy drinking, mild bitterness, and no noticeable alcohol presence.

Overall- Wasn't sure what I was getting with this dipa, but it turned out to be a good pickup. Slightly sweeter than I'd prefer and a little light in the hops department for the style.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Buffalo Bayou More Cowbell is a true DIPA. Trying it at Mojos Sports Bar and Grill in Hobble, TX. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is dominated by sweet malt and pine resin. The taste is alcohol and pine mixes with sweet malt. The Mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a big beer. One is enough for me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

another random texas brew from the beerliner guys, thanks again for the sweet hookup! i liked this one quite a bit, and commend their choice to go with some more subtle old world hops, and then dose them like crazy. as a result, the bitterness is much softer in this clear golden brew, and there is a little grain sweetness that comes through a little earlier than it does in most of these. it also is cool because it almost seems delicate for the style, more than just grassy, its got hints of lime and even kiwiw fruit to it, drizzled in honey, and just slightly sharp in the finish. more nuanced than many, and i like it for that. it seemed almost more like a strong pale ale without the usual hoppiness, and the sweetness that it finishes with limited drinkability to one can per session for me. not to say i dont like it, i really appreciate its uniqueness, its just hard to drink too much of, especially with the alcohol showing through in the middle. warms up nicely though, and is a solid introduction to these guys. looks like they have some pretty cool beers in their lineup!

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Photo of tbryan5
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a golden orange with a thick off white head that doesn't dissipate.

S- Sweet citrus, nice hop aroma. Some pineapple.

T- Mmmmm. More citrus. Maybe some blood orange? Hop bitterness on the back of the pallet.

M- Dry, and slightly astringent. Light carbonation.

D- A decent IPA from a solid brewery.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 16 oz can (canned "01/31") poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: Clear, golden amber with visible effervescence and a billowing head of fluffy white foam that leaves terrific pattern of lace.

Smell: Bright aroma of pine needles, citrus zest, and honeydew melon.

Taste: Relatively lean as a DIPA, balancing malt between bready and caramel, with lime rind, pine resin, and slightly dank,
grassy notes. Healthy herbal bitterness lingers through the close. 9% ABV is barely betrayed by subtle warmth.

Mouthfeel: Lighter medium body with abundant but soft carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable, balanced DIPA with enjoyable pine and citrus hop notes, good bitter streak, and very unassuming ABV.

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Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Another gift from my son in Texas. Poured from a 16 oz can, shows a somewhat cloudy amber color with a thick, off-white head that had nice lacing thru out the consumption of the beer. The aroma is like a freshly cut spruce bough. The first sip rendered a pine and grapefruit flavor with some other citrus flavors mixed in. Although this DIPA clocks in at 9% abv there is no alcoholic burn at all - remarkably smooth! There is some bitterness on the backend, but nothing that overwhelms the rest of the flavor. I found this beer to be deeelicious, and would gladly search it out the next time I am in Texas.

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Photo of tpgraham
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Time to update this review!

I picked up a can from Spec's in Houston on Westheimer near Voss about 24 hours after canning so you know this stuff is fresh. I figured it is time to give it a fresh review since it has been almost a year since I last had it. Keep in mind I have not had this since the original review below.

I am drinking this directly from the can while sitting at my desk writing this.

A - It's in a can. I cannot see much other than some hazy straw colored action.

S - Much improved! Smells like a fresh DIPA! Floral nose along with some grassiness.

T - Again, much improved over my first experience. Great hop flavor that follows the nose. This is right out of the fridge and at first I noticed some unpleasant bitterness on the finish but this cleared up as the beer warmed up.

M - Good, medium body.

O - I picked this up wanting to give it (and Buff Brew for that matter) another shot. I am glad I did. The price point is just right and this is very drinkable straight from the can.


Original score was 2.8

Was excited to pick this one up at Growlers Montrose. Brought it home and chilled it overnight in the fridge. Poured in to a tulip glass with little fanfare from the carbonation, barely a thin head was produced. The initial aroma is citrus and reminds me of a barleywine. The first taste backs it up. This tastes unfinished and more like a barelywine than a DIPA. If you have ever had an old Rodeo Clown you would have a good idea of what this resembles.

Very disappointed in this one.

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Photo of Premo88
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into tulip

L: orange/peach ... light passes through but it's murky/opaque -- still, a very "clean" murk, no debris or wispy clouds in it; clearing up a bit on the bottom; gave it a hard pour, so the head was huge, too big, over 2 inches, BUT the way it bubbled and boiled, I bet a soft pour of this one would give you a nice thick head ... pretty sticky and lacing

S: hops and hops, but with a ton of sweetness; floral ... sweet flowers, some grassiness, hint of grain ... nice; as it warms you drink it, gets some caramel in there

T: bitter ... big big hop bite ... 118.36 IBUs means who knows? BUT this sucker is loaded with a ton of hops, and the website says lots of Noble hops, so it's not typical American DIPA citrusy or caramely -- more like massive bitter grass and flowers; as it warms, caramel shows through (probably my palette adjusting to the bitter); grain taste that might be some real light malt, which is offering a little balance to that bitterness

F: easy drinking and almost light for so much alcohol and taste ... good carbonation despite the big pour

O: strong contender for finding its way back into my fridge -- and i'm not a huge DIPA fan. it's super bitter but has a great grain/sweet grassy taste that is a good reward for chewing through the hop bite. love the idea of making a big pale ale with Noble hops, just for something a bit different.

bravo for Buffalo Bayou ... they keep moving up my favorite Texas brewery leaderboard

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Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am a member of a number of beer-related Facebook groups and I read a post about this beer where someone had a pending trade for this that fell through. I felt badly, plus once I knew that it came in a CAN and it was from HOUTX, I CANtacted the mighty JenRay for assistance. I am anxious to add this one to The CANQuest (tm) since I have a fever and there is only one cure!

From the CAN: "Do not ask for whom the Cowbell tolls, the Cowbell tolls for thee."; "The information on this CAN is not intended to be medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or analysis. If you have a fever, please [CAN]sult a physician. The [CAN]tents of this CAN will not cure fevers or any other afflictions. In fact, they may cause one. Known side effects of More Cowbell include, but are not limited to: Jibba-Jabba; over[CAN]fidence in joke telling; and an inability to [CAN]trol the volume of one's voice."; "Regular [CAN]sumption of More Cowbell may cause you to: Stop fearing the Reaper; Put your pants on on leg at a time; Make gold records; Skin a raccoon & wear it as a hat; Wrastle bears; Grow a beard; Wear a plaid shirt; Start a land war in Asia; Pick a fight with a warlock; Build a school for ants; Think of childhood friends and the dreams you had; Clear the Savannah after ever meal; and roll on Shabbos."; "Please avoid dancing with Cowbell in the plae moonlight. Please avoid looking directly at More Cowbell. Do not taunt More Cowbell."

16 ounces of Cowbell could not be CANtained as became obvious following the Crack! I got I slight spray across my fingertips and then some foaming through the vent. I began an inverted Glug until the French Vanilla-colored head foamed up to the point that I had to back off without CANtinuing. Color was a hazy Golden/Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was an admixture of grapefruit and pine-mintiness and sweat broke out on my forehead. Once a hophead, always a hophead. I gotta get me a fix. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching, but not quite creamy. The hops were more understated than the nose had led me to expect, but neither was it terribly malty. It had a great melding of its inherent hops to give it a grassy, citrusy flavor. It was easily drinkable and that could be a dangerous thing, given its ABV. Phew. Finish was dry, bitter, but not overly so. This is a very good example of the style.

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Photo of E-McFarden
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A light orangey brown color hazy with white hefty head. One would mistake this for a summer wheat beer by the look. The smell is brilliant and not heavy giving off floral and piney hops with caramel scents. Initially sweet with caramel malts but follows with bitter but not overpowering grassy and piney bittering hops. I love the aftertaste here. I'm not sure why this one keeps getting low ratings, but I love it personally.

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Photo of StingrayEvans
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great Imperial IPA from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company in Houston, TX. One of my favorites. If you like IPA's, you will enjoy this one. Only available on draft at this time, so I fill up my growler when I can find it. I have a fever and the only prescription is MORE COWBELL!!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.71/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy golden color with thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Nice piney hoppy aroma with hints of citrus. There is a slight booziness to the aroma. The taste is very smooth and what I expect from many DIPAs. Caramel based malt with a very smooth transition to a piney hop. There is a moderate bitter aftertaste that is somewhat piney as well. Very good beer. I do indeed like this. Very smooth. While you can taste the alcohol content, it is not overwhelming.

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More Cowbell from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
3.65 out of 5 based on 252 ratings.
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