IPA | Buoy Beer Company

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Average: 3.88 | pDev: 7.73%

Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 94

American IPA | 7.50% ABV

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Buoy Beer Company
Oregon, United States

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 94
Photo of beertunes
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Batch 950, DoB 9/18/18. 12oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured an opaque dark orange color with about 1/4 inch of just off-white head that quickly dissipated to a ring and left just traces of lace.

The aroma was fairly benign, some citrus hops, and very light malt. Pretty similar on the tongue, with the hops being a bit brighter. The body was medium, and had a semi-dry finish. Drinkability was fine, not terrible, not awesome. Overall, a fairly typical example of the style.

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Photo of JOSEPHthayer
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Typical PNW IPA
Descent IPA has a slight bitter taste comapred to other Oregon IPAs. Not a bitter hop taste more of a burnt flavor which i like. Best for camping on the beach

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Photo of mintzmeet
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good brew! Solid IPA. Good with a grilled brat on summer day. Strong flavor. A little “wheaty”? Thicker mouth feel. Some mouthy texture...frothy feel.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In classic Northwest fashion, Buoy IPA pours nearly crystal clear and a lightly burnt orange color. A moderate amount of bubbles persistently ascend to keep a cream colored and smooth foam afloat. As each sip is drawn, small spots remain, clinging lazily to the glass.

The smell is bright and invigorating. Heavily influenced with citrus zest and pine, but mellow notes of caramel, white bread, and melon are buried below the surface. Staples of old and new converge, and it is magnificent.

All elements transfer well into the flavor, and I'm surprised to find it not overpowered by citrus. Even keeled actually, as melon and citrus mirror their impact. A sweet malt, though only minimally caramelized, come through in the middle just before that classic forest gives it's punch and final blow.

I was also surprised to find this less intense feeling than expected. It's smooth with added heft to its body, almost a bit creamy even. It starts a tad sweet and then gives into a healthy bitterness. There is no detection of it's elevated abv (for a standard IPA), and altogether is dangerously easy to drink.

Buoy continues to impress me. From the facility itself, its location, and most importantly their quality products. This IPA is no exception. Few breweries I want to try everything from. Buoy is now one on the short list that I do. If it says Buoy, I'm buying. Cheers.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can stamped BATCH 849 DOB 06/11/18.
Color is golden and orange.Opaque but not hazy. Reminds me of a few of the darker colors of bands of a sunset image on an OP shirt I had as a kid. Deep, sinking sunset right before it goes down. Still bright, but burnished. Sandy white head fluffs up almost 2 inches high. Then sinks to a scattered foam top.
Smell is initially citrusy. Rich orange, a hint of pithiness leaning toward grapefruit, a hint of pepper, and an ever so slight pine note with a dash of dank notes.
Taste begins with a slightly sweet blend of bready malt, orange zest, an earthy, somewhat dry, and gently piney note. The flavors really do come together.
Mouthfeel may be a tad fuller than is typical of style (APA?) but I really like this part. Carbonation is moderate.
Overall, I like this one. Not a standout, but reminds me of some of the smaller batches of APA's and IPA's I used to find more of traveling the PNW10-15 years ago, but with a little more citrus.
Thanks, Brother Steve.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a nice head that lasts. In the nose, a nice scent of hops. In the mouth, it is nicely bitter, with a nice flavor overall. Nice!

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Photo of ilikepaleale
2.64/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought 2 six packs in cans on clearance. DOB just 5 weeks ago. Poured a nice, pleasant hazy looking orange color. Slightly astringent smell, and definite astringent taste, malt forward. Kind of a lighter fluid aftertaste. Not much to like here except the 7.5% ABV maybe.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light honey amber pour, light head, persistent lacing in our tulip glasses. Nose of a whiff of mown grass, floral and crackers. Taste is subdued, more on the pale ale side now given how aggressively hopped mant of the PAs are. A solid offering in a very crowded field. We look forward to a visit to the brewery and tasting room next month.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fizzy one finger white head that dissipates to a thin film with light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and lightly piney hops, lemon and orange citrus, a little celery (a nice fresh note I don't detect very often), hints of light stone fruit. Flavor is lightly caramel pale malt, citrus and piney hops, orange citrus, green melon, green apple; finishes with surprising, moderately resinous piney hops that linger. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. An interesting take on an IPA; hits all the classic notes with citrus and piney hops, a solid malt body and light fruit notes, but the latter are intriguing. I have to say this seemed understated at first, but both the bright green fruit flavors in the middle, with faint estery notes and the sturdy piney finish won me over. Cans of this showed up randomly in Seattle, so I'm not sure I'll ever see it again, but I'd certainly get it again if I see it.

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Photo of woemad
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can from a sixer picked up at a grocery store in Warrenton, Oregon. Can is dated "07/20/17."

Poured into a 12oz mug, this looks like a hazy, NE IPA, with an orangey amber coloration and a big, creamy, beige colored head. Beer neglige-style lace.

Very mild, low intensity aroma. Citrusy, a little bit of something like melon, but very low in the mix.

Similar in the taste to the nose. Citrusy and fruity if you strain your senses, but pretty bland.

Medium bodied, with a soft mouthfeel for an IPA.

Wanted to try this as I don't think it's distributed in Washington. I think I'm okay with that, because this is just bland, bland, bland. Makes me think of what a hazy, NE IPA might be like if brewed by someone who'd never had one. Next time in Oregon, I think I'll avoid this.

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Photo of gandres
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 22 ounce, poured to wine glass
Appearance: amber light brown hazy liquid, medium off white foam that disappears slowly
Aroma: fragrant hoppy aroma, very good
Taste: very good to excellent, medium bitterness
Mouth feel: creamy, good carbonation, long follow through, no sudden drops, a bit sticky, long bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer repeat: yes look for: yes
drank: March 5, 2017 5:47 PM

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

July 2016:: Bought a 22oz bomber at John's Market for $2.99....not to be a snob, but my expectations from a $2.99 bomber aren't high. Very retro label caught my eye.

Pours cloudy apricot. Skim of head. No lacing.

Surprise surprise! Taste is crisp, dry, clean. Great for that price!!
This one isn't complicated, so I'm going to rank it going the opposite way: At 7.5% abv (I have no reason to doubt it) , then at the very least it's a great beer re: value-for-money. An old-school IPA, with some of the bitter replaced with hop flavor. Not familiar with Meridian or Crystal hops at all, but in the dry hop here, it works.
It is not as nuanced or subtle as some NWIPAs....but stands out of the crowd because for it.
A very good recipe and great brewing.
Aug 2017 update: Well the bombers costs a lot more than $2.99 now, and it's widely available in 6pk cans, along with a Czech-style pilsner. But for some reason right now, it's VERY hard to find this beer in Portland....its reserved shelf space is empty at several grocery stores. Not sure what's going on....!?

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Photo of mudbug
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the freshness dated bomber(two weeks old!) into a Perfect pint glass results in a very clear burnished orange body capped by a 1" head that quickly recedes to a cap of foam, lacing is minimal
Aroma is grapefruit, and some pine with a hint of mango
Taste follows the aroma closely with nice grapefruit bitterness and light pine sap. malts are only slightly noticed but lend just enough sweetness to make it enjoyable
Pretty much a textbook PNW IPA, well crafted with no flaws.
Overall a very nice IPA that isn't priced out of this world $4.50 for the bottle.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Life of Pie.

A clear orange with a thin, white head with minimal retention or lacing, this looks decent. The nose is really good! A bright blend of grapefruit, mandarins/tangerines and a little peach with a minimal malt character this smells fresh and inviting. Some pine is present as well. The palate opens with a clean bitterness with flavors of citrus rind bitterness, a really fresh and cleanly juicy citrus (grapefruit and mandarin), a little bit of pine along with a little bit of sweetness. Bitterness lingers on into the finish, where a little alcohol is noticeable. Medium-light in body, the excellent flavor profile of this beer is offset by the overcarbonation, which makes the palate it little fizzy. Still, this is an excellent beer, I'll seek this out in a can/bottle.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz can into standard pint glass. Amber/orange in color. Nice foamy head with moderate lacing. The aroma is light citrus and floral. The flavor is more hops forward, which I like. Grapefruit and pine. The finish is resinous and the aftertaste is a nice hoppy bitterness. A very drinkable IPA

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Photo of Jbagel1
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Its a good IPA with a light taste to it. Its doesn't have that bold hop taste, its light and and easy to drink. Can't really taste all the IBU's in it. BUT this isn't a bad thing, sometimes that easy drinking high alcohol % is just what i want. light 7.5 % and i want more

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Photo of Spikester
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lightly hazed golden rose with two fingers of white head that leaves a curtain of fine lace as it drops.
Smell is tropical fruit and some dank hops. A bit of fresh bread as well.
Taste is tropical fruit mango orange and a good amount of bready malts to lessen the hop bite.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with just enough carbonation. Finish is long dry and bitter when the malt sweetness fades.
Overall a tasty and fairly unique Northwest IPA that I enjoyed. I look forward to trying this on draft sometime.
Bottle date was about three weeks ago. So it is either very fresh or just past expiration. I am guessing this is a bottling date not best by date.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at the brewery on draft - pours a dark orange with billowy white head and minimal lacing. The nose is ripe with hops, and the taste follows suit with a bit of malt to even everything out. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Not a bad little IPA and the view from the bar in the back is to die for. Great spot to have a beer. Cheers!

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Photo of bsonk
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Buoy Beer Co. IPA. 7.5% abv. Dry hopped with Meridian and Crystal hops.

A- Boisterous bubbly head that lingers a while.

S- Slightly citrusy hops

T- Sweet malt, slight acridity balanced by the sweetness, a backing of a slight pine-like lupulin hoppiness.

M- Refreshing, not syrupy like some maltier IPAs. Bubbly and with a hoppy tang that lingers on the tongue along with the malt.

O- It’s a great go-to IPA, on the level of Fort George Vortex, and a little expensive if you don’t know where to buy it (Walgreens for $3.89, in PdX, bottle shop for $6). It’s designed to be well balanced and not have a “hop bite”, but I find it more on the sweet malty side, more like an APA than an IPA. Pairs well with the torta de pastor I am eating which has mildly spicy salsa.

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Photo of vkv822
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden with a foamy white head, it has a fairly standard yet very well done IPA profile, citrus, light pine and a faint caramel malt backbone to balance it out.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant beery smell. Attractive amber color and a nice pile of suds with loads of lacing. Mouth-filling carbonation.

This starts out mellow and malty, but turns sharp and bitter. Heavy on the bittering hops. Brewer says it's made with Crystal and Meridian hops. Still, the malt counteracts the hoppiness a little, but then you came for the hops. Citrus peel flavors and a grainy note that is nice.

A decent gulping IPA, and certainly a bargain at $4.29. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottling date had smeared off, but it smells pretty damn fresh...
Crisp clear copper/rich amber body with a massive soft white head (admittedly not the gentlest pour...).
Great retention, but surprisingly little lacing.

As soon as the top is popped I get gently assertive tangerine with some floral sweetness and grassy mellowing. There's something uniquely spicy in there as well that I'm having a hard time pinning down.

After that bouquet the flavour is a little bit of a let down. Don't despair, though! This still tastes really good, I just had really high expectations from the pour and intro through the nose. Flavour is more muted, more pine and less juicy. It still has a light (NOT lite) refreshing drinkability to it, and I would never have guessed it was 7.5%. A creamy sweetness entreats you at the beginning, almost like a beer version of an artisan creamsicle. That's such a lame description. Like creamy orange blossoms? Not much better. But that's what it is. The blunt pine comes in next and lends a distinctively bitter note to the proceedings. Finish is lastingly and strongly bitter with a light dance of floral nectar sweetness, more the orange rind. Oranges are kind of a theme here. Malts support enough to keep it from being one dimensional but don't stand out on their own at all.
Medium body is just silky creamy smoothe and dangerously drinkable. Subtle carbonation leads the procession into bitter quite nicely.

Overall this is another very good IPA from a region known for them, and better yet (and as one would really need to at this point...) it brings reasonably unique profile to the game without being way out there or relying on external crutches. I'd gladly drink another of these and would love to see how it presents itself on tap.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at URGE Gastropub – Rancho Bernardo, CA
11/07/2014 – Taster size snifter glass

A: Dark amber nearing orange with a slight sun burnt look. Some fair clearing through it and a short stack of satin white cream on top. Light moderate dots of lace noted.

S: The aroma has distinct floral scent much like a concentrated flower oil. I am getting a solvent note here as well. Almost like nail polish remover or something. Kind of weird and boozy too. Candied orange there. Comes together like an orange liquor. Very odd and not sure what to make of this one.

T: Sweet candied orange peel rolled into a flower shop potpourri and finished with this solvent nail polish note. Very odd and no real discernible malt characters past that. The beer has a lower amount of bitterness to it and a harsh alcohol note that kicks in the finish. Kind of sweet and boozy. Not a repeat for me.

M: Moderate body and kind of sticky full on the palate. Low bitterness to it with some harsh alcohol and solvent areas.

D: I hate to bash this one but something quite off here. Too boozy with that odd solvent note. Can’t really recommend this one based off of my experience.

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Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy glowing sunset orange with white head. Reasonably pungent hop resins on nose and palate offset the malty appearence. Clean execution and med. body.
Seems to be a newer addition to the local watering holes that I've enjoyed a few of in spite of preferring a less malty IPA, due to the robust hop balance.

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Photo of almostjay
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting if the IPA I had today was indeed the always available IPA at Buoy. I found the beer to taste almost identical to Schlafly Tasmanian IPA, big time fruitiness and not much in the way of bitterness at all. I'm surprised because it seems to me unlikely that they'd have constant access to galaxy hops to keep this on tap all the time, but maybe my taste buds were off. Nice beer anyway.

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