Buffalo IPA
Flying Bison Brewing Company

Buffalo IPABuffalo IPA
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Style:
English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #322
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,990
Avg:
3.45 | pDev: 14.78%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
90
From:
Flying Bison Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
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SCORE
79
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Buffalo IPABuffalo IPA
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 90 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by dkchandler:
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #84 (Jan 2014):

This isn’t your usual IPA—while it has an English flare, the hopping crosses over with some American characteristics. Easily quells our desire for hops even if it is not as clean as one would want, and the lingering hop flavors seem scattered.

STYLE: English IPA
ABV: 6.4%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Slightly hazed-out pale amber, tiny-bubbled lacing

SMELL: Big juicy hoppiness, tangerine zest, crackers, faint evergreen, floral, taffy, hint of alcohol

TASTE: Hop forward, peppery, herbal, earthy, light citrus rind, slightly dank bitterness, rustic maltiness, semi-clean, piney, pears, grainy; slightly rough, hoppy finish

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Photo of RBorsato
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of bobstockwell
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rydev24
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of gva
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of facekm
2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of timmy2b
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Ryften
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sliverX
2.03/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, perfectly transparent light copper, 1" head that faded down to a thin cap concentrated at the edge.
smell toasty malts, hops take on a green veggie/ skunk smell :( I seriously hope this is skunked but doubt it as its only been in stores a few days.
taste is bitter, skunky, green veggies. Dear jeebus I pray this is just a bad bottle and this is not supposed to taste this nasty.
mouthfeel light medium, highly carbonated would be easy to drink if it tasted good.
Overall this will be revisited not that I have high hopes from FB anyway but I keep on trying.
Edit:
Tried a second bottle from the sixer and while not nearly as skunk influenced, still tasted nothing like an American IPA or anything close to a West Coast IPA it claims to draw influence from.

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Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a short description of the beer but there is no abv listed.

Appearance: The body has a very cloudy look with an orange amber color and a tall off white head. It’s head holds on well and makes some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a big pine like hops punch with a touch of orange rind citrus and deep malty sweetness.

Taste / Palate: Right up front there is a solid piney resin like hop presence with a good solid malty backbone. Deep bready maltiness adds some sweetness that mixes with some tropical fruity hops notes in the finish. The palate feels smooth and full with good carbonation.

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Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TonyLema1
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great hop nose, very well balanced English style IPA

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Photo of pottergator
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buffalo IPA pours a clear yellow color, with a nice white head. There is a nice hoppy smell, with a soapy smell mixed in. The taste is a bit watery, but has a decent grapefruit like hoppy flavor. Easy to drink, but a watery taste. Overall its not a bad IPA, pretty light, but still has the IPA flavors.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to the Ommegang BPA glass. No date or batch number indicated.

A: Pours with a solid 2 1/2 finger high head, off-white with a yellow tint. The texture is foamy, mediumly compacted, and the staying power is great. The body is medium-light orange. Slightly hazy. More than adequate lacing sticks to the glass in sea foam form.

S: Citrus and pine on the hop front with a gentle toast to the plain malt character. An odd, lightly phenolic, melting plastic-like aroma is in the background - not too obtrusive - but definitely noticeable.

T: A small improvement from the nose. Firm bitterness with adequate malt sweetness which is enhanced when a caramelly dimension begins to creep onto the palate.

M: Rather gentle mouthfeel, with passive bubbles at first, that kind of tighten up for a finer effervescence from the middle to the end. Medium body.

O: Not a bad IPA really. Easy to drink, decent flavor, the mouthfeel is good. A better brew than the first few reviews let on.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a light honey color with orange around the edges. There is a solid full finger of head that settles nicely along the top of the beer. There is decent lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is light malt, a touch of bitters, and a subtle amount of tropical fruits (pineapple and mango, maybe even some passion fruit). It's pleasant, but more of the malt shines through as it warms. That's not something I want in my IPA.

T: It starts off biting and astringent. Wow. Super harsh. Massive bitters right up front that are really off putting. I get some chalk mixed with pineapple in the middle. The finish is chalky, dry, and bitter. It's nothing like the nose. Very disappointing.

M: Light bodied beer. This beer is bitter and dry. For an IPA at 6.2%, I'm shocked at how harsh it is. It starts out dry, and finishes lit a desert.

O: This beer isn't good. The label says that it's brewed with three types of west coast hops, including galaxy. Aren't galaxy hops grown in Australia? Either way... it's just another pathetic offering from Flying Bison. It makes me wonder if the brewers have even tasted high quality west coast IPAs (i.e. Blind Pig, Sculpin, Duet, etc). I truly want them to make great local beer, but they keep letting me down. Add this beer to their long list of disappointments.

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of gabedivision
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a FBBC pint glass.

Pours a clear copper orange with a frothy 2 finger head, decent retention and lace. Lemony citrus mixed with a nutty malt aroma, floral hops meld with a sweet caramel buttery smell. Nice subtle floral hops grace the tongue, hints of citrus, lemon, slight grapefruit, hints of peaches as well, leaves the mouth a nice bitter note. Light on the mouthfeel and body, decent medium carbonation, sweet and bitter. Overall; Buffalo IPA is an easy to drink IPA with a good hop-malt balance, floral hops fill the mouth while a nice citrus bite cleans up.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice orange amber color with a half finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades fairly fast leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of pine with lots of sweeter fruity aromas of passion fruit, tangerine and some mango. Along with the fruit and pine are some light earthy smells as well as a bit of a grapefruit hop aroma, which overall produce a rather robust and inviting aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and doughy taste with some dank hop tastes of a earthy and herbal nature. Some fruit sweetness of tangerine is present upfront with it soon being joined by other tropical fruit flavors of the passion fruit and mango that were detected in the nose. All the while a modest amount of grapefruit and pine come to the taste with the pine being the stronger on the two. In the end, with the mix of flavors that is left to linger on the tongue, one is left with a somewhat modest and dank bitter but still fruity and sweet flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and lighter side with a carbonation level that is rather low. A bit more thickness in body and higher carbonation may have suited the mix of fruit and dank hop flavors slightly better, but even said the overall feel was rather decent.

Overall – Not a hop powerhouse but still rather balanced overall, with a not overly citrus flavor profile. A fairly nice drinker.

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Photo of TicoCali
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tschnab
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a orange golden body with a really nice three finger rocky head and a decent amount of lace.

S- mostly lemon and grapefruit rind, light pine, sweet bread.

T- the hops are very citrusy, mostly lemon peel with some grapefruit as well. There is a bitterness at the end that has a bit of a pine character. Very tasty, a little one note though.

O- very nice ipa here that I enjoyed pretty fresh. Don't know why it has gotten such poor ratings. I find it to be a pretty solid ipa.

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Photo of rapayn01
3/5  rDev -13%

Buffalo IPA from Flying Bison Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 90 ratings