BUFFALO BILL’S BREWERY
Established in 1983, Buffalo Bill’s operates out of California and some of their beers are produced at Pyramid Breweries. A good amount of their beers are produced with fruit.
ORANGE BLOSSOM CREAM ALE: 77 Points
This Cream Ale is available year-round in select states in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Cream Ale brewed with honey and orange peel, with orange flower extract added.”
My Description: This beer would be much better if it wasn’t for that nagging medicinal component that is always present in this beer. It has a decent, white colored head with an average retention level and very little lacing. The aroma smells like orange flavored cough syrup with a hint of floral. It is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a mouth coating creaminess that you can taste as well. The orange flavor in the beer is actually nice and pleasant, however it is also accompanied by that medicinal taste that kind of brings it down a notch. It is worth trying but not worth rebuying. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with coconut shrimp, BBQ chicken, or a salad.
STRAWBERRY BLONDE ALE: 72 Points
This American Blonde Ale is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Ale brewed with natural flavors.”
My Description: I think this beer should have been called Ginger Blonde Ale; there is only a touch of strawberry in here that is nicely masked by the blast of ginger. It has a minimal, off-white colored head with a poor retention level and minimal lacing. The aroma is nothing short of a ginger bomb with a minor touch of strawberry, that’s pretty much it. It is slightly lighter bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. At first sip, it has a bold ginger taste with a minor strawberry presence. The quality just doesn’t seem to be there for me to enjoy this beer, and I feel like I was mislead because this strawberry is barely in this beer but it is the name of the beer.
ABV: 5.2% Color: Gold Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 4/10
AMERICA’S ORIGINAL PUMPKIN ALE: 77 Points
This Pumpkin Ale is released seasonally in Autumn in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Ale brewed with real pumpkin and natural spice flavors.”
My Description: This pumpkin ale felt like I was drinking a cheap beer with faint pumpkin flavors and spices. It could have been better if the initial brewing quality wasn’t neglected. It has a decent, off-white colored head with sub-par retention and very minimal lacing. The aroma was probably the best part of the beer with fragrant notes of malt, pumpkin, with a hint of pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon and clove. It is light bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. Flavors include a sweet malty backbone with thin notes of pumpkin and minimal spices. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of cinnamon. There was nothing exciting here, just average. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with baked ham, cinnamon rolls, or a pumpkin pie so you could at least get some proper flavor.
ABV: 5.2% Color: Copper Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10