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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Buffalo Billís Alimony Ale was originally brewed for a customer going through a divorce. It has gained a reputation as one of the most eccentric brews, from reports in the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. No longer one of the bitterest beers in America, just one of the best.

matt7215's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, - NOV 10, 2012
355ml bottle from wegmans niagara falls. deep orange with a small off white head. cara malt nose with some c hop resin. flavour is balanced between the malt and hops, 2 note, little complexity or progression. a whack of late hop bitterness. fine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (5847) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2016
12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip glass on 5th June 2016 while on holiday in California. Dark orange with a copper hue, the head an off-white affair. Hop forward in both the nose and taste, piney with a slight citrus leaning. OK, but no world beater.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mvp (227) - Harper Woods, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2016
Small citrus aroma. Nice but not very strong. Pours dark copper color with an off white head. Good taste but finishes a little dry.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
MetalNHopHead (1237) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 12, 2016
"The times they are a-changing." - Bob Dylan The year was 1987. Somewhere between the pages of big-haired centerfolds, Playboy magazine a named certain West Coast craft brew called Buffalo Billís Alimony Ale the "Bitterest Brew in America." Fast forward to 2016. Playboy is nixing nude pictorials, and Alimony - weighing in at 70 IBUís - is a far cry from Americaís bitterest beer. Countless IPAís, from the West Coast and other regions, have upstaged its hoppiness. The hophead in me knows one of the those changes is for the better. The horny teenager who haunts the corridors of my brain isnít so sure about the other thing. Pour is darker than the usual shade of IPA orange; more like an amber/copper color. Aromas of caramel, rubber/latex, and butter. Again, not very IPA-like by the modern definition. The discrepancies continue with the taste. Mild flavor, malty, mellow. It does get bitter as it warms. Itís a medium body with a creamy feel. The knife-wielding brunette bombshell is an appeal to a time with curvaceous pinups and femme fatales worthy of Billy Wilderís Double Indemnity. Yet, lovers of the bitter, hop-forward, and innovative will understand one truth, harsh though it may sound: some nostalgia is bullshit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnnyJ (5330) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle. Clear amber pour, with an off white head. Raw grain, sugar, grass clippings, notes of citrus, cardboard, and caramel. Not interesting at all, but I guess itís partially drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lightrider (344) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Pour is a dark tan with a thin head. Aroma is malt. Taste is thick malt and light bitters. Finish is warm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Orange amber color with a small lid of beige bubbles. Aromas of pale to toasted malt with a candy orange backdrop. Some grains and near burned grain bitterness. Like alimony, not real smooth. 6/11

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ctipping (1040) - Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2015
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Clear copper with no head and very little lacing. Looks flat except for the edges of the beer. Hop aromas come through, but itís a struggle. Hard to identify exactly which hop aromas are there. More of a bready malt smell. Some bitter hops at the front, but a sharp, nutty flavor from the malt immediately follows. The hops donít come through in the flavor. The finish is bitter, but more unclean than appealing. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. Much more than I anticipated, given the lack of a head. Not terrible, just not great. Very average IPA.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rosenbergh (9921) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 30, 2015
12 oz bottle. (Whole Foods) Las Vegas, NV.
Cloudy reddish brown colour with a small white creamy head. Dark unfresh hops... thatís what it is. Unfortunately thereís no freshness info on the bottle. Whole Foods wouldnít sell an old beer... The flavour is dark hops, moderate bitterness and stale maltiness. Bad beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
mjmoen (279) - - FEB 7, 2015
Pours a rusty orange color with white head. Medium bitter finish, but too malty for my taste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (9401) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Citrus and pine up front, with a lingering spicey bitterness. Alcohol very well masked. This beer doesnít do a whole lot to stand out, but does nothing wrong either. Probably the best Buffalo Billís beer Iíve had unless one is escaping me... I dig the Collective Soul album cover label :)"

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