So real quick, some bad news. Ethan is sick this week, and as such, we shall be going podcastless.
Cry your carbonated tears, beer geeks. One of our mighty has fallen.
It’s nearly summer time, and that means one of my personal all time favorite seasonals is once again upon us: Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom Cream Ale. With an average C+ rating over at Beer Advocate and one reviewer going so far as to compare it to Zima, Beer Advocate once again proves its uselessness to the true beer lover, as this is one fine hot weather ale.
Buffalo Bill’s is located in Hayward, California, but out here in Seattle it is brewed and bottled under contract by Pyramid. The description on the bottle mentions flavors of honey and orange, but to be honest, I get nothing but orange off this beer. This is not a bad thing.
The first thing you’ll notice when cracking open this brew is the fresh orange scent that comes out of the bottle. It’s light, with a hint of malt underneath, and the two compliment each other nicely. Poured into a glass, the beer presents itself as a light golden orange color, with a slight haze and a thin head.
The flavor itself is fairly light; an obvious orange flavor and pleasant slight lingering orange aftertaste, along with a light beer body. As such, malt flavors are present but subdued, and there is no hop flavor or aroma to speak of (there is a slight bitterness to the beer, but I’m tempted to attribute this to either the yeast, or perhaps more likely the orange oil they use as flavoring). The finish is slightly sweet, almost reminiscent of an orange cream soda. Make no mistake, however: the orange may be in the drivers seat, but this is a beer through and through.
Buffalo Bill’s is typically only available for a limited time around the beginning of summer, and always seems to go quickly, so if you’re in the mood for a light, fruity, refreshing ale that doesn’t waste your time by being cloyingly sweet and fru fru, you could do much worse than this excellent Orange Cream Ale.