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Monday, August 10th 2009

Original Orange Blossom Ale
(Buckbean Brewing Company)

It's a hot night so this will do just fine. Buckbean started just two years a go when the owners, Douglas Booth and Daniel Kahn, set out to "create a new kind of microbrew appealing to both male and female beer drinkers". We can dig that.

From the Buckbean site:

"The Original Orange Blossom Ale isn't a fruit beer, despite its name. This bright, zesty ale is build from caramel malts, American hops and orange flower water, which lends rich and refreshing aromatic notes."

Here we go...

Pour - a very bright amber, almost red color with a very, very thin head that quickly says its good-byes and sinks back into the beer itself. Carbonation levels looks fairly low for this one or maybe its just the head taking it out of this beer as well.

Aroma - the smell is quite interesting. Sort of sweet like honey and some malt but also a fragrance that is not altogether orange or altogether perfume-y, its somewhere in between. Very floral but also a bit like soap or shampoo (but good soap or shampoo). 

Taste – a bit soapy and sweet, much like the aroma (soap/shampoo, perfume, floral and orange-y). Its got a certain flavor that really sticks in my mouth, its a sweet and citrusy flavor that is quite refreshing. It has a certain flavor of orange bubble gum that I remember from when I was a kid actually.

Overall -  decent brew but I'd have like to have more of the hops backing up the sweetness of this beer OR have it be below 5% abv and just be nice, light and refreshing. It's a bit too sweet for my tastes BUT I might not be the target audience for this one.

Note - Buckbean has released four of their beers in 16 oz. cans so far and on a personal note this was the first beer I've ever had from the state of Nevada.



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Original Orange Blossom Ale
Style: American Amber/Red Ale
Brewery: Buckbean Brewing Company
Reno, Nevada  
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: 2-row Pale, CaraVienne, Munich and Honey
Hops: Palisade, Ahtanum, Vanguard and Select
ABV: 5.8%
IBUs: 35
Date: August 10th, 2009

Posted by Russ

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