Review: Original Orange Blossom Ale, Buckbean


Original Orange Blossom Ale
Buckbean Brewing Co. — Reno, Nevada

Stats:
  • Style: Amber Ale
  • Bitterness: 35 IBU
  • ABV: 5.8% ABV
  • Malts: Two-Row Pale, CaraVienne, Munich
  • Hops: Palisade, Ahtanum, Vanguard
  • Sampled: 16 oz. can
  • Full Disclosure:  Sample provided by brewery

Description: "The Original Orange Blossom isn't a fruit beer, despite its name. This bright, zesty ale is built from caramel malts, American hops and orange flower water, which lends rich and refreshing aromatic notes.” — Buckbean Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  This is part of my series on beers with fruit. However, according to Buckbean's description, it isn't a fruit beer. I stand corrected.

The tasting: Deep copper in color, slightly hazy, with an off-white head that dissipated slowly. It has lots of effervescence floating through the glass. The aroma abounds with the essence of sweet orange. Think rose water—except the orange version. It reminds me of a Jolly Rancher orange candy. Flavors of caramel malt, bready malt, and orange. While not subtle, the orange is restrained. Based on the strong sweet orange aroma, I expected a cloying sweetness—which, fortunately, did not occur. There’s also some light herbal hops in the background. Medium bodied and softly carbonated, it has a creamy mouth feel and finishes with caramel malt and orange.

Rating: 4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!  Its unique aroma and solid orange flavor made Original Orange Blossom Ale a memorable beer for me. While not an “everyday” beer, it's one to try if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary.

Have you tried Original Orange Blossom Ale or any other Buckbean beers?


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