Today’s installation of Silvio Saturday has me very jealous. Silvio reviews Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom Cream Ale. I’ve seen reviews over the the last few months for similar orange flavored brews, but I’ve never had the pleasure of trying one. I’m dying to try! This particular beer he reviews sounds like a phenomenal mid-summer party-time beverage. Thanks goes to Silvio for yet another great review for me to post on LIBA!
It seems like I’m on a bit of a fruity beer binge. Having reviewed an Apricot IPA and three Blueberry Ales in the past two weeks, and thoroughly loved both, I’m attempting to go three for three. On my last run to the beer store, I came across the Orange Blossom Cream Ale and was intrigued. The beer has been sitting in my fridge for a few weeks but tonight seemed like a great time to crack it open.
The pour was interesting. There was barely any foam at all, just a light dusting that evaporated in about 10 seconds, and a ton of carbonation – it was almost like a soda. The beer has a great color and aroma; with a clear golden color and a very sweet and citrus smell, almost like an orange creamsicle.
I literally couldn’t wait to take my first sip. Expecting a creamsicle, I was surprised to taste a solid ale flavor with nice orange and spice hints. I liked this beer from the start, but the real clincher was the aftertaste. I tasted honey and orange zest, as if someone had just taken a grater to an orange peel and shaved it into my brew. Even though it was sweet, it wasn’t syrupy at all.
This is an outstanding beer, light and refreshing. I had trouble pacing myself to drink it slowly so I could type my review notes, and I would love to plow through a sixer of this on a hot summer day. With a 5.2% ABV, it packs a little punch to boot, and I must admit this is best beer I’ve reviewed so far for the blog.
This is Buffalo Bill’s Spring/Summer seasonal, but a quick look at their Web site shows off a Pumpkin Ale for the Fall and a Blueberry Oatmeal Stout for the Winter. Guess I know what I’ll be keeping an eye out for this year!