Those crazy guys at the Buffalo Bill’s
Brewery. They’re at it again. Beer enthusiasts know and love them best for
Pumpkin Ale . That beer is a fall and winter seasonal that I personally
always look forward to. Buffalo Bill Hayward, who could well be called the
father of modern American pumpkin beers, has a real winner on his hands
Today, bottled Pumpkin Ale is produced by the Portland Brewing Company of
Portland, Oregon. They’re also the ones behind Buffalo Bill’s Orange
Blossom Cream Ale, a beer made with honey, orange peel, and the addition
of orange flower extract.
Orange Blossom Cream Ale would appear to be the spring seasonal addition to
the bottled Buffalo Bill’s lineup. And granted, beer made with oranges may
seem strange to the beer novice, but truth be told, the Belgians have been
adding orange peel to their Wits for a long, long time. Bert Grant’s brewery
recently added a rather interesting
to their lineup.
So how does Orange Blossom Cream Ale compare?
Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom Cream Ale pours to bright a golden
orange color with a very light head formation and a sweet orange nose. The
palate is on the sweet side, with cloying notes of honey and a very thick,
full mouthfeel. The orange flavors permeate the beer, too, as you would
The flavor is somewhat floral, and there is a strong suggestion of orange
peel that really reminds one of orange marmalade. The finish is definitely
on the sweet side, and a bit creamy too. Overall, the beer is a little too
soda popish for my taste.
It’s rather amazing how little carbonation there is here, too. This also
tends to add to the cloying character of the beer, and detracts from the
overall drinkability. To be sure, if you aren’t a fruit beer fan, this beer
probably isn’t for you. It’s an ok enough brew, but it doesn’t work nearly
as well as Bill’s Pumpkin Ale. It’s not really a beer I would buy on a
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.