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Buckbean Brewing Company's Original Orange Blossom Ale

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Orange Blossom Ale

Buckbean Brewing Company was started in 2008, the vision of Reno, NV native Douglas S. Booth and veteran Brewmaster Daniel B. Kahn.  This Nevada brewery cans their beer, believing it to be better for the environment, and also with the idea that … see full wiki

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A very refreshing (canned!) Orange Blossom Ale

  • Feb 19, 2010
Buckbean Brewing Company was founded in 2007 in Reno, NV. They can their beer instead of bottling it for environmental reasons. According to their press release package, microbreweries only bottled their beers initially because the aluminum canning lines were not designed for smaller production, so glass bottles were their only option. So people began to equate glass bottles with good beer. I was not aware of any of this but I definitely prefer glass bottles myself, not that I drink out of bottles or cans. I pour into a glass whenever I can, in order to open up the beer and catch all scents and see the color and clarity.

Anyway, on to the Original Orange Blossom Ale…

About the beer
According to Buckbean Brewing Company, this is “a bright zesty ale built from Munich and caramel malts, American hops and orange flowers.” According to their Web site, “…this copper colored ale combines the flavor and aroma of real orange tree flowers with a well-balanced, full flavored ale to produce a real treat for the senses.”

The Pour
This poured into a pint glass with less than a finger of creamy off-white head that dissipated quickly. The color is very orange but it’s not completely clear. There looks to be some hint of cloudiness and it seems barely carbonated.

The Nose
There are floral hops present, but the dominating scent is citrus. It smells strongly of orange oils or orange zest. Smells clean and sweet.

The Taste
My first impression of this beer was that it was very light and shallow of flavor. You got the orange flavor and some malt and hop flavors and that was it. As I finished the first, and then the second, pint, I started appreciating this beer more. It’s very smooth and eminently drinkable. It is very light bodied, and the orange is the dominant flavor, but hops notes come through on the finish.

After the first couple of sips, I was preparing to talk about how I wish it were fuller bodied and more complex, but in the end, I decided this was a uniquely tasty brew. It’s a very drinkable and refreshing brew, great for quaffing after you cut the grass or while grilling. The flavor is not that multi-layered but it is spot on. I’m already thinking about the next time I cut the grass and how good this would taste. In a nutshell, I am well pleased with the flavor and how refreshing it is!

Recommended: Yes. It is, at the very least, worth a first try. Drink a pint or two and see if the flavor doesn’t make you want more!

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Buckbean Brewing Company's Original Orange Blossom Ale
Buckbean Brewing Company's Original Orange Blossom Ale
Type: Ale
Variety: Orange Blossom Ale
Country: Reno, Nevada, USA
Brewery: Buckbean Brewing
ABV: 5.8%
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