Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Buckhorn Brewery Stateside IPA Beer Review. Nothing really says America like a one pound Stateside IPA from ALDI. Buckhorn Brewery are based in Loveside Colorado so that certainly seems pretty genuine and no doubt they brew many a fine craft beer, but I don't really know anything about them beyond their address. What's interesting though is that this beer says it's brewed in Warwickshire, which somewhat removes the authentic American feel. Maybe Buckhorn Brewery is just the name they are using, but anyway it's brewed exclusively for ALDI UK so I somewhat doubt they are importing it from the states.
Stateside IPA comes in a nice green 330ml can featuring a golden eagle on top of a beer barrel, so it's all very American, and all very beer, I guess it ticks the boxes it's trying to. At 5.5% alcohol content the beer should pack a bit of a kick with any luck. Stateside IPA pours a clear gold with a somewhat excessive head, this really is a very lively little offering. Despite this the head vanishes almost as quickly as it forms, which is a bit of a shame in all honesty.
There's a citrus and metallic aroma with a bit of grapefruit and for want of a better description soap thrown in for good measure. It's not a bad smell by any means, but it's not an overly exciting one either. It's difficult to predict what this beer will taste like other than a standard citrus based IPA, which these days may as well read as just a standard IPA. I guess I was hoping for something a little more unique, but for a pound I'm not going to argue as long as it tastes decent.
The texture is very much as you'd expect, light and smooth. The predominant taste is certainly the citrus hops, with a bit of iron and maybe just a hint of caramel thrown in. It actually reminds me a little of Citra from Oakham Ales, only not as good. I'm not going to complain much though it's a cheap ALDI beer, but it's certainly not the best cheap beer ALDI do. I'm going to give Buckhorn Brewery Stateside IPA a distinctly average, but not unpleasant 5 out of 10, if you like IPA's you'll enjoy it enough to make it good value for money.