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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale - Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin AleBuffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale

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Reviews: 627
Hads: 1,168
Avg: 2.93
pDev: 31.06%
Wants: 16
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Buffalo Bill's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Reviews: 627 | Hads: 1,168
Photo of TX-Badger
2.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a clear coppery color with off-white head. Roasted pumpkin, malt, and some squash notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more vegetal pumpkin than I like.

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Photo of MLoxxer
3.19/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am judging this beer based on what it is, a pumpkin ale and not against a higher standard of the brewing art. Pouring this beer out of a 12oz glass bottle seemed somehow like pouring soda pop. The head was coarse, consisting of large bubbles. Color-wise, it is ruby-ish brown, a dark brown.From an aroma point of view it is very adjuncty with a strong spice character, kind of reminds me of one of those essential oil-based cinnamon air fresheners. I could also detect a nose that reminds me of the amateurish home brews my friend and I used to make. Flavor-wise it has a definite pumpkin and spice character. The after taste is slightly bitter, and a hint metallic. I think this beer would be suitable for someone who doesn't have a developed beer palate and is looking for a "pumpkin beer." Its certainly not overpowering, but not overly watery. Although I probably won't be buying this stuff again I can't say it's bad. For what it is, this pumpkin ale is just fine.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.68/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale brewed Buffalo Bill's Brewery, with an ABV of 6.0%. This brew pours out a nice brown color with a nice off white head. I really like the color of this brew. The smell of Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale , is rich with pumpkin and spices. There is also some nice grins,malts and hit of hops , in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up a nice rich pumpkin spice with some nice grains at the end .This brew smell and taste like pumpkin pie, not saying that is a bad thing. Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale, has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel of Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale ,is rich ,bold ,spicy, and smooth. Overall I'm giving Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale a 4.75 out of 5. Buffalo Bill's Brewery,did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again. This is one of the more balance pumpkin brews on the market. Not to much spice, not to much pumpkin.

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Photo of Topskee
4.31/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i really liked this beer. i feel it had a lot more notes of real pumpkin than just the spices like most of them are becoming. maybe the fact that i live fairly close to the brewery affects my beer's taste, you know, the fresher the better? ...or something like that.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.28/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Trying this one on for the first time before a gig at an Oktoberfest later this evening. Served in a nonic pint.

Appearance : It pours a tea/root beer colored body, like leaves trampled in the mud. The yellow-grey head is initially 2 fingers but recedes within a minute to a silky ring on top. Lacing is sparse and barely hanging on. Opacity is 80%.

Smell : I would say this is probably the most honest representation of a pumpkin ale from the nose. All of the elements are here right off the bat - pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and even some brown sugar and maple syrup. It all comes together in the nose for me. I can't improve on it whatsoever.

Taste : Delicious pumpkin flavor, with pumpkin pie filling and flaky crust, followed by clove and nutmeg, cinnamon, a pinch of sappy brown sugar, ending slightly spiced/bitter with coriander. There is a faint hint of diacetyl in here which I can't say is very rewarding, but the rest of the flavors cover it up pretty well.

Feel : Medium bodied is this beer's home. Appropriate carbonation, delectable and balanced creaminess. The finish is slightly buzzing and nipped.

Overall : When I put this to my lips my hands went up in the air as if to say "why the poor ratings?". I don't know what people look for in a Pumpkin ale, but this one nails it for me. I've had plenty of Pumpkin ales in my time, many of them worthy of a drain pour. This is not one of them. I intend on finishing...nay, enjoying this one till its gone. After that, who knows, I'll probably buy some more.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark cloudy amber color with a thin white head. Aroma of vanilla, not getting a lot of pumpkin spice sent. It feels a little watery. I actually enjoyed the flavor or the beer but tasted hardly any pumpkin. Got a much stronger taste of vanilla over anything else. I enjoy sweet beers so I enjoyed this but it was not a great pumpkin beer.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Super carbonated and slightly watery mouthfeel, no discernable spice or pumpkin on this beer. Taste like a chai tea soda. Definitely the poorest pumpkin beer tasted this season.

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Photo of Beejay
3.19/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: A deep murky brown in color, with a mostly white head on top.

S: Pumpkin aroma, as well as vanilla and cinnamon. There is a bready aroma in there as well.. I think the vanilla note almost makes me think of whipped cream.

T: Lot's of pumpkin and spice, with a long lingering spice flavor. Just a lot of spice...

M: Light bodied, with very high carbonation.

O: Overall this one isn't for me.. too much spice and the mouthfeel is off. There is almost a soda thing happening.. not my bag.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours two fingers of head on a dark body.
The aroma is brown sugar, smoke, pumpkin and milk.
The taste is bread and mild spice.
The texture is thicker and smooth.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.74/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper with medium-sized flecks in suspension. Not very impressive retention on this uniformly-bubbled, vanilla-white head. Smells of pumpkin, traditional spices and esters. Similar flavors, tart and malty throughout, not really any pumpkin or spice for the first second or so, but very intense with allspice in the finish and aftertaste. Very good if you're looking for a treat and a change of pace. Lighter end of medium-bodied, medium level of somewhat prickly carbonation. Not much sensation beyond that. Would prefer a creamier and warmer feel, although I'm glad it's not too dry. In my opinion, an underrated beer within an admittedly overrated (or at least oversold) style.

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Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/13/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of pumpkin, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and solid complexity of bready malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and solid robustness of bready malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is ok. A little watered down feeling in mouthfeel, but not bad. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid pumpkin ale. All around good balance and solid robustness/complexity of bready malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a murky amber-orange color with a small foamy white head that disappears quickly, leaving just some film on top, no lacing

S- nutmeg-forward on the spicing with aromas of raw pumpkin, cola & fermented ketchup

T- slightly sweet, malty & nutty up front, vegetal notes and grains, faint nutmeg and clove, more grains on the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- not a lot of pumpkin flavor, drinks more like an amber ale

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Photo of Jeffreysan
2.89/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, golden, copper/amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that completely dissolved away into nothing.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, either that, or I’m stuffed up. I do get some faint notes of pumpkin and spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar, but not much, and nothing at all of malt or hops.

Taste: What it likes in aroma, it sort of makes up for in flavor. Stronger notes (compared to the aroma at least) of pumpkin, all-spice and brown sugar. There’s an interesting little bit of sourness at the finish that I’m not used to in pumpkin beers, but it’s not a hoppy bitterness, in fact, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer, it’s more like a sour fruit-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with absolutely no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Pretty decent pumpkin beer, but nothing great. The little bit of sourness at the finish is interesting. I’m glad I tried it, and if offered, I wouldn’t turn it down, but I probably won’t get it again next autumn.

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Photo of Beerma
4/5  rDev +36.5%

I was shocked to see this have such a low review! It was last of all the pumpkins! I really enjoyed it! It had a light taste with a pleasant amount of pumpkin and spice! Not too bitter and no bad after taste.

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Photo of DrCDPriest
4.75/5  rDev +62.1%

This is a fantastic brew, excellent back story, regardless if GW brewed this beer, it is as American as you can get.

Appearance - Pours a clear golden amber color, more to the medium brown tint. In using a pint mug it had a nice head, about a finger an a half, and a nice amount of lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma - You can smell the flavors as you open the beer, medium malt and pumpkin nose with a bit of spice. If you love pumpkin, the aroma won't disappoint you.

Taste - The taste follows the aroma, it really enhances it quite a bit, makes for a perfect combination between smell and taste.

Mouthfeel - It is a medium body feel with perfect carbonation. Nice malt flavor and definitely you get there is pumpkin in the mix.

Overall - You taste the pumpkin, spices, and wheat flavors, it is an incredible beer that the aroma really leads the taste.

Serving type: 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.83/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanitas pint glass
From: Albertson’s in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Sept. 30, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 4, 2014
Misc.: Enjoy by Jan. 4, 2015

Poured a dark caramel, auburn, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of creamy white head. A decent amount of wet foamy bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average spots of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, pumpkin, dark Belgian cloves, gingerbread, banana bread, honey and caramel. Very nice on the nose. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t as good as the nose, but close and still decent. Got cinnamon, pumpkin spices, nutmeg, molasses, gingerbread, banana bread, honey, roasted rye, Belgian cloves and banana. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Long, semi-warming finish. (Feel - 3.50)

I’d have to crunch the numbers, but one of the better pumpkin ales I’ve had. I know I haven’t had a lot of the good ones yet though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.83 | 86 | B+

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Photo of generallee
3.7/5  rDev +26.3%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 5.2 % abv.

Appearance: The body has a cloudy, deep orange amber color with a small quick fading head on top. The head fades out completely despite lots of visible carbonation rushing to the surface.

Smell: It has some light spice and light squash with a light fruity candy like maltiness. Overall light but balanced.

Taste / Palate: Like its aroma it has a light body with thin pumpkin pie spice and light squash like pumpkin notes. Hop flavor and bitterness are very low. The palate is light and well carbonated making it easy to drunk. Notes: It is definitely not the most complex pumpkin beer but there are no unpleasant or off flavors. The highlight to this beer is that I could drink quite a few of these in a session unlike some of the heavier spiced pumpkin ales.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampling now on 2/6/14 though I had this back in 2012. Bottled chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a classic pilsner flute glass.

Pours a amber in color with a 1-finger white foamy head that settles down to nothing really fast. Actually no lacing is seen either. The aroma is light with pumpkin and spices. The taste is a little 'watered' down but you can taste the pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg with maybe a slight taste of cloves for the finish. Overall, it was alright.

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.81/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored with a long lasting off white head. Nose is pumpkin, vegetable leaves and vines; sweet cooked sugar, light cinnamon and cooking spices, noble, herbal hops. Taste follows nose with big pumpkin vegetable flavor; a sour tang underneath and some noble hop bitterness. High carbonation and medium thin mouthfeel. Tastes like fall to me.

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Photo of papat444
2.39/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle, enjoy by 121413.

Light orange body, decent head but fizzles to nothing in no time which no trace left behind. Aroma is better with aroma reminiscent of pumpkin pie and assorted spices. The flavor's a mess though. Disjointed spices and cinnamon with a watery malty base. Feel kind of numbs the tongue a bit in the end(!). Mild medicinal feel, not very good at all.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.01/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper orange with caramel light hue on edges of glass. Hazy. Poured with thin white cap that dissapated, and completely dissapeared after a couple sips. Well carbonated.

Aroma: Allspice notes with caramel back.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I anticipated, moderately dry. Tingly carbonation.

Taste: Spicy sweetness up front and finishes a bit orangey/citrus sour. Lacks malt quality.

Overall: A servicable pumpkin ale with some intrique, but falls short of the potential of the style.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with an off white head that is about a half inch thick that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Spices and pumpkin.

Taste: Can actually taste pumpkin and cinnamon, sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp.

Overall: An average pumpkin beer, had better, had worse. I wouldn't go searching for it, but would accept one if offered.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale that my friend Ben brought over for me to try. I have never tried this beer before I always passed it up at the beer store because I heard it wasn't that good. but because my friend gave it to me to try I'm going to give this beer a chance, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's not the best, but it isn't the worst either. It poured a cloudy orange color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of off white head that eventually faded to nothing and it didn't leave any lacing. This was a pretty average looking Pumpkin beer, the head and lacing were disappointing.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that had a molasses like aroma to it with a good amount of pumpkin pie spices showing up with cinnamon seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some malts which imparted some sweet and caramel malt aromas that were a little on the light side and there was a light amount of pumpkin like aromas showing up also. The aroma was ok, but the spices seemed to be a little too dominating.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a higher amount of those same pumpkin pie spices that I got in the aroma, but this time the cinnamon and nutmeg seem to stick out an equal amount. Up next some a lighter amount of those sweet and caramel malts followed by an equally light amount of pumpkin flavors. On the finish there was pretty low amount of bitterness with a pumpkin pie spice aftertaste. The taste wasn't bad, but just like the aroma the spices seemed to be too dominating.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it seemed to work well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and as far as Pumpkin Ales go I would say this is just about as average as they get, it's got the tell tale sign of an average Pumpkin beer with the spices being the most dominant aspect and covering up some of those malts and pumpkin flavors. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth and not filling, but the flavors didn't really hold my attention so I think one would be enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, I thought it was nice and it worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer were the dominating spices, if they were toned down some this beer could have some potential. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not hard to find a much better pumpkin beer. I wouldn't really recommend this as a good pumpkin beer. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this beer, it wasn't that great, but it was still better than I thought it would be. Better luck next time guys.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.27/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy golden orange with a thin head and no lace.

Smell is cinnamon and spices up front, faint pumpkin and maple or molasses on the back end.

Taste is mostly cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Faint pumpkin and slight citrus tart with some sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is watery and tart with high carbonation.

This is pretty standard as far as pumpkin ales go: more spice than anything else. A so-so fall offering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy pale golden orange in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some golden yellow + peach highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg specifically) and hints of pumpkin.

T: Moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) over the top of some light caramel malts flavors with a hint of sweetness. There is a very light hint of pumpkin towards the finish.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: The beer is easy to drink but there are a lot of more interesting and more complex pumpkin ales available with more pumpkin flavors. I probably would not grab this one again but I would not suggest avoiding it.

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
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