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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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BA SCORE
69
poor

1,094 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,094
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 22.79%
Wants: 14
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Buffalo Bill's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001)
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Reviews by cdizinno:
Photo of cdizinno
2.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle, stubbier than pictured, brewed by Pyramid Ales for Buffalo Bill's Brewery.

A: Copper-orange... actually dark pumpkin. Just like the color of a pumpkin pie. Slightly hazy, but almost no carbonation. Thin white head dies quickly and leaves no lacing at all.

S: Mild pumpkin and spices.

T&M: Very thin. Watery pumpkin and mild spices. Taste is pretty good, but no body whatsoever. Minimal hops and malt.

Not too good. I was hoping it was going to be up there with the quality of their "Orange Blossom." But, no go. I don't particularly enjoy pumpkin, but I've had many other pumpkins that are very drinkable compared to this one.

cdizinno, Sep 12, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is dingy orange in color (like a pumpkin, of course) with a big head that is white as the driven snow.

Smell – The giant spicy cinnamon surely brings to mind Halloween. The malts and sugars come together nicely to produce a very pumpkin-like aroma.

Taste – Yes, this one reminds me of a tasty pumpkin pie. They hit the nail right on the head with this flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale is creamy in the mouth with a dry finish and laden with powdery spices.

Drinkability – This is a big sipping ale perfect for those cool fall evenings.

RoyalT, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +19%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of explosivebeer
2.28/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours very little head and what's there dissipates quickly. It is very light and refreshing with some sweetness and obviously pumpkin, but very mild doses of both and an even more subtle hint of cinnamon. It finishes clean. By itself it was underwhelming but I can imagine it would be great paired with spicy food or on a hot day.

explosivebeer, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Dmann
2.23/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This one should just be a cinnamon beer. It poured a copper color with a small fizzy white head that did not last long at all. The first thing I could smell was the cinnamon and that's pretty much all I could detect. The taste definantly reflected the smell and was dominated by cinamon flavors with just a touch of malt flavour in the background. The thing that put me off was that there was not much "beer" flavour at all and it seemed like I was drinking something overly sweet. Will not be drinking this one again.

Dmann, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ginger beer. Ginger ginger ginger. There's some cinnamon underneath the ginger. No pumpkin to be found anywhere, unfortunately.

Much like Shipyard's pumpkin ale is really a cinnamon flavored beer, Buffalo Bill's pumpkin ale is really a ginger flavored beer.

I also get some kind of strange funky aftertaste... kind of smokey.

Um, not good. Not good at all. Better than Shipyard's pumpkin, but that's not saying much.

chOAKbarrell, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had some decent pumpkin ales. This isn't one of them. Hazy dark orange color with a medium white head that quickly disappears. Very spicy aroma, mostly clove. The taste is spice, a little pumpkin (although I think that's stretching it). Very muted. I could drink one or two of these, but I'd have to feed the rest to someone else.

lordofthewiens, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of heddar33
2/5  rDev -32%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of generallee
3.7/5  rDev +25.9%

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.

generallee, Aug 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +19%

iemailjack, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle brewed by Pyramid Ales for Buffalo Bill's Brewery.

Fizzled head leads to almost no lacing at all. Orange haze show some bubbles racing to the top. The pumpkin and spice aroma are present with clove more in the front. Slick and crisp wet body. Spice is there for sure, suggestions of cinnamon and clove are easy to pick out. Bit of pumpkin flavor is layered on the dry and mono-tone maltiness. Minimal hops and a little watery in the semi-dry finish.

I have to wonder how different the bottle version is from the actual source. It has the bells and whistles for the style but the beer component struggles a bit.

Jason, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of merlin48
2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copper amber body with a shortlived, offwhite head that leaves minimal, collar lace.
Immense aroma of pumpkin pie spices in the nose.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery, but has ample carbonation.
Pie spices and some caramel malt dominate the taste. Hops provide a herbal bitterness. Plenty of spicy nutmeg, ginger, mace, and allspice are tasted, but the thin body is watery.
Easy drinkability due to the thin body, but this is not an asset here. Not very substantial except for the nice pumpkin pie spices.

merlin48, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: nutmeg, toasted malt, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice

Taste: cinnamon, clove, followed by pale malt that leads to pumpkin spiciness at the end.

Mouthfeel: sweet but not overly so, high carbonation, medium-light bodied

Drinkability: A nice and solid pumpkin ale. Not boundary pushing, yet more complex then several i have had this year. I would get a six of this.

tigg924, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an orange color with a small white head. The aroma is grain and cinnamon, with a few other assorted spices thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon notes, as well as a hint of cinnamon. Overall, the beer is lacking in the aroma and flavor and doesn't stand up to the better pumpkin beers. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of mattster
1.53/5  rDev -48%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Almost no head. More of a thick lace that dissipates quickly atop a dark golden brown brew. Lots of bubbles inside brew.

Smell is obviously pumpkin like - sort of on the sweet side.

Taste is very little pumpkin (or spice for that matter), more of just a beer taste. Taste more like a mass market pumpkin candy. Nothing great about this beer, yet it seems to be a popular seller. I do taste a tad bit of nutmeg, as well.

Mouth feel is fine if you can stand the bad taste, and I guess it is easily drinkable if you like drinking bad beer that has the taste of a truck stop pumpkin pie.

mattster, Dec 27, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

Meyers1023, Sep 18, 2014
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2.52/5  rDev -14.3%

asuburbanman, Sep 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

alienlifeforcecube, Sep 14, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev +18.4%

tallcoolone, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +36.1%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of xdefeatsy
1/5  rDev -66%

xdefeatsy, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
2.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle (2011)

Ralph's
San Marcos, CA

Clear orange and light copper color with a quickly forming, and quickly receding off-white head. Leaves the glass as clean as can be--no lacing.

Decent but very mild aroma of some simple Fall spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

This tastes like flavorless tonic water, until the end when there's just a hint of cinnamon and allspice character. This is one of the most flavorless beers I've had in a very long time. I don't get any actual pumpkin flavor at all.

Thin body and high, tonic-water style carbonation. Prickly and not very drinkable.

This is one of the poorer pumpkin ales I've tried.

ehammond1, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Thrasher
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 edition, contract brewed at Portland/MacTarnahan's. After the dismal Orange Blossom Cream Ale, I was curious to try this but approached with trepidation. Pumpkin ale is a lot more promising than orange ale, and I have had some damn good pumpkin beer before, particularly the one brewed by Mt Hood at last year's Holiday Ale Festival in Portland, OR. This is a marked improvement over the Orange Blossom, but it still fails to fully satisy. Pours a rich bronze-orange, with rising head that disappears very quickly, much like soda. Sweet, overpowering aroma of pumpkin pie spices. The pumpkin flavor is evident in the beer, but this really should be called Pumpkin Pie Ale since the focus is on nutmeg and cinnamon. The pumpkin is relegated to the background which is a shame since the hearty squash flavors of pumpkin marry well with both malt and hops. Malt is sweet, strong, and toffeeish here; hops are almost invisible. It could pair interestingly with a slice of pumpkin pie, but I suspect it will be sweetness overload, and too similar a flavor. An adequate novelty beer, and quite light and refreshing, although the mouthfeel is disappointingly thin. To be fair, I can see why it is a hit at parties with mainstream beer drinkers. But it's not an especially good beer overall. Hopefully Mt Hood brewed another batch of Ichabod's Head this year.

Thrasher, Oct 10, 2004
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3/5  rDev +2%

E7taylor, Sep 25, 2014
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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
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