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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

1,120 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,120
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 22.37%
Wants: 14
Gots: 61 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Ratings: 1,120 | Reviews: 619
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium orange-amber with a soft white head that quickly dissipates to near nothing and leaves minimal lace. The beer smells like freshly baked pumpkin pie (fragrant allspice and baked pumpkin). It's a wonderful aroma that holds great promise. Too bad the taste doesn't measure up to the nose.

The flavors are, again, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, but the beer is too sweet. There's also something mildly unpleasant in the finish that I can't identify. The mouthfeel strikes me as unsupported and verging on watery.

At least the label is nice and festive. It put me in the mood for a good autumn brew. The smell is enjoyable, but beer is made for drinking. Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale doesn't quite make the grade.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +35.6%
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.

Photo of explosivebeer
2.25/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of Dmann
2.27/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.89/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of generallee
3.7/5  rDev +25.4%

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.

Photo of Jason
3.01/5  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.

Photo of merlin48
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of mattster
1.55/5  rDev -47.5%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
2.47/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
2.84/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.37/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an odd beer, because it gets such a bad rating so far on this website, but I tend to like this beer. It's not really a staple for pumpkin beer at all, but has a nice light aroma and taste that a generic pumpkin beer might have. This is a really good beer to try for the general beer drinkers out there to get a taste of this style.

I drank it right out of the bottle, it was clean, a with a subtle pumpkin spice, malty finish... and it was easy to drink.

Maybe not the best beer I ever had, but not the worst.

Photo of monkeybeer
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours I hate to say it a cloudy pumpkin orange with a quickly disappearing white head. Light lacing that was there one second and gone the next.

S- Spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) with a fruity smell

T/M – fairly light the smell is defiantly stronger than the taste. Very strong after taste to speak of, does kinda taste like you are drinking a pumpkin pie. Does have more of a spiced cider feel than a beer.

D- Good beer for Halloween due to the novelty factor and that is not a terrible beer. Not a great beer for a hard core beer drinker or one that does not like fruit / vegetable beers, but all in all a good beer to drink every so often.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a dull amber color to it, not much head or lacing. Smell was definitely pumpkin.

Taste, lots of pumpkin, cinammon prolly some other Thanksgiving type of spice, nutmeg, s too. Very season in its feel. Big carbonation throughout. No hops. No bitterness. This is an Octoberfestish style of beer I can tolerate. I like the pumpkin. A little pricey though, I mean, no hops, no malt, pumpkins are dirt cheap . . . why is this 8-10 bucks a sixpack? Because of that, and the fact that its the kind of beer I don't want more than 12 oz of in a day, I docked some drinkability off of it.

Photo of ADR
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark orange, weak and short head that bunches on the glass margins at best. Extremely little lace. Heavily floral aroma, plenty of cinnamon with a wet vegetal muskiness. By gum, there is a lot of pumpkin along with pie spice in this one, broadly leafy in quality, and a sense of grape skins. Low carbonation and long lasting carry-over of the aroma finishes the flavor. Not really hoppy to close, more of a sense of mint. I can't say that this is a favorite but it seems more genuine in intent and execution than brews like Shipyard...

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper amber tone with a light colored cream head, this beer contains sparse lacing not much just specks scattered. Aroma: Great pumpkin pie aromatics very solid scent of cinnamon, pumpkin, and other cream infused spices. Taste: Flavor doesn't deliver as well as some pumpkin ales I've tried but this one is not bad, just the spicing is a bit cloying here I'd much rather enjoy another Post Road from Brooklyn brewing or even a Blue Moon much smoother and still delivers the pumpkin pie esque tones. Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy but carbonation is a bit high and overal mouthfeel seems a bit thin and textureless compared to other beers of this style. Drinkability: Decent worth a shot not a pick up a case type of beer but then again maybe not even a six pack beer I wish I could have another to taste it again but I probably won't be investing anymore money on this ale.

Photo of jeonseh
2.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Orange, brown color with a slight golden hue. Lots of carbonation Initally and a small white head that completely disintegrated

S - Hints of clove, straw, light pumpkin, and cinnamon. Smells like a wheat beer that added pumpkin and cinnamon to it.

T - Straw, clove, bubblegum, light cinnamon and pumpkin. The taste reinforces the idea of this being a spiced pumpkin beer

MF - Light, slightly watey with high carbonation that gives it a slight zip in the finish.

O - A decent, simple pumpkin beer that reminds me of a spiced wheat beer

Photo of FredTheSeal
2.71/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - 1 finger white frothy head. Dissipates quickly without lacing. Dark golden color, slightly hazy.

S - Smells malty and almost yeasty like a hefeweizen. Looked into the bottle and it looks like yeast slurry in the bottom. The bottle doesn't say anything about bottle conditioning though...Strange. I don't smell any spices which is rare for a pumpkin ale.

T - Definitely yeast in the beer. It's a shame it didn't say on the bottle or I would have poured gently. No pumpkin or spices.

M - Light-medium body. Moderately carbonated.

D - Despite the fact that it doesn't taste like a pumpkin ale, this feels like a very drinkable beer.

The yeast kind of ruined this for me. It tastes more like a hefe than pumpkin ale. I don't know if i had a bad bottle or if they just didn't label it as.bottle conditioned.

Photo of frankiepop
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked the look of the beer. The scent was ok. But the taste had a decent pumpkin flavor. This didn't knock me out, but I enjoyed the taste and texture. So thumbs up here better than average for me.

I would drink this while playing music by the Dutch drummer Han Bennink!

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a crystal clear body that is warm orangish-brown with a creamy very light tan head. Strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The bold smell of fresh ginger is the first and strongest of the spices. A little allspice and cloves with a hint of cinnamon hidden in the background.

T-The taste of fresh cinnamon bark right off the tree really pops out. Faint notes of cloves and allspice are blended in but much fainter. No real notes of hops or malt can get through the spices.

M-Medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol warmth

D- Even thought the spices are big and bold and out shadow the flavors characteristic of beer, I enjoyed it. The ginger aroma and the cinnamon taste really kind of work together. I don't think I can drink any more of this one but I it makes me want to try a pumpkin beer that has a good balance of pumpkin spice and hops, malt or alcohol. This could be the "gate-way" pumpkin beer.

Photo of pwoods
2.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to CoreyRhoads for this brew.

12oz. brown brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours a lightly pumpkin tinted amber. Very small head on the pour and no retention. No lacing.

S: Tons of cinnamon, clove, all spice, maybe some nutmeg. The cinnamon is too potent, almost Big Red gum style. Maybe some sweet and savor pumpkin pie behind all the spices but it's hard to tell.

T/M: A little more of the pumpkin comes out in the taste but it's still dominated by the Yankee Candle spices. A bit of an apple cider flavor is present while it's still relatively cold but fades as it warms further. Body is medium with subdued carbonation.

D: Low ABV but the spices are too much to make it very drinkable. Just not my cup of tea, I guess. Thanks anyway, Corey! I'm glad I got to try it.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is very fun especially (but only) during these fall months. It has a warm spice (clove like) flavor with pumpkin undertones. It is not overly spicy and doesn't have a nasty after taste like some other pumpkin ales. The spice works well with the sweet pumpkin taste, kind of like a pumpkin pie beer. One thing to note is that your taste buds get tired of this beer quick. Its great to try but maybe only one or two at a time and have one of your favorite brews ready to follow it up. Try some while carving a pumpkin or between handing out candy to kids on halloween.

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 1,120 ratings.