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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
68
poor

971 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 22.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | 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 schoolboy:
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +32.9%

I have not had many pumpkin ales that I liked, but I felt that this one was properly spiced. The mouthfeel was a bit harsh, but warming it up helped a lot.

The brewmeister at Crooked River made some experimental pumpkin ale one time and sent it along with his wife who worked at the software company where I worked. That one set the bar for others to meet.

Buffalo Bill's had a nice balanced taste and I feel is under-rated by the crowds here at BA.

09-29-2007 01:37:44 | More by schoolboy
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +37%

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.

12-06-2004 16:27:25 | More by RoyalT
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explosivebeer

Washington

2.28/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

02-01-2008 05:55:41 | More by explosivebeer
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Dmann

California

2.23/5  rDev -23.6%

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.

10-26-2003 07:24:24 | More by Dmann
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

2.58/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

12-01-2005 03:48:51 | More by chOAKbarrell
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lordofthewiens

Maine

2.85/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

09-22-2007 14:11:01 | More by lordofthewiens
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -31.5%

09-09-2012 04:24:26 | More by heddar33
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

2/5  rDev -31.5%

04-10-2013 02:28:59 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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iemailjack

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-09-2011 17:16:47 | More by iemailjack
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Jason

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

09-09-2010 03:48:10 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

2.73/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

10-22-2004 11:41:13 | More by merlin48
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

11-15-2011 13:28:24 | More by tigg924
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

09-24-2012 05:56:32 | More by Mora2000
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mattster

Texas

1.53/5  rDev -47.6%

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.

12-27-2007 10:39:26 | More by mattster
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

09-14-2013 01:26:31 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +37%

09-12-2012 20:24:47 | More by wattoclone
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

1/5  rDev -65.8%

12-11-2011 22:34:45 | More by xdefeatsy
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ehammond1


2.45/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

10-30-2011 20:23:19 | More by ehammond1
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Thrasher

Oregon

2.88/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

10-10-2004 04:03:48 | More by Thrasher
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StevenBilodeau

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

08-29-2010 18:53:40 | More by StevenBilodeau
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briandaube

Delaware

3/5  rDev +2.7%

10-21-2012 19:07:21 | More by briandaube
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monkeybeer

California

3.18/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

10-28-2007 22:57:42 | More by monkeybeer
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.13/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

09-16-2010 22:56:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3/5  rDev +2.7%

10-15-2012 20:07:58 | More by williamjbauer
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev +8.9%

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...

09-21-2003 17:45:58 | More by ADR
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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.