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

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BA SCORE
68
poor

1,006 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,006
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 22.95%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | 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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5/5  rDev +71.2%

Gavini, Oct 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +62.7%

hopstalmology, Jun 29, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +61%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All the bad reviews made me sign up just to write an opposing view! I had a 2001 edition of this beer, thought it was outstanding. Got about a half dozen converts inside of a week. I'm not real big on colors, the orangey appearance is neither here nor there. The aroma made me expect a sweeter taste, but happily, you don't get that. However, there's not the pumpkin flavor I was expecting, either. Here's the deal: If you like cinnamon, and you like beer, this is for you. Don't buy the 6-pack if it's un-refrigerated. I could see the spices breaking down in a very short period of time at room temperature.

If you are the type that has to psychoanalyze a beer for every component/ingredient it contains, you may be disappointed. I don't think that's what Buffalo Bill's Brewing intends for this beer. Just drink it, let the fall/holiday memories take you away, smells in the kitchen, the turning of the leaves, childhood Christmas remembrances mingles with the present. This beer was an experience as much as a flavor.

And I promise future reviews won't be so corny. Really. :-)

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 07, 2002
Photo of cbusnoles
4.65/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

By far my favorite pumpkin beer. Actually taste like pumpkin pie and not beer with a hint of pumpkin like some other pumpkin beer. O'Fallon's is a distant second. Have tried Southern Tier Pumking, Shipyard's, Lakefront Pumpkin Lager, Post Road, Blue Moon, Jack's Pumpkin Spice and IMO it's the best!

cbusnoles, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Furball
4.63/5  rDev +58.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Pumpkin Ale is one of the best I've had. The first impression was that it smelled and even tasted like dirt, which isn't a bad thing for me. The color is medium orange with a light head... light yet airy and foamy.
The smell is of nutmeg, cinnamon, and of course, some pumpkin. It has a fresh, earthy smell that can only be described as dirt. It's not at all like eating pie... think more of a roated pumpkin with browned butter. The taste is just like the smell... fresh yet earthy... dirty. I wouldn't describe it as chewy at all because this is still a lighter beer. There's a slight sharpness yet an underlying sweetness/spice. Definetly a very drinkable beer. I would say it's great with a rubbed, grilled pork loin for a fall grill....

Furball, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.5/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Has an orangish color to it. Smells of pumpkin obviously and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Tastes like pumpkin all spiced up and has a very good smooth feeling in the mouth. So taste and mouthful says it all for the this beer. Not a bad beer, but a good beer if your into an average Joe brand kind of beer.

yuenglingfan101, Mar 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +54.1%

timmylange, Sep 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +54.1%

FLBEERGUY25, Jun 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +54.1%

dcs1548, Nov 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +54.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +54.1%

BJasny, Aug 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a six pack at the local market for about $10. Ouch
Didn't look all that good. Dark yellow, light orang, with very little head that dissappears before I can set the bottle down after initial pour.
Mells okay. Spicy, nutmeg, all spice, cinnamon, no pumpkin percievable in the nose
Taste. Wow. This is pretty good. Doesn't taste overly spiced or pumpkin pie-ish.
Mouthfeel was pretty good. Not quite full bodied, but enough for the taste to make up for any shortcomings.
Drinkability is great. Maybe it's just the time of year, but this beer is damn tasty. I will probably finish this sixer tonight or at the latest tomorrow. Very good, highly surprised. I will pick this up again if I can find it for cheaper

bradford, Oct 18, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +45.5%

nlriehl87, Feb 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +45.5%

OneTrickPony, Nov 11, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is just delicious! I always look forward to this one during the fall season. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beers appearance is deep orange, with a good 1/2 inch head, but faded quickly, leaving slight lacing along the glass. The aroma is all spices, mostly dominated by the cinammon, and a little nutmeg. The mouthfeel is thin, just making this beer that much easier to drink. The taste is great!! Cinammon again dominates the flavor of this beer, with a hint of the other spices in the back. No pumpkin taste to speak of, but once you get past that, this is a very tasty beer. Too bad this is only a fall release. Also a great beer to serve to those that dont normally drink beer, during holiday gatherings.

beeragent, Nov 28, 2006
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4.22/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep, rich orange from the bottle, fairly bright and clear. Medium head on it.

S: One of the best smelling pumpkin ales I've tried. Strong aroma of pumpkin pie spices, plenty of notes in it. I kept wanting to stick my nose in the pilsner glass.

T: Continued strength of pumpkin pie spices. Light bitter finish.

M: Medium thickness, although still a crisp ale.

D: Light creaminess goes down well. Rich flavors make it great for sipping.

ndekke39, May 18, 2006
Photo of jclovebrew
4.22/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light orange copper with slight haze. Any head promptly dissipates into a ring around the glass. Smells distinctly pumpkin pie with genuine earthyness. Taste is also pumpkin pie. Slight bitterness perceptible over the light maltiness. Tiny carbonation bubbles can be felt on tongue and in mouth.

jclovebrew, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of JDK
4.22/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1 finger head that quickly disappeared.
Little to no lacing
Nice, light malty, pumpkin spice smell
Carbonation was pretty good, left a clean, crisp taste at the finish
Light touch of nutmeg and allspice.
Enjoyed this bottle quite a bit, very good pumpkin ale, better than others I've tried

JDK, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of aldizy
4.22/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

this beer is like thanksgiving in your mouth you can taste the pumpin cinnamon and all the other floral smells that thanksgiving has to offer i would definatly have this with turkey it would be freakin perfect dont pass this one up i got it at my grocery store

aldizy, Oct 25, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear copper-orange flavor with small head of foam.

Aroma: Very nice pumpkin-pie aroma, cinnamon spiciness.

Taste: Lots of cinnamon and allspice flavors, with some malt. Pumpkin flavor is only lightly present (judging by non-spiced pumpkin homebrew's I've had). Hops not evident at all, but the spices balance out the sweetness well. A little watery at the end. Dry finish.

This is my favorite of the Buffalo Bill beers, and one I look forward to every fall. It tastes just like pumpkin pie. It's not for everyone, but it's quite unique.

allengarvin, Sep 09, 2004
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4.18/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pumpkin Pie in a bottle. I like pumpkin pie. I like this beer. If I could drop a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the bottle, I would. The look and feel are not much different than others of its style. The fun is in the spices: nutmeg and some cinnamon. Pretty crisp taste overall. A good choice for after dinner in October.

ChimayMayDay, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of Beertroop
4.15/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 12oz

A- This bottle is simply labeled with a good feel of the fall season. When poured it had a small head which slowly disappeared. Light orange color. Nice looking beer.

S- The smell this beer gave at first was of a smoked wood and then came the spices with a fruit smell. Not an strong smelling beer though.

T- This is the best part of this beer. Super smooth and easy to drink. It has a bold, but light fruity flavor with a good blend of spices.

M- Feels like a light ale would be. Easy on the buds with no bad after taste. A good everyday in the fall beer.

D- Easy to drink, with a clean crisp taste. Overall a good beer.

Beertroop, Oct 16, 2006
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4.15/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Cloudy orange brown with a little white head.

S - Strong pumpkin smell with a lot of spice.

T - The spices come through a lot stronger than the pumpkin. Really complex.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer, one of the better pumpkin ales.

jeffmonarch, Oct 23, 2008
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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
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