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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1,124 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 22.37%
Wants: 14
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of JamesS
4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pumpkin orange color with some decent initial head; no lacing. Nice deep pumpkin scent, hints of the gourd itself with a nice pumpkin spice scent. Nice flavor; light malt sweetness with a hit of pumpkin spice up front and a bit of the pumpkin itself at the end. Goes down quite well, with a nice sparkling bit of carbonation. A very nice pumpkin ale.

Photo of GeoffTBreashears
4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first time I tried this beer I was very pleasantly surprised. All of the flavors were balanced so well. Definitely has become one of my favorite Pumpkin Beers.

The appearance was a very nice reddish orange color with a nice head that dissipated rather quickly.

The smell had a bitter-sweet characteristic to it. Not offputting thought.

The taste was unique in that it definitely carried its pumpkin flavor throughout. I have found that most pumpkin beers carry the pumpkin spice flavor and feel to them. However this one had a different taste in that it was as if you were tasting a fresh pumpkin out of the oven, with subtle notes of nutmeg and the like. This was well received by my palate.

The mouthfeel was average. Though the carbonation was good upon starting to drink it, that dissipated quickly as I drank the beer. Dont let that deter you from trying this though.

Overall I give this beer a hearty recommendation. If you are a pumpkin beer fan, this one definitely shouldn't disappoint.

Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice medium copper in color with a foamy off-white head that doesn't just fizzle away.

The aroma is all about the spices. I'm smelling nutmeg and coriander, which I don't think is even in this beer.

The spices carry over into the taste as well. Though they are kept well in control and don't overpower some bready malt flavors. Quite good.

The body is good and creamy.

Overall this is one of the best pumpkin beers I've had and well worth seeking out. Good stuff.

Photo of Elemental
3.99/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice orange copper color to it with a small amount of head and pour head retention. The smell is probably the best part of the beer. A very nice pumpkin aroma with many spices to smell. Smells much like a pumpkin pie. The taste is good with a well balanced taste of pumpkin spices and a light bitterness. Overall a pretty good seasonal worth trying. It took me a beer to get used to the taste but after that its pretty good.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.99/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a surprisingly dark amber with some light orange creeping in and no head to speak of.

Smells just like pumpkin. Seriously. I think this is the most straightforward pumpkin smell I’ve found in a beer of this style. Very nice. I’m also getting a doughy lager-esque pastiness here too with a dollop of honey and a light dusting of nutmeg and allspice.

The pumpkin comes through in the flavor too, but in an odd medicinal way coupled with some wheat and oats. The spices are here too, but distant. There is also a faint rauch bier smokiness to it in the finish. Intriguing.

The mouthfeel is medium boded with a light carbonation. Although it feels smooth, it leaves behind a sticky film.

Is this pumpkin taste real? I have no idea! Ignorance is bliss… I did a little exploring of thier site and they use real roasted pumpkin, so that changes my perspective a little.

Photo of CU570M
3.99/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent pumpkin orange. No head, but a little white ring around the glass. Smells like a pumpkin pie, very fragrant. Initial pumpkin taste with a little clove aftertaste. Very light, but fantstic. Very light mouthfeel, also very smooth. Nice drinkability, especially for the holidays. Best pumpkin beer i've had so far.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.97/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazey orangish brown in color with minimal off-white head that quickly faded.
Pleasing aroma is very spicey. Nutmeg and cinnamon come to mind. Sweet malty backbone under the spices. Scent comes off as a cross between heavily spiced hot apple cider and pumpkin pie.

Taste follows the smell. Heavily spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon. Sweet malt backbone supporting the spice. Again, somewhere between spicey hot apple cider and pumpkin pie. Decent balance, but the sweetness and spice do linger a bit.

Good mouthfeel.
I really enjoyed drinking this one, but I don't think I could drink more than a couple before the heavy spice and sweetness would turn me off. My first tasting of a pumpkin ale has me eager to search out whatever others are available around here.

Overall, a solid spiced beer.
Thanks to Blatzman and AKSmokedPorter for the sample.

Photo of Zorro
3.95/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is a hazy orange/red brew.

This has a pleasant pumpkin pie spice aroma. I can't really smell any pumpkin, but there is a nice malt and caramel smell.

The taste is very much like pumpkin pie. The spices come out very nicely with just a hint of caramelized sugar. Surprisingly this beer isn't really sweet.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable, but this is a specialty brew.

Photo of hatchethead
3.92/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good idea for a seasonal well executed, the Pumpkin Ale will appeal to those fall lovers who would rather push that second (or first) piece of pumpkin pie aside if they could drink it from a bottle. A whiff of the beer after a pour into a pint glass reveals that the brewers managed to capture a good pumpkin aroma that has hints of nutmeg and other pumpkin-pie spices one would expect. Its oktoberfest-like hue and clarity suggest pumpkin orange. I don't pour for head (seems a waste of glass volume to me), but it does seem that this ale doesn't give you much. But when the beer hits your tongue and taste buds, your hopes that it could serve as a pumpkin pie substitute are fulfilled. The ale's taste has a nice pumpkin ovetone and the right amount of pumpkin-pie spicing.

I recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys giving fun seasonals. I'm seriously considering giving these out to trick-or-treaters (after carding, of course) if my local beer sellers choose to stock this nice little treat.

Photo of chugalug06
3.92/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a little head and quickly translates to zero head. Very clear orange color. Decent bubbles.

S - Smooth pumpkin scent. Yum, almost smells like a candle.

T - Amazing, nothing like it looks. Very acidic, almost peachy. Mind you the vintage I'm drinking is 9 moths old, so all flavors have faded quite a bit. Almost tastes sour with pumpkin spice

M - Awesome carbonation, perfect. Slight twang buried deep inside. Sour and spicy citrus notes dominate

D - Great drinkability, goes down way fast, and extremely hard to put down.

I love to share this brew with friends, special thanks to my cellar for doing wonderful things to this kind brew over the past 9 months...


Photo of SheepNutz
3.92/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a light copper color with one finger of head. There is no lacing. The smell is very very spicy. There is lots and lots of nutmeg in the nose, just a touch of pumpkin. The taste is very malty and spicy. Lots of nutmeg, some pumpkin and clove. The body is a little bit light. The drinkability is fairly good. A decent pumpkin ale.

Photo of Brian700
3.92/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange. The head is white and sticks around for a short time. I like the aroma, definately smells of pumpkin pie spices. I didn't really pick up on a ginger aroma, just the traditional Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Allspice. The taste follows the nose. Fair amount of spice in the flavor. Mildly bitter going over the back of the palate. Good mouthfeel. Good carbonation with a light body. I think it is a very drinkable pumpkin ale. I liked it.

Photo of BMoney575
3.9/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 10-10-08

Pours a cloudy bright orange, with no real head and almost no lacing.

Smell is lots of spice, and a little fruity.

Taste is very subtle, a nice malt at first with flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, followed by a very enjoyable pumpkin hops.

Mouthfeel is good, a little thinner to help the flavors.

Drinkability is very good, everything is in great balance and not harsh at all.

Overall, one of the easiest and most drinkable pumpkin beers I've ever had. Definitely good for sessioning.

Photo of timbeer
3.9/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this one to be very enjoyable. It pours a cloudy orange, with a nice full head. The taste is pleasant - the pumpkin flavor and the spices make it reminiscent of pumpkin pie. The speciality flavors blend well with the beer taste, which puts it one up on many novelty beers. It might benefit from a fuller body, and perhaps from a stronger malt presence.

More generally, this beer illustrates that one's preferences are highly individualistic, and that one shouldn't be deterred from trying a beer simply because others have given it poor reviews. You won't know what you think of it until you try it yourself. Once in a while you'll find one that, for you at least, is a hidden gem.

Photo of jamiesessions
3.89/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours an orange-ish, copper colour with very little head, that dissipates almost as quickly as it forms. Smells like pumpkin pie, spices and nutmeg galore. Taste is finally something i can write home about. Unlike many pumpkin beers that deliver on smell but not on taste, this one is delicious. Pumpkin flavours really come through on this one, and leaves a wonderfully sweet aftertaste. Feels a little light, watery is probably too strong a word, but does not keep me too intrigued. Very high carbonation is also a little bothersome. Beer is very drinkable however, the sweet taste leaves you wanting more, and it goes down very smoothly. All in all this is easily the best pumpkin ale i have had yet. The poor reviews mostly seemed to centre around the sweetness of the beer, which is exactly what kept me intrigued. Too many Pumpkin ales taste simply like ales that smelled like pumpkins, but never delivered on the taste. This one gives you a sweet little treat, perfect for the thanksgiving season

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.89/5  rDev +31.9%

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 - 3.63)

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 - 3.88)

Medium body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Long, semi-warming finish. (Feel - 3.63)

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)

3.89 | 87 | B+

Photo of Adamthome1
3.89/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz botle, no best buy date...but it's 10/30 should be fine freshness

Poors a weak head that evaporates, beer is copper color

Smells like smashed pumpkins, hint of nutmeg, cinnamon maybe.

Pretty full taste, certainly different, tastes like pumpkin seeds and mildly citrus, nice amount of carbonation.

Nice cinnamon aftertaste. I don't really like to eat pumpkin pie or pumpkin inspired food so I was eary about buying this, pleasantly surprised. I could drink more than one of these at a time.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, with an autumnal picture of a harvest pumpkin on the cover/label,

A: Pours a nice, cloudy, orange colour, but after the initial head is nice, it quickly dissipates to a no head brew, no lacing at all, a bit disappointing, but not terrible.

S: Very nice, smelled of fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie, the smells of autumn, with some nice nutmeg, cinnamon, and mace, love that nutmeg, I'm a sucker for that spice, it just smells like the holiday season for me, the first pumpkin ale of the season just brings on that feeling for me, wow, the summer went fast.

T: Pretty much the same as the smell, not as tasty as pumpkin pie, but few things are, the spice flavour is even more overt in the taste than in the smell, the taste is basically dominated by spice, though I can taste the pumpkin notes that are there.

M: Surprisingly light, almost feels like a fall-seasonal style pumpkin soda, very spritzy, the mouthfeel could certainly be beefed up a bit.

D: Easy to drink, a tasty beer, would be great for a Halloween party, a few tweaks could make this beer great, it almost feels like a rough draft, a first brewing for what could be a really spectacular beer, still it is a fun beer to drink, it really goes for this pumpkin spice flavour, which I feel is different from a lot of the pumpkin ales out there which taste like an amber ale, mixed with a bit of pumpkin spice, so this is something that I will continue to buy each October that it comes out.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.87/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy orange with a small head, no carbonation to speak of.

S: A good balance of malt and pumpkin herb, just a touch of spice to give it dimensions. Very clean.

T: Another clean effort of balanced pumpkin and malt, with some delicate floral contribution that is particularly enjoyable. Delicate, yet a bold addition for the style. Their gambit works well.

M: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, and the almost absence of effervescence makes it easy to enjoy a second and third.

O: One of the best pumpkin beers I've had. If you want a pumpkin pie then look elsewhere; this one doesn't have a heavy spice flavor. If you want a well-balanced beer that is perfect for autumn, then pick it up.

Photo of phichifiji00
3.87/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass:

Appearance: Orange, thick white head that quickly dissipates, but remains bubbly almost soda-like.

Smell: Spicy, orange peal, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, some earty/spicy notes.

Taste: nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, a bit light on the pumpkin pie flavor for my tastes.

Mouth: Medium bodied, heavily carbonated.

Overall: One of the better pumpkin beers that I've had to date.

Photo of Bluemoonlover
3.85/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A-poured a golden orangish color with very little head almost none.

S-pumpkin obviously very present.roasted grain.

T-Again pumpkin very present and other spices.Really spicy grainy taste.

M-Went flat fairly quickly.spicy and kind of dry.

D-Pretty easy to drink.Good beer to drink with baked cakes or pies.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.84/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This really isn't bad and I think it is unique. Harpoon's winter warmer has a similar feel to it. Very light bodied and drinkable, many spices. Nutmeg, cinnamin and other Octoberlike spices. Nice taste to it. Soapy head, pours a copper color and many can be consumed at once. Smells really good. I like this one.

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.82/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Clear golden color eth a thin off white head that dissappears quick!!

Smell- Pumpkin and spices right upon opening .

Taste- A very light pumpkin and spice taste. Those tastes are more pronounced in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel- Thin with a lot of carbonation

Drinkability- Not a horrible beer. I can taste the pumpkin more in this beer than any other I've tried. I couldn't drink a whole bunch of these though. Too sweet.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.82/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2012 re-review: Poured into a conical pint glass.

The beer is a hazy, dull orange color. A light cream head recedes instantly to little or nothing, with no lacing.

The aroma has an earthiness to it with spices underneath. I can almost smell pumpkin rind in there.

The beer tastes more like real pumpkin, and less like a pumpkin spice bomb. AGain, an earth pumpkin rind body with ideas of squash weigh this done with good cinnamon and nutmeg coatings on the palate. Very good. It tastes like a real craft beer, and not a pretend one.

The mouthfeel is fizzy and bright, and way too carbonated.

Overall, I'll buy this each year. It really tastes centered and down to earth -- and earthy. I like it compared to the generic, over-spiced brews that have flooded the market.

Photo of Vashtar
3.82/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

When I first smelled this, I noted that it reminded me of a pumpkin malt ball.

The taste scared me at first. It started out really strong and I thought it was going to be awful... bu then it leveled off. After many sips, it starts out mellow, starts to speak sharply but then evens out before the taste becomes too much. It's a nice balance.

The appearance is cloudy, but nice.

The mouthfeel is a bit too thin.

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