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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

958 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 23.02%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | 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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rayjay

Hawaii

4.1/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After trying it on tap at the brewery, I had to go out and get the bottled version. Bottled by the Portland Brewery in OR, hmmmm, so I wonder if the draft version is the same as the bottled? They taste nearly identical, but I think the draft had more pumpkin essence, less spice, a bigger maltier body, and a hoppier bite. The bottled version isn't bad, but lacks a certain extra punch. All that aside, the marriage of pumkin and hoppy full-bodied ale is made in heaven, truly a perfect pairing. A great way to get into the fall spirit. There are other pumpkin ales out there, some may be better, but this one is still very worthy and would make a great fall tradition in my glass. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 00:51:42 | More by rayjay
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CoSMoSYS

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass a light orange/copper with barely any head and there was absolutely no lacing.

With barely anything in the glass, I was hit with the smell of fresh pumpkin. Nutmeg, cinnamon and mace where there as well as the combination definitely reminded me on why I love Thanksgiving so much and how fast it is approaching! Great job on the spices!

The taste it just a tad different from the smell. Instead of fresh pumpkin pie, it tasted like the pumpkin was burnt. Almost a more dark taste to it. Nothing too special about the drink as it tasted like a better than run of the mill Pumpkin beer.

The mouthfeel was light. There was some carbonation there but overall the drink was smooth.

This was a good pumpkin beer that I'd recommend and I would for sure drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 12:13:37 | More by CoSMoSYS
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IntriqKen

California

4.08/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I disagree with a lot of reviewers on this brew.
Poured a thick cream colored head that stayed through half of the glass. Aroma was definately pumpkin pie spice blend.
Nice carbonation bite to back of pallete.
Full mouth feel.
Very slight pumpkin taste but definately strong cinamon aftertaste.
Overall a very interesting seasonal brew perfect to finish off a large turkey and pumpkin pie meal.
Not an everyday thirst quencher, however.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 22:35:19 | More by IntriqKen
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured nice orange tinted amber. This was very cloudy and hazy which kind of surprised me to be honest. Had a nice overall spiced look to it. A good two inch or more of white foamy lace formed as a head on top and actually had some really good retention as it was still around a good couple minutes later. This gradually settled down and formed a thin film of lace across the top. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass, and this lasted until the end. A decent amount of side glass lace could be seen down the glass and lasted again until the end.



S – Aroma was highly spiced but yet not overpowering as you see a lot with these pumpkins. They usually put too much of everything and try to force home the point of what it is, but this seemed to be very nice and subtle. It had a lighter overall smell then some, lots of nutmeg, and cinnamon and a good amount of fresh grass or even a tree like smell to it. Lots of spice running through it though and I could pick up even on some apple in there as well. I thought the aroma was very well put together overall.



T – Now see I normally am not the greatest fan of these, but this one was very good I have to say. The first thing I noticed was a nice grainy almost yeast like back to it which really served to lighten it up. This was followed by loads of fall spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, lots of spiced apple, just a good all around mix. There was a noticeable hoppy presence and this definitely could not be hidden. Great finish left you wanting another sip almost right away and there was just really an overall light and vibrant feel and flavor to this. Again very well put together.



M – Super light but yet smooth at the same time. Very nice carbonation led itself to this and really helped to push the flavors out at you. This was full of the little carbonation bubbles if that makes any sense at all. It really made it feel silky like and had a great smoothness to it. I was actually quite impressed with how light it felt, but yet at the same time how full and robust the flavors were. This was very nice.



D – Very very good, I mean for something I do not normally like, I could really have gone for another of these almost right away. It just had that great feel to it and a great full flavor. It was not too heavy and was actually quite refreshing. I really enjoyed drinking it and regret I did not have another right away.



Overall I was very impressed. I have never like pumpkin brew, but now I realize I may have just been trying the wrong ones as this was great. I will really go out of my way now to try and find some more I like before the season is over. Really an outstanding light selection here and something that could easily be a good fall session brew. Look out for this if it’s around and give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 00:46:57 | More by mikesgroove
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GeoffTBreashears


4.05/5  rDev +39.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 18:56:28 | More by GeoffTBreashears
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PumpkinMan


4.05/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the folksy bottle art, but liked the tasty pumpkin ale even better. One of the best pumpkin ales that I've had all season. Not over spiced so the pumpkin flavor can be enjoyed. I find most pumpkin ales are ruined by well intentioned "spicers" who mask what true pumpkin aficionados are looking for.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 15:30:48 | More by PumpkinMan
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Dubblebock

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Might just have been the fact that the season had turned cloudy and cool and my family and I were carving the jack-o-lanterns when I sampled this beer, but all things considered, this was a pretty good slice of pumpkin ale. Nice packaging, with a fat pumpkin on the label and fall colors dominating.

Looked very good as it poured. Orangish to slightly amber in color, the head was thin and faded away quickly.

The smell was spicy and fresh, cinnamon and allspice scents coming through loud and clear. VERY fragrant nose, almost like when Mom opens up the oven to check the pumpkin pie to see if it's done...

Taste was spicy, a little bit of pumpkin and a lot of cinnamon. Not at all bad, though. Unlike a lot of spiced ales, this one was not overwhelmed by the spices. I still got a lot of malt flavor, especially on the aftertaste. It struck a good balance between the spices and the beer.

Mouthfeel was average to slightly above. Very drinkable ale, and especially enjoyable on a cool, rainy day...maybe a nice piece of carrot cake to go with it. I need to get a sixer and save it for Thanksgiving.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 18:20:38 | More by Dubblebock
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +37.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +37.5%

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

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +37.5%

11-21-2011 23:34:28 | More by richkrull
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Strwrs777

California

4/5  rDev +37.5%

09-16-2013 20:45:20 | More by Strwrs777
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LakerLeith

California

4/5  rDev +37.5%

06-29-2014 16:08:39 | More by LakerLeith
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angeepangie

Ohio

4/5  rDev +37.5%

02-28-2014 00:45:36 | More by angeepangie
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GBRunner24

Michigan

4/5  rDev +37.5%

11-19-2011 06:18:01 | More by GBRunner24
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CU570M

Washington

4/5  rDev +37.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 16:19:14 | More by CU570M
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Rojada1988

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +37.5%

09-24-2012 16:43:37 | More by Rojada1988
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Tuey13

Illinois

4/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. I thought the color was perfect for a pumpkin ale and made me think of fall colors. There isn't much of a head at all and with minimal lacing. Very carbonated though almost like a soda in the glass. There is a definate pumpkin pie aroma with alot of spicy undertones. More spice than I've ever had in a pumpkin ale at this point. If you like the spices I think this is a beer you might enjoy.... almost could qualify as a spiced ale!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 00:55:39 | More by Tuey13
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz beer poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - One finger barely offwhite head. Hazy light orange body.

Smell - Strong pumpkin spice. Cinnamon. Brown sugar. Eggnog... wrong holiday, but hey, the nose doesn't lie.

Taste - Pumpkin. Mild malts. Slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, inoffensive. Neither challenging nor boring.

Overall Drinkability - I think this beer is great at what it does. Not my style, but I can totally appreciate it. It's soft, mild, balanced, flavorful, and inoffensive. Great novelty beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 23:33:16 | More by ZenAgnostic
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Thedrizzle

Florida

4/5  rDev +37.5%

01-23-2013 03:36:22 | More by Thedrizzle
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mobilarz85

Michigan

4/5  rDev +37.5%

09-13-2013 16:53:03 | More by mobilarz85
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Slay40

Michigan

4/5  rDev +37.5%

05-10-2013 21:34:33 | More by Slay40
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seanchai

Virginia

4/5  rDev +37.5%

06-24-2014 19:43:57 | More by seanchai
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JamesS

Indiana

4/5  rDev +37.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 21:53:17 | More by JamesS
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OldTime

Georgia

4/5  rDev +37.5%

02-12-2012 04:01:46 | More by OldTime
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jacobtulloch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +37.5%

09-06-2012 04:34:54 | More by jacobtulloch
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