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

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin AleBuffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale

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946 Ratings

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 23.02%

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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Photo of phichifiji00


3.83/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 01:42:55 | More by phichifiji00
Photo of Vashtar


3.83/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 22:42:22 | More by Vashtar
Photo of hulmanite


3.8/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dissapointingly pale color. Smells of very very strong pumpkin pie spices and I can't pick any other smells out of it even though they may be there. Initial taste hits like a brick of semi-sweet spices and the bitter alcohol. Once the initial taste has subsided, there are more subtle malty flavors.

Great beer if you want to drink 1 or 2, and wait a few days. It has *too much* impact for beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2005 17:50:45 | More by hulmanite
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


3.8/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored with a long lasting off white head. Nose is pumpkin, vegetable leaves and vines; sweet cooked sugar, light cinnamon and cooking spices, noble, herbal hops. Taste follows nose with big pumpkin vegetable flavor; a sour tang underneath and some noble hop bitterness. High carbonation and medium thin mouthfeel. Tastes like fall to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 22:09:29 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of Bighuge


3.78/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden color. Not deep enough though. I expect a deep amber or orange or copper when it comes to Pumpkin ales. A slight off-white head recedes to the thinnist of coatings. The rimming sticks around for a while. I love the aroma of this beer. While spices are present, it's much more. It actually smells like pumpkin pie. The nose consists of clove, nutmeg and cinamon sprinkled atop a pumpkin pulp and caramel malt base. Flavor profile is more of the same, except less of the all important pulp/malt base. Just a tad heavy on the cloves. Also some cinamon and allspice. There's a slight sweet pulp taste. And some caramel malt backing. Just not enough. I used to like this one a lot more. Haven't had it for 2 years now. I still like it...but not quite as much.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 04:32:37 | More by Bighuge
Photo of mattcrill


3.78/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I know everyone slams this beer but I'm going against the trend. I guess that's what makes the world go 'round.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper/orange with a thin white head. It looks like the orange you find when the maple leaves have all turned colors. That said, the appearance of this beer is "fall".

Smell: All spices. No hop or malt presence. Mostly aromas of nutmeg, ginger, and maybe even some fruit (apples). A veritable cornucopia of fall-like smells.

Taste: Cinnamon, sugar, and ginger jump of my tongue first and foremost. There is a malt presence that comes through as the beer warms and maybe just a slight hop bitterness finish. But spices are the name of the game for this beer.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing. It is complex enough that it doesn't feel like you're drinking water. But it's definitely toward the lighter end of the scale.

Drinkability and overall: I really dug this. It's a festive beer and I like pumpkin pie so...this worked for me. It's a great beer for this time of year. I wouldn't want it all the time but it hit the spot while I was carving pumpkins with my niece. A nice October beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 16:05:24 | More by mattcrill
Photo of HopDerek


3.78/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber orange color with 2 fingers of fiizzy cream colored head. OK retention and minimal lacing. Smells of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, brown sugar, bread, and a touch of pumpkin. Tastes of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove, and other spices up front, then a touch of brown sugar and light caramel mixed with grainy malts. Finish is a bit souring and citrusy. Light in body with strong carbonation. A good amount of spices, but lacking a solid malt backing, but a nice tart finish. A satisfactory pumpkin ale, at least worth picking up one bottle every season.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 02:44:46 | More by HopDerek
Photo of erosier


3.75/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a cloudy copper orange color with a light bodied off white colored head that fades fast with little lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, then pumpkin just like you would expect. This is the sweet kind of pumpkin with some cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves but the spices are in the background behind the pumpkin which is nice.
T: Taste is like the nose with a nice malt base followed by the pumpkin with some spices of nutmeg, allspice, clove, and cinnamon but again, they take a backseat to the pumpkin flavor.
M: Very creamy, could use a little more carbonation I felt, medium bodied, nice flavors and aftertaste.
D: Pretty drinkable, I thought it could use a better mouthfeel but this was a nice beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 10:32:10 | More by erosier
Photo of neobob187


3.75/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

A: It's got a nice but typical color for a pumpkin beer. Golden brown hues with nice carbonation and actually a very nice lace that lingers around the glass.

S: The smell is average at best. Cinnamon notes and nutmeg, with a very faint pumpkin.

T: This is where the beer got instantly better for me. My personal taste's when it comes to Pumpkin Beers is more Pumpkin and less spice. Shipyard's Pumpkinhead is one of my least favorites because of the crazy amount of Cinnamon, nutmeg, and artificial spice taste. This beer, while it does have a lot of brown sugar, and cinnamon sweetness to it....also finishes with a great pumpkin taste.

M: Good carbonation that's very smooth to drink. No booze bite at all. You could easily drink 2-3 of these on a nice autumn day.

O: Overall, it isn't the best pumpkin beer I've had by far. But I do think it's far better then some of the more popular pumpkin ales out there. This is my session pumpkin beer of choice to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 00:12:17 | More by neobob187
Photo of Winter


3.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a white head. Aroma has a strong spiced nose to it, consisting of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin and malt. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Initial sweet malt front. Spicy tasting middle reveals the aromas from the nose in the taste: strong cinnamon, nutmeg burst through. All of this overlayed on a malt backbone. As the beer warms the caramel malt flavor emerges a little more and it almost becomes brown sugar-like in taste with all the other spices. Finish reverberates the spiced flavors.

Overall a pretty decent pumpkin ale, albeit rather heavy on the spices. Bottle labeling is rather attractive with a large pumpkin sitting in the patch set against a black background. If you're into pumpkin beers give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 01:13:19 | More by Winter
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cream colred head over clear light orangey/gold liquid. Sweet perfumy citrus and pumpkin pie spice nose. Light bodied and somewhat fizzy on the palate with flavors of fruity flowery pumpkin notes mixing with cinnamon and maybe some light allspice. Light hopping does a balancing act between bitter and flowery. Finishes slightly uninspired at the end, nice n easy to quaff but there's some better examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 19:24:02 | More by beerluvr
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottled selection of pumpkin beers brought back by the parents from their last trip to the States. Picture on label as above.
Pours a copper orange color, thin white head.
Some pumpkin-type smell, along with a touch of cinammon. Good flavor, well balanced. Malty, with a teaser of pumpkin. Nothing overly spicy or artificial. A solid pumpkin ale. One of the better examples I have tried. A good one for a newbie to the style. Sorry, still doesn't compare to last year's Propeller Pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 02:11:55 | More by BigBry
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got some of this at work.

Appearance- coppery color, thin head

Smell- pumpkin, spice

Taste- pumpkin, spice, very good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very good, You can really taste the pumpkin. I enjoyed it very much. Definitely very good

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 17:25:03 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of brewskifan55


3.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a plastic cup at Sydney's in New Orleans

Appearance: pumpkin orange, 1/4 finger head that lingers

Smell: pumpkin pie, spices

Taste: Smooth; pumpkin comes through with great finese. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: light, really coats the tongue.

Overall: The guy at Sydney's recommended this and I'm glad I tried it. Honestly, it isn't that far off the DFH Punkin. A nice surprise. It's a great pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 21:00:14 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of longarm


3.7/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

There's something about this beer that seems to work. The spices are a little out of balance, mostly because the cinnamon seems to dominate, but it still has a nice pumpkin pie flavor and aroma. The hops are subtle, which seems appropriate. For these reasons I give it a good score on drinkability and would gladly serve it to guests looking for something different. On the downside is the body and mouthfeel, where it's rather thin. This lack of body ultimately doesn't hold-up well to the mix of spices. The aftertaste is a little sticky/sweet but this dissipates, and is OK with me. The head is nice and sustains itself well. It's somewhat cloudy, but I'm not sure if that's what we should expect in a pumpkin beer. I suspect that it's possible to clear this up. Overall the beer is quite drinkable if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 01:26:22 | More by longarm
Photo of ReDave


3.7/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange Amber color. Thin white head. No lacing.

Aroma, some spiciness, malt hint of pumpkin pie.

Taste. nutmeg, vanilla, cloves pumpkin pie. But not overwhelming.

Mouth-feel is surprisingly thinner than expected.

Mild aftertaste, not too bad.

This is my first pumpkin ale in a long time,
Drinkable, not too heavy, nice at a holiday meal or sitting around in the evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 00:10:55 | More by ReDave
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.7/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To start off my Autumn I created a six-pack of Marzens and Pumpkins from my Hy-Vee going for beers I haven't tried yet. Here's number one.

It's a nice copper color producing a decent amount of head that doesn't last too long. The aroma was some light malts and a bit of that oh-so-famous orange gourd. The taste was of pumpkin but it didn't have that "vegetable" tinge to it so it was a bit sweeter than an actual pumpkin would be. With the sweeter taste it went down fairly easy and made for a good study beverage. I could go for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 23:45:35 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of Murph


3.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with a decent white head that leaves a nice lace down the glass. Incredible spicy pumpkin pie aroma that is spot on what a pie should smell like. Quick crisp malt flavors jump out at first before the pumkin flavors come out. As the beer progresses it is like drinking pumpkin pie. Great spicy and pumpkin flavors. Rather crisp and not as cloying as you would think with the sweet pumpkin pie tastes. This is definitely a rather drinkable brew that, seems to me, is only slightly overdone on the pumpkin flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 23:24:19 | More by Murph
Photo of midaszero


3.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mostly clear light amber with half finger of off white head

S - Holiday and pumpkin pie spices from a distance with some pumpkin when you get your nose into the glass

T - Mild malt component with some pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices mixed in

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

D - Easy to drink and pretty enjoyable. Not awesome but not bad, wouldn't mind having one at Thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 02:08:00 | More by midaszero
Photo of megalodon31533


3.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, I really didn't know what to expect from this beer. I'll start off by saying that it was a lot better than most of the reviews would lead you to believe. Admittedly, I had it after a busy night in the ER, but still... it scores better than a C just for trying. I wouldn't necessarily want to drink this around the pool in June, but for the month leading up to Halloween (a big deal around here since I have small kids) it isn't half bad.

Serving type: poured from a 12 oz bottle that I got in Savannah at the World Mart into a 14 oz. goblet (my go-to-glass for most beers). 1/4 inch head that lasted a minute or two.

Appearance: Cloudy orange, appropriate to the season

Smell: Hints of clove, coriander, lemon grass and of course pumpkin.

Taste: Full, without being heavy. Not the "pie in a bottle" that some would have you believe.

Mouthfeel: Light, again similar to Paulaner Heffe-Wiezen.

Drinkability: Very good. Wouldn't want to drink a sixer (who does with kids?) but 2/3 sitting around the fire in Fall is good without being too heavy. Not a session beer by any means, but specialty beers rarely are.

Overall: I think this beer was better than the other reviewers would have you believe. I have brewed beers with odd ingredients (what homebrewer hasn't added coffee or some honey to an otherwise boring recipe?) and I know how hard it is to get the formula right--treading the narrow path between what the palate expects and what the mind knows is possible. I think they get it just about right. Not the best beer in the world, but certainly better than some that take the safe path. I'll drink this again waiting for Halloween. Don't be afraid to try it!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 07:48:20 | More by megalodon31533
Photo of dcook11


3.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange. Aggresive carbonation. Dental floss thin head from a violent pour. Some lacing, though not much.

S- Pumpkin. All spice, cinnamon. Balanced and sweet.

T- All the same ingredients as the smell, but more muted.

M- Light bodied with a bite from the carbonation.

O- My favorite pumpkin ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 20:24:30 | More by dcook11
Photo of BeerBuilder


3.65/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to an orangish-copper color with an off-white head. The aroma is like Thanksgiving dinner, total pumpkin pie. The flavor is like biting into a piece of pumpkin pie, with the pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon. It is light in body and easy drinking. A definite must with Thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 16:13:15 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of Phatz


3.65/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tend to be a fan of pumpkin ales. I like the spices and pie flavors. That said this one is a bit more artificial than some, that said what isn't artificial about pumpkin pie flavored beer. If you like flavored beers and are easily pleased by pumpkin ales is an approachable friendly one to try .

Appearance: Pours a pumpkin orange color with an off white head that fades.

Smell: Bold aroma of cinnamon nutmeg allspice clove and pumpkin.

Taste: The taste follows the nose. It is a straightforward spiced beer. If you like a light ale with pumpkin pie spice then what you see is what you get in this case.

Mouthfeel: Thin fizzy carbonation plays to the 'spritzer esque' quality of this seasonal beer, but despite being a bit thin it is fun to have at the right season.

Drinkability: I don't get very excited over this beer but I have some neighbors who do, and even a "non-beer drinker". It is easy friendly and a pleasant change of pace.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 00:15:39 | More by Phatz
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good brown orange colour with a foamy two-finger head. Not much of a smell to this beer. There’s a bit of hop grassiness and some spiciness to it. The taste is much fuller than the scent: malts, hops, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon with a hint of pumpkin to it. This is savoury with a hint of sweetness to it. Not as sweet or cloying as Steamwork’s Pumpkin Spiced ale, but still enjoyable. Leaves the palate dry, and would serve as a good appetizer. Not quite sweet enough for desert.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 08:29:51 | More by BDTyre
Photo of xav33


3.63/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent brewing, carved into 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured a dark orange with a small fizzy quickly diminishing white head.

Smelt of strong sweet clove candies.

Taste was upfront strong sweet cloves followed by a good although light balance of cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, with subtle pumpkin hints throughout on a medium length finish. Mouthfeel was light, watery, and fizzy.

Overall, a beer that is tasty and easy to drink, but its mostly a spiced ale with pumpkin than a pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 04:51:23 | More by xav33
Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
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