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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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960 Ratings

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Ratings: 960
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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1.75/5  rDev -39.9%

01-04-2013 09:32:15 | More by MaltAndHopsFC
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1.75/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Cloudy orange body, moderate carbonation but very little head, gone very quickly and no lace.
Pumpkin and something else in the nose, something sour almost.
Taste... no no no no no, this is not a pumpkin ale, at all. Malt beverage with artificial pumpking flavor added comes to mind.
Sour and bitter.
Thin and watery, never again.
Go back to the drawing board Bill, this was a disaster.


Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 00:02:38 | More by oelergud
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1.75/5  rDev -39.9%

11-25-2012 17:31:56 | More by MammothTarantula
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New Jersey

1.75/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The first in this year's series of Pumpkin Ale tastings. Fresh batch from Total Wine & More in mid-September 2005.

Appearance- Pours a relatively light amber with a small 1/2" head that quickly vanishes into my tasting glass. Very thin body, little activity in the glass. Looks like iced tea with a ring of foam.

Smell- Cloying sweetness on the nose with a combination of pumpkin and spices, namely cinnamon. Barely a malt note, and not a trace of hops.

Taste- Sugary soda, with an artificially flavored cinnamon spice aftertaste. This drinks more like a carbonated soft drink than a beer, and tastes like it comes from a can at the local deli-mart. Again, there are no hop or malt notes at all; just a horrible sweetness that tastes like a mass market soda.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Watery and thin, the 7UP-like introduction on the tongue is followed by a disappointingly nondescript middle and finish. So boring that I sit here completely flabbergasted that a pumpkin beer I've seen for years could have been crafted so poorly, with nothing interesting or great whatsoever to speak of.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 16:38:06 | More by yelterdow
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New York

1.75/5  rDev -39.9%

03-18-2012 05:11:25 | More by deonreds
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1.78/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: hazy orange, small white head

Smell: Red Hots. No pumpkin, no real spice, just artificial cinnamon

Taste: Again, no pumpkin, no traditional "pumkin spices" (cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg...) just that overbearing artificial-cinnamon Red Hots style flavor. No hop taste or aroma, no malt strength, just sweet and hot with fake cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Red Hots and MGD.

Drinkability: I should have bought a single. Thankfully two friends polished off a few more of these this weekend.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I just can't taste any traditional pumpkin spices, just fake cinnamon. I'd love to see them try again and tone it down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 03:08:53 | More by bucko
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1.8/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Shows a light orange in the glass with a white froth average head retention and decent lacing. Somewhat pronounced aromas of artificial "pumpkin flavoring", cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, & brown sugar. Sweet, but definitely artificial. Flavors of grains, light pumpkin flavoring, cinnamon, nutmeg, easy brown sugar....wow...let me go in for another drink....yep...that tastes pretty putrid! It's barley drinkable, so I can't give it the lowest score possible, but it's pretty bad. Overall....avoid this at all costs.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 01:21:48 | More by BevMoAndrew
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1.8/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a nice head. Color is copper, but weak. Looks like a macro except with a head.

Smell is of rubber and cinnamon. Some clove-like aroma, as well. Doesn't seem natural.

Taste is awkward. Slight pumpkin and allspice. More of a lager flavor than anything... I thought this was an ale.

Mouthfeel is bubbly.

I would never buy this to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 07:23:32 | More by Fugazme
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New Jersey

1.8/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: The head is pretty much non-existing. The beer is a hazy orange color with decent amount of bubbles running upwards fast. Absolutely no lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very spicy aroma that clings to the inside of the nose. It smells like a massive amount of un-lit cinnamon candles with a pumpkin kick.

Mouth Feel: Its seems like a heavy beer, kind of like a light carbonated apple cider.

Taste: it hits you fast! The spice of the cinnamon and pumpkin is overwhelmingly present. Barely any alcohol taste but it does have a bread taste. It reminds me of a poorly made pumpkin pie. I'm not impressed at all and it makes me cringe to finish it.

Drink-ability: Much too filling. I feel like I ate an entire pumpkin pie; one and I will never drink another again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 06:18:18 | More by 9InchNails
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1.8/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

a - poured a one finger thick fizzy, light tan head into a snifter. it was gone so quickly i barely saw the color. the body was a light orange-amber color.
s - earthy and bready, i'm not getting a lot of spice or pumpkin tones in this one.
t - spicey (though this might actually be bitterness), mildly hopped and a little sour.
m - crisp and biting.
d - awful. not enjoyable at all and i almost poured it down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 18:06:22 | More by GPHarris
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1.83/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This was a nice deep yellow brew with a short fluffy head.

There were hints of cinnamon and nutmeg in the nose, amidst the maltiness. Not a lot of hop leanings.

The taste was of nutmeg, followed by the pumpkin. Unfortunately, it seemed cloyingly slimy, covering the tongue and basically making me want to pour it out. Which I reluctantly did. I hate wasting beer like that, but there was no way I could bring myself to take another sip of this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 04:46:07 | More by connecticutpoet
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North Carolina

1.83/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tried this beer with trepidation. Would it be pure pumpkin taste? Would it have a pumpkin pie flavor? Well, I'm still not very sure what they were going for here.

The beer poured a nice light bronze, a pale orange. There was no head to speak of, although there was a slight white foam and I could see the carbonation rising in my glass.

The aroma was very light but I could smell...well, pumpkin. The taste was very thin, almost distant. The pumpkin was there, to be sure, but wow...was it in the background. I detected an attempt to approach pumpkin pie in the flavor, what there was of it. For a flavored beer, this one was terribly watery.

I was really disappointed with this, not because I love pumpkins or the idea of a pumpkin beer, but because they could have gone all-out. If you're going to make a pumpkin beer, make a PUMPKIN beer. Sheesh.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2004 17:03:02 | More by kindestcut
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1.85/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Well it's that time of year again... Every brewery and their brother has to put out a Pumpkin Ale in a pretty orange and black bottle with jack-o-lanters all over it... In the case of Buufalo Bill's, they are nice looking bottles; and that's where it ends... Poured a cloudy darkish orange with a fizzy head that literally dissappeared instantaneously... Smelled like the usual suspects; clove, nutmeg, allspice... Tasted like pumpkin pie spices as well, but with an underlying sickly sweetness that laid on my tongue like a wet blanket... Mouthfeel was perhaps the worst aspect of this tasting; thin, soda like carbonation and that cloying aftertaste/feel made for a truly unremarkable and unenjoyable beer experience... If anyone wants five of these things, stop by soon, or they're going the way of last night's dinner scraps...

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 14:34:13 | More by beergynt
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1.85/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle... into a pint glass... into the drain in the sink...

A: Poured a cloudy orange amber color with a thin off-white head. No lacing or head retention to speak of.

S: Fruity esters with a slight smell of pumpkin. More in the way of spice...specifically nutmeg and allspice. The smell is actually the strong point of this beer.

T: Overly sweet and yeasty... strong taste of allspice and nutmeg with a slight pumpkin flavor. This tastes pretty much like crap.

M: A watery, thin body with heavy carbonation.

D: If you can get through one... you've accomplished something to be proud of.

Pumpkin ales are not my favorite to begin with, but there are much better examples of this style on the market... for example, Southern Tier & DFH!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 16:07:49 | More by ckaufman
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1.85/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This was the first pumpkin ale that I have had. There was too much spice and not enough pumpkin. The apperance was good, a small bubbly head that discipated quickly but left a nice lace. It was a nice reddis hue that was attractive. The smell was the best quality of this beer. It smelled of pumpkin and spices but the flavor had too much of the spice. I would have gone for more of a sweet and malty pumpkin brew. The mouth feel was watery and very carbonated. I could not drink the beer. It was the first beer that I put down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 22:46:49 | More by Ellbert
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1.85/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear copper color with little to no head formation.

Smell: Very spicy aroma, mostly cinnamon and cloves.

Taste: Wow...this is all cinnamon to me. My first impression was that I popped a piece of cinnamon gum in my mouth. There is a faint taste of pumpkin, but this almost all spice. This beer needs a little bit of everything EXCEPT spice to make it drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Very thin.

Drinkability: Way too much spice.

You know what? I'm going to be doing something that I have almost never done - I am not going to finish this. I realize that this style can be all over the place, but I've tasted much better balanced pumpkin ales that literally taste like pie. This is so far off the mark for me. It's all spice and nothing else. There is not much endearing to me about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 01:24:51 | More by psinderson
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1.88/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I literally could not give this beer away. It tastes like pumpkin pie. Not a good pumpkin pie, one that was once frozen and then left out on a counter for 3 weeks. It pours orange with a weak head. There are strong hints of nutmeg and cloying malts. There isn't much pumpkin flavor per se, just too sweet pumpkin pie. Try O'Fallon instead,

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 02:49:18 | More by swamiswamu
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1.88/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

There is an orangish/amber color to the beer. It's clear and light passes through easily. I was unable to detect any haziness or cloudiness at all. There was no head when poured into a glass. As it poured it fizzed like a carbonated soft drink, but nothing lasted more than a couple of seconds. Almost as soon as I finished pouring the beer the head disappeared to nothing. As it sat in the glass it almost looked like I had a glass of some kind of dark apple juice instead of beer.

The smell is an overpowering combination of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. It gives the beer a scent of pumpkin pie or my friend's wife's pumpkin squares. I was unable to detect the scent of malts, hops or any normal beer scents. The taste is almost like the scent. A very strong combination of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a strange slightly bitter aftertaste.

It is a light bodied beer that is kind of watery. It's very easy to drink. There is no coating to the mouth or throat, which helps the aftertaste to fade even quicker.

I really did not find this beer to be very pleasurable to drink. The flavor, while fine if eating a desert, is not really something I look for in a beer. It was overly sweet and really not much of any beer taste. Seriously, it was almost like drinking a pumpkin pie smoothie.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 01:34:10 | More by Contagion
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British Columbia (Canada)

1.88/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Very little head over cloudy deep amber liquid.

S: Cloves and ginger.

T: Cloves and ginger up front with a corn finish.

M: Thin viscosity with large carbonation. Very similar to soda.

O: Maybe I have been spoiled by the pumpkin ales I have had locally, but my suggestion is to avoid this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 00:52:20 | More by DaftCaskBC
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1.88/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 11/05/08.

Pours a clear golden-orange color with about a finger of whitish head. The head quickly dropped to nothing, no lacing. Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, and cherry cough syrup.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. Strong with pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. No malt or hop taste. Has a sickly sweetness to it. The taste seems rather hollow and empty. Feel is thin and watery. Very fizzy like soda. Drinkability is decent because there's not much there. But the sweetness and fizzyness kill it.

Not a very pleasant beer. There are many better pumpkin beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 02:02:07 | More by bkilpatr
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1.88/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden orange color with a light and foamy white head. Nose is of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Feels very thin and watery in the mouth with a taste that reminds me a lot of a shot of Goldschlager dumped into a glass of water. I’m sure that there must be better Pumpkin brews out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2002 23:56:51 | More by Morris729
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1.9/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - The brew produced a 1-finger head that quickly dissapeared into absolutely nothing. What was left was a clear, orange-straw colored brew.

S - Sweet and spicy with a hint of malt ... reminds me of egg nog or pumpkin pie...

T - Much like the smell, the taste is very sweet and spicey up front. It finishes with a weak malt profile although the spicey pumpkin-pie taste sticks with you.

M - Light, carbonated, feels a lot like soda

D - If you can tolerate the pumpkin taste the beer is light and drinkable.

All in all this is a pretty awful beer. It's interesting but not in a way most enthusiasts would find enjoyable. A huge dissapointment for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 23:52:55 | More by alexrichman
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1.9/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Hazy orange-brown with tow-finger, fizzy, white head that lasted less than a minute. No lacing.

S: Very subtle pumpkin. Smells like a wheat beer which is not a good thing.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Faint pumpkin. No spice really.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Kind of watery.

O: This is a bad beer. Nothing good about it. It's like a macro with a hint of pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 02:31:22 | More by SolipsismalCat
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1.9/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Pours orangish copper with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. There are a lot of visible tiny bubbles in this beer. There isn't much of an aroma. I pick up some pumpkin and some of those spices. There's some sweetness in the flavor as well as some pumpkin and faint spices. I get some malt too. There just isn't much going on here. There's some sweetness in the flavor as well as some pumpkin and faint spices. I get some malt too. There just isn't much going on here. This is a disappointing beer. If this is supposed to be America's "original" pumpkin beer, it's a wonder this style ever got off the ground.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 01:34:12 | More by acevenom
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1.93/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Source/Serving: 12 oz. bottle. No expiration date.

Smell: Surprisingly quite pumpkiny. Cloves and nutmeg and also a little bit of astringent alcohol.

Taste: Tastes much more of toast than pumpkin, but there is a really strange - almost fake - sweet flavor to it that keeps getting worse as you drink it. Its malt profile is very light and overall not overly spicy. Finish is yeasty and bready but clean. Mild carbonation.

Notes: The fake sweet flavor is a no-go and really ruins it. Pretty bad, actually, and only appropriate when organizing a fall/pumpkin beer tasting as I was.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 07:58:03 | More by 4000qtrap
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68 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.