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

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BA SCORE
68
poor

1,069 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,069
Reviews: 614
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 22.87%
Wants: 13
Gots: 51 | 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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Ratings: 1,069 | Reviews: 614 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This brewery apparently has been craft brewing before the recent explosion and so is worth a try on that basis alone. Greg, crwills brought this one and thanks. Cinammon and nutmeg is pronounced in a lager, orange with a white head. Astringent and fizzy carbonation.

Sammy, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +28%

t0rin0, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.65/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange with a 1 inch extremely fizzy off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing whatsoever. Smell is of some malt, spices, and maybe a vegetable pumpkin-esque aroma. Pretty tame overall. Taste is of spices up front with a pumpkin-like malt flavor on the finish. The aftertaste has hints of pumpkin pie. Way too carbonated however, with a soda-like fizzy feel in the mouth. Overall, not a very good pumpkin beer at all. It may be "America's Original" but that doesn't mean it's anything worth drinking.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a copper brown color with a very thin off white head. The nose brings a ridiculously overloaded amount of spice. Taste brings ever so slight hints of caramel and sweetness sitting behind ginormous amounts of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, clove, and probably every other spice man has ever found. Way too spicy and a bit thin overall. Poor drinkability. The epitome of what not to do with a spiced beer.

Thorpe429, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev +2.4%

nmann08, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of metter98
2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer poured hazy light orange in color with a finger high off white head. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The aroma isn't that strong but has some notes of pumpkins and spices.
T: Flavors of pumpkin spices dominate the overall taste, the pumpkin flavors themselves aren't that strong.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin and watery on the palate. There is a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is drinkable and goes down easily, but there's nothing interesting in the smell or taste that would make me want to try this one again.

metter98, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Texasfan549, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a carrot colore body with a nice head and good lacing

Smell: Overwhelming whiff of pumpkin pie spice on the nose

Taste: As was presaged by the aroma, this is all about the spices; very little pumpkin flavor and no hop balance; finishes sweet

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lots of carbonation

Drinkability: A bit too sweet and pumpkin pie spicy for my palate

brentk56, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev +2.4%

kjkinsey, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My girlfriend talked me into buying this one. After not wanting to, I tried one with her and was plesantly suprised. Not a world class beer, but one of the better pumpkin beers out there. A strong, but not dominant, pumpkin and spice aromas and flavors. A decently creamy texture and no vegetable or grain flavors. Mildly sweet and easy on the palate. Finishes fairly clean. I'd probably drink another with Thanksgiving dinner.

BEERchitect, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium orange-amber with a soft white head that quickly dissipates to near nothing and leaves minimal lace. The beer smells like freshly baked pumpkin pie (fragrant allspice and baked pumpkin). It's a wonderful aroma that holds great promise. Too bad the taste doesn't measure up to the nose.

The flavors are, again, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, but the beer is too sweet. There's also something mildly unpleasant in the finish that I can't identify. The mouthfeel strikes me as unsupported and verging on watery.

At least the label is nice and festive. It put me in the mood for a good autumn brew. The smell is enjoyable, but beer is made for drinking. Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale doesn't quite make the grade.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +38.2%
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev +2.4%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
2.28/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The infamous Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale...how exciting.

A: The beer pours a rather pale orange/amber color with a short live off-white head.

S: Tart apple cider mixed with garbage and some pie spices. A pretty good summary of the aromas on this beer. Quite watery with a touch of straw, maybe some lemons.

T: Flavor is better, but not good. Some bread and malt sweetness with a little spice flavor. There's also a strong tea and bad apple cider flavor.

M: Very light, watery, with medium carbonation.

O: Not nearly as awful as I feared, but not good.

womencantsail, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a pretty nice looking amber ale, the head was ever pretty thick leaving some lacing down the glass. The smell was overwhelming, I couldn't believe how strong it smelled of pumpkin and spices. This place doesn't mess around when it comes to flavoring beers. The taste is pretty strong as well. There wasn't too much of a balance really found it hard to get anything else out of it. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad but overall this beer is average to say the least.

I would like to try the Imperial Pumpkin from them just to see the difference.

Knapp85, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangy body with a short-lived, fizzled, white head.

Smell: Ever so slightly sweetish, ever so slightly spicy, with a vague impression toasted pumpkin.

Taste: Sweetish sugar-cinnamon flavor over a mild inclusion of pale malts. Modest pumpkin taste, along with mild hints of earthy nutmeg and spicy clove. Nil hop character, bitterness. Remains sweetish, lightly spicy, and with a small amount of vegetal pumpkin quality into the relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation, hinting at fizziness.

Overall: BB's is one of the first pumpkin beers I had years and years ago alongside Post Road. It was a simpler time, really. Years later, it's now one of the more milder, easy drinking of the bunch, with its relatively lighter tastes, particularly the spices, and the effervescent body. While not bad, it seems most are leaning towards the bolder in the growing style, like Pumking or Weyerbacher's version. I can't say I blame them.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

SocalKicks, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

largadeer, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I remember having this a long time ago, during my Purdue years, so I figured I'd revisit it whilst filling one of my newest mixed sixers. It pours a mostly clear orange-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. Plenty o' particulates float about, suspended in mid-beer. The nose comprises cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, pumpkin pie filling, and honey. I wouldn't mind having a candle with this scent. The taste holds notes of clove, light black pepper, pumpkin seeds, flowers, and some light greens. Not only does this flavor combination not really follow the nose at all, it's decidedly weaker, blander, and mildly bitterer. The body is a straight medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda oily feel. Overall, a meek and meager pumpkin beer, one that I really don't feel like having again.

TMoney2591, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a golden orange color with a tan, soapy, one-finger head. It did not leave any lace.

S - It smelled of pumpkin and nutmeg. There was also a faint cinnamon nose.

T - It tasted of pumpkin, light malt and some nutmeg.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. Not the best, but certainly better than others.

zeff80, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not my favorite of the pumpkin beers. this one pours a little cloudy with a nice autumn color palate. smell is spice heavy, maybe cloves and nutmeg. i dont smell the pumpkin itself really. taste is again strong on the spice front, with a balanced malt body in the medium range. good in the fall, but there are much better ones out there.

StonedTrippin, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A clear, copper colored body with a small head of off-white foam. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Caramel malt and vegetal pumpkin aroma with lots of cinnamon and clove.

T - Sweet malt up front with mild spicy hops. Some allspice flavor and dull cinnamon with a little bit of clove. The malt remains through the finish and enhances the effect of the spices, especially the cinnamon.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Sugary, but oddly dry. The spice is relatively mild, but pretty bland and it contributes a bit of astringency. A pretty lackluster beer, I definitely didn't need more than one.

nickfl, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle brewed by Pyramid Ales for Buffalo Bill's Brewery.

Fizzled head leads to almost no lacing at all. Orange haze show some bubbles racing to the top. The pumpkin and spice aroma are present with clove more in the front. Slick and crisp wet body. Spice is there for sure, suggestions of cinnamon and clove are easy to pick out. Bit of pumpkin flavor is layered on the dry and mono-tone maltiness. Minimal hops and a little watery in the semi-dry finish.

I have to wonder how different the bottle version is from the actual source. It has the bells and whistles for the style but the beer component struggles a bit.

Jason, Sep 09, 2010
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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 1,069 ratings.