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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

1,017 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,017
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 22.95%
Wants: 11
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From notes off the 2006 production. Pours crystal clear and orange hued with a one finger head that drops while leaving no lace. The nose is spiced, kind of like pumpkin pie. Maybe a little bit like sweet potato pie too. On the palate it is thick, full, and lasting. You definitely get some pumpkin on there, but more so I think, that spice that you got on the nose. Sure it’s a novelty seasonal, but it is a pretty interesting brew. For a few sips it was cool, and then the spice got to be too much and I couldn’t finish the bottle. If I drank a third of it, that’s it.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of nickfl
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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 russpowell
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed by pyramid for these guys..

Pours a hazed amber with a slight white head. Hints of lacing & NO head retention, but efferevescent throughout

S: Nutmeg, cinamon & a little pumpkin

T: Cinamon & nutmeg with hints of canned pumkin up front. Some caramel & more spices as this warms. Finished a little dry with some more caramel & more spices & some pumpkin taste

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation

Drank pretty darn good for the style. I'm of the opnion that Pumpkin ales are better with more guts & abv for starters, so I'm suprised this scored as high as it did. This kicked the crap outta pumpkihead for sure. Try it, if you like this style, otherwise try it if your just curious like me, cheers!

russpowell, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +37%

Slatetank, May 23, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've always been fond of this particular brew, and have looked forward to it every fall. What's not to love about an ale style once homebrewed by George Washington?
Appearance: bright, burnished orange, looking like an autumn leaf,with a head that's slim, short, soon to depart.
Aroma: all yum, the very distillation of a fresh-baked pumpkin pie, scintillatingly spicy, vibrant, richly delicious and roasty.
Taste: nice, tasty texture, some small hoppiness, then fading....nice mouthfeel, swimming about the cavern of the senses, lip-smackingly tasty. Body is light to medium, but the flavor dominates and hides any thin-ness....for a while. Nicely spicey, though not too meaty.
It's a cute novelty, not as fantastic as I remember, but a nice treat once a year.

feloniousmonk, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.08/5  rDev +5.5%
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 drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The original.

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass. Beer is orange and has a slight haze to it. Froms a diffuse white broken head of small bubbles.

Aroma is cinnamon and allspice.

Beer is thin and has almost no bitterness at all. Spices up front, carbonation in the mouth is fine. Drinkability is moderate, not really my favorite even pumpkin beer. I don't think I would drink it again.

drabmuh, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild pumpkin scent along with the usual cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. The taste is decent. It has a unique flavor that I'm not sure is good or bad. It has a decent pumpkin taste, but the spices are screwed up. There is an intense clove flavor that really sticks out. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a decent drinking pumpkin ale. If they get the spices figured out, this could be something to look forward to each year. As it stands, I'll pass next year.

WesWes, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an orange color with a small white head. The aroma is grain and cinnamon, with a few other assorted spices thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon notes, as well as a hint of cinnamon. Overall, the beer is lacking in the aroma and flavor and doesn't stand up to the better pumpkin beers. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
2.55/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light pumpkins, spices, wheat, grain, and bready malts. Not a lot of pumpkin or spice; not a fan of the smell.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grain, light light pumpkin, and light spices. Slightly better than the smell.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - Not a very good pumpkin ale. Thought the smell was lacking spices and pumpkin, and the taste had very little. Would not want to have again.

mdfb79, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of jwc215
1.3/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours copper/orange with plenty of clarity. A white foamy head descends to a disappearing thin cover.

The smell and taste are of pumpkin puree. Metallic and funky. Spicy in a medicinal/herbal way with a near-ridiculous amount of nutmeg. Pumpkin comes through in an artificial-fruit way. Some Band-Aids in the finish.

Yikes - this is awful...no "beer quality" and hardly any pumpkin pie flavor.

It's rather thin with quite a bit of carbonation that helps wipe away the flavor. Normally, that's not a good thing, but I find myself being grateful in this case.

Nasty stuff here. It's the "original" that has been outdone by many. Pass on this one - a medicinal/herbal mess.

jwc215, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of smcolw
2.83/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Large head of big bubbles that dies very quickly, leaving no spots. Chill hazed of dark gold with an orange hue.

Toasted malt and roasted pumpkin to the nose. Light alcohol.

Very thin body with a pop-like carbonation. The flavor is also thin. There is a watery orange flavor (no sugar). No lasting aftertaste. Generally speaking, this is a weak beer with a touch of pumpkin flavor.

smcolw, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.45/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a copper orange color and pours with a cream colored thin head. It smells strongly of pie spices, strong nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice aromas. Quite a dry beer, not much sweetness at all. The spices in the beer are mostly evident as an aroma as one is tasting, though they also come through a bit in the finish. A fairly light beer, which is basically a vehicle for the pumpkin pie spices. The spices seem to add a bit of astringency in the finish.

Gueuzedude, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +31.8%
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

beernads, May 08, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/02/04- Purchased at the brewery in Hayward, CA

Appearance- Pours with a nice thick creamy white head that lasts a bit. A orange amber color tint to the beer with a tad of lacing in the mix/

Smell- Spices all day long. Smells like....hmmm, PUMPKIN! Imagine that. Lots of spicyness to the nose. Ginger and loads of pumpkin. Maybe some woody-malt smell lingers in there also.

Taste- A nice spicy ginger taste to it. Pumpkin with alcohol tossed in. What a novel concept. A nice beer while sitting in the living room with the candles lit and Monday night football on the screen.

Mouthfeel- A nice touch of carbonation. Spicies everywhere sloshing around on your pallet.

Drinkability- Not a beer that you would drink on a daily basis, but a nice beer to consume during the fall/winter months. A very nice pumpkin taste. I enjoyed this beer. This is the only pumpkin style beer I have had, so maybe there are better ones around. Assuming there are since this one doesn't get that great marks. Will search out some others.

GClarkage, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of InspectorBob
3/5  rDev +2.7%

InspectorBob, May 29, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev +2.7%

imperialking, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.5/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Clear amber-yellowbrew, perfectly clear. Thin white head of foamy bubbles. Minimal carbonation. No lacing. it's a bit insipid looking.

Allspice, nutmeg and clove character on the nose, but it's sickly and overdone. Overpowered by the added cloves. Way, way too much, ends up like a big bag of cloves.

Ridiculously thin body with almost no flavour. Like Budweiser with the flavour turned down, with only a lingering final hint of cloves. Very little character, almost nothing to it. Mouthfeel is as thin as anorexic water.

What the hell is this? Pumpkin is a rich, sweet creamy flavour. Pumpkin with pie spices even more so. This is watery insipid and bland. I said some even more flagrant things in my original review - suffice it to say I was incredibly disappointed with my first example of Pumpkin Ale.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had a bottle on Halloween. Poured a hazy amber with a short head. The beer starts out with a big pumpkin pie flavor, heavy on the spice, with a slight sourdough tang in the background. The body is light-medium but the balance between the spices and malt are off, leaving an small, unpleasant tang in the aftertaste. Not bad, but there are better pumpkin options.

tempest, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of dbrauneis
2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy pale golden orange in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some golden yellow + peach highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg specifically) and hints of pumpkin.

T: Moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) over the top of some light caramel malts flavors with a hint of sweetness. There is a very light hint of pumpkin towards the finish.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: The beer is easy to drink but there are a lot of more interesting and more complex pumpkin ales available with more pumpkin flavors. I probably would not grab this one again but I would not suggest avoiding it.

dbrauneis, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev +2.7%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a crystal clear body that is warm orangish-brown with a creamy very light tan head. Strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The bold smell of fresh ginger is the first and strongest of the spices. A little allspice and cloves with a hint of cinnamon hidden in the background.

T-The taste of fresh cinnamon bark right off the tree really pops out. Faint notes of cloves and allspice are blended in but much fainter. No real notes of hops or malt can get through the spices.

M-Medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol warmth

D- Even thought the spices are big and bold and out shadow the flavors characteristic of beer, I enjoyed it. The ginger aroma and the cinnamon taste really kind of work together. I don't think I can drink any more of this one but I it makes me want to try a pumpkin beer that has a good balance of pumpkin spice and hops, malt or alcohol. This could be the "gate-way" pumpkin beer.

rhoadsrage, Sep 17, 2005
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