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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale | Buffalo Bill's Brewery

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Buffalo Bill's Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Photo of papat444
2.39/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle, enjoy by 121413.

Light orange body, decent head but fizzles to nothing in no time which no trace left behind. Aroma is better with aroma reminiscent of pumpkin pie and assorted spices. The flavor's a mess though. Disjointed spices and cinnamon with a watery malty base. Feel kind of numbs the tongue a bit in the end(!). Mild medicinal feel, not very good at all.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.01/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper orange with caramel light hue on edges of glass. Hazy. Poured with thin white cap that dissapated, and completely dissapeared after a couple sips. Well carbonated.

Aroma: Allspice notes with caramel back.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I anticipated, moderately dry. Tingly carbonation.

Taste: Spicy sweetness up front and finishes a bit orangey/citrus sour. Lacks malt quality.

Overall: A servicable pumpkin ale with some intrique, but falls short of the potential of the style.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with an off white head that is about a half inch thick that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Spices and pumpkin.

Taste: Can actually taste pumpkin and cinnamon, sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp.

Overall: An average pumpkin beer, had better, had worse. I wouldn't go searching for it, but would accept one if offered.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale that my friend Ben brought over for me to try. I have never tried this beer before I always passed it up at the beer store because I heard it wasn't that good. but because my friend gave it to me to try I'm going to give this beer a chance, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's not the best, but it isn't the worst either. It poured a cloudy orange color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of off white head that eventually faded to nothing and it didn't leave any lacing. This was a pretty average looking Pumpkin beer, the head and lacing were disappointing.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that had a molasses like aroma to it with a good amount of pumpkin pie spices showing up with cinnamon seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some malts which imparted some sweet and caramel malt aromas that were a little on the light side and there was a light amount of pumpkin like aromas showing up also. The aroma was ok, but the spices seemed to be a little too dominating.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a higher amount of those same pumpkin pie spices that I got in the aroma, but this time the cinnamon and nutmeg seem to stick out an equal amount. Up next some a lighter amount of those sweet and caramel malts followed by an equally light amount of pumpkin flavors. On the finish there was pretty low amount of bitterness with a pumpkin pie spice aftertaste. The taste wasn't bad, but just like the aroma the spices seemed to be too dominating.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it seemed to work well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and as far as Pumpkin Ales go I would say this is just about as average as they get, it's got the tell tale sign of an average Pumpkin beer with the spices being the most dominant aspect and covering up some of those malts and pumpkin flavors. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth and not filling, but the flavors didn't really hold my attention so I think one would be enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, I thought it was nice and it worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer were the dominating spices, if they were toned down some this beer could have some potential. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not hard to find a much better pumpkin beer. I wouldn't really recommend this as a good pumpkin beer. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this beer, it wasn't that great, but it was still better than I thought it would be. Better luck next time guys.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy golden orange with a thin head and no lace.

Smell is cinnamon and spices up front, faint pumpkin and maple or molasses on the back end.

Taste is mostly cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Faint pumpkin and slight citrus tart with some sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is watery and tart with high carbonation.

This is pretty standard as far as pumpkin ales go: more spice than anything else. A so-so fall offering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.87/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy orange with a small head, no carbonation to speak of.

S: A good balance of malt and pumpkin herb, just a touch of spice to give it dimensions. Very clean.

T: Another clean effort of balanced pumpkin and malt, with some delicate floral contribution that is particularly enjoyable. Delicate, yet a bold addition for the style. Their gambit works well.

M: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, and the almost absence of effervescence makes it easy to enjoy a second and third.

O: One of the best pumpkin beers I've had. If you want a pumpkin pie then look elsewhere; this one doesn't have a heavy spice flavor. If you want a well-balanced beer that is perfect for autumn, then pick it up.

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Photo of brewbattles
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We did a blind taste test between this beer and other pumpkin ales to determine which one is the best pumpkin ale for the season. The beers were Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, Buffalo Bill's America's Original Pumpkin Ale, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and New Belgium Pumpkick. Check it out:


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Photo of whitty
3.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I liked this Pumpkin Ale version. I like a pumpkin beer to taste of pumpkin and spices and this delivers on both. Perhaps it is personal taste, but my wife and I tried this and another brewer's pumpkin beer at the same time. Without consultation, we both chose this one over the other.

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Photo of MistahBeah
2.87/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper with orange edges. Thin rim of off-white head. Some bubbles. No lacing. Looks basic for the style

Smells bland for a style known for its huge spice aroma. Some cinnamon and nutmeg but rather subdued - which might be for some but I prefer the big spicy aroma of most pumpkin beers. Speaking of pumpkin, there is a hint of it in the nose. For the most part this smells like a generic beer with some pumpkin thrown in for good measure. Unimpressive

Taste follows suit. Tastes like a watered down beer with some pumpkin flavoring. The spices are a little more prevalent on the palate - but not by much. Some cinnamon and allspice and nutmeg. Watery pumpkin taste. Gets a little better as it warms. Spices start making themselves known and a little bit of clove flavor sneaks in

Feels thin and watery. Slightly spicy

Overall I would consider this the "poor man's pumpkin ale." Not a trainwreck of a beer but one of the weakest offerings I've had. Not enough flavor and it feels watered down. I wouldn't recommend this but if you're in a bind and this is all you can get to satisfy that fall beer craving try it out. The subdued flavor might be good for someone who doesn't typically like the style or just starting out

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Photo of DeFaz
2.22/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

The fact that the bottle won't even tell me exactly where the beer is brewed should have been a warning sign for me when I went to buy a 6-pack. The bottle says that it is either brewed in Seattle, WA, Berkely, CA, or Portland, OR--so, basically somewhere from the west coast.

Pours a light copper color with a short head that leaves a bit of lacing with mediocre retention. Smell is dainty with some mild pumpkin and nutmeg. The taste has no backbone, and the pumpkin flavor, or at least what there is of it, isn't supported by the other flavors. There are likely some adjuncts in this one as something just tastes off.

Mouthfeel is too thin and too highly carbonated. It goes down like maybe a summer ale, and it could be a session beer if it didn't cost so much and actually tasted alright. Overall, this is a mass produced halfhearted attempt at a pumpkin ale, and I regret buying the six-pack, especially considering that it cost a few bucks more than it should have.

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Photo of GeoffTBreashears
4/5  rDev +36.1%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.47/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber/orange with limited carbonation and very little retention. No lace.

Nose is spiced, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. The pumpkin is there, just a bit subtle. Not a bad thing.

Taste is pleasantly spicy, yet light in body and feel. And despite the poor reviews, I find this to be an easy-drinking, subtle pumpkin ale. Certainly, it's not as complex and layered as some pumpkin ales out there, but I've had worse. No problems here.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saw this at ABC looks like a good holiday brew so let's give it a whirl. Popping the top a get a whiff of pumpkins and spice and everything nice. Starts foaming out of the bottle top like a rabid dog so I quickly pour it into my trusty SAPP and the result is a very foamy light bronze with a structurally sound, head of off-white foam. On the taste this brew has hints of pumpkin (brilliant!) but otherwise has the characteristics of a tasty golden ale. The pumkin flavor is evident up front and carries through the middle, but is then smashed out Gallagher-like in the end by a funky semi-sweet zestiness that then finishes flatly bitter. Mouthfeel is a little bit too carbonated to carry the pumpkin to the finish line. All said this would be a good tailgate brew at your favorite football game, I think it would suit brats and burgers well. Not all that great as a sole drinker.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Bottle says to "enjoy by 12/13/12" so I am a little late on this one, but not by much.

A - Pours a light murky orange color, lots of bubbles rushing to the top, but no head, just a slight fizzy foam that disappears quickly into nothing.

S - Lots of wheat, mostly. Some vague pumpkin and cinnamon & nutmeg spice, but it all seems very faint.

T - Bland, watery taste. Definitely not the best pumpkin beer out there. It is a nicely balanced beer, a nice easy-sitting body, with a moderate 5.20% abv, but I just wish this beer tasted more like pumpkin.

M - Nice, sticky mouthfeel; probably this beer's best attribute.

Overall, not terrible, but there are definitely better pumpkin beers out there.

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale ---3/5.

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Photo of Murrhey
1.95/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured out a quarter inch white head that dissolved almost immediately. Soapy bubble on top. Cloudy orange-brown color. Kinda yucky looking.

S- Pumpkin pie smells, sickly sweet pumpkin and molasses, brown sugar. Smells like a fall candle.

T- Begins sweet, almost cidery. Then ends with a musky taste like I'm drinking cobwebs. Certainly not good, but not gagging me either.

M- Water with a smidge of malt body.

O- Avoid this brew.

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Photo of Ohhoshow
2.44/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

My first review...so please bear with me!

Appearance - Slightly cloudy, with a dark honey color. Head dissipated quickly. Leave for a minute and it will look like beer was left out overnight.

Smell - Smells is nice, definitely a pumpkin/spice aroma

Taste - You get some spice, but it smells a lot more like pumpkin than it tastes. Gives a watered down feeling.

Mouthfeel - Easy to drink but way over-carbonated imo.

Overall - Nothing about it really stands out. A below average pumpkin beer, but not the worst. Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of sarajayne
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance: brown beer/oak colored

smell: this beer lacked any fragrance- so we poured the pumpkin ale into a pint glass to try and see if we could get any kind of character from it! No luck, all we got was a very vague pumpkin aroma.

Taste: The taste was about the same as the smell, very carbonated but not much of a taste- a very light beer.

Overall: probably my least favorite pumpkin beer... let's hope our next attempt at a Buffalo Bill's brewery is much better than my experience with their Pumpkin Ale!

collage girls drink GOOD beer:

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Photo of PumpkinMan
4.06/5  rDev +38.1%
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.

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Photo of frankiepop
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked the look of the beer. The scent was ok. But the taste had a decent pumpkin flavor. This didn't knock me out, but I enjoyed the taste and texture. So thumbs up here better than average for me.

I would drink this while playing music by the Dutch drummer Han Bennink!

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Photo of chefhatt
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pourd this one into a pint glass, it has a nice golden/brown color body with a small tan head that doesn't stay long, till it lays down to a thin lace. The smell is of your typical pumpkin spices and a hint of pumpkin.
The taste has a nice balance of spices to it with a hint of pumpkin. The malt come through nicely also. The mouth feel is ok and overall it is a average tasting pumpkin beer.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
2.82/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown bottle into standard pint.

A: agressive pour gets a quickly dissapating head that left splotchy bubbles and a thin ring. Cloudy honey colored brew.

S: pumpkin up front and then at first all the scents muddle together to smell almost like katchup. Sweetness on the nose for sure, picking up clove and a little bit of muddled spices in the background. It smells good.

T: pumpkin in there fore sure. A little tart on the finish actually (makes the katchup thing a little mote unnerving), not really picking out any of the spices on their own but the overall "pumpkin pie spice" blend is felt and balanced pretty well. No hop flavor, but all in all it is balanced.

M: a little oily but pretty light for a pumpkin ale (at least based on the few pumpkin ales I have had) drinkable for sure. On the light end of medium.

O: not bad but not great. I would drink it again but not pay much for it. All in all an average beer that has some katchupy pumpkin in it.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright, Im back after a little bit of an absence but I have been stacking up on a lot of different types of beers. Some vintage, some seasonal, so there will be quite a bit coming. This beer is Buffalo Bill's America's original Pumpkin Ale, which is only one of 3 beers in production.

A: Beer pours a really fizzy, golden-copper color with barely any head, but does have some tiny bubbles on top.

S: First hint of the smell is of pumpkin which is a good thing, considering its claim to be brewed with the real thing. Not much else, maybe some caramel and wheat.

T: Taste is consistent with the smell, moderate pumpkin flavor up front with a roasty caramel hint and a little bit of a wheat or yeast mouth towards the end.

M: A little watered down which would lead to lack of flavor, which why it is noticeable, its not much. Quite a sessionable beer as far as im concerned.

O: I would label this as an average, run of the mill pumpkin beer. Does have some flavor and does a good job of not adding too much spice or nutmeg which can kill a pumpkin beer sometimes.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
1.94/5  rDev -34%
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.

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Photo of acevenom
1.9/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
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