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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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958 Ratings

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Ratings: 958
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.

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New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into a pint

Pours a clear brownish orange with a foamy, two finger slightly off white head. Minimal visible bubbles find their way through the body. Not a very appealing look to this beer.

Aroma is of allspice, clove, pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pumpkin pie all the way. Lightly sweet with a toasted biscuit malt presence that gives the illusion of pie crust.

Spices take control of the palate while the pumpkin lays somewhat idle underneath. Allspice and cinnamon up front with a sweet finish of nutmeg. Some fleshy pumpkin holds down the back end with the biscuity malt.

Thin and watery. Light body with pretty average carbonation.

This beer goes down pretty easy if you are a fan of pumpkin beers. Not overly sweet or bitter with a manageable abv. I didn't think this was terrible, but it wasn't that good either.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 15:19:30 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of r0nyn

New York

2.28/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a decent looking apricot color, not a very big head that dissipates into nothingness quite quickly. No lacing of which to speak. Smell is of light pumpkin and spices, but not much else.

Taste is very, very watery. There's a splash of pumpkin, then a very mild bitterness towards the end, along with a bit of a bready flavoring, but that's it. Nothing else, very little complexity of which to speak. Mouthfeel is super thin and light, went down very much like water. No oomph or anything worthwhile.

Drinkability is governed by how much of this thin stuff you can stomach. For me, one bottle was quite enough. Definitely will not be revisiting this particular pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 06:22:57 | More by r0nyn
Photo of TheMadJack


3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Beer pours a clear brown-orange, with visible carbonation. Head foams up and quickly dissipates. No lacing.

It's like smelling pumpkin pie. Clove, allspice, and nutmeg over a basic pumpkin aroma and slight malt that suggests a crust. I mean, literally like smelling pumpkin pie.

The taste has less pumpkin to it than the nose. Allspice comes through in spades, along with a biscuit note. Finish is cloying. No hops, no bitter, really not a lot of malt to it either, save for the aforementioned biscuit.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with just a little fizz. Like a ginger ale.

This beer goes down easy. It's not too complex, not too sweet or bitter, and not too heavy. Yeah, it would be about as easy to drink a bunch of these as it would be to have a lot of Cokes. From what I've experienced of pumpkin beers, it's something of an accomplishment to be able to stomach even one, which is my justification of the just-above-average score on drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 22:34:13 | More by TheMadJack
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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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2.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: A hazy orange color. It actually looks like a soda...no apparent head just bubbles that pop on the surface.

S: Smells a little bit like cinammon and nutmeg and then maybe some pumpkin and also a citrusy lemon/lime aroma which is kind of strange.

T: The taste is also somewhat citrusy with a little bit of pumpkin spice and it finishes with some bitterness.

M: Very, very thin and watery. Not good at all.

D: It is somewhat drinkable, if you like watery soda-like beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 16:35:02 | More by Kromes
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1.68/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

a - pours really foamy with a large white head that quickly fades, no lacing

s- smells pretty delish, pumpkin, cinnamon, spices

t- tastes like shit to put it nicely... if you've had shipyard pumpkin head, this tastes just like it - a crappy light beer with spice flavor

m- VERY harsh, tastes like a mouthful of crappy cheap macrobrew

d- not very pleasant - not gonna be drinking this ever again

this is very similar to shipyard pumpkinhead... like a generic, overcarbonated, tasteless beer with spices added and a picture of a pumpkin on the label... really cheap ($1.49) but still not even worth the money

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 01:08:24 | More by wesl56
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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
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1.75/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a cloudy yellow orange. I achieved a rather large amount of head with an agressive pour. The off white head faded almost instantly leaving no lace behind. The aroma is rather promising. Pumpkin spice is there. All the usual suspects; cinnimon,clove,nutmeg. It has an apple cider feel about it in the nose. The flavor is bitter pumpkin with a boat load of cinnimon and pepper. This is like a heffe experiment gone terribly wrong. I'm dreading takin the next couple drinks. I heard this was bad but, I just figured it was hyperbole. The body is light and this with a moderate carbonation. Overall this is not good. I can file this under never again in my book.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 00:06:58 | More by beerwolf77
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3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 08:04:57 | More by nickfl
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2.45/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've been putting this one off for a while now, but it's time has finally come.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with virtually no head and zero lacing.

Smell: Smell? Uh...okay. No real spice, and a bit of about to go rotten pumpkin. Not good.

Taste: A slight improvement on the smell. Not dominated by spice, which is a quality I like in a pumpkin ale. Slightly sweet pumpkin is about all there is.

Mouthfeel: Sadly, the best part of this beer. Crisp, light to medium body, and decent carbonation makes this an easy drinker.

Drinkability: Not a very impressive beer. While it has some decent pumpkin flavor, there is no accompanying spice to compliment it. Just an incomplete beer. I won't be reaching for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 00:02:17 | More by krisandajt
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3.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale orange-gold. Literally no head or lacing at all.

S - Sweet, with predominant notes of gingerbread cookies and pumpkin pie.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells. Strong taste of pumpkin and pie spices. Kind of lacking beyond that - the base is something like a very watery wheat beer.

M - Could use a lot more carbonation. Little weight to it.

D - An ok pumpkin ale. Looks like hell, smells fantastic, average in all other respects. Does go down nicely, however, and would pair great with some Thanksgiving leftovers.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 04:26:12 | More by hossua34
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District of Columbia

2.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Regular pumpkin ale on a light, fizzy, and spicy side.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Orange and pumpkin label design with a one-liner noting loosely the ingredients. Lacks date of bottling or freshness, neither shows IBUs or °Plato, only Alc. by Vol. (5.2%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep copper color, quick foamy head that fades in a blink leaving no trace, lid, or even much of a ring.

S - Spicy sweetness with a whiff of pumpkin.

T - Sweet sugary notes with spices dominating over a soft pumpkin taste, and a bit of a malty hint.

M - Heavy carbonation, fountain-drink like, on a light body.

D - Light pumpkin drink. A bit boring and since it is not that enjoyable its drinkability can not be high.

Notes: A bit mediocre and somewhat forgettable. It is not a horrible drinking experience but lacks much of anything to making it a mildly interesting pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 03:08:28 | More by Daniellobo
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3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden amber, leaving a frothy head that quickly that quickly went away. Nose of cloves and nutmeg, exactly what a pumpkin beer should have, a good tasting seasonal brew, the flavours are more pronounced when the brew becomes room temp. This is one of the better pumpkin brews of this season.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 00:21:33 | More by thequeen711
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North Carolina

2.28/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass with no head (although I tried) and large carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass like champagne...very strange. The color is nice though: a definite orange to light amber (much like the color of a pumpkin).

Aroma is very faint. Earthy hop and a hint of pumpkin, but not much going on.

Taste is similar to the aroma...lacking. Slight pumpkin and clove with a bit of hop bitterness. There is a definite pumpkin aftertaste that I don't know if I enjoy.

Mouth feel is very prickly/sharp on the carbonation (too carbonated for me). It is a very light-bodied ale. Overall, not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 04:24:33 | More by FloppyDog
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2.45/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into my dimpled mug with a 1 finger white head that disappears more like the carbonation on a ginger ale. There is zero head left after about 10 seconds, nada, zero. The color is that of a liquid caramel, and very clear. To keep with the pop references, looks like a Cream Soda.

Smell is good, but is a little heavy on the sugary sweetness. This smells more like a soft drink than a beer. You get a little bit of spice in the nose, but damn little. I'll let the beer warm a bit.

The taste is decidedly bland. I'm picking up pumpkin and brown sugar with perhaps a little cinnamon to it. However, it doesn't have the cooked "pumpkin pie" taste to it that I somewhat have come to expect, more of a raw squashy taste.

Mouthfeel is watery, with a little bit of thirst quenching spiciness to it.

I just wasn't impressed by this beer. I picked it up in a mixed six pack, and I'm glad I didn't buy a full sixer. This just isn't my thing.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 01:58:29 | More by xenolithic
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North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Eh. When I bought this I had much higher expectations as it is brewed with real pumpkins, but this let me down. Pours a dark orange with a bubbly off-white head on top. This disappears very quickly to nothing. No sheet or ring at all. This just looks like an orange soda. Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, and allspice. Not bad.

The mouth is thin and lacking carbination. Weak. The flavor is weak as well. Some mild pumpkin and muted spiciness are there, but very mildly. This was a disappointment. Look for better pumpkin ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 23:30:02 | More by Onenote81
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3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 6-pack just for S's & G's.

- Dark caramel color, slight haze... and really hardly any carbonation at all... right down to mild bubbly brew with no head or lacing.

- Has a very Belgian yeast smell.. banana, and some nutmeg, sweetness... pumpkin pie....

- Bubbly Belgian like drink, but with some sweet pumpkin spice... with no whipped cream. Bit of an acidic zesty flare to it as well with a touch of oats and grain.

- Bit dry and blah.. overall decent.

- No head, but there is a bit of carbonation present when drinking... overall a very unique brew and it isn't bad. Just don't know if I would make it a regular buy every fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 19:03:36 | More by Docer
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3.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's easy to go after this beer because it's the most common one, but it's also essentially the standard by which the others are measured.
Medium amber color without much head.
Smells like a pumpkin pie. Cinnamon's the most prevalent spice, although allspice is there in full-force, too. Typical, but not bad in any way.
The taste actually has quite a bit of roasted pumpkin in there along with the spice. Not watery or bland either. The beer flavor isn't too strong, but the spices amplify it a bit.
Goes down pretty easy for the style, but like pretty much all of them - one's enough 99% of the time.
Not sure why the scores on this are lower than some other examples. It really isn't too bad, even side by side with higher rated ones.
I've been trying every pumpkin beer I can get my hands on this year and this one is in the upper middle of the pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 23:36:34 | More by Domingo
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1.2/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured a very clear dark golden yellow with a finger of fizzy white head that quickly receded into oblivion. The color looked decent, but that was all it had going for it.

I took a whiff and was met with a nose burning mix of spices. There was some cinnamon and tons and tons of nutmeg.

The taste was a mix of sweetness and spices. There was lots, and by lots I mean a truck load, of spicy nutmeg present from start to end. The nutmeg became stronger and lingered long after the sweet finish.

The mouthfeel was very thin with lots of soda like carbonation.

I did not taste any pumpkin flavors at all in this beer. By the end of the glass the copious amounts of nutmeg were starting to dry out and irritate my throat.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 02:49:01 | More by william5586
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2.28/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Hazy orange liquid has a strongly bubbling white head on pour but it quickly disappears and all that remains is furious carbonation bubbles rising to the surface and popping.

S = Very strong smells of spices: nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, allspice, cloves. They're all there, just like in a pie mix. Unfortunately, the smells is too strong and there is really nothing else. It almost burns the nose a little.

T = There is a bit too much allspice without countervailing other flavors. There is some more solid grain and hops flavors than there were smells, but the general sensation is as though someone poured too much allspice and cinnamon into a pale ale which they were trying to mull.

M = Medium-light body, decent mouthcoating, carbonation is a little unpleasant as it stings a bit.

D = Not a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 16:10:35 | More by Traquairlover
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North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into my Hilton Head pint glass.

A-Pours a pumpkin colored. Very fizzy with no head and zero lacing on the glass. The brew was so fizzy I thought it was a soda.

S-Smells pretty good of pumpkin and cinnamon. Wish it tasted as good as it smelled. Hints of sweetness mixed with spices. This gave me some hope that didn't live up to much of a brew.

T-Very sweet tasting mostly of cinnamon. Not much upfront but finishes very sweet and full of the cinnamon and a bit of pumpkin flavor.

M- Very light and very carbonated. Way too much carbonation for my liking.

D- You could drink a few at 5.2% ABV. I will finish the 6-pack because the beer isn't horrible just not my favorite pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 21:39:43 | More by CAP1868
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2.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beer number 2 in my efforts to gain a better understanding of pumpkin ales. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, light coppery color and starts with a very fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades virtually immediately to absolutely nothing - no head whatsoever as I drink this; moderate carbonation bubbles up throughout; oily film left on the sides of the glass slides slickly back into the drink - no lacing whatsoever (which shouldn't be a surprise since there was no head).

Smell: Not too awful in this category - smells spicey - cloves, cinammon, nutmeg, but it smells artificial for some reason - more like a pumpkin pie candy as opposed to pumpkin and the accompanying spices that would make it pie-like.

Taste: The artificial spiciness is mostly upfront and there's very little "ale" to this ale. Leftover aftertaste of cinammon.

Mouthfeel: For a beer that shows moderate carbonation - I should have guessed that the body would be flat since it couldn't sustain a head at all and absolutely no lacing. Body is watery and leaves a lot to be desired.

Drinkability: Meh. I will not pick this offering up again, but I'm glad to know that. So far in the taste test, Dogfish Head is leading the pack and that was a great offering, but this one falls short of decent.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 18:47:09 | More by bamadog
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2.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz brown bottle. The color was a light amber, and producted a head that rose quickly and died just as fast. It contained some sediment not sure. How long it was shelfed.

It had a mild soapy aroma and a slight pumpkin taste, not the normal spices you might expect it also had a slight sourness.

The mouthfell was really light not strong at all, very bland.

I would expect an ale to be a bit stronger.

You might as well just buy a Bud, nothing to get excited about here, move along now.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 14:24:39 | More by ImusBeer
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4/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pumpkin orange color with some decent initial head; no lacing. Nice deep pumpkin scent, hints of the gourd itself with a nice pumpkin spice scent. Nice flavor; light malt sweetness with a hit of pumpkin spice up front and a bit of the pumpkin itself at the end. Goes down quite well, with a nice sparkling bit of carbonation. A very nice pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 21:53:17 | More by JamesS
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2.17/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Drinking this one right now. Pours a cloudy orange color with think white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing. Also full of sediment. Smells like pumpkins. Tastes like pumpkin as well. A bit overcarbonated. Gonna take a while to finish this, unless I decide to just chug it to get it over with as quickly as possible.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 00:51:16 | More by NewGeneric
Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.