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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

1,056 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,056
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 22.87%
Wants: 14
Gots: 50 | 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 massshortage
3.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer was an experience in mediocrity.

It pours a nice enough copper color with decent clarity. Makes a foamy head if you try, but it's not sticking around.

Funny enough, I don't smell pumpkin. I get the spice, maybe nutmeg, a definite sweet caramel malt aroma.

Even more strangely, I don't taste the pumpkin. Again with the spice and malts. A decent malty flavor, some sweetness. Bread. Nutmeg. Perhaps a slightly acidic citrus finish.

Thin mouth. Loses carbonation quickly if you let it sit.

This beer was pretty mild. Knowing the brand, I expected an over the top artificial pumpkin and spice flavoring. Instead the flavor was less present. Not subtle, just absent.

All in all though, it is a very drinkable beer, and certainly not a disaster. The packaging is attractive- it looks good on a table for an autumn feast- and most of your less beer savvy friends will like it. But there are much better pumpkin beers out there. This is nothing special.

massshortage, Nov 10, 2010
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 steve8robin
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this on a work trip to OH. Let's give this one a try. 12oz bottle...

A: Murky golden copper with faint hints of ruby red. A 1 inch white head that fades quickly. Good.

S: I get some nutmeg and spices upfront with some brown sugar and pumpkin in the middle and some faint cranberry on the backend. Good.

T: I get watery pumpkin upfront. Not much else here. Kind of a metallic taste at the backend. Eh.

M: Light body with a very light carbonation. Eh.

D: This goes down easy because it tastes like water. Good.

All in all, nope. Don't worry about this brew.

steve8robin, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.35/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love pumpkin beers.So I gave this one a try.At first I didn't know what to make of it.But the more I drank the more my taste buds enjoyed it. This seems to have an overwhelming citrus flavor if poured into a glass.But from the bottle its seems more like a pumpkin and clove tasting beer.Sometimes beers seem to unlock more flavor when you pour them into a glass. Seems more intense in flavor.But don't let that stop you from trying it.YOu may miss out on something you would've loved.

BrewStoutMagic, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
3.28/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Back in the olden days, before I was the Craft Beer Lover I am today, I recall initial forays into the world of strange beers beyond the familiar Pils-ish stuff: BB's Pumpkin was among them. Today I decided to snag a couple bottles (as pumpkin ales are now a favored and much-anticipated style); poured one to a pint glass tonight. All Hallow's Eve-Eve ~ a 12 oz. twist-off to a pint glass.

"America's Origanal Pumpkin Ale", so says the label.

A: Nothing at all to get excited by, a murky bread-crust amber with a brief and quick-dying head. Decent carbonation a few streams of small bubbliness up to...nothing. Zero lace.

S: An 'average' aroma, because this smells exactly like the staid/tired 'pumpkin pie' aroma of sweet (nutmeg/cinnamon) spice and a mushy yeastiness (Dutch applesauce?)

T: An earthy and surprisingly tart mouthful, a spritz of citrus with a zest spicing. Having had this years ago, I recall a more 'fake' flavor of canned/over-spiced pumpkin puree; now this seems like more a moderately spiced/tanged and musty amber.

M: Underwhelming feel, a small and aqueous feel that holds some carbonation but ultimately feels weakly tart and hardly anything more. For an ale of this ilk, kinda refreshing and light... but I expect more.

D: For as few positive marks as this gets, I still find it drinkable and an apt harbinger of autumn. Maybe there's some sentimentality here, as I recall friends bring over (and ultimately leaving behind) a 6-pack years ago when we moved into our house. I 've always tried to pick up at least a few bottles every fall ,despite a few better pumpkin ales on the market (though, sadly, not enough for my liking). Worth a try, but then, if you like the style enough, look elsewhere...

msubulldog25, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Adamthome1
3.9/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz botle, no best buy date...but it's 10/30 should be fine freshness

Poors a weak head that evaporates, beer is copper color

Smells like smashed pumpkins, hint of nutmeg, cinnamon maybe.

Pretty full taste, certainly different, tastes like pumpkin seeds and mildly citrus, nice amount of carbonation.

Nice cinnamon aftertaste. I don't really like to eat pumpkin pie or pumpkin inspired food so I was eary about buying this, pleasantly surprised. I could drink more than one of these at a time.

Adamthome1, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of 9InchNails
1.8/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

9InchNails, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of pzrhsau
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer starts with a fizzy head but really doesnt stay very long. The color is a darkish orange/brown.
S: The scent is dominated by the malt and some sweetness from pumpkin. There are some undertones of cinnamon and other spices.
T: Very light hints of fleshy pumpkin coupled with some malt background. The spices are very subtle and you really have to let it sit on your tongue to get the full flavor.
D/M: Very crisp and light on the tongue. The carbonation was good but really dissipated quickly. I wanted a little more spice and punch from the flavors. This was a good subtle beer to enjoy.

pzrhsau, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.63/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange/gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pumpkins, spices, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet but a little fruitier than most others in the style. There are the typical flavors of pumpkins and spices but there also seems to be some other fruits. The malt character is very thin and there's a very faint hops presence. As a result, there isn't much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Kind of flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, the sweetness and lack of hops doesn't bother me with this beer because it's a Pumpkin Ale. I think the only thing that separates this beer from others in the style is the much lighter malt character. However, for this style, that is a very significant and detrimental difference.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 24, 2010
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 ratrod53
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer looks really good hardly any head on it but I totaly screwed the pour on this beer up ( sorry guy I know I loose man points) anyway it's got a dark honey brown color to it.

S- It has a little bit of a pumkin smell to it but not a lot.

T- The first part of the beer I did taste some plain pumpkin with no spice in it with some hops that I liked. Towards the end of the beer I mostly got just the hoppy part of it but it was still ok. The after taste did stick around for a while. It feels like what I would feel an hour after I ate a pumpkin pie.

M- This beer is a little to thin for this style of beer but it's still ok. It's more middle of the road when it comes to smooth leaning on the course side. It also might be a pinch over-carbonated.

D- I wouldn't go seek this beer out but I could drink it again. I think there are better pumkin ales out there. Over all I'm still on the fence with this beer.

ratrod53, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of kwjd
2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright orange colour with almost no head and zero lacing. Smells like nutmeg and pumpkin, but fairly faint. No noticeable smell of beer really. Flavour is a bit sweet and spicy, but not the rich pumpkin pie flavour I'm used to from pumpkin beers. Way under-carbonated, but not quite flat. Ok beer, but not one I plan to pick up again.

kwjd, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Plokhooy
2.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very slight notes of pumpkin pie and nutmeg are evident in this beer but overall it is a bland product with little standout points. This is a fun novelty beer for the fall with friends but not something that woudl become a staple of anyones beer fridge.

Plokhooy, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of cpanossian
2.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good looking pour - opaque honey/apricot. Nice foamy head that dissipates quickly.

However, overpowering allspice aroma and flavor overwelms the nose and pallate - the pumpkin flavor gets lost as a result.

Expected more from Pyramid Brewing in Seattle.

Not a fan but my wife liked it.

cpanossian, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of lstokes
3.2/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is very watery for a pumpkin ale--it poured orange with a lot of fizzy carbonation and no head to speak of. It smells very sweet with a little bit of yeast and allspice and tastes the same--very clovey, very sweet, very simple malt profile, not much going on outside of the sweetness. A thoroughly average beer.

lstokes, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Insomnicat
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber with 1 finger of quickly dissipating head

S - It smells kind of like someone waved some pumpkin at an ale.

T - Crisp and refreshing. Pumpkin is there, but it is very far from the center of attention (where it should be).

M - Fizzy water. Crisp and light, but basically like seltzer water.

D - I cant imagine drinking many of these in a row. I'd buy it again, but it is not something that I would use as a session beer.

Insomnicat, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of FredTheSeal
2.7/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - 1 finger white frothy head. Dissipates quickly without lacing. Dark golden color, slightly hazy.

S - Smells malty and almost yeasty like a hefeweizen. Looked into the bottle and it looks like yeast slurry in the bottom. The bottle doesn't say anything about bottle conditioning though...Strange. I don't smell any spices which is rare for a pumpkin ale.

T - Definitely yeast in the beer. It's a shame it didn't say on the bottle or I would have poured gently. No pumpkin or spices.

M - Light-medium body. Moderately carbonated.

D - Despite the fact that it doesn't taste like a pumpkin ale, this feels like a very drinkable beer.

The yeast kind of ruined this for me. It tastes more like a hefe than pumpkin ale. I don't know if i had a bad bottle or if they just didn't label it as.bottle conditioned.

FredTheSeal, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my HopDevil pint glass.

A-Pours a fizzy amber with a 1/2 inch of eggshell white head. Minimal soapy lacing.

S-Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon. The slightest touch of pumpkin puree.

T/M-Nothing special, but I can see why it's so popular. Pumpkin pie spices, light body, moderate carbonation. Not nearly as interesting as something like ST Pumking.

D-I wouldn't turn it down, but it's not anything worth seeking out.

DaveHS, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of bmwats
2.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium amber hue. Pretty substantial carbonation, pours a slight, bubbly, white head. Quickly dissipates. No lacing to speak of.

S: Smell is pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon with a touch of baked bread.

T: A little malty, but more a pungent and sweet baked bread flavor.

M: A little watered-down and diluted. Heavy carbonation feel on the palette. The components just don't seem to combine very well. A little disjointed. Pungent feel throughout.

D: It's not the easiest drink I've had. Not bad, but after one, I'd pretty much had all I wanted.

Atmosphere is okay. The appearance is really pedestrian. Nose is a pretty aromatic combination of grain and sweet spice components. Flavor is very disjointed, and just not all that appealing. Overall, this is not the greatest quaff.

bmwats, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of riversider76
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thin fizzy head. No retention or laceing. Aroma is of pumpkin and spices. Body is thin and fizzy. Taste is mostly pumpkin,with a bit of creamy spice. Very weak version of this style. Don't go out of your way to try this one.

riversider76, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of JRed
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sunset sky in color with light bubbly white head on top. Sweet aroma of pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, slight brown sugar, and oddly sea salt. Offensive flavors of nutmeg, salted veggies, hops, citrus, and lemon zest. Spritzy character similar to club soda and light in body. A pumpkin beer that doesn't taste like pumpkin. Someone broke in and tweaked the recipe or switched the bottling lines.

JRed, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the bottle a light orange color with an extremely minimal white head which quickly recedes. At first, this one smells somewhat like pumpkin pie, but the initial aromas fade rather quickly, leaving something akin to an average amber ale. On the palate, this one is fairly thin, with a little cinnamon, cardamon and clove. Decent at best

emmasdad, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To start off my Autumn I created a six-pack of Marzens and Pumpkins from my Hy-Vee going for beers I haven't tried yet. Here's number one.

It's a nice copper color producing a decent amount of head that doesn't last too long. The aroma was some light malts and a bit of that oh-so-famous orange gourd. The taste was of pumpkin but it didn't have that "vegetable" tinge to it so it was a bit sweeter than an actual pumpkin would be. With the sweeter taste it went down fairly easy and made for a good study beverage. I could go for this one again.

DesMoinesMike, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Firm aroma is malty with an overtone of cinnamon and a strong hint of pumpkin. It pours a nice clear amber with minimal head or lacing. Malty flavor has a pumpkiny undertone and a hint of spice, mainly cinnamon. At least this pumpkin ale tastes more of ale than pumpkin! Fizziness is minimal - but this may be because this bottle was in the car for a couple days during hot Atlanta weather.

Cyberkedi, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of wcudwight
3.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber in color decent head at first that quickly fades. Very little lacing.
Smells like pumpkin pie.
Sweet beer with some spices. Cinnamon and clove. Taste more like a winter warmer than a pumpkin beer.
Thin and watery in the mouth.
Drinkable and for a pumpkin beer this will do in a pinch but there's better options out there.

wcudwight, Sep 21, 2010
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68 out of 100 based on 1,056 ratings.