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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

970 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 22.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | 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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FloppyDog

North Carolina

2.28/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

09-20-2009 04:24:33 | More by FloppyDog
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xenolithic

Maryland

2.45/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

09-20-2009 01:58:29 | More by xenolithic
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Onenote81

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

09-17-2009 23:30:02 | More by Onenote81
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Docer

Washington

3.18/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

09-17-2009 19:03:36 | More by Docer
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Domingo

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

09-16-2009 23:36:34 | More by Domingo
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william5586

Pennsylvania

1.2/5  rDev -58.9%

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.

09-10-2009 02:49:01 | More by william5586
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Traquairlover

Virginia

2.28/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

09-07-2009 16:10:35 | More by Traquairlover
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CAP1868

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

09-06-2009 21:39:43 | More by CAP1868
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bamadog

Kentucky

2.42/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

09-06-2009 18:47:09 | More by bamadog
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ImusBeer

Georgia

2.8/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

09-03-2009 14:24:39 | More by ImusBeer
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JamesS

Indiana

4/5  rDev +37%

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.

08-30-2009 21:53:17 | More by JamesS
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NewGeneric

California

2.17/5  rDev -25.7%

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.

06-22-2009 00:51:16 | More by NewGeneric
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -3.1%

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a dimpled mug. The beer greets the eye a murky orange color with not even a finger of fizzy off white head that disappears within seconds. Nose and flavor are of muted spices, mainly nutmeg, faint hint of roasted pumpkin meat a trace of caramel. Where's the malt? Light bodied and slightly under carbonated. Not worth your time.

05-28-2009 02:13:57 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Brenden

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev +2.1%

The color is a sort of coppery amber. I've seen people say it looks clear, but mine poured with a sort of dusky opaqueness. The head pours impressively enough, but dissipates almost immediately to absolutely nothing. There is no lacing whatsoever.

I was impressed with how much it smelled like spiced pumpkin pie with a touch of nutmeg. I think the best thing about this one is the smell. Pumpkin is pleasantly evident.

There is very slight maltiness, sadly minimal. In fact, this tastes more to me like a soda than a beer. I don't dislike the taste, but it seems very weak. There is some nice spiciness and a mild sweetness.

The feel is thin, and carbonation isn't overpowering but prevalent , like soda just going flat. Again, a weak, watery feel.

I'm not too experienced with pumpkin ales and just saw this one on the shelf first and decided to try it. I'm sure many superior pumpkin ales can be found.

02-27-2009 15:56:36 | More by Brenden
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.28/5  rDev +12.3%

Reviewed 10/26/2008 (bottle):

Pours a somewhat opaque amber brown body. Small whitish head, quickly diminishing. Spicy aroma, some pumpkin. Some malty fruitiness. Graininess. Spice like nutmeg. Spicy taste, fruity, sweet spice like nutmeg. Maybe pumpkin. Mmm, a nice fall taste.

02-20-2009 05:47:19 | More by jujubeast6000
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scottoale

California

2.42/5  rDev -17.1%

12oz. stubbie brown bottle with twist-off cap and what appears to be a bottling code printed on the neck label. It pours an orange gold with a thin bubbly white foam head that disipates almost instantly.

The smell is of sweet spices, cinnomin, clove allspice and faint pumpkin.

The taste is the same, dominated by spices and not in a good way. You can barely taste any malt or pumpkin due to the over spiciness in this brew.

Light body, watery mouthfeel with some astringency and a bitterness of spice left on the tongue. Alcohol is not noticable in any aspect of this ale. Not an easy beer to like.

02-18-2009 19:44:16 | More by scottoale
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -22.9%

Pours a dysmal pale orange colour, with a head that dissapates as soon as it hits the glass.

Smell is of huge spice--coriander and a sour funk. Some pumpkin.

Taste is an invasive cinnamon, with little pumpkin in the background. Allspice dominates this one.

Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated, but the spices still stick on the tongue.

I really don't feel like finishing this one...(Drain Pour)

02-14-2009 04:10:54 | More by darklordlager
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

2.78/5  rDev -4.8%

lol when I saw the Bros said to avoid this one and then saw a bottle of it sitting in my friend's fridge, I just had to find out. I'm sure I've had this before but I don't remember it being that bad...Let's see what we got...

Pours a hazy, orangish/amber color with a medium white head that dissipates in about 3 seconds.

Smells mostly of cloves. A bit of sweetness and spice but nothing really pops out at you. It probably doesn't help that the head died out almost immediately after it was poured...

Spices are cleanly present within the taste. The cloves are most evident followed by cinnamon and nutmeg. Really not much of the pumpkin pie I was expecting, but this aspect is alright.

Seems more watered down than it should be but mostly medium bodied. Not much carbonation to speak of.

This starts out fairly refreshing but about halfway through it just gets old. The Bros review is severely outdated by now so I don't think "avoid" is an appropiate thing to say but I would find maybe one bottle if I really wanted to try this and that would be the end probably for good. On the other hand, this is probably the most available pumpkin ale I've ever seen in Louisiana so if I ever had to have one I guess Buffalo Bill's might be as good as it will get.

01-23-2009 22:39:28 | More by Vengeance526
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -4.1%

Out of a bottle this beer was a hazy, bright orange color with a towering, overzealous head. The retention of this massive four fingers of foam was only moderate however and the lacing weak. The aroma was of citrus hops, nutmeg and musty, damp malt. The flavors were odd, starting with pale malt followed by nutmeg and a slight sourness. The pumpkin only showed up for the finish and was underwhelming. The body was medium/light, the mouthfeel average and the carbonation good. Slightly too acidic for the style.

01-23-2009 15:09:02 | More by thekevlarkid
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Procrastinator

Florida

3.05/5  rDev +4.5%

12 oz. brown bottle with code number B214 8 334 E on neck label. Poured into Nonic pint glass. This is the last of a six-pack purchase.

Appearance: hazy coppery orange color with a dense foamy slightly off-white head, 3" high after vigorous pour. Carbonation bubbles stay at top for the remainder of this beer. Lacing is little, if any.

Smell: definite pumpkin pie spices with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, all-spice and peppery cloves. Hops are not detected through the nose.

Taste: all the spices show up first with cloves and nutmeg leading the way. Hops cannot be detected except for a slight bitterness at the finish. Nothing resembling pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: a bit of a letdown being very watery. Carbonation helps to deliver flavors and overall
seems fairly well balanced.

Drinkability: I'd like to see less emphasis on spices and more on a heavier mouthfeel. The body is definitely lacking. I think I was pretty generous with my ratings as I won't be seeking this out in the near future.

01-09-2009 18:00:09 | More by Procrastinator
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev +3.8%

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium hazy amber color with a smaller sized white head. Spices and lighter pumpkin on the nose. Lighter tastes (vs. the aromas) of the same pumpkin and spices. Fizzy body. This one was OK, but nothing really stood out vs. other pumpkin beers out there.

Notes from: 1/2/05

01-08-2009 19:17:43 | More by hopdog
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davexisxrabid

California

2.8/5  rDev -4.1%

This brew poured an orange/amber color with a nice thick head that fizzled down after a while and left a tiny bit of lacing. You can see the carbonation rising in this one.

Aroma was of pumpkin pie, baked bread, and sweet sugar caramel with slight hoppy scent.

Very light taste, mainly due to the carbonation. Hints of paprika almost. Seemed a bit watered down with very little sweet malts and almost no hop edge to it.

A very mellow mouthfeel to this one, not too spicy or cloyingly sweet. Has the mouthfeel of a light beer, very watery and carbonated. Pumpkin undertones do not stay for very long in the aftertaste.

Easily drinkable but lacks much flavor. I would probably pass on this beer unless somebody gives it to me.

12-29-2008 18:06:52 | More by davexisxrabid
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laituegonflable

Australia

1.4/5  rDev -52.1%

Pours an orangey amber colour, head is dense and respectable. Sticks around quite well. Hardly any lacing. Very slow bead. Meh.

Holy shizzle, sickly sweet nose with a sort of dried fruit kind of character. Yeah, a bit of spice like cloves or something, but mostly just sickly sweet and horrible. I'd give it a 5 if I were judging it on the ability to smell sweet, disgusting and like cloves, but as a beer, meh.

Tastes like cloves. It's never been a huge ambition of mine to drink liquid cloves. Mouthfeel is sharp and tacky. If you're looking for a beer that tastes like cloves, this is it. If you're looking for a beer that's even slightly good, look elsewhere.

12-26-2008 05:15:46 | More by laituegonflable
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Arbitrator

California

1.4/5  rDev -52.1%

A: Clear light brown. Thin head, no lacing.

S: Very mild aromas of nutmeg or cinnamon. Basically lacking in a nose.

T: A little malty sweetness that tastes like it was infused with pumpkin pie.

M: Medium bodied, ok carbonation. Muddled, inexpressive flavors.

D: Easy to finish a sixer and it's a nice Thanksgiving beer with company. Wouldn't buy again.

12-18-2008 10:11:23 | More by Arbitrator
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DoctorDog

Ohio

1.25/5  rDev -57.2%

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Printed with "20 5 08" on the top label, which I presume to be a bottling date.

A- Slightly hazy amber. Pours with a massive, overflowing white head.

S- An offensive, strong pumpkiny/coppery/metallic smell. As the beer warms slightly, the metallic elements become even more pronounced. Awful.

T- Just like the smell, and absolutely awful. Terrible.

M- Wet....medium carbonation. Hard to be objective or even concentrate on this aspect given the highly offensive taste.

D- Nil. I couldn't. I drank just enough to get angry at myself for taking a few sips too many.

Future outlook: Hmmmm...no thank you.

12-12-2008 01:54:00 | More by DoctorDog
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