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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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1,056 Ratings

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001)
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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
Photo of Rayek
2.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A: Bright amber with good clarity and frenetic carbonation. A small but dense cream head vanishes quickly and is replaced by an endless stream of popping bubbles along the beer's surface. Leaves no lace. Interesting, if nothing else.

S: Allspice, pumpkin and nutmeg ride along a fairly innocuous straw aroma.

T: Rather thin out of the gate with a straw-like grain flavors. The pumpkin pie flavors show up late and provide the balance usually provided by hops. Finishes slightly metallic, with lingering allspice and nutmeg.

M: The light body is hyper-carbonated and slightly dry.

D: "America's original pumpkin ale" or not, this beer is nothing to write home about. An OK pickup, but near the bottom of the pumpkin beer pack.

Rayek, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a dull amber color to it, not much head or lacing. Smell was definitely pumpkin.

Taste, lots of pumpkin, cinammon prolly some other Thanksgiving type of spice, nutmeg, s too. Very season in its feel. Big carbonation throughout. No hops. No bitterness. This is an Octoberfestish style of beer I can tolerate. I like the pumpkin. A little pricey though, I mean, no hops, no malt, pumpkins are dirt cheap . . . why is this 8-10 bucks a sixpack? Because of that, and the fact that its the kind of beer I don't want more than 12 oz of in a day, I docked some drinkability off of it.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of a74gent
2.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The nose off the bottle is good, but folks this is why glassware exists. After pouring, very little nose at all.

The appearance of the pour and the mouthfeel is just like a fountain Coke. Super carbonated, all effervescent foam that immediately went away. Yuck.

Appearance is a mess as it is flat as can be with no foam and a marginally darker than golden pilz color. Just nothing to look at.

Also, not much to taste. I can tell they're aiming for a pumpkin beer a little, but it is super weak and I don't know that your palate or preferences are going to cause you to disagree.

I wouldn't want to drink more than one although it isn't a horrible beer; just not a good pumpkin beer.

a74gent, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
3.85/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden orange color. The one finger tan head has poor retention. There is a decent amount of carbonation bubbling to the top.

S - Smells of cinnamon mostly. There a hints of pumpkin and sweet malts. Smells good just a little faint.

T - Sweet pumpkin up front followed by cinnamon. Nut meg notes linger with a clean finish. Very nice. I don't know why everyone is ripping on this beer. I just wish it was a little stronger.

M - Very light but fits well with this brew. Good amount of carbonation.

D - This is one of the better session pumpkin ales. Easy to drink and tastes good.

LairdChisholm, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of erosier
3.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a cloudy copper orange color with a light bodied off white colored head that fades fast with little lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, then pumpkin just like you would expect. This is the sweet kind of pumpkin with some cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves but the spices are in the background behind the pumpkin which is nice.
T: Taste is like the nose with a nice malt base followed by the pumpkin with some spices of nutmeg, allspice, clove, and cinnamon but again, they take a backseat to the pumpkin flavor.
M: Very creamy, could use a little more carbonation I felt, medium bodied, nice flavors and aftertaste.
D: Pretty drinkable, I thought it could use a better mouthfeel but this was a nice beer nonetheless.

erosier, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
2.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle, stubbier than pictured, brewed by Pyramid Ales for Buffalo Bill's Brewery.

A: Copper-orange... actually dark pumpkin. Just like the color of a pumpkin pie. Slightly hazy, but almost no carbonation. Thin white head dies quickly and leaves no lacing at all.

S: Mild pumpkin and spices.

T&M: Very thin. Watery pumpkin and mild spices. Taste is pretty good, but no body whatsoever. Minimal hops and malt.

Not too good. I was hoping it was going to be up there with the quality of their "Orange Blossom." But, no go. I don't particularly enjoy pumpkin, but I've had many other pumpkins that are very drinkable compared to this one.

cdizinno, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Buffalo Bill's Brewing Company--Pumpkin Ale--1997 22 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV. (3.0 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Pumpkin. Sampled 10/31/1997.

1998 12 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV (2.5 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Pumpkin Strong pumpkin flavor dominates light malt body and result is a little harsh. Deep hazy amber color. Brew softens with time. Sampled 10/25/1998

Buffalo Bill's Brewing Company--Pumpkin Ale 1999 12 oz. Bottle. 4.50%ABV 3.25 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin--Clear thin amber orange color. Light pumpkin aroma. Crisp light thin spicy pumpkin flavored caramel malt body. Hint of buttery notes. Minimal sweetness. Ends with tingling light dry spice note. Sampled 10/26/1999.

Buffalo Bill's Brewing Company--Pumpkin Ale--2000 12 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV. (2.25 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Pumpkin--Clear bright thin orange golden color. Spicy pumpkin nutmeg front. Weak thin body with off ale flavors. Not much to this brew. Finishes clean with lingering spice. Sampled 9/26/2000.

Buffalo Bill's Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale 2001 12 oz. 4.50% 3.0 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin Clear thin light amber color.Strong pumpkin nutmeg spice front.Thin body with mild sweet dry caramel fruit notes dominated by harsch spice.Spice mellows.Crusty spicy light citrus clean end.Unbalanced. 10/31/2001.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery--Portland Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale 2002 12 oz. 4.50% 3.5 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin Clear thin amber orange color.CO2 mild hop strong pumpkin nutmeg front.Thin tangy body with light sweet fruit flavors dominated by pumpkin.Dry clean mild hop citrus pumpkin end.Pumpkin tyranny. 10/31/2002.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery--Portland Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale 2003 12 oz.4.70% 3.5 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin Clear thin bright amber color.Light mild lace head.Harsh pumpkin spice mild hop front.Earthy tart CO2 thin spiced burnt light dry sweet caramel pumpkin body.Spiced dry mild hop end.Harsh.Clean.Thin. Sampled 10/27/2003.

Buffalo Bill's Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale 2004 12 oz. 4.80% 25 3.75 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin BOMC Selection 1004.Mild lace head Clear thin amber color.Strong nutmeg pumpkin mild hop front.Thin crisp spicy dry sweet nutmeg mild caramel fruit body. Dry mild hop nutmeg end.Unbalanced spice. 10/31/2004.

Buffalo Bill's Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale 2005 12 oz. 4.80% 25 3.75 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin Fizzy mild lace head.Clear bright thin amber orange color.Pumpkin nutmeg spice mild hop front.Tangy CO2 crisp thin mild caramel pumpkin spice body.Mild earthy crusty pumpkin citrus hop end.Weak malt. 9/23/2005.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery--Portland Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale 2006 12 oz. Bottle 4.90% 20? 4.0 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin No Head.Clear bright thin amber orange color.Floral Pumpkin hop front.Crisp dry sweet coriander pumpkin mild earthy CO2 tangy mild ester caramel body.Clean mild hot nutmeg hop spice end. Unbalanced. 8/31/2006.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery--Portland Brewing Company--Pyramid Ales America's Original Pumpkin Ale--Ale brewed with real pumpkin and spices--Stubby Bottle 2007 12 oz. Bottle. 4.90% 25? 3.5 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin. 6-$6.99. Thin no lace off white head.Sediment hint haze.Pretty rich amber gold color.Mellow pumpkin spice hop front Zesty thin tangy dry sweet light caramel pumpkin clove nutmeg coriander body.Crisp clean dry age mellowed spice end.Bland but OK. 9/11/2009.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery--Pyramid Brewing Company--America's Original Pumpkin Ale--Ale brewed with real pumpkin and natural spice flavor.--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 12 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Pumpkin. Thin no lace white head. Clear thin bright pumpkin orange color. Mellow pumpkin nutmeg clove allspice front. Thin body with dry sweet tangy light toasted caramel fruit mild pumpkin flavor. Strong nutmeg dry clean tangy end. Mellow with better balance than 2009. Sampled 9/4/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery--Independent Brewers United--America's Original Pumpkin Ale--Ale brewed with real pumpkin and natural spice flavor.--2010-B New Slanted Graphics 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 12 IBU's. (3.0 / 5.0) Thin no lace fizzy white head. Clear thin pumpkin gold color.Mellow pumpkin spice mild hop front. Thin fully fermented dry sweet rich pumpkin spice light caramel malt body. Mild hop spicy nutmeg dry clean end. Tasty lighter smoother than prior pumpkin brew, but still missing body. Sampled 9/10/2010. Purchased 6-Pack for $6.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle 9/10/2010

philbertk, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of JoePat
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber/orangish hue with a very small fizzy head.

The aroma has great pumpkin spice flavor mostly on the clove side with the cinnamon showing through a little.

The flavor has a lot of clove and some cinnamon but there is no malt flavor at all. It tastes like pumkin tea.

The mouthfeel is thin and there is no carbonation.

It is very drinkable just not that enjoyable so it has to loose a little there.

JoePat, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle brewed by Pyramid Ales for Buffalo Bill's Brewery.

Fizzled head leads to almost no lacing at all. Orange haze show some bubbles racing to the top. The pumpkin and spice aroma are present with clove more in the front. Slick and crisp wet body. Spice is there for sure, suggestions of cinnamon and clove are easy to pick out. Bit of pumpkin flavor is layered on the dry and mono-tone maltiness. Minimal hops and a little watery in the semi-dry finish.

I have to wonder how different the bottle version is from the actual source. It has the bells and whistles for the style but the beer component struggles a bit.

Jason, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 2010 series. Sampled on September 8, 2010. The pour is a somewhat murky orange-copper with a short-lived two-inch head that dissolves to nothing. In the aroma I get a more malty, yeasty character with only a hint of spice and only a modest pumpkin scent. The taste tends to be a little sweeter than many with a subtle pumpkin taste and a fairly decent maltiness. Not one of the better pumpkin ales this season but somewhat easy (and quick) to drink.

puboflyons, Sep 09, 2010
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