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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
69
poor

1,104 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,104
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 22.79%
Wants: 14
Gots: 56 | 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 mattkoon
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not a bad beer but a pretty bad pumpkin beer. This beer pours a ok looking cloudy brown. The smell is just a beer smell. There's no spiciness nothing special at all. I expect some sweetness and fall spices but there isn't much goin on here at all. The taste has the same problem. There just isn't enough goin on. This is an average beer ane a below average pumpkin ale. I was really not impressed by this. The only thing pumpkin about this is the one on the label.

Photo of jmeyers78
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into pint glass

A - Pale amber with thin white head that completely fizzled away after a few minutes. No lacing.

S - Almost smells like a spiced BMC for lack of a more elegant way of stating it. Hardly any malt on the nose.

T - No noticeable malt flavors. Slight spice taste but it fades quickly.

M - Rather thin and fizzy. Probably my least favorite part of this beer.

O - Really a bland beer but it is something that I might pick up if there were no other interesting options.

Photo of Snorlax
3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Just cracked one open, poured into the trusty old double handed Jax mug. Pours a decently pretty and slightly burnt orange color. Rather carbonated. No lacing or head retention really at all. Taste wise I'm impressed and I'll tell you why. Most pumpkin beers are simply filled with pumpkin spices. This beer you can actually noticeably taste the pumpkin juice itself which is quite refreshing, followed by a well balanced after taste of the usual spice suspects. My only complaint is the body and mouthfeel on this one leave MUCH to be desired, though the taste is really quite good. All in all, a great session beer for those chilly fall nights. Bout to go have another out on the porch and enjoy this new found fall weather. Cheers BA brethren.

Photo of tlazaroff
2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: It pours out a hazy orange color, not very bright at all, with a tan head that isn't much to speak of. I've seen better, but I've also seen worse.

S: Smells just like a pumpkin pie. I get nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, pumpkin all in the nose. Smells wonderful.

T: Unfortunately, the taste suffers and doesn't deliver what the nose promises. I get a little bit of pumpkin, some bitterness on the mid palate, but most of all, it just falls flat on all notes.

M: Moderatly-High carbonation with a light body, it feels a bit awkward in the mouth.

D: Drinkability is quite high, if you actually like this beer. It's not terrible, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of Alkey
2.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle a dark orange with no head and millions of tiny bubbles rising to the top and exploding like a soft drink.

Went to smell the aroma and bubbles went up my nose from the aggressive carbonation. After letting it rest a bit I try again but not much there other than a hint of all spice.

Very disappointed with this beers flavor. Almost as if you dumped teaspoons of dry spice in club soda.

Did they mess up the recipe for this batch I wonder. I tried 3 from this case so far and wish I could return it.

Photo of dcook11
3.68/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange. Aggresive carbonation. Dental floss thin head from a violent pour. Some lacing, though not much.

S- Pumpkin. All spice, cinnamon. Balanced and sweet.

T- All the same ingredients as the smell, but more muted.

M- Light bodied with a bite from the carbonation.

O- My favorite pumpkin ale.

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

another review from the mix six, had this one after cleaning up after the hurricane .
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance hazy amber , with a sorta fluffy head that slowly goes away.
smell the spices seem to be a bit muted but the flavor does come around in the palate.

Photo of shortbus7
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was poured into a snifter. The beer has an orangish hazing hue to it with no head and no lacing. The beer has a slight pumpkin smell to it and almost no hints of cinnamon or allspice. The mouthfeel is very light and thin and is dominated by the carbonation. Way to overpowering. The beer has a large malt presence with a burnt taste to it. The aftertaste suggests a slight amount of spices and pumpkins. Overall, I'm not impressed with this beer, but it's not horrible.

Photo of Pintofbrown
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Only a slight film on a strong, Grizzly Adam's strength pour. Now I am looking at no foam and a good amount of carbonation. The body is murky and the color of...pumpkin? I tried. I am already sad.

Smell: Hey! Things are looking up! There are some good things happening on this nose. There is some clove, cinnamon, sweet potato, fresh mint, and, yes, even some pumpkin in there. It does not really smell like a pumpkin pie, and it certainly errs on the side of spicy instead of sweet. It still smells like Fall.

Taste: Whoa, so, most of the flavors in the nose are still on the palate, but it is way too bubbly and watered down. The front and middle of the drink have the clove and pumpkin, that is backed up with a wheaty back bone on the finish. It is okay, but the flavors are not as big as they should be.

Mouth feel: This also brings down the quality of the beer quite a bit. Anything that reminds me of pumpkin pie when I take a whiff better have a creamy and chewy mouth feel. And this is nothing like that.

It is way too bubbly, also a little astringent. Not to mention the flavors are watered down, and make the taste watery. This is too bad.

Overall: Get the smells on the nose to be present on the sip, and get a creamier mouth feel and this would be a decent pumpkin brew. It is not too late to believe that this thing can not be fixed. Until then, look elsewhere for that perfect autumn beer.

Photo of DavidST
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a light golden color, I poured very aggressive and got a very short lived head, it fizzed away faster than a coke and left me with absolutely no foam. The smell is of spices and cloves with a little pumpkin. Feel is light. Taste has some pumpkin and spices, but overall its pretty light and not very impressive. I doubt I ever get this beer again.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – somewhat coppery in color, clear, with decent carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of off-white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – as you would expect, there’s a strong sense of spices and pumpkin flavor.

Taste – upon the taste, there seems to be a fair mix between the spice and pumpkin, but a little more on the spice. Pretty tame in taste, without much bitterness or sweetness. There is a slight tang in the finish and then aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall – not a bad brew, but not very interesting either. Also not one of the tastier of the pumpkin flavored beers.

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

A: Translucent cloudy orange with hints of tawny brown. A truly Autumnal color. Fizzy off-white head quickly dissipates as if common with force-carbonated ales.

S: comes across as spicy with a mild candied orange scent, cinnamon and allspice in particular, and a sweet rich pumpkin scent with malty burnt sugar biscuits that could very well serve as the basis for a pie crust.

T: Spicey and vaguely malty, rooty, with a pumpkin spirit. Sweet, somewhat cloying, and more of that candied orange peal hiding in the corner. You know, there's also something synthetic about it.

M: Thin and bubbly, a bit sticky.

O: It’s a good overall effort. Fairly standard as far as mainstream pumpkin ales go. It’s not bad but it isn’t as satisfying as I’d like my pumpkin/fall-winter ales to be.

Photo of BeerHiker
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a small mug.

Always an exciting time of year when the pumpkin beers come out. Picked this one up with a pack of New Hollands Ichabad Pumpkin Ale.

The pour is a nice orangey fall color, leaving a medium-thick bubbly head. A very orange colored beer.

When i smell this beer it makes me think of the fall. very natural spices and pumpkin aroma. Strong notes of nutmeg and all-spice. A decent amount of pumpkin smell is present.

Taking the first sip now... much more pronounced pumpkin flavor than the Ichabod Pumpkin Ale.. not too exciting flavor but it is a solid pumpkin beer. not much hop or malt flavor. A bit bland to me.

I would say so far this is my favorite of the regular pumpkin ales. I have noticed most pumpkin ales are very bland beers, so they don't interfere with the pumpkin flavor. I wish I could find a beer that had a complex ale and pumpkin flavor; making the two work together rather than just showcasing the pumpkin. A very easy drinking beer with good pumpkin and spice notes. Nothing to get too excited about.. yet better than most of it's kind.

Cheers!

Photo of Claudius424
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden brown with a frothy white head that doesn't stick around long. Smells like your usual fare for pumpkin ales (nutmeg, cinnamon). Taste is pretty much the same with the addition of pumpkin and allspice. Overall a decent fall seasonal that doesn't slam you with too much pumpkin pie essence.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangy body with a short-lived, fizzled, white head.

Smell: Ever so slightly sweetish, ever so slightly spicy, with a vague impression toasted pumpkin.

Taste: Sweetish sugar-cinnamon flavor over a mild inclusion of pale malts. Modest pumpkin taste, along with mild hints of earthy nutmeg and spicy clove. Nil hop character, bitterness. Remains sweetish, lightly spicy, and with a small amount of vegetal pumpkin quality into the relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation, hinting at fizziness.

Overall: BB's is one of the first pumpkin beers I had years and years ago alongside Post Road. It was a simpler time, really. Years later, it's now one of the more milder, easy drinking of the bunch, with its relatively lighter tastes, particularly the spices, and the effervescent body. While not bad, it seems most are leaning towards the bolder in the growing style, like Pumking or Weyerbacher's version. I can't say I blame them.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange with a 1 inch extremely fizzy off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing whatsoever. Smell is of some malt, spices, and maybe a vegetable pumpkin-esque aroma. Pretty tame overall. Taste is of spices up front with a pumpkin-like malt flavor on the finish. The aftertaste has hints of pumpkin pie. Way too carbonated however, with a soda-like fizzy feel in the mouth. Overall, not a very good pumpkin beer at all. It may be "America's Original" but that doesn't mean it's anything worth drinking.

Photo of BeerVikingSailor
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First one of this historic Pumpkin beer I have had in a while...fresh bottle poured into pint glass ( a BB glass to boot!) This touts itself as America's first Pumpkin Ale, and I used to drink it a lot when I first got into Pumpkin beers....

Appearance is just ok....orange'ish and clear, virtually no head or lacing, pretty tame overall

Smell is not too bad, typical pumpkin spices, although light....pretty hard to detect much else going on, smell wise

Surprisingly, I enjoyed this, more than I expected from memory....I drank it on a pretty warm August evening, and it went down crisp and light....light pumpkin ale that is very drinkable, does not blow you away with spices or too much sweetness or heaviness...not bad.

Mouthfeel is decent, goes down pretty easily, some bready notes, light spices, light carbonation, and could drink a few of these...

Overall, this is a decent / average Pumpkin ale, and you have to give them points for being the originator of what is now a very popular historic brew style that goes back to our colonial days when our founding fathers brewed with pumpkins to give jolly King George some crap, and tell him where he could shove his English malts! Worth trying...

Photo of tykees88
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- it's a really pretty orange color I will give it that. With an uber aggressive pour I got no head. Retained no lacing. Very disappointed.

S- Smelled like pumpkin pie which is well, pretty much what it should smell like to give it a true pumpkin fall smell.

T- Tastes very sweet. My mouth has to smack together several times to get this one. The spice smell has little to no effect on the taste.

M- A little sticky heavier bodied brew. Not excited about the way it feels in my mouth.

O-It's average to below. There are alot of pumpkin beers out there, alot I am sure that are way better. Sorry Buffalo Bill, your finishing near the bottom of the AFC pumpkin beer division

Photo of Chico1985
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin beer in August? Eh, it was free.

Pours hazy pale orange into a pint glass, super fizzy white head is gone in seconds, no ring, no lace, nothing. Sad really.

Smell was a little strange and off, but decent pumpkin and caramely notes coming through.

Taste is not really bad, light pumpkin and spice, some caramel and bready malts, maybe a hint of brown sugar. Not bad and not overdone at least. Mouthfeel however was very watery, felt dull.

Not a bad pumpkin ale, decent flavor going on but the mouthfeel ruins it a bit, that and the fizziness make me wonder if these have carbonation issues. Goes down pretty easily.

Photo of StBoisterous
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours light orange.

S- Strong aroma of alcohol and spices.

T- Slightly bitter and acidic, pronounced spice flavor, slight pumpkin taste.

M- Smooth consistency, slightly bitter, an aftertaste of hops and spices can be noted.

D- Very smooth drinking. The presence of pumpkin flavor is not as strong as I had hoped, but still has an okay flavor. I was not fully impressed, but I thought it was good none the less, will have to compare it to other pumpkin ales later in the season.

Serving type: bottle (poured into glass).

Photo of zrab11
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear orange color with a small white head

S- Has a tiny hint of pumkin and spice

T- Has a acidic flavor up front followed by a little pumking flavor and then ends with a tiny bit of spice

M-Light bodied with ok carbonation

D-Overall this brew was just ok. Wish the pumking came through more and wish it was alittle more complex. Wont try this one again but it was decent to drink once.

Photo of Knapp85
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a pretty nice looking amber ale, the head was ever pretty thick leaving some lacing down the glass. The smell was overwhelming, I couldn't believe how strong it smelled of pumpkin and spices. This place doesn't mess around when it comes to flavoring beers. The taste is pretty strong as well. There wasn't too much of a balance really found it hard to get anything else out of it. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad but overall this beer is average to say the least.

I would like to try the Imperial Pumpkin from them just to see the difference.

Photo of mountdew1
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into imperial pint glass. Poured a very pale straw color, not typical for this style. Thin bubbly head that didn't last long. Small streams of bubbles rose from the bottom. Some times the aroma was like a fake pumpkin pie ice cream, other times it reminded me of cheap cafeteria meatball subs. Very strange combo. Flavor was remarkably like the aroma. A hint of pumpkin flavors, but overwhelmed by a watery ketchup flavor. Just ok in the mouth. A bit thin, and the carbonation definitely overpowered it. Overall not a good beer. Flavor was meh at best, definitely not worth what I paid.

Photo of Brunite
2.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is a light orange/gold color, with a short white head.

S: The aromas are very faint. No pumpkin or spice of note.

T: The taste is very bland....aroma missing....taste too.

M: Medium.

O: Bland & disappointing. Maybe this bottle was too old? Is 6 months too long for a pumpkin ale to retain its flavor? One and done.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I remember having this a long time ago, during my Purdue years, so I figured I'd revisit it whilst filling one of my newest mixed sixers. It pours a mostly clear orange-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. Plenty o' particulates float about, suspended in mid-beer. The nose comprises cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, pumpkin pie filling, and honey. I wouldn't mind having a candle with this scent. The taste holds notes of clove, light black pepper, pumpkin seeds, flowers, and some light greens. Not only does this flavor combination not really follow the nose at all, it's decidedly weaker, blander, and mildly bitterer. The body is a straight medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda oily feel. Overall, a meek and meager pumpkin beer, one that I really don't feel like having again.

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 1,104 ratings.