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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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627 Reviews

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Reviews: 627
Hads: 1,167
Avg: 2.93
pDev: 31.06%
Wants: 15
Gots: 74 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Reviews: 627 | Hads: 1,167
Photo of KajII
2.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium orange with a brownish hue and had an average sized (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that was gone in a matter of seconds and had virtually no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was light to say the least of a light bread malt and a mild doughy yeast with hints of nutmeg, pumpkin and a little allspice.

It tasted extremely lightly sweet with a small presence of nutmeg and cinnamon at first then had a mild touch of pumpkin show up and became a little acetic (vinegary) at the end with the flavor only sticking around for a very short while.

Mouthfeel was very light in body and watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a Pumpkin Ale that was super light in flavor, even so you could taste the pumpkin and spices. But it did have a mild vinegar presence at the finish which was unusual for this type of beer. I was also surprised to see it come in a twist off bottle.

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Photo of pBRale
2.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From tasting notes 10-19-11
Poured into a warbled mug

Appearance: Slight chill haze with an orange-amber pour. There is a tall and super bubbly/foamy ivory head that settles very quickly and has absolutely no head retention and leaves no lace behind.

Smell: This beer has a sharp almost astringent smell, and a lot of nice nutmeg and clove aromas--powerful, but not much pumpkin smell there.

Taste: The taste is primarily nutmeg and clove, and there is not much in the way of pumpkin or malt flavors contributing. It's a bit bland. It is a nice tasting beer, but too spicey and one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied, with lots of carbonation and bitingly so. The finish is crisp and springy.

Overall: Good tasting, but lacks complexity and balance.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz beer poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - One finger barely offwhite head. Hazy light orange body.

Smell - Strong pumpkin spice. Cinnamon. Brown sugar. Eggnog... wrong holiday, but hey, the nose doesn't lie.

Taste - Pumpkin. Mild malts. Slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, inoffensive. Neither challenging nor boring.

Overall Drinkability - I think this beer is great at what it does. Not my style, but I can totally appreciate it. It's soft, mild, balanced, flavorful, and inoffensive. Great novelty beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.26/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - looks like an orange colored Sprite with no head.

Smell - some slight spice and cinnamon.

Taste - Very lighty flavored and watery. Extremely easy to drink. Very sessionable. Nothing bad in flavors just very lacking in interest.

Mouthfeel - extremely watery

Overall - an uninteresting yet swilling pumpkin ale.

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Photo of seesnow3
2.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed last month, Bruges glass, unknown freshness
Pour-Medium orange brown, slightly cloudy, tiny head that won’t even be provoked to be more than barely a film, fades to a thin rim of bubbles in seconds. Light stream of effervescence

Nose-Mostly malty yeast with a natural pumpkin smell, a little bit of cinnamon and clove I’m thinking.

Palate-A little bit sweet at first, a decent amount of sour that doesn’t last long, little bitter. There is some cinnamon and clove that comes through, also a noticeable amount of pumpkin that tastes slightly earthy. It has a little bit of a soda-like taste maybe from being over-filtered, but is not too bad. The spice is first, then the pumpkin and it hangs on for a little bit but that is basically it. Barely any yeast or bitterness

Body-Medium weight and fizzy. Not much interesting here just fairly easy drinking. I like it. I see this as more of a pumpkin I want to drink when it’s actually cold due to the spice. I like it, although the pumpkin and spice is fairly dominant over the actual beer flavors. Would get it again, though nothing great

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Photo of ehammond1
2.47/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle (2011)

San Marcos, CA

Clear orange and light copper color with a quickly forming, and quickly receding off-white head. Leaves the glass as clean as can be--no lacing.

Decent but very mild aroma of some simple Fall spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

This tastes like flavorless tonic water, until the end when there's just a hint of cinnamon and allspice character. This is one of the most flavorless beers I've had in a very long time. I don't get any actual pumpkin flavor at all.

Thin body and high, tonic-water style carbonation. Prickly and not very drinkable.

This is one of the poorer pumpkin ales I've tried.

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Photo of JustinAniello
2.37/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours cloudy orange with a three finger head that dissipates nearly instantly. Extremely fizzy at first, had to pour all along the side so it wouldn't overflow. No lacing at all.

S - Sweet brown sugar and pumpkin. Clove and nutmeg mingle with other spice aromas.

T - Slightly sweet with full pumpkin and cloves. Strange sourness in the background that lingers in the aftertaste as well.

M - Medium body, but too much carbonation.

O - Not impressed overall with this one, the flavors seem just a tad off, while it feels like a soda instead of a beer in your mouth. Certainly much better alternatives in the pumpkin ale department.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.56/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, dark copper-like color with a half-inch thick head that dissipates instantly. Has a nice lacing..

Smell - I smell a lot of spices, like clove and nutmeg. Along with pumpkin.

Taste - Pretty spicy.. the clove is definitely a strong flavor in this. The pumpkin as well. Maybe a little bit of cinnamon. Kinda sweet too.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodies with medium carbonation.

Overall - This beer is definitely something out of the ordinary.

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Photo of aldizy
4.22/5  rDev +44%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

this beer is like thanksgiving in your mouth you can taste the pumpin cinnamon and all the other floral smells that thanksgiving has to offer i would definatly have this with turkey it would be freakin perfect dont pass this one up i got it at my grocery store

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Photo of MEsoJD
2.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[poured into a regular Sam Adams glass] ۞2011۞

B: I like the vintage look of the label. Not too much information, but at least it includes the percentage. Ugh... it's a twist-off -__-

A: An amber/orange/copper body with barely any head and no lacing. Sounded like a soda on the pour.

S: Pumpkin spice aroma, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

T: Pumpkin spice follows with bread malt.

M: Crisp, High carbonation(intruding), med/light bodied, and low alcohol presence.

O: Ugh.... Not fun at all. The carbonation is so distracting that I can't gain any bit of satisfaction. There's defiantly a pumpkin presence, but that doesn't save it from being sub par. I can't recommend this to anyone. Please look to other pumpkin ales.

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Photo of UnderPressure
2.18/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Twist off. Not a good sign.

Slightly cloudy orange color. Fizzy, not foamy "head" completely disappears almost instantly.

Standard pumpkin pie spice aroma. Good, but, nothing special. Malty background.

I'm getting almost nothing in the flavor department. Slightly vegetal, very subtle pumpkin pie spice in the finish. Very delicately flavored beer.

Terrible mouthfeel. Watery. Overly fizzy. There's nothing about the mouthfeel that I like at all.

This is one of those mass-market pumpkin beers. Probably the worst one I've had. I guess I should have done some research before I bought it. If this truly is "the original" pumpkin beer, I'm glad other breweries have done much better things with this sub-style since this.

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Photo of smcolw
2.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Large head of big bubbles that dies very quickly, leaving no spots. Chill hazed of dark gold with an orange hue.

Toasted malt and roasted pumpkin to the nose. Light alcohol.

Very thin body with a pop-like carbonation. The flavor is also thin. There is a watery orange flavor (no sugar). No lasting aftertaste. Generally speaking, this is a weak beer with a touch of pumpkin flavor.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
1.93/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Very little head over cloudy deep amber liquid.

S: Cloves and ginger.

T: Cloves and ginger up front with a corn finish.

M: Thin viscosity with large carbonation. Very similar to soda.

O: Maybe I have been spoiled by the pumpkin ales I have had locally, but my suggestion is to avoid this one.

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Photo of mryuk
3.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a solid orange with little head.

smell is very spiced with nutmeg and subtle fruit. some sweet and cinnamon.

taste is extremely sweet and spiced. Very rich, lots of fruit and pumpkin.

mouth is thick bodied with good carbonation.

overall not my cup of tea. just too overwhelming and sweet.

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Photo of Jinholic
3.17/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Got a ton of smoke out the the top which was like awesome then I poured it and the head fizzed away faster than a soda would. Clear copper/deep orange body that had lots of bubbles in it but they too would leave me in only a few mins.

Smell - Pumpkin with some nutmeg maybe a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon.

Taste - Less spice than in the nose its just a truck load of pumpkin all the way. The only thing I can pick out is a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon but the pumpkin just overwhelms that so much.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and light bodied, no dryness on this one at all which is nice for it being 98 out in Oct.

Overall - I just wish that this beer tasted more like it smells but that might just be me being a fan of spicy beers. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

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Photo of robboyd
3.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was recommended this brew as a nice counter to the more heavily spiced painted ladies. I have to say, the recommendation was spot on. This pumpkin brew is more heavily on the sweet side. It's dominated by sugary pumpkin and very little spice. I'm not pulling many more characteristics out of this beer as all I taste is sweetness. There is a moment when the beer slides down my throat where I get a hint of bitterness but it lasts a microsecond and then the finish is again all sweet. It's certainly a different take on pumpkin but not one I can say I favor.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a plastic cup at Sydney's in New Orleans

Appearance: pumpkin orange, 1/4 finger head that lingers

Smell: pumpkin pie, spices

Taste: Smooth; pumpkin comes through with great finese. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: light, really coats the tongue.

Overall: The guy at Sydney's recommended this and I'm glad I tried it. Honestly, it isn't that far off the DFH Punkin. A nice surprise. It's a great pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack of this at Whole Foods for about $10, because I had not previously seen any beers from BBB anywhere in MA. Poured into a standard pint glass. Bright orange color. Nice sized head forms with an aggressive pour, but that fades quickly. Moderate amount of carbonation, and a tiny bit of lacing. Smell had a distinct aroma of vegetables, which was earthy but not very appealing. Flavor tasted like authentic pumpkins - mostly like a steamed gourd. There was no "pumpkin spice" flavors at all. It just tastes like squash really. Mouthfeel was adequate, with a smooth but thin body. This beer might have been novel and great when it was first released, but it's been surpassed in flavor a long time ago. Nice to try, but really not very flavorful.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not my favorite of the pumpkin beers. this one pours a little cloudy with a nice autumn color palate. smell is spice heavy, maybe cloves and nutmeg. i dont smell the pumpkin itself really. taste is again strong on the spice front, with a balanced malt body in the medium range. good in the fall, but there are much better ones out there.

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Photo of Vashtar
3.82/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

When I first smelled this, I noted that it reminded me of a pumpkin malt ball.

The taste scared me at first. It started out really strong and I thought it was going to be awful... bu then it leveled off. After many sips, it starts out mellow, starts to speak sharply but then evens out before the taste becomes too much. It's a nice balance.

The appearance is cloudy, but nice.

The mouthfeel is a bit too thin.

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Photo of corylew
2.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice hue of orange with a bright white large bubbled head that disappears after 30 seconds or so, leaving a headless bubble-less sad looking beer.

Smells like CO2, slight pumpkin and spice but mostly estery kind of cheap stale beer.

Taste is the highlight of this beer. It really does taste pumpkiny with a bit a spice.

Mouthfeel is a kind of heavy for how light in flavor it is. A decent pumpkin flavor with a tiny bit of of spice.

Overall: To be honest this stuff just tastes commercial to me. I don't know if it's really considered commercial or not, but personally, I think it has all of the tell-tale signs of a beer that has been produced as quickly and cheaply as possible.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a SA pint glass.

A - pours an orangey amber color. Not much of a head, dissipates quickly, no remnant at all. Not much carbonation that I can see.

S - cinnamon, nutmeg, and some cloves. A touch of pumpkin in the background. Not much malt that I can detect or hops for that matter. The spices seem to dominate.

T - spices dominate followed by a rounded pumpkin flavor. A bit of malt, nothing too complicated or strong. No hop character that comes through as far as I can detect.

M - medium to light bodied. Smooth and slick feeling. I would have liked a bit more carbonation in the mix to lighten it up a little bit.

O - overall, a nice easy drinking beer. Nothing too special I guess but not too bad on a fall day.

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Photo of neobob187
3.71/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

A: It's got a nice but typical color for a pumpkin beer. Golden brown hues with nice carbonation and actually a very nice lace that lingers around the glass.

S: The smell is average at best. Cinnamon notes and nutmeg, with a very faint pumpkin.

T: This is where the beer got instantly better for me. My personal taste's when it comes to Pumpkin Beers is more Pumpkin and less spice. Shipyard's Pumpkinhead is one of my least favorites because of the crazy amount of Cinnamon, nutmeg, and artificial spice taste. This beer, while it does have a lot of brown sugar, and cinnamon sweetness to it....also finishes with a great pumpkin taste.

M: Good carbonation that's very smooth to drink. No booze bite at all. You could easily drink 2-3 of these on a nice autumn day.

O: Overall, it isn't the best pumpkin beer I've had by far. But I do think it's far better then some of the more popular pumpkin ales out there. This is my session pumpkin beer of choice to be honest.

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Photo of heebes
3.2/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright, clear oranger copper with a finger and a halfs worth of foamy head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose is big on the spices, clove, pumpkin puree, sweet brown sugar. Taste wise is lacking; theres a void of flavour - bit of a light lager flavour to begin, grass & grain, with a hint of spices comeing and going quickly. Some pumpkin taste is evident towards the end and the beer finishes dry and chewy. Mouthfeel is light bodied.
Overall, an easy drinking mild pumpkin beer. Its very subtle in flavour. I prefer a bit more substance for the style.

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Photo of ScorpyX
3.42/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy, straw-colored pour with plenty of carbonation. Some debris floating around.

S: A pumpkin ale with a sweet, pumpkin scent

T: Follows the scent closely, with the pumpkin dominating. Citrus and coriander in there as well. Starts well, but gets a little blander after the initial flavor.

M: Medium to light bodied, also very crisp and bubbly. Starts to overwhelm the flavor toward the end. It gets to the point where it feels like a light lager with pumpkin thrown in.

D: Started well, but ends a little disappointingly. I like the hints of pumpkin, but that ends up falling short by the finish. A little more balance between feel and taste would help.

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.