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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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1,111 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 22.37%
Wants: 14
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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Buffalo Bill's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.82/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Clear golden color eth a thin off white head that dissappears quick!!

Smell- Pumpkin and spices right upon opening .

Taste- A very light pumpkin and spice taste. Those tastes are more pronounced in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel- Thin with a lot of carbonation

Drinkability- Not a horrible beer. I can taste the pumpkin more in this beer than any other I've tried. I couldn't drink a whole bunch of these though. Too sweet.

Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed by pyramid for these guys..

Pours a hazed amber with a slight white head. Hints of lacing & NO head retention, but efferevescent throughout

S: Nutmeg, cinamon & a little pumpkin

T: Cinamon & nutmeg with hints of canned pumkin up front. Some caramel & more spices as this warms. Finished a little dry with some more caramel & more spices & some pumpkin taste

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation

Drank pretty darn good for the style. I'm of the opnion that Pumpkin ales are better with more guts & abv for starters, so I'm suprised this scored as high as it did. This kicked the crap outta pumpkihead for sure. Try it, if you like this style, otherwise try it if your just curious like me, cheers!

Photo of chimney
2.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: clear straw gold with a hint of copper, head that quickly vanished

S: immediately upon opening the bottle there was a general "ale" smell followed by pumpkin spice and slowly let the just pumpkin smell come through.

T: light malt, light bitter, light pumpkin, and light spice. pumpkin and spice come out more fully as the lasting after taste.

M: watery with some bubbles

D: tough to drink due to wateriness and light over all flavors

Photo of q5hj
2.99/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is about what I would expect for a pumpkin beer. It has pumpkin color (no pumpkin head), it has a strong pumpkin pie smell to it, it has pumpkin taste to it. As much as I love pumpkin pie, a hint of pumpkin does not do much to make an average beer better.

Photo of livingregret
2.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type: 12 oz Bottle

Appearance: Pours a "dirty" orange colour w/ little head and almost no lacing. Leaves behind a faint ring...nothing to great

Smell: Moreso spice than anything else. light smell...for being a pumpkin ale, there's no pumpkin smell really

Taste: A light earthy taste toward the end and slight pumpkin spice at the beginning. Not a whole lot there either...I know some Pumpkin ales are heavy on spice but this one is light on spice and pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: To heavily carbonated and fizzy. Goes down like a soda and leaves a odd taste

Drinkability: This is a very odd pumpkin ale....odd because there is almost no pumpkin and little spice. Still it's better than other Pumpkin Ales I've tried

Edit: I'm editing this review....I've tried the Dogfish Punkin' Ale and have to say this is much better. Up'd the score to reflect my liking of this beer increasing

Photo of dabears
2.74/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Typical pumpkin beer, not that that is a bad thing. I enjoy my pumpkin beer a few times a year. A full strong pumpkin flavor.
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Photo of techdiver
3.02/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear copper with a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Nose is predominantly of spice with faint pumpkin background.

Taste echoes the nose, mostly spice with little evidence of malt or hops.

Good carbonation, but light and thin.

Could be more drinkable if one was fond of pumpkin ales. I've had worse, notably Blue Moon.

Photo of Abita45
3.19/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a decent beer, though I'm not sure if I could have very many. The clove and cinnamon make for an interesting taste, but whether I could have more than two in a sitting is doubtful.

It has a nice ruddy gold color with a hint of amber to it. Surprisingly for a beer that has spent some time in my fridge, it poured with a nice, foamy, off-white head and immediate clove and ginger fragrance. Interestingly, it seemed as though there was the scent of cedar as well.

My first instinct was that it was a good, interesting beer. There is a presence of cloves and cinnamon, along with mild citrus and hoppiness. Of course, there is pumpkin, but it is a flavor in context with the cinnamon and cloves. Without those traditional fall spices, I don't know how I would react. Pumpkin has a slightly bitter taste to it, and that comes through with the beer; a sort of ripeness of flavor that works well with the spices.

Overall, I enjoyed the beer, but don't know if I could handle many more. The aroma was probably the most interesting part of the beer.

Photo of illidurit
2.76/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. It's an attractive pale orange color with a white head of 1.5 fingers. The head dissipates to nothing unnervingly quickly.

S: Smells like cinnamon and nutmeg and pumpkin.

T: Tastes like one part pumpkin pie and one part sparkling water put into a blender. Not really any beer characteristics to be found. Kind of cloying.

M: The body is pretty thin and the carbonation is pretty high, making it refreshing but weak.

D: No sir I will not have another..

I was lucky enough to be in a food-pairing mood with this beer; I had some jalapeno cheese on crackers while drinking it. The cheese's hot spiciness complemented the nutmeg and clove characters of the beer, but I can't imagine drinking this beer without accompaniment. Have it with Thanksgiving dinner or don't have it at all, basically.

Photo of leedorham
1.36/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer gave me a headache. Seriously.

It looks fine. Pours an orangish yellow with a minimal white head.

Smell is of cloves and sugar with a bit of cinnamon.

It tastes like spices. This should not be called a Pumpkin ale. It should be called a pumpkin pie spice ale because that is all I taste. Cloves cloves cloves with a bit of cinnamon and other such nonsense.

It also gave me a headache on the 2 separate nights I drank it. I do not appreciate being given a headache. Bad beer.

Photo of beveritt
2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottl einto an Imperial pint glass. I have seen the Buffalo Bill Orange Ale around here and now this one. Apparently we can't get any of their normal offerings in Indiana, just the flavored stuff. No freshness date of any kind evident.

Appearance: Pours with 5/8 inch of off white creamy foam. This settles into just a ring around the glass. The beer itself is perfectly clear and a slight orange amber in color.

Smell: Holy cow, it smells like pumpkin pie. I guess when you make pumpkin ale, you can focus on the pumpkin itself or the spices. This one focuses on the spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, , clove, all the classic pumpkin pie spices. Very little malt characteristic and no hops that I can pick up.

Taste: Just like the smell, this is pretty dominated by pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon, clove,nutmeg and a sweet finish. No detectable malt or hops. Unfortunately, the taste of these spices is not as strong as the semll and you quickly get used to them. This leaves you drinking a fairly sweet carbonated glass of nothing.

Mouthfeel: Average to above average carbonation level. Body is thin.

Drinkability: I am fine with going the spice route for pumpkin beer, but you need an underlying malt base to support it. Ift his beer had better malt undertones, it would be good. However, it doesn't and once the initial wham of the spices wears of, it is just sweet water.

Photo of arizcards
3.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack and Cost Plus back in the fall. It has been several years since I had last had it.

Beer poured an amber-orange with a thin white head. Nose is interesting, full of cloves and allspice. Taste is more than a subtle hint of those spices with a light hop presence. Mouthfeel is average, with a fairly light body but it is fairly lively on the palate. Overall drinkability is average. It is not a bad beer as it is refreshing me after a long day of toiling in the office jungle but I sense the spices will be overwhelming with round 2.

Photo of BanjoGasmic
3.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a rich amber-brown w/ reddish hues. Thin, off-white head didn't last long.

Smelled strongly of spice -- cinnamon and clove, with a slightly phenolic character. Some thin caramel malt underneath, with a very mild, not unpleasant vegetal (almost sour, but very subtle) character lingering in the background. Very light medicinal / alcohol notes.

Taste-- no surprises here. Spice and caramel malts, with a bit of astringency. Hop bitterness is there for balance. Carbonation is relatively high, and the mouthfeel is thin.

Overall, the thin body and slightly medicinal quality turned me off. This isn't a bad beer, but it doesn't wow, by any means.

Photo of crwills
2.43/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled at a tasting with biegaman, northyorksammy, and grub. Thanks guys!

Poured an orange-gold into the sample glass, very little head, but I won't count that against it given the sample size. Aroma was clove and cinnamon, with elements of mint or bubble gum in there. Not much pumpkin in the flavour, but HUGE clove presence, nutmeg, and an unpleasantly spicy aftertaste. Didn't like it, but this is not one of my favourite styles.

Photo of CU570M
3.99/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent pumpkin orange. No head, but a little white ring around the glass. Smells like a pumpkin pie, very fragrant. Initial pumpkin taste with a little clove aftertaste. Very light, but fantstic. Very light mouthfeel, also very smooth. Nice drinkability, especially for the holidays. Best pumpkin beer i've had so far.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this bottle from a homebrew friend at a Christmas party. (Thanks, Mark!)

Pours to a thin white head that dies out in a few minutes. Orange-amber color and medium carbonation. Aroma is very spice-dominant with a little sweet malt coming in behind it. Flavor is also loaded with pumpkin pie spices and a bit of malt sweetness to accompany it. Finishes with residual spices and graininess. It's kind of nice as a novelty but not a year-round beer.

Photo of AleHound
2.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is an copper orange, with a faint bit of cloudiness. There was a slight head after pouring but it faded quickly away. It appears mostly still, the haziness of the brew makes seeing any carbonation difficult unless under heavy scrutiny.

The smell of this beer is phenomenal. To me it is the epitome of the holidays. Allspice, hints of cinnamon and cloves, it's smells much like a dessert itself.

On the first sip, the multitude of flavors begin to fight with each other. They settled down with what seemed like a malty sweetness on the palatte with cinnamon, and fruity hints of pumpkin.

It's mouth feel isn't wonderful, almost acidic, but the finish is very nice with some lingering fruit notes.

This is definitely not a sit on the porch and drink a few bottles. It is a "must consume with food" beer. It's a great complement with holiday foods, from salty sausage stuffing to pumpkin pie with whip cream. Turkey and gravy, ham with a honey glaze. You get the picture. This is a seasonal beer afterall. If you haven't tried it, or even if you have, try it during the next holiday season with the foods of Thanksgiving or Christmas. It'll be worth the wait.

Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
3.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Orangish Transparent color. Hard pour - decent sized head: worried there would be no head. Poor head retention: went nearly flat within a minute. No lacing. Scent - pumpkin and cinnamon...reminiscent of apple cider? Decent carbonation - goes down w/ minimal aftertaste - sweet minimal bitterness - not very complex flavor: pumpkin and cinnamon (no hops? or very minimal...)
I decided to check this out because there was an excellent deal at the local Albertson's; I worked there, so I knew it hadn't been on the shelf that long. $3 for a whole six pack. Knowing what I know now, I probably wouldn't purchase it under any other circumstances.

Photo of beeroclock
2.44/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This would be the worst seasonal I've tried to date. It smells pretty decent, lots of cinnamon and pumpkin aromas. Pours an orangish color with some lighter tones to it, a little cloudy and very little head. Taste is way too overbearing. Lots of spice but doesn't work well together. Attempting a pumpkin pie taste, but they ended up with a mishap IMO. I wouldn't recommend this.

Photo of mynie
3.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Regular pumpkin ale pour: copper (why aren't these orange... like pumpkins?) and hazy. Maybe not enough of a head but I'm in a generous mood today.

Smells like a big bolt of fruity pumpkin and then allspice and ginger. Nice.

Mmm... a very interesting spice profile, going more towards the spicy than the sweet (the latter being the wont of your typical pumpkin ale). Upfront, the sweetness of the malt and the pumpkin blends well against this white pepper/ginger blend, but near the end the spices get a bit too strong. It tastes like black pepper with a hint of allspice. That's it.

Poor ending aside, this is indeed a solid pumpkin beer, and the spiciness does grow on you. I wish more brewers would try changing things around with this style, as it tends to get pretty bland.

Photo of clemtig76
2.7/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a six at World Market in Greenville, SC for $3.99. Pours a pretty orange amber color with a thin head. Clove and nutmeg dominate the nose with a little cinnamon and pumpkin in the background. Taste is dominated by nutmeg to the point of being overbearing. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. One would be OK as a single after dinner drink. Definately not a session beer for me. Buffalo Bill needs to lighten up on the nutmeg next year.

Photo of schusterbauer
3.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 bottle

I've had this in previous years and enjoyed it much less. This year's offering is noticeably improved. Smell and taste are of candy-ish pumpkin and some nutmeg. Taste also reveals a slight fruitiness, hinting that real pumpkin may have been used in brewing. Mouthfeel suffers a high carbonation level that seems out of place. Quite drinkable, and a nice early winter treat. A friend brought a six pack to a party, and I'll be happy to drink the left-overs.

Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This brewery apparently has been craft brewing before the recent explosion and so is worth a try on that basis alone. Greg, crwills brought this one and thanks. Cinammon and nutmeg is pronounced in a lager, orange with a white head. Astringent and fizzy carbonation.

Photo of biegaman
3.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very flat pour, plain orange in colour, slightly hazy. Aroma super strong in clove especially, with lesser notes of basil, nutmeg, and typical pumpkin pie spices. Mouthfeel a little overly sweet, cloying in many regards. Taste is dominated by cinnamon mostly, again with light pumpkin flavour. Lots of spice but little else behind it, no hops and far too little malt to keep it standing. I coudl still enjoy it but not recommended.

Photo of grub
2.53/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

tasting party dec 6/06 with northyorksammy, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. this one was contributed by crwills, so thanks craig!

pours an orangey amber colour with very fine white head. no lace.

aroma is all about clove. tons and tons of clove and a little cinnamon. hint of bubblegum. light caramel. smells like a clove cigarette.

taste is about the same. tons of clove and a bit of cinnamon. bit of sweetness. kind of watery. it's like a glass of water after smoking a clove cigarette.

mouthfeel is poor. thin and watery with almost no carbonation.

drinkability is not great either. i'm really not a fan of pumpkin beers, but i think this one is my least favourite.

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
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