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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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956 Ratings

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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 22.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of ChimayMayDay

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pumpkin Pie in a bottle. I like pumpkin pie. I like this beer. If I could drop a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the bottle, I would. The look and feel are not much different than others of its style. The fun is in the spices: nutmeg and some cinnamon. Pretty crisp taste overall. A good choice for after dinner in October.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2004 08:27:11 | More by ChimayMayDay
Photo of Boto


3.23/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle: This poured an amber color. It is clear, with maybe a hint of orange to it. There is a fizzy head that dissapates almost instantly. Not getting any lacing from the beer. It definitely smells like a pumpkin pie. The flavor is malty, with a good hit of pumpkin pie spiciness. Fairly crisp and dry taste. I remember this being better years ago, but then it wasn't being contract brewed.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 22:18:37 | More by Boto
Photo of tavernjef


3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dull dark orange color with a thin puffy off-white head that departs fairly quickly, leaves minimal spotty lace. Aroma is much like a sweet pumpkin pie, with spicy cinnamon, vanilla, some baked roastyness and is pleasant to the nose. Well the taste is about what I was expecting, kinda mild of pumpkin flavors with many hints of cinnamon spices, some light roastyness and sweetness of vanilla and molasses but is very short lived altogether, hardly makes a nudge on the palate. Feel is a bit thin, watery in some notions with hollow areas and some small carbonation texture. Not something I'd keep around or go back to again, but was hard to pass up the bomber at .99$ on sale.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2003 22:52:45 | More by tavernjef
Photo of jahred


3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

For some reason, I see this stuff everywhere in Chicago come autumn. Pours an orange brown color with a very thin head, and smells like pumpkin pie and nutmeg. So far so good.

At first it tastes like pumpkin pie. And then ... nothing else. I waited, and let it warm up a bit, and still got only pumpkin pie. The mouthfeel is rather disappointing, as the beer is incredibly watery and the pumpkin starts to get tiring after awhile.

Not terrible, but really only worth drinking 1 before it gets boring.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 04:32:49 | More by jahred
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.9/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium orange-amber with a soft white head that quickly dissipates to near nothing and leaves minimal lace. The beer smells like freshly baked pumpkin pie (fragrant allspice and baked pumpkin). It's a wonderful aroma that holds great promise. Too bad the taste doesn't measure up to the nose.

The flavors are, again, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, but the beer is too sweet. There's also something mildly unpleasant in the finish that I can't identify. The mouthfeel strikes me as unsupported and verging on watery.

At least the label is nice and festive. It put me in the mood for a good autumn brew. The smell is enjoyable, but beer is made for drinking. Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale doesn't quite make the grade.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 04:01:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New York

3.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head is off-white, beer is clear red/amber. The smell is 100% pumpkin pie spice. Nothing else. Cinnamon dominates the front. It tastes like those red hot candies. Or the cinnamon-flavored toothpicks we used to chew on. Some caramel tries to break through in the middle. Maybe some fruit. There's a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish and some nice grains in the aftertaste with temperature. But really, there's just one flavor: pumpkin pie spice heavy on the cinnamon. Still drinkable, though, and I've definitely had worse spice beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 00:45:10 | More by kbub6f
Photo of ZAP


2.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Two things jump out at me....excellent nose...horrible mouthfeel....

Pours a hazy orange...off-white head....big pumpkin pie like smell...the aroma is awesome...first sip and I can tell something is bad..very bad...feels like a light beer does in the mouth....thin...watery....the flavors don't come close to the smell but there is some pumpkin pie like notes....

Overall I wouldn't drink this again....I'd smell it again for sure though....if you want to buy it just to smell I guess I'd advocate that but if you are going to put the glass to your lips I'd stay away....Not impressive at all except for the smell...

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 05:14:41 | More by ZAP
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've always been fond of this particular brew, and have looked forward to it every fall. What's not to love about an ale style once homebrewed by George Washington?
Appearance: bright, burnished orange, looking like an autumn leaf,with a head that's slim, short, soon to depart.
Aroma: all yum, the very distillation of a fresh-baked pumpkin pie, scintillatingly spicy, vibrant, richly delicious and roasty.
Taste: nice, tasty texture, some small hoppiness, then fading....nice mouthfeel, swimming about the cavern of the senses, lip-smackingly tasty. Body is light to medium, but the flavor dominates and hides any thin-ness....for a while. Nicely spicey, though not too meaty.
It's a cute novelty, not as fantastic as I remember, but a nice treat once a year.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 01:42:48 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of HardTarget


3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Nutmeg, cinnamon, and some apple smells
Appearance: Clear orange (what did you expect?) with a minor off white head.
Flavor: The spices are very pronounced. Overall a light malt sweetness bases the taste, and the pumpkin really kicks in during the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Very effervescent. Light, close to watery body.
Overall Impression: I’m not a pumpkin fan, so I was a little worried. The taste doesn’t blow me away, but I’m not repulsed (high praise, I know). Great smell, great color, the spices are nice, but somehow I think this needs a little more beer base for me to be happy. This seems like a pumpkin spritzer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 03:28:11 | More by HardTarget
Photo of hotstuff


3.08/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sickingly sweet is my first and foremost thought about this beer. Way to sweet to be a beer. It poured a medium sized ivory head with fine-large sized bubbles that quickly diminished. The nose was pumpkin pie, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The flavor was sweet, malty and of course, pumpkin. It had a smooth mouthfeel along with a thin and watery texture and it was light bodied. The lacing was sparse. Another rating down the tubes of a beer that I absolutely did not enjoy one bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 23:12:16 | More by hotstuff
Photo of Dubblebock


4.03/5  rDev +38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Might just have been the fact that the season had turned cloudy and cool and my family and I were carving the jack-o-lanterns when I sampled this beer, but all things considered, this was a pretty good slice of pumpkin ale. Nice packaging, with a fat pumpkin on the label and fall colors dominating.

Looked very good as it poured. Orangish to slightly amber in color, the head was thin and faded away quickly.

The smell was spicy and fresh, cinnamon and allspice scents coming through loud and clear. VERY fragrant nose, almost like when Mom opens up the oven to check the pumpkin pie to see if it's done...

Taste was spicy, a little bit of pumpkin and a lot of cinnamon. Not at all bad, though. Unlike a lot of spiced ales, this one was not overwhelmed by the spices. I still got a lot of malt flavor, especially on the aftertaste. It struck a good balance between the spices and the beer.

Mouthfeel was average to slightly above. Very drinkable ale, and especially enjoyable on a cool, rainy day...maybe a nice piece of carrot cake to go with it. I need to get a sixer and save it for Thanksgiving.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 18:20:38 | More by Dubblebock
Photo of Dmann


2.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This one should just be a cinnamon beer. It poured a copper color with a small fizzy white head that did not last long at all. The first thing I could smell was the cinnamon and that's pretty much all I could detect. The taste definantly reflected the smell and was dominated by cinamon flavors with just a touch of malt flavour in the background. The thing that put me off was that there was not much "beer" flavour at all and it seemed like I was drinking something overly sweet. Will not be drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 07:24:24 | More by Dmann
Photo of winomark


2.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep copper color with a tiny head.

Aroma: All spice, with cinnamon dominant. Smells like a "Yankee" candle.

Taste: Bitter cinnamon up front, with clove and nutmeg in the back. Not much pumpkin flavors present. Can you say "Red Hots"?

Mouthfeel: Thin, but has flavor. Tannic in the finish, with the spices dominating throughout.

Drinkability: Needs some pumpkin flavors for me. Too much cinnamon. Won't be trying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 03:06:19 | More by winomark
Photo of PhantomVodoo


3.98/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazey orangish brown in color with minimal off-white head that quickly faded.
Pleasing aroma is very spicey. Nutmeg and cinnamon come to mind. Sweet malty backbone under the spices. Scent comes off as a cross between heavily spiced hot apple cider and pumpkin pie.

Taste follows the smell. Heavily spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon. Sweet malt backbone supporting the spice. Again, somewhere between spicey hot apple cider and pumpkin pie. Decent balance, but the sweetness and spice do linger a bit.

Good mouthfeel.
I really enjoyed drinking this one, but I don't think I could drink more than a couple before the heavy spice and sweetness would turn me off. My first tasting of a pumpkin ale has me eager to search out whatever others are available around here.

Overall, a solid spiced beer.
Thanks to Blatzman and AKSmokedPorter for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 20:07:33 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


2.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 ouncer, just like the BA Database picture. Cost me $1.79. The black, orange and green bottle label has a very Halloween feel, which even extends to the pumpkin orange crown cap. One point of interest was the fact that this beer was Brewed & Bottled by Portland Brewing Co., Portland, OR. I wondered if Buffalo Bill’s, CA is just a Beer Marketing Company that has its beers contract brewed?

Appearance: A very lucid amber body that has a distinctive pumpkin orange hue. Thin dirty white head clings to the beer at first – but eventually breaks up to reveal a mass of variable sized bubbles at the edges with a thin broken covering in the middle which still has a very thin head – but it looks like a fuzz. Pretty good levels of carbonation aid head reformation when the beer is swirled.

Nose: This beer has an extremely spicy nose – not much pumpkin, but lots of Cinnamon - most of the smells are just an all-embracing ‘All Spices’ odor. Very “spicy” indeed.

Taste: Lots of spices in the beers tastes. Sadly, the spicy tastes are equally as one-dimensional and as strong as the nose – which is a shame. I struggled to find any semblance of Pumpkin in here. Cinnamon yes, All-Spices sure, but no Pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Solid feel, invariably aided by the good conditioning in the beer. Even with all the spices, it is still a clean tasting beer with good lines but a little thin at times.

Drinkability: I found this to be quite drinkable actually, but it is by no means a session beer. I could manage a couple, but the high Spice levels would eventually put me off.

Overall: I have only had a few examples of US Pumpkin Ales and this was probably the most highly spiced of all of them. The high Spice levels can lend the beer a very one-dimensional feel at times though.

But as to why this is a Pumpkin Ale and not just a Spiced Ale – I have no idea, maybe it is the picture of the Pumpkin on the label ;-)

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 03:14:28 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of Winter


3.73/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a white head. Aroma has a strong spiced nose to it, consisting of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin and malt. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Initial sweet malt front. Spicy tasting middle reveals the aromas from the nose in the taste: strong cinnamon, nutmeg burst through. All of this overlayed on a malt backbone. As the beer warms the caramel malt flavor emerges a little more and it almost becomes brown sugar-like in taste with all the other spices. Finish reverberates the spiced flavors.

Overall a pretty decent pumpkin ale, albeit rather heavy on the spices. Bottle labeling is rather attractive with a large pumpkin sitting in the patch set against a black background. If you're into pumpkin beers give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 01:13:19 | More by Winter
Photo of dmarch


3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too bad for the 250 word minimum because I can sum up my review in one word: OVER-SPICED. Orange-copper in color with a fluffy white head. Taste is sweet with cinnamon and nutmeg dominating. It's basically pumpkin pie in a bottle. I love spices, but I think they went a bit overboard on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 00:14:44 | More by dmarch
Photo of BeerBuilder


3.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to an orangish-copper color with an off-white head. The aroma is like Thanksgiving dinner, total pumpkin pie. The flavor is like biting into a piece of pumpkin pie, with the pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon. It is light in body and easy drinking. A definite must with Thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 16:13:15 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice amber color, very short lived head, little lingering.
Smells heavily of pumpkin pie spices, cloves.
The initial taste hits you solidly, just like the smell. No doubt about this ones pumpkin flavor. The pumpkin taste does not hang around, there is plenty of carbonation to blow it away. This is ok, no stickiness in the mouth. Just makes me want to have more.
This is kind of a novelty item, I think I would get bored of it pretty quickly.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 03:24:26 | More by hungryghost
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ok, this is not the best Pumpkin beer that I have had, but it's also not the worst. It's pumpkin smell is far stronger than the taste. The smell isn't overpowering strong though, it's a nice balance of pumpkin, spices, and hops. The color was a golden amber color with a creamy frothy head. The head lasted only a couple minutes, but when it was present, was very nice and "fluffy" looking. Mouthfeel wasn;t anything special, seemed like your basic Bud-esque feel. Really carbonated and bubbly. Will I get it again? Maybe, nothing to get excited over though. I would rather go with the Post Road Pumpkin Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 20:50:35 | More by JISurfer
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West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper amber tone with a light colored cream head, this beer contains sparse lacing not much just specks scattered. Aroma: Great pumpkin pie aromatics very solid scent of cinnamon, pumpkin, and other cream infused spices. Taste: Flavor doesn't deliver as well as some pumpkin ales I've tried but this one is not bad, just the spicing is a bit cloying here I'd much rather enjoy another Post Road from Brooklyn brewing or even a Blue Moon much smoother and still delivers the pumpkin pie esque tones. Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy but carbonation is a bit high and overal mouthfeel seems a bit thin and textureless compared to other beers of this style. Drinkability: Decent worth a shot not a pick up a case type of beer but then again maybe not even a six pack beer I wish I could have another to taste it again but I probably won't be investing anymore money on this ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 14:52:45 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.9/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good idea for a seasonal well executed, the Pumpkin Ale will appeal to those fall lovers who would rather push that second (or first) piece of pumpkin pie aside if they could drink it from a bottle. A whiff of the beer after a pour into a pint glass reveals that the brewers managed to capture a good pumpkin aroma that has hints of nutmeg and other pumpkin-pie spices one would expect. Its oktoberfest-like hue and clarity suggest pumpkin orange. I don't pour for head (seems a waste of glass volume to me), but it does seem that this ale doesn't give you much. But when the beer hits your tongue and taste buds, your hopes that it could serve as a pumpkin pie substitute are fulfilled. The ale's taste has a nice pumpkin ovetone and the right amount of pumpkin-pie spicing.

I recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys giving fun seasonals. I'm seriously considering giving these out to trick-or-treaters (after carding, of course) if my local beer sellers choose to stock this nice little treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 00:38:34 | More by hatchethead
Photo of Elemental


3.93/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice orange copper color to it with a small amount of head and pour head retention. The smell is probably the best part of the beer. A very nice pumpkin aroma with many spices to smell. Smells much like a pumpkin pie. The taste is good with a well balanced taste of pumpkin spices and a light bitterness. Overall a pretty good seasonal worth trying. It took me a beer to get used to the taste but after that its pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 17:11:26 | More by Elemental
Photo of Tballz420


3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer when poured is a hazy orange color, with a small white head on it. Not much lacing to be accounted for. There is a great pumkin/cinnamin/ginger smell to this beer. The taste has similar qualities going for it. There isnt a very heavy mouthfeel to this one, its almost too watery. This isnt a half-bad drink, and it will bring back pleasant memories of the fall. I will say i am a big fan of pumkin pie, and this is my first pumkin style ale. But i like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 18:46:08 | More by Tballz420
Photo of ADR


3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark orange, weak and short head that bunches on the glass margins at best. Extremely little lace. Heavily floral aroma, plenty of cinnamon with a wet vegetal muskiness. By gum, there is a lot of pumpkin along with pie spice in this one, broadly leafy in quality, and a sense of grape skins. Low carbonation and long lasting carry-over of the aroma finishes the flavor. Not really hoppy to close, more of a sense of mint. I can't say that this is a favorite but it seems more genuine in intent and execution than brews like Shipyard...

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2003 17:45:58 | More by ADR
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