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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
68
poor

956 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001)
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden color. Not deep enough though. I expect a deep amber or orange or copper when it comes to Pumpkin ales. A slight off-white head recedes to the thinnist of coatings. The rimming sticks around for a while. I love the aroma of this beer. While spices are present, it's much more. It actually smells like pumpkin pie. The nose consists of clove, nutmeg and cinamon sprinkled atop a pumpkin pulp and caramel malt base. Flavor profile is more of the same, except less of the all important pulp/malt base. Just a tad heavy on the cloves. Also some cinamon and allspice. There's a slight sweet pulp taste. And some caramel malt backing. Just not enough. I used to like this one a lot more. Haven't had it for 2 years now. I still like it...but not quite as much.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 04:32:37 | More by Bighuge
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Redrover

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck with a nice label. Good packaging here!

Beer pour an reddish orange with an off-white head. Decent lacing.

Beer smells great! You really pick-up the spice, a bit of malt and I guess that other smell is the pumpkin.

Taste is decent. Lots of spice on the initial taste. More malt seems to push through as you drink more of the beer. I’ve never been a huge fan of pumpkin pie, but I enjoy this beer. It is a nice seasonal brew to take to fall parties or Thanksgiving dinner at Moms. Even macro drinkers will give this one a try.

Mouthfeel is a trifle thin. Drinkability is fine, but I never have more than a couple in a sitting. Different but good.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 01:02:33 | More by Redrover
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice beer, nicely packaged and presented, and interesting at this time of the year. Appropriately golden orange and cloudy, the body is topped with a cream-colored head just as the pie filling would have a hazy cream layer on it. The nose is full of malt and spices and this is a strong element in the taste as well. Enjoyable stuff without being too complex or assertive. A disappointing finish in the feel as this completes with a bit of thin wateriness. Completely drinkable though as this impresses as being just plain fun and uncomplicated to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 16:54:47 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

2.83/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This spiced brew pours a nice orange color. There is a fair head after the pour but quickly fades away . The aroma is spiced with cloves, ginger, nutmeg and a hint of malt and a even smaller hint of pumpkin. The flavor is a dead match of the aroma. It is a sweet ( maybe a bit too sweet) cloves and ginger start . The disappointment is the slightly watered finish. It seem to me like the flavors slowly faded away a bit to fast.
Overall, it’s an OK beer. Nice carbonation, easy to drink. Not to overpowering with the spices, just missing a little something in the end.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 01:35:20 | More by Stubbie1
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Ellbert

Ohio

1.85/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This was the first pumpkin ale that I have had. There was too much spice and not enough pumpkin. The apperance was good, a small bubbly head that discipated quickly but left a nice lace. It was a nice reddis hue that was attractive. The smell was the best quality of this beer. It smelled of pumpkin and spices but the flavor had too much of the spice. I would have gone for more of a sweet and malty pumpkin brew. The mouth feel was watery and very carbonated. I could not drink the beer. It was the first beer that I put down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 22:46:49 | More by Ellbert
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byrd

Virginia

1.73/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I’ve got to admit; sometimes I have a sweet tooth when it comes to beer. I saw this beer in a local store, and after reading some of the reviews for Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale, I thought it would be real treat of pumpkin pie in a bottle. Instead I felt as though I was drinking a watered down lager that had some spice thrown in as an afterthought. Needless to say, I was quite disappointed.

The beer poured with a small head that dissipated very quickly to a thin ring around the glass and a couple lace spots on top. The color was a nice clear orange-amber. Aroma was primarily of spices, but seems a bit off to me. There are some faint hints of hops in the nose. There may be some malt in the aroma as well, but it was pretty well hidden by the spice. This held true for the taste as well. Tastes of spice – cinnamon and nutmeg – were noticeable more then any malt or pumpkin flavor, but over all the beer was rather bland with a fairly light and a somewhat watery mouthfeel. As with the aroma, the taste seems a bit off. I can't quite figure it, but the flavors just don't meld well with one another. Carbonation was moderate, and there were hints of hops in the finish.

Some have said that this beer is too sweet and even cloying. Didn’t seem to be in this case. Maybe it has changed a bit this season? It was more like a cheap spice candle to me then a pumpkin ale. The store I bought this from only sold it in six packs. Now I’ve got to figure out what to do with the other five...

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 14:35:51 | More by byrd
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

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

I enjoy trying this beer each season. This year the beer pours an amber orange kind of pumpkinesc color. Little head and minimal at best stick. Aromas are all pumkin pie spice and even some fresh pumpkin way in the background. The flavors are all pumpkin pie spice as well. A little malt adds an all most pie crust complexity to the total package. This is not a sweet spicy over the top brew, instead, a fun beer that is worth grabbing to usher in the season, and perhaps a super choice to match with your warm punkin pie.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 00:53:38 | More by moulefrite
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kgmurphy13

New York

3.35/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice golden-orange hue with an admirable head that recedes to a comfortable film by the glass's end.

Smell: Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and far off in the distance is the pumpkin.

Taste: Good carbonation, but the flavors (i.e. spices and bit of pumpkin) don't make there present until the finish.

Mouthfeel: Was hoping for a bit more body.

Drinkability: The best part of this beer is that you could definitely sit back and pound a few of these without it getting to you.

Overall: A good brew, but in my opinion it can hold a candle to Post Road Pumpkin Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 00:30:40 | More by kgmurphy13
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.45/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a copper orange color and pours with a cream colored thin head. It smells strongly of pie spices, strong nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice aromas. Quite a dry beer, not much sweetness at all. The spices in the beer are mostly evident as an aroma as one is tasting, though they also come through a bit in the finish. A fairly light beer, which is basically a vehicle for the pumpkin pie spices. The spices seem to add a bit of astringency in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 17:04:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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Mustard

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" warning; purchased as a stray single for $1.39 from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, orange-tinged gold; fine, two-fingered head; not much in the way of lacing; fairly good head retention.

Aroma: Predominantly of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon; faint hints of orange and grapefruit.

Taste: Lightly sweet with a mild hop bitterness in the finish; primary flavor characteristics are of pumpkin, grain, nutmeg and cinnamon. Poorly carbonated; thin bodied with a sallow, watery mouthfeel.

Notes: Will happily seek this out as a Thanksgiving seasonal. Not for everyone, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 07:13:52 | More by Mustard
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Reidrover

Oregon

2.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ok saw this in my local grocer bought one 12 ozer in the brown bottle says on the label "Brewed and Bottled by Portland Brewing Co., Portland ,Oregon".
Nice enough beer to look at..a darkish orange colour witha medium sized pure white frothy head.
A beer with a most strong aroma of pumpkin pie thats highly spiced..I liked it.
Taste is a big let down after the tremendous aroma..very weak and with a strange astringency at the back of the tongue.
Very watery and somehow over carbonated mouthfeel.
Pretty easy to drink but a severe dissapointment after the great aromas.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 03:03:49 | More by Reidrover
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Quaffer

Nevada

2.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This beer was copper colored with a slight orange glow to it. A fizzy, off-white head rose up to two fingers, but disappeared very quickly. An extremely heavy bead helped to sustain a thin cap of foam on top of the beer for most of the drink. There was no lacing at all.

Smell: Surprising, the aromas that I expected to dominate this brew were very subdued. There were slight hints of nutmeg, ginger, and pumpkin pie. The main component of the nose, however, was an odd, cola-like aroma. Remember that candy that you had as a kid called Bottle Caps, that was shaped like a bottle cap and tasted like different kinds of soda? Well, that is exactly what this smelled like: a cola-flavored Bottle Cap.

Mouthfeel: Extremely thin-bodied but smooth, with just a hint of tingle on the tongue.

Taste: The background flavor was that of a weak American lager. This was just the foundation for the other flavors, though. True to the smell, the overriding flavor was cola. And not good cola, like Coke or Pepsi. It was like that cheap generic crap my Mom used to always buy for 12 for a dollar. The spice and pumpkin were also present, especially on the finish, but they were minor components of the flavor.

Somehow, I was able to finish this beer. But I think it was only because it brought back memories of the cheap-ass cola and Bottle Cap candy of my childhood. As a beer, this offering just sucks.

WTF are they thinking?

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 00:10:45 | More by Quaffer
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beerguy101

California

3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, medium head. Pumpkin and spicy aroma. A mild tasting ale, flavored with pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. The malts and spices clash a little, but combine for a rather interesting taste. Would not want to drink a lot of this beer, but one once in a while would be OK. Mouthfeel is full and a little flat. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is a little sweet and spicy.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 00:26:38 | More by beerguy101
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assurbanipaul

Texas

2.6/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Spicy nose, cinnamon and cloves wafting up throughout the tasting experience, like drinking a pumpkin pie. Other than that, I found very little traditional brew tastes (hops, yeast, malt) that came through. Very much a dessert beer. Not wholly unpleasant, but not what I would describe as "beer."

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 20:31:35 | More by assurbanipaul
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maxpower

Missouri

3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear bright amber-orange color, aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin. Pumpkin , ginger and cinnamon flavors, very spicy. Light body with a watery mouthfeel, has a nice malt balance, this is not bad and very different.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2002 14:26:51 | More by maxpower
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The strong aroma of pumpkin and ginger was really promising on this one, but the flavor really didn't deliver. With a little more pumkpin flavor and a little less carbonation I think it would have been a "must-buy" every year around Halloween. As it stands though it was like a lot of fruit beers I have tried where the bark was better than the bite. I am going to try to hunt down a Pumpkin Stout!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2002 07:11:42 | More by Dogbrick
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Morris729

Texas

1.88/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden orange color with a light and foamy white head. Nose is of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Feels very thin and watery in the mouth with a taste that reminds me a lot of a shot of Goldschlager dumped into a glass of water. I’m sure that there must be better Pumpkin brews out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2002 23:56:51 | More by Morris729
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BitteBier

Indiana

2.9/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours mostly clear with an orangish hue between apricot and pumpkin. Head is minimal, though fed by light, persistent carbonation. Smell is that of pumpkin pie spices such as cloves, ginger, and cinnamon. Taste is rather monotonous, particularly considering the lively sell. Pie spices again dominate, along with a sweetness that subdues any crispness. Mouthfeel is fine; drinkability is limited by the fact that this seems little more than a novelty beer rather than something I generally would reach for.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2002 12:29:32 | More by BitteBier
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mjohn27603

Michigan

2.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I don't think this style is the favorite for many. However, it usually only offered during a limited time of the year. I usually get it just to be different. This particular pumpkin ale has a lot of cinnamon taste - kinda like a red hot candy. I've had half a six pack sitting around for 4-6 weeks just because I haven't been inclined to drink any more. I think this is less appealing than an average beer. I would seek out another beer of the pumpkin ale variety if looking for this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2002 18:36:40 | More by mjohn27603
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John

New York

2.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber appearance, minimal head. Not much nose for a seasonal spiced brew. Some mild flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon. Other would be flavor contributors (malt, hops, etc.) are rather bland. Thin mouthfeel. Relatively dry finish. Not bad to try once, but not one I'd go back to.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2002 09:27:44 | More by John
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RBorsato

Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2004 version:
LIttle to no carbonation. Spicy MEDICINAL and almost plastic aroma and flavor. light bodied and hard to drink ...

Nothing like it was a few years ago....

Tasted: 12/03/04

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2002 version (old ratings: A 4.0, S 5.0, T 4.5, M 4.0, D 5.0, O 4.5):
Great Orange color with a low lying head but nice carbonation. Big Cinnamon and Nutmeg SPICY aroma a la pumpkin pie. A great SPICY flavor (almost too spicy if possible) on top of the light body make this easily drinkable. Delicious ! I can't drink just one !

Note: this beer was #43 in Stuart Kallen's "The 50 Greatest Beers in the World"

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 08:38:53 | More by RBorsato
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Mick

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep orange amber color. Perfect tones for fall. The beer pours with a better than average head. Nice aroma, spicy pumpkin scents. Clean and airy. Spicy and pumpkin flavors are all that is available to the taste. Not much beyond that. This is not a complex brew. It is an average beer. Take it or leave it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2002 07:19:39 | More by Mick
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +61%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All the bad reviews made me sign up just to write an opposing view! I had a 2001 edition of this beer, thought it was outstanding. Got about a half dozen converts inside of a week. I'm not real big on colors, the orangey appearance is neither here nor there. The aroma made me expect a sweeter taste, but happily, you don't get that. However, there's not the pumpkin flavor I was expecting, either. Here's the deal: If you like cinnamon, and you like beer, this is for you. Don't buy the 6-pack if it's un-refrigerated. I could see the spices breaking down in a very short period of time at room temperature.

If you are the type that has to psychoanalyze a beer for every component/ingredient it contains, you may be disappointed. I don't think that's what Buffalo Bill's Brewing intends for this beer. Just drink it, let the fall/holiday memories take you away, smells in the kitchen, the turning of the leaves, childhood Christmas remembrances mingles with the present. This beer was an experience as much as a flavor.

And I promise future reviews won't be so corny. Really. :-)

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 13:06:18 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Murph

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with a decent white head that leaves a nice lace down the glass. Incredible spicy pumpkin pie aroma that is spot on what a pie should smell like. Quick crisp malt flavors jump out at first before the pumkin flavors come out. As the beer progresses it is like drinking pumpkin pie. Great spicy and pumpkin flavors. Rather crisp and not as cloying as you would think with the sweet pumpkin pie tastes. This is definitely a rather drinkable brew that, seems to me, is only slightly overdone on the pumpkin flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 23:24:19 | More by Murph
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Pegasus

Texas

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

Pours a nice almost pumpkin-orange color with a thin white head. Lace is quite decent. Aroma is pumpkin pie spice-like, but also with an odd almost medicinal herbal scent in the background. Tasting yields a slightly sour or tangy malt flavor overlaid with fairly strong, though not overwhelming, pumpkin pie spices. These flavors linger into the aftertaste and become more distinct. All in all, if you like pumpkin pie, this is not bad; if you do not - pass.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2002 20:34:43 | More by Pegasus
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