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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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Reviews: 623
Hads: 1,145
Avg: 2.93
pDev: 30.72%
Wants: 14
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The original.

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass. Beer is orange and has a slight haze to it. Froms a diffuse white broken head of small bubbles.

Aroma is cinnamon and allspice.

Beer is thin and has almost no bitterness at all. Spices up front, carbonation in the mouth is fine. Drinkability is moderate, not really my favorite even pumpkin beer. I don't think I would drink it again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy pale golden orange in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some golden yellow + peach highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg specifically) and hints of pumpkin.

T: Moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) over the top of some light caramel malts flavors with a hint of sweetness. There is a very light hint of pumpkin towards the finish.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: The beer is easy to drink but there are a lot of more interesting and more complex pumpkin ales available with more pumpkin flavors. I probably would not grab this one again but I would not suggest avoiding it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild pumpkin scent along with the usual cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. The taste is decent. It has a unique flavor that I'm not sure is good or bad. It has a decent pumpkin taste, but the spices are screwed up. There is an intense clove flavor that really sticks out. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a decent drinking pumpkin ale. If they get the spices figured out, this could be something to look forward to each year. As it stands, I'll pass next year.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an orange color with a small white head. The aroma is grain and cinnamon, with a few other assorted spices thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon notes, as well as a hint of cinnamon. Overall, the beer is lacking in the aroma and flavor and doesn't stand up to the better pumpkin beers. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/02/04- Purchased at the brewery in Hayward, CA

Appearance- Pours with a nice thick creamy white head that lasts a bit. A orange amber color tint to the beer with a tad of lacing in the mix/

Smell- Spices all day long. Smells like....hmmm, PUMPKIN! Imagine that. Lots of spicyness to the nose. Ginger and loads of pumpkin. Maybe some woody-malt smell lingers in there also.

Taste- A nice spicy ginger taste to it. Pumpkin with alcohol tossed in. What a novel concept. A nice beer while sitting in the living room with the candles lit and Monday night football on the screen.

Mouthfeel- A nice touch of carbonation. Spicies everywhere sloshing around on your pallet.

Drinkability- Not a beer that you would drink on a daily basis, but a nice beer to consume during the fall/winter months. A very nice pumpkin taste. I enjoyed this beer. This is the only pumpkin style beer I have had, so maybe there are better ones around. Assuming there are since this one doesn't get that great marks. Will search out some others.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.52/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a regular kitchen glass. Thanks for the bottle Ryan.

A- Dead on arrival. I poured this one with vigor and all I get is this lousy dead calm. Some rising bubbles that don't break the surface. No lace. The liquid is a very small shade of light bronze with burnt orange. This beer looks dead to the world though.

S- Well it's a pumpkin beer so it goes in that direction with pumpkin and a little bit of spice, probably nutmeg. It's just that these scents are so minimal that it's apples and oranges compared to other's in the style, in other words very light and fragile. Some morning bread and a bit of cinnamon.

T- Pumpkin with some spices following. Very light, while the malts come through just as much, if not more. Cinnamon and a dash of clove. The malt level is at a point where it outshines the other contenders. Hops really are not in the picture here, more of an after thought, if that. This beer is in no means horrible, it's just light and to the point.

M- A small step up from light with more sweetness than spiciness on the palate. If this had no pumpkin in it I would of guessed this as a bad US version of a golden ale. The carb could of been boosted up a notch, it's almost non-existent. No lingering ingredients here, it just comes and goes.

D- With all the mixed reviews here, I gotta say this is in no means a good beer, but it's far from horrible. Let's face it, there are a lot of fishes in the sea when it comes to US pumpkin beers, with a lot of dead fish as well. If this did not have such a dead look and feel this could be a good contender for a sixer per season, for now i'll stick to my single.

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Photo of DoubleJ
1.53/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Halloween is four weeks away, but it's not too early to sample my first pumpkin ale. Said to be the original pumpkin ale, this batch was contract-brewed by Pyramid Breweries. On to the beer:

Very light bodied orange in color with a head that drops quickly into nothing. Lifeless appearance. It smells like autumn with an array of spices and pumpkin with a touch of dextrin. The taste begins with a flavor of seltzer water. A weak pumpkin flavor kicks in with a dizzying dose of more seltzer flavor that provides an astringent bitterness. Malt is detectable, but thin.There's not much else to be found. Feels like seltzer water too. After a few sips, it became hard to swallow. Do I have any takers for the rest of the sample?

The label describes this beer as "ale brewed with real pumpkin and spices". Now that might be true, but to me it tasted like "seltzer water with pumpkin extract and orange coloring". Okay, so this was my first pumpkin beer, but this sample was awful. One of the worst beers I've had the dishonor of trying.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, with an autumnal picture of a harvest pumpkin on the cover/label,

A: Pours a nice, cloudy, orange colour, but after the initial head is nice, it quickly dissipates to a no head brew, no lacing at all, a bit disappointing, but not terrible.

S: Very nice, smelled of fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie, the smells of autumn, with some nice nutmeg, cinnamon, and mace, love that nutmeg, I'm a sucker for that spice, it just smells like the holiday season for me, the first pumpkin ale of the season just brings on that feeling for me, wow, the summer went fast.

T: Pretty much the same as the smell, not as tasty as pumpkin pie, but few things are, the spice flavour is even more overt in the taste than in the smell, the taste is basically dominated by spice, though I can taste the pumpkin notes that are there.

M: Surprisingly light, almost feels like a fall-seasonal style pumpkin soda, very spritzy, the mouthfeel could certainly be beefed up a bit.

D: Easy to drink, a tasty beer, would be great for a Halloween party, a few tweaks could make this beer great, it almost feels like a rough draft, a first brewing for what could be a really spectacular beer, still it is a fun beer to drink, it really goes for this pumpkin spice flavour, which I feel is different from a lot of the pumpkin ales out there which taste like an amber ale, mixed with a bit of pumpkin spice, so this is something that I will continue to buy each October that it comes out.

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Photo of tempest
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had a bottle on Halloween. Poured a hazy amber with a short head. The beer starts out with a big pumpkin pie flavor, heavy on the spice, with a slight sourdough tang in the background. The body is light-medium but the balance between the spices and malt are off, leaving an small, unpleasant tang in the aftertaste. Not bad, but there are better pumpkin options.

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Photo of Zorro
3.95/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is a hazy orange/red brew.

This has a pleasant pumpkin pie spice aroma. I can't really smell any pumpkin, but there is a nice malt and caramel smell.

The taste is very much like pumpkin pie. The spices come out very nicely with just a hint of caramelized sugar. Surprisingly this beer isn't really sweet.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkable, but this is a specialty brew.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.53/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Clear amber-yellowbrew, perfectly clear. Thin white head of foamy bubbles. Minimal carbonation. No lacing. it's a bit insipid looking.

Allspice, nutmeg and clove character on the nose, but it's sickly and overdone. Overpowered by the added cloves. Way, way too much, ends up like a big bag of cloves.

Ridiculously thin body with almost no flavour. Like Budweiser with the flavour turned down, with only a lingering final hint of cloves. Very little character, almost nothing to it. Mouthfeel is as thin as anorexic water.

What the hell is this? Pumpkin is a rich, sweet creamy flavour. Pumpkin with pie spices even more so. This is watery insipid and bland. I said some even more flagrant things in my original review - suffice it to say I was incredibly disappointed with my first example of Pumpkin Ale.

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Photo of biegaman
3.52/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a crystal clear body that is warm orangish-brown with a creamy very light tan head. Strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The bold smell of fresh ginger is the first and strongest of the spices. A little allspice and cloves with a hint of cinnamon hidden in the background.

T-The taste of fresh cinnamon bark right off the tree really pops out. Faint notes of cloves and allspice are blended in but much fainter. No real notes of hops or malt can get through the spices.

M-Medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol warmth

D- Even thought the spices are big and bold and out shadow the flavors characteristic of beer, I enjoyed it. The ginger aroma and the cinnamon taste really kind of work together. I don't think I can drink any more of this one but I it makes me want to try a pumpkin beer that has a good balance of pumpkin spice and hops, malt or alcohol. This could be the "gate-way" pumpkin beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz picked up at the Coop today as part of my drive this year to review the fall seasonals as hey come in. Poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

1/2" head dies immediately back to nothing.. no collar.. no lacing.. brew is clear orange.

The aroma smells like pumpkin pie but without the sweetness.. who would have guessed? :-)

Flavor is watery.. reminds me of Ginger ale but with allspice and cinnamon.. The spice isn't overpowering like many pumpkin ales.. just there isn't enough other stuff to make it interesting. it needs some toasted malts and a fairly bigger body.. body is very very light.. finish is too dry .. and most importantly it needs some sweetness to tie everything together.. I've had this a few times over the years, but I will probably not buy it again for a few just to see if the recipe changes significantly.


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Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pumpkin, spice (all spice?), and slight grain. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pumpkin, slight sweet malt, slight grain, slight pale malt, and spice (all spice). Overall, decent aroma and blend, but the pumpkin is strong and easily discernible.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Black Raven imperial pint Pours a slightly hazy medium orange amber. Thin head that fizzes out instantaneously (but made an interesting sound as it did so). No head, lacing or carbonation. Light aroma of sweet malt and pumpkin pie spices. Taste is dry pumpkin, with a distinct earthy note that had a hint of moldiness. Finishes with a slightly sour, dry flavor. Light bodied. Not that good.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.65/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a hazy light pumpkin orange with a white quickly dissipating head.

S: typical dry pumpkin spicing of cinnamon and nutmeg and dry pumpkin mash. The nose was dominant and very spicy.

T: much the same with some dry pumpkin mash and big dry cinnamon and nutmeg notes that finished spicy.

M: light, a little watery and very softly carbonated.

D: Ok by style and ok drinkability but much better examples and one I wouldn't bother to have a second.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.34/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"America's Original Pumpkin Ale"

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazed brownish amber color with a thin fizzy head that completely disapears within a few seconds. The aroma is mostly holiday spices with just a touch of malt. The taste features just a touch of pumpkin flavors with spices that finishes pretty watery. The mouthfeel is thin and watery with soda-like prickly carbonation. Overall, this is just not a very good brew. It seems to be thrown together into quite a mess. Not recommended.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.35/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin is a highly carbonated copper colored brew, with a small, watery head. The aroma is full of sweet spices, cinnamon dominates with something sweeter, like nutmeg, lurking underneath. Taste is more of the same, the cinnamon is strong, almost like an Altoid or some schnapps. A mild malt body tries to keep the cinnamon from running wild. Nothing I can identify as pumpkin is present. Mouthfeel is watery and leaves no finish. This is very one-dimensional, but for some reason I still enjoy the strong cinnamon taste. This is definently a beer that will turn a lot of people off. Even though I like it, I doubt I could drink more than one of these in a session and I definently won't pick this up unless I can get it as a single.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 2010 series. Sampled on September 8, 2010. The pour is a somewhat murky orange-copper with a short-lived two-inch head that dissolves to nothing. In the aroma I get a more malty, yeasty character with only a hint of spice and only a modest pumpkin scent. The taste tends to be a little sweeter than many with a subtle pumpkin taste and a fairly decent maltiness. Not one of the better pumpkin ales this season but somewhat easy (and quick) to drink.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright. clear amber color. Poured a half finger fizzy white head that that dissipated quickly to a thin skim. Decanted continually. No lacing.

S: Very faint pumpkin and spice. More of a dry starch smell than much else. No malt or hop presence.

T: Slightly sweet bready malt a bit more in the taste. Alight pumpkin flavor in the finish that lingers without bitter balance.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Other than expecting a bit more body, feel was ok.

D: Easy to drink sure enought, but just not very special at all.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.81/5  rDev +30%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a dull amber color to it, not much head or lacing. Smell was definitely pumpkin.

Taste, lots of pumpkin, cinammon prolly some other Thanksgiving type of spice, nutmeg, s too. Very season in its feel. Big carbonation throughout. No hops. No bitterness. This is an Octoberfestish style of beer I can tolerate. I like the pumpkin. A little pricey though, I mean, no hops, no malt, pumpkins are dirt cheap . . . why is this 8-10 bucks a sixpack? Because of that, and the fact that its the kind of beer I don't want more than 12 oz of in a day, I docked some drinkability off of it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.37/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear pumpkiny amber with light bubbling. Crappy soap foam head. No retention. No lacing. A very soapy, bloody, spicey pumpkin mix greets the nostrils. Plenty of powdery pumpkin pie spices hit the tongue with the first sip. As the beer warms, the more harsh flavors mellow out a little and the malty pumkin-ness inches closer towards center stage on my tongue.

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.