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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin AleBuffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Buffalo Bill's Brewery
California, United States
buffalobillsbrewery.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
638
Ratings:
1,190
Avg:
2.94
pDev:
30.95%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
84
For Trade:
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Reviews: 638 | Ratings: 1,190
Photo of DrCDPriest
4.75/5  rDev +61.6%

This is a fantastic brew, excellent back story, regardless if GW brewed this beer, it is as American as you can get.

Appearance - Pours a clear golden amber color, more to the medium brown tint. In using a pint mug it had a nice head, about a finger an a half, and a nice amount of lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma - You can smell the flavors as you open the beer, medium malt and pumpkin nose with a bit of spice. If you love pumpkin, the aroma won't disappoint you.

Taste - The taste follows the aroma, it really enhances it quite a bit, makes for a perfect combination between smell and taste.

Mouthfeel - It is a medium body feel with perfect carbonation. Nice malt flavor and definitely you get there is pumpkin in the mix.

Overall - You taste the pumpkin, spices, and wheat flavors, it is an incredible beer that the aroma really leads the taste.

Serving type: 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.68/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale brewed Buffalo Bill's Brewery, with an ABV of 6.0%. This brew pours out a nice brown color with a nice off white head. I really like the color of this brew. The smell of Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale , is rich with pumpkin and spices. There is also some nice grins,malts and hit of hops , in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up a nice rich pumpkin spice with some nice grains at the end .This brew smell and taste like pumpkin pie, not saying that is a bad thing. Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale, has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel of Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale ,is rich ,bold ,spicy, and smooth. Overall I'm giving Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale a 4.75 out of 5. Buffalo Bill's Brewery,did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again. This is one of the more balance pumpkin brews on the market. Not to much spice, not to much pumpkin.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.65/5  rDev +58.2%
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. :-)

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Photo of mbrando33
4.64/5  rDev +57.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance : Quite tea-colored, which is perfect for a fall beer, and the head is sparse, typical for a pumpkin ale.

Smell : From the moment you open up the bottle, you get a nice whiff of Pumpkin and cinnamon. It smells like Fall! Of all the Pumpkin beers I've tried, I would say this one has the most honest-to-goodness Pumpkin scent of any.

Taste : Delicious form the get-go, with a nice lingering after taste that sits comfortably on the palate. I'd say it's fairly complex, for what it is, though not in a hoppy way. This beer is like taking a big swig of autumn.

Feel : Slightly creamy, almost an oily feel to it. A little carbonation taste, but not too overpowering. It's definitely a rich beer and probably not one you're going to drink more than two or three in a sitting, if that.

Overall : I honestly don't understand the poor ratings from some of the people, though I do think many reviewers on here are inclined to give a low rating to any beer that doesn't curl their tongues with hops. However, I can acknowlege that not everyone is into the whole Pumpkin ale thing, so to each his own. Pumpkin ales are really in their own little category and that should probably be taken into account whenever someone tries one. It's kind of a seasonal niche market that only comes around once per year.

But for those of you who go hunting each fall for a great Pumpkin ale, give this one a try. It brings back happy autumn/halloween memories whenever I have one.

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Photo of cbusnoles
4.62/5  rDev +57.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

By far my favorite pumpkin beer. Actually taste like pumpkin pie and not beer with a hint of pumpkin like some other pumpkin beer. O'Fallon's is a distant second. Have tried Southern Tier Pumking, Shipyard's, Lakefront Pumpkin Lager, Post Road, Blue Moon, Jack's Pumpkin Spice and IMO it's the best!

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Photo of Furball
4.59/5  rDev +56.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Pumpkin Ale is one of the best I've had. The first impression was that it smelled and even tasted like dirt, which isn't a bad thing for me. The color is medium orange with a light head... light yet airy and foamy.
The smell is of nutmeg, cinnamon, and of course, some pumpkin. It has a fresh, earthy smell that can only be described as dirt. It's not at all like eating pie... think more of a roated pumpkin with browned butter. The taste is just like the smell... fresh yet earthy... dirty. I wouldn't describe it as chewy at all because this is still a lighter beer. There's a slight sharpness yet an underlying sweetness/spice. Definetly a very drinkable beer. I would say it's great with a rubbed, grilled pork loin for a fall grill....

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.44/5  rDev +51%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Has an orangish color to it. Smells of pumpkin obviously and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Tastes like pumpkin all spiced up and has a very good smooth feeling in the mouth. So taste and mouthful says it all for the this beer. Not a bad beer, but a good beer if your into an average Joe brand kind of beer.

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Photo of Topskee
4.31/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i really liked this beer. i feel it had a lot more notes of real pumpkin than just the spices like most of them are becoming. maybe the fact that i live fairly close to the brewery affects my beer's taste, you know, the fresher the better? ...or something like that.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.28/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Trying this one on for the first time before a gig at an Oktoberfest later this evening. Served in a nonic pint.

Appearance : It pours a tea/root beer colored body, like leaves trampled in the mud. The yellow-grey head is initially 2 fingers but recedes within a minute to a silky ring on top. Lacing is sparse and barely hanging on. Opacity is 80%.

Smell : I would say this is probably the most honest representation of a pumpkin ale from the nose. All of the elements are here right off the bat - pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and even some brown sugar and maple syrup. It all comes together in the nose for me. I can't improve on it whatsoever.

Taste : Delicious pumpkin flavor, with pumpkin pie filling and flaky crust, followed by clove and nutmeg, cinnamon, a pinch of sappy brown sugar, ending slightly spiced/bitter with coriander. There is a faint hint of diacetyl in here which I can't say is very rewarding, but the rest of the flavors cover it up pretty well.

Feel : Medium bodied is this beer's home. Appropriate carbonation, delectable and balanced creaminess. The finish is slightly buzzing and nipped.

Overall : When I put this to my lips my hands went up in the air as if to say "why the poor ratings?". I don't know what people look for in a Pumpkin ale, but this one nails it for me. I've had plenty of Pumpkin ales in my time, many of them worthy of a drain pour. This is not one of them. I intend on finishing...nay, enjoying this one till its gone. After that, who knows, I'll probably buy some more.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.27/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep, rich orange from the bottle, fairly bright and clear. Medium head on it.

S: One of the best smelling pumpkin ales I've tried. Strong aroma of pumpkin pie spices, plenty of notes in it. I kept wanting to stick my nose in the pilsner glass.

T: Continued strength of pumpkin pie spices. Light bitter finish.

M: Medium thickness, although still a crisp ale.

D: Light creaminess goes down well. Rich flavors make it great for sipping.

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Photo of seedyone
4.26/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle at home. No date on bottle.

A nice deep copper to brown color with a creamy tight bubble head that leaves a bit of lacing on the retreat. Tastes like all the usual suspects are in the house with an extra shake of ginger. There is a distinct lack of the sweet that usually makes or breaks pumpkin brews. The nice balance of spices makes a great showing for taste points. Nice body. All in all a decent introduction from a brewer that is new for me.

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Photo of jclovebrew
4.25/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light orange copper with slight haze. Any head promptly dissipates into a ring around the glass. Smells distinctly pumpkin pie with genuine earthyness. Taste is also pumpkin pie. Slight bitterness perceptible over the light maltiness. Tiny carbonation bubbles can be felt on tongue and in mouth.

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Photo of beeragent
4.22/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is just delicious! I always look forward to this one during the fall season. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beers appearance is deep orange, with a good 1/2 inch head, but faded quickly, leaving slight lacing along the glass. The aroma is all spices, mostly dominated by the cinammon, and a little nutmeg. The mouthfeel is thin, just making this beer that much easier to drink. The taste is great!! Cinammon again dominates the flavor of this beer, with a hint of the other spices in the back. No pumpkin taste to speak of, but once you get past that, this is a very tasty beer. Too bad this is only a fall release. Also a great beer to serve to those that dont normally drink beer, during holiday gatherings.

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Photo of aldizy
4.22/5  rDev +43.5%
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 JDK
4.2/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1 finger head that quickly disappeared.
Little to no lacing
Nice, light malty, pumpkin spice smell
Carbonation was pretty good, left a clean, crisp taste at the finish
Light touch of nutmeg and allspice.
Enjoyed this bottle quite a bit, very good pumpkin ale, better than others I've tried

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Photo of bradford
4.19/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a six pack at the local market for about $10. Ouch
Didn't look all that good. Dark yellow, light orang, with very little head that dissappears before I can set the bottle down after initial pour.
Mells okay. Spicy, nutmeg, all spice, cinnamon, no pumpkin percievable in the nose
Taste. Wow. This is pretty good. Doesn't taste overly spiced or pumpkin pie-ish.
Mouthfeel was pretty good. Not quite full bodied, but enough for the taste to make up for any shortcomings.
Drinkability is great. Maybe it's just the time of year, but this beer is damn tasty. I will probably finish this sixer tonight or at the latest tomorrow. Very good, highly surprised. I will pick this up again if I can find it for cheaper

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Photo of allengarvin
4.19/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear copper-orange flavor with small head of foam.

Aroma: Very nice pumpkin-pie aroma, cinnamon spiciness.

Taste: Lots of cinnamon and allspice flavors, with some malt. Pumpkin flavor is only lightly present (judging by non-spiced pumpkin homebrew's I've had). Hops not evident at all, but the spices balance out the sweetness well. A little watery at the end. Dry finish.

This is my favorite of the Buffalo Bill beers, and one I look forward to every fall. It tastes just like pumpkin pie. It's not for everyone, but it's quite unique.

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Photo of Beertroop
4.17/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 12oz

A- This bottle is simply labeled with a good feel of the fall season. When poured it had a small head which slowly disappeared. Light orange color. Nice looking beer.

S- The smell this beer gave at first was of a smoked wood and then came the spices with a fruit smell. Not an strong smelling beer though.

T- This is the best part of this beer. Super smooth and easy to drink. It has a bold, but light fruity flavor with a good blend of spices.

M- Feels like a light ale would be. Easy on the buds with no bad after taste. A good everyday in the fall beer.

D- Easy to drink, with a clean crisp taste. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of ChimayMayDay
4.14/5  rDev +40.8%
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.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.12/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Cloudy orange brown with a little white head.

S - Strong pumpkin smell with a lot of spice.

T - The spices come through a lot stronger than the pumpkin. Really complex.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer, one of the better pumpkin ales.

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Photo of CoSMoSYS
4.12/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass a light orange/copper with barely any head and there was absolutely no lacing.

With barely anything in the glass, I was hit with the smell of fresh pumpkin. Nutmeg, cinnamon and mace where there as well as the combination definitely reminded me on why I love Thanksgiving so much and how fast it is approaching! Great job on the spices!

The taste it just a tad different from the smell. Instead of fresh pumpkin pie, it tasted like the pumpkin was burnt. Almost a more dark taste to it. Nothing too special about the drink as it tasted like a better than run of the mill Pumpkin beer.

The mouthfeel was light. There was some carbonation there but overall the drink was smooth.

This was a good pumpkin beer that I'd recommend and I would for sure drink this again.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.1/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I disagree with a lot of reviewers on this brew.
Poured a thick cream colored head that stayed through half of the glass. Aroma was definately pumpkin pie spice blend.
Nice carbonation bite to back of pallete.
Full mouth feel.
Very slight pumpkin taste but definately strong cinamon aftertaste.
Overall a very interesting seasonal brew perfect to finish off a large turkey and pumpkin pie meal.
Not an everyday thirst quencher, however.

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Photo of rayjay
4.1/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After trying it on tap at the brewery, I had to go out and get the bottled version. Bottled by the Portland Brewery in OR, hmmmm, so I wonder if the draft version is the same as the bottled? They taste nearly identical, but I think the draft had more pumpkin essence, less spice, a bigger maltier body, and a hoppier bite. The bottled version isn't bad, but lacks a certain extra punch. All that aside, the marriage of pumkin and hoppy full-bodied ale is made in heaven, truly a perfect pairing. A great way to get into the fall spirit. There are other pumpkin ales out there, some may be better, but this one is still very worthy and would make a great fall tradition in my glass. Cheers!

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Photo of beerbellydaddy
4.1/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't like flavored coffee and didn't think I'd care for flavored beer, yet somehow, as the weather begins to turn to fall, I felt compelled to grab a sixer of this and try it. I'm glad I did. The initial look is nothing special - a copper hue, with a wee bit of head and minimal lacing. It has a mild nutmeg scent. What this does have is payoff in taste - featuring definite notes of pumpkin pie, nutmeg, and hints of vanilla coca cola to me. All of this over a nice malty base. The mouth feel is decent too - creamy along with some light effervescence. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised and will happily drink my six-pack.

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Photo of PumpkinMan
4.06/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the folksy bottle art, but liked the tasty pumpkin ale even better. One of the best pumpkin ales that I've had all season. Not over spiced so the pumpkin flavor can be enjoyed. I find most pumpkin ales are ruined by well intentioned "spicers" who mask what true pumpkin aficionados are looking for.

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