Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale | Buffalo Bill's Brewery

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin AleBuffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale
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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin AleBuffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale

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Buffalo Bill's Brewery
California, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Photo of Brent
1.76/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I was in a holiday beer mood, so this beer followed a Dogfish Head Punkin' Ale. The contrast was astounding - this is perhaps the most lop-sided spiced beer I've ever run across. Gigantic, overpowering clove. This should be designated "clove beer." Some nutmeg struggled to rise above the din, and no other flavor could make much of a dent in the spice onslaught. I happen to like clove, and that was the only reason I could finish the beer as a curiosity. I understand Portland contract brews this. They should be ashamed.

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Photo of byrd
1.76/5  rDev -40.9%
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...

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Photo of TheSixthRing
1.77/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a slightly burnt orange color with a finger width head, poor retention, and a lacing that's quite sparse.

Smell - Incredibly faint - hints of hints of pumpkin... and that's it.

Taste - Watery... scant hints of pumpkin, and a modicum of cinnamon spice... if even that.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Somewhat carbonated.

Overall - Good Lord! I thought this was the beer I had last year that had this incredible pumpkin flavor... but this tastes like diluted pumpkin water. This can't possibly be the same beer, can it?!?

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Photo of argock
1.77/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Light orange-brown with thin white foamy head which leaves as fast as it came with no lacing.

S: Lots of pumpkin pie spice, faint vegetable pumpkin odor, with no malt or hops to speak of.

T: Pretty close to undrinkable with artificial vegetable pumpkin and spice flavor that clouds any beer qualities. This could be carbonated pumpkin Kool-Aid for all the beer flavor that is there. The bitterness is palate-wrecking and combines with the spice to make a most unpleasant finish.

M: Thin, overcarbonated, and has a long, stale spice aftertaste.

D: A realy bad beer-- and by bad, I mean bad, not good.

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Photo of HoppyHomo
1.77/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

At first appearance i thought this was going to be extraordinary. The packaging looks Americana, the pour is heady and it has some nice initial aromas.

Then you taste...

Like the silent friend thats laughing to himself in the crowded room because he knows he cut something fierce- this is what that brewery did when you brought your 6 pack up to the counter to try to spend your hard earned money on an inferior product.

This is absolutely disgusting and possibly the worst pumpkin beer on the market. I wanted a beer-Not water with pumpkin spice. Disgusting disgusting disgusting!

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Photo of oelergud
1.78/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Cloudy orange body, moderate carbonation but very little head, gone very quickly and no lace.
Pumpkin and something else in the nose, something sour almost.
Taste... no no no no no, this is not a pumpkin ale, at all. Malt beverage with artificial pumpking flavor added comes to mind.
Sour and bitter.
Thin and watery, never again.
Go back to the drawing board Bill, this was a disaster.


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Photo of jbertsch
1.79/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Orange in color. Head was fizzy and dissapeared quickly. Aroma smelled ofsweet pumpkin puree. Upon first SIP, it was sweet up front but its body dissapeared. The malt is almost non existent. Ended up tasting like soda. Mothfeel was fuzzy and soda-like. Drain pour.

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Photo of bucko
1.8/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: hazy orange, small white head

Smell: Red Hots. No pumpkin, no real spice, just artificial cinnamon

Taste: Again, no pumpkin, no traditional "pumkin spices" (cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg...) just that overbearing artificial-cinnamon Red Hots style flavor. No hop taste or aroma, no malt strength, just sweet and hot with fake cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Red Hots and MGD.

Drinkability: I should have bought a single. Thankfully two friends polished off a few more of these this weekend.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I just can't taste any traditional pumpkin spices, just fake cinnamon. I'd love to see them try again and tone it down a bit.

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Photo of udrick
1.8/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of GPHarris
1.8/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

a - poured a one finger thick fizzy, light tan head into a snifter. it was gone so quickly i barely saw the color. the body was a light orange-amber color.
s - earthy and bready, i'm not getting a lot of spice or pumpkin tones in this one.
t - spicey (though this might actually be bitterness), mildly hopped and a little sour.
m - crisp and biting.
d - awful. not enjoyable at all and i almost poured it down the drain.

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Photo of wesl56
1.81/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

a - pours really foamy with a large white head that quickly fades, no lacing

s- smells pretty delish, pumpkin, cinnamon, spices

t- tastes like shit to put it nicely... if you've had shipyard pumpkin head, this tastes just like it - a crappy light beer with spice flavor

m- VERY harsh, tastes like a mouthful of crappy cheap macrobrew

d- not very pleasant - not gonna be drinking this ever again

this is very similar to shipyard pumpkinhead... like a generic, overcarbonated, tasteless beer with spices added and a picture of a pumpkin on the label... really cheap ($1.49) but still not even worth the money

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Photo of Fugazme
1.83/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a nice head. Color is copper, but weak. Looks like a macro except with a head.

Smell is of rubber and cinnamon. Some clove-like aroma, as well. Doesn't seem natural.

Taste is awkward. Slight pumpkin and allspice. More of a lager flavor than anything... I thought this was an ale.

Mouthfeel is bubbly.

I would never buy this to drink again.

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Photo of Proteus93
1.84/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: A bit of a foggy gold, short head without much staying power and no lacing

S: Pretty literally smells like a store-bought pumpkin pie... pumpkin and cinnamon/nutmeg with little else. Not horrible smelling, though.

T + M: Not as pleasant tasting, unfortunately. Quite a thin body, and somewhat watery in both feel and flavour. The pumpkin takes a back burner to spiciness and something similar to when someone sprays too much perfume or hairspray nearby and it gets in the mouth. Pretty bad, and leaves a bit of a soapy finish.

D: It came as part of a "Winter Pack" along with 9 others - the other offerings seem a little more promising, but this one was not something I'd really look to drink again.

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Photo of beergynt
1.84/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Well it's that time of year again... Every brewery and their brother has to put out a Pumpkin Ale in a pretty orange and black bottle with jack-o-lanters all over it... In the case of Buufalo Bill's, they are nice looking bottles; and that's where it ends... Poured a cloudy darkish orange with a fizzy head that literally dissappeared instantaneously... Smelled like the usual suspects; clove, nutmeg, allspice... Tasted like pumpkin pie spices as well, but with an underlying sickly sweetness that laid on my tongue like a wet blanket... Mouthfeel was perhaps the worst aspect of this tasting; thin, soda like carbonation and that cloying aftertaste/feel made for a truly unremarkable and unenjoyable beer experience... If anyone wants five of these things, stop by soon, or they're going the way of last night's dinner scraps...

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
1.85/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Shows a light orange in the glass with a white froth average head retention and decent lacing. Somewhat pronounced aromas of artificial "pumpkin flavoring", cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, & brown sugar. Sweet, but definitely artificial. Flavors of grains, light pumpkin flavoring, cinnamon, nutmeg, easy brown sugar....wow...let me go in for another drink....yep...that tastes pretty putrid! It's barley drinkable, so I can't give it the lowest score possible, but it's pretty bad. Overall....avoid this at all costs.

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Photo of kindestcut
1.86/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tried this beer with trepidation. Would it be pure pumpkin taste? Would it have a pumpkin pie flavor? Well, I'm still not very sure what they were going for here.

The beer poured a nice light bronze, a pale orange. There was no head to speak of, although there was a slight white foam and I could see the carbonation rising in my glass.

The aroma was very light but I could smell...well, pumpkin. The taste was very thin, almost distant. The pumpkin was there, to be sure, but wow...was it in the background. I detected an attempt to approach pumpkin pie in the flavor, what there was of it. For a flavored beer, this one was terribly watery.

I was really disappointed with this, not because I love pumpkins or the idea of a pumpkin beer, but because they could have gone all-out. If you're going to make a pumpkin beer, make a PUMPKIN beer. Sheesh.

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Photo of beerwolf77
1.87/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a cloudy yellow orange. I achieved a rather large amount of head with an agressive pour. The off white head faded almost instantly leaving no lace behind. The aroma is rather promising. Pumpkin spice is there. All the usual suspects; cinnimon,clove,nutmeg. It has an apple cider feel about it in the nose. The flavor is bitter pumpkin with a boat load of cinnimon and pepper. This is like a heffe experiment gone terribly wrong. I'm dreading takin the next couple drinks. I heard this was bad but, I just figured it was hyperbole. The body is light and this with a moderate carbonation. Overall this is not good. I can file this under never again in my book.

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Photo of Contagion
1.88/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

There is an orangish/amber color to the beer. It's clear and light passes through easily. I was unable to detect any haziness or cloudiness at all. There was no head when poured into a glass. As it poured it fizzed like a carbonated soft drink, but nothing lasted more than a couple of seconds. Almost as soon as I finished pouring the beer the head disappeared to nothing. As it sat in the glass it almost looked like I had a glass of some kind of dark apple juice instead of beer.

The smell is an overpowering combination of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. It gives the beer a scent of pumpkin pie or my friend's wife's pumpkin squares. I was unable to detect the scent of malts, hops or any normal beer scents. The taste is almost like the scent. A very strong combination of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a strange slightly bitter aftertaste.

It is a light bodied beer that is kind of watery. It's very easy to drink. There is no coating to the mouth or throat, which helps the aftertaste to fade even quicker.

I really did not find this beer to be very pleasurable to drink. The flavor, while fine if eating a desert, is not really something I look for in a beer. It was overly sweet and really not much of any beer taste. Seriously, it was almost like drinking a pumpkin pie smoothie.

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Photo of psinderson
1.88/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear copper color with little to no head formation.

Smell: Very spicy aroma, mostly cinnamon and cloves.

Taste: Wow...this is all cinnamon to me. My first impression was that I popped a piece of cinnamon gum in my mouth. There is a faint taste of pumpkin, but this almost all spice. This beer needs a little bit of everything EXCEPT spice to make it drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Very thin.

Drinkability: Way too much spice.

You know what? I'm going to be doing something that I have almost never done - I am not going to finish this. I realize that this style can be all over the place, but I've tasted much better balanced pumpkin ales that literally taste like pie. This is so far off the mark for me. It's all spice and nothing else. There is not much endearing to me about this beer.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
1.9/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This was a nice deep yellow brew with a short fluffy head.

There were hints of cinnamon and nutmeg in the nose, amidst the maltiness. Not a lot of hop leanings.

The taste was of nutmeg, followed by the pumpkin. Unfortunately, it seemed cloyingly slimy, covering the tongue and basically making me want to pour it out. Which I reluctantly did. I hate wasting beer like that, but there was no way I could bring myself to take another sip of this one.

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Photo of alexrichman
1.9/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - The brew produced a 1-finger head that quickly dissapeared into absolutely nothing. What was left was a clear, orange-straw colored brew.

S - Sweet and spicy with a hint of malt ... reminds me of egg nog or pumpkin pie...

T - Much like the smell, the taste is very sweet and spicey up front. It finishes with a weak malt profile although the spicey pumpkin-pie taste sticks with you.

M - Light, carbonated, feels a lot like soda

D - If you can tolerate the pumpkin taste the beer is light and drinkable.

All in all this is a pretty awful beer. It's interesting but not in a way most enthusiasts would find enjoyable. A huge dissapointment for me.

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Photo of acevenom
1.9/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Pours orangish copper with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. There are a lot of visible tiny bubbles in this beer. There isn't much of an aroma. I pick up some pumpkin and some of those spices. There's some sweetness in the flavor as well as some pumpkin and faint spices. I get some malt too. There just isn't much going on here. There's some sweetness in the flavor as well as some pumpkin and faint spices. I get some malt too. There just isn't much going on here. This is a disappointing beer. If this is supposed to be America's "original" pumpkin beer, it's a wonder this style ever got off the ground.

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Photo of ckaufman
1.92/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle... into a pint glass... into the drain in the sink...

A: Poured a cloudy orange amber color with a thin off-white head. No lacing or head retention to speak of.

S: Fruity esters with a slight smell of pumpkin. More in the way of spice...specifically nutmeg and allspice. The smell is actually the strong point of this beer.

T: Overly sweet and yeasty... strong taste of allspice and nutmeg with a slight pumpkin flavor. This tastes pretty much like crap.

M: A watery, thin body with heavy carbonation.

D: If you can get through one... you've accomplished something to be proud of.

Pumpkin ales are not my favorite to begin with, but there are much better examples of this style on the market... for example, Southern Tier & DFH!

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Photo of bkilpatr
1.92/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 11/05/08.

Pours a clear golden-orange color with about a finger of whitish head. The head quickly dropped to nothing, no lacing. Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, and cherry cough syrup.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. Strong with pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. No malt or hop taste. Has a sickly sweetness to it. The taste seems rather hollow and empty. Feel is thin and watery. Very fizzy like soda. Drinkability is decent because there's not much there. But the sweetness and fizzyness kill it.

Not a very pleasant beer. There are many better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of swamiswamu
1.93/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I literally could not give this beer away. It tastes like pumpkin pie. Not a good pumpkin pie, one that was once frozen and then left out on a counter for 3 weeks. It pours orange with a weak head. There are strong hints of nutmeg and cloying malts. There isn't much pumpkin flavor per se, just too sweet pumpkin pie. Try O'Fallon instead,

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Beer rating: 13.5% out of 100 with 1,196 ratings
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