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

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin AleBuffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of DaftCaskBC
1.93/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Very little head over cloudy deep amber liquid.

S: Cloves and ginger.

T: Cloves and ginger up front with a corn finish.

M: Thin viscosity with large carbonation. Very similar to soda.

O: Maybe I have been spoiled by the pumpkin ales I have had locally, but my suggestion is to avoid this one.

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Photo of cannabanaceae
1.94/5  rDev -34%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured with no head whatsoever, yellowish orange. Smell was of slight pumpkin cinnamon and all spice.. slightly yeasty.

Taste was spicy in front with a lagery taste in middle with little to no hop bitterness. Slightly metallic pumpkin taste.

Finished like a low grade lager, easy to drink at first but hard to finish the glass.

They should only brew this beer in one facility and perfect it.

Skip this one.

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Photo of Ellbert
1.94/5  rDev -34%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.94/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pils glass it forms an active fizzy head that falls to an ultra thin sheet. No lacing. Copper body, clean clarity, rows of fine carbonation.

Faint hints at pumpkin. Candy Corn, Medicinal, brown sugar, nutmeg and assorted spices. Potpouri florist showroom Jones. Tea like flavor with some hard candy. Doughy malts give this a bakery feel to the profile.

Notes: This is more like the pumkin pie crust with brown sugar on top. It was drinkable although that doesn't say much considering I've yet to drain a beer. This is novelty beer and brewed as such.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
1.94/5  rDev -34%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Hazy orange-brown with tow-finger, fizzy, white head that lasted less than a minute. No lacing.

S: Very subtle pumpkin. Smells like a wheat beer which is not a good thing.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Faint pumpkin. No spice really.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Kind of watery.

O: This is a bad beer. Nothing good about it. It's like a macro with a hint of pumpkin.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
1.94/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: The head is pretty much non-existing. The beer is a hazy orange color with decent amount of bubbles running upwards fast. Absolutely no lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very spicy aroma that clings to the inside of the nose. It smells like a massive amount of un-lit cinnamon candles with a pumpkin kick.

Mouth Feel: Its seems like a heavy beer, kind of like a light carbonated apple cider.

Taste: it hits you fast! The spice of the cinnamon and pumpkin is overwhelmingly present. Barely any alcohol taste but it does have a bread taste. It reminds me of a poorly made pumpkin pie. I'm not impressed at all and it makes me cringe to finish it.

Drink-ability: Much too filling. I feel like I ate an entire pumpkin pie; one and I will never drink another again.

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Photo of Murrhey
1.95/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured out a quarter inch white head that dissolved almost immediately. Soapy bubble on top. Cloudy orange-brown color. Kinda yucky looking.

S- Pumpkin pie smells, sickly sweet pumpkin and molasses, brown sugar. Smells like a fall candle.

T- Begins sweet, almost cidery. Then ends with a musky taste like I'm drinking cobwebs. Certainly not good, but not gagging me either.

M- Water with a smidge of malt body.

O- Avoid this brew.

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Photo of Morris729
1.95/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

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Photo of jerrymiller
1.98/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer was given to my by my brother-in-law, presumably because I am a Buffalo Bills fan. (thanks anyway Mark)

Serving was from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Medium yellow orange body with minimal head that completely disappears in a minute.

Smell: Lots of cloves, cinnamon, cumin and allspice. It all smells manufactured, not like natural pumpkin, but more like liquid concentrate pumpkin… yeah. You can only imagine.

Taste: Artificial, shallow and candylike. Not very much body.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin and cottony. Moderate carbonation, very thin finish.

Overall: A noble effort at mass marketing a novelty/seasonal beer to masses. I couldn't honestly drink too many of these.

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Photo of beersarang
1.98/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a dark copper color, orange would have been better if they could have pulled it off. No head retention.

Cidery pumpkin aroma followed by huge spices.

Big sweetness, thin pumpkin flavor, heavy spicing with no hops. Spices are not only overdone but not well thought out, the clove and nutmeg don't give the cinnamon a chance and the aftertaste is just bad. Finishes sweet.

Soda like thin body with crisp carbonation, cidery.

I can't say that I'll ever want to drink this again, I'll try next years to see if I am crazy or not.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
1.99/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Source/Serving: 12 oz. bottle. No expiration date.

Smell: Surprisingly quite pumpkiny. Cloves and nutmeg and also a little bit of astringent alcohol.

Taste: Tastes much more of toast than pumpkin, but there is a really strange - almost fake - sweet flavor to it that keeps getting worse as you drink it. Its malt profile is very light and overall not overly spicy. Finish is yeasty and bready but clean. Mild carbonation.

Notes: The fake sweet flavor is a no-go and really ruins it. Pretty bad, actually, and only appropriate when organizing a fall/pumpkin beer tasting as I was.

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Photo of goochpunch
2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a bright orange that looks almost artificially colored. Lots of carbonation results in a thick head. Unfortunately this completely fizzles out into nothing: no lace, no light ring of bubbles. Smells really thin and sweet, almost like a spiced cream soda. Really harsh on the spices. Tastes almost like a Pier One or Cost Plus World Market smells. Really strong cinnamon comes out like chewing on a cinnamon stick. Thin and soda-like mouthfeel with a harsh tannin feel almost as if chewing on a cinnamon stick. Even if I believed in pouring beer down the drain, I still wouldn't consider this a drain pour. I plain don't like it.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): Pours a light yellow-orange color with a weird head that fizzles away rapidly like soda, leaving not so much as a single bubble on top. Aroma is extremely strong nutmeg and cinnamon. Cloves come in at the end. No beer aroma, just spices. Taste is offputtingly spicy. No pumpkin character here until late in the aftertaste, but it definitely gets better as it warms. The taste is extremely over-spiced. This one is really rough on the palate.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
2.02/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: A plain gold with no head.

S: It smelled like a pumkin ale, had all the right scents

T: I wish I would've stopped at the scent. real thin taste, NO depth to the pumkin part. And didn't linger, which may have been a positive

M: Nothing great, watery, lacking spices and that pumpkin coating that some of the good ones will leave you with

D: didn't even finish it. Not worth the ABV.

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Photo of nickd717
2.04/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from Whole Foods, poured into pint glass. Tried it out of morbid curiosity after my friend from PA told me it was "just as good" as Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, which I had shared with him earlier. After drinking this, I do not see any way that he could think that. It is god-awful. Figured I had to try it though since I live about 15 miles from the brewery.

A - Hazy orange color with a sizzling white head that sounds like the steaming fajitas plate from a Mexican restaurant as it violently fizzles down to absolutely nothing.

S - Decent pumpkin spice as well as apple juice. Not much to it, but not terribly offensive.

T - Very strange flavor. A little artificial-tasting pumpkin spice and some apple juice. Finish is almost like a wild ale, with a strange tartness, almost bretty.

M - Watery and weak, with a harsh astringency.

D - Bad. Couldn't finish the bottle. This is terrible. I actually had this at my uncle's place a few years ago and thought it was pretty good. Wow, how my palate has changed.

I don't know, maybe this was meant to be drank out of the bottle for some reason. Smelled better out of the bottle than the glass, and it would actually be a good thing to lighten the flavor of this mess of a beer.

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Photo of hoffman
2.04/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Man it sure looks nice in the glass. A full frothy white/tan head rises to nearly two fingers before disipating and lacing 1/4" above the brew on the glass at all times holding it's way down. The smell is overwhelming, spice, spice, spice, like pumpkin pie filling. The taste on this one is not good, very spicy up front and no hint of a finish at all. The watery finish of nothing feels like ambesol...that stuff that numbs your mouth. The spice coupled with this is terrible. The moutfeel is very watery and oddly flat. Will never buy this one again.

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Photo of MaximalC
2.07/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy amber color with a minimal white head that is gone in a flash. The aroma smells of spices and a modest dose of pumpkin with little else to speak of. Flavor is unlike anything I've tried before. A vague, unnatural juiciness presents up front, augmented by a spiciness that feels out of place with such a watery mouthfeel. There is an almost bile-like quality lurking in the wash. This initial assault soon evaporates, leaving a mild, wheaty haze at the finish. I think I may detect some hops near the back end as well, but it's hard to say. Very hard to find anything positive to say here.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.1/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I'd always heard this was pretty bad, and always having better pumpkin ales on hand, this is one I'd never tried. Until now. And I should have kept on without it. Pours a lackluster golden color (where's the orange glow?) Smells of women's perfume and cinnamon hard candy. That latter flavor dominates the brew, making it difficult to pick out anything else. Lots of sugary cinnamon here, and I think I'd actually enjoy it more if it had some heat to it, like those red hot candies, but it doesn't. Can't find the hops. The mouthfeel is lacking any carbonation bite or noticeable body. Yikes. I love this style...but this is just bad.

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Photo of BeerAngel
2.1/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours slightly hazed burnt orange color with practically no head to speak of.

The aroma will smack you in the face from a distance revealing super strong spicing with a hint of pumpkin. Nothing else can poke through this pumpkin pie in a bottle.

The taste if you can imagine would be similar if you took pumpkin flavoring, spices, and tonic water and made some confounded cocktail with it. It is a repeat of the aroma. Bleck!

This is a very light bodied brew with a slick watery finish.

Drinkability suffers greatly with the off-putting amount of spicing used in this beer. Not recommended...don't buy it!

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.13/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Very light copper color, with just a small white froth on top of the beer. Not much lacing to account for. Smells like moldy pumpkin pie, or old Chai. Some pumpkin, but still very musty. Very different, but not in a good way, slightly smokey and bitter, bringing it far away from what I would expect a pumpkin beer. Body is far too thin, not a very good pumpkin beer experience.

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Photo of theformula
2.13/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What in the name of the beer gods is this? Ummmm....

Pours a nice copper, burnt orange color, but the thin head disappeared instantly w/ no lacing.

It doesn't smell much at all, with a light pumpkin and nutmeg if I had to say so.

Spice and pumpkin are faint, with slightly bitter hops. It feels okay in the mouth, but there's not much to it.

Aftertaste is short and dismal. I've had much better and this is pretty shameful. Unfortunately a lame pumpkin ale that doesn't have much going for it. Even the foundational ale is uninspiring.


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Photo of humuluslupulus8
2.14/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: The beer was a pumpkin orange color with an almost white head. The head contained large bubbles that dissipated rather quickly.

S: The aroma consisted of canned pumpkin pie filling and bubblegum. In other words, it smelled pretty artificial, which I don't like. There was also the faintest mention of piney hops.

T: The taste was similar to the smell- artificial pumpkin flavor. I could detect the alcohol slightly. As a whole, the different flavor components didn't blend too well together; they just existed along side each other.

M: The mouthfeel was medium-thin, which is about what I expected for a pumpkin ale.

O: Overall, the beer was drinkable but not crafted very well. If the pumpkin and spice flavors were a little more natural tasting and the flavors all cooperated with each other, this would be a good pumpkin beer. This was a decent first pumpkin beer for me, but I probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of rundocrun
2.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - This beer is a deep amber-to-copper color with a very faint cloudiness to it. Has finger of very coarse white head that fizzes loudly and fades within 10 seconds (much like a glass of coke does). It's obvious from the generous amounts of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass that this is a very carbonated beer. Very small amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Smells like somewhat old pumpkin. Almost has a rotted character to it. Ginger and cloves evident.

T - What little pumpkin flavor I get is quickly drowned by cinnamon, cloves and ginger. This is something I've noticed about a lot of pumpkin ales is that they tend to get too heavy-handed with the spices. Faint maltiness in the background with a subtle toasted character. Mild hop bitterness.

M - Medium-to-thin body. Heavily carbonated. Leaves the mouth feeling watery and metallic.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.16/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no date. Bottle notes that brewed under contract with Pyramid. Had a large head to quickly dissappeared. Also had a ton of carbonation. Smell was mainly of nutmeg with some pumpkin and other spices. The taste was again mostly nutmeg and a little pumpkin. Had average mouthfeel. Overall, an OK have once a year maybe kind of beer but nothing special. Worth trying but mainly just to mark off the list. (2.0, RB, ML, N)

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
2.17/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours pure copper to a small and active head that fizzles like soda. Quickly dissipates with no trace and no lacing. Smell is a combination of herbs and spices, reminds me of one of those antique stores run by somebody's grandma. Taste is more spicy than pumpkiny, however there is a predominance of acidity that is just too uncomfortable to deal with. Mouthfeel is thin and metallic, not anywhere near the robustness I had expected. All in all, I'm thoroughly unimpressed with this beer. I won't buy it again and I don't recommend it.

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