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

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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
Ratings:
1,192
Reviews:
638
Avg:
2.94
pDev:
22.45%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
84
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Maillard
3.31/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Aoyoc
3.14/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.39/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky orange-yellow color.

Large, noisy (!) off-white head; you can hear it dissipate. It quickly disappears; no lacing either.

Nice pumpkin & spice nose-like all great beers in the genre, it immediately reminds me of pumpkin pie.

Thin mouthfeel.

After an impressive nose, this tastes really watery and disappointing. Hint of pumpkin, to be sure, but a hint of macro lager as well. Pass.

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Photo of beeryand
3.71/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tastes and smells like potpourri.

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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 alarmclock314
3.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Someone forgot the hops oops

Add some could be a good beer

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Photo of Latarnik
2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 Kamahl16
2.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jeschaefer
4/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

An appearance of fall, dullard orange, light brown, all that cornacopia shit not making a head. Aroma hit pumpkin notes, target acquired.

Taste delivers a lot of that stuff. Lots of carbonation, prolly too much. Lacks hops, bitterness. Gets a little tiresome after a few ounces. Couldn't see putting down more than one bottle in a sitting. $10/6 pack is a little much given the lack of malt, hops etc. . .

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Photo of Beginner2
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of beertraveler08
3.31/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sposter4
3.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaPan
2.79/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It is New Beer Sunday (Week 571) & having been inspired by a Doctor Who marathon of my own devising, I have traveled back in time to the fall. As such, I am CANcentrating on CANned Pumpkin Ales, but I am taking a short detour with a bottle (or two). I was last at Buffalo Bill's in Heyward, CA in December 2007 and I CAN tell you, I miss the SF Bay Area something fierce. I spent 2.5 years in Alameda and I would have retired out there if it weren't for the insane cost of living.

From the bottle: "America's Original Pumpkin Ale".

Jeezus! It has been so long since I Pop!ed the cap off of a bottle that I almost have to Google instructions on how to do so. Nobody panic! I'll be okay. I'm just a wee bit out of practice after so many CANs, is all. Imagine my disappointment at discovering that it was a screw-top bottle! Grrr. I used a gentle pour to produce a finger of light, tawny head that quickly disappeared to wisps. A swirl produced the same results. Bye! Nose was lighter in terms of its spice, but bigger in terms of its bready malt, than other pumpkin beers today. Interesting. Mouthfeel was medium. The spice was almost exactly right in that it was clearly not over the top. It was mainly cinnamon and allspice, but it worked well with the bready malt to create a spice cake-like flavor. Oh my! This was like Exhibit A in why restraint is so important in the style. Spices can be overwhelming & when added to saturation, they can be unpleasant. This was really nice & would go nicely with a slice of pumpkin pie or spice cake. Finish was dry, but lightly dry, not gasping, which also happens with saturation of spices. I would drink this again in the fall.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Amber in color with moderate haziness. There's a fingernail of beige resting on top. I smell pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I taste a strongly spiced blend of pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The mouth is slightly thick and chewy due to heavy spicing.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of anon
3.29/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kotzbauerm
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jason_cs
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 88caprice
3.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Look: A surprisingly dark brown with ruby hues in the light. Scant fizzy head.
Smell: Serious cloves right away. Some cinnamon. Like a sweet gingerbread or molasses cookie in a glass.
Taste: Lots of clove spice up front, but without the sweetness. Not getting much pumpkin or malty characteristics from the beer itself. Mostly just spice.
Mouthfeel: A little thin for a pumpkin ale. Medium light body.
Overall: For the style, it's lacking. But it's not bad if you are looking for a clove-heavy pumpkin spice vehicle.

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Photo of theamericanpsycho79
2.62/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Buffalo Bill Pumpkin Ale? Why are images of Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs conjured? Either way, I would rather watch the movie than drink this. Here is why.

L: Poured into a tulip shaped glass, orange/red hue. Not horrible looking, not great looking.. The head was about 2 fingers which vanished really quickly.

S: Beer. Faint pumpkin spice aroma. Watery. You smell the spice but the flavor doesn't match up.

T: watery beer with faint pumpkin. Its beer. And I can't classify this as pumpkin ale. Its slightly bitter, the taste is hard to distinguish but even as a beer its flavor is weak and doesn't have much body to it. I detect stale pumpkin with too much nutmeg.

F: Watery. Sorry, its so, so watery. Pumpkin flavored water. Weak ABV too.

O: Don't bother with this, not worth the price. There are so many better pumpkin ales out there than this pumpkin flavored watery beer.

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Photo of chinchill
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Porter Bar goblet.

Appearance: clear dark brown body with orange-red highlights and a frothy, medium size tan head that reduces to a ring.

Aroma: artificial vanilla and holiday spices with a hints of baked bread and baked winter squash.

Flavor: Lightly sweet with some roast pumpkin flavor; over spiced and the spice mix i not very appealing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with light carbonation; smooth.

Overall: not bad but nearing that mark.

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