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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

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 Jinholic
3.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Got a ton of smoke out the the top which was like awesome then I poured it and the head fizzed away faster than a soda would. Clear copper/deep orange body that had lots of bubbles in it but they too would leave me in only a few mins.

Smell - Pumpkin with some nutmeg maybe a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon.

Taste - Less spice than in the nose its just a truck load of pumpkin all the way. The only thing I can pick out is a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon but the pumpkin just overwhelms that so much.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and light bodied, no dryness on this one at all which is nice for it being 98 out in Oct.

Overall - I just wish that this beer tasted more like it smells but that might just be me being a fan of spicy beers. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

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Photo of robboyd
3.22/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was recommended this brew as a nice counter to the more heavily spiced painted ladies. I have to say, the recommendation was spot on. This pumpkin brew is more heavily on the sweet side. It's dominated by sugary pumpkin and very little spice. I'm not pulling many more characteristics out of this beer as all I taste is sweetness. There is a moment when the beer slides down my throat where I get a hint of bitterness but it lasts a microsecond and then the finish is again all sweet. It's certainly a different take on pumpkin but not one I can say I favor.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a plastic cup at Sydney's in New Orleans

Appearance: pumpkin orange, 1/4 finger head that lingers

Smell: pumpkin pie, spices

Taste: Smooth; pumpkin comes through with great finese. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: light, really coats the tongue.

Overall: The guy at Sydney's recommended this and I'm glad I tried it. Honestly, it isn't that far off the DFH Punkin. A nice surprise. It's a great pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.71/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack of this at Whole Foods for about $10, because I had not previously seen any beers from BBB anywhere in MA. Poured into a standard pint glass. Bright orange color. Nice sized head forms with an aggressive pour, but that fades quickly. Moderate amount of carbonation, and a tiny bit of lacing. Smell had a distinct aroma of vegetables, which was earthy but not very appealing. Flavor tasted like authentic pumpkins - mostly like a steamed gourd. There was no "pumpkin spice" flavors at all. It just tastes like squash really. Mouthfeel was adequate, with a smooth but thin body. This beer might have been novel and great when it was first released, but it's been surpassed in flavor a long time ago. Nice to try, but really not very flavorful.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not my favorite of the pumpkin beers. this one pours a little cloudy with a nice autumn color palate. smell is spice heavy, maybe cloves and nutmeg. i dont smell the pumpkin itself really. taste is again strong on the spice front, with a balanced malt body in the medium range. good in the fall, but there are much better ones out there.

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Photo of Vashtar
3.82/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

When I first smelled this, I noted that it reminded me of a pumpkin malt ball.

The taste scared me at first. It started out really strong and I thought it was going to be awful... bu then it leveled off. After many sips, it starts out mellow, starts to speak sharply but then evens out before the taste becomes too much. It's a nice balance.

The appearance is cloudy, but nice.

The mouthfeel is a bit too thin.

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Photo of corylew
2.32/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice hue of orange with a bright white large bubbled head that disappears after 30 seconds or so, leaving a headless bubble-less sad looking beer.

Smells like CO2, slight pumpkin and spice but mostly estery kind of cheap stale beer.

Taste is the highlight of this beer. It really does taste pumpkiny with a bit a spice.

Mouthfeel is a kind of heavy for how light in flavor it is. A decent pumpkin flavor with a tiny bit of of spice.

Overall: To be honest this stuff just tastes commercial to me. I don't know if it's really considered commercial or not, but personally, I think it has all of the tell-tale signs of a beer that has been produced as quickly and cheaply as possible.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.37/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a SA pint glass.

A - pours an orangey amber color. Not much of a head, dissipates quickly, no remnant at all. Not much carbonation that I can see.

S - cinnamon, nutmeg, and some cloves. A touch of pumpkin in the background. Not much malt that I can detect or hops for that matter. The spices seem to dominate.

T - spices dominate followed by a rounded pumpkin flavor. A bit of malt, nothing too complicated or strong. No hop character that comes through as far as I can detect.

M - medium to light bodied. Smooth and slick feeling. I would have liked a bit more carbonation in the mix to lighten it up a little bit.

O - overall, a nice easy drinking beer. Nothing too special I guess but not too bad on a fall day.

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Photo of neobob187
3.71/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head Snifter.

A: It's got a nice but typical color for a pumpkin beer. Golden brown hues with nice carbonation and actually a very nice lace that lingers around the glass.

S: The smell is average at best. Cinnamon notes and nutmeg, with a very faint pumpkin.

T: This is where the beer got instantly better for me. My personal taste's when it comes to Pumpkin Beers is more Pumpkin and less spice. Shipyard's Pumpkinhead is one of my least favorites because of the crazy amount of Cinnamon, nutmeg, and artificial spice taste. This beer, while it does have a lot of brown sugar, and cinnamon sweetness to it....also finishes with a great pumpkin taste.

M: Good carbonation that's very smooth to drink. No booze bite at all. You could easily drink 2-3 of these on a nice autumn day.

O: Overall, it isn't the best pumpkin beer I've had by far. But I do think it's far better then some of the more popular pumpkin ales out there. This is my session pumpkin beer of choice to be honest.

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

Pours a bright, clear oranger copper with a finger and a halfs worth of foamy head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose is big on the spices, clove, pumpkin puree, sweet brown sugar. Taste wise is lacking; theres a void of flavour - bit of a light lager flavour to begin, grass & grain, with a hint of spices comeing and going quickly. Some pumpkin taste is evident towards the end and the beer finishes dry and chewy. Mouthfeel is light bodied.
Overall, an easy drinking mild pumpkin beer. Its very subtle in flavour. I prefer a bit more substance for the style.

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Photo of ScorpyX
3.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy, straw-colored pour with plenty of carbonation. Some debris floating around.

S: A pumpkin ale with a sweet, pumpkin scent

T: Follows the scent closely, with the pumpkin dominating. Citrus and coriander in there as well. Starts well, but gets a little blander after the initial flavor.

M: Medium to light bodied, also very crisp and bubbly. Starts to overwhelm the flavor toward the end. It gets to the point where it feels like a light lager with pumpkin thrown in.

D: Started well, but ends a little disappointingly. I like the hints of pumpkin, but that ends up falling short by the finish. A little more balance between feel and taste would help.

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Photo of Drew966
2.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale pours a hazy orange with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma doesn't do much for me, perhaps it's even a tad metallic. The flavor is a slap in the face of cinnamon followed by pumpkin pie spices. In the following sips pumpkin spices are more apparent without the cinnamon stealing the show. This isn't really my thing but not bad for what it is.

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Photo of suspect
3.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head shaped Pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper colored brew. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a one-finger head that disappeared quickly leaving little to no lacing.

S: Very nice pumpkin pie-like smell with cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice and generic malt back end.

T: Pretty malt-forward with pumpkin-spice taking over afterwards. Certainly not the best pumpkin beer I've had but definitely not bad.

M: Thin, just about the right level of carbonation but slightly undercarbonated.

O: Easy drinker, one that I could definitely have multiples of.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.82/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2012 re-review: Poured into a conical pint glass.

The beer is a hazy, dull orange color. A light cream head recedes instantly to little or nothing, with no lacing.

The aroma has an earthiness to it with spices underneath. I can almost smell pumpkin rind in there.

The beer tastes more like real pumpkin, and less like a pumpkin spice bomb. AGain, an earth pumpkin rind body with ideas of squash weigh this done with good cinnamon and nutmeg coatings on the palate. Very good. It tastes like a real craft beer, and not a pretend one.

The mouthfeel is fizzy and bright, and way too carbonated.

Overall, I'll buy this each year. It really tastes centered and down to earth -- and earthy. I like it compared to the generic, over-spiced brews that have flooded the market.

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Photo of yankeej13
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a sampling at work and wanted to keep it in season.

A- Poured a nice dark orangle like color or a light caramel, semi cloudy, Had a mild head of foam that quickly fades and mild carbonation.

S- Has a pretty nice smell to it, alot of clove is noticeable, mild smell of cinnamon as well as pumpkin.

T- To bad the taste wasn't as nice as the smell. Very very mild hints of pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, it didn't have a solid flavor at all, pretty blah. Did was a semi sweet finish.

M- Had ok drinkability, smooth, didn't really have any mid palette at all but finished and left my mouth with a sweet finish.

Overall- I had last years and I remember it being a little more potent and having more flavor to it. I will try next years and see how that is. Cheers

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Photo of BJA
2.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into perfect pint glass

A: I got ¼ inch of fizzy head on a hard pour. The head disappeared within 45 seconds. Some large carbonation bubbles sticking to the size of the glass. The beer is a crisp pumpkin orange color. It appears slightly watery when looking down on it, but that’s probably because there is absolutely no head retained on the beer.

S: I get a sweet pumpkin scent with sugary bubble gum notes. I find it very candy like.

T: The taste is somewhat syrupy with a hint of pumpkin. It comes across to me as a manufactured flavor. It is not a strong taste.

M: This is a thin, fizzy, watery beer.

O: I’m not a fan. It tastes fake (too much like manufactured candy flavor) and is too watery and fizzy for me.

The aroma has potential if that artificiality wasn't there.

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Photo of ONUMello
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy pumpkin orange; 1+ finger head.
S: Dried apricot, a hint of pumpkin, a hint of spices
T: Again a bit of pumpkin & spice, but tastes somewhat artificial.
M: Light, nothing stands out good or bad.
O: Being the original doesn't mean it's the best.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.14/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flavor: Bready, orange citrus, pumpkin, a bit of alcohol.

Appearance: Tall fizzy head with large bubbles, a bit too much like soda. No lacing, head lasts about 60 seconds, then not a trace can be found. That's a first! Oh well, smells good though. Pale gold, a bit cloudy. No residue left at the bottom of the bottle after the pour.

Flavor: Sweet malts, citrus, cinnamon and pumpkin. Aftertaste isn't bad, mild citrus, slightly bitter veggie.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Not much carbonation left after the pour.

Overall: I don't know how to say this... this wasn't much of a beer. Easy drinking, but nothing to savor. Just needs to be more bold all around.

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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 gopens44
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy orange with a foamy white head that ran off pretty quick.

S - On the "more pumpkin" than spice aroma end of the pumpkin beer scale with just a dash of hop presence towards the back of the inhalation of this.

T - I was a touch confused by a bubble gum flavor that hits just before a watery clove taste.

M - Thin, watery and highly carbonated.

O - Not gonna be a seasonal favorite of mine. Seemed like a bit of a mess that ultimately lacked flavor and character.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.24/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours orange in color with a thick white head that disappeared by the time I turned around from tossing out the bottle.

Smell: Nice aroma right out of the gate. Spices and pumpkin smell dominate with a hint of earthy malts.

Taste: As the smell hinted at this beer tastes of spices and pumpkin. However, the aroma was better than the taste as this is too sweet and watered down for my liking.

Mouth: Very light bodied and bodied and with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: Too watered down for my liking. Nice aroma, but not much else.

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Photo of claspada
2.79/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light to medium orange amber color with a soft white fluffy head that quickly dissipates to near nothing and leaves minimal lace.

Aromas begin with light freshly baked pumpkin pie smells; allspice, baked pumpkin flesh and some more undiscernable spices are also present.

The flavors begin with light bready malts and pumpkin pie spices. Flavors aren't too exciting and become just sweet like a carbonated pumpkin juice. The flavor profile just isn't too tasty overall and doesn't merit taking another sip except to finish the bottle and move on.

The mouthfeel is light with spritzy carbonation borderlines being on watery.

Overall this is a forgettable Pumpkin ale in a market that is saturated with much better examples, both sessionable and Imperial varieties. Elysian makes the best sessionable example if you ask me and Weyerbacher and Williamsburg makes great Imperial versions. Look elsewhere for your Gourd fix this season.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 6pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $7.99 in Fall 2011.

Pours a cloudy copper orange color with a light fluffy head that disappears quickly. Scent is heavy in pumkin, nuttmeg, clove spice, and a little bananna. Taste is smooth and clean. You can definetly pick out the pumpkin taste and a little of the spice but that's about it. I was really hoping for more spice flavor that basically reminds me of a pumpkin pie. Something seasonal to get you into the festive fall mood but that's about it.

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Photo of xuptygm
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Super fizzy head, exactly like a can on soda fades quickly leaving no lace. Hazy orange in color with a few bubbles rising to the surface. What do ya know?... it smells like pumpkin and spices (clove, cinnamon). Light bodied tasting slightly of pumpkin and more of spice with a bit of watered down malt flavor. A crisp dry finish.

Overall a pretty average pumpkin ale. I guess you could call it a session beer, but I wouldn't really want more than 2 or 3 of these. I would have liked a fuller taste profile with more pumpkin flavor. Making things worse...these are twist offs making them unusable for my homebrew... so I knocked off a few points for that. Theres your beer karma for ya Buffalo Bill.

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Photo of theotherone87
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a bottle of this stuff the other nite from world wide beverage in roxborough pa,

a- The appearence is the a typical hazelnut brown with a a little white head

s- the smell was ok,smelled of some kind of spices i couldnt exactly pin point tho what they were, kinda of a roasty smell

t- I was excited to try, as I have heard this was the first pumpking beer ever, I could taste the pumpkin,but my taste buds were not overally satisfied,

m-the body was a medium built kinda of leaning towards lighter side

o- the beer was alright..I like pumpkin beers and wanted to tryit, I would not buy a case of it tho

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
2.94 out of 5 based on 1,190 ratings.
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