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

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin AleBuffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
2.98/5
1,197 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#43,740
Reviews:
639
Ratings:
1,197
pDev:
22.15%
Bros Score:
3.01
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
85
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,197 |  Reviews: 639
Photo of DaPan
2.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +28.5%
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 +7.4%
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 +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of anon
3.29/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kotzbauerm
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jason_cs
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 88caprice
3.16/5  rDev +6%
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 -12.1%
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 -1%
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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Photo of crow
3.88/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeCorleone
4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.6/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlesstheHarvest
3.74/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeubTube
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of JB62
4.15/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbrando33
4.64/5  rDev +55.7%
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 tdm168
3.56/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kostkavette
4.28/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Avatar113
4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lukass
3.09/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Craigmont
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TX-Badger
2.25/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a clear coppery color with off-white head. Roasted pumpkin, malt, and some squash notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more vegetal pumpkin than I like.

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Beer rating: 2.98 out of 5 with 1,197 ratings
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