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 | website

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
Reviews:
635
Ratings:
1,185
Avg:
2.94
pDev:
30.95%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
80
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Smurf2055
2.64/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Wing Central in U district into a pint glass. Aroma was of mild pumpkin, yeast, cinnamon and sugar. Appearance was very bubbly. Very dark orange, fizzy, and head leaves quick. Almost glassy. Lots of bubbles stick to the side of the glass. It’s more like a pumpkin soda than an ale. Taste was bland pumpkins. Sweet and not a really big profile. Too much carbonation with the sting to go with it. Palate was soda-like. Sticky and strong carbonation is all I can say. Overall, if you are looking for a good pumpkin beer, keep clear. I’ve spoiled myself having had Pumpking and Great Pumpkin as some of my first pumpkin beers. I really appreciate the style of beer. Having said that, this is not a quality pumpkin beer. I can appreciate it, but it’s for sure not a beer drinkers beer. Alcoholic pumpkin soda

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Photo of fsimcox
2.34/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy, off-orange color. Fizzy head dissipates almost immediately. No lacing.

Smells like pumpkin pie. Some spicy cinnamon and nutmeg.

Sweet, fizzy, pumpkin taste. The taste is a lot weaker than I expected, given the smell. There are some holiday spice notes, and a hint of sour apple in the finish.

Mouthfeel is fizzy, lots of carbonation, and a warm finish. A syrup feeling lingers.

I’m not fond of this beer.

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Photo of DoktorZee
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No best before on the bottle.

A - pours a very unremarkable amber, and after about 2 minutes there is no hint of any head or lacing. A few small carbonation bubbles are rising in the glass, but it's pretty sedate.

S - nose isn't as expected with a bit of cinnamon and candy rather than pumpkin.

T- on tasting it's definitely interesting, with a light hops bite and very quick (and dilute) resolution with just a hint of malt. Behind everything is just a hint of spicy pumpkin. It's not unpleasant, but it's very subtle.

M - mouthfeel is unremarkable with a light to medium body backed by some sharp carbonation.

O - overall this is really drinkable, thought exceptionally unremarkable. In a sense, it is less than the sum of its parts, with just a hint of spicy pumpkin holding it up. Ultimately it's a bit dilute and subtle versus a lot of more direct pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours nearly no head that went away in an instant. Straw colored.

S: Spice right off the bat. Nutmeg more than any other pumpkin spice although all the others are present. Ginger in the background.

T: The taste is a lot more subtle than the aroma would make you think. Much more drinkable.

M: Slightly dry with good body.

O: Really just ok. Better spiced pumpkin beer in terms of flavor. Aroma is too much though.

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Photo of JizackFH
2.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a clear orange amber color. It has about a finger of loose sudsy head resting on top. The head disappears almost as fast as it came, leaving no lace behind as it falls. The nose is pretty faint. I am getting some pumpkin sweetness and some light fall spice aromas. The taste follows the nose pretty well. It starts off malty and there is some pumpkin and and fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. There is also just a touch of hops, and there is some lingering sweetness in the finish. This is on the light side of medium and it's carbonation is pretty high. It is very tingly, but has a pretty smooth feel to it. This has okay drinkability. It goes down pretty easy and the flavor is okay. It has the pumpkin and spice that most other pumpkin ales have, but they are pretty watered down. Overall this is an alright pumpkin ale. It is worth a shot, but I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of jbertsch
1.79/5  rDev -39.1%
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 gtermi
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clody dark orange color with a white fizzy head.

S: Pretty weak. I am getting a tiny bit of spices and maybe some malt.

T: The beer has some pumpkin, some malt and a little bit of spices.

M: The beer almost drinks like water. Goes down easy and just feels like a water down beer.

O: This is far from the best pumpkin beer I have had. It is weak and just lacks a lot of flavor. Def wont buy again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: nutmeg, toasted malt, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice

Taste: cinnamon, clove, followed by pale malt that leads to pumpkin spiciness at the end.

Mouthfeel: sweet but not overly so, high carbonation, medium-light bodied

Drinkability: A nice and solid pumpkin ale. Not boundary pushing, yet more complex then several i have had this year. I would get a six of this.

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Photo of KajII
2.44/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium orange with a brownish hue and had an average sized (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that was gone in a matter of seconds and had virtually no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was light to say the least of a light bread malt and a mild doughy yeast with hints of nutmeg, pumpkin and a little allspice.

It tasted extremely lightly sweet with a small presence of nutmeg and cinnamon at first then had a mild touch of pumpkin show up and became a little acetic (vinegary) at the end with the flavor only sticking around for a very short while.

Mouthfeel was very light in body and watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a Pumpkin Ale that was super light in flavor, even so you could taste the pumpkin and spices. But it did have a mild vinegar presence at the finish which was unusual for this type of beer. I was also surprised to see it come in a twist off bottle.

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Photo of pBRale
2.99/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From tasting notes 10-19-11
Poured into a warbled mug

Appearance: Slight chill haze with an orange-amber pour. There is a tall and super bubbly/foamy ivory head that settles very quickly and has absolutely no head retention and leaves no lace behind.

Smell: This beer has a sharp almost astringent smell, and a lot of nice nutmeg and clove aromas--powerful, but not much pumpkin smell there.

Taste: The taste is primarily nutmeg and clove, and there is not much in the way of pumpkin or malt flavors contributing. It's a bit bland. It is a nice tasting beer, but too spicey and one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied, with lots of carbonation and bitingly so. The finish is crisp and springy.

Overall: Good tasting, but lacks complexity and balance.

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

12oz beer poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - One finger barely offwhite head. Hazy light orange body.

Smell - Strong pumpkin spice. Cinnamon. Brown sugar. Eggnog... wrong holiday, but hey, the nose doesn't lie.

Taste - Pumpkin. Mild malts. Slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, inoffensive. Neither challenging nor boring.

Overall Drinkability - I think this beer is great at what it does. Not my style, but I can totally appreciate it. It's soft, mild, balanced, flavorful, and inoffensive. Great novelty beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - looks like an orange colored Sprite with no head.

Smell - some slight spice and cinnamon.

Taste - Very lighty flavored and watery. Extremely easy to drink. Very sessionable. Nothing bad in flavors just very lacking in interest.

Mouthfeel - extremely watery

Overall - an uninteresting yet swilling pumpkin ale.

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Photo of seesnow3
2.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed last month, Bruges glass, unknown freshness
Pour-Medium orange brown, slightly cloudy, tiny head that won’t even be provoked to be more than barely a film, fades to a thin rim of bubbles in seconds. Light stream of effervescence

Nose-Mostly malty yeast with a natural pumpkin smell, a little bit of cinnamon and clove I’m thinking.

Palate-A little bit sweet at first, a decent amount of sour that doesn’t last long, little bitter. There is some cinnamon and clove that comes through, also a noticeable amount of pumpkin that tastes slightly earthy. It has a little bit of a soda-like taste maybe from being over-filtered, but is not too bad. The spice is first, then the pumpkin and it hangs on for a little bit but that is basically it. Barely any yeast or bitterness

Body-Medium weight and fizzy. Not much interesting here just fairly easy drinking. I like it. I see this as more of a pumpkin I want to drink when it’s actually cold due to the spice. I like it, although the pumpkin and spice is fairly dominant over the actual beer flavors. Would get it again, though nothing great

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Photo of ehammond1
2.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle (2011)

Ralph's
San Marcos, CA

Clear orange and light copper color with a quickly forming, and quickly receding off-white head. Leaves the glass as clean as can be--no lacing.

Decent but very mild aroma of some simple Fall spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

This tastes like flavorless tonic water, until the end when there's just a hint of cinnamon and allspice character. This is one of the most flavorless beers I've had in a very long time. I don't get any actual pumpkin flavor at all.

Thin body and high, tonic-water style carbonation. Prickly and not very drinkable.

This is one of the poorer pumpkin ales I've tried.

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Photo of JustinAniello
2.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours cloudy orange with a three finger head that dissipates nearly instantly. Extremely fizzy at first, had to pour all along the side so it wouldn't overflow. No lacing at all.

S - Sweet brown sugar and pumpkin. Clove and nutmeg mingle with other spice aromas.

T - Slightly sweet with full pumpkin and cloves. Strange sourness in the background that lingers in the aftertaste as well.

M - Medium body, but too much carbonation.

O - Not impressed overall with this one, the flavors seem just a tad off, while it feels like a soda instead of a beer in your mouth. Certainly much better alternatives in the pumpkin ale department.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.56/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, dark copper-like color with a half-inch thick head that dissipates instantly. Has a nice lacing..

Smell - I smell a lot of spices, like clove and nutmeg. Along with pumpkin.

Taste - Pretty spicy.. the clove is definitely a strong flavor in this. The pumpkin as well. Maybe a little bit of cinnamon. Kinda sweet too.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodies with medium carbonation.

Overall - This beer is definitely something out of the ordinary.

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Photo of aldizy
4.22/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

this beer is like thanksgiving in your mouth you can taste the pumpin cinnamon and all the other floral smells that thanksgiving has to offer i would definatly have this with turkey it would be freakin perfect dont pass this one up i got it at my grocery store

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Photo of MEsoJD
2.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[poured into a regular Sam Adams glass] ۞2011۞

B: I like the vintage look of the label. Not too much information, but at least it includes the percentage. Ugh... it's a twist-off -__-

A: An amber/orange/copper body with barely any head and no lacing. Sounded like a soda on the pour.

S: Pumpkin spice aroma, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

T: Pumpkin spice follows with bread malt.

M: Crisp, High carbonation(intruding), med/light bodied, and low alcohol presence.

O: Ugh.... Not fun at all. The carbonation is so distracting that I can't gain any bit of satisfaction. There's defiantly a pumpkin presence, but that doesn't save it from being sub par. I can't recommend this to anyone. Please look to other pumpkin ales.

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Photo of UnderPressure
2.18/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Twist off. Not a good sign.

Slightly cloudy orange color. Fizzy, not foamy "head" completely disappears almost instantly.

Standard pumpkin pie spice aroma. Good, but, nothing special. Malty background.

I'm getting almost nothing in the flavor department. Slightly vegetal, very subtle pumpkin pie spice in the finish. Very delicately flavored beer.

Terrible mouthfeel. Watery. Overly fizzy. There's nothing about the mouthfeel that I like at all.

This is one of those mass-market pumpkin beers. Probably the worst one I've had. I guess I should have done some research before I bought it. If this truly is "the original" pumpkin beer, I'm glad other breweries have done much better things with this sub-style since this.

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Photo of smcolw
2.87/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Large head of big bubbles that dies very quickly, leaving no spots. Chill hazed of dark gold with an orange hue.

Toasted malt and roasted pumpkin to the nose. Light alcohol.

Very thin body with a pop-like carbonation. The flavor is also thin. There is a watery orange flavor (no sugar). No lasting aftertaste. Generally speaking, this is a weak beer with a touch of pumpkin flavor.

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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 mryuk
3.21/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a solid orange with little head.

smell is very spiced with nutmeg and subtle fruit. some sweet and cinnamon.

taste is extremely sweet and spiced. Very rich, lots of fruit and pumpkin.

mouth is thick bodied with good carbonation.

overall not my cup of tea. just too overwhelming and sweet.

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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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