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

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

Pourd this one into a pint glass, it has a nice golden/brown color body with a small tan head that doesn't stay long, till it lays down to a thin lace. The smell is of your typical pumpkin spices and a hint of pumpkin.
The taste has a nice balance of spices to it with a hint of pumpkin. The malt come through nicely also. The mouth feel is ok and overall it is a average tasting pumpkin beer.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
2.82/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown bottle into standard pint.

A: agressive pour gets a quickly dissapating head that left splotchy bubbles and a thin ring. Cloudy honey colored brew.

S: pumpkin up front and then at first all the scents muddle together to smell almost like katchup. Sweetness on the nose for sure, picking up clove and a little bit of muddled spices in the background. It smells good.

T: pumpkin in there fore sure. A little tart on the finish actually (makes the katchup thing a little mote unnerving), not really picking out any of the spices on their own but the overall "pumpkin pie spice" blend is felt and balanced pretty well. No hop flavor, but all in all it is balanced.

M: a little oily but pretty light for a pumpkin ale (at least based on the few pumpkin ales I have had) drinkable for sure. On the light end of medium.

O: not bad but not great. I would drink it again but not pay much for it. All in all an average beer that has some katchupy pumpkin in it.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright, Im back after a little bit of an absence but I have been stacking up on a lot of different types of beers. Some vintage, some seasonal, so there will be quite a bit coming. This beer is Buffalo Bill's America's original Pumpkin Ale, which is only one of 3 beers in production.

A: Beer pours a really fizzy, golden-copper color with barely any head, but does have some tiny bubbles on top.

S: First hint of the smell is of pumpkin which is a good thing, considering its claim to be brewed with the real thing. Not much else, maybe some caramel and wheat.

T: Taste is consistent with the smell, moderate pumpkin flavor up front with a roasty caramel hint and a little bit of a wheat or yeast mouth towards the end.

M: A little watered down which would lead to lack of flavor, which why it is noticeable, its not much. Quite a sessionable beer as far as im concerned.

O: I would label this as an average, run of the mill pumpkin beer. Does have some flavor and does a good job of not adding too much spice or nutmeg which can kill a pumpkin beer sometimes.

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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 acevenom
1.9/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Pours orangish copper with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. There are a lot of visible tiny bubbles in this beer. There isn't much of an aroma. I pick up some pumpkin and some of those spices. There's some sweetness in the flavor as well as some pumpkin and faint spices. I get some malt too. There just isn't much going on here. There's some sweetness in the flavor as well as some pumpkin and faint spices. I get some malt too. There just isn't much going on here. This is a disappointing beer. If this is supposed to be America's "original" pumpkin beer, it's a wonder this style ever got off the ground.

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Photo of hreb
2.74/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pumpkin beer is a fine thing. Like just about any style, it can be executed well or badly. Pumpkin ales tend to veer towards either sweet pumpkin pie spices, or forgo those in favor of real gourd flavor. Tragedy and victory can be found at either end of that spectrum. Which way will this beer go? The label claims both pumpkin and natural spice.

12oz screw-top. Pale color just on the amber side of straw. Thin white head that dissipates quickly. Giant sodapop bubbles rise towards the surface. Aroma is not particularly strong, but does identify this as a pumpkin beer in a pleasant, inoffensive kind of way.

First sip is striking in its level of carbonation...and lack of flavor. There's a crispness to it, which is dulled by a faint taste of pumpkin, along with an edge of not particularly descript spice (cinnamon, maybe nutmeg). I don't get clove or allspice. More alarmingly, I don't get...ale. This beer screams lager to me. Thin body, forced gas...lager or not, this is clearly an American Macro of Pumpkin Ales.

This is inoffensive enough to serve to non-beer connoisseurs, which puts it ahead of many pumpkin ales, but I would not buy this again.

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

Buffalo Bill's "America's Original" Pumpkin Ale @ 5.2% , giving a 6pack a try , served chilled into a pint glass
A-pours a hazy orange/gold with a quick off whit head that leaves no lacing
S-faint smell of pumpkin , more clove than anything
T-sour , metalic tasting , way too much clove
MF-mild carbonation , flat , watery , lifeless beer
Ov-for once I agree with a Ba rating/ranking , avoid this beer

cheers LampertLand

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Photo of RoamingGnome
2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Served chilled.

A) Slightly hazy orange, with plenty of visible carbonation. Virtually no head, and no lacing to speak of...

S) Decent pumpkin aroma. A hint of sourness to this one, and faint spices.

T) The pumpkin flavor is more pronounced on the nose. The pumpkin here was thin and watered down. Light spice hits the tip of your tongue, but quickly dissolves. The finish is a bit of grass and light gourd, which kind of reminds you this is a pumpkin beer. Lackluster aftertaste...

M) Light bodied brew. A little to thin for my liking. There was a good amount of carbonation. While not thrilled with the mouthfeel, it was pretty easy to drink.

O) If you are in search of a good pumpkin ale to enjoy this Fall, move along, there is nothing to see here.

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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 socon67
3.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange pour with a foam that settles fast. Lacing is minimal. Visible carbonation.

S - Scents of nutmeg and cinnamon come to the front. A pumpkin pie smell is there as well.

T - A one trick pony. The flavoring seems tedious and laid over a light grainy\hoppy beer. The flavors are solid but the beer is not distinguished from the many other spicy pumpkin beers on the market.

M - Easy drinking and ligth feeling ale. Over time this one felt a little thin.

O - There is little to offer this as a better option to any other pumpkin beer. Not a bad beer, but hardly a standout.

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Photo of bnes09
3.04/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transparent orange color. Sudsy, soda-like head with no retention.

Spicy pumpkin and cinnamon in the aroma along with some mild bread grains.

Weak grainy flavor, mostly corn. Slight pumpkin and cinnamon character. Just a hint of herbal hop flavor. Not problem with balance here, all the flavors are weak.

Light body, highly carbonated, crisp finish.

Pretty lack luster. Probably best to pass on this one.

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Photo of HoppyHomo
1.77/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

At first appearance i thought this was going to be extraordinary. The packaging looks Americana, the pour is heady and it has some nice initial aromas.

Then you taste...

Like the silent friend thats laughing to himself in the crowded room because he knows he cut something fierce- this is what that brewery did when you brought your 6 pack up to the counter to try to spend your hard earned money on an inferior product.

This is absolutely disgusting and possibly the worst pumpkin beer on the market. I wanted a beer-Not water with pumpkin spice. Disgusting disgusting disgusting!

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Photo of BrownAleMale
2.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Kasteel goblet.

Appearance- A hazy orange with 1 finger of off white head that dissipates quiker then you can blink. You are left with 0 head in aprox. 3 seconds.

Smell- Nice pumpkin and spice notes.

Taste- Here is where we went wrong. You get lots of watered down pumpkin. I didnt know I was getting a generically tasting pumpkin that seems to have been mixed with water. You also get a little acidic hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Very light and super watery, almost like drinking a flat pumpkin tasting pop made by a generic brand.

Overall- I enjoyed the smell, but the watered down fake pumpkin flavors left this as a less desirable pumpkin beer.

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Photo of jeonseh
2.59/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Orange, brown color with a slight golden hue. Lots of carbonation Initally and a small white head that completely disintegrated

S - Hints of clove, straw, light pumpkin, and cinnamon. Smells like a wheat beer that added pumpkin and cinnamon to it.

T - Straw, clove, bubblegum, light cinnamon and pumpkin. The taste reinforces the idea of this being a spiced pumpkin beer

MF - Light, slightly watey with high carbonation that gives it a slight zip in the finish.

O - A decent, simple pumpkin beer that reminds me of a spiced wheat beer

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Pumpkin Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a clear orangish color, produced a thin white head, featured poor head retention and it left no lacing on the glass. The aroma contained pumpkin, spice (mostly clove). Medium in body, this ale had a foundation of malted grain, cinnamon, clove and only mild pumpkin flavor. Disappointed with the level of pumpkin flavor in this beer. Only slight suggestions of hops, typical for the style- semi dry finish. The bottle claims that his is America's first Pumpkin Ale. It generally does get that credit, I will say that while this is a decent session beer- I expected more from the "original"...There are much better pumpkin ales out there- Go out and find one!

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Photo of YLBDY
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely lacking any kick or spiciness usually reserved for pumpkin season. The nose is a bit sour I picked up a six-pack at a North Carolina convenience store and dont think I will ever finish it with all the quality beer in the Asheville area. Seems almost like an Oktoberfest with a sprinkle of pumpkin.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an orange color with a small white head. The aroma is grain and cinnamon, with a few other assorted spices thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon notes, as well as a hint of cinnamon. Overall, the beer is lacking in the aroma and flavor and doesn't stand up to the better pumpkin beers. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kneeland
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll put this in the better half of pumpkin beers. I'm rarely disappointed in pumpkin ale, and Buffalo Bill's did not disappoint. The label didn't intrigue me at all, but I went for it anyway.

The color is a good looking, typical amber orange. It has some carbonation, but not much head. I would have preferred more. Definite hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice.

I would drink this again, but it's far from my favorite.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.48/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours burnt orange with amber highlights. I got about two inches of off white head.

S - I get some pumpkin spice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

T - I get some pumpkin spice. The nutmeg and cinnamon do not come through on the taste so much.

M - Thin

O - It's like a watered down version of a pumpkin ale. The flavors and aromas I get are good, but they seem muted. I would like a stouter version.

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Photo of The_1084
2.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: copper color; no head, even with an aggressive pour; high activity of carbonation visible

S: mild hint of pumpkin, but not much else

T: honestly not a lot happening here; very bland and flavorless

M: thin/watery texture; highly carbonated; dry finish

O: I always look forward to trying new pumpkin ales each fall, but this one was disappointing

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

12 oz into a sampler cup. Freshness info not apparent.

A - Hazy light amber with a moderate white head that falls quickly. No lacing, mild carbonation visible.

S - Moderate pumpkin spice aroma. No background notes of malt apparent.

T - Very effervescent with macrobrew-like flavor with a mild spice note. Timid. Strong hop bitterness.

M - Light body with high carbonation.

O - An introductory pumpkin beer.

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Photo of RickS95
2.89/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Only slightly different looking than every other orangey beer. I expected something a bit darker and richer looking. This is just a stock clear pale orange with a white head, maybe a finger thick, with only average retention.

The smell is an improvement in that you get both the normal pumpkin pie spice scents as well as that of real pumpkin.

It's not real good. While the spices and pumpkin fruit come through in the nose, they're barely found on the tongue. There were spices, but it's a half-hearted attempt and falls flat. Tastes like a bad combination of a pilsner and a pale ale.

Should be smooth and spicy, it's not. Feels like a bad pilsner. Not exactly a dry finish, not a wet finish, just a finish that leaves you wondering what you just drank.

Poor. And I've got 5 more to drink. It would score better if they didn't call it a pumpkin ale because it leaves you wanting something better. In the grand scheme of beer, it's merely average and better than an American macro any day, it's not a very good pumpkin ale.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
2.32/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a stein.

A: Pumpkin/copper-colored body with minimal head.

S: Lots of pumpkin spice, with a bit of vinegar.

T: Disappointing. Much less spice flavor than there is in the nose. Just not a whole lot there in general.

M: Thin and inoffensive.

O: Meh.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Burnt orange. Minimal off-white head. Higher than anticipated carbonation. Retention is low and leaves a bubbly, ultra-thin collar. Perfectly clear.

Smell: Massively sweet. Brown sugar, pumpkin pie spices, and a tiny bit of real pumpkin playing in the background. Aggressively spicy and sweet. Sugar. Some pale roasted malts. Lightly cooked malts. Doughy.

Taste: Pretty much the nose with a high carbonation. Big upfront sweetness followed by a bug hit of brown sugar and nutmeg. Some cinnamon and vanilla as well. No aftertaste. Some minor citrus notes. Blast of flavor and then nothing. Cooked malts. Some dough. Malty and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly. Carbonation is aggressively high. Very clean. Higher side of light for the body.

Overall: Eh, and that's being generous. Big blast of spice followed by nothing. It's like pumpkin soda, which is good if that's what you're looking for.

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

The color when poured into a pint glass was a sort of yellow/orange with very little foam and very little lace on the side of the glass. The smell of spice was evident in the aroma. Not a lot of pumpkin flavor, but some bitter spices in the finish. Not what I expected for a Pumpkin Ale. Just to bitter and not alot of spicey pumpkin flavor.

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