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 Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,956
Reviews:
639
Ratings:
1,203
pDev:
22.15%
 
 
Wants:
20
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86
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Photo of womencantsail
2.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The infamous Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale...how exciting.

A: The beer pours a rather pale orange/amber color with a short live off-white head.

S: Tart apple cider mixed with garbage and some pie spices. A pretty good summary of the aromas on this beer. Quite watery with a touch of straw, maybe some lemons.

T: Flavor is better, but not good. Some bread and malt sweetness with a little spice flavor. There's also a strong tea and bad apple cider flavor.

M: Very light, watery, with medium carbonation.

O: Not nearly as awful as I feared, but not good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I remember having this a long time ago, during my Purdue years, so I figured I'd revisit it whilst filling one of my newest mixed sixers. It pours a mostly clear orange-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. Plenty o' particulates float about, suspended in mid-beer. The nose comprises cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, pumpkin pie filling, and honey. I wouldn't mind having a candle with this scent. The taste holds notes of clove, light black pepper, pumpkin seeds, flowers, and some light greens. Not only does this flavor combination not really follow the nose at all, it's decidedly weaker, blander, and mildly bitterer. The body is a straight medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda oily feel. Overall, a meek and meager pumpkin beer, one that I really don't feel like having again.

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Photo of aasher
2/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper amber tone with a light colored cream head, this beer contains sparse lacing not much just specks scattered. Aroma: Great pumpkin pie aromatics very solid scent of cinnamon, pumpkin, and other cream infused spices. Taste: Flavor doesn't deliver as well as some pumpkin ales I've tried but this one is not bad, just the spicing is a bit cloying here I'd much rather enjoy another Post Road from Brooklyn brewing or even a Blue Moon much smoother and still delivers the pumpkin pie esque tones. Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy but carbonation is a bit high and overal mouthfeel seems a bit thin and textureless compared to other beers of this style. Drinkability: Decent worth a shot not a pick up a case type of beer but then again maybe not even a six pack beer I wish I could have another to taste it again but I probably won't be investing anymore money on this ale.

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Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pumpkin, spice (all spice?), hint of nutmeg, hint of caramel malt, hint of alcohol, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight pumpkin, sweet malt, cream, slight pale malt, hint of alcohol, hint of caramel malt, and spice (all spice and nutmeg). Overall, decent aroma and blend, the pumpkin is not discernible, spice and alcohol dominate, and weak appearance.

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Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BMart
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of InspectorBob
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/02/04- Purchased at the brewery in Hayward, CA

Appearance- Pours with a nice thick creamy white head that lasts a bit. A orange amber color tint to the beer with a tad of lacing in the mix/

Smell- Spices all day long. Smells like....hmmm, PUMPKIN! Imagine that. Lots of spicyness to the nose. Ginger and loads of pumpkin. Maybe some woody-malt smell lingers in there also.

Taste- A nice spicy ginger taste to it. Pumpkin with alcohol tossed in. What a novel concept. A nice beer while sitting in the living room with the candles lit and Monday night football on the screen.

Mouthfeel- A nice touch of carbonation. Spicies everywhere sloshing around on your pallet.

Drinkability- Not a beer that you would drink on a daily basis, but a nice beer to consume during the fall/winter months. A very nice pumpkin taste. I enjoyed this beer. This is the only pumpkin style beer I have had, so maybe there are better ones around. Assuming there are since this one doesn't get that great marks. Will search out some others.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Black Raven imperial pint Pours a slightly hazy medium orange amber. Thin head that fizzes out instantaneously (but made an interesting sound as it did so). No head, lacing or carbonation. Light aroma of sweet malt and pumpkin pie spices. Taste is dry pumpkin, with a distinct earthy note that had a hint of moldiness. Finishes with a slightly sour, dry flavor. Light bodied. Not that good.

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Photo of ejimhof
2/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of redfox405
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From notes off the 2006 production. Pours crystal clear and orange hued with a one finger head that drops while leaving no lace. The nose is spiced, kind of like pumpkin pie. Maybe a little bit like sweet potato pie too. On the palate it is thick, full, and lasting. You definitely get some pumpkin on there, but more so I think, that spice that you got on the nose. Sure it’s a novelty seasonal, but it is a pretty interesting brew. For a few sips it was cool, and then the spice got to be too much and I couldn’t finish the bottle. If I drank a third of it, that’s it.

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Photo of jwc215
1.32/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours copper/orange with plenty of clarity. A white foamy head descends to a disappearing thin cover.

The smell and taste are of pumpkin puree. Metallic and funky. Spicy in a medicinal/herbal way with a near-ridiculous amount of nutmeg. Pumpkin comes through in an artificial-fruit way. Some Band-Aids in the finish.

Yikes - this is awful...no "beer quality" and hardly any pumpkin pie flavor.

It's rather thin with quite a bit of carbonation that helps wipe away the flavor. Normally, that's not a good thing, but I find myself being grateful in this case.

Nasty stuff here. It's the "original" that has been outdone by many. Pass on this one - a medicinal/herbal mess.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.52/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've always been fond of this particular brew, and have looked forward to it every fall. What's not to love about an ale style once homebrewed by George Washington?
Appearance: bright, burnished orange, looking like an autumn leaf,with a head that's slim, short, soon to depart.
Aroma: all yum, the very distillation of a fresh-baked pumpkin pie, scintillatingly spicy, vibrant, richly delicious and roasty.
Taste: nice, tasty texture, some small hoppiness, then fading....nice mouthfeel, swimming about the cavern of the senses, lip-smackingly tasty. Body is light to medium, but the flavor dominates and hides any thin-ness....for a while. Nicely spicey, though not too meaty.
It's a cute novelty, not as fantastic as I remember, but a nice treat once a year.

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Photo of Lare453
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of sd123
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Eziel
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid pumpkin/yam beer right here

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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 clayrock81
2.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Expected so much more from this beer. Well, not much more, but better than this. It poured a apple-cider looking body with an extreme amount of carbonation, too much in fact. Had a huge, foamy and rocky head that took a few minutes to die down. Took a nice whiff and was greeted with a faint, weak pumpkin smell. Not much else at all. The spices don't mix well at all, and the carbonation overpowers anything resembling pumpkin. In terms of pumpkin taste, this tastes like pumpkin pie with a blackened pie crust. The backbite is awful considering this beer's style, leaving a dry, unpleasant finish. There is no need for someone to try this if they haven't, but I was given the samae advie and didn't heed it. Should've just wiped my ass with the $2 I bought this for.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 2010 series. Sampled on September 8, 2010. The pour is a somewhat murky orange-copper with a short-lived two-inch head that dissolves to nothing. In the aroma I get a more malty, yeasty character with only a hint of spice and only a modest pumpkin scent. The taste tends to be a little sweeter than many with a subtle pumpkin taste and a fairly decent maltiness. Not one of the better pumpkin ales this season but somewhat easy (and quick) to drink.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The original.

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass. Beer is orange and has a slight haze to it. Froms a diffuse white broken head of small bubbles.

Aroma is cinnamon and allspice.

Beer is thin and has almost no bitterness at all. Spices up front, carbonation in the mouth is fine. Drinkability is moderate, not really my favorite even pumpkin beer. I don't think I would drink it again.

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Photo of tempest
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had a bottle on Halloween. Poured a hazy amber with a short head. The beer starts out with a big pumpkin pie flavor, heavy on the spice, with a slight sourdough tang in the background. The body is light-medium but the balance between the spices and malt are off, leaving an small, unpleasant tang in the aftertaste. Not bad, but there are better pumpkin options.

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Beer rating: 2.98 out of 5 with 1,203 ratings