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

BA SCORE
69
poor
1,192 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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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 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
Ratings:
1,192
Reviews:
638
Avg:
2.94
pDev:
22.45%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
84
For Trade:
0
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Photo of rab53
2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jwc215
1.32/5  rDev -55.1%
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 Lare453
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.52/5  rDev +19.7%
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 Tone
3.44/5  rDev +17%
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 t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +19%
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 VeganUndead
2/5  rDev -32%

Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -32%

Photo of aasher
2/5  rDev -32%

Photo of LiquidAmber
2.61/5  rDev -11.2%
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 drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
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 beernads
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tempest
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +53.1%

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild pumpkin scent along with the usual cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. The taste is decent. It has a unique flavor that I'm not sure is good or bad. It has a decent pumpkin taste, but the spices are screwed up. There is an intense clove flavor that really sticks out. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a decent drinking pumpkin ale. If they get the spices figured out, this could be something to look forward to each year. As it stands, I'll pass next year.

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Photo of a77cj7
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DoubleJ
1.53/5  rDev -48%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Halloween is four weeks away, but it's not too early to sample my first pumpkin ale. Said to be the original pumpkin ale, this batch was contract-brewed by Pyramid Breweries. On to the beer:

Very light bodied orange in color with a head that drops quickly into nothing. Lifeless appearance. It smells like autumn with an array of spices and pumpkin with a touch of dextrin. The taste begins with a flavor of seltzer water. A weak pumpkin flavor kicks in with a dizzying dose of more seltzer flavor that provides an astringent bitterness. Malt is detectable, but thin.There's not much else to be found. Feels like seltzer water too. After a few sips, it became hard to swallow. Do I have any takers for the rest of the sample?

The label describes this beer as "ale brewed with real pumpkin and spices". Now that might be true, but to me it tasted like "seltzer water with pumpkin extract and orange coloring". Okay, so this was my first pumpkin beer, but this sample was awful. One of the worst beers I've had the dishonor of trying.

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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 Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev +2%

Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
2.94 out of 5 based on 1,192 ratings.
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