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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin AleBuffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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2/5  rDev -32.9%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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2/5  rDev -32.9%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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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2/5  rDev -32.9%

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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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 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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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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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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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2.25/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

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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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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3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +9.1%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +51%

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