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

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin AleBuffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale

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Buffalo Bill's Brewery
California, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.94/5  rDev 0%
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 RBorsato
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2004 version:
LIttle to no carbonation. Spicy MEDICINAL and almost plastic aroma and flavor. light bodied and hard to drink ...

Nothing like it was a few years ago....

Tasted: 12/03/04


2002 version (old ratings: A 4.0, S 5.0, T 4.5, M 4.0, D 5.0, O 4.5):
Great Orange color with a low lying head but nice carbonation. Big Cinnamon and Nutmeg SPICY aroma a la pumpkin pie. A great SPICY flavor (almost too spicy if possible) on top of the light body make this easily drinkable. Delicious ! I can't drink just one !

Note: this beer was #43 in Stuart Kallen's "The 50 Greatest Beers in the World"

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.74/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass the beer pours an orange/amber color, with a good sized white head which goes away very quickly. Very strong smell of cloves, along with pumpkin, nutmeg and other spices. Probably the best smelling, or at least it has the strongest smell of the pumpkin beers I've had lately. However, the taste isn't as strong. The taste is mainly of cloves and other spices with a small bit of pumpkin. The mouthfeel is watery and thin, and it's more soda-like than anything else. The drinkability is OK, but not great. The aroma was definitely the best part of the beer, it all went downhill from there.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a clear coppery color with off-white head. Roasted pumpkin, malt, and some squash notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more vegetal pumpkin than I like.

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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 scruffwhor
2.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear pumpkiny amber with light bubbling. Crappy soap foam head. No retention. No lacing. A very soapy, bloody, spicey pumpkin mix greets the nostrils. Plenty of powdery pumpkin pie spices hit the tongue with the first sip. As the beer warms, the more harsh flavors mellow out a little and the malty pumkin-ness inches closer towards center stage on my tongue.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
2.76/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into a pint

Pours a clear brownish orange with a foamy, two finger slightly off white head. Minimal visible bubbles find their way through the body. Not a very appealing look to this beer.

Aroma is of allspice, clove, pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pumpkin pie all the way. Lightly sweet with a toasted biscuit malt presence that gives the illusion of pie crust.

Spices take control of the palate while the pumpkin lays somewhat idle underneath. Allspice and cinnamon up front with a sweet finish of nutmeg. Some fleshy pumpkin holds down the back end with the biscuity malt.

Thin and watery. Light body with pretty average carbonation.

This beer goes down pretty easy if you are a fan of pumpkin beers. Not overly sweet or bitter with a manageable abv. I didn't think this was terrible, but it wasn't that good either.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.81/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden color. Not deep enough though. I expect a deep amber or orange or copper when it comes to Pumpkin ales. A slight off-white head recedes to the thinnist of coatings. The rimming sticks around for a while. I love the aroma of this beer. While spices are present, it's much more. It actually smells like pumpkin pie. The nose consists of clove, nutmeg and cinamon sprinkled atop a pumpkin pulp and caramel malt base. Flavor profile is more of the same, except less of the all important pulp/malt base. Just a tad heavy on the cloves. Also some cinamon and allspice. There's a slight sweet pulp taste. And some caramel malt backing. Just not enough. I used to like this one a lot more. Haven't had it for 2 years now. I still like it...but not quite as much.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a dull amber color to it, not much head or lacing. Smell was definitely pumpkin.

Taste, lots of pumpkin, cinammon prolly some other Thanksgiving type of spice, nutmeg, s too. Very season in its feel. Big carbonation throughout. No hops. No bitterness. This is an Octoberfestish style of beer I can tolerate. I like the pumpkin. A little pricey though, I mean, no hops, no malt, pumpkins are dirt cheap . . . why is this 8-10 bucks a sixpack? Because of that, and the fact that its the kind of beer I don't want more than 12 oz of in a day, I docked some drinkability off of it.

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Photo of claspada
2.79/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light to medium orange amber color with a soft white fluffy head that quickly dissipates to near nothing and leaves minimal lace.

Aromas begin with light freshly baked pumpkin pie smells; allspice, baked pumpkin flesh and some more undiscernable spices are also present.

The flavors begin with light bready malts and pumpkin pie spices. Flavors aren't too exciting and become just sweet like a carbonated pumpkin juice. The flavor profile just isn't too tasty overall and doesn't merit taking another sip except to finish the bottle and move on.

The mouthfeel is light with spritzy carbonation borderlines being on watery.

Overall this is a forgettable Pumpkin ale in a market that is saturated with much better examples, both sessionable and Imperial varieties. Elysian makes the best sessionable example if you ask me and Weyerbacher and Williamsburg makes great Imperial versions. Look elsewhere for your Gourd fix this season.

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Photo of Suds
2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy, light-orange color with a puffy white head. Head fades quickly, and produces no lace. Smell is unquestionably pumpkin, but also fruit-like (seemed to smell apricots?). Soft, full mouthfeel. Foretaste is sweet. There are some spice tastes that seem to confuse the overall pumpkin character of the beer. Could have been better, but I always seem to recall pumpkin beer (almost all pumpkin beer) tasting better the previous year....

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.89/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had some decent pumpkin ales. This isn't one of them. Hazy dark orange color with a medium white head that quickly disappears. Very spicy aroma, mostly clove. The taste is spice, a little pumpkin (although I think that's stretching it). Very muted. I could drink one or two of these, but I'd have to feed the rest to someone else.

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Photo of ZAP
2.39/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Two things jump out at me....excellent nose...horrible mouthfeel....

Pours a hazy orange...off-white head....big pumpkin pie like smell...the aroma is awesome...first sip and I can tell something is bad..very bad...feels like a light beer does in the mouth....thin...watery....the flavors don't come close to the smell but there is some pumpkin pie like notes....

Overall I wouldn't drink this again....I'd smell it again for sure though....if you want to buy it just to smell I guess I'd advocate that but if you are going to put the glass to your lips I'd stay away....Not impressive at all except for the smell...

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Photo of Gusler
3.12/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Release 2005
As it dispenses from the 12-ounce brown bottle, the beer resides in the glass a clarion amber with a modest semi-creamy light tan head that quickly disappears leaving the lace to surround the glass. Nose is sweet spicy pumpkin, with a nice bit of malt to back it up, start is somewhat sweet with a decent grain presence, top is light to moderate. Finish as a decent acidity, hops light but present, very dry aftertaste, bought two more different pumpkin ales for a small taste-off.

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Photo of ccrida
2.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic, Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale is a slightly hazed copper with all but no head or skim, but active carbonation.

Smell is super strong in the spices, nutmeg mainly. Just too much spice.

Taste is, surprise, all spice! Is there pumpkin in here, or just pumpkin pie spices? Otherwise, a slight bitterness, but that's it. No malt at all, this is like drinking pumpkin pie spiced seltzer.

The mouthfeel is watery.

The drinkability is pretty low if you like beer. As far as a pumpkin pie seltzer, in spite of the heaviness of the spices, the taste vanishes so abruptly that I can't really complain. Wait, I can, and I am. This beer sucks!

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Photo of mynie
3.47/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Regular pumpkin ale pour: copper (why aren't these orange... like pumpkins?) and hazy. Maybe not enough of a head but I'm in a generous mood today.

Smells like a big bolt of fruity pumpkin and then allspice and ginger. Nice.

Mmm... a very interesting spice profile, going more towards the spicy than the sweet (the latter being the wont of your typical pumpkin ale). Upfront, the sweetness of the malt and the pumpkin blends well against this white pepper/ginger blend, but near the end the spices get a bit too strong. It tastes like black pepper with a hint of allspice. That's it.

Poor ending aside, this is indeed a solid pumpkin beer, and the spiciness does grow on you. I wish more brewers would try changing things around with this style, as it tends to get pretty bland.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz single purchased at Steve's on University in Madison...I've heard only bad things about this but I love pumpkin beer so I held out for a single

appearance: cloudy orange with thick foamy white head that laces nicely

smell: pumpkin with heavy spicy aromas...cinnamon dominated with hints of nutmeg

taste: where did the pumpkin go? this tastes like a weak ale laced with those little red hots candies. the cinnamon is potent. The taste isn't bad but the pumpkin is drowned out by a spicy cinnamon taste. I have no choice but to penalize the taste ranking because the pumpkin is really drowned out

mouthfeel: light bodied, spicy on the tongue

drinkability: who would want a second

Well, this wasn't as bad as I expected, but it's not really a pumpkin ale, by my standards. Still, This thing isn't as bad as I had figured.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. B2379 (maybe this is a Julian date?) "America's Original Pumpkin Ale"
Thank you Onenote81 for this trade!

A - Fizzy and slightly hazy, the effervescent pour produced an off-white head on top of the yellow-orange body. Loud and short-lived, it retired to a tiny ring with no lacing.

S - It pours with a lively pumpkin aroma that's heavier on the pumpkin than the spices although the spices are still evident. The aroma is a bit thin though. No "beer" aroma as a backbone for the pumpkin and spice.

T - Again, like the aroma there is a lively pumpkin flavor with a good subtle helping of spices that lets the pumpkin really shine but there is no beer backbone to support it. A light kiss of hops is there but no maltiness to speak of.

M - Thin and watery. Lacking a good maltiness. Spicy and crisp with a light bite to the finish. Just lacking in any body.

D - It's certainly an easy drinking pumpkin ale. Much better than I had expected but although they got the pumpkin and spice proportions right, the beer (malt and hops) isn't really there. Way too thin.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale that my friend Ben brought over for me to try. I have never tried this beer before I always passed it up at the beer store because I heard it wasn't that good. but because my friend gave it to me to try I'm going to give this beer a chance, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's not the best, but it isn't the worst either. It poured a cloudy orange color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of off white head that eventually faded to nothing and it didn't leave any lacing. This was a pretty average looking Pumpkin beer, the head and lacing were disappointing.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that had a molasses like aroma to it with a good amount of pumpkin pie spices showing up with cinnamon seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some malts which imparted some sweet and caramel malt aromas that were a little on the light side and there was a light amount of pumpkin like aromas showing up also. The aroma was ok, but the spices seemed to be a little too dominating.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a higher amount of those same pumpkin pie spices that I got in the aroma, but this time the cinnamon and nutmeg seem to stick out an equal amount. Up next some a lighter amount of those sweet and caramel malts followed by an equally light amount of pumpkin flavors. On the finish there was pretty low amount of bitterness with a pumpkin pie spice aftertaste. The taste wasn't bad, but just like the aroma the spices seemed to be too dominating.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it seemed to work well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and as far as Pumpkin Ales go I would say this is just about as average as they get, it's got the tell tale sign of an average Pumpkin beer with the spices being the most dominant aspect and covering up some of those malts and pumpkin flavors. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth and not filling, but the flavors didn't really hold my attention so I think one would be enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, I thought it was nice and it worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer were the dominating spices, if they were toned down some this beer could have some potential. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not hard to find a much better pumpkin beer. I wouldn't really recommend this as a good pumpkin beer. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this beer, it wasn't that great, but it was still better than I thought it would be. Better luck next time guys.

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Photo of papat444
2.39/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle, enjoy by 121413.

Light orange body, decent head but fizzles to nothing in no time which no trace left behind. Aroma is better with aroma reminiscent of pumpkin pie and assorted spices. The flavor's a mess though. Disjointed spices and cinnamon with a watery malty base. Feel kind of numbs the tongue a bit in the end(!). Mild medicinal feel, not very good at all.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Firm aroma is malty with an overtone of cinnamon and a strong hint of pumpkin. It pours a nice clear amber with minimal head or lacing. Malty flavor has a pumpkiny undertone and a hint of spice, mainly cinnamon. At least this pumpkin ale tastes more of ale than pumpkin! Fizziness is minimal - but this may be because this bottle was in the car for a couple days during hot Atlanta weather.

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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 KarlHungus
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a clear reddish-orange color. The head is one-finger in height, creamy and white with orange hues. The aroma is of cinnamon and nothing else. The taste is also dominated by cinnamon to a point where no pumpkin is noticable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this beer is decent but it would be nice if more pumpkin came through.

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Photo of Brenden
2.99/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The color is a sort of coppery amber. I've seen people say it looks clear, but mine poured with a sort of dusky opaqueness. The head pours impressively enough, but dissipates almost immediately to absolutely nothing. There is no lacing whatsoever.

I was impressed with how much it smelled like spiced pumpkin pie with a touch of nutmeg. I think the best thing about this one is the smell. Pumpkin is pleasantly evident.

There is very slight maltiness, sadly minimal. In fact, this tastes more to me like a soda than a beer. I don't dislike the taste, but it seems very weak. There is some nice spiciness and a mild sweetness.

The feel is thin, and carbonation isn't overpowering but prevalent , like soda just going flat. Again, a weak, watery feel.

I'm not too experienced with pumpkin ales and just saw this one on the shelf first and decided to try it. I'm sure many superior pumpkin ales can be found.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass. Reviewed from old notes.

A: Pours a deep honey color with a small white head that quickly vanished into nothing. After a couple minutes there where zero bubbles to speak of and it looked like a glass of juice. No lace.
S: Heavy spices. Lots of clove and cinnamon. Smells like apple cider. Notes of lemon zest and a touch of pumpkin.
T: Very sweet. Doesn't taste much like pumpkin, or beer. Very synthetic and fruity. The cinnamon and clove come through along with some sweet citrus and nutmeg. Slight citrus bitter in the aftertaste.
M: High carbonation up front that foams up a lot in your mouth. Flavor comes through when the carb calms down. Finish is watery. Not a beer-like carb either. Very soda like.
D: Not awful, but not very beer like. Maybe okay to drink one or two around the holidays, but there are FAR better pumpkin beers and winter warmers available.

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
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