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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

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Photo of mountdew1
2.61/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into imperial pint glass. Poured a very pale straw color, not typical for this style. Thin bubbly head that didn't last long. Small streams of bubbles rose from the bottom. Some times the aroma was like a fake pumpkin pie ice cream, other times it reminded me of cheap cafeteria meatball subs. Very strange combo. Flavor was remarkably like the aroma. A hint of pumpkin flavors, but overwhelmed by a watery ketchup flavor. Just ok in the mouth. A bit thin, and the carbonation definitely overpowered it. Overall not a good beer. Flavor was meh at best, definitely not worth what I paid.

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Photo of marcpal
2.23/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Possibly my least favorite of the pumpkin seasonals that I have had so far.

Understood that people like the different "types" of pumpkin beer based on the sweetness, amount of roasted pumpkins, texture, etc but I think this one is too overdone with flavors.

All I tasted and smelled was cloves, cloves, and more cloves. This was the typical overkill of spices that really hurt this beer.

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Photo of tviz33
2.5/5  rDev -15%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Johnroby
3/5  rDev +2%

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 tlazaroff
2.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: It pours out a hazy orange color, not very bright at all, with a tan head that isn't much to speak of. I've seen better, but I've also seen worse.

S: Smells just like a pumpkin pie. I get nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, pumpkin all in the nose. Smells wonderful.

T: Unfortunately, the taste suffers and doesn't deliver what the nose promises. I get a little bit of pumpkin, some bitterness on the mid palate, but most of all, it just falls flat on all notes.

M: Moderatly-High carbonation with a light body, it feels a bit awkward in the mouth.

D: Drinkability is quite high, if you actually like this beer. It's not terrible, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of giblet
1.62/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

sorry. this beer pours very light amber. little carbonation. no head. no lacing. smells of cloves and pumpkin smell. either i am not a pumpkin beer guy or this is just bad. sorry. i will try something else from this brewer cuz i hate to leave on the bad aftertaste that this beer leaves me and judge them on this alone.


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Photo of Higravity
2.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well this beer was DOA. Looked ok with a yellow copper color and a decent if smallish white head. The smell warned me that I was drinking ginger ale, and when I tasted it I knew I wasn't wrong there was a good does of cinnamon in there too and that actually came through first, but no PUMPKIN flavor and the bland beer beneath this is forgetable.

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Photo of bbeane
3.39/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a nucleated tumbler... slightly lighter than amber color with a very fizzy head that disappears very quickly. At first, looks almost like a soda with carbonation bubbles clinging all over in the glass. After settling they eventually disappear. No lacing

S- Despite the poor appearance, spells pretty good... sweet pumpkin, banana, vanilla, cinnamon

T- Very sweet and pumpkiny the whole way through... almost has some banana flavor. Maybe taste some cinnamon or nutmeg

M- Watery, light bodied... bit over carbonated

D- I think its pretty good. Bit over carbonated, but I think it has a very good flavor


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Photo of philbertk
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Buffalo Bill's Brewing Company--Pumpkin Ale--1997 22 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV. (3.0 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Pumpkin. Sampled 10/31/1997.

1998 12 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV (2.5 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Pumpkin Strong pumpkin flavor dominates light malt body and result is a little harsh. Deep hazy amber color. Brew softens with time. Sampled 10/25/1998

Buffalo Bill's Brewing Company--Pumpkin Ale 1999 12 oz. Bottle. 4.50%ABV 3.25 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin--Clear thin amber orange color. Light pumpkin aroma. Crisp light thin spicy pumpkin flavored caramel malt body. Hint of buttery notes. Minimal sweetness. Ends with tingling light dry spice note. Sampled 10/26/1999.

Buffalo Bill's Brewing Company--Pumpkin Ale--2000 12 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV. (2.25 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Pumpkin--Clear bright thin orange golden color. Spicy pumpkin nutmeg front. Weak thin body with off ale flavors. Not much to this brew. Finishes clean with lingering spice. Sampled 9/26/2000.

Buffalo Bill's Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale 2001 12 oz. 4.50% 3.0 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin Clear thin light amber color.Strong pumpkin nutmeg spice front.Thin body with mild sweet dry caramel fruit notes dominated by harsch spice.Spice mellows.Crusty spicy light citrus clean end.Unbalanced. 10/31/2001.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery--Portland Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale 2002 12 oz. 4.50% 3.5 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin Clear thin amber orange color.CO2 mild hop strong pumpkin nutmeg front.Thin tangy body with light sweet fruit flavors dominated by pumpkin.Dry clean mild hop citrus pumpkin end.Pumpkin tyranny. 10/31/2002.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery--Portland Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale 2003 12 oz.4.70% 3.5 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin Clear thin bright amber color.Light mild lace head.Harsh pumpkin spice mild hop front.Earthy tart CO2 thin spiced burnt light dry sweet caramel pumpkin body.Spiced dry mild hop end.Harsh.Clean.Thin. Sampled 10/27/2003.

Buffalo Bill's Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale 2004 12 oz. 4.80% 25 3.75 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin BOMC Selection 1004.Mild lace head Clear thin amber color.Strong nutmeg pumpkin mild hop front.Thin crisp spicy dry sweet nutmeg mild caramel fruit body. Dry mild hop nutmeg end.Unbalanced spice. 10/31/2004.

Buffalo Bill's Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale 2005 12 oz. 4.80% 25 3.75 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin Fizzy mild lace head.Clear bright thin amber orange color.Pumpkin nutmeg spice mild hop front.Tangy CO2 crisp thin mild caramel pumpkin spice body.Mild earthy crusty pumpkin citrus hop end.Weak malt. 9/23/2005.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery--Portland Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale 2006 12 oz. Bottle 4.90% 20? 4.0 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin No Head.Clear bright thin amber orange color.Floral Pumpkin hop front.Crisp dry sweet coriander pumpkin mild earthy CO2 tangy mild ester caramel body.Clean mild hot nutmeg hop spice end. Unbalanced. 8/31/2006.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery--Portland Brewing Company--Pyramid Ales America's Original Pumpkin Ale--Ale brewed with real pumpkin and spices--Stubby Bottle 2007 12 oz. Bottle. 4.90% 25? 3.5 / 5.0 Fruit Ale--Pumpkin. 6-$6.99. Thin no lace off white head.Sediment hint haze.Pretty rich amber gold color.Mellow pumpkin spice hop front Zesty thin tangy dry sweet light caramel pumpkin clove nutmeg coriander body.Crisp clean dry age mellowed spice end.Bland but OK. 9/11/2009.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery--Pyramid Brewing Company--America's Original Pumpkin Ale--Ale brewed with real pumpkin and natural spice flavor.--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 12 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Fruit Ale--Pumpkin. Thin no lace white head. Clear thin bright pumpkin orange color. Mellow pumpkin nutmeg clove allspice front. Thin body with dry sweet tangy light toasted caramel fruit mild pumpkin flavor. Strong nutmeg dry clean tangy end. Mellow with better balance than 2009. Sampled 9/4/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery--Independent Brewers United--America's Original Pumpkin Ale--Ale brewed with real pumpkin and natural spice flavor.--2010-B New Slanted Graphics 12 oz. Bottle. 5.20% ABV. 12 IBU's. (3.0 / 5.0) Thin no lace fizzy white head. Clear thin pumpkin gold color.Mellow pumpkin spice mild hop front. Thin fully fermented dry sweet rich pumpkin spice light caramel malt body. Mild hop spicy nutmeg dry clean end. Tasty lighter smoother than prior pumpkin brew, but still missing body. Sampled 9/10/2010. Purchased 6-Pack for $6.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle 9/10/2010

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Photo of IPAFrankieH
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Beardo
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Eastside151
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of fisherbray
2/5  rDev -32%

Photo of jackorain
3.22/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I actually reviewed this beer back in early december and just got to entering it from copius notes.

A-Slightly cloudy orange amber color. 1/2 inch head from very aggressive pour that fell to a consistnet, thin coat and small collar. No lace to speak of and retention was noting to write up.

S-Sweet cooked pumpkin, not roasted to browness but just baked until cooked. Actually more like baked sweet potato that pumpkin. Caramel malt. Spices are here in the nose as well, cin/nut/allspice. No hops in th nose.

T-Caramel malt, pumpkin spices from the nose, light floral hops and a sour twang on the finish.

M-Light body, fizzy soda like carbonation.

D-not as bad as I thought given many of the reviews I read. Maybe they changed the recipe this year. It's about an average pumpkin, which means one is nice, then I move on.

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Photo of kotzbauerm
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of shbobdb
2.66/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Now, I like Weizens. I'm saying this because I don't want anybody to think that I am hating on cloves.

However, this beer tastes like cloves. My tongue is going numb from the lidocaine. Terrible. Almost no other flavours are present -- a touch of nutmeg, maybe, but precious little else to suggest that this beer involves either pumpkins, or beer.

The head is transient, but the body is a clear orange, rather like a maerzen. Nice looking brew, actually.

That's where the fun stops. The smell is cloves, cloves, cloves. I can't knock it too much, simply because that was clearly the brewer's intent, but why?

The mouthfeel is rather thin. Sort of what I've come to expect from a novelty beer: all setup, no punchline. The subtle details kinda fall to the wayside.

This is a terrible, terrible beer.

So, why do I want another?

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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2/5  rDev -32%

Photo of RandyKemka
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Murph
3.68/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with a decent white head that leaves a nice lace down the glass. Incredible spicy pumpkin pie aroma that is spot on what a pie should smell like. Quick crisp malt flavors jump out at first before the pumkin flavors come out. As the beer progresses it is like drinking pumpkin pie. Great spicy and pumpkin flavors. Rather crisp and not as cloying as you would think with the sweet pumpkin pie tastes. This is definitely a rather drinkable brew that, seems to me, is only slightly overdone on the pumpkin flavors.

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