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 Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,970
Reviews:
639
Ratings:
1,199
pDev:
22.15%
Bros Score:
3.01
 
 
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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.06/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Pumpkin Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a clear orangish color, produced a thin white head, featured poor head retention and it left no lacing on the glass. The aroma contained pumpkin, spice (mostly clove). Medium in body, this ale had a foundation of malted grain, cinnamon, clove and only mild pumpkin flavor. Disappointed with the level of pumpkin flavor in this beer. Only slight suggestions of hops, typical for the style- semi dry finish. The bottle claims that his is America's first Pumpkin Ale. It generally does get that credit, I will say that while this is a decent session beer- I expected more from the "original"...There are much better pumpkin ales out there- Go out and find one!

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

1" off-white head that fell quickly to a cap. No lace. Orange with gold highlights. Smells like pumpkin, fresh nutmeg, clove, cinammon, and big red chewing gum. Flavors are much like the nose...lots of cinnamon (spicy), sweet pumpkin pie. Thin body with high carbonation. Maybe once a year...I guess that is what it is for anyway.

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Photo of mpolewan
3.15/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of djeucalyptus
2.4/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've been on a big pumpkin ale kick lately (for some inexplicable reason) and this is one of the few I hadn't had recently. I had less than fond memories from several years ago, but figured it was worth a revisit. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

a. pours a completely clear wilted marigold color with a decent bubbly one-finger head that disappeared when i wasn't looking, leaving no trace of foam in the form of a ring or any sort of lacing. Even a good swirl of the goblet yields nothing. It seems dead.

s. sweet spice. sugary nutmeg and allspice. Fruity sourness hints along the lines of fermenting banana and sour apple. A very slight, subtle hint of pumpkin squashiness peeks through the almost overwhelming spices.

t. nauseating spices. overwhelmingly spiced and sweet at the front, with a decidedly bitter and sour finish. The middle may have a bit of malt and some pumpkin hiding in there somewhere, but the pumpkin open and sour cherry (not in a good way) finish just kind of drowns out any good ale qualities.

m. high on carbonation, bordering fizzy. A bit thin yet soupy, if that's even possible. almost like mucousy soda. Not horrible, but definitely nothing worth while going on in terms of mouthfeel. A fairly unpleasant bitter numbing at the tip of the tongue from the finish.

d. Definitely not the worst of the pumpkin ales i've had the pleasure and pain of sampling, but i can't say I'd have one any time soon. It had been a few years (three or four) since I'd had the pleasure of sampling Buffalo Bill's delight, and as I rememberd from the past, it's nothing worth getting excited about. Many better pumpkin ales, and many better ales that aren't pumpkin. Nothing really worth seeing here... even if you like pumpkin ales.

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Photo of n00blar
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz beer poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - One finger barely offwhite head. Hazy light orange body.

Smell - Strong pumpkin spice. Cinnamon. Brown sugar. Eggnog... wrong holiday, but hey, the nose doesn't lie.

Taste - Pumpkin. Mild malts. Slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, inoffensive. Neither challenging nor boring.

Overall Drinkability - I think this beer is great at what it does. Not my style, but I can totally appreciate it. It's soft, mild, balanced, flavorful, and inoffensive. Great novelty beer.

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Photo of Poloplaya
3.76/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of mountdew1
2.61/5  rDev -12.4%
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 -25.2%
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 -16.1%

Photo of sailorastro
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Johnroby
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
1.94/5  rDev -34.9%
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 -2.3%
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 -45.6%
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.

giblet

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Photo of kotzbauerm
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.88/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Higravity
2.45/5  rDev -17.8%
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 +13.8%
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

CHEERS!

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Photo of philbertk
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +25.8%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale from Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Beer rating: 2.98 out of 5 with 1,199 ratings
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