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RATINGS: 886   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Since its inception in 1985, America’s Original Pumpkin Ale has become a Fall tradition. Much of Buffalo Bill’s acclaim originates from this beloved autumn brew. Made with real pumpkin and spices, it has a golden amber color, and the sweet aroma of warm pumpkin pie.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 21, 2003
An impressive allspice aroma hit me instantly. Tongue-numbing unsweetened version of pumpkin pie. No salty/sweet malty crust aspect though. Just the vegetable and spices playing a nasty version of tag across my lips and tongue. The cinnamon, cloves, etc. must give it the fairly dark reddish orange hue. I'd really like to give this a shot again if they ever used smoked pumpkin. That might be more creative and tasty and less gimmicky.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2003
pours a fiery auburn; clean head shows enthusiasm for the grand opening, but retreats to a safe distance when the discerning taster approaches-- perhaps to avoid complicity and charges of aiding and abetting. aroma is predictably canned pumpkin with lots of nutmeg, tho if i hadn't been tipped off to it's true identity, i think i would have said woodruff and sawdust, chardonnay--and even more: sweet gherkin pickle relish. not many more sensory marvels to be revealed in the tasting: thin, not much substance or challenge beyond the advertised flavoring agent. some bitterness and moderate sweetness. if i savor a mouthfull and then exhale gently through my nose, the nutty holiday taste of baked pumpkin pie is quite convincing. if that's all you're looking for, well, here it is. perhaps they'll regale us with a holiday rendition of garlic mashed potato beer next year. yee ha.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
jgb9348 (5605) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Orange/amber colour with a fairly thin white head. Smells of pumpkin (duh!), malt, spices and even a bit of sugar are clearly evident in the aroma. Light-bodied; Very subtle tastes of pumpkin & malt are basicaly the only flavours that come across in the taste. Some metallic twang is noticeable in the middle of the taste. Aftertaste is almost nothing, but there is some residual bitterness from the pumpkin spice and from the malt. Overall, not a good beer for the style or in general. If you are looking for Pumpkin, take a drive to Post Road and stay away from Buffalo Bill! I bought this twelve ounce bottle at Total Wine in Chantilly, Virginia and sampled it on 12-September-2003.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7282) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2006 Bottle, blind rating (in a flight of three pumpkin beers). Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is clear light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), with notes of clove, allspice, hint of pumpkin. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Clove-heavy aroma, and otherwise kind of flimsy, but not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Mmmm...This beer has a nice spicy smell. A nice cinnamon taste. One of the better Pumpkin Brews I have had (mind you, I have had only like 3).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2004 Good stuff, not overly sweet but no bitterness. I like it I wish it was a little more pumpkiny but it has the spices just right. Very complex it has hints of nutmeg allspice, cinniman, even pumkin(lol) Anyhow this is a great brew but a little thicker and more pumpkimy would make it great. It may be a little off puting to some but I like unusuall beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Aroma is full cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, pumpkin is subtle though (which is a good thing). This one is just like a nice pumpkin pie but with a slight bitter dry finish. I really like this one but I wouldn't try it again unless it's thanksgiving or something.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 5, 2003
I was a bit nervous about this ale. It was though very good. Just like pumpkin pie. Cloves, allspice, nutmeg. Somehow this beer works nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5569) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Portlant Brewing. Not quite amber color with a cream colored head that leaves a think sheet of lace. All the spices are in the aroma - clove, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, even a undetone of pumpkin. Thin spicy start that tent to end up with the finish of just having eaten a gingerbread house. Lacks malt depth and spices tend to taste more chemical than natural after a few sips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2004 Cannot compare to Olde Peninsula's Pumpkin Ale. Great bouquet but has a tendency to taste like flavored soda water toward the end of the beer. The finish is smooth but leaves a taste of spices in your mouth for hours. Re-rate, the more I have the more I disclike it. Too bad I bought a six pack. Re-rate: I cannot finish the six pack and must lower the rating. The aroma and appearance are great so I really can't lower them but overall the beer is just too much. Fizzy flavored water. Blah.

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