jbelkin (5) - USA - MAR 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Itís funny how when I see it in the stores, it just starts to feel like autumn and when I crack it open, it immediately makes it autumn and takes me back to my college days. I hope my wife doesnít read this review but you know how something just evokes a thousand memories - of crossing the San Mateo bridge in my old top down Jeep to see my girlfriend at CSU Hayward (oh, sorry - CSU East Bay now). I can taste the salt air from the marshes and then picking up at her place behind the school, nestled in woods like itís Truckee or something. While Hayward was all 1960ís strip mall falling apart, there was that one cozy place - Buffalo Billís - great fresh beer of every kind - stout, pale ale but pumpkin was always worth waiting for. It was like if we could down a few more, we could hold off winter - and then of course, we moved on - she got a great job offer back East and then Germany - she still emails me asking if I still go to Buffalo Billís - I do but donít hate me, I never take the wife, I just go with my buddies and pumpkin ale takes me back - they got a great clean tasting and unique flavor down - Iíve tried others but itís no pumpkin ale from Buffalo Billís.
astanford (36) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
toast, roasty, herbs, clove, brown, hazy, minimal head, light body, soft carbonation,
chinchill (4327) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Porter Bar goblet.
Appearance: clear dark brown body with orange-red highlights and a frothy, medium size tan head that reduces to a ring.
Aroma: artificial vanilla and holiday spices with a hints of baked bread and baked winter squash.
Flavor: Lightly sweet with some roast pumpkin flavor; over spiced and the spice mix i not very appealing.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with light carbonation; smooth.
Overall: not bad but nearing that mark.
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark Amber. Aroma is pumpkin pie and nutmeg. The taste follows with the typical fall spices, mainly clove. Light and drinkable. Very good
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Drjohnrock (691) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 ounce bottle purchased at Whiteyís Wine and Liquor as part of a mix six pack, tasted on October 11, 2013--review from old notes. Cloudy amber/yellow color, pretty strong pumpkin aroma with some spice notes, moderate pumpkin/spice flavor with enough bitterness to keep things from getting off kilter. Not bad at all but seems to have lost something since I first tried it a few years before this try.
WABeerFiend (392) - - NOV 13, 2015
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle today. A: Cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, and sweet pumpkin pie filling. It smells good, not like a spice bomb. A: Clear red/brown body. 1/2 head that stays. T: Pumpkin pie filling and cloves dominate. Vanilla is subtle. P: Itís way too carbonated and thin. O: The taste is disappointing. I normally like pumpkin beers, but this is a mess. Drain pour.
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2015
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of pumpkin, cloves and grains. Taste is spice, pumpkin and malts.
ajnepple (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz single bottle from Wilburs, into a pint glass. Reddish amber and pretty clear appearance with one finger of khaki colored foam. Aroma of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted grain, allspice and clove. Similar flavor, typical pumpkin and fall spiciness with mild sweetness and light bitterness. Light to medium body, a little thin with a crisp feel and a spiced finish. A little over the top, as are most pumpkin beers. Pretty straightforward but fairly easy to drink overall. Pairing: Phish: Split Open and Melt -> Buffalo Bill -> Makisupa Policeman -> Rift, from 10/29/94, Spartanburg Memorial Stadium, SC (21 years ago today)
TXBadger (2564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
J_man (934) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit of vegetal pumpkin with cinnamon and cloves in the aroma from a fairly dark amber body with tan head. Cloves and nutmeg kick into high gear along with cinnamon in the taste and a brown sugar sweetness. Thereís a sour note that comes up mid-palate thatís distracting and Iím guessing that comes from the pumpkin. Body is a bit thin and watery. Finishes with a lot of spice but not overwhelmingly so. The first commercial pumpkin ale I can remember, but not the best, and also not the worst.
JStax (5468) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour. The beer is a darker copper color. Clear. White head. The aroma has nice levels of nutmeg and a good sweetness. More mild spice. Good graham cracker notes. Medium body and medium carbonation.