RATINGS: 865   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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, 6% ABV.

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1.9
Mumma (2) - Portage, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2003 does not count
Drinking this beer makes me want to get a bio-engineering degree and create a bacteria that will rid the world of pumpkins. Buffalo Bill's Brewery? It should be called Buffalo Bill's Cowpies.

2.7
Reid (2676) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Ok saw this in my local grocer bought one 12 ozer in the brown bottle says on the label "Brewed and Bottled by Portland Brewing Co., Portland ,Oregon". Nice enough beer to look at..a darkish orange colour witha medium sized pure white frothy head. A beer with a most strong aroma of pumpkin pie thats highly spiced..I liked it. Taste is a big let down after the tremendous aroma..very weak and with a strange astringency at the back of the tongue. Very watery and somehow over carbonated mouthfeel. Pretty easy to drink but a severe dissapointment after the great aromas.

2.6
mattj (10) - USA - NOV 3, 2003
Nice for a once a year novelty. I thought that the taste doesn't back up the aroma. And, I was looking for better/more mouth feel.

3.5
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Pours a nice amver color with thin white head. True to it's name the aroma is full of pumpkin pie spices. Wow, the flavor is great. I was hesitant about drinking this beer, but it comes across nicely. The finish is great, just like a bit of pumpkin pie.

3.5
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 Smells like pumpkin pie filling when you first open the can. Nicely textured, nicely colored. Long lasting head--very nice seasonal. This year watery and thin with a quickly disapting head. (reason for re-rate)

1.9
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2003
A clear amber colored beer. With a strong aroma of pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg and alcohol. Taste is pumpkin pie all the way. Slight carbonation to compliment the pumpkins and spice flavors. Overall this is just one big pumpkin fest. There's absolutely no complexity to the beer. I've never been a big fan of pumpkin pie and I'm definitely not a fan of pumpkin ale.

2.3
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 31, 2003
Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Bristol Farms in South Pasadena, CA 10/30/03. Pours to murky, flat tan color. Decent head that falls to a moderately lingering thin whisp with good lacing while it lasts. Moderate aroma of sweet, dense pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, hint of acidity and alcohol under it. Some souring malt notes but not much hops. Taste is immediately like an unsweetened pie crust. Slightly doughy, sort of cinnamony, but without any accenting sugars. Very strongly active carbonation fizzes and tingles the tongue-- a bit much. Notes of pumpkin on the finish with some welcome maltiness (finally) and a slight hint of spice. Medium body but not appealing mouthfeel-- feels somewhat substantial but disarmingly "dusty." Surprisingly drying (must be the spices), leaving kind of a sour glow on the mouth like you forgot to brush your teeth last night. Not a very good beer, and I can't even say it's worth trying as a "special occasion" for Halloween-- which is why I've tried it. Nothing very special here, but not horrible.

2.2
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Bottle Clear, pale copper with a hint of orange. Fluffy light tan head with good retention. Aroma is dominated by the heavy-handed use of spices, as well a hint of pumpkin meat. Ginger, nutmeg, and lots of cinnamon. The malt base underneath it all is hardly noticeable. Flavor starts out with a twinge of sweet malt, then quickly shifts towards the spices. There’s a harsh hotness that is brought on by the overuse of cinnamon. I believe taking the spice and pumpkin out would leave a very bland and dull beer. Thin in body, with a rough astringency on the finish from the spices. The novelty has worn off quickly, and I’m tired of this…

3.6
jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Bottle. A medium golden color with laced off-white head. I like the aroma, as I always have with pumpkin pie. The ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon come through delightfully well. They carry into the aftertaste but fall short in the flavor. I would love a thicker more full bodied pumpkin ale. For what it is, I really enjoyed this festive beer.

3.2
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Ok I am surprised. I thought I was going to hate this beer but in fact it is quite nice. Brown / Orange hazy beer with a white medium mostly diminishing head. Spicy nose, cinnamon with a taste to match. Pretty crisp with a little sweetness but definately not cloying. Little hopps bite but all in all a good effort.


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