RATINGS: 863   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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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2.6
JaBier (8156) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Sample at the pumpkin beer tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 9/30/10. Clear orange color with a medium off-white head. Aroma of malt, corn and pumpkin pie spice. Malt and corn flavor with subtle spice and a slight vegetal quality.

2.3
FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 Most pumpkin beers have been a disappointment to me (with the exception of the marvelous version by John Harvard ) and this one was par for the course. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a mahogany color with only a trace of a white head. The aroma was sweet and spicy with the cinnamon coming through most. The flavor was bland with no noticeable pumpkin and only a bit of spice to give it any body at all. I can not say that I would seek this one out again.

2.9
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 8, 2008
Possibly an old bottle. Pours with a fizzy-off-white head that goes away completely in about 30 seconds. Hazy amber bodey with some particles floating around. Pumpkin, cinnamon, clovee, nutmeg, and even mint in the potent aroma. Pretty bitter and even sour spicey taste. Fizzy and dry mouthfeel.

2.7
Ernest (7791) - 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.

3.3
Geokkjer (7643) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, fruitiness , spices and malt. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some spices, brown sugar, pumpkin and malt. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.2
Strykzone (7560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Pours a, well, pumpkin color with a half inch head. The head audibly fizzes and quickly disappears completely. A counter clockwise spin is left when the effervescence is gone. What is left is mostly flat. Aroma is nutmeg as is the flavor. Some pumpkin can be found in both and lots of spice in the flavor.

3.5
JStax (7125) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2015
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.

2.9
HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Slightly hazy amber-orange, average quick-diminishing white head. Aroma is definitely pumpkin-y, lots of nutmeg, clove and other pungent fall spices, but there’s just enough of a hint of a tang that shouldn’t be there to knock it down a bit, sort of jagged and papery - but the bottle could b a bit past it, it was purchased in July. The taste is very vegetal, pumpkins dragged through the cowbarn - uh, not all that nice. Weakish body, nicely carbonted, slightly unpleasant vegetable aftertaste.

2.4
wlajwl (7011) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Very fizzy out of the bottle into the glass. The appearance is is medium orange with mild turbidity. The aroma is of pumpkin, vegetables and a bit of citrus. The flavor is dominated by spices and vegetables with some sweetness. I don’t really care for vegetable flavor in pumpkin ales, this wasn’t bad but it’d be better if the pumpkin and spices and even the amber ale sweetness were amplified and the vegetable flavor was at least minimized.

2.7
ajnepple (6981) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2015
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)


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