RATINGS: 865   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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2.4
mansquito (7136) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Bodega: Pours clear amber with quickly dissipating head. Aroma is generic amber ale with light pumpkin spice.Taste is somewhat sweet. Body is very light. Taste is also kind of thin. Beer is watery. This be meh. Easy to drink, but that is where the positive traits end.

2.9
HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), 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.

2.9
kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange body with a small fizzy off-white head that vanished quickly. The nose is heavy on the spice with lots of cinnamon, some clove, nutmeg, and some nice, albeit light, caramelized pumpkin meat. The flavor is so heavy on the cinnamon that it almost burns the tongue, reminds me of red-hots candies. The clove emerges on the finish more than the other spices. There is some actual pumpkin flavor here, but I wish it were a bit more center stage. About on par with the majority of Pumpkin beers, but heavier on the cinnamon than most.

2.4
RobertDale (6985) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2010
12 ounce bottle left over from Thanksgiving. Pours a clear orange with a small short lasting head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and a little pumpkin. Tastes like pumpkin pie. Glad I had one. No more.

1.7
ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 1998 bottle This is an outstanding Pumpkin ale, though i havent had it in a while so its tough to compare it to my current favorite, Empire Pumpkin Ale. It has a nice strong spice aroma that leaves quickly to make room for a medium full body and good hearty pumpkin taste. 2003 bottle Well, either I didnt know good beer 5 years ago, or they just dont brew this like they used to. Probably a mix of both. Whatever the case, this is now a drainpour in my opinion (I poured mine out in bitter disappointment). This beer can be easily replicated by taking club soda and stirring in some sugar, and lots of pumpkin pie spice. Enough said.

3.7
Braudog (6902) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2004
This is liquid pumpkin pie, complete with the whipped cream topping. Sharp nutmeg bites right into the aroma. The cinnamon and clove are more evident in the flavor. Turns a lot of people off, but I kinda like it.

3.6
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Bottle pours translucent orange, small white fizzly head that quickly fades, good carbonation, with slick lacing.   Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice on the nose... quite strong too.   Nutmeg & cinnamon galore, with minor pumpkin like flavor on the tongue.   Good body, decent mouthfeel.   Finishes rather quickly, which I prefer.   I look forward to this one each year, and this year is just about perfect.   Not overly spiced like it was a few years ago.   Defintely comparable to last years batch.


2.3
vyvvy (6839) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2007
I wanted to try this since it was one of the first to do the style, now I realize I don’t need to have it again. Pours clear amber with a fluffy beige head. The aroma has lots of cinnamon and cloves along with pepper and squash. Medium / light body with some semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with spice and light maltiness. The finish brings sharp astringency, sour squash, off-spices and spoiled apples. Yuck.

2.9
ben4321 (6839) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle, 11/4/12

Aroma: The aroma has pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and some caramel malts
Appearance: The pour is a dark orange-caramel color with a small, wispy white head
Flavor: The taste has less pumpkin spice/nutmeg then the nose, and more of a vegetal type flavor
Palate: The body is light-medium, the carbonation is lively, and it finishes a touch off and a little dry
Overall Impression: I’m pretty surprised I’ve never rated this one before, as I know I have definitely had it in years past. Anyway, as for the beer, it isn’t a bad one, but the flavor doesn’t live up to the promise of the nose. This is not really close to a top-of-style Pumpkin beer.

3.5
obguthr (6831) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Aroma is yeasty and dominated strongly by nutmeg Cloudy orange color, no head. A little phenolic which works with the flavor of pumpkin on the palate. The healthy amount of nutmeg is very nice. Very tastefully done and unique.


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