ClarkVV (6700) - 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. kramer (6682) - 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. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2012
This poured a darker yellow color with a white head. Aroma was green vegetal pumpkin and very light spices. Flavor was much the same, very watery and not very flavorful of anything. ajnepple (6606) - 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) Patrickctenchi (6586) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Well,....smells great at first whiff... no head whatsoever.....then it gets worse. cloudy urine-coloured, not really even orangish, any pumpkinivity this aspires to is lost in a tart, sour, acidic, hypercarbonated mess. poured it out after 3/4.
blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2008
bottle, orange color with frothy head, nose is spicy cinnamon and clove, flavor is a watery nutmeg and mulled spice, some banana also, thin finish Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Bottle: Lots of clove in the nose is almost overpowering. Light nutmeg and cinnamon. Pours a transparent amber with a moderate fizzy off-white head that fades quickly. Flavor is loaded with clove right from the get go. Light cinnamon and nutmeg struggle to find their way thru. Light grassy bitter finish. No pumpkin is detectable with all the clove. This shuold be called Buffalo Bills Clove Ale. Fizzy mouthfeel. ben4321 (6500) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle, 11/4/12
JStax (6478) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2015
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
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.
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. RobertDale (6470) - 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.