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6.0% ABV. Neck label has a clearly printed 'enjoy by' date of 121913. Opened 092713. 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Poured a hazy, bubbly honey amber with copper-orange highlights. A frothy, 1-finger, off-white head dissipated quickly to a very skimpy ring and eventually disappeared altogether. Just meager wisps of lacing. The rather bland nose featured muted notes of cinnamon and nutmeg with a faint trace of pumpkin. Taste of malty, watery pumpkin with hints of allspice, nutmeg and a lingering pinch of pepper. The body seemed a bit light with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. Meh.
warm and heavy with great flavors!
Not an over the top flavor of pumpkin. Doesn't have a skunky flavor that I sometimes find in pumpkin beers.
Pours a cloudy amber, with almost no head. Aroma is very limited and the taste is pretty watery, with very little hints of pumpkin and spice. Thinner mouth feel and fairly carbonated. It's pretty unexciting and not even a very interesting beer, let alone an interesting pumpkin beer.
Golden with orange hue, off white head quick to dissipate. Typical aroma for style, vegetal, spice. Taste spiced nice, dry, less body than others, some pumpkin, lingering slight bitter to balance. Over not bad, but not something I'd look for again.
Crisp. Nice finish. Not enough pumpkin for my taste.
A hint of pumpkin and spices without being overbearing. Very festive. A great autumn beer.
Mediocre; really probably a 2.5* beer. Not much flavor, but smooth enough. Less flavor ice cold, but some spice comes through as it warms; mild pumpkin and nutmeg. Pumpkin more on the back end. Super fizzy head, like soda, that goes away quickly. But not overly-carbonated when drinking. (2011; also 9/20/12 @ Total Wine fall beer tasting w/Preston et al)
Nice mellow pumpkin flavor. The spice is not overwhelming. Overall, delicious.
Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale was my first exposer to pumpkin beers, all though, I have found that Southern Tier's "Pumking" is the best pumpkin beer, I still have a sentimental attachment to Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale. Has a great aroma, a quick soda like bite, a refreshing sweet flavor with a creamy buttery aftertaste. Easy to drink and an excellent beer for fall! Love to see it in the stores, it signifies great beers are on there way for the rest of the year.
A 3 as I would drink it again, but wouldn't go out looking for this beer. The spice flavor is strong at first, then weakens dramatically til a kick in the end. The aroma was pleasant at first. Very flat in the glass. Poured from a bottle. A thin beer which is why it probably doesn't hold it's spice throughout. A nice beer, but I would think there could be a lot better.
Drain pour. no body to the flavor beyond the initial pumpkin sweetness. Almost soda-like.
For a pumpkin fruity tarty brew its not bad. Nice spices..REAL tangy. No head or nose to speak of. Ondce and a while enjoyment.
Nicely done seasonal brew. Like having a piece of pumpkin pie and the right amount of spice.
I have tasted smaller home brewers seasonal that I prefer but I can pick this fine ale up at my local grocery store.
Each year I taste every pumpkin beer at the Great American Beer Festival and by far, this one always my favorite! It is even better straight from the brewery in Hayward.
I was looking for a stronger, fuller, richer, heavier, beer with more mouthfeel, and stronger flaver, but this one worked as a light refreshing pumpkin beer.
A: It pours out a hazy orange color, not very bright at all, with a tan head that isn't much to speak of. I've seen better, but I've also seen worse.
S: Smells just like a pumpkin pie. I get nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, pumpkin all in the nose. Smells wonderful.
T: Unfortunately, the taste suffers and doesn't deliver what the nose promises. I get a little bit of pumpkin, some bitterness on the mid palate, but most of all, it just falls flat on all notes.
M: Moderatly-High carbonation with a light body, it feels a bit awkward in the mouth.
D: Drinkability is quite high, if you actually like this beer. It's not terrible, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.
This is a seasonal beer...so every year I look for and buy as much as I can. Love the flavor.
Not a big fan of pumpkin so I shouldn't have been totally surprised but this is just wrong.