The Brewski Report Reviews Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale.
File Date: 9.20.09
File Name: Carve Out A Place For Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale
The Beer: Pumpkin Ale
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Stats: 5.2% ABV
Brewer: Buffalo Bill’s Brewery
Country of Origin: Hayward, CA USA
Brewer Info: In the early 1980s, beer enthusiast and famed photojournalist Bill Owens envisioned opening an authentic brew pub similar to those that existed in England. It would serve up homemade, hearty libations with character and integrity. At the time, California law prevented the joint operation of a brewery and pub, and true beer lovers had few alternatives to watery, mass produced beers, unless they could figure out how to make their own homebrew. But the law changed in early 1983, giving brew pubs the green light to draft their own beer on the premises. Owens, a pioneer in the early brewpub movement, poured himself into making his dream a reality, and opened Buffalo Bill’s Brewery in Hayward California. It would be the second oldest brewpub in the country (the first had opened just a couple of weeks earlier), and the oldest in the Bay Area. Today, Buffalo Bill’s stands as a shrine to microbrew lovers worldwide, and a gem of Hayward’s local entertainment scene. This year, we toast to 25 years on the microbrew frontier, quenching the thirst and soothing the souls of those who truly appreciate great beer.
Brewer Brand Hype: Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale is the most sought after seasonal beer. It is believed that George Washington brewed beer using this bright orange squash. In modern times, Buffalo Bill’s ‘Pumpkin Ale’ is a true original microbrew that uses baked and roasted pumpkins. Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg are added to create what has been described as, “pumpkin pie in a bottle”.
Label: Ale Brewed with Real Pumpkin and Natural Spice Flavor.
The Brewski Review: If I haven’t written it before, I’ll state it now: I love fall. This year it came faster which makes me wonder if we’ll skip right through fall and head into winter, which I don’t really care for. But fall is cozy to me. It’s great to have an outdoor fire in the fall. Smoke is in the air. Leaves crunch under every step and the crisp air is refreshing. And who doesn’t like Thanksgiving? All the food and drinks? Yum. Nothing like laying on the couch with a full belly and the only ambition you have it to try and get up to eat more. That what was driving my desire to find my perfect fall beer. Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale comes close. It’s tasty, just like a pumpkin pie. I’ve read other reviews on it and many don’t have good things to say. I disagree. Perhaps there are better versions of Pumpkin Ale available but this one is pretty darn good. It’s the closest taste to fall I’ve had so far.
Drinkability: Goes down smooth. No aftertaste. Not bitter.
Appearance: Dark golden in color. Almost an amber color.
The Buds: It does taste like pumpkin pie. Yum.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5.