Beer of the Week: Buffalo Bill’s America’s Original Pumpkin Ale

Fall is around the corner and that means its time to shelve the summer lagers & heffes and break open an autumn seasonal. Luckily with the first fallen leaf comes darker flavors including one of my favorites, pumpkin beers. Here’s what’s in my fridge this week:

Buffalo Bill’s America’s Original Pumpkin Ale

  • 5.2% ABV
  • Style: Amber ale
  • Brewed with real pumpkin
  • Spiced with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
  • Widely available in bottle (check your local grocery store)
  • While not the most sophisticated of the pumpkin seasonals, America’s Original Pumpkin Ale has good flavor & makes for easy sipping
  • Sweet undertones and high sugar content
  • Originally brewed by George Washington
  • Contracted out to Portland Brewing Co.

-Shaun

2 Comments on Beer of the Week: Buffalo Bill’s America’s Original Pumpkin Ale

  1. Does the label still show contract brewed by Portland Brewing Company? It changed to MacTarnahan’s a long time ago and then got picked up by Pyramid.

  2. Cat, the Foodie Feline // September 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm // Reply

    Buffalo Bill’s is usually the crowd favorite, based on label, accessibility, and taste, but I was eager to see if the usual crowd would love it as much in a seasonal (not just pumpkin) blind tasting. Surprisingly, out of the 6 beers we offered, it was ranked dead last, behind Blue Moon’s Caramel Apple Spice, Ace Pumpkin Cider, and, the overall winner, Shipyard Pumpkin Ale (although markedly noted “the spiciest”).

    I miss the old flavors of Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale; the former recipe was so much better!

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