Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale

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1,938 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,938
Reviews: 864
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 48
Gots: 198 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2001

Early American colonialists, seeking natural ingredients for brewing ales, turned to pumpkins, which were plentiful, flavorful and nutritious. Blended with barley malt, pumpkins became a commonly used beer ingredient. Post Road Pumpkin Ale brings back this tasty tradition. Hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are blended into the mash of each batch, creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, biscuity malt center, and crisp finish.
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Ratings: 1,938 | Reviews: 864
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this one because the pumpkin flavors are somewhat restrained and it does not taste like pumpkin pie.

Photo of tainohawk
1/5  rDev -71.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

post road pumpkin ale is not cool.

Photo of bluehende
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pumpkin ale, Very low spice and nice malt.

Photo of drmeto
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

-clear copper with a small,quickly dissipating off-white head
-low carbonation visible
-low-medium carbonation
-light body
O.K. but too light-bodied

Photo of jgido759
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall, a good pumpkin beer.

Photo of KC9LDB
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is great up until the mouth-feel, just very light, otherwise, everything I look for in a pumpkin beer. Mildly spiced.

Photo of mjurney
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Burnt orange color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising. Thick creamy head.

Lots of bread, sweetness, caramel, some pumpkin and spices.

Pumpkin and spices (Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg) up front. Bready malt, brown bread, toasted, caramel. There some sharp bitterness at the end. Finish is mostly dry. Body is medium, crisp, dry, smooth.

It's a good beer.

Photo of brewqueno
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Worth a try but not much more.

Photo of Myotus
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a white, small head. Has a dark golden color. The smell has an awful stench of bad squash rather than pumpkin. Thankfully, it doesn't taste as it smells. The pumpkin is prevalent, but not overwhelming, combing well with the brewed spices.

Photo of hophugger
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear light pumpkin-orange color with minimal head and lacing. Aroma is of spiced pumpkin pie, cool and refreshing. I personally would say this is your average seasonal pumpkin ale with more dry spice than actual true pumpkin flavor. Very seldom do you get a pumpkin ale that tastes like pumpkin and is not overpowered with dry cinnamon and nutmeg. Unfortunately, this beer falls into the dry spice category. Overall, feels ok and the balance is not THAT bad. Average beer

Photo of ptumbiolo
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Not so good that i expected. Caramel tone.

Photo of BeerWatcher
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Pours a filtered polished copper with a thin slightly off-white head. Aromas of pumpkin spices, nutmeg, all with a slight chemical tinge to it. Light bodied mouthfeel with tastes of light pumpkin, light maltiness, with a light vanilla finish. Feels a bit manufactured and lacking a naturalness. Wouldn’t buy this one again.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - clear orange color, 1 finger of head. Decent retention time and some visible carbonation.

Smell - plenty of pumpkin, spices namely cinnamon and nutmeg. Some earthiness beneath. Straightforward and to the point.

Taste - starts sweet and pumpkin like, with and element of bitterness following the initial rush. Spices shine through here too. Yummy and surprisingly flavourful for a 5.0% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel - smooth, light bodied with a moderately dry finish. Feel is good but not great as it's a bit thinner than optimal.

Overall - very good pumpkin beer, focused a lot of the spices that are normally associated with pumpkin rather than pumpkin directly. However, the pumpkin still deserves top billing as the interplay between the earthy pumpkin and the spices makes this a very tasty beer that advocates should try.

Photo of EvoRich
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Look: Pours a very clear orange color. About a one finger head which fades quickly to about a 1mm head. Seemed a bit watery as it poured.

Smell: First thing I notice is hops. The Pumpkin takes a backseat to the hops. Almost smell like it could be a pumpkin pale ale.

Taste: And the taste is about the same as the smell. Hops a very present, with a hint of pumpkin in the background. A malty finish. A very mild sweetness.

Feel: Very light bodied and easy to drink. carbonation is at a medium

Overall: Not what I was expecting with the hops. Kind of interesting. The unexpected hop forwardness is not a bad thing, just not what I expected from a pumpkin ale.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

P- Wegmans in mechanicsburg, PA

A- clear pumpkin orange color with minimal head and below average lacing. Kind of bland in appearance

S- brown sugar and nutmeg with hints of pumpkin. Caramel malt thrown in with the brown sugar nose.

F- biscuit malts with hints of nutmeg and pumpkin spice with clove rounding it out. decent.

M- pumpkin and light bodied. Somewhat chewy and viscous for being light bodied.

O- Not a bad pumpkin. the biscuit malts are actually an interesting mix in with the pumpkin.

Photo of BeerHistoryGuy
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

A- Dark golden brown with subtle head.

S- Very apparent pumpkin scent -- much like pumpkin pie, is the best way I can describe it. Definitely with nutmeg, cinnamon, etc., all coming through. Not overly pungent, just a nice and pleasant pumpkin pie scent. Very nice.

T- It had a nice hoppy taste, but I was surprised at the sweetness -- a brown sugar sweetness that came through almost immediately. Nothing over the top, but more than I expected. I felt it overpowers the hops and pumpkin spice a bit, too. Nothing huge, just a small complaint, at best. Unlike some on here, I couldn't distinguish the nutmeg and cinnamon other than to know the entire thing tasted like pumpkin -- to me the flavors married so effectively I couldn't really pick one out from the other. None of the flavors are very bold, though. All in all, a very pleasant taste.

M- Very light body and a pumpkin spice that is quite pleasant -- pretty dry, actually.

O- I would have liked a tad more hops, a little less brown sugar, and maybe not quite as dry. But, these are things to quibble over. Overall, the beer is tasty and goes very well with beef stew, I might add. It isn't my favorite pumpkin beer, but I enjoyed it and I would be happy to have it again. Far more positives than negatives -- kudos to Brooklyn Brewery.

Photo of BWED
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. pour on draft into tumbler. Ludwig's Corner, PA

A- Dark gold. White head is fairly delicate. Retention is okay, and it leaves behind a few speckles of lacing.

S- Pumpkin nutmeg and cinnamon, but a very mild nose. There is some brown sugar in the back accompanied by a bit of toasty malt.

T- Mild pumpkin and spice notes. Brown sugar comes up a little more in the flavor, and a mild earthy hop profile pops up as well.

M- Light body. Spicy throughout the drink, along with a dry spiced finish.

O- I like the subtlety of the pumpkin and spices in this one. The finish was a bit too dry for me but overall not bad.

Photo of DonWeymouth
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Great mild pumpkin with little sweetness and easily drinkable.

Photo of johnriley445
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Just okay, many other pumpkin ales out there that are better.

Photo of nychas
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

You are not getting the whole pie here just subtle pumpkin and spice flavor sitting on top of a very nice ale. I could call this a session pumpkin ale. I had 3 of these (on tap) in a row before and during dinner at Skinflints in Bay Ridge Brooklyn last night. I have not had another pumpkin ale that would bear up to repeated servings and also not interfere with a diner's food enjoyment. Well done Brooklyn!

Photo of -steve-
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%

Wow. Finally a pumpkin beer that is drinkable. More than drinkable, actually enjoyable. Pours an orange hued amber with a pumpkin and vague cinnamon smell. There is a detectable metallic tinge too, which comes through on tasting. Pumpkin is also present in the taste with light maltiness and no hops.

As a beer it is okay. As a pumpkin beer it is outstanding.

Photo of ttroha
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle from the Warehouse. Pours amber color with off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, malt and pumpkin. Taste of pumpkin pie with bitter hops and nutmeg at the end. Light bodied with mild carbonation. Very nice.

Photo of uvachief
3/5  rDev -13.3%

I found this really disappointing after the Bros had given it a 87. Lighter than most ales. Had it on draft. Really light with subtle hints of pumpkin and spices. Very smooth. Just not a lot of flavor. I like seasonal beers full of flavor and I expect my pumpkin ales to taste at least a little like pumpkin pie. This was an easy ale to drink and you could drink several even after a hot day of mowing grass. Not bad. Just too light and lacking of that fall punch of spices.

Photo of MaximalC
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent copper color with a substantial head of khaki foam. The mild aroma smells of pumpkin and pumpkin spices--pretty much what you’d expect.

The taste is similar to the nose, though the spices tend to dominate the pumpkin flavor. Cinnamon headlines a potpouri spice profile that tramples a bit on the subtler flavors. There is as much grain husk as there is pumpkin, along with some earthy, peppery hops. The hops blend pretty seamlessly with the spices, but that doesn’t change the reality of the lopsidedness. The vibrant, semi-creamy mouthfeel is probably the best thing this beer has going for it.

Overall, this is an acceptable pumpkin ale that bears many of the hallmarks of the style, but it doesn’t do much to distinguish itself from the finer examples of the style (e.g. Whole Hog).

Photo of nperrier
4/5  rDev +15.6%


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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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