Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

1,936 Ratings
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87
very good

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Ratings: 1,936
Reviews: 863
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 48
Gots: 196 | 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: 1,936 | Reviews: 863
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn pint glass. Bottle says best by January 2014.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A sweet and toasty aroma of caramel malt, pumpkins, and fall spices. Big hints of pumpkins upfront. Bready toasted malts with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, yeast, nuts, and some tea like hints. Mix of fall spices including hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and allspice. Slight hint of candied sugar. Background hints of earthy and floral hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and nicely sweet pumpkin taste with a big malt presence and spices. Solid upfront vegetal taste of pumpkins. Toasted malts with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, tea, grains, nuts, and yeast. Solid mix of fall spices with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and clove. Light notes of brown and candied sugar. Solid hop backing with some floral and earthy notes. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, fairly spicy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good pumpkin ale. Good balance of pumpkin, toasty malts, and spices with a decent hop backing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and poured with just a thin head and persistent lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of pumpkins and biscuit and caramel malts along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also resembles pumpkin pie, except for the sweetness. Spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg are more noticeable in the taste, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. There is a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer was alright, but I've had better ones before from this style.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brownish color with a tad bit of a light head. Nose brings a good dose of spice and a few hints of pumpkin. Taste is mostly spice with a bit of sugar and pumpkin. Light to medium body. Not one of the more extreme pumpkin beers that I have had, but doesn't quite hit the level of some of he better versions.

Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a light almost non existent head,aroma is nutmeg and cloves just right for a pumpkin pie.Flavor is not as sweet as some other pumpkin ales with the spicey ness coming thru as it warms with a nice lingering maltiness in the finish.I notice a slight hop-dryness in there as well.A pretty good beer but New Holland Ichibod Ale is my favorite pumpkin beer so far.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown long neck with a no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Amber with an orange tinge with a nice clarity. Decent creamy white head that sticks.

Smell: Sweet pie spice aroma (nutmeg, corriander, clove, all-spice). Light earthy hop and faint caramel malt aroma also.

Taste: Moderately bodied and crisp and smooth on the mouth. Loads of pumpkin pie spice upfront with a earthy/woody hop character. Underlying malt sweetness with flavours of caramel and sweet bread. Definite beer characteristics, which is uncommon with the many overdone pumpkin ales out there. Pumpkin flavour is very faint yet still adds to the complexity, a little on the sweet side. Just enough bitterness from the hops to balance yet not clash wit the spices. Mild tea-like hop flavour hides around the edges of the palate with a sweet grainy finish.

Notes: One of the better pumpkin ales to be had ... pumpkin pie all over. It's generally hard to have more than one pumpkin ale in a row, however this one is pretty damn drinkable.

Photo of babyhobbes
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I got this from genog as a Beer Powerball gift!

I'll admit I wondered if pumpkin beer would be okay in May but it is surprisingly good.

Smells all cinnamony, spicy and sweet. Has a white head with lots of lacing. Looks good, smells good...tastes good, too! Taste is rather sweet with loads of cinnamon and maybe a little clove. Nice bit of bitter hops to balance it out as well. This is really a very good beer. Much nicer than I was expecting.

Photo of generallee
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep golden amber color with a tall foamy and off white colored head. The body has good clarity and the head has good retention as it slowly fades to a much thinner layer that hangs on well. On the way down the glass the head makes slick spotty lacing.

Smell: In the nose there are pleasant pumpkin pie spices like clove, allspice and defiantly cinnamon, with some sweet roasted grain as well.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a base of sweet roasted grain and a healthy dose of bitter spice and dry leafy hops. Clove, cinnamon and other pie spices pop out and there is just enough pumpkin flesh flavor to make it work. The palate has a tingly carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: This is a solid Pumpkin ale with just enough balance for my taste.

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good drinking for a spiced brew, 100 times better than Buffalo Bills Pumpkin pee. I think this beer is better now that Brooklyn Brewery has it under its wing.

Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, honey amber body with a small, offwhite head that quickly drops to a film and collar. Sticky, patch lace is abundant. Pie spices take a backseat to caramel maltiness and herbal hops in the aroma. Light medium body with good carbonation. Pie spices dominate the taste, if not the aroma. Cinnamon and nutmeg flavors are most assertive, with malty caramel and fresh pumpkin in the background. Plenty of spicy and herbal hops provide a solid bitterness to balance. Decent drinkability for a pumpkin ale.

Photo of Billolick
2.19/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I do not like pumpkin ale. I do not like post road pumpkin ale. It pours orangy amber, with a white head composed of tiny bubbles. Leaves light wispy lacing. This beer is loaded with halloweeny pumpkiny spices. Its sweet and cloying and all together not to my liking. One of the very few not spoiled, not macro brews that I have swilled down the drain in the life

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange amber, slight rust color. Nice foamy head recedes a bit, but sticks around the sides.
Smell is a bit cinnamonny, with pumpkin and nutmeg as well.
Taste is very easy and balanced. Nutmeg up front, with some sweet cinnamon, balanced off in the end with some very subtle bittering hops.
Mouthfeel of the liquid is nice, but the spices feel a bit powdery and chalky.
Very easy drinking, and new-user friendly. This is the one that started the whole pumpkin craze, and it is a nice entry level offering to the category.

Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange-brown, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, toasted malt, and pumpkin..with a tad bit of hops in the end.

Mouthfeel: sweet start and body with a slightly bitter finish, medium bodied, and high carbonation.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable, especially for the style. I like how this has a marzen taste to it. The spicing seems just right and I could have two or three. Brooklyn seems to do seasonal Autumn beers quite well.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with a white head. The aroma is that of pumpkin pie spices, with nutmeg and allspice standing out. The flavor is heavy on the nutmeg with only a little bit of pumpkin flavor. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Not as good as some pumpkin ales, but not bad overall.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Probably my last new pumpkin brew for the season. Somehow managed to snag a bottle of this at the Uptown Waterloo LCBO.

Poured into a nonic. Amber-golden, left behind a thin, frothy head with excellent retention. Some lacing left on the glass.

Nose is ginger, nutmeg, allspice, caramel, hops, a touch of pumpkin. Pleasant, but not quite what I was looking for.

Not my favorite pumpkin brew for the season, that's for sure. The spicy notes became overpowering - very rich in ginger, molasses, nutmeg and allspice - but the bread-malt and pumpkin notes weren't given much of a spotlight. Tasted a great deal like a spicy red ale than a pumpkin brew. Becomes almost oppressively bitter by the end.

Medium-light bodied, perhaps a touch on the light side. The spicy bitterness left a somewhat unpleasant feeling in the mouth.

To be honest, this was hard to get through. Not my least favorite pumpkin brew of the year, but certainly not among the better ones either. Too imbalanced and spice-heavy to really get going. A bit surprising considering Brooklyn's brewing pedigree.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. amber bottle.

Dull orange (shocker!) in color. Thin layer of off-white head. No lacing. Aromas are very nice. A fall day in the kitched is found in the bottle. Aromas of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, and other spices waft across the nostrils. Yummy. Flavor is not too bad, but certainly a letdown after what I smelled. More pumpkin would have been better. Above average mouthfeel and drinkability. One I'd like to try fresh and on-tap.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this bottle.

Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by February 10, 2012.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orangish-amber with thin white head.

Smell: Caramel, fruit, floral hops and autumn spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove). A little mild, and took a little while to find the spices.

Taste: Quite spicy, both from the added spices (seems to be cinnamon, nutmeg and clove) and from the English-style hops. Malt backbone of caramel, bread and pumpkin. Very bitter and spicy finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, very dry finish.

Overall: Comes across as a heavily spiced English Pale Ale, so this is probably a more traditional take on the style. Quite tasty.

Photo of Swedes21
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a clear deep ale colour. there is a nice foamy head, slight off-white in colour with some decent lasting. there is also some lacing. there is a slight amount of carbonation occurring.

Smell - classic pumpkin beer smell, spices, pumpkin, crust and some good ol earthy tones.

Taste - this beer offers the pumpkin pie in the bottle. there taste arent overwhelming, but they are present. i found the spices came through more than the pumpkin.

Mouthfeel - mouthfeel brought the pumpkin fwd to the taste. as well, found some hidden undertones of sweetness in there. very full mouth as well with the added carbonation.

Drinkability - i enjoyed this beer, but it is no "KING". decent beer that i would sample and share again.

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would consider the Post Road Pumpkin to be the lightest tasting of the pumpkins I've tried this year(DFH and Boston Beer Works) . The beer poored and nice dark amber with little whote head, which didn't last too long. The beer gave off a light smell of cinnamon and pumpkin rather than nutmeg and others spices that are common in pumpkin style beers. The taste was light and again not too spicey and had a light bitterness. Overall, I like this beer not my favorite but currently running #2 in the pumpking category.

Photo of Oberson58
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Not much to this beer, and I fail to detect the pumpkin flavor at all.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle at cellar temp poured into pint glass. pours a very clear bronze amber color, with hints of orange. huge creamy off white head with some great retention. some decent lacing as well.

in the nose you get a nice mix of pumpkin and spice. some nutmeg, cardamom, maybe some cinamin. maybe even a little vanilla. pleasent aroma.

nice balanced pumpkin spice taste going on. lots of pumpkin with the spices such as nutmeg, cinamin, cardamom as well. finishes with kind of a malty pumpkin spice taste with a touch of bitterness.

light to medium body, good amount of carb. very easy drinking and sessionable. this is usually my go to beer when i go to a party or somethin in the fall time.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2013 (so just in time!). Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York - my intention was to drink it on Halloween or just after but I stashed it in the garage and promptly forgot about it. This is my first US pumpkin beer and the only one I've seen on sale over here.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep orange-amber colour with floating sediment and very low carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of cooked pumpkin and earthy spices, with hints of caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, mild clove, faint grain, fruity ale yeast and stewed hops. Warming and autumnal.

Tastes of caramel malt and restrained spice with a dry finish. Notes of pumpkin, mild nutmeg/cinnamon, faint clove, fruity yeast esters and stewed leaves. There is a harsh cardboard hint in the background, followed by a mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, spicy and lightly tingly, but rather undercarbonated and thin. Watery body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves, mild spice and faint caramel.

Interesting, though as beers go it's not amazing. It seems to have no carbonation for some reason(?). The aroma was good and nicely rounded, but the flavour seemed a tad acrid and dry, with mild spice/pumpkin notes. The body was also surprisingly thin and flat. It's hard to make comparisons when I haven't tried many examples of this style, but it comes across as pretty average. OK, though no need to seek it out.

Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage. Copper color with a beige, foamy, lumpy head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is of sweet floral hops and pumpkin. Hops first, pumpkin second. Flavor is full-on pumpkin pie, with a strong accompanying nutmeg flavor. Hops come through in the finish, followed by a lingering nutmeg flavor. Smooth and round mouthfeel. Not overpowering, a very drinkable pumpkin beer.

Photo of BGDrock
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: effervescent on the pour, but head is gone in a flourish; deep copper colour, clear

Aroma: mild aroma; some caramel sweetness, a bit of spice

Taste & Mouthfeel: very flat, with no impact, thin and watery; do get hints of pumpkin spice, but mostly just bland bready flavour

Overall: not even worth going past a few sips, very disappointing from a good brewery

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a caramel amber body and a cream colored foaming creamy textured looking head leaving a nice collar of lace already thick and even patches. Aroma: Wow, when I popped the top the pumpkin pie like tone just engulfed my senses very intriguing cinnamon and other spices blend perfectly with the malts used here somewhat of a nut quality comes by my senses as well, but it's safe to call it pumpkin pie. Flavor: A solid base of caramel malt blended with silky cream and spiced pumpkin weird and different but very quaffable. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for body but texture is silky smooth. Drinkability: I can honestly say one of these is probably enough not something to imbibe in quantity but to really enjoy and treat as a dessert or somewhat of a novelty not bad just not a creation meant to be drank frequently possibly a once a year beer here.

Photo of chinchill
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Undated but very likely 2012 edition served in a Peroni glass.
Pours a clear, medium amber with a durable white head that leaves exceptional sticky lacing.

The aroma reflects a mix of pumpkin pie spices, especially cinnamon, and, perhaps, a hint of squash. Unfortunately, those spices are far too pronounced in the flavor, particularly the nutmeg, and nearly bury the malt. It may be some hops, but there's some earthy bitterness here that I suspect is due to over-spicing.

O: a below average beer but about average for style.

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