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Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale

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876 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 876
Hads: 2,042
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 24.08%
Wants: 55
Gots: 266 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 876 | Hads: 2,042
Reviews by k7sw:
Photo of k7sw
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing ruby orange with a finger and a half of head that dwindles quickly to a sad layer but leaves nice lacing still. The smell really impressed me with the strong clove scent like a cooling pie. The taste kept up the trend going from pumpkin to clove to something that almost tasted like graham cracker crust. Mouthfeel was good, not a lot of alcohol taste and left my tongue feeling sticky sweet.
It's a close race for my favorite pumpkin ale.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bwood06
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a small pint glass (multiple pours)

A - Frothy to slightly creamy off white head that has an orange tint to it. Head dissipates rather quickly. Beer is very heavily carbonated with bubbles that are numerous and rise vigorously to the point of looking like champagne. Beer is clear and orange in color. 3.75/5

S - Pumpkin squash along with nutmeg dominate the initial aroma. Sweet breadiness highlights the malt on the nose. Aroma is very simple and straightforward. 3.5/5

T - Pumpkin squash seems to dominate throughout, at some times showing its sweet characteristic, at other times allowing it's uncooked bitterness to rear its ugly head. Light malt yields itself to accentuate any bit of sweetness from the pumpkin. In terms of spice, there seems to be a decent amount of nutmeg to the flavor as well as a bit of allspice. Herbal hops dominate the back end of the beer leaving a rather dry and bitter flavor to the aftertaste. 3.75/5

M - Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation burn. Finishes dry and light leaving a puckering bitterness and a lingering dryness. 3.5/5

O - Assuming that the goal of the brewer was to highlight pumpkin as a viable beer ingredient, the beer accomplishes it's goal. Very pumpkin squash forward without becoming like pumpkin pie. With that being said, I'm still trying to find a 2nd pumpkin beer that I truly enjoy and can put several of away. However, this is one of the better pumpkin squash forward beers that I've had. 3.5/5

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tbryan5
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- White one finger head that lingers. Light copper and gold with a hint of red.

S- All-spice and pumpkins on top, and maltiness underneath.

T- Much the same as on the nose but definitely leaves something to be desired.

M- Light, crisp mouthfeel with a medium light carbonation.

D- Average, and not bad. A "sessionable" pumpkin ale.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of jonny1138
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of babyhobbes
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.33/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of generallee
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
2.19/5  rDev -38%
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

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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.