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Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
okay

1,740 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,740
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 44
Gots: 101 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2001)
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Photo of Shadar
5/5  rDev +44.5%

The best Pumpkin Ale I've had. Truly fantastic. A ton of pumpkin and spice flavor. So excited that it's pumpkin season again so I can get more of these.

Shadar, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of tjd112
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For presentation, I poured this into a Flying Fish Pint glass. Appearance is copper-pumpkin coloured with good head retention and some lacing. The smell and taste indicate a lot of clove, pumpkin, cinnamon, with a little bit of bready malts. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and this is a sessionable beer. Overall, a great value for the beer.

tjd112, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of deathidol
5/5  rDev +44.5%

deathidol, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Gavini
5/5  rDev +44.5%

Gavini, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of rolive
5/5  rDev +44.5%

rolive, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of AJD1201
5/5  rDev +44.5%

AJD1201, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Bmoyer0301
5/5  rDev +44.5%

Bmoyer0301, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +44.5%

OzmanBey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of andersen8185
5/5  rDev +44.5%

andersen8185, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.88/5  rDev +41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional pumpkin ale. Why haven't I noticed it before? Oh, probably because most pumpkin ales, for lack of a better word, suck, and I was turned off from them for years. This season, however, I've jumped back on the gourd train and, along with the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, this beer has given me hope.

Anyway, despite the fact that the head collapses rather quick, it's a rather nice-looking pour. The head itself wasn't ugly, in fact, it started off cottony or what I call "mashed potatoey" (in other words subtly lumpy), a little off-white, and a good two-finger high. The color was actually very much pumpkin orange. Very nicel.

The proportion of nutmeg in the aroma of a pumpkin ale, in my opinion, makes or breaks it. Saranac Pumpkin Ale is one I've had lately that reeks of nutmeg. It might be there somewhere in the Post Road, but an expert blend of the other spicy "pumpkin pie" aromas creates what may be the best pumpkin ale smell I've experienced - not mouth-drooling, but wonderfully balanced.

Let me just get out of the way that the mouthfeel is perfect - absolutely perfect - for this style. Smooth, almost cask-like. Medium-full body - or, at least, thicker compared to most other examples of the style. Excellent subtle pumpkiny squash base for the flavor, beefed up with a oh-so-lightly roasty malty backbone. The spices blend in magnificently. Beautiful balance.

I'll actually buy a six-pack of this, if that tells you how I feel about it's drinkability. Big fan of high ABV pumpkin ales, but this is an exceptional low octane example.

Bouleboubier, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of KenOnBass
4.83/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Awesome head and lacing. The lacing really stuck to the glass through the whole beer. Great dark gold and orange look. Looks darker on the top than it does on the bottom.

S: Good spicy smell. A few unique aromas coming through on this beer.

T: From the first taste, this is an amazing great tasting pumpkin ale. Probably the best I have had as far as pumpkin ales are concerned. The taste can be described as a very crisp pumpkin spice. It's not too sweet which I also thoroughly enjoy.

M: Very fizzy, even far into the beer. Crisp.

D: My favorite pumpkin ale I've ever had to date. This would be perfect to pair with an Oktoberfest beer for the contrast. As far as pumpkin ales are concerned this is an A.

KenOnBass, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of Scary_Version
4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

Scary_Version, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of nortmand
4.72/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange pour with some yellow hints. Fluffy, lace producing head.

Subtle spiciness in the nose. Cardamom, ginger and cinnamon are the most dominant. Also a cooked squash smell, indicating actual pumpkin.

Fairly dry, with a bit of lingering sweetness. Ginger dominates the flavor, but there is a very delicate mingling of hops and cooked pumpkin on the back of the tongue.

While I've been known to enjoy a very spicy, strongly flavored pumpkin ale, this beer is absolutely wonderful in it's subtlety.

nortmand, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of kelticblood
4.7/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nothing gets you in the mood for a nice fall day than a good Pumpkin Ale. This is my second season with Post Road's Pumpkin Ale as my top choice. This has an exceptional flavor which I cannot come to close to in two attempts at home brewing a Pumpkin Ale. It has just the right amount of spices with the pumpkin flavor still detectable. It pours nicely with a good half inch thick foamy head that slowly diminishes. Great carbonation with a deep amber color. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe some ginger are tasted. It has some bite upon swallowing. This definitely beats Shipyards Pumpkin Ale in my book. The only problem I have is its availability. It’s hard to find and when I do they rarely have much left.

Update: Four years later I am still drinking post Road and it is still the best. I look for it every fall.

kelticblood, Dec 17, 2002
Photo of pandastrike
4.7/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great pumpkin beer, delicious and perfect for the fall season!

Appearance- Nice amber color.

Smell- Has a nice fall smell.

Taste- Tastes like a medium body ale with a yummy pumpkin taste throughout. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel- Smooth.

Overall- Great pumpkin beer!

pandastrike, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of colinsturdevant
4.68/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Pumpkin Ale is very satisfying, and definitely has the taste of pumpkin and spices others lack. A must-try! It tastes more on the sweet side more than anything else, the color was nice but not as amber-orange as I would hope for. I would recommend this with maple pork chops.

For a bottled ale, this had taste, and I am more of a draft beer drinker but the taste was unique and there. I couldn't pick up on the spices the label mentions, but it tasted appropriate for the type of ail.

colinsturdevant, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of sawbones420
4.65/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lotsa pumpky beers out there. This is my favorite, but then again, I'm a complete slut for Brooklyn Brewery. I used to be devoted to Dogfish Head's take on the style, but I've unofficially been boycotting their beers since I noticed they all taste slightly less good year after year. Plus they charge too much, and Punkin' gives me brutal hangovers.

The Look:
6pk of 12 oz bottles - Into a snifter (hey, why not?), this pours a deep orange hue, almost amber. No head, but what are you expecting with a pumpkin beer?

Sniff, sniff:
Smells like... pumpkin. There is a definite pumpkin spice/nutmeg/cinnamon thing going on there, but in my opinion, clean pumpkin predominates in the nose, trumping all that other junk.

Mouthfeel/Flavor
First sip, too cold.

15 minutes later....

ooOoOoOOoo. Yeah. This is what I want in a pumpkin beer. Not too much spice, although a very nice blend that hits you right in the middle of the tongue. Definitely a pumpkin presence going on here. This beer, like all other pumpky offerings, has a "flatness" to it. This is tough to describe, but let's just say there's a focus on flavor moreso than complex beeriness. Smutty's tastes like pie, Dogfish's taste like spice, Southern Tier's tastes like an entire spice rack... Brooklyn's tastes like pumpkin (my style). This one just gets better the longer you let it sit. Not to be consumed at fridge temperature...

At 5%, this is super-drinkable. Of all the different pumpkin offerings, this is the only one I can easily enjoy more than two of. The spice doesn't crawl up your face and take a dump into your sinuses. It's just downright pleasant and pumpkiny, yet doesn't let you forget you're drinking beer (unlike many of it's competitors). You just don't mess with Brooklyn Brewery. They know what they're doing.

sawbones420, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of thebrood1987
4.58/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It has a ginger, vanilla, allspice and pumpkin smell. The taste is pretty identical with a nice blend of ginger, vanilla, pumpkin pie crust some nutmeg allspice spices and of course pumpkin and some course subtle hops on the end and aftertaste. It also finishes sweet which is how I particularly like pumpkin beers.

This beer reminds me more of a well balanced Southern Tier Pumking. It has that same gingerbread taste but it blends more vanilla and everything else better. Pumking was a little hard to keep drinking because of how sweet it is. Post Road though take it down a notch and it comes out tasting like a Southern Tier Pumking Light. It also doesnt drink so heavy that it still tastes like a beer. Definitely one of my favorite pumpkin beers this year.

thebrood1987, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of mbnolan77
4.56/5  rDev +31.8%

mbnolan77, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of BeerBishop
4.53/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at London Grill in the Fairmount section of Philly.

Barkeep didn't even know it was from Brooklyn Brewery. And better yet, didn't seem to believe me when I said it was. Oh well, she poured it just the same.

Favorite pumpkin ale of the season (just nudged out Weyerbacher Imperial). Very smooth. Very clean. Subtle spice, pumpkin, nutmeg, and all the goodness that says pumpkin pie.

Glorious color. Makes ya warm just to look at. Little head, but could probably force one if poured with some skillz.

Mouthfeel. Oooh, like butter. Warm. Cozy. Soft.

And with mild spice, low viscosity and minimal alcohol (5%), this is the best-tasting and most sessionable pumpkin going. Get some!

BeerBishop, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

reitzbrewing, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of cantfindme
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

cantfindme, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of bespin15
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

bespin15, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of seanbren
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

seanbren, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Beautiful orange/amber, perfectly fitting the style of beer. Smells very nice, like ginger and spices, but not overpowering. Initially has a wonderful hop flavor, followed in the end by a warm taste of pumpkin, cinnamon and spice. A wonderful brew for a cool fall evening, or really for any other time. I will definitely be buying more of this.

IrishRedRock, Sep 29, 2002
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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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