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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
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Reviews: 876
Hads: 2,041
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 24.08%
Wants: 55
Gots: 265 | 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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Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (best before Jan 2016) poured into a Libby globe stemmed porter glass.

Appearance: Clear bright coppery orange. Barest thin ring of white foam, with some small strands of lacing that slid back down the glass. Nice color; disappointing foam and lacing.

Smell: Light aroma, toasted malts with a hint of pumpkin aroma. The pumpkin smell is more like what you get when you open a can of cooked pumpkin puree - not the pumpkin pie spice bomb that more often makes up a pumpkin beer. There is a hint of some other spice in here, but it's faint. Could be an herbal hop instead.

Taste: Toasted malts, biscuity malts, and then a hit of pumpkin, but without a lot of sweetness to back it up. Balanced and finished with some simple bittering hops; maybe just a touch of citrus in there at the finish as well. There are times that I think I'm detecting some spices, but they're faint.

Mouthfeel: Spicy on the tongue - a little bit fizzy, but not excessively so. Tiny bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: When I first starting having pumpkin beers, I was all over them because of "pumpkin pie in a glass effect". Now I only want one per fall season as part of me would prefer to have the pie than the "pie in the glass". This beer is different. This beer actually focuses on pumpkin as an ingredient for the fermentable material in the beer - an "old school" adjunct. But....it's just okay as a sipping beer or a beer by itself. While focusing on the pumpkin as a main ingredient, it doesn't really wow me. Maybe I'm not as much a fan of pumpkin as I think I am. I think this would be best paired with some sort of food and it didn't hold my attention that well when drank by itself, although I definitely view it as a very different pumpkin beer than what's out there. Worth a try, and I suspect this beer will either leave some people cold, or they'll love it because it's not like the rest. For me, it's just OK overall as a beer and I can finish one, but I wouldn't want another.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured into a pint glass. Color was a lighter copper-orange. Nice, but the lighter color was an indication of a lighter flavor. Taste and aroma were light on the pumpkin, with mild nutmeg and cinnamon. Mouthfeel was somewhat harsh, not too easy going down. Pretty average pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is one finger thick ,with web-like lacing, and a deep amber body.

The smell here is not ultra-spicy, but its noticeable.

I taste more malt than pumpkin, which I enjoy much better than a spice-bomb kind of pumpkin brew.

The mouthfeel here is clean and crisp.

Overall, I'll give Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewery a 4.25. This is one of the newer offerings of this style here in 2015 that I've enjoyed the most. Give it a chance when the mood strikes.

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Photo of gcuneen
4.64/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has been my favorite pumpkin ale for years. Great nose and really what you expect to taste in a pumpkin ale - pumpkin with a hint of spice. What's unique about this offering is that it's crisp and clean with a dryer mouth feel. You can drink a lot of these in one sitting - especially around a firel

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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 HipCzech
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Clear, orange-amber with a full head of off white froth that lingers as foam cap. Visible effervescence.

Smell: Light caramel malt, earthy hops and pumpkin pie spice.

Taste: Moderate malty base, fresh vegetal notes, plenty of warm spices (cinnamon, cloves). Light earth and tea hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium, crisp body, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable for a pumpkin ale; familiar spice and balancing malt without being overly sweet.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a tulip.
Pours a clear deep amber with half a finger of bubbly head.
Aromas are really nice, almost floral and hints of spice.
Taste is really nice with not too much spice and good squash smoothness in the finish.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall, a soft and subtle pumpkin beer. I really liked it.

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Photo of Beejay
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: An orange amber color with a white head.. nearly crystal clear.

S: I'm not smelling much pumpkin in here. The aroma has a bit of a English hop thing going... Odd.

T: Not picking up a lot of pumpkin, but what is there seems genuine. There is a bread note as well as a touch of floral hops. It seems to have an English taste to me...

M: Light with high carbonation.

O: Overall... meh. Not a lot of pumpkin character, and seems a bit out of sorts.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in a recent Wegmans mix-six pack.

This one pours an orange-ish amber, with a small head, and some sticky lacing.

Smells like warm pumpkin, bready malt, and a little bit of spicing.

This is much less spiced than the typical pumpkin ale- I'm actually not sure if it's spiced with anything at all. There's some real, fleshy, slightly sweet, earthy pumpkin here, which is nice- most pumpkin ales don't actually have that flavor. There's some very mild hop flavor, a little grassy, almost tea-like.

This is light bodied, with a crisp, and very clean mouthfeel.

Ratings be damned, this is actually one of the better pumpkin ales out there.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Post Road Pumpkin Ale brewed by Brooklyn Brewery, with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a nice deep amber color,almost Orange, with a nice small white head. The smell of this brew is pumpkin, spices, malts and grains. This brew smells like pumpkin pie. So far I like this brew. Now for the taste, it is OK. You pick up grains and malts at first. At the end of this brew you pick up on the pumpkin and a touch of spice. For me there could be more to the taste of this brew. Not saying that Post Road Pumpkin Ale ,has a bad taste to it. I'm really on the fance about the taste of this brew. This brew has a nice balance to it. There is nothing is nothing overpowering about Post Road Pumpkin Ale. The mouth feel is smooth, clean and spicy. The taste is what did it for me.The colors and smells where nice. If you are looking for a mild pumpkin brew this would be for you. Overall I'm giving Post Road Pumpkin Ale a 3.5 out of 5.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear coppery color with off-white head. Pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and some bread on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with pumpkin pie spice.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear, caramel color with a 1 finger, off white head that disapates fairly quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smells of fall spices.

Taste of fall spices and some pumpkin. Not an outstanding pumpkin ale but very solid.

I would buy again.

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Photo of atr2605
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-pours an orange amber color with a white head with good retention and decent lacing
S-caramel, pumpkin spice, brown sugar
T-more caramel and pumpkin spice, and a bit of dryness but not to the point of being biscuity
M-medium bodied
O-pretty sessionable pumpkin ale. It's not in your face, but in a way that is what is nice about this beer.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Meh...Nothing to see here. Slight whiff of cinnamon or spice in the nose perhaps, but for the umptenth time this fall, nothing that would distinguish it--in either nose or taste--as a seasonal or speciality brew.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Ultra-clear, and a much lighter orange than most pumpkin ales. very active carbonation, but a small head dissipates quickly. The smell is much maltier--and less pumpkin-y/spiced--than most, too. The flavor has plenty of depth and complexity, but again, pumpkin is not very forward. In fact, there is an interesting, peaty earth note that dominates. Perhaps a bit of hoppy bitterness, too. The feel is strange in a way I can't entirely place.

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Photo of Gbarn104yep
1.9/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not very good.

L: Pours amber, golden with consistent, light effervescence. Little to no head, little to no retention.

S: Smells softly of pumpkin bread, some spice

T: I was left searching for pumpkin. Started off (while cold) with nice nutmeg with hints of pumpkin decency. Very little depth whatsoever. Once warm, the body and finish were 100% veggie chips. Very unpleasant. As someone else described it quite well "vegetal funk". Very weird and borderline offensive. This beer tastes pickled.

F: Fine. Dry.

O: I made an account just to say that this is the first beer I have ever considered pouring out. I heard good things about Brooklyn Brewery and I must admit this is the first of their brews I have tried. I picked up a 6 pack and I don't know what to do with the other 5 because even my dog wont drink it. Not for me.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBD 1/16. Pours a clear medium amber. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

World class rich nose of pumpkin spice (cinnamon, nutmeg) over biscuit with hints of herbal hop.

Heavy light body that is semi-smooth. Normal carbonation with a hint of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is very good but fails to live up to the potential of the nose. It lacks the sweetness needed for balance and complexity. Pumpkin is only hinted at. It begins with an outstanding blended spice flavor that gets a hint of bitterness in the middle. As the finish approaches, hints of biscuit/caramel sweetness is underneath. The finish is a slightly crisp fade of spice.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank straight from a bottle so I can't say much about the look or smell.
I liked that the pumpkin and spice was subtle and not overwhelming. It's not trying to be the beer equivalent of a pumpkin spice latte. The taste is otherwise neutral, and light on the hops -- just enough to balance the sugar and spice. Feels light and crisp, with moderate carbonation. Reminded me almost of an Oktoberfest. For a warm early fall day, when it seems like it's not quite time to drink pumpkin beer yet, it works.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

a: A wonderful, clear, autumn orange body. One and a half finger off white head.

s: A slight muted pumpkin pie spice aroma. Even less pumpkin. The spice is predominately nutmeg.

t: Crisp, crackery wheat. The only spice I am getting is nutmeg which has a preground McCormick's cheapness to it.

mf: Nice carbonation. Very slick which I imagine is from the pumpkin. Nice dry finish.

o: This beer is very balanced and would be more enjoyable if:
1. It tasted like what the bottle read was in it.
2. The nutmeg didn't taste so commercial.

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Photo of drpimento
2.86/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Seems to have been slightly light struck as aroma was this weird combo of skunk and pumpkin pie. Flavor was ok, standard fare. Body was a touch thin/sharp. Overall nothing special, but not bad.;

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Best by Jan 2016 on neck of bottle.

Pours a very clear bright orange color with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is full of cinnamon, clove, and vanilla. Smells quite nice. First sip has a nice autumn spice flavor and clean finish. Finishes on the dry side, making this quite refreshing. Spice flavor is present but subdued.

I'm really digging this beer - one of the more enjoyable pumpkin beers that I've had. Maybe because it is very fresh? Either way, this is both refreshing and flavorful.

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Photo of Strakosch
2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A lot of reviewers of Pumpkin Ales seem to complain about the ubiquity of cinnamon sugar/spices in the beers, and their tendency to overpower the actual pumpkin. I personally prefer the cinnamon and spice, and they are why I enjoy most pumpkin beers. I love bitter and/or sour beers, but when it comes to a pumpkin I'm looking for that sweet/malty cinnamon-sugar, nutmeg, and clove flavor: the "pumpkin pie" flavor.

So I personally am not a fan of the post road, because I feel there is too much of a vegetal funk to it, especially in the aftertaste. I found myself making a face with each sip.

So while this is a nice beer, I feel it might be more for those people wanting a lighter beer that favors the pumpkin, not the spices that go along with it.

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Photo of Willweidemann
1.88/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I can barely taste any type of pumpkin or spice in this beer. Tastes more like one of those Hipster IPA's. Bottle art is cool though. Just needs more taste.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours hazy copper amber under a 2" finely bubled off-white foam collar. Moderate lace. Malt and pumpkin on the nose and palate. I like this one because the pumpkin flavors are somewhat restrained and it does not taste like pumpkin pie.

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Photo of drmeto
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
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

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