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Post Road Pumpkin Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2001

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a clear pumpkin orange color with a 2 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, actual pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices - especially cinnamon and clove. Taste is of malt and pumpkin pie mixed together. A very nice blend of beer and pumpkin pie flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pumpkin ale from Brooklyn with a very nice balance of flavors. I am glad I was able to try one of these.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with nice retention and good lacing on a clear, amber with golden hues body.

S: zesty spice, pumpkin. straighrt forward pimpkin aroma, smells like real pimpkin pie.

T: nice spicy pumpkin base with a hint of grain, vanillia and cocoa.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the good ones of these all taste the same, them some taste really bad.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

liked this a lot. i mean, its getting a little late in the season for this, but it tasted nice on tap. the pour was pretty much clear pale orange with a smallish white head. nose was minimally spiced and heavy on the cooked squash, a major plus. malt profile was middle of the road in smell and taste, and the flavor exuded fresh pumpkins. a little cinnamon and vanilla in there, but not even approaching too much, just a nice balanced fall beer. yeast makes a brooklyn style appearance too, spicy and rich, but not crowding anything out. they do that well. bright mouthfeel, with quite excited carbonation and a medium to full body. more sessionable than i am describing it to be, a good fall seasonal all up, especially on tap.

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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 Knapp85
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pumpkin ale pours out on the brown colored side. The head is white. It look appealing . The aroma is a little spicy nothing to intense. The taste kind of follows that trend. There is a spicy quality to the taste which isn't too bad but I think it lacks on the actual pumpkin flavors a little bit. The mouthfeel of this beer isn't too bad. It's pretty decent, It's not my favorite pumpkin ale but still worthy of trying.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apparently taking their Post Road Pale Ale and adding pumpkin spice, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The look is a crystal clear mix of copper and orange, with an abundance of carbonation. The beer just looks weak. Aromas of clove dominate the brew with back-up scents of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and malts. Initially wonderful pumpkin pie flavors and malty caramel notes, but the flavors quickly weaken under the timid body and fall apart; leaving behind a hop bittering and a grainy bitey-ness. The beer proves to finish thin and unnecessarily bite-ey, with a persistant spiciness. Not bad, but undermalted and noticable at many parts of the session.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Carrot colored body with a good head but minimal lacing

Smell: Caramel malt, a good bit of fresh pumpkin and a modest spice profile

Taste: Very nice natural pumpkin flavor, perhaps the best of any pumpkin beers I have tasted; modest spice profile mirrors the aroma; some bitterness in the finish; well balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice natural pumpkin profile; I would add a bit more spice but otherwise quite drinkable

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a good size foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light pumpkin notes with some light cinnamon notes also distinguishable. Taste is also dominated by some light pumpkin and cinnamon taste. Wow, I was quite surprise by how bland and average this offering is. I was expecting something with a lot more character.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - I picked up a single of this while in Buffalo a few months ago - I couldn't pass up the price - $1.25 - on principle alone. Time to crack this souvenir, now that fall has most definitely arrived.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper orange hue, with a single finger of densely foamy, and somewhat soapy off-white head, which leaves a broken mountain scape of painted lace as it steadily recedes.

It smells predominantly of musty nutmeg and cinnamon, both moderately spicy and metallic, vegetal pumpkin meat, and grainy, kind of biscuity pale and caramel malt. The taste is more of the same - understated nutmeg, cinnamon, earthy ginger, and clove, with a lightly caramelized bready malt, dry and somewhat bitter pumpkin mush, and a subtle green, earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly high and involved, but thankfully in an offsetting frothy manner, the body a bit on the light side, weight-wise, and plainly smooth, that pithy metallic essence kind of lurking about. It finishes generally dry, spicy, and vegetal.

This is a fair bit different than the local pumpkin ale versions that I've thus far sampled - there is very little sweetness, so the resemblance to pumpkin pie is certainly lessened. That said, the overall dryness makes this a much better candidate for a session of waiting in that damp and dank patch for the Great Eponymous One.

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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 oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic pumpkin ale. This ranks right up there with Dogfish Head and Smuttynose and I was pleasantly surprised. Just the right amount of pumpkin spice in there and its all blended together beautifully. Great job here by Brooklyn Brewery buying this company.. they make a kick ass pumpkin ale!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with pretty standard label and branded orange pressure cap acquired as part of a 6 pack at me local HEB grocery. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. "Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices." 5.0% ABV confirmed per the label. Best before February 2014. Served into an Independence brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of dull white colour. Disappointingly thin. Not much creaminess. Fairly frothy. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a pumpkin beer.

Sm: Pumpkin, caramel, allspice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar. Biscuit malts seem to form the core, with a bit of pilsner malts in there too. Somewhat bready, with a bit of a graininess. I'm not getting much in terms of hops, but any hopping is floral in character.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't detect any off-notes.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Caramalts and biscuit malts lend this beer a pleasant foundation. The spicing is apt for the style, including notes of allspice, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon - all spices which complement the pumpkin nicely. The pumpkin itself is mainly gourd and there's not a lot of flavour diversity there, but it does have a definite identifiable pumpkin flavour; this may seem obvious, but I've had (poor) pumpkin ales that lacked any discernable pumpkin flavour. It comes down on the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum. It's nicely balanced, but that's likely due to its simplicity. Nicely built for a pumpkin ale.

Average depth, intensity, and duration of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat crisp and soft. Slightly overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Nice presence on the palate. Pretty nice body.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable; it'll scratch your pumpkin ale itch. A respectable seasonal from Brooklyn. Certainly better than your Sam Adams or Widmer seasonal fare. Well priced. Hides its ABV well. I'll enjoy polishing off me six pack.


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Photo of LXIXME
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a big off white head that settles into a nice lacing above a golden copper colored beer.

Pumpkin and pumpkin spices (nutmeg) blend well with lightly roasted caramel malts to give us a well balanced aroma.

Pumpkin spices or maybe just straight pumpkin pie taste, but not overpowering like a lot of pumpkin ale are, but rather a nice light pumpkin pie taste with just a hint of caramel malts.

A light dry aftertaste with just barely a hint of pumpkin on this medium bodied beer.

It's hard to find a pumpkin ale that gives you pumpkin taste with either overdosing you or giving you the feel that its artificial but this beer seems to do that, a nice pumpkin tasting beer.

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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 nickfl
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A small head of white foam on a dark copper colored body with good clarity. Low head retention and little lace.

S - Perfume like spice aroma with notes of allspice and clove. Pumpkin and toasty malt balance the spice along with a finishing hint of ginger.

T - Toasty malt up front with cinnamon and clove. Ginger and musty hops balance with an emphasis on the spices in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable for a pumpkin ale, but the spices are a bit cloying. Not bad, but I am in no hurry to have another.

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Photo of jlindros
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

<Sigh> another pumkin beer, but I made it a point to try all the pumpkin beers so I know if there are any good ones other than Pumpking.

A: Huge frothy head builds up over the side of the glass making me stop pouring you b*stard! The brilliantly clear light brownish orange color adds a nice touch as well. The head leaves pock marks like a 15 year old's face as it begins to fade one big round section at a time. The great number of bubbles rising from the bottom help the head retention as well.

N: Nosing this thing makes me a little sad... in the pants especially. Its got a lot of pumpkin and spice making me think it's similar to most pumpkin beers in just an amber ale with lots of pumpkin and spices. I can even smell a slight toasted pumpkin seed aroma that has flashbacks to carving pumpkins on Halloween and roasting the seeds.

T: I'm afraid to taste it, but alas I have to. Taste starts with, surprise surprise spices, but actually semi light, some toasted pumpkin come through as well on another surprise... but wait, what the heck is that... some rye seeds (????) yes, rye seeds and bread like malts make me want to get some rye toast with pumpkin spread (if only). This has a holy sh*t rye taste. I've had rye beers before and even brewed one, and thought about adding rye seeds but didn't and this is crazy! A slightly sweet taste adds to it. The more I drink the more I don't taste much pumpkin surprisingly.

M: Pretty smooth and slightly light tasting with some nice froth and carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry with an earthy dry quality that begs for more. Maybe a little too dry as it rips the water content out of the tongue, but leaves it in anticipation for more. The rye fades quickly but leaves an earthy bitter taste and some interesting "off" flavors that aren't really off, but leaves you ready for the next sip.

Final thoughts: This is a really interesting beer that stretches the boundaries of spices. Typically its way to spicey, but these spices are lighter and full of really tasty rye. I think I'll have to find a good pumpkin spread and slap it on top of rye bread to match this beer. Not overbearing on the pumpkin flavor either. I think I can actually dig this beer. Perhaps I've found a second pumpkin beer I can enjoy (I don't consider Cape Ann pumpkin stout a pumpkin beer since its a stout and its not spiced and tastes great).

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd like to say that the beer is pumpkin skin orange, but it isn't. It's more of a medium orangish amber topped with a pale ecru head of creamydense foam. The nose is pleasant and is appropriately spicy, in keeping with the season and with the style. Toasted caramel is uppermost with a moderate nutmeg accent. I can't say that I appreciate the cinnamon though.

Caramel malt is the overwhelmingly dominant flavor. The beer is somewhat sweet with a more than adequate malt structure. There isn't much actual pumpkin flavor though. Contrary to the nose, cinnamon is more noticeable than nutmeg. In any case, the spices aren't up front enough. I know that loading up on spices turns some beer drinkers off, but Post Road could use a heavier hand with the pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spices as far as I'm concerned.

Earthy, fruity (probably English) hops flouish to a greater extent on the finish and what was sweet early in the mouthful becomes modestly more bitter and dry late, akin to used up tea leaves. There's also a flinty, mineral-like character that seems out of place.

Brooklyn Brewery's take on the pumpkin ale style isn't too shabby, but I'm still looking for that version that speaks to me, the one that makes me stand up and shout "Now *that's* a pumpkin ale!".

And now, 'a few words on autumn'

whirling, twirling, swirling down,
... floating gently to the ground,
... ... multi-colored autumn leaves
... ... ... fall like tears from weeping trees.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured a very nice hazy orange amber with a nice two inch or so of white frothy foam on the top. Settled gradually down into a nice thin layer across the top with a good amount of residual side glass lace left in its wake as it headed on down. Some good carbonation could be seen in the glass moving and wriggling its way towards the top and replenishing the head consistently along the way.

S – Lots of spice here and I mean a lot. This was very full bodied in the aroma with lots of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, some spiced apple, and even what I swore was a touch of gingerbread in the back. A decent yeast presence could be detected for whatever reason and there was definitely a grain held back to it. Some fresh earthy tones were also apparent as it warmed, but hands down this was spiced ale and you could really tell it was from the first whiff.

T – Taste was fantastic. Very full flavor and a ton of hidden little nuances that continued to pop up and show themselves the more you tried to look into it. There was a ton of cinnamon off the top with some nice apple flavors and a touch of the pumpkin spice flavor that I picked up in the aroma. A very nice grain like base really helped to push it forward. The flavor overall was nice and light even though there were a ton of flavors represented. A decent albeit spiced and somewhat muted hopped back was present and served to dry out the finish some. Overall though the flavor was really great and light enough that I kept coming back for more.

M – Very light and crisp even. A great amount of carbonation came through from the very beginning and never really let up, leaving you sure that this was a very fine brew. Great feel from the first sip to the last with an equally great finish to it. This was one of the better brews I have had with this feel and it really shined here. Just full enough to make you think, but at the same time light enough to make it pretty much sessionable. Just a very enjoyable experience overall.

D – Simply outstanding. It was the first crisp cool night of autumn in these parts and this was perfect for it. Not much ABV, and a crisp light feel, combined with the warming of the spices, made for something really nice. I was actually not happy that I had only picked up one of these, and I am going to have to go back to get some more very soon. A sixer of this seems just about right and would make for a nice present to bring for dinner.

Overall I was more then impressed, I thought this was wonderful. This was my second pumpkin in a row that came off just really great. I am really beginning to get a handle on the style and really actually developing a liking for it. This seems like the perfect mix for a fall night and really something I would like to try on tap. I can see now why people wait for this to come out every year, really a fantastic brew and an excellent choice hands down.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a bright, cheery copper body with a lush, eggshell-colored head.

Smell: A fairly bland aroma, with only a minimal amount of pumpkin and spices.

Taste: Light, sweet bready maltiness with an all too mild pumpkin flavor. The spices surface just before the dry, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: After finishing the entire bottle, it's hard not to come down with a small case of hurt feelings, especially if you don't have a rich, delicious Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale to follow it up with.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle. Slight haze. Very nice (and appropriate) deep orange color with a creamy light-tan head that holds well and leaves some good lace. The aroma is brightly spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger above a lightly fruity maltiness.
The body is light-medium with a restrained carbonation that helps to accentuate the maltiness rather than the spiciness. The mouthfeel is gently crisp. The flavor is obviously spicy, but reveals some soft fruity maltiness as well. The bitterness is appropriately light, allowing the spice to counteract the sweetness of the malt. Very well balanced. The finish is fairly short, with a lingering spiciness. Throughout the glass, however, the spice tends to build on the palate. Still, a very nice beer with alot of finesse. A nice change of pace.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 9/9/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark orange/brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger, caramel, grainy malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is spicy and sweet up front with flavors of nutmeg, ginger, pumpkin dominating as you would expect. There are some background flavors of caramel and other fruits. The hops presence is mild but enough to provide a decent balance. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's not the kind of beer that I normally drink, but it's ok if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I'm not sure how many more pumpkin ales I'm gonna be able to go through this year before I go crazy. Until then, though, this stuff pours a clear golden auburn topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises light caramel apple, light cinnamon, light brown sugar, and a very light tinge of mandarin orange. Yeah, everything's light here...too light... The taste amps up the orange and the brown sugar, leaving pretty much everything else to be forgotten in the background. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a sorta-kinda lightly grainy feel. Overall, I can't help but admit my disappointment with this brew. It's weak when it shouldn't be and is unbalancedly (sure, it's a word...) flavored. Not my cup o' tea.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by Jan 2012. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap that lasts. Tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of big fresh pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, caramel, and bread. Some very nice aromas here, probably the most pumpkin forward aromas I have ever had in a beer. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, bread, and allspice. No bitterness noticed, but there are some lingering notes of pumpkin, bread, allspice, and cinnamon on the finish. Taste is a bit on the watery side, but overall really solid and enjoyable. Medium carbonation and body; with a bit of a creamy mouthfeel that goes down very smoothly. Nice balance of flavors. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish as expected. Overall this is a really nice and sessionable pumpkin ale. I would have this again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my English lager mug cold

A - Bright Honey like orange color w/ thick three finger head. The head has a wispy, creamy appearance. Ample lace gathers around the glass's perimeter a the head gradually decreases. Brilliant amber hues and attractive clarity for this seasonal.

S - Spicy nutmeg, clove and cinnamon scents with subtle ale fruitiness are harboured in the aroma. There are minor hints of allspice and ginger intertwined in the pumpkin pie aroma.

T - Metallic bitter nutmeg flavor greets the tongue with minimal spice blend that gradually fans out and becomes more dominant. Pleasant woody hop bitterness is evident along with a nice pie crust like malt sweetness that appears in finish. Flavors of actual cooked pumpkin become more noticeable as the ale warms.

M - Broad medium full body that is nicely balanced with substantial carbonation. Dry spice-like qualities with matching hop oiliness appear with the first sips. There is a nice blend of sweet/spice character here.

D - An overall good representation of the pumpkin ale style. Spicy, but not overdone. Enough real pumpkin flavor to give an ample full texture in the mouthfeel. Effervescent, sweet and pleasant. I could and have had several in a session.

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Photo of chinchill
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
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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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.