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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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1,934 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,934
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 47
Gots: 192 | 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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Ratings: 1,934 | Reviews: 861
Photo of Sammy
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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 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 kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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

Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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 ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -11%
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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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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