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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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1,627 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 37
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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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.

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2.88/5  rDev -17%

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured into mug.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, dark orange amber. 1 and a half finger head that dissipates at a moderate pace into a soapy lacing. Lots of bubbles form the carbonation.

Aroma: Pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and all-spice. A little bit of malt behind all that if you can find it.

Taste: I don't know if anyone remembers Brooklyn's summer ale, but it had an aggressive english pale ale yeast taste. Very dry and bitter. This beer has much of that. The bitterness kills much of the pumpkin and spice taste. Its all there, the cloves vanilla and pumpkin flavors. I like bitter, beers but this is too much.

Mouthfeel: Properly carbonated, I think pumpkin ales should be creamy and this is just bitter.

Drinkability: I wanted to enjoy this ale, I really did. But this goes the way of the summer ale. In the end of the day this is just a overzealously bitter english pale with a few pumpkin pie notes. I'll stick to Punkin ale by DFH, for my fall beer kick.

10-11-2009 18:02:37 | More by MaxBrews
Photo of Brenden


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

This brew is a deep, near-orange color. Head retention is good and some light lacing is left behind.
The smell is full of subtle sweetness and spices that are the perfect balance on the nose without being too strong. A nice malt shows up as well, and a hops presence adds to the balance.
The backing is a sturdy malt and hops add to the balance in the flavor. The spices and sweetness show up as well. The pumpkin isn't a prevalent flavor here, but this one is very autumnal and it's a tasty brew. I just need a little more pumpkin.
The mouthfeel is both moderately smooth and crisp with a good level of carbonation in a medium body.
This is a solid brew and, while there's not as much pumpkin as I'd hope for, it's there. It's a good brew all-around anyway.

10-09-2009 02:02:20 | More by Brenden
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


4.2/5  rDev +21%

12oz bottle purchased at Tully's in Well's. Pours a crystal-clear golden-amber body with a thin quickly dissipating off-white head. Smells spicy sweet, like a pumpkin pie - definitely cinnamon and cloves. Tastes like cinnamon, clove, allspice, with a touch of pumpkin and caramel. Medium to light in body with ample carbonation. Very tasty and quaffable. A pretty solid pumpkin ale overall, among the better examples I've tried.

10-08-2009 04:38:53 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance- very copper brown with crystal clarity, nice small bubbles stream up the glass into a moderate white head, nice look

Smell- holy moly that smells like pumpkins, slight other spices like cinnamon and nutmeg clearly on the nose, very strong nose

taste- pumpkins my friend i tell pumpkins, I have had some pumpkin ales that dont remind you of pumpkins at all this is isnt one, tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie, lots of spice nutmeg and cinnamon with a dominating flavor of pumpkin, malty backbone dominates the flavor profile, this beer certainly is not sweet I will tell you that definitely some spicey hops or flavoring to this that really does not make this the sweet beer I might have thought this to be, definitely a unique beer

Mouthfeel- creamy smooth with a crisp carbonation

Drinkability- this beer is not bad in anyway but the flavor is very unique, I am not sure how many of these I could really consume in a session, probably only one or two max, hmm well what does save it on the drinkability a bit is the fact that the hops or spice really keep the beer from gettin to sweet and rather balanced on that front, I can appreciate that this is a well crafted beer but pumpkin ales are a style that may take me some getting use to before I could really appreciate them fully,

10-07-2009 22:16:16 | More by Stunner97
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3.03/5  rDev -12.7%

Of the few I've had, no pumpkin ale has impressed me. Let's see if this is the beer to change my mind.

It pours a deep orange with a thick white head. Sticky lacing.

The aroma is heavy on pumpkin pie spices. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice and clove. No pumpkin, though. A little bit of pale malt on the back-end as well. Not bad.

The flavor is spice-heavy too. I'm not picking up any pumpkin flavor whatsoever. It reminds me of an English pale that's been heavily spiced. Not bad, but not all that good either.

Mouthfeel is decent. It's fairly crisp and has a dry finish.

Drinkability is average at best. I would drink one if offered, but this is nothing I would spend my money on in the future. Being that this pumpkin ale had very little in the way of a pumpkin flavor, I'm going to have to keep looking for one that impresses me.

10-07-2009 04:20:22 | More by BigJim5021
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

On tap at The Institute as part of their "Pumpkin Patch" event...

Slightly orange, mostly gold in color. Thin white head, little lacing. Smell is of mild spices, not much else. Taste is a thin profile of pumpkin pie spices with very little pumpkin. Almost a lager like bite distracts from what little taste is there. Slightly creamy, mild carbonation. Not one of my favorite pumpkin beers.

10-06-2009 13:14:42 | More by rfgetz
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3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

A- A clear golden orange liquid with a thin white head that leaves great lacing.

S- Smells just like pumpkin pie. A little mellow and subtle, but it keeps the spices from getting out of control.

T- Tastes a lot spicier than the aroma leads you to believe. Not bad, but not very good either.

M- Clean with a nice carbonation level.

D- An alright beer. It drinks fine, but there are much better pumpkin beers out there.

10-06-2009 02:20:10 | More by david131
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3.55/5  rDev +2.3%

A - This beer poured a orange amberish color that produced a wispy white head that had little retention and laced the side of the glass moderately

S - The aromas produced by this beer were spot on for a Pumpkin Ale, but a little light on the pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg

T - The taste of this Pumpkin Ale was better than Harvest Moon and Buffalo Bill's, but not in the class of Pumking and Punkin', but some good pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation, however, there is a harshness on the mouth, I can't explain it but it's a little off putting

D - This could be a great session Pumpkin Ale, but something on the mouthfeel is not quite right, still, this is much better than Harvest "no pumpkin in sight" Moon

10-05-2009 15:15:08 | More by cvfish
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Another pumpkin ale, this time from Brooklyn. I thought I'd tire from pumpkin beers by now but in fact I am starting to really like certain ones. The spicy not so sweet pumpkin beers are definitely more to my liking. Brooklyn brews most of their beers in a traditional, not over-the-top manner so I'm guessing their pumpkin beer will be solid and more true to style. Cheers!

Pour - Post Road pours a dark gold or medium amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Nice cascading bubbles as well. Its a joy to look at, especially knowing that I can drink it soon.

Aroma - Interesting mix of kitchen spices. Definitely some cinnamon and nutmeg along with some clove. There is also a bit of pumpkin as well. Its sort of earthy and sweet.

Taste - Talk about a nice flavorful beer. Plenty of the spices come out and add a nice bite in the finish. The pumpkin flavor is a bit hard to taste until this one warms up a bit, but its definitely there. What this beer is not is a super sweet pumpkin pie flavored disaster. Its more like the Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, its probably very true to the original style brewed back in the day. Great job!

Overall - Great beer, I really enjoyed the spiciness and the fact that it wasn't very sweet. It definitely reminded me of the Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale.

Would I buy more of it? Yes, without a doubt.

10-03-2009 12:40:39 | More by indiapaleale
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +19%

1st pumpkin ale!

Pours a cloudyish deep copper brown with a thick head. Laces down quite a bit. Looks good!

Smell up front is...Pumpkin! Very in your face. Smells like fresh baked pumpkin pie. Definitely some cinnomon and nutmeg as well.

Tastes alot like it smells but with a solid backbone of malt with a bit of caramel.

Basically you can think of this beer as a british style pale ale with a blast of pumpkin spice. I liked this beer quite a bit.

10-03-2009 02:40:11 | More by jhammel01
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Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%

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 orange-copper hue, with a single finger of soapy off-white head, which leaves a solid sheet of thin lace as it recedes. It smells predominantly of nutmeg and cinnamon, quite spicy, and pumpkin meat. The taste is more of the same - nutmeg, cinnamon, with some ginger, clove, light caramel malt, dry and somewhat bitter pumpkin, and some earthy hops. The carbonation is fairly high, the body a bit on the light side, and it finishes dry and spicy.

This is a fair bit different than the local versions that I've 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 the patch for the Great Eponymous One...

10-02-2009 21:41:15 | More by biboergosum
Photo of cpone

New York

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Poured into a pint it shows a rich, clear copper body. Foamy/ soapy head that sticks around and leaves some lacing.

S: Immediately get nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Spices combined with pumpkin, like pumpkin pie. Followed by hops. great smell.

T: Very mellow hoppy and spicy flavor. Get the cloves, pumpkin taste really comes last and is mild. Good, but feels like something is lacking in this dept.

M: pretty thin. Was expecting more from a fall seasonal.

D: Because of the fruity taste was minimal, although fruity isn't generally an issue with pumpkin ales, drinkability is good.

10-02-2009 00:39:10 | More by cpone
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3.93/5  rDev +13.3%

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger head that faded pretty quick, clear chestnut color, great lacing mix of big bubbles and fine lace, one stream of bubbles that i could see.

s- pumpkin pie straight up, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, brown sugar.

t- nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, cooked pumpkin, really nice.

m- not overly heavy, it's got a medium body.

d- good drinkability, i'd have this pumpkin ale again for sure, for me pumpkin beers aren't sessionable because of all the spice but i could have two of these, yet another good offering from brooklyn.

10-01-2009 04:52:37 | More by thecarster1
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%

A: Nice amber color with an off white head and some killer lacing found on the pint glass.

S: Allspice, some cinnamon, pumpkin in the back.

T: A balanced brew between the spiciness and the pumpkin flavor. The spice wins, which I like the most.

M: Medium body, great carbonation, creamy in texture, abv not noticeable.

D: Great drinkability all-around. The only thing that has my head scratching while drinking this brew is the resemblance of Saranacs version. Which we all know Brooklyn Brewery is outsourcing this beer to. Other than that fact, one good pumpkin ale that makes me feel warm inside on cold fall nights. Its all an illusion either way...

09-30-2009 06:24:17 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

09-30-2009 02:46:14 | More by generallee
Photo of BrewMaven

New York

3.85/5  rDev +11%

Tried as a change from the Octoberfests I've been enjoying for a month now.

Pours a crystal clear deep amber with a thin white head that shrunk to a ring in a few minutes.

Without the handicap of allergies, my sniffer was able to pick up a slight spicy ginger scent.

Taste had more of this along with a little malty sweetness and a dry slightly hoppy finish.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Interesting enough that I might buy another sixer before the winter hits.

09-29-2009 19:23:13 | More by BrewMaven
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3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

09-28-2009 08:11:20 | More by nickfl
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +15.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, 2009 release.

A- Bright copper orange with filtered clarity and a creamy thin eggshell head. A very nice look.

S-Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and malts, with a whif of clove. A very heady aroma indeed!

T-This has to be one of the best, if not the best pumpkin ale that is not an imperial. Caramel malts feature cinnnamon as well as the aformentioned spices and a gentle pumpkin flavor that carries across the palate. Starts with a bit of sweetness and closes with a slightly astringent bitter finish. Not an "in your face" spice experience, but a damn nice drinkable beer.

M-Well done, well balanced overall mouthfeel

D-This is one heck of a drinkable pumpkin ale. Sure, Weyerbacher Imperial is a better example, but you can drink this all night at 5.0 AVB. I'll call this the seasonal sessioner for the fall.

09-27-2009 21:05:41 | More by caddybuyer
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

This was my first full pumpkin beer. Taste was very sweet up front, especially the first few sips. After it set into my palate, though, there was a good amount of balance. It's obviously going to be on the malty side of things, but this one had some decent bitter backbone that allowed the pumpkin, cinnamon, and others spices to pronounce themselves. Mouthfeel was a little under medium, and the drinkability is pretty high, as well. I'm not sure I'd knock back a ton of these in a night, but I could definitely do an evening sample of the pumpkin ale style, and if I did that, I'd make sure Post Road Pumpkin was on my list.

09-27-2009 14:34:11 | More by johannasclimacus
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New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with the marking: BEST BEFORE FEB 2010. Sampled on September 26, 2009. The pour is an rich orange-copper with excitable carbonation and about an inch of puffy, white head. The aroma is mild but full of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and fresh hops. The mouthfeel is carbonated and average. Pumpkin spices and hops in the taste with a little graininess and a lingering but pleasing hopped aftertaste. A nice fall seasonal and easy to drink.

09-26-2009 22:14:46 | More by puboflyons
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New York

4.83/5  rDev +39.2%

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.

09-26-2009 20:18:53 | More by KenOnBass
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3.4/5  rDev -2%

Another pumpkin ale courtesy of the Mrs.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep orange-y amber color with about a half inch of head that doesn't hang around long at all leaving behind decent lacing.

Smell: A bit lacking in this department. Hints of sweet pumpkin and typical pumpkin spice, but nothing really stands out. A bit disappointed here.

Taste: A bit more pronounced than the smell, thankfully. More pumpkin than spice, which is a nice change of pace from some of the other pumpkin beers I've recently reviewed. Regardless, the taste is a bit subdued, the pumpkin should stand out a bit more.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied, smooth drinking, crisp finishing beer. Not bad...better than average I would say.

Drinkability: One of the more drinkable pumpkin ales simply because nothing really stands out. Hints of pumpkin, hints of spice, a subtle sweetness all around. I could drink more than one of these in a night, but I wouldn't be in any kind of hurry.

09-26-2009 00:09:48 | More by krisandajt
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3.05/5  rDev -12.1%

Appearance: Nice color, what I would expect from a pumpkin beer.

Smell: Spices and lots of them. Strongest scent was the cinnamon.

Taste: The smell gave me a great hint, it was very very spicy. I will wager and say it was almost too overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Slightly carbonated but not bad, was actually nice.

Drinkability: This is a beer I would classify as a finishing beer or your 5th or 6th beer. After a while it got a bit hard to drink because the spices were very overpowering and because it lacked subtlety in the taste, makes it hard to continually drink.

Overall can't say I would drink it again because it is way to overpowering on the spices, but I think everyone should try it in retrospect of other pumpkin beers.

09-25-2009 20:56:28 | More by Nezzy
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3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

Oh I'm a sucker for pumpkin ales. I'll try any one I can get my hands on this season.

This one poured a dark golden color, almost a watered down cola, with a nice one and a half finger head. Some lacing.

Smells of... well pumpkin pie! Nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. A little roasted malt also.

Taste is very spicy. Nutmeg and clove dominate the pallet. Then you're left with a weak almost medicinal finish. not impressed.

Mouthfeel is good. A little too carbonated for this style. kinda hides the pumpkin in my opinion.

All in all not a bad brew. The spicing is nice. With other pumpkin ales out there like Pumking and Punkin Ale, I probably won't waste my time with this one again. But check it out if the overwhelming flavor of Pumking is too much for you but you still like a good pumpkin ale!

09-24-2009 20:44:06 | More by ditch
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3.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange-brown, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, toasted malt, and pumpkin..with a tad bit of hops in the end.

Mouthfeel: sweet start and body with a slightly bitter finish, medium bodied, and high carbonation.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable, especially for the style. I like how this has a marzen taste to it. The spicing seems just right and I could have two or three. Brooklyn seems to do seasonal Autumn beers quite well.

09-24-2009 14:45:30 | More by tigg924
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