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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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1,928 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,928
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 47
Gots: 185 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of thain709
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with an amber body and a creamy, beige head...the head stood two fingers and retained to a solid cap...there was decent lacing left behind

S - The nose was very Earthy...it presented some toasted grain, slight caramel, and a leafy presence...the pumpkin pie spices were kept to a minimum

T - There was also the earthy taste present on the palate...the toasted grain was all around...fleshy pumpkin never came through like I expected from the earthy tones...sweet caramel provided a proper level of sweetness and paired with the toasted grains...the spices, minimal in the nose, were also faint in the flavors...there was a surprising hop presence at the end...like the other flavors, the hops brought an earthy presence to the beer

M - Medium bodied...there really wasn't anything special here...a mild hop bite...it wanted some more, like a crispness

O - Not the best pumpkin beer, but it's worth trying...there is a huge earthy/green presence to the beer...the spice level could have been bumped up a notch

Photo of hdelavega
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a transparent coppery orange, with and inch of white head that disappears to little bubbles around the edge.
Smell is mostly spice. Nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, all spice.
Taste is the same, you kinda get that dry cinnamon feeling. Very little actual pumpkin.
Medium high carbonation, medium body. Just a little to much cinnamon.
Over it was ok and pretty drinkable but I won't buy it again.

Photo of bubseymour
1.97/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer looked and smelled ok...sort of a murky wheat beer look but orange and smelled malty and some spice but no cinnamon or pumpkin smells at all. Taste was really bad. Metallic tasting mess with lingering bitter finish. No pumpkin flavor at all. Overall I'm guessing I got a bad 6-pack because others sampled it and all thought it was bad tasting.

Photo of SickGnar
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orangey amber – leaning golden, but also a bit tawney. Medium off-white head that settles fairly fast, but retains a ring that leave sometimes fair lace. Cleat with just a few streams of small bubbles.

S: Fruity esters, light C malt sweetness, soft pumpkin & spice, & a hint of toasted grain. Both pumpkin and spice grow as the brew warms. A hint of herbal hops comes through as well.

T: Spice – mostly cinnamon and nutmeg at the start and finishing with some cloves and ginger – and pumpkin are more noticeable in flavor, but still fairly soft. Actually, there is a nice complexity to the spice without being overdone. Bready, toasty grain, & a low C malt sweetness provide a good base. Ghost background hints at darker roast. Backend and finish see a fair bit of grassy / herbal hops. Around the edges there is an estery sort of English yeast fruitiness. This one is not nearly as sweet as any pumpkin beer, but not lacking either. Pumpkin impact builds as you go.

M: Medium body with matched carbonation that is finely textured. Almost soft with minimal dextrins and residual sugars. Spice and hops pull it a tad drying.

D: Sort of a lightly hopped pale accented by a deft touch of gourd and spices. Won’t slow you down like many of the heavy, high abv offerings. A bit of a session seasonal.

Photo of smibroncos
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Poursed a clear copper color, with a two finger frothy white head no lacing on the glass.

S. Clove, cinnamon, leaves

T. a liht pumpkin flavorspicy with cinnamon, and nutmeg. A maslty taste which I like compared to some of the overpowering pumpkins out there

M. Medium bodied light carbonation, short duration.

O. Good brew I really liked that there was some malty flavor and not overpowering pumpkin.

Photo of celticfutblclub
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a lawson finest pint glass.

A - copper brown body with a bit of light poking through. one finger vanilla colored head with good retention and good lacing.

S - lots of spice in the nose cinnamon nutmeg bit of molasses in the background as well. molasses balances the nose well keeping it from being overly sweet.

T - much maltier than i expected. sweet malts molasses pumpkin. good amount of nutmeg and some cinnamon around the edge.

M - medium bodied medium carbonation. coats the mouth well.

O - a very solid beer. definitely a must try for pumpkin lovers.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sly Fox Inn; served in a Bud Light shaker.

A: Light orange hue with a finger of white head that slowly fades.

S: Good pumpkin aroma upfront with a slight, lingering hop presence. There is some spices there as well, which round out the pumpkin pie theme.

T: Drops off a little. The pumpkin flavour is there, but the pie theme is lost. Earthy hops balance the vegetal taste but the taste lacks the punch of the aroma.

D: It is pretty crisp and drinkable with a good balance, but its on the boring side, as far as pumpkin beers go.

Overall: A "meh" offering from Brooklyn. However, I remember having this a few years ago and it was MUCH worse. This is OK, but there are too many other better pumpkin beers available.

Photo of k7sw
4.26/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing ruby orange with a finger and a half of head that dwindles quickly to a sad layer but leaves nice lacing still. The smell really impressed me with the strong clove scent like a cooling pie. The taste kept up the trend going from pumpkin to clove to something that almost tasted like graham cracker crust. Mouthfeel was good, not a lot of alcohol taste and left my tongue feeling sticky sweet.
It's a close race for my favorite pumpkin ale.

Photo of Converge
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy orange-amber color, with over a finger of bubbly light tan head. The head thins out and leaves little lacing.

S - Sweet aroma. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger as expected. Caramel malt, pumpkin, and clove linger as well.

T - Wow, a little unexpected flavor here. A pumpkin ale that tastes of actual pumpkin. The typical pumpkin pie spice offering is still present, but takes a back seat to the authentic pumpkin flavor. Caramel malt, vanilla and slight hop flavors round out this ale. Not a particularly powerful flavor profile, but something about it is just very appealing.

M - Shockingly thick and creamy feel. Much heavier as well. For a 5% ABV ale, this thing packs a wallop in this department. Finishes dry with a light hop presence, but not too bitter. Leaves a peculiar film around my mouth, but it's nice.

D - Tasty pumpkin ale with an interesting flavor profile and surprisingly weighty mouthfeel. Definitely one to revisit.

Photo of IronLover
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle, best by February 2012. Orangish-yellowish in color with a light haze. Poured with a frosty white foam that slowly reduced to a healthy cap. Coriander and cinnamon aromas are dominant with bready malt and pumpkin aromas beneath. Smooth and refreshing feel, but a little on the watery side. Coriander, cinnamon flavors up front with sweet pumpkin flavors beneath from beginning to end. Sweetness intensifies a bit at the finish before ending with a lightly spicy aftertaste.

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

Amber in color. Just a fingers worth of orangeish head. Smell is of cinnamon, clove and pumpkin. Taste is right in line with the smell. As it warms it is more like detergent. Definitely drink this cold. Pretty ho hum of an offering.

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.

Photo of n2185
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with three fingers of off-white that recedes into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Typical pumpkin spices--nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, etc.--up front. Some vanilla and pumpkin notes bring up the finish.

T: Spices again up front followed by a lightly sour pumpkin flavor. Somewhat bready and slightly bitter finish. A bit odd, and not much there.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer feels a bit watery.

O: Just not a very good beer. Spices and blandness dominate the nose and palate with a watery body. Nothing to get excited about.

Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,928 ratings.