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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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1,705 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,705
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 42
Gots: 86 | 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:
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 Seanibus
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better pumpkin ales out there - firm, flavorful, but not cloying or overwhelmingly spicy. They let the beer be beer, which is a nice approach.

Pours clear deep amber with nice fluffy head. Aroma is strongly spicy, cinnamon, clove, ginger. Flavor is sharply malty, with a sharp, long spice burn. Flavorful. Mouthfeel is a bit clingy, highlighting the burn.

Seanibus, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of MrStark
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a clear orange with a off white one-finger head that settles but sticks round leaving little bits of lacing.

Smell if of nice spices like cinnamon and the pumpkin is evident as well.

Taste is fairly sweet and the pumpkin flavor seams quite subtle. Overall its spicy and has a malt sweetness to it but not as complex as compared to others I've had from the style.

Mouthfeel seams fairly light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Fairly crisp.

Drinkability is not bad. It goes down easy and would make a decent session beer but all in all I think there are better examples of the style available.

MrStark, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of magnj
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Brilliantly clear light orange body is capped by a nice fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing while it lasts.

S - The nose is dominated by fall spices and a slight vegetable aroma, presumably the pumpkin.

T - The body is thin, starting off with a restrained dose of fall spices, followed up by the pumpkiny vegetable flavor, and ending with a crisp somewhat metallic finish.

M/D - Thin body is fine for the style but a little watery at times. Easy to drink at a reasonable ABV. Not my favorite in the style, I still haven't found one but worth picking some up to enjoy on a cold day.

magnj, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of rosmhuire
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Tough to tell, since I drank it out of the bottle. GASP!

S: Typical pumpkin spices on the nose - nutmeg and ginger lead the way.

T: Definitely not over-the-top fake pumpkin, which is nice. I've only had this one and the Smuttynose pumpkin, so I've yet to try a super-duper pumpkiny flavored beer, though I feel like I have to one eventually.

M: Nice crispness, good carbonation

D: Especially drinkable for a pumpkin ale. The flavor is understated, and you can actually tell this is an ale instead of liquid pumpkin pie. The nose makes you think this will be all pie taste, but that's not the case.

rosmhuire, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear body with an apricot colored body. Head is decent and leaves a few splotches of lacing

S- Pumpkin pie spices and a tangy fruit flavor make for an interesting smell.

T- The flavor seems to be the perfect level of pumpkin for me. I know I'm tasting pumpkin but it's still a beer with hops, malt and yeast.

M- Pretty simple feeling with a light crispness and a prickly carbonation

D- Pumpkin ales are a rarity in a my drinking line-up but this one shows up more often than most.

EnojysAnyBeer, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of adamette
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Poured into a clean, clear glass at Fat Head's in North Olmsted, Ohio last night.

A Kind of dissapointing clear, slight orange body with minimal head. 2.5

S Pumpkin, light smell. Not inspiring. 3.0

T Rather uninspiring pumpkin Ale. I find most pumpkin ales to suffer from this boredom factor. Perhaps I am spoiled from my experience with pumpkin beers from Weyerbacher, Souther Tier Brewing Company and Great Lakes Brewing Company? As far the taste specifically, there is light pumpkin, some minimal spices. 2.5

M Light feel, not something I really like from this style. 2.0

D Really quite good with manageable ABV%, light feel but there are simply better options out there. 4.0

adamette, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Fnord
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear reddish-amber with quite a few bubbles and a small but lasting head.

Smell - Pumpkin, caramel, flowers, maple, alcohol, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Taste - The pumpkin and associated flavors are less pronounced than they were in the nose. More subtle. There's a bit of alcohol, a somewhat sweet middle, and crisp hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thin, very crisp and highly carbonated.

Notes - I had high hopes from the smell, but the crispness masks the spices and prevents it from standing out as a pumpkin ale. A solid beer, but maybe not the best choice if you want a lot of pumpkin in your beer. However, if you want to session a pumpkin ale, this would be a good one.

Fnord, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of movingtrain
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle sampled from a Duvel glass.

Pours an orange amber color with a light white head.

Smells of cinnamon, brown sugar, fall spices, light pumpkin aroma, pie crust...smells like a moderately malty beer with some pumpkin pie spices.

Taste is a little metallic...very homebrew-ish. Tastes bitter up front, with a sweet ending. Kind of watery. Definitely spiced, but not overly flavorful.

Mouthfeel on this one is all right...it's drinkable, for sure...actually, this is one pumpkin beer that would be easy to drink for an evening...not too strong, but relatively flavorful...slightly chalky fell, but a beer that has some merit.

movingtrain, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Briarscratch
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz into a Southapton Publick House glass. Color is Orange like a pumpkin! Nice retaining head with lots of lace. Smell is sweet with nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie. Taste seems a little off. It has a metallic character to it that kinda sucks. As it warms, I get a little more pumpkin and malt. Its pretty well balanced for the style but not as good as I had hoped. Light bodied, easy drinker if you can stand more than one.

Briarscratch, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Stigs
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into DFH signature glass.

A - one finger of lovely creme colored fluffy foam, slowly dies. nice dark amber color, looks like a healthy amount of carbonation.

S - spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, slight clove and white grape tartness.

T - a lot of the scents are dulled down in the taste, need to let this warm a bit. this one is more "pumpkin" than "pumpkin pie". wish it had just a little more something, sweetness maybe. kind of an odd watery aftertaste.

M - crispy carbonation, livens up the tongue.

D - not doing a whole lot for me, wish it was "bigger"

Stigs, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of DoreenAndDave
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a rich amber. Pours with a thin head which dissipates quickly. Smell is spicy and perhaps a little floral. Taste is sturdy and pumpkiney, but not overwhelmingly so. The pumpkin and spices are well balanced and integrated. Beer is pleasantly bitter and not sweet or heavy as some pumpkin ales can be. Good, dry mouthfeel and very good drinkability. All in all very good pumpkin ale.

DoreenAndDave, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 1 1/2 finger head and a clear orange color with GREAT retention.

Smell is of pumkin spice and vanilla and a slight caramel malt sweetness.

Taste lacks a little bit in comparison to the nose. Not a whole lot going underneath the spice in terms of malts. Very light beer underneath.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and slightly watery.

This beer has a great pumpkin spice flavor, it just needs some more malt sweetness and body.

jasonjlewis, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of dustinTN
2.33/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice reddish/orange hue with moderate head. Smells of allspice, nutmeg, and some pumpkin. Taste is not impressive - horrible aftertaste. Nice pumpkin up front and a little sweet, but finishes with very unpleasant nutmeg bitterness. Moderate density mouthfeel, highly carbonated. Not very drinkable. Don't know if I will ever finish the six pack. Sorry, Brooklyn. Usually love your stuff, but will avoid this one at all costs in the future.

dustinTN, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from my mom-Pours deep amber with red hues. Head is beige and frothy. Spicy aroma (cinnamon, nutmeg) pumpkin pie, lots of cookie dough, burnt malts. Sweet and spicy flavour profile consists of a lot of pumpkin pie, burnt brown sugar, biscuit, sweet malts, some bittering hops. Very creamy, with a good lingering aftertaste. Good.

mrmanning, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle from a sixer.

Appearance: Dark orange and clear. Decent head at first, but it fades into nothingness in just a few minutes. Scant lacing at best.

Smell: Lots of pumpkin pie spice when you smell the still glass. A little swirl brings out a surprising amount of sweet malt.

Taste: Pumpkiny spice up front. Its sweet, but not too sweet at all. The pumpkin is not overpowering, nor is the sweetness. It does seem a little watery, but overall, pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Unfortunately seems a little flat and watery. More carbonation would go a long way.

Drinkability: I bought this six pack for my wife. She wanted ST Pumpking and was almost pissed when I couldnt find any. This was a reasonable substitution. I drank 3 of them. Its decent beer. Not too pumpkiny or sweet.

rapidsequence, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of IronDjinn
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly hazed deep coppery amber hue, tall creamy light beige head that slowly settles and leaves some chunky lacing in its wake.

Earthy and spicy on the nose, nutmeg especially, plus an unexpected zip of grapefruit.

The flavour is also earthy, faint pumpkin spice in the middle, with a rounded vegetable astringency on the finish accompanied by a herbal, slightly citrus hoppiness. The aftertaste gets a bit ambivalent and busier than the actual flavour profile, and this is where I feel things tend to slide.

Light creamy mouthfeel, not quite as bold as the flavour.

A curious, savoury ale to have every once in a while, not quite schizophrenic, however to me it can't quite decide where it wants to end up flavourwise. As much as I love my hops they don't seem to be adding much benefit to the overall experience.

IronDjinn, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of MisterDeeds
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange amber, slight rust color. Nice foamy head recedes a bit, but sticks around the sides.
Smell is a bit cinnamonny, with pumpkin and nutmeg as well.
Taste is very easy and balanced. Nutmeg up front, with some sweet cinnamon, balanced off in the end with some very subtle bittering hops.
Mouthfeel of the liquid is nice, but the spices feel a bit powdery and chalky.
Very easy drinking, and new-user friendly. This is the one that started the whole pumpkin craze, and it is a nice entry level offering to the category.

MisterDeeds, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Naugled
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in tulip.

Body has a deep amber color and is crystal clear, head is quick and tan.

subtle spice in nose with a good malty note

taste is spice first with a solid malt base up secondly, I think I taste pumpkin but I'm not sure, nor do I care because it tastes like beer.

body is medium and beer is nicely drinkable, not over spiced like a lot of these beers. It is missing hop character though, I only get spice. That said it is still a well made beer and if I had to drink pumpkin this would be on the short list.

Naugled, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of curasowa
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've heard a lot about this beer, so I finally decided to try it. Pours a copper color with two fingers of head that faded with chunky lacing. The aroma is overwhelmingly pumpkin and nutmeg, like a pumpkin pie, but also with hints of caramel malt. The taste alternates between the malt's flavor and pumpkin, then fades into some slightly harsh bitterness and crispness from the carbonation, but with the pumpkin taste always in the background. Medium bodied with a strange, lingering aftertaste. Definitely not terrible, as long as you like pumpkin pie, but I don't think I could drink more than 2.

curasowa, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of bum732
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful burnt orange, nice creamy head leaving great lacing. Smells of pumpkin, pumpkin spices including cinnamon and allspice, some earthiness, some vanilla and bourbon. Tastes of sweet and spicy malt, undertones of pumpkin. Fairly mellow earthy and spicy bitterness finishing fairly clean with just a touch of allspice. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, almost watery, moderate carbonation.

A decent pumpkin ale. Aroma was very good, as usual for most pumpkin beers, the taste does not meet expectations. Still fairly solid overall, very sessionable, if possible. Mouthfeel a little thin, i was hoping for some creaminess.

bum732, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Tilley4
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm a big Brooklyn fan so I have been wanting to give this one a shot...

Pours out terrifically orange with a fluffy head... Very autumn like,,,

Pretty good aromas of fall spices and pumpkin as well... Rich malts mixed with cinnamon and nutmeg and the usual suspects found in a pumpkin ale...

Decent enough taste with this... A little bland and watery... Thw spices are there but not quite prevalent enough..

A middle of the road pumpkin ale really...

Tilley4, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of DNICE555
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A - orangey brown, hazy, not much head or lacing.

S - Spices, yeast, not getting that real pumpkin smell I crave.

T - Tastes too artificial to me. I'm an adonis and I only like putting natural ingredients into my body. The cinnamon is powerful but I'm just not diggin it.

M - Light, very light. Not much body to it. Heavily carbonated.

D - Only 5% ABV and very light so this one goes down like an eager college girl after a frat party.

DNICE555, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Casey10
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad sipper a light pumpkin sipper

A - light orange ale with minimal head.

S - very faint spice not much more.

T - light burnt taste of pumpkin and spice.

M - slight feel not much else very faint.

D - could drink again not a favorite though.

Beer is okay but not a really big on this in anyway.

Casey10, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy cloudy copper orange,

smell: some pumpkin rind smell and spices but not huge

taste: some nutmeg and pumpkin spices, a little light. I wanted more flavor

mouthfeel: light... too light.

drinkability: decent beer but an below avergae pumpkin beer. not horriebl just had better.

CampusCrew, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A burnished orange color with a large creamy off-white head that leaves some nice sudsy lacing on the glass. A nice dollop of cream sits atop the beer, reminding me of whipped cream on top of pumpkin pie.

S: Sweet pumpkin and an in-your-face spice attack. Nutmeg and all kinds of pumpkin-pie spice abound. Some caramel maltiness, too. Really intense--I like it, though I hope the flavor isn't this intensely spiced.

T&M: Flavor is interesting, but falls a tad flat near the finish. Caramel malt up front gives way to a sharp, yet short rush of pumpkin flavor followed by some indistinct spice notes. Finish dies off with a dry maltiness and some latent bitterness. Body is full enough for the style, but the flavor just isn't all the way there.

D: A decent pumpkin ale. I'd definitely buy it again, and probably would bring it to a halloween party as a nice conversation starter/themed kinda thing.

BamaBeerBuff, Oct 15, 2009
Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,705 ratings.