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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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1,923 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,923
Reviews: 859
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 46
Gots: 177 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of IPALover23
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of many pumpkin beers I grabbed as singles from Beers of the World that I wanted to try for the fall season. Cheers

A-poured a nice amber coppish color with little head

S-Cloves and nutmeg overpower the smell, with a nice mix of some different spices

T-First off the nutmeg and cloves along with some other spices, then a taste of the pumpkin which compliments it nice and gives it a smooth finish

M-light mouthfeel but a smooth finish

D-Very refreshing taste probably could have a few more than I would normally a pumpkin ale because its on the lighter side

A nice light pumpkin ale with a smooth finish. Would recommend

Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

NOTE: I discovered that this beer is MUCH BETTER WHEN IT'S WARM (ie 62F).

A= pumpkin orange with modestly active head and some mild rimming & lacing.

S= some nice and complex spices. It seems to mellow out some while it sits, and then the nice malts emerge.

T= slightly watery for my preferences in any beer, I can't find any actual pumpkin in it until it warms, but the malts come through amidst the spices found in the scent plus some hops bitters and light florals. Once it warms I occasionally get mouthfuls of fresh cooked pumpkin (a la squash style).

M= light bitters and spices, slightly bready malts, occasional pumpkin to savor.

D= if you like it I'm sure you can down a 6 easily. I'd prefer to find more pumpkin, maybe more spice and less watery overall.

Photo of drsyko
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - amber-colored, essentially no head but a light blanker of bubbles on top.

S - pleasantly spicy, not over-powering.

T - not of pumpkin, to my palate. A good lighter-flavored beer, though I am missing the pumpkin. Somewhat hoppy. Balanced, with a stronger finish. Nothing especially noteworthy.

M - Carbonated and light.

D - Not a bad beer, though would not be my first choice for a pumpkin ale (or a fall beer in general, for that matter). Not memorable comapred to some of the other pumpkin ales.

Photo of mbusster88
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours burnt orange color. Nice large head, dissipates quickly to bout one finger. Cinnamon, apples, some citrus, lots of spice and of course pumpkin in the aroma. Warm, crisp fall like flavor upfront. Not as much pumpkin in the taste as some others, nice spices, cinnamon and still some citrus. Nice ale thickness to the body with a smooth finish. Overall a good ale, not quite the "pumpkin" ale that I was expecting, but a good one to try.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Fresh-by date clearly inked on the neck.

Pours an almost orange color, nice and clear, head retention ok. Not crazy about the smell - kinda medicinal, sharp, and green. Taste starts off bitter, but then rounds out somewhat. The finish is spicy, and drinkability is decent. An alright beer, but the flavors didn't gel like I wanted them to. Too bitter and not enough pumpkin flavor. I seem to say that about most pumpkin ales.. need to find a good one.

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug.

Look: orangey copper. Decent sized head with not much retention but not much lacing.

Smell: pumpkin pie scent, so your usual nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon.

Taste: pumpkin pie spices dominate this one up front with some brown sugar. There's a bit of hops in the finish.

Feel: light body with a lot of carbonation.

Drink: high. These were served at a party and everyone was going through them quickly.

Overall, a mediocre pumpkin beer. This isn't my favorite style to begin with because they seem to appeal to people who don't like actual beer but really just want pumpkin pie flavored wine coolers and this is one of those. I wouldn't bother with this one, honestly.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.88/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional pumpkin ale. Why haven't I noticed it before? Oh, probably because most pumpkin ales, for lack of a better word, suck, and I was turned off from them for years. This season, however, I've jumped back on the gourd train and, along with the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, this beer has given me hope.

Anyway, despite the fact that the head collapses rather quick, it's a rather nice-looking pour. The head itself wasn't ugly, in fact, it started off cottony or what I call "mashed potatoey" (in other words subtly lumpy), a little off-white, and a good two-finger high. The color was actually very much pumpkin orange. Very nicel.

The proportion of nutmeg in the aroma of a pumpkin ale, in my opinion, makes or breaks it. Saranac Pumpkin Ale is one I've had lately that reeks of nutmeg. It might be there somewhere in the Post Road, but an expert blend of the other spicy "pumpkin pie" aromas creates what may be the best pumpkin ale smell I've experienced - not mouth-drooling, but wonderfully balanced.

Let me just get out of the way that the mouthfeel is perfect - absolutely perfect - for this style. Smooth, almost cask-like. Medium-full body - or, at least, thicker compared to most other examples of the style. Excellent subtle pumpkiny squash base for the flavor, beefed up with a oh-so-lightly roasty malty backbone. The spices blend in magnificently. Beautiful balance.

I'll actually buy a six-pack of this, if that tells you how I feel about it's drinkability. Big fan of high ABV pumpkin ales, but this is an exceptional low octane example.

Photo of birchstick
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bolgehill for sending this one my way as an extra!

A - pours a nice orangeish copper with a nice two finger head

S - the nose has lots of nutmeg, some clove, a touch of cinnamon, and a lot of pumpkin. Smells great

T - Starts off with a lot of sweet spices, namely the nutmeg and cinnamon. There is some metallic pumpkin flavor going on behind the spices. The cinnamon reintroduces itself on the back end of the finish. Overall, the nutmeg is probably the strongest flavor on the palate. Not bad.

M - good full body that goes down smoothly

D - This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. Nothing too outside the normal, but that isn't a bad thing. Glad I had the chance to try this.

Photo of HopNuggets
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz into Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.

A - Poured a very clear light orange/amber autumn leaf color. 1 finger white head that dissipated pretty quickly to a good covering.

S - Pumpkin pie scent with nice spices as well as bisquity notes with some cloves. Not overpowering but nice scent.

T - Cloves up front taken over by sweet brown sugar like smoothness followed by a nice hit of hops with a great smooth finish and cloves in the after taste.

M - Medium-Light body with moderate carbonation. Leaves a slight coating on the palate that is nice and refreshing.

D - Very drinkable and refreshing but probably couldn't drink a 6 pack as it would probably ruin your palate with the spices and become a little much.

Photo of PSUDREW
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a solid Amber, little bit of head that dies pretty quickly. steady stream of carbonation.
S: Wonderful pumpkin pie odor, with hints of graham cracker.
T: Mild taste. little bit of pumpkin and spice. very crisp, malty, but nothing over powering. IDK, I think I expected more, but this is alright, in a good way. Little bit of grassy hops at the end
M: not unlike an amber. present but not overpowering or too lite
D: more then I thought with the lack of massive pumpkin and spice, but this was rather pleaset beer

Photo of IPAescotch
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

didn't see the beer, unfortunately i drank it straight from the bottle. no glasses at this party.

Smell fully lived up to my expectations to a pumpkin ale. literally smells like pumpkin ale. exciting

unfortunately taste doesnt come through. WAYYYY over carbonated, i cant really taste anything this has such a sharp bite. tastes like seltzer

feels like it gave my mouth a sunburn its so bright with carbonation. a mouthfull of razorblades

i should have waited for the carbonation to mellow, but no beer should taste that much like pure tonic. light so you think it would be easy to drink, but the carbonation is difficult to accept

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz dark brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on bottle. Served in a pint tumbler.
A shiny copper ale-colored brew with a bubbly, fast-fading off-white head. Very little in the way of lacing.
The aroma is underwhelming. It could use a little more pumpkin punch, but overall it is a pleasing smell, with dry malt, floral hop and pumpkin and spice undertones.
As in the aroma, this brew could use a bit more pumpkin. A little more of an alcoholic kick would improve things too, I think.
A caramel maltiness and crisp hop bite compliment each other nicely. A faint taste of limes adds dimension, but again, more pumpkin would be just right.
It goes down quickly as it's a bit thin.
All in all, a nice pumpkin ale that could use a little more pumpkin.

Photo of mlazzaro
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was kind of surprised to see this beer received such good reviews. I honestly didn't enjoy this beer very much.

a- a transparent amber color. white head, decent head retention.

s- very faint smell. a little malt with pumpkin aroma. not very pungent at all.

t- at least this isn't another spice beer instead of a true pumpkin flavor. It is pumpkiny, I just don't care for the flavors going on here. DMS vegetable flavor, I think from poor fermentation and not from pumpkin. kind of gross tasting

glad I only bought one and not a sixer.

Photo of FredTheSeal
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours with a billowy white head that slowly dissipates. It's clear enough to read through and is medium copper. Moderate lacing.

S - A nice blend of spices and pumpkin.

T - Much milder than most pumpkin ales I've had. Slightly on the bitter side but I'm not sure if it's coming from hops or one of the spices. There's a balanced blend of spices and pumpkin but there's not enough of either for my tastes.

M - Light bodied. Medium-High carbonation.

D - It's a pretty drinable beer but I don't think it would satisfy a craving for pumpkin ale.

Overall it's not a bad beer but it's missing something that keeps it from being better than average. I think this would be a good beer for somebody who "sorta likes" pumpkin ales.

Photo of HUXC
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- A dark golden orange amber color. About a fingers worth of off white head that leaves a nice lacing around the rim of the glass.

S- Faint aroma of fall spices including nutmeg, malted grains, and of course pumpkins.

T- Taste of malted grains with nutmeg. A nice crisp finish of pumpkin and other fall spices.

M- Moderate amount of carbonation with a nice crisp finish.

D- Easy to drink. Nice and smooth, full bodied, fall classic pumpkin ale.

Photo of BigMike
2.38/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden orange color with a soapy 1 finger head.

S: Light spices and pumpkin. Not strong but presant. An off smell I can't put my finger on.

T: Honestly the taste is not very good. Lightly spiced with cinnamon but not much else.

M: Watery with very light carbonation.

Overall: pumpkin beers are 9 times out of 10 very disappointing to me. I feel personally if you're making a pumpkin beer. Make a PUMPKIN beer. Get the spices up and get the pumpkin flavors up. Most are too thin bodied and this one is no
exception. Definitely a poor example of the style.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip pint: Light, clear, gold-copper body underneath half a finger of well-formed off-white head.

Smells like pumpkin bread. Spices are definitely there (cinnamon, nutmeg), but with a moist, bready, pastry background. Very good indeed.

Taste is much more spicey, with distinct clove & even a little ginger joining the cinnamon & nutmeg. Like walking into a card store in autumn, very evocative. Actually not a whole lot supporting it, but not bad -- some bready & slightly orange undertones.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, a little on the dry side. Actually kind of feels like spices in your mouth, too.

Good, some interesting & unique things going on here. The spice character is rich without being overly sweet. Rich enough, though, to make one enjoy & stop after that.

Photo of tzieser
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a rich amber copper color. nice thick head that slowly settles to a thin lacing.

notes of pumpkin, pumpkin spice, malt

tastes similar to the aroma. pumpkin-filled, for sure, but deliciously malty in the aftertaste. has a nice refreshing quality to it that i really enjoy

smooth mouthfeel; exceptional drinkability. probably the most drinkable pumpkin ale i've had

a great pumpkin ale. worth seeking out.

Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Glistening, crystal clear dark orange color, with a slight fizzy head, and moderate bubbly carbonation.

S: Right when I opened the bottle, I smell the usual suspect pumpkin spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. However, I'm also getting a bit of pumpkiny richness that I'm really digging. Also, I am detecting Brooklyn's signature taste profile - I smell a little bit of that fresh filtered water scent that I get whenever I drink Brooklyn Lager.

T: Not a "pumpkin pie type of brew in any way. This is more a full-bodied pumpkin lager. The spices complement the refreshing biscuit malts nicely and the finish is a smooth as the prelude. Bravo!

M: Tingly carbonation and the spices are surprisingly subtle. Very solid!

D: This is a pumpkin ale for beer lovers. My wife, who does not care for beer, and loves a lot of the big, thick pumpkin ales (ex. Pumking, Shlafly, Punkin', etc.), would definitely not like this one. Post Road is almost a faint echo of one of those giant pumpkin ales, but still very recognizable as a drinkable, pilsner-esque, session beer.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn usually never seems to go above or beyond a typical beer style. They play their cards safe and always deliver a solid product, with balance and drinkability. Most of the time, however, I am left wanting more. Case in point, Post Road Pumpkin Ale.

A: The beer pours a nice amber, orange color. Lighter in color than most Pumpkin Ales I have lately. Some carbonation is present.

S/T: The aroma is quite subtle. It smells kind of like a typical beer, only with substantial pumpkin in the background. Spice is there, but very light. Taste is decent, but lacking overall. It does kind of taste like a typical beer, with some grainy notes in there. Pumpkin is much more prominant than the spice. The spice profile is actually quite disappointing. I mostly get cinnamon. Not much else. There is nothing offensive or bad here, it just needs to be more refined and forward.

M/D: Mouthfeel is pretty crisp and light. Drinkability is pretty good overall. Finishes rather clean with little aftertaste. Actually quite refreshing as well.

As far as Pumpkin Ales go, this one is closer to the bottom for me. Its got pumpkin and spice, but other brewers use both in a much better fashion. Post Road is middle of the road.

Photo of MoreThanWine
2/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Only the 2nd of a series of pumpkin beers I've ever tried, I found this largely indistinguishable from the first sample but just a little less impactful in every category. Frankly I only drank about half of it before I drain poured. This style just isn't my thing. I think the spices overwhelm any of the other standard flavors or experiences you expect from your beer, and in this particular case even though they less overwhelm it (because it isn't as flavorful as others) it just reveals a fairly lame beer at the base of the creation. Sorry, but I've got to be honest.

Photo of cyberbmcd
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a thick head that dissipates but good lacing.

First sip gives you a hoppy bite more akin to a Marzen than a Pumpkin ale, but it's not a bad thing.

The mouthfeel is light, but substantial. hint of nutmeg and citrus. Not as "pumpkiny" as PumKing or Weyerbacher but it's there and its good.

I love everything brewed by this company so my review may be partial, but this is a great ale that I could drink in March as easily as October.

Photo of Julz
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear and Amber in color. Looks similar to a Pale Ale.

S- Yest, orange and allspice. Have a great fall like smell.

T- A nice hoppy bite that you do not expect from a pumpkin ale. Nice allspice, nutmeg, and pumpkin flavor. Great finish with little after taste.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink. Not overly sweet, more hoppy than the usual pumpkin ale and that is what I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

fall 2010 is here bitches. first pumpkin ale of the year.
post road pumpkin ale, found it at whole foods here in new orleans, had no idea that it was brooklyn's.

the ideal orangey amber body color with a white head.
great pumpkin spice aroma. not much else to say about that.
the taste matches the aroma. i can really taste the nutmeg in there. has a cidery taste.
mouth feel is right on. great carbonation. goes down warm.
extremely drinkable for autumn, too bad its still in the low 90's here. i actually look forward to the chilly weather drinking this.

Photo of aepb1
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Orange with a big white head

S- Cinnamon, pumpkin and yumminess

T- Cinnamon up front moving into malty caramel with some pumpkin underneath it the whole time

M- Smooth, medium bodied with good carbonation

D- a nice pumpkin ale. Not the best, but not bad at all

Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,923 ratings.