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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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1,620 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,620
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 37
Gots: 56 | 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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3.83/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours a super clear, magnifying amber. Bubbles rise up from the bottom as some grab the sides of the glass. Thin eggshell head is more of a ring. filmy lacing is left behind.
Sweet malty aroma with spices.
Light malt, pumpkin spice, and overall sweet. Maybe a touch of heather in this one.
Light to medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. Slightly dry finish with nice flavor distribution.
Pretty good beer, and definately nice for the season.

11-22-2006 01:28:05 | More by BeerRun13
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3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

When poured, it was a deep golden amber with an orange hue to the color, with very little foam or lace. The smell of All Spice blew my sock's off. This pumpkin ale is the closes to the taste of pumpkin that I've tasted so far. Not great mind you, but, not bad. Their is alot of spices and the flavor is pleasant and not over powering. This is the best Pumpkin Ale that I've tasted so far.

11-16-2006 00:47:56 | More by BeerManDan
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3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

Apperance: nice shade of dark orange and a touch of gold...much like a pumpkin. Thin foamy head with minimal lacing

Smell: aroma of the fall and pumpkins. Has slight sweet smell and with big spiciness right up front and caramel. Malt characteristics in their as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: nutmeg, cloves, and spice. Maltiness floats about and the sutle hops help with the spiciness. Pumpkin flavor is alright (i wonder if they really brew with pumpkins?) tastes a bit fruity or vegetable like...not quite sure about the pumpkin flavor. But the spiced flavor is very nice. This beer is relatively smooth....actually the more I drink the smoother it seems to get.

One of the better fall/pumpkin beers I have had. This beer drinks very easy and I would buy again...when in the mood!

11-15-2006 18:35:43 | More by Magpie14
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4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

a - poured a two fingers thick head into a tumbler. the head is dense and white, it immediately sticks to the glass like it's hanging on for dear life as it begins to dissipate. body is a clear amber. i'm impressed.
s - brooklyn's regional manager told me this is one of the few brewed with actual pumpkin, maybe the only one but i can't remember now. anyway, pumpkin is the overwhelming aroma to me and it is good.
t - nice hop bitterness, slight pumpkin and breadiness in the middle and the spices really come through as it warms.
m - medium carbonation but overall a thin mouthfeel.
d - easily drinkable, i really enjoyed this one and look forward to more.

11-15-2006 15:02:42 | More by GPHarris
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Thanks to tom (MuenchenerKindl
) for another wonderful pumpkin ale.
Pours pumpkin orange with a thick craggy head that takes forever to disappear to a very thick lacing of sticky offwhite foam.
Aroma is immediately pumpkin pie before you put it in the oven...fresh pumpkin and fresh clean spices.
Taste is a little down from the aroma but still lots of pumpkin pie spice and a little fresh dough flavors...just not quite enough pumpkin meat.
Aftertaste remains clean and dry.
An nice version of the style.

11-12-2006 02:09:02 | More by IntriqKen
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3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

Cold 12oz bottle poured into US pint glass. Beer is a pleasant, clear orange amber with a tall, light tan head. Smells of spicy vegetables.

The head is thick and creamy and colors the glass, while the beer itself is fizzy and sharp, with a more soapy than crisp mouthfeel. There's a detectable but ambiguously defined spice flavor. I taste cinnamon or nutmeg, maybe allspice, maybe even a tiny bit of ginger, but I don't detect cloves or cardamom. But this is pumpkin beer, where's the pumpkin? There's definitely a vegetable or fruit flavor. Is it pumpkins? If you say so.

It's drinkable, but it's not wonderful. The fall gimmick is to make beer that tastes like pumpkins. Brooklyn fails, but not as badly as others have. It's not sticky sweet and it's not cloying. But why drink this unless you're set of having a pumpkin beer and you can't find a better one? I can see why Brooklyn leaves the "Post Road" label on this one. See my review of Smuttynose's Pumpkin Ale for more senseless pumpkin-related ranting.

11-10-2006 03:40:43 | More by hreb
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3.43/5  rDev -1.2%

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours a clear golden amber, with a medium bead that leads up to an inch of off-white head that leaves decent lacing. The bouquet consists of floral ale esters, pumpkins, pale malts, and light spicy hops. It tastes like strongish clove and nutmeg, light cinammon and allspice, along with pumpkins, some pale malts, and a mild bitterness on top of a light, dry, tingly body. An average pumpkin ale now, but when it originally came out it was probably one of the best.

11-09-2006 23:04:28 | More by mmmbeer
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3.63/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured a clear, deep orange color with off-white puffy head.
Smell is significant for pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), but only very mildy
Taste also is noted for pumpkin spices, but also an inital intense dryness, that slowly moderates as the beer is consumed.
Finishes with a bit more dryness than is anticipated or appreciated.
An average pumpkin ale. Nothing special.

11-09-2006 00:46:32 | More by tgbljb
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3.7/5  rDev +6.6%

12oz. bottle.

Clear amber color, with a medium light tan head.

Pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, others I can't identify. Caramel. A bit of floral hops.

Primarily malty, bread like and sweet (wheat bread with honey). Pumpkin & spice subtle and are mainly picked up in aftertaste. Hops continue as floral/grassy, most noticeable in finish.

Light to medium in body. Carbonation medium. Finish is surprisingly dry.

Very good, quality/style wise it compares to Punkin Ale, but it is a bit more tilted towards the hop. Score downgraded a bit on mouthfeel, just didn't seem appropriate to finish as dry as it did. Despite the mouthfeel issue, pretty easy to drink and I would enjoy another.

11-08-2006 19:57:16 | More by
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4.4/5  rDev +26.8%

Served in a pub glass. Pours a dark amber/light burnt orange color with very small beige head and moderate streaky lacing.

Smell: I actually smell significant pumpkin! Pleasant oaked ginger ale smell. Nice balance of clove, ginger, cinnamon, and earthiness in the smell. Many times the spices take over the smell.

Taste: Tastes as smells, but better. Pleasant toasty caramel malt, obvious roasted pumpkin taste and sweetness. Pleasant yeasty presence. It is truly like having the pumpkin pie and the crust. Ginger, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon well balanced. It is perfectly balanced in being sweet and not too sweet and spicy without having the spices take over your taste buds.

Light bodied plus. Slight oiliness on the initial, finishes with a pleasant spiciness and slightly dry hop finish. It's not syrupy, but it does have a certain stickiness in the mouthfeel that I can't really describe, but I like it.

Easy to drink, pleasant tasting. Priced reasonably. A truly well done pumpkin ale.

11-07-2006 03:31:09 | More by laintringulis
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

AP: Clear and very active, deep rusty-orange amber color with 1/4" foamy slightly off-white head that had really good retention.

Nose: Spicey & herbal>Pumpkin>Leafy and earthy hop scent. Some minor vanilla like scent at the end...nutmeg perhaps?

Taste: This one is nice, A hearty and oak-malted flavor with a decent earthy and herbal tasting hop undertone that is robust with spices and an authentic pumpkin flavor. The malt becomes sweet and very tastey, then it's balanced out with a very non-intrusive and subtle leafy "wet" hop ending...again.

MF: Crisp and lively but somehow smooth going down. Medium look and feel overall.

DA: I've had a few of the Pumpkin ale's recently and this one is amoung my very favorites.

11-03-2006 20:49:18 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.15/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle. It had about an inch head. It was a dark orange, pumpkin color. It looked very inviting on this cool evening. The aroma was spice and pumpkin. The flavor up front was all spice. Then I tasted soap. I thought it might be my glass. So I got a new one and the flavor still was soapy/chemical. I let the beer warm up a bit and the soapiness seemed to go away a bit. It was a fizzy medium bodied beer. If it were not for the first soapy flavor it would be very drinkable. Let it warm up and you will enjoy it more.

10-26-2006 00:30:35 | More by AChamberlain
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3.13/5  rDev -9.8%

Decent brew. Poured an amber color with a nice head that sticks around for about a minute. It smelled a little bit like pumkin and sweet malts. Tasted a little like pumpkins with a nice spicy/bitter aftertaste which is the best part. Goes down easy, but it is just an average pumpkin ale. I would have another if the situation arose.

10-26-2006 00:14:44 | More by pgenius
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%

Has a very clear, orange color (appropriately). A light head with a decent amount of carbonation. The beer is crystal clear, I can see right through it.

Has a malty, pumpkin-y smell. It's pumpkin-ninny! Sweet and spicy aroma. Smells like a winter warmer.

The flavor is pumpkin-y as well, and just as spicy as the aroma. Has a very nice warmer quality with that extra touch of pumpkin flavor. Very slight hop.

It's very light and smooth. A bit creamier as it warms up, but has a nice dry finish. A very cozy autumn beer; sweet but balanced with spiciness.

10-23-2006 23:55:56 | More by williamherbert
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3.33/5  rDev -4%

Decent brown sugar, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and clove aroma. Could smell all of these, but all were weak. Smelled watery. Good long finish with a taste that rests on the tongue. Seemed a bit thin. I would've like more malt and spiceness in this one. Probably could drink a lot of these at a tailgate party. Wouldn't get drunk as fast.

10-23-2006 17:02:27 | More by doubleipa
Photo of rabsten

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +17.6%

Poured a hazy amber into a pint glass. Tan-tinted white head with only minor lacing on the glass.

Mild, pumpkin and pumpkin spice aroma. Not overwhelming like some of the pumpkins I've sampled this season.

Spicy flavor: nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Light malt middle and fair hop finish. Balanced.

Dry-to-biting mouthfeel. Crisp like a cold autumn apple. Apropos for the season. (Cripes, I've been hanging out with wine lovers too much lately).

Pretty good drinkability, considering the spiciness. I would have a second if I had any.

So far, the best pumpkin ale yet this fall. Next up, DFH!

10-22-2006 03:16:41 | More by rabsten
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New York

4/5  rDev +15.3%

A local ale house rotates Brooklyn seasonal beers, and this was next up. And boy is it tasty. The beer pours a burnt orange with little head. The aroma is a delight for the nose, mixing everything from cinnamon and nutmeg to pumpkins to hops.

Fortunately the beer retains all of those flavors without becoming overwhelming. The cinnamon is more pronounced in the taste, as is malt, with very subtle hops toward the end. It's almost sticky sweet, but for some reason it just works. It never gets over-sweet or over-spiced. The mouthfeel is clean and creamy, which was a nice surprise.

This beer is highly drinkable, quite tasty, and better than most pumpkin ales I've tried. Wholly reccomended if you enjoy pumpkin ales, or just want to celebrate the season.

10-21-2006 20:59:43 | More by BBM
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -4%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a glass Brooklyn Oktoberfest stein.

Pours a nice, clear amber color, with one finger of white head. The nose is pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, sweet pumpkin and malt.

The taste is a bit weak, and kind of a let down from the smell. The pumpkin flavors are the most predominant, with a background of spiciness and a bitter cinnamon finish. The mouthfeel is fairly insubstantial and light. This is a drinkable beer, but a bit on the watery side.

I would maybe go so far as to propose this as a "light" pumpkin ale. I'm a fan of Brooklyn, but they kind of dropped the ball on this one. I'd stick with South Hampton (also from New York State), Dogfish Head, or Smuttynose if you can find them.

10-20-2006 23:31:22 | More by auntfloyd
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New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into a standard pint glass. Color was a nice golden hue. Poured with a nice foamy head that quickly disappeared. Aroma smelt of spices akin to pumpkin pie. Tasted nice, slight hint of the spices, without being bitter or overly spicey. Was pleasant to drink. Felt a little thin in the mouth. Slight aftertaste, but hard to place. The beer was slightly sweet, but not in a honey sweet, more in a guord sweet. (I.E. Pumpkin) Easy to drink, one of the better of the style I have had.

10-20-2006 23:21:12 | More by mountdew1
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

nice dirty orange "pumpkin pie" color. head deminishes quickly. aroma is malty sweet with a hint of nutmeg. flavor is lightly sweet with a peppery biting spice. pumpkin lingers in the aftertaste. not overly complex, but easy to drink. light and crisp. unlike many pumpkin ales i'd have a second. however, just an average example of the style.

10-20-2006 01:45:44 | More by Px2GrafX
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4.03/5  rDev +16.1%

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle

Poured a clear, amber-orange with a minuscule, fizzy head that faded quickly.

Smell was similar to warm pumpkin pie. Aromatic and sweet with pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar coming through strong. As the beer warmed, the spicy sweetness crescendoed.

Taste was similar to smell except not quite as strong or sweet. Malts and pumpkin were noticeable up front with aggressive spices (nutmeg was quite strong along with some all spice) later nipping at the tongue. Alcohol became somewhat noticeable in the back of the mouth as the beer warmed along with a sight hoppiness (just enough to give the beer balance). Aftertaste was also somewhat hoppy, crisp and a bit dry with a touch of residual sweetness.

Overall, a terrific pumpkin ale (especially for the price).

10-18-2006 06:26:30 | More by Damian
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3.23/5  rDev -6.9%

Beer poured out a nice golden color, with a mild orange mixed in. Smell was mild, some obvious pumpkin, but it was not overwhelming. Taste was mostly pumpking, with some mild malt as well. All in all taste left me wanting more, not too sharp. Mouthfeel fairly light, somewhat flat, average at best. It was a fairly drinkable beer, nice autumn beer, not the best pumpkin.

10-16-2006 00:40:49 | More by xzqrut
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3.88/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours looking like a nice pale ale, a medium orange-amber with a big foamy head that subsides very slowly and holds nicely to the sides of the glass. Strong carbonation keeps it well-supported.

The nose is a blast of spice and yeasty esters, not actually too far from a Belgian profile. Esters and spice actually aren't overwhelming in the mouth; a hop bitterness asserts itself quickly, balancing a fairly sweet taste of, well, pumpkin and spice. It's a little hard to discern the malts here, but they're there, especially as the beer warms a bit, in sort of a supporting role. Some nice toasty grain comes through, creating an overall taste more like pumpkin bread than pumpkin pie, which is in my view a plus. Mouthfeel is medium, with a bit of a sticky pucker in the finish.

My first experience of this style, and it's a good one. I'd certainly give this another taste, and it makes me willing to explore a style into which I was hesitant to venture.

10-15-2006 18:29:13 | More by Melchizedek
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3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

I have loved pumpkin ales this season, dont know why, just do. This is a very decent showing from Brooklyn. Amber color with a little orange tint, not to much though. Had a great pumpkin pie type smell, cinanamon and nutmeg galore. Only problem that i had was the finish, which was a little grainy. Better than most pumkins but not as good as others. Definetly worth a try

10-14-2006 19:01:13 | More by TrickKnee
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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

Copper/amber in color and appears thick. Minimal lace floating atop. Very sweet honey malt and fruity. Taste is of roasted grains, yeast, general spices, and actual pumpkin lingering in the background. As for the spices nothing particular jumps out at the beginning but notes of cinnamon, all-spice, and nutmeg can be found in the finish. Medium body with very nice carbonation consistent to the end and leaves behind a bubbly remnants.

10-14-2006 18:06:48 | More by cabsandking
Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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