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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: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 46
Gots: 179 | FT: 0
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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 BigJim5021
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of david131
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cvfish
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jhammel01
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - I 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, medium copper orange hue, with a single finger of densely foamy, and somewhat soapy off-white head, which leaves a broken mountain scape of painted lace as it steadily recedes.

It smells predominantly of musty nutmeg and cinnamon, both moderately spicy and metallic, vegetal pumpkin meat, and grainy, kind of biscuity pale and caramel malt. The taste is more of the same - understated nutmeg, cinnamon, earthy ginger, and clove, with a lightly caramelized bready malt, dry and somewhat bitter pumpkin mush, and a subtle green, earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly high and involved, but thankfully in an offsetting frothy manner, the body a bit on the light side, weight-wise, and plainly smooth, that pithy metallic essence kind of lurking about. It finishes generally dry, spicy, and vegetal.

This is a fair bit different than the local pumpkin ale versions that I've thus far 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 that damp and dank patch for the Great Eponymous One.

Photo of cpone
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thecarster1
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of generallee
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of johannasclimacus
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of KenOnBass
4.8/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of krisandajt
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Nezzy
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of ditch
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

, review from notes
I've had this on tap and in the bottle, this review is of the bottle.

Not very pumpkin or spicey in my book, kind of bland.

When poured it is a light amber color with off white head. The light aroma of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Taste is mostly nutmeg/pumpkin pie a bit of a sour aftertaste on the tongue.

Not much on carbonation, light feel in the mouth.
Drinkability is OK, but not something I'd want often. Just too spiced up for for extended drinking.

Photo of northaustin
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber with light white head.

smells very pumpkiny. but not like actual pumpkin, more like a pumpkin candle at garden ridge.

very spicy. reminds me why these kinds of beers only come out once a year. a good amount of the malts is present in the beginning but is quickly overthrown by a pumpkin blitzkrieg.

the mouthfeel is suprisingly good for a beer that is overspiced. doesnt bite too hard or leave anything unwanted. actually quite nice.

drinkability: plain and simple: if you dont like pumpkin or spiced beers stay away from this one. certainly worth a try if you like this sort of thing.

Photo of itsfordoc
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is just what you would expect from a pumpkin ale - amber orange. Nice little off-white head that should have hung around a bit longer than it did. Smells like a piece of pumpkin pie - where's the whipped cream? My first impression of taste was, "This is hoppier than most pumpkin ales" that seem to emphasize malt. A nice counterbalance to the sweetness of malt. I think what some reviewers have referred to as a "spice bite" is actually the hops breaking through. This is a "dry" pumpkin ale which is nice and, in my opinion, unique - could drink a few without a problem and will do so, I am sure. Glad I got a case and am looking forward to fall evenings with a glass of this in my hand. Cheers!

Photo of McGuire75
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nicely crisp, burnt golden orange. This has a nice head with moderate retention, and some lacing.

S- Aromas of baked pumpkin spice with hints of lightly sugared cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malts. Small glimmers of clove.

T- Very well balanced, without heavy handed pumpkin, the flavors seem natural and not forced. Almost like blending pumpkin ale and an Oktoberfest.

M- Light and refreshing with a sweet subtle pumpkin linger. Very smooth and lightly carbonated.

D - A great offering from Brooklyn that is very, very drinkable. Enjoyable and a find worth searching for.

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