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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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1,934 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,934
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 47
Gots: 191 | 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 dogfishandi
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle at cellar temp poured into pint glass. pours a very clear bronze amber color, with hints of orange. huge creamy off white head with some great retention. some decent lacing as well.

in the nose you get a nice mix of pumpkin and spice. some nutmeg, cardamom, maybe some cinamin. maybe even a little vanilla. pleasent aroma.

nice balanced pumpkin spice taste going on. lots of pumpkin with the spices such as nutmeg, cinamin, cardamom as well. finishes with kind of a malty pumpkin spice taste with a touch of bitterness.

light to medium body, good amount of carb. very easy drinking and sessionable. this is usually my go to beer when i go to a party or somethin in the fall time.

Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with more than a finger of barely off-white head. Nose is full of festive fall spices: cinnamon and nutmeg dominating with a bit of citrus that may be coriander but it also has something apple-like in the smell as well. Taste is right in line with what it smells like. I can only guess that the number of spices that cling in the aftertaste are partially responsible for the dry finish. Carbination is quite high and the mouthfeel is heavier than I expected. I was thirsty for this style of beer and it accomplished what I wanted, however I don't forsee myself enjoying more than one of these at a time.

Photo of bamadog
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This will be the third pumpkin ale that I try this season in my efforts to determine if I'm going to be a fan of it or not - so far so, so good as I'm definitely appreciating the vaired falvors especially when there's balance... Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a nice copper color and the body is pretty clear, showing moderate carbonation bubbling up to a nice frothy, off-white head that has pretty decent retetntion; a slightly oily, spotty and loose lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is of pumpkin pie spices - definitely some hot cinammon and nutmeg, but overall the nose is a tad weak and doesn't present itself in an assertive manner.

Taste: Pretty solid here - the spices, while the only thing in the nose, are a little subdued in the flavor and really work to compliment the natural flavors of the ale that are also pretty mild - the warm cinammon is easily the most prominent flavor overall and actually warms the belly a bit.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with solid carbonation that adds to the body; mouth is left tingly and a little warm - probably from the spiciness; body is a tad watery but overall, it's very nice on the palate.

Drinkability: This is probably the second best pumpkin ale that I've sampled thus far - DFH still in the lead. I really do enjoy this one though and appreciate the flavors as it's very fitting for the impending season. The ABV isn't too high and this is a great after dinner kind of beer.

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

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... nice amber color with finger thick off white head that never quite disappears... leaves some lacing

S- Sweet smell. Very pumpkiny, maybe some cinnamon or nutmeg

T- Mostly a weaker model of the smell. Starts off sweet and cinnamony. Pumpkin comes through a bit weak

M- Smooth and watery, little carbonation. Leaves some lingering flavor after swallowing

D- Eh.. can think of many things I would rather be drinking, though I would drink this over a bunch of things as well...


Photo of jlindros
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

<Sigh> another pumkin beer, but I made it a point to try all the pumpkin beers so I know if there are any good ones other than Pumpking.

A: Huge frothy head builds up over the side of the glass making me stop pouring you b*stard! The brilliantly clear light brownish orange color adds a nice touch as well. The head leaves pock marks like a 15 year old's face as it begins to fade one big round section at a time. The great number of bubbles rising from the bottom help the head retention as well.

N: Nosing this thing makes me a little sad... in the pants especially. Its got a lot of pumpkin and spice making me think it's similar to most pumpkin beers in just an amber ale with lots of pumpkin and spices. I can even smell a slight toasted pumpkin seed aroma that has flashbacks to carving pumpkins on Halloween and roasting the seeds.

T: I'm afraid to taste it, but alas I have to. Taste starts with, surprise surprise spices, but actually semi light, some toasted pumpkin come through as well on another surprise... but wait, what the heck is that... some rye seeds (????) yes, rye seeds and bread like malts make me want to get some rye toast with pumpkin spread (if only). This has a holy sh*t rye taste. I've had rye beers before and even brewed one, and thought about adding rye seeds but didn't and this is crazy! A slightly sweet taste adds to it. The more I drink the more I don't taste much pumpkin surprisingly.

M: Pretty smooth and slightly light tasting with some nice froth and carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry with an earthy dry quality that begs for more. Maybe a little too dry as it rips the water content out of the tongue, but leaves it in anticipation for more. The rye fades quickly but leaves an earthy bitter taste and some interesting "off" flavors that aren't really off, but leaves you ready for the next sip.

Final thoughts: This is a really interesting beer that stretches the boundaries of spices. Typically its way to spicey, but these spices are lighter and full of really tasty rye. I think I'll have to find a good pumpkin spread and slap it on top of rye bread to match this beer. Not overbearing on the pumpkin flavor either. I think I can actually dig this beer. Perhaps I've found a second pumpkin beer I can enjoy (I don't consider Cape Ann pumpkin stout a pumpkin beer since its a stout and its not spiced and tastes great).

Photo of Onenote81
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first pumpkin ale of the season. I had to at least wait until September. I'm actually having this one late in the morning. I thought the sweet/spicy nature of this would be a good 'brunch' beer.

Poured into my pint glass clear dark orange with a big 2-finger off-white head on top. Great retention, and it leaves some nice spotty lace on the glass as well. Smells very sweet. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, vanilla, and a slight earthy malt scent on the finish.

The mouth is moderately crisp, but there is a slippery quality to it, that isn't the greatest. The flavor is pretty average. I expected more from this due to the smell, but I'm getting just hints of spice. Starts off sweet like a cream soda, but finishes bready and a little dull. This is pretty decent, but not the greatest of the style. I'm still on my search...

Photo of endincolorado
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear amber with a thick, orange-white head that settles slowly. Decent lace.

Smell- Lots of pumpkin and spice initially, backed by the faintest hint of malt.

Taste- Starts with some tasty pumpkin and spice, followed by some moderately bready malt, and a bit of a nice crispness that could be attributed to some faint hop-bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body- well-complemented by adequate carbonation.

Drinkability- A particularly well-balanced pumpkin ale. Refreshing and not overpowering.

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear amber with a thick white head that sticks around leaving solid lacing. A great look to this beer! The aroma is quite malty and bready with some spice character. Not a ton of pumpkin in the aroma, which is unfortunate. The flavor matches well with some cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg. The maltiness comes through well. The mouthfeel is quite creamy with light carbonation. A nice drinking pumpkin that I could enjoy a couple on a cool autumn afternoon watching the leaves fall. Pairs with Bluegrass on Pandora.

Photo of tj4288
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

a very drinkable, watered down version of what i believe a pumpkin beer should . appearance is very clear, golden with some ruby redness. small head and spotty lacing. taste is decent but again, kind of watered down compared to other pumpkin ales. maybe a good pumkin ale to introduce a non-craft drinker too.

Photo of Fish113d
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an apricot to copper color with a finger-thick of fairly dense, tan head that looks like whipped cream on top of pumpkin pie!

Aroma is fairly standard: cinnamon up front with a bit of coriander and nutmeg mainly. Definitely reminds me of pumpkin spiced pie.

Sipping reveals a sweet maltiness w/ cinnamon and nutmeg mainly. Fairly spicy brew. Flavor stays throughout the sip and even after the swallow. NOthing very flashy; fairly standard.

Enjoyable body...crisp to a point w/ a decent amount of carbonation up front but a decent smooth finish.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable brew to have on a nice autumn-felt night here in PA. A bit sweet to drink all night, but I've had 4 or 5 in a sitting before, so does that qualify? ;)

Photo of jbennett1919
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow-orange with a lingering one finger head.

Smell is mainly of yeast and very little in the way of pumpkin and spices, although I can faintly detect it.

Taste is of malts and caramel. The beer finishes with a faint taste of spices in the way of pumpkin, cinnamon and maybe a little nutmeg. I must admit, as the beer warms, more of the spices come to the forefront.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, malty and good.

This beer is pretty drinkable, but I'm glad I didn't get the whole 6er and only bought three. It's not overly spiced and well balanced between the malt and pumpkin flavor. I could certainly see myself drinking this on a cool crisp autumn night while watching football.

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

Poured into an oversized wineglass...

A: Orange-amber, nice puffy off-white head that leaves nice residual lacing...

S: Pumpkin, yeasty bread, mildly herbal hops, sweet malts...

T: Spiced pumpkin, nicely bittered herbal hops, slight malt sweetness in the middle. Dry finish...

M: Smooth, crisp, nicely carbonated. A very tasty seasonal...

D: Really drinkable brew. This is not overdone at all, which was one of my chief concerns going into this brew. This offering is very caseworthy and is a sure crowd pleaser.

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

Poured into a over sized wine glass.

Pours a deep dark (amber) orange, white fluffy head that fades to a nice lace.

Smells of subtle pumpkin spices.

This brew is very crisp, bubbly mouth feel. Has a nice subtle spice to it. Has a nice pumpkin taste as well. It is very drinkable with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

A very drinkable seasonal brew - this type of brew was never my favorite. But this is a very drinkable, solid brew. Very good.

3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, this brew presents a bright copper tone--perfect for autumn. Also a gorgeous, frothy head develops, but quickly dissipates leaving one fine thin layer.

Right off the bat of pumpkin pie--later cinnamon and caramel malts. Reminds me of that time of year.

Essentially, just as I was expecting--nothing spectacular. I enjoy the initial sweetness as well as the slight spicy burn thereafter.

Again, simply the spice remains in tact after each sip.

On the right occasion, I would never hesitate to give this one another try. I'm sure this would be interesting with some foods as well. Honestly, I'm still getting into the pumpkin genre alltogether--but this seemed to have hit the spot. Although, I'd like to try something slightly more poignant next time in regard to the pumpkin theme.

Photo of Jayli
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice clear amber color, a one finger of white head caps the beer off. Head recedes to a film that is retained throughout. Nice sheets of lacing coat the glass. Nose is faintly of pumpkin, heavy on nutmeg, cinnamon and a touch of ginger. Taste is of pumpkin up front, folowed my dominant spicing of nutmeg and cinnamon, the end has some malt touch to it but an odd medicinal taste. Light to medium body, medium to high carbonation - activity of the carbonation is quite visible, gives almost a seltzer feel to it, slight oily feel on the tongue. This beer gets a bit better as you continue drinking, but there are better of the style out there.

Photo of BB1313
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just picked up a single bottle of this pumpkin brew. Fresh for Fall '09! Amber-orangish color with very nice lacing. The smell is great but to be honest I haven't come across a pumpkin ale that doesn't smell good. The taste is average and a little watered down in my opinion. Nice fall session brew but if you're seeking a real pumpkin ale, this isn't it.

Photo of Cuzco
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a bottle I found in my basement from last year. The bottle was marked best before March 2009.

Upon opening the bottle I was greeted with the smell of pumpkin and spice. It poured a beautiful amber color. A nice white head laced the glass the entire time. The taste was more spice than pumpkin. A bit watery overall. Would have liked a bit more in terms of pumpkin taste. This may have faded due to the "best by" date on the bottle.

VERY drinkable beer even if it isn't as strong a pumpkin ale as I was expecting.

Photo of goblue3509
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden at the bottom copper at the top color with a big thick fluffy head. No real lacing to be seen. The smell is of pumpkin but it is pretty weak for an aroma. There are also hints of spice. The taste is of pumpkin and nutmeg. A good taste, very pumpkin in taste however, it is slightly watery. The mouthfeel was harsh the first few sips but gave way to a very smooth creamy mouthfeel. The drinkability of this beer is high you can have many of these back to back. Overall a solid pumpkin beer.

Photo of dbmcrorie
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown long neck bottle poured into an American pint glass. No date. Anywhere. Hmm... I have no idea how old this bottle is.

Clear copper orange body with a puffy light tan head. Little retention and lacing, slight ring of bubbles rests on top of the body.

Lots of pumpkin pie spice with distant notes of roasted pumpkin seed/rind. More cloves and all-spice in the nose than cinnamon or nutmeg. Nice snap of ginger at the end. No noticeable hop presence in the nose other than what adds to the spice. Little malt sweetness to provide a platform for all those spices.

More pumpkin-like qualities, but still overwhelming spices; not enough of the sweeter ones (cinnamon, nutmeg) and too much of the zestier spices (ginger, cloves). There is a faint seltzer bitterness in the back of the tongue which seems to water down the profile. Soft notes of pine from the hops are hidden in the corners. Like the nose, there is a snap of ginger at the end, followed by a bitter yet spicy finish.

Decent pumpkin ale, but not my personal cup of tea. Sessionable, but a bit too heavy on the spices and bitterness. I would like some a maltier back bone, especially to provide a sweeter balance. Also, the ginger and all-spice could be brought down by just a notch to make room for some more pumpkin body. I didn't get much "pumpkin pie" from this brew, as much as just pumpkin pie "spices".
This would pair greatly with ginger cookies, or any other holiday treats for that matter. Would also be great by itself as a thanksgiving/holiday session.


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

A 12 ounce brown bottle poured into a standard shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear burnt copper color with about a finger of off white foam. Smells and tastes primarily of pumpkin pie spices such as nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, clove as well as sweet toasted grains and malt. This pumpkin ale is medium bodied with ample carbonation. One of the better pumpkin ales out there.

Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, pumpkin orange with tons of fine suspended yeast visable and a fine cream colored head that leaves nice lace on the glass. Smells of allspice, cinnamon and cloves and pumpkin with some biscuit malt. Tastes better than most of this style because it retains beer flavor to go along with the liquified pumpkin pie flavor. Roasted pumpkin and clove matched with mild finishing hops and biscuity malt. Medium light bodied and effervescent. Not bad drinking if you like pumpkin brew.

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

pours a deep amber copper, slightly cloudy. fluffy white head that lingers and retains well.

huge scents of banana, clove, nutmeg, and light cinnamon.

light flavors with clove and nutmeg being dominant. not much hop flavor but a light citrus hop flavor. light malts.

medium to light carbonation and rather light in general

not bad, could use some more flavor. to be fair, it came out last fall but was stored at 33 degrees since February. a nice change of pace though.

Photo of nms1987
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with a faint bronze or gold tint.

Not a huge fan of the nose. It was controlled but I've found most of the "winter spice notes" that some winter beers and pumpkin beers have to be too chemical-sweet smelling.
It still wasn't a bad nose. It was all under control

You can pick out those pumpklin and spice elements but there is also a nice standard dosage of malt n hops.
It also earns points for actually having pumpkin flavor. Many pumpkin beers just overdose the nutmeg and cinnamon flavors that you find in pumpkin pie but there is no pumpkin in the beer to balance it.
A very balanced beer but with a wonderfully unique flavor bursting out too.
So I'm not sure how great it fits the "pumpkin beer" style but it is a good beer outside of styles.

Crisp, yet medium-full body and mouthfeel. Goes down smooth.

I could easily session this stuff. I wish I had it when it was actually available. I picked this bottle up for a buck on clearance at a semi-awesome but semi-shady (too much old beer) store in my area.
Even being 7-9 months old this stuff was really good. It didn't taste unfresh. I'd love to have it fresh.

Photo of jimj21
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Beer pours an orange amber. A hard pour results in about one finger of off white head. Not too much retention either. Some spotty lacing. Very clear with some bubbles rising in the glass.

Nice pumpkin pie aroma with lots of spices. Most notable are nutmeg and clove. Some cinnamon and brown sugar as well. Some bready malt. Not getting much in the way of hop aroma.

Lots of spice flavors. Lots of nutmeg. I'm picking up some sweetness as well in the way or brown sugar mixed with cinnamon. Tea like hop flavor provides a little bitterness on the finish, but not too much. Some grassy notes on the finish as well.

Good mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Carbonation is nice and provides some crispness, but it is creamy as well. Finishes on the dry side.

The problem I find with pumpkin ales is that after a while they begin to taste too much like nutmeg. This one does to an extent, but not as much as others I've had. This is one of the better pumpkin ales I have had though. A good effort from Brooklyn Brewery. Paired well with marinated chicken.

Photo of UA8
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear burnt orange with a really fizzy light tan head.

S- Scents of cloves, cinnamon, baked pumpkin, and burnt raisins.

T- Tastes of light allspice, roasted malts, and really light background of pumpkin. It finishes almost tasting like a macro lager which threw me.

M- A bit over carbonated but mouth feel was decent.

D- I don't know I just can't get into this beer. If ya like beers that brings some holiday flair give it go if not look elsewhere.

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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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