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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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1,928 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,928
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 47
Gots: 185 | 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 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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear dark golden hue. Thin, fizzy head becomes non-existent after 30 seconds.

Smell is a bit of pumpkin, but more spice-like with cinnamon, allspice and cloves. Almost smells like the citrusy hops are competing with the spices for nasal supremacy.

I taste alot of lager-esque sulfur flavors, allspice prickliness and hop and toast bitterness. This one is very low on actual pumpkin flavor. It is not bad, but I expect more from the Brooklyn Brewery.

Photo of mullenite
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this bottle sitting in the fridge for a while now. Not the freshest but I'm not seeing any real difference now about 3 months out.

Pours a crystal clear deep amber/orange with lots of active carbonation and a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Retention is excellent and lacing is a sight to see.

(Review interrupted by UPS thanks scottoale!)

Lots of pumpkin spice in the nose. Noticeable malt character as well.

A little boozy but not real bad. Pumkin spice and flavor are the standouts however.

Thin sharp carbonation with a medium body and a sticky mouthfeel, none of this is bad but I recall thinking the Weyerbacher was better here.

Easy to drink and overall my favorite that I tried.

Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice white head, good lacing and the foam sticks around for awhile. Has a deep golden color.

Smells like a pumpkin beer should, spices, sugars and pie goodness.

Tastes like pumpkin pie with some bitterness from the hops, nice smooth malts. This is a very good pumpkin beer.

Photo of BeerBishop
4.52/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at London Grill in the Fairmount section of Philly.

Barkeep didn't even know it was from Brooklyn Brewery. And better yet, didn't seem to believe me when I said it was. Oh well, she poured it just the same.

Favorite pumpkin ale of the season (just nudged out Weyerbacher Imperial). Very smooth. Very clean. Subtle spice, pumpkin, nutmeg, and all the goodness that says pumpkin pie.

Glorious color. Makes ya warm just to look at. Little head, but could probably force one if poured with some skillz.

Mouthfeel. Oooh, like butter. Warm. Cozy. Soft.

And with mild spice, low viscosity and minimal alcohol (5%), this is the best-tasting and most sessionable pumpkin going. Get some!

Photo of bobsy
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love pumpkin beers so I was damn excited to get a hold of this one.

Orange pour with a puffy white head and some excellent lacing, which is exactly the appearance I would expect in this style. Light spice aroma and a touch of pale malt with lots of pumpkin. The taste is not as spicy as I would expect, but I do detect a fair bit of nutmeg and a dose of cinnamon, which helps provide this with a slightly bitter background. The pumpkin is nicely pronounce alongside brown sugar. Medium body and carbonation, leading through to a dry finish.

Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very light toned antique brass with just a touch of pumpkin skin etched in. A peppy, rather animated cast of bubbles continuously sprout up from the bottom. The body is completely transparent although it does possess a misty film which will blur clarity. Its head remains a rough sketching with a few spots still left to be shaded in.

The aroma resides on the more perfumy, potpourri side of the pumpkin ale fence. It has a generous content of spice and certainly boast all the pumpkin essence that can be transmit into a beer. I really like the fragrance, even despite the fact that it reminds me as much of a scented hand soap as it does a slice of pumpkin pie.

Speaking of pumpkin pie, I'm treated to a bite of it with every sip I take. Along with the balance of spice and pumpkin I swear to actually be tasting a big mouthful of pie crust too. That crust is complimented with notes of biscuits and cookies. It's no risky bet that if you like pumpkin pie as dessert than you'll surely enjoy this beer.

Because they impart so much more flavour, it's the spices that are generally more prevalent in pumpkin ales. Brooklyn is said to use nutmeg and cinnamon in their recipe. Although the spices are noticed (the nutmeg far more than the cinnamon) they aren't dominant. The bitterness keeps the spices in check and makes for a crisp, quenching finish.

And despite the highly fragrant bouquet, the flavour does manage to stay quite malty. It bears far more resemblance to the pumpkin flavour rather than its spicing. As well as the biscuit and pie crust, the flavour also imparts a lot of the actual vegetable (err, is it a fruit?) taste and strongly reminds me of a butternut squash risotto I once had.

As stated, if you like pumpkin pie then you should like pumpkin ales. If you like pumpkin ales then you should like Brooklyn's Post Road Pumpkin Ale. Although it's not likely to take up all the room in your fridge, it should surely at least take up some room at your dinner table, especially around Thanksgiving time.

Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,928 ratings.