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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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1,917 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,917
Reviews: 856
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 46
Gots: 165 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2001)
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Photo of gabeerfan
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orangy-amber. Nice off-white head that never full disappears.
Pumpkin pie spices dominate the aroma. Cinammon, clove, ginger. A little bit of starchy pumpkin comes through along with caramel and the malts give it the "pie crust" aroma in there.
Flavors don't seem to be as intense as in the aroma. Still has all the spices in the sips, but there is some tea flavors coming in and a little hop bitterness as well. The pumkin is in there, but it is pretty light.
Medium-light bodied. This seemed to be a little watery in the initial sips, but the sweetness and spices really fill the mouth.
As drinkable as a pumpkin ale can be. Good flavors, but I would probably only have 1 of these in a night.
The tide is beginning to rise on this style. It may not be the best, but it's keeping up with other offerings. For now.

Photo of nasty15108
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured copper with a head of thick and fluffy slightly off-white foam. Scattered lacing and good carbonation also noted.

S - Spice aroma of pumpkin pie. Lots of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon.

T - More of the same. Spicy and a little metallic up front. Finishes off with a slightly herbal hop bitterness.

MF&D - A very good example of this style. Worth checking out.

Photo of Viggo
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a clear ruddy orange, light copper colour, medium sized off white head forms, settles down to a thin later, then a thing ring around the glass, very few lace spots. Smell is nice, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, some clove, caramel, bread, brown sugar, quite spicy but not overdone. Taste is not so hot, very watery, metallic, spices and malt are almost nonexistent, light bit of floral hoppiness near the finish, but otherwise watery and not enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, kind of rough on the palate, bit medicinal in the finish. Not so good, aroma is nice, but nothing else really goes right with this one.

Photo of TheDeuce
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Post Road Pumpkin Ale...on tap at MJ Armstrong's

Appearance-dark orange color, really active head that fizzles and sits down, lots of bubbles.

Smell-spicy and sweet, pumpkin smell is actually sort of subdued, some alcohol. Spice seems like nutmeg.

Taste/Mouthfeel-smooth drinking ale, spice front with some residual sweetness later, alcohol is hidden and again the pumpkin is really light and subdued, tastes pretty good.

Drinkability-tasted good on a cold day, spicy and sweet on par with an Octoberfest.

Overall-subdued Pumpkin taste for this sort of beer, but with the sweetness and spiciness up front I really enjoyed it. Good beer.

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

Appearance- Pours with no head, coppery orange in color, bubbly.

Smell- Regular ale smell with a hint of burnt pie on the side, not particularly pumpkin like.

Taste- Again, does not really taste much like pumpkin, no nutmeg or anything. Burnt pie crust taste, fairly bitter, lots of hops.

Mouthfeel- Solid, there is some chompiness to this brew.

Drinkability- One of the best pumpkin ales I have ever had, but it doesnt really taste like pumpkin,

Photo of mikereaser
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Heavy Seas pint glass.

A - Pours a clear dark copper color with a little foam that quickly dissipates to a fine layer of bubbles. Nice lacing throughout the glass

S - strong pumpkin spice aroma

T - as expected this has strong, but not over the top pumpkin spice flavor with a sort of dry finish

M/D - Not bad for a pumpkin beer, but not my favorite by far. I either love or hate pumpkin beers and this is on the better side of the style. It has an interesting dryness to it that I wasn't expecting.

Photo of kmo1030
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice maber orange with a moderate white head.
the aroma gives off soft rounded pumpkin spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove), caramel malt, and some starchy qualities (this may be real or the power of suggestion, but i always detect it when drinking a pumpkin ale).
the taste provided more of the starchy quality with carmel towards the middle and spices bringing up the rear. the spices in this one seem very finely tuned, working to a very pleasant effect.
the mouthfeel is a battle between the slightly fuller starchy quality (there it is again) and the rather active carbonation. the carbonation wins out, and that's the only thing i would really fault this pumpkin beer on. not much of a complaint though.
the drinkability is quite good, it's very even and doesn't give your palate too much of a workout with the spicing. this has grown to be one of my favorites this time of year. i would love to try it on tap to see what a slightly different type of carbonation would do to this.

Photo of TrevorGW
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper color, soapy head sticks around pretty well.

All the classic aromas for Pumpkin Ales - nutmeg comes through.

Flavor is pretty well-balance. Doesn't kill you with the pumpkin pie spices. The meaty pumpkin flesh is in there, although the carbonation masks that ingredient slightly.

A few too many bubbles on the mouth. Needs to be more mellow. I think the carbonation gives the beer a thinner body than I want.

Refreshing and not cloying ... could definitely drink 2 of these back-to-back.

A good beer overall. The recipe seems solid but the textures are off a little.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper/orange colour with a thin off-white head.

Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and sort of malty.

Tastes nice and hoppy, malty with some cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of pumpkin, has a nice body to it.

Not the best pumpkin beer, but fairly drinkable.

Photo of waltonc
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hazy rusty orange color with ample white head.
S: Floral and spicy, nutmeg.
T: Pumpkin pie spices - cloves, nutmeg, etc. As others have noted, this is a fairly dry pumpkin ale compared to other good ones I've had, such as Dogfish Punkin. Makes for an interesting contrast. Not good or bad, just different, and interesting to get another brewer's take on this style.
M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation.
D: As with any pumpkin beer, I appreciate the style and like to drink a few in the fall, but can only drink so much in a given session.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - clear orange brown color with airy light tan head.

s - ginger clove and spices with some hoppiness

t - pumpkin flavor, mostly ginger and cinnamon, with sweet malts and a very slight hop kick which finishes slightly dry with lingering pumpking flavors.

m - medium light body with good carbonation

d - first real pumpkin ale, so nothing to really compare to but this seems like a well balanced beer. Not a ton of pumpkin to overwhelm. A little bit lighter then I expected though. not bad.

Photo of philbe311
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Lively white head... Moderate carbonation dances throughout... Pale orange straw color... Solid lacing for the sytle...

S - Spices and a lot of them... Nutmeg tends to dominate over the cinnamon, all spice, and clove... Brown Sugar... Malt...

T - Pumpkin seeds... Clove... All Spice... Biscuit... Grains... Minor hops at finish... Perhaps a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste...

M - Slight carbonation... Very dry and mellow, yet quite smooth... Slight kick of sweetness at swallow...

D - Standard pumpkin ale... Slightly dryer than most... Solid, but not respectable...

Photo of maddogruss
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a draft of this at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours an orange-amber body with a small, white head with some retention and pretty good lacing.

S: A mix of ginger and pumpkin with some cinnamon undertones. Kind of smelled like a pumpkin cookie, which was a good sign to me.

T: A nice, strong ginger taste with some nutmeg and subtle cinnamon notes. A pretty smooth, pumpkin aftertaste.

M: An unfortunately thin and kind of watery mouthfeel that I felt was pretty average at best.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combination. The spices were a bit strong in the taste and I was hoping for more of the pumpkin taste to balance out the heavy ginger. Ok drinkability overall.

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

Pours a clear bright coppery orange with a thick off white foamy head which slowly subsides leaving thick clouds of sticky lacing.

The smell is strong of cloves, allspice, definitely pumpkin pie aromas and some grassy bright almost metallic notes. It smells tasty.

Taste has the strong cloves and allspice upfront but there is a definite beer taste behind it. Slightly sour fruit and pumpkin notes with bready malt, not too sweet or bitter on the finish.

Light to medium in body with a very creamy smooth mouthfeel though it gives the impression of being slightly watery on the finish.

I'm glad I waited until my second try of this beer to review it becuase it seems like an entirely different beer. Perhaps I let it warm up a bit more and poured it more vigorously because I think this is a pretty good pumpkin beer now but I honestly couldn't finish my first glass of it. It may be that first bottle was a bit off. It won't be my first choice for a pumpkin beer in the future but I wouldn't turn it down either, heck it may even grow on me more.

Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, very little retention or lacing.

S: Light aroma of pumpkin pie spice, caramel & nuts.

T: Modest spicing (ginger, cinnamon & a hint of nutmeg), caramel, biscuit, modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated and fairly dry.

D: An easy drinker, but not overly enticing.

Photo of JDK
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Made by Brooklyn Brewery but the only place that is listed is on the carrier, bottles show nothing. Personally I think BB should show up on the bottle somewhere just in case there are only singles.
Found this at the local Anderson's and grabbed a single.
Poured a rally nice golden amber with lots of bubbles and a 2 finger head.
Very clean smell of citrus and spices
Almost a shows a heavy lace with a very nice mouthfeel.
Very surprised at the taste, one of the freshest pumpkin beers I've tried. Just the right amount of pumpkin, spices, carbonation and aftertaste.
Worth trying

Photo of scottg
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light amber with lots of orange hues and a one finger white head made up of little bubbles. Nutmeg, pepper and sweet pumpkin aromas. Flavors of nutmeg, allspice, toasted and carmelized malt, pumpkin, lemony hops, maybe some wheat?. Medium body, medium carbonation this one is a little watery in the mouth. Good drinkability, there is more of a hop profile than in other pumpkin beers I've sampled.

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

Color is a clear orangy amber, with a white head that doesn't stick around too long. Aroma is crisp and malty and has hints of pumpkin and cloves. Scrumptuous flavor is malty and spicy and has a real pumpkin undertone - apparently this beer is made with actual pumpkin, so they aren't faking it. Texture is lively and satisfying, and finish is smooth and tasty.

Photo of JRed
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange amber hue with small white head that dissipates quickly. A very amiable aroma of spices, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, and ginger make the mouth water. You won't be disappointed either. Pleasant with its light body and balanced taste of spice and pumpkin flavors. Perfect for the transition into the winter season. A tasty, satisfying ale that effortlessly hits your sweet-tooth and warms the soul.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ive been looking to get my hands on some of this for some time now, glad to have it in my possesion finally!

A- Nice amber orange color. Small creamy head leaves lace.

S- Lots of pumpkin spice in the aroma as well as cinnamon, nutmeg,clove. Fairly nice.

T- Good flavors of pumpkin with caramel malts dominating most of the flavor. Cinnamon, some cardamom, touch of nutmeg, hops are present in the finish lending a nice earthyness to the brew.

M- medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- Good drinkable pumpkin ale.

Overall alot of spice flavors, maybe a little too much but im not complaining. Great flavor in my opinion. Hope to get more of this next year.

Photo of thespaceman
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Lighter then expected, a nice amber color with decent clarity, minimal sized head with good lacing.

Smell: This nose is chock full of spices. Nutmeg, pumpkin, ginger, apple pie, cloves, this is like walking into your kitchen on Thanksgiving day when the pumpkin pies are being baked, excellent smell!

Taste: Spicy feel yet this is the closest I've had to liquid pumpkin. The flavors jump right out at you. Good malt character provides a sweet sensation then quickly turns over to those awesome spices. Hop character is above average, Brooklyn nailed the pumpkin resemblence right on the head. Good use of balanced pumpkin to malt flavors, not overly done like most Pumpkins.

Moutfeel: Pretty high carbonation, but this beer would be pointless without it. Not too heavy at all and pretty complex.

Drinkability: I can session a sixer of this yet I feel like the spices may turn some off after 2 or 3, although this is one of the closest pumkin resemblences I've had, it might taste TOO much like pumpkin, the spices are there and definetley kickin', it's just treating the right palate with this kind of beer where somebody won't be offended by it's character. In my book though, an excellent pumkin that will only get better with age.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a good size foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light pumpkin notes with some light cinnamon notes also distinguishable. Taste is also dominated by some light pumpkin and cinnamon taste. Wow, I was quite surprise by how bland and average this offering is. I was expecting something with a lot more character.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice, clear orange-red with a rather large, creamy white head with solid retention. Leaves some irregular lacing on the glass.

S: Pie spices like nutmeg, clove, and allspice. Some muted caramel malt and earthy hops.

T: Sweet malts, caramel and doughy flavors. Hints of pumpkin and and pumpkin pie spices are subdued and well balanced. Hops provide a bit of earthy bitterness. It's definitely well-rounded and balanced.

M: I really wasn't too impressed by the mouthfeel here. It's certainly very smooth and creamy, and the body is medium, but it finishes with kind of a cloying slickness.

D: Nothing wrong with this one, my only complaint is the mouthfeel. It's definitely balanced nicely and very drinkable.

Photo of ncbeermonger
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I may have gotten a bad bottle, and want to lead off with that because I always give Brooklyn the benefit of the doubt.

It poured well, but left little head. The smell is hints of pumpkin, and not hoppy at all. There is some clove and ginger in the taste as well.

There was not tons of pumpkin flavor, but their were hints of it. I tasted a metallic flavor almost as much as the pumpkin flavor. It is the time of year for a pumpkin beer but if you look hard you will be able to do better than this beer for a pumpkin ale. Brooklyn is a great brewery though and they are 100% renewable energy!!!

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this right after the St. Ambroise Citrouille and felt this did better only with respect to appearance. The head was momentary and I thought it looked more white than anything else. It turned wispy and did stick around though, with a bit of lacing here and there. Clear light brown, orange hilights. Distinct smell, I thought, of a ginger ale with feint whiffs of orange or other fruit zest. Taste bitter with marmalade predominant and flashes of sour fruit. Thin body, mouthfeel initially spritzy but settled into a spice and malt finish. I have a few favourites from this brewery but this is not near the top of the list, decent but not remarkable.

Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,917 ratings.