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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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1,692 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,692
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 42
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of Cadyfatcat
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%

Very nice dark amber with good translucency and pumpkin tint. Nice head on the foamy side, somewhat large bubbles, very lacey.

Dry pumpkin bread smell. Hints of orangey potpourri spiciness.

Earthy deep clove introduction. A little watery in the body, disappointing in that respect. Has a bit of pumpkin taste but not that much pumpkin feel, if you can dig. Pumpkin taste more like pumpkin bread than raw pumpkin. This may mean pumpkin was added to the mash, and then cooked during the boil, they also may have added some during fermentation. But there is no strong pumpkin flavor, or beer flavor for that matter. Good overall flavor, but not a lot of it. Quickly fading taste, with notes of clove, cinnamon, and perhaps a little coriander.

A conservative pumpkin brew, but why be conservative with this genre?

Cadyfatcat, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

12 oz bottle pours a clear, honey amber body with a small, offwhite head that quickly drops to a film and collar. Sticky, patch lace is abundant. Pie spices take a backseat to caramel maltiness and herbal hops in the aroma. Light medium body with good carbonation. Pie spices dominate the taste, if not the aroma. Cinnamon and nutmeg flavors are most assertive, with malty caramel and fresh pumpkin in the background. Plenty of spicy and herbal hops provide a solid bitterness to balance. Decent drinkability for a pumpkin ale.

merlin48, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours out a burnished copper/orange with a small white head that fizzes and fades rather quickly.

The nose is very strongly held with pumpkin pie spices, with cinammon and nutmeg coming to the front. There's a light maltiness underneat, and the pumpkin itself lends a slight smell, but it mostly smells like pie. Not overpowering, but nice.

Flavor is kind of a let-down after the smell; the spices don't make their presence felt as well, and it kind of tastes like a very muted malty beer with a light hop character and some weak spices thrown in. It's not bad; it's just that the pumpkin and the spice don't really assert themselves enough for my tastes. Finshes dry.

Overall: A pretty middle-of-the-road pumpkin beer that's not going to knock my socks off, but is still solid.

whartontallboy, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%

appearance: Head is thin and fizzy. The beer is a pretty dark amber in color.

smell: Smells of pumpkin, pie spice, burnt pie crust. There is some diacetyl present, as well as an estery fruitiness. Plenty of caramel type malts and some clean, slightly spicy hops.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is medium low, a little too low. The body is in the lower range of medium.

taste: A nice caramel maltiness is offset by the same clean hops on the nose, which provide a light bittering. What I like about this beer is that the pumpkin is not the main or only characteristic...there is an agreeable balance. Mingling with the sweet malt flavors you find the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. This is not so much a pumpkin ale as it is an ale with pumpkin. There could nonetheless be some more pumpkin character, but well done anyhow.

blackie, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%

Pumpkin ale, for me, seems like a hard thing to get right, and a great thing to brew. It's great for fall, foot ball season, and kicking back. For all I've had this is my first one reviewed.

Appearance: Unfortunately not too much head on it, and the lacing doesn't seem to be sticking very well. And I suppose the color isn't the most intriguing either, actually. Not awful, but I expected a bit more.

Smell: Pumpkin spice, a bit of a malt, and other spices. Pretty nice.

Taste: Not as sweet as one might think -- is this the hop presence? The pumpkin presence isn't overpowering, which is good, as too much can make a pumpkin brew almost undrinkable. It still remains a beer, with the slightest bit of sweetness, and the essence of pumpkin throughout. It seems to not be taking a lot of chances, though that can be good sometimes, as this is pretty balanced.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Well done and not cloying in the least.

Drinkability: Good enough to make it a session without any cloying and lingering sweetness that can sometimes effect other beers with the potential to be over-spiced and maybe over-sweetened with something as singular as pumpkin for its taste.

asabreed, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Clear orangy gold, no head. I can smell the mild brownish fruit and not spices, which suits my preference. Unfortunately the aroma is very light, not whetting my thirst as much as I would like. Nondescript maltiness kind of coats the tongue with a slightly tangy brown sugar but without the sweetness. Begins with pumpkin but ends with what seems to be some kind of rot. Not an awful rot, but just a bit, like when the pumpkin starts to go soft a few days after halloween. Feel is flat, thick, and syrupy, very coating, not pleasant. I shared a bottle of this with my wife, and I am glad that I did. You can take that either way you'd like.

waughbrew, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
2.55/5  rDev -26.5%

A: Darker, amber, orange , mild head, okay.

S: Very spicy. Good cinnamon scent and pumpkin scents, it made me want to dig in, trying to equal my personal best for Pumpkins...

M: Average like any other beer.

T: Big disappointment, a bit like wet cardboard which is a good sign something is wrong with this batch. It didn't really have a pumpkin taste and was closer to Buffalo Bills Pumpkin ale, tasting like ale and spice more than Pumpkin beer.

D: 2155 is the date , so brewed in July, it was new in the store, but if this beer has gone south, I owe this another try. As is, not very good.

Ricochet, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of GnomeKing
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%

The watery mouthfeel really works against this beer. The smell is decent, but this looks and tastes thin. Watery is never good, but for pumpkin ales isn't doubly bad. With a pumpkin brew, you want to relish in the warmth and complexity of the spices. With this one, the glimmers of pumpkin pie that are noticeable--barely--seem misplaced.

My advice is to try Dogfish Head Punkin'.

GnomeKing, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
3.33/5  rDev -4%

Purchased single bottle from Charles St. Liquors

Appearance = extremely clear, honey light brown, no head but decent lacing

Smell = The pumpkin and spices (nutmeg) are there but so is a sourness of fermented fruit that I'm not too fond of. It appears like it was taste a bit harsh and acidic.

Taste = Not as bad as the nose would indicate. A bit bitter but the brew still maintains a lot of flavor. It is a bit harder to get down and I couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting. A nice syrupy sweet aftertaste keeps the bitterness in check.

Overall = Not as good as Dogfish Head's version but this one isn't that bad. I recommend fans of pumpkin ales to at least try it, although I know I'd prefer the aforementioned brand if I had a choice.

LPorter33, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%

This one is dark brown with hues of amber and orange. The head is a 2 inch layer of fluff. Its aroma is of pumpkin, brown sugar and spice with a bit of maltyness.

The flavor is spicy and malty. The pumpkin is somewhat noticeable, but more apparent in the aroma. A bit of hops also become present in the finish. Mouth feel is light bodied with low carbonation and is a bit oily. Goes down easy and is worth a try, one of the more enjoyable versions of the style that I have tried.

Naes, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of Caesar1pup
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%

This was my first pumpkin beer of the year and I am surprised at how early in the year it is available. I am a pretty big fan of pumpkin ale and look forward to enjoying it every fall. I have tried numerous offerings over the past few years and can say that although this one is not the best I have ever had, it’s not the worst either.

My biggest complaint about this concoction is that it’s fairly light on the pumpkin and spice. This has just a hint of pumpkin and very little spice.

Overall: I would only buy this again if there were no other pumpkin beers available and I was really in the mood for one. I did see that Blue Moon (coors) pumpkin ale is available now and although it’s been a year since I have had one, from what I remember, this is pretty comparable.

If you are going to brew a pumpkin ale, DON’T GET CHEAP WITH THE PUMPKIN!

Caesar1pup, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of Beastdog75
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%

Post Road Pumpkin ale is a pretty decent attempt at a pumpkin ale. The only other pumpkin brew that I have sampled was the Blue Moon version, which turned out to be decent but didn't "wow" me. This brew didn't wow me either but it was still a nice brew to drink on a cold autumn day.

This beer pours a copper/orange color with about a finger of foam, which lasts for about 35 seconds. The spices used in the brew are definitely detectable in the nose (nutmeg and cinnamon most certainly used here), and a citric hop presence shows up as well. This seasonal brew was a bit thinner and fizzier in the mouthfeel than I had anticipated. In terms of flavor, this beer wasn't as sweet as expected. The pumpkin flavor and the aforementioned spices are present, but some "beery" qualities are quite prominent, with some malt and namely the citric hop presence. The citric hoppiness makes the finish surprisingly a bit bitter and dry. The dryness lingers into the aftertaste, where some "fleshy" pumpkin flavors arise as well. The brew finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

Instead of being a "pumpkin beer," this is a beer accentuated by pumpkin. Decent, but at times I was forgetting that I was drinking a pumpkin ale (and quite possibly just thinking that this was an APA). When it comes to fruit/vegetable beers, it seems like most breweries overdo it. This one played it a little too safe, but safe can be good. Worth a try.

Beastdog75, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of palma
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

Gold-orange body with a small off-white head. Minimal lacing. Smell is very nice, basically consisting of malt aroma with a lot of spice, specifically cinnamon. Caramel malt flavor, lightly hopped, with a mild pumpkin taste. Not overdone like other pumpkin ales. A crisp finish without much of an aftertaste except for a little dry bitterness and a very light pumpkin flavor. Thinner than expected. Probably two pints max of this one for me.

palma, Dec 10, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

I had the 2003 version of this pumpkin ale, and thought it was pretty good. This year I had the pleasure of trying some other pumpkin ales, and I think this one is very mediocre.

It pours a pale orange with a small white head that dissipates quickly with only a little lacing. It smells like pumpkin but there is a distinct lack of any other spices that are present in the DFH Punkin, for instance.

The taste is similar, heavy on the pumpkin and light on the spices. The maltiness of the beer is weak, which gives it a thin feel in the mouth. It is okay, just not a special ale.

rdrummer, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +11%

clear, pale orange coloration, active carbonation, flush, creamy white head, thick and pockmarked with craters and bubbles.
Nose is lush and vegetal, spices speak up, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and pumpkinny, too.
Bright and flavorful in the mouth, though not too full on the palate. Earthy taste, distinctive texture, i feel like I'm in the pumpkin patch with this one sliding down my gullet. A cheerful, sweet, just-so spicy, and highly quaffable, malt-dominated brew. Tasty, and a joy to toss back. Surely a sessionable pumpkin ale...i can see myself tolerating a handful of them at a time.

Much thanks to necoadam for providing.

feloniousmonk, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of scriabin
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%

Ahh, the pumpkin ale. Is a more perfect marraige between fruit and beer? Answer: yes, but it is a good combo. I'm always on the search for the perfect pumpkin ale. Post Road's is definitely one of the better ones I've had. It has a nice dark amber color and a bit of a malty odor. The taste is somewhat smooth, with barley and malt overtones and some bitterness. Overall a decent pumpkin ale.

scriabin, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.4/5  rDev -2%

This one pours an orange color with a small white head that falls quickly and leaves a slight lacing on the glass. The nose has more of a pumpkin smell and less of the spices. Interesting. The flavor is dominated by a real pumpkin taste but the spices are subdued in the back ground. The malt character could be stronger here to give it better body - it seems a little thin. Also, it could use a bit more of the spices to make it stand out.

clvand0, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

My first pumpkin ale.

Pours orangish-brown with a small head.

Smells like pumpkin pie coming out of a hot stove, nice. Plenty of pumpkin and cinnamon and brown sugar.

Medium body with a perfect medium carbonation level. No overpowering flavors, smooth blend of pumpkin and spices along with a brown sugar flavor that becomes more pronounced as it warms.

Not a spectacular beer, but plenty drinkable and I would assume pretty good for the style.

Thanks Nickbagofdonuts for the beer.

Southernbrew, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep amber color with one finger of head. There is just a little bit of lacing. The smell has lots of pumpkin, a little spice, and a little bit of maltiness. Pretty nice smell, not too overpowering. The taste has lots of pumpkin as well, but not as much spice as in the aroma. The aftertaste is a little weird, not sure what's going on there. The body is just a little bit light. The drinkability is pretty good though. A decent pumpkin ale.

SheepNutz, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%

This one pours an orange color wtih a slight head taht falls to cover the beer. The nose is a lot of the pumpkin with the spices hidden in the background. The alcohol is also a bit aparent in there as well. The flavor is just what the nose tells me, pumpkin with hidden spices. The flavor is also a bit thin and watery. The feel is pretty thin as well. Drinkability is also okay. I would take other pumpkin ales over this one any day. Its just lacking.

kmpitz2, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of TAMU99
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%

Simple brown/orange Ale with foamy head that lingers a little leaving a nice lace.
A fragrant nose of nutmeg, alspice and barley is very enticing.
The flavor is smooth, but leaves something to be desired. I really expected more of a rich, full bodied flavor. The malt and spice taste profile is a bit subdued following the expectation raised by the frangrance.
It's clean on the pallate, leaving little aftertaste and hardly coating your tongue at all.
Fairly drinkable if your not paying attention. If you do pay attention, you quickly lose interest.
Overall, it's ok. It's certainly well crafted, but just doesn't standout as a "must try again" beer.

TAMU99, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%

Appearance - festive orange color, attractive depth. Weak head, no lacing.

Aroma - initially has a somewhat peculiar, indistinct vegetal smell that turns definitely pumpkiny with some good cinnamon at the end.

Taste - some tasty malts start out and give way to a surprising little bite of hops, keeping the sweetness in check. Good pumpkin flavor comes in late and a good dose of cinnamon and toastiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - heavier than average body, lively carbonation.

Drinkability - overall, quite delicious and enjoyable.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a clear, medium copper with a sizeable sandy off-white foam. The aroma comes up with a whiff of hops in the first sniff, but after it sits for a few minutes, cinnamon and nutmeg come out and overtake the hops. The caramel malt flavors meld nicely with the pumpkin (you can actually pick out the pumpkin flavor in this and not just the spices) and spices to make for a decent beer. Still, I’d like to see this with a little more body and a little chunkier malt. Otherwise, it’s good.

aracauna, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of Citadel82
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%

I didn't care for this one at all. Poured with a generous head that was long llived and left nice lacing in a clean pint glass. Orange amber color. Smell was cloves, yeast, pumpkin and pepper. Taste was yeasty and weak. Some spice, thankfully not overstated, but no real body and not a hint of malt. thin and poorly balanced. Hence the poor review. I will try again and maybe rewrite this review.

Citadel82, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of yeagerbm
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

Pours an golden amber color with a medium white head. Smell is delicious with pumpkin pie spices- cinnamon and allspice. This beer smell is making me hungry for "punkin" pie. Taste is of smooth caramelized malt and pumpkin pie spice with a sharp, balancing hop. Very interesting spiced ale worth picking up.

yeagerbm, Oct 27, 2004
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