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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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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 hustlesworth
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- creamy dense beige head, bubbly on top. hazy burnt orange copper amber with golden highlights. had to give it a hard deliberate pour to build up foam but it really retains itself and leaves tons of soft clumps of lace and very very nice rings. .

S- fresh nutmeg, some cinnamon, allspice, and of course pumpkin. pumpkin pie. sweet caramel malt, basmati rice, raw barley and a sweet bread doughy biscuit aroma. a little bit of earthy british hops and citrus orange peel.

T- nice fresh pumpkin taste isn't obliterated by spices. i can taste plain old pumpkin from start to finish, earthy and slightly sweet thanks probably to the barley. spices are still there but more subtle than the aroma. orange peel, strawberry, white pepper, and mildly bitter hops at the finish with toasted bread, burnt biscuit, and light herbal hop bitterness.

MF- medium carbonation, medium body. clean fresh grainy feeling and a bit of tartness.

D- good warm toasty pumpkin beer with just a little bit of spice in the nose and good fresh pumpkin taste. not too pumpkiny to get annoying.

Photo of Risser09
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a brown color with orange highlights. A 1/2" off-white head shows decent retention. Some lace sits on the sides of the glass. The beer is flowing with bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Very active.

Smell: Smells spicy, with lots of pumpkin. Sweet, sweet malt aroma, cereal, graham crackers. Mostly cinnamon is coming out of the spiciness.

Taste: Caramel malt flavor is enhanced by pumpkin, cinnamon and a cereal flavor. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very easy to swallow. Alcohol is non-existent.

Drinkability: So very drinkable. Probably the best pumpkin ale I've ever had, in terms of drinkability. I could easily do a six-pack.

Photo of yesyouam
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Post Road Pumpkin Ale is a hazy reddish-brown ale with a fading white head. It has a spicy aroma that suggests wood, malt, maybe cinnamon and nutmeg. It's pretty smooth and a little watery. It's a light-bodied ale that's clean on the palate. There is no pumpkin detected in the aroma. There are notes of cinnamon, cassia, coriander and maybe nutmeg. Pale malt is prominent in the flavor. It's a bit bitter, but politely so. It has a nice spice profile and a wooden aftertaste. It's very pleasing. I'm glad I got a 6-pack. This is usually the case with Brooklyn.
(rated Oct 9, 2007)

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

Appearance: Small amount of foam that recedes at a decent pace. Clear orange color with some noticeable bubbles going up to the top.

Aroma: Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, clove...the general spice profile of a pumpkin ale. Which is good, by the way. But nothing extraordinary about the scent on this one, as much as I enjoy it.

Taste: Follows the aroma..with a hop bitterness in the finish. Interesting at the end, the hops are brought out well with the sharp taste due to the spices. Pumpkin flavor is not that strong, but the spice profile is. Everything blends in well...great balance between the pumpkin, the spices and the hops

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonation is good..crispness from that and the spice kick.

Drinkability: Good for this too. Relatively low ABV, spices and balance of flavors are enough to keep you going...and is good for a chilly fall night. Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin Ale is the best of the style I've had. But this one is still solid.

Photo of wescj
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Looks pretty good, with an initial half inch of off-white head with moderate retention and clear, bright orange body which hints towards ruby when held to light. Decent lacing, just not too sticky.

Smells of pumpkin spice, faintly of the autumnesque qualities of hops (earthy) and malts (sweet and toasted). Aroma would be more enticing if it were a bit stronger.

Tastes clean, crisp, and smooth. Pumpkin spice is present, but not overpowering. Hops add a mild bitterness while the malt character is played up more on the tounge than in the aroma.

Light bodied, spice isn't overpowering , and this one's pretty drinkable.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vibrant orange color with a small head that quickly dissipates to a ring. Curtains of lace cling to the glass. The aroma is of nutmeg, cinammon, cloves and gourd. the taste follows suit, with a somewhat anemic malt presence and some lemony hops that prove a little more assertive. I can taste a vegetal, pleasant flavor that must be pumpkin. The mouthfeel is quite full and frenetically carbonated. The finish is long and spicy.

This is quite a nice pumpkin ale, though a little overspiced for my tastes.

Photo of jlb307
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an orangey-amber. Not as dark as I expected, but not very light either. Rather thin head which did not last too long, but decent lacing nonetheless.

S: Very faint scents of pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, clove, even ginger(?). Subtle but good.

T: Not bad, but not as good as it smells. Still has traces of the aroma with each sip, but tastes more hoppy than anything. Little aftertaste.

M: Almost a light-bodied beer. The carbonation and density of the beer could be better balanced.

D: Not the best but not bad either. Worth having.

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

I absolutely despise pumpkin beers in general. I haven't tried a single one that I would call a quality brew. But I respect Brooklyn and gave them the benefit of the doubt when picking up a single of this brew.

A: Light auburn with an unremarkable head.

S: Some punpkin to be sure, but a lot of cloves, hoppy citrus, and what tastes like a hint of peach.

T: Pretty darn bitter for a pumpkin beer. Not particularly sweet. The excess of cloves plus the hops give it their individual takes on acidity. The malt character isn't bad and the pumpkin isn't overstated, just waaay to much clove.

M: Watery. Unimpressive.

D: In the end, this is the most palatable pumpkin beer I've had, but not somthing I'm likely to buy again. This is more of a hoppy clove beer than anything else.

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

It take a little bit to get a balance with this beer. The pumpkin spice nose and intial taste are back up with a fairly hoppy ale that comes in after a few sips. Once an equilibrium is maintained the beer drinks well with a Xmas beer type profile(spicy ale)

Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a brownish amber color with an off-white head that leaves a good amount of lace and retention.

S- The aroma is pretty solid with pumpkin and spices.

T- The taste is your pretty standard Pumpkin Ale with some pumpkin flavors and spices with a pretty dry finish.

M- Light-medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Post Road Pumpkin Ale is a solid pumpkin that is worth a shot.

Photo of beerad666
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an American pint glass. It pours a clear light orange color. Almost looks like the color of a light beer with a touch of orange. There is a very very small white head, that is more or less just a layer of bubbles. Surprisingly decent lacing.

The smell is floral with some cinnamon and nutmeg. When it comes to taste I lose a lot of those spices and the ale comes through. But there is a touch of pumpkin in the after taste.
This one is pretty drinkable.

Overall it is ok, which is my general outlook on most Brooklyn Brewery beers.

Photo of gabeerfan
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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
3.15/5  rDev -9%
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 +15.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
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
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +14.2%
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 +6.4%
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%
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 +9.8%
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
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -0.9%
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
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +3.5%
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.

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