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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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1,850 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,850
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 47
Gots: 143 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 jdmorgan
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first pumpkin ale, and poured an amber color with a small head.

The smell had aromas of malt and spices. The taste had a full malt body, a medium hop profile, and a bit of pumpkin flavor. Also present, especially towards the aftertaste were many spices. I detected at least cinnamon and nutmeg, and perhaps some ginger as well. The carbonation was medium and the consistency was medium as well.

All in all, I enjoyed it. It was festive for the season, and I enjoyed the spices. I wouldn't drink this year-round, but certainly during the fall. I look forward to trying other pumpkin ales.

jdmorgan, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of ndekke39
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A lot of local stores started carrying this beer in late September, and I'm always a fan of Pumpkin Ales, so I thought I'd try this one. It pours a light pumpkiny orange, with a small white head. Pretty godo retention. Smells and tastes of the pumpkin, plus the standard spices: cinnamon, cloves, anise, etc. Mouthfeel is light, but too fizzy for my tastes. I think a pumpkin ale should be a bit creamier, and this one instead bites the tongue too much. It almost overwhelms the flavors. Overall, a decently drinkable beer, but definitely not my favorite pumpkin ale.

ndekke39, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of the many pumpkin ales I tried, this is one of my least favorites... Despite a strong pumpkin flavor, there was a strong, noticeable bitter after-taste which just didn't do it for me... In my opinion, there are much better pumpkin brews out there... Strong hints of nutmeg and cinnamon are definitely there, but the bitterness destroyed this one for me... Maybe it was just the 6-pack I bought - could be that this was an older sample, but I'm not sure... If it was a recent sample, then I really wasn't crazy about this one... This is coming from someone who's tried just about every pumpkin ale out there... Much better choices to choose from... Really not sure about paying $7.50 for this one again, but if you're a seasonal ale fan, it's worth trying at least once...

dsa7783, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of bboven
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-copper clear body with a small but pillowy and persistent head with lots of lacing.

Lots of spice in the nose but what makes this pumpkin exceptional in this category is that you can actually smell a lot of pumpkin in here rather than only overbearing spice.

All in all good pumpkin flavor, but the spicing leaves a slight metallic bitterness that stick in the back of your throat to become a bit like cough syrup. This seems to be pretty common in this style, however.

Mouthfeel is lots of bubbly carbonation at first hit, but when it rolls around a bit it smooths out and becomes really velvety. It sticks in the back of your throat a bit too much, but the rest of my palate likes it.

This is the Pumpkin beer I would buy if i were in the mood, for sure. I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a good example of this style.

bboven, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a white creamy head that descends to a thin cover. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of spicy pumpkin pie - cardemom, nutmeg, cinnamon.

The taste is of pumpkin pie - spicy - almost too much - but it blends together well. A firm malt backbone gives it "beer" character.

The body thins a bit, but holds together well enough to give it a fairly creamy texture with a lingering flavor.

A fine pumpkin ale, though spiciness, that lends to taste, brings down overall drinkability a bit. Overall, one of the better pumpkin ales out there, IMO.

jwc215, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of praufs01
1.63/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance – Dark amber color with creamy off-white head.

Aroma – Huge Cinnamon smell with a hint of clove.

Palate – Smooth thin mouth feel.

Flavor – Tastes like it smells. Smooth and clean taste upfront that leads into an overwhelming cinnamon and clove aftertaste.

Final thoughts – Not much in the way of pumpkin pie flavor. It should be renamed Cinnamon Ale because it totally dominates the flavor. To me this was a very disappointing experience.

praufs01, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of Rootdog316
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Post Road Pumpkin Ale pours to a bright orange pumpkiny color with a thick creamy head and a big, chewy-spicy pumpkin pie nose. Upon sipping, you're immediately struck with spicy nutmeg and cinnamon. The spice is heavy and cuts through all the other flavor components here.

Still, there's a crisp, rich crystal malt flavor here, too, and it serves as a nice backbone for the brew. Along with the spice and the notes of vegetal pumpkin flavor, one really does get the sensation of drinking a slice of pumpkin pie. In the finish, the spices, especially nutmeg, intensify.

Rootdog316, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of Stephen63
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Appropriately orange/copper colour, almost glowing. Reasonable head that lasted although quite thin.

S - Very spicy and, for me, dominated by cloves. Visions of mulled wine came into my mind. Interesting.

T - Intense hoppy flavour takes over from the spices which are pushed to the background. Was expecting something a bit sweeter.

M - Good level of carbonation, smooth.

D - Pleasant enough but definitely a one-off beer.

A interesting Halloween beer, but once a year is probably about right for this one.

Stephen63, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of DrainBamage
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange color with a nice head. Smell is mild, but pleasant with nutmeg and all-spice aromas. Taste has a real pumpkin flavor to it and quite dominating, but with a little citrus flavor too. In the mouthfeel you get high carbonation and bitterness. The flavor sticks around in your mouth for a while, but instead necessarily a bad thing. This is the first time having this beer and is pleased for the most part and is something look forward to in the fall.

DrainBamage, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of GRPunk
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- It poured a hazy orange color with a thin off-white head that turned to a light lacing. It had medium carbonation and left some good sticking to the side of the glass.

S- It had a less pronounced pie scent than some of the other pumpkin beers. It was still mostly sweet and spicy with some caramel tones mixed with cloves and nutmeg. There was also a vegetal aroma that I imagine is the actual pumpkin used in this brew.

T- The flavor was mostly pumpkin pie spices, some sweet malt flavor, and more of the vegetal tones. It had a dry finish.

M- It actually seemed a little foamy. There was also a slight sting on the tongue.

D- It wasn't too overpowering to have more than one.

Overall- A decent fall beer. It's not something I'd seek out, but something I'd definitely drink again. I'm sure it will find its way into a mixed sixer of pumpkin beers again next fall.

GRPunk, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of marcpal
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thought this beer was very good, bought as part of a sample pack. LIked the fact that it was not overpowering.

A: Orange hue with small head.

S: A very slight smell of roasted pumpkins but you can tell immediately there was not an overkill of pumpkin pie spices and cloves/nutmeg.

T: Again, not strong- which to me was a very good thing. The roasted pumpkin was very subtle and almost chewy. Compared to other pumpkin beers, I would position this one as the pumpkin bread comparison to others which are more pumpkin pie.

M: Chewy texture with good amount of carbonation matching the taste.

D: Wouldve like to had a few of these given that they were keeping away from overdoing the sweetness.

marcpal, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Ranic
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at The Gingerman in NYC.

I gotta say, I love pumpkin ales, but this one didn't really impress me at all. It has a very nice amber color, and it smells spicy, but when I tasted it, I didn't really get much pumpkin out of it. The focus seemed to be on the spices, rather than the pumpkin itself.

I probably wouldn't order this again if there are other pumpkin ales to choose from.

Ranic, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of atigerlife
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brooklyn Brewery.

Pours a nice orange/golden color. Hazy. Small white head with decent carbonation.

Aroma is quite subtle with some pumpkin, spices and malts.

Taste is of light pumpkin, sweet, malt and some grainy smell I couldn't quite place.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and cleansing. Med/Light body.

Overall, very refreshing and better than expecting. Very sessionable.

atigerlife, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of BDIMike
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Post Road is probably the least favorite of any Pumpkin Ale I have ever had. It has a great appearance, however it has a smell with no hint of pumpkin. It definitely comes through in the taste as I couldn't sense even a slight taste of pumpkin. I am surprised they can even call this a pumpkin beer.

BDIMike, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
2.4/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pumpkin ale pours a cloudy, deep orange/copper with a fairly creamy, thick off-white head that holds pretty well and leaves some nice lacey walls.

Subtle but well pronounced, the aroma is of toasted malt and spice: nutmeg, cinnamon. There is some pumpkin in there, but in small doses. A dull yeastiness is also present.

Not much pumpkin at all. Rather sharp and yeasty with some acidity. A bit of metallic flavor and spice in the middle with a watery dullness that is not particularly appetizing. Weak for sure in the flavor department.

High carbonation makes for a very crisp and clean mouthfeel, but overall it’s very lacking. A matted yeastiness sticks on the tongue and concludes a moderately bad beer experience. I would suggest reaching for just about any other pumpkin selection this season.

letsgopens, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of pitweasel
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I finally decided to try some pumpkin ales this year, and this one turned out to be my least favorite. Post Road Pumpkin looks good and smells good, but the taste left a bit to be desired. There are subtle hints of pumpkin buried deep in the brew when it first hits your tongue, but it quickly gets trampled by an overwhelming amount of spices. That's not to say that it tastes bad, but I was disappointed that the fruit (if that's what pumpkin is, anyway) was almost completely lost in the mix.

If you're looking for a spicy, slightly bitter beer, this is the pumpkin for you. If something a little smoother with a more pronounced pumpkin flavor is what you seek, I'd recommend giving the Saranac Pumpkin Ale a try.

pitweasel, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into nonic.

Comes out slightly hazy with a very thin off white head that settles to almost nothing. A bits of lace here and there result from the head, but that's it. Nothing spectacular about the sight of this beer. The hue is a slightly orange-tinted amber hue, as usual for this style.

The aroma is very malty, with less spice and pumpkin than I expected. It reminded me of an Oktoberfest with a bit of spice, more than a Pumpkin Ale. Nevertheless, nothing really smells wrong with this one, just a little different, which at times can be a good thing, depending on the person.

The pumpkin comes out a little more in the flavors, with the spices only making an appearance at the end. A light-caramel flavor shows up from the malts. In the middle is a bit of a creamy characteristic that adds to the complexity a little. Most of the hop flavor is hidden, maybe showing a little when the other flavors have faded. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The progression of the flavor is interesting, and the smoother qualities such as the maltiness and the creaminess show up first, then transition to a spicier quality at the end. The finish is mostly the remainders of whatever spices decided to show up.

Not the best, but certainly not the worst. This one could use a little more pumpkin flavor. As of now, thansk at least to the spices, it seems more like a dull and watery Winter Warmer. It's worth a try, someone should at least find this one to their tastes.

BeerSox, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of JayQue
2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My first pumpkin ale...hope it was last years batch....this was not good; Looked ok. Orange amber color, decent light tan head, some lacing. Smell had some kind of pumpkin spice, fairly mild. Taste was not good, skunky cabbagy taste with a soapy aftertaste. Mouthfeel a bit thin. Drinkability not good at all. All things being equal I would take a Bud over this one hands down. I want to try a few more pumpkin ales and see if I have a prejudice against the style or if a guaranteed fresh one purchased in the fall makes a difference.

JayQue, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of armock
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a orange color with off white head that leaves some lacing. Smell is of spices. Taste is of spices and some pumpkin pretty good. Good bit of carbonation but still smooth. Its a good brew good taste I would probably get it again its worth trying sometime.

armock, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Poured a very nice hazy orange amber with a nice two inch or so of white frothy foam on the top. Settled gradually down into a nice thin layer across the top with a good amount of residual side glass lace left in its wake as it headed on down. Some good carbonation could be seen in the glass moving and wriggling its way towards the top and replenishing the head consistently along the way.

S – Lots of spice here and I mean a lot. This was very full bodied in the aroma with lots of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, some spiced apple, and even what I swore was a touch of gingerbread in the back. A decent yeast presence could be detected for whatever reason and there was definitely a grain held back to it. Some fresh earthy tones were also apparent as it warmed, but hands down this was spiced ale and you could really tell it was from the first whiff.

T – Taste was fantastic. Very full flavor and a ton of hidden little nuances that continued to pop up and show themselves the more you tried to look into it. There was a ton of cinnamon off the top with some nice apple flavors and a touch of the pumpkin spice flavor that I picked up in the aroma. A very nice grain like base really helped to push it forward. The flavor overall was nice and light even though there were a ton of flavors represented. A decent albeit spiced and somewhat muted hopped back was present and served to dry out the finish some. Overall though the flavor was really great and light enough that I kept coming back for more.

M – Very light and crisp even. A great amount of carbonation came through from the very beginning and never really let up, leaving you sure that this was a very fine brew. Great feel from the first sip to the last with an equally great finish to it. This was one of the better brews I have had with this feel and it really shined here. Just full enough to make you think, but at the same time light enough to make it pretty much sessionable. Just a very enjoyable experience overall.

D – Simply outstanding. It was the first crisp cool night of autumn in these parts and this was perfect for it. Not much ABV, and a crisp light feel, combined with the warming of the spices, made for something really nice. I was actually not happy that I had only picked up one of these, and I am going to have to go back to get some more very soon. A sixer of this seems just about right and would make for a nice present to bring for dinner.

Overall I was more then impressed, I thought this was wonderful. This was my second pumpkin in a row that came off just really great. I am really beginning to get a handle on the style and really actually developing a liking for it. This seems like the perfect mix for a fall night and really something I would like to try on tap. I can see now why people wait for this to come out every year, really a fantastic brew and an excellent choice hands down.

mikesgroove, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of sawbones420
4.65/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lotsa pumpky beers out there. This is my favorite, but then again, I'm a complete slut for Brooklyn Brewery. I used to be devoted to Dogfish Head's take on the style, but I've unofficially been boycotting their beers since I noticed they all taste slightly less good year after year. Plus they charge too much, and Punkin' gives me brutal hangovers.

The Look:
6pk of 12 oz bottles - Into a snifter (hey, why not?), this pours a deep orange hue, almost amber. No head, but what are you expecting with a pumpkin beer?

Sniff, sniff:
Smells like... pumpkin. There is a definite pumpkin spice/nutmeg/cinnamon thing going on there, but in my opinion, clean pumpkin predominates in the nose, trumping all that other junk.

First sip, too cold.

15 minutes later....

ooOoOoOOoo. Yeah. This is what I want in a pumpkin beer. Not too much spice, although a very nice blend that hits you right in the middle of the tongue. Definitely a pumpkin presence going on here. This beer, like all other pumpky offerings, has a "flatness" to it. This is tough to describe, but let's just say there's a focus on flavor moreso than complex beeriness. Smutty's tastes like pie, Dogfish's taste like spice, Southern Tier's tastes like an entire spice rack... Brooklyn's tastes like pumpkin (my style). This one just gets better the longer you let it sit. Not to be consumed at fridge temperature...

At 5%, this is super-drinkable. Of all the different pumpkin offerings, this is the only one I can easily enjoy more than two of. The spice doesn't crawl up your face and take a dump into your sinuses. It's just downright pleasant and pumpkiny, yet doesn't let you forget you're drinking beer (unlike many of it's competitors). You just don't mess with Brooklyn Brewery. They know what they're doing.

sawbones420, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of Biscuit033
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear orange with minimal head and lacing.

S: Clove and all spice. Iwould have liked a little nutmeg.

T: Same as smell but you can taste some pumpkin and a little bit of hops.

M: Light-bodied. I would have like a more creamy feel.

D: One or two of these per season isn't bad but I would like one that is a touch sweeter and with a bit more alcohol to make it feel more seasonal.

Biscuit033, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of Applesauce1
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH. This is my first pumpkin beer of 2007. I'll see how the Post Road treats me.

Appearance: copper color with a 3/4" white head on the pour; looks like a quality ale
Smell: pumpkin pie spices dominate
Taste: spicy, very good; pumpkin pie spices and some hoppiness; this beer has more of a hop presence than most pumpkin ales i remember from previous years
Mouthfeel: medium bodied (i thought itd be somewhat watered down at 5%, but this has good feel)
Drinkability: 2 in a night would be good

I'm impressed with this ale. I'd like to try it on tap sometime.

Applesauce1, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of msolar
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Rich, golden orange in color. Pours a nice, small head.

Smell – Like cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. Very apparent but not overwhelming.

Taste – Just as it smells.

Mouthfeel – Crisp, a bit tangy on the tongue. Not overly carbonated. Feels a bit light.

Drinkability – Good. It’s not too sweet but has an evident taste of ‘fall’.

Good beer. I’d suggest Sam Adam’s fall brew if you’re looking for a bit more spice. I believe Serenac was a bit lighter, but I haven’t had it this year and could be completely mistaken – I just recall it being my favorite last year. Not my first time to purchase it, and certainly not my last. One of these days I’ll purchase all the Pumpkin beers I can find and do a taste off…

msolar, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of iceball585
4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear brownish copper color, 1/2 finger thick head that lasted well throughout

S- Strong smell of pumplin, spices, brown sugar

T- Pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, malts, ginger, sweet, creamy

M- Crisp, medium weight, medium/heavy carbonation, still smooth feel

D- One of the best pumpkin ales that I've had

Really great all around. Good appearance, good auroma, good taste... good all around. What else could you ask for in a pumpkin ale.

iceball585, Oct 11, 2007
Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 1,850 ratings.