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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: 166 | 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 sliverX
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poored a light copper color with decent cream head that struggled to hold on but left some lacing. Smelled of light pumpkin spice and a hint of banana. Taste is that of a weak pumpkin pie with somewhat of a bad acid taste as well. Originally purchased for a campfire night doesn't really have the qualities of something I'd have a few of and unwind with.... would most likely try another pumpkin ale if the option was there.

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

Pours a good looking copper colour with a short head that settles to a film and leaves just a bit of lace. Slightly sweet, spicy nose, but very subdued. You don't need to be clubbed over the head with pumpkin spice, but you gotta do better than this. Finishes with an unpleasant metallic bitterness.

Just way too understated to stack up as a decent pumpkin ale especially when compared to some of the other similar seasonal offerings out there right now. Loved Brooklyn Lager, but this is a clear miss.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly light amber. Thin head, gone pretty quick. No lacings.

The best thing about the style is the aroma, these smell sooo nice. Quite spicy compared to alot of the other examples. Some cinnamon sweetness as well.

Interesting. I usually enjoy the sweeter examples of the style, heavy on cinnamon and sugar flavours, but this is heavy on the cloves, making for a much spicier and drying taste. Hops are blended in well, a nice, slightly piney, resiny bitterness. Good caramel malt backbone.

A little bit thin for my taste.

A good, and different, example of this fall style.

Photo of CAP1868
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another excellent choice for the fall months.

Served in a 12 oz brown bottle with a stylish pumpkin on the front.

A-Pours a darkish amber color with a good thick head that hangs around for a bit.

S-The smell is excellent and reminds you of the fall air, crisp and full of pumpkin and spices.

T-The tatse is amazing full of pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, maybe some other fall goodies.

M-Mouthfeel is good, not to strong but not weak or watery, perfect for a pumpkin ale

D-You can easily drink a sixer of this brew without it getting old or annoying. I highly recommend this brew during the fall months.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A clear, crisp orangish/amber color. A decent thick white foam head. The head did not stick around long. There was some lacing but not much.

S: Lots of aromas blended nicely together. Cinnamon, pumpkin, all-spice, corriander, caramel and some small amount of biscuit/bread.

T: An abundance of spices, with hints of pumpkin and bready malt flavoring. Tastes like a pumpkin pie.

M: A smooth medium body ale. Slighlty bitter aftertaste.

D: One of my favorite pumpkin ale's. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable if you enjoy pumpkin pie.

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

A- Pours a festive autumnal golden color with not much in terms of head or lacing.

S- The smell is pretty impressive. Cinnamon, cloves, and brown sugar all enhance the pumpkin aroma, rather than mask it.

T- Slightly malty with lots of pumpkin and spice flavor. The cinnamon seems a little too strong, but the flavor is pretty good with the exception of a slight metallic aftertaste.

M- Good body and moderate carbonation.

D- This is pretty easy to drink and would make for a good session beer.

Photo of Whiteknight
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Coppery/amber pour with about a finger's worth of head that dissolved fairly quickly. Little lacing.

S - All the spices you'd expect in a pumpkin ale including cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin.

T - A bit metallic, reminiscent of the copper color, but still tasty with a nice balance of malts and pumpkin spices.

M - Surprisingly light in body, moderate carbonation with a fairly smooth finish.

D - A nice fall beer. I'd enjoy a couple of these.

Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber/copper color. Head is a single finger and fizzy. Extreme metallic taste - over fermented? or carbonation stimulated? Smell is heavily scented with spices and of course, pumpkin. Taste is medium bodied typical ale. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, almost watery and again metallic. Drinkability is low. I think this beer is a miss, could be that I got a bad batch, could be that it's just plain overrated. Go with Dogfish Head Pumkin' instead.

Photo of ljbrisson
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange into my goblet with a frothy head which quickly reduced into a thin cap and left minute lacing. Aroma is spices and pumpkin, quite tasty; I can smell it from here, while my glass is next to me as I type. Good malt aroma, pumpkin, clove, a little cinnamon. Mouthfeel is loose with minimal carbonation and a light-medium body; I expected more depth. Taste is mainly of pumkin spices, clove, cinnamon, as well as pumpkin, vanilla and a hint of toasted almonds. Overall this beer is quite good. I'm glad I bought a sixer and could see myself getting another.

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

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Medium orange color, good clarity, formed a pleasing one finger off white white with fair retention that resolved into a thin layer covering the surface.

S = Good mix of spices and pumpkin, redolent with allspice, nutmeg, good peppery character but also with a biter bite like a really good balsamic vinegar. Well balanced, one of the better smelling pumpkin beers.

T = Unfortunately, though good the flavor does not quite live up to the smell. Although the spices and pumpkin flavors are present, the entire experience is a little too light. It is primarily like drinking a a light English ale, perhaps an ESB with some spices added. Good, but just not quite as distinctive as I would like.

M = Medium-light body, carbonation was almost offensive at first but after sitting for a while calmed down to an acceptable level that allowed for good foaming in mouth without biting the tongue.

D = This is a fiar drinking pumpkin beer. I really rate it down slightly only because it is just a little too similar to a standard pale ale and I think of drinkability as in part within style. This is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer though.

Photo of Graham5161986
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first pumpkin ale:

A: pours a clear, amber-orange with almost no head that reduces to nothing and does not leave any lacing on my glass. Very little carbonation visible as well.

S: quite like fresh pumpkin pie - a nice spiciness mixed with subtle sugary molasses.

T: Quite nice and not as sweet as expected. Nice spicy tones overall with just a slight hint of brown sugar. The pumpkin flavours are subtle - which IMO is key for such a style to be truly enjoyable.

M: medium bodied and smooth, goes down very easily with a slight spicy kick.

D: Considering this was my first pumpkin ale, I don't really have anything to base my critique on. However, I was happy to find that they didn't go overboard with the pumpkin flavour. All in all, this is an interesting brew that fits the season quite well. I;m going to save the rest of my 6-pack for Thanksgiving this coming weekend (Canadian thanksgiving that is).

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

Pretty good pumpkin ale. Amber colour, white head that settles down quickly.

Spicy smell, actually quite savoury compared to some of the pumpkin beers I've had. Traces of brown sugar and malt shine through. Mild hop bitterness.

Slightly bitter hop taste with some brown sugar malts and plenty of spicyness. Actually fairly dry, but very smooth and strong hints of pumpkin.

Decent carbonation, nice flavour make this fairly drinkable.

Photo of fank2788
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
after a moderately quick pour this beer is a bright clear dark copper/orange with a fairly thick and lacy head. The smell is of some spice definite cinnamon with nutmeg and allspice typical pie spicing there is actually some grain in the background. The taste is pretty nice. Overall the spices do come out front but they aren't cloying and the beer itself isn't overly sweet, two big pluses. This is still a beer not an over spiced attempt at liquid pie. A bit of malt is detectable as well as some spicy hoppiness that brings everything together. The mouthfeel is pretty good the spiciness does tend to linger and get a little annoying after a while but that's true of most beers with spice. And as far is drinkability is concerned, this is a pumpkin beer which by definition is a style where you drink one and then you're done or move onto something else. One goes done well enough, actually much easier than many other examples of the style but its' not a session beer in my opinion. Overall a better than average representative of the style.

Photo of Hornet2003
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a great pumpkin orange flavour. Good spiciness and a solid malty backbone. The flavours are not as overt as other pumpkin ales, but they are definitely there and leave a nice nutmeg aftertaste. A little maple as well. For some reason, don't know why, this beer gives me a headache so the drinkability for me is a little lower than average.

Good flavours over all and enjoyable, save for the headache.

Photo of nrbw23
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange/copper color,. Decent head that lasted although quite thin and also some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is a less pronounced pie scent than some of the other pumpkin beers. Still mostly sweet and spicy with some caramel tones mixed with cloves, nutmeg and of course pumpkin.

T- Taste was mostly pumpkin pie spices and some sweet malt flavor

M- Medium in body, good carbonation and finish is dry.

D- It wasn't too overpowering to have more than one. Easy to drink and a good fall beer.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a translucent amber with light head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is spicy, particularly ginger and nutmeg with hint of malt.

Taste is a little spicy upfront with a light malty finish.

Mouthfeel is good, light carbonation with a little bite.

Pretty drinkable for a pumpkin ale, a little less sweet than most.

Photo of glid02
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on-tap at the Thinking Man Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a light copper color with an orange tint with a very thin white head. The head dissipates quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Almost no lacing.

Smells alright. Mild spice aromas, nutmeg and brown sugar mostly, coupled with an even milder sweet malt smell.

Tastes average. The flavors are mostly spices, again nutmeg and brown sugar, and the beer sweetens as it warms. The flavors aren't as pronounced as I would've liked, it's on the verge of tasting watery.

Mouthfeel is average. As I stated above, it's a bit too watery, there's just not enough body to it. It still went down pretty easily.

Drinkability is alright. I had no problem finishing the beer, although I would not have ordered another.

Overall this is a slightly above average pumpkin beer. There's nothing spectacularly bad about it, but there's nothing that makes me want to drink it again either.

Photo of Buggies
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber color with a nice head. The smell of this one is great. Very spicy which includes coriander... one of my favorites. Very drinkable with only a slight hoppy after taste. Easy on the pumpkin, but nice and spicy which doesn't appear to be too filling.

I will definitely drink the rest of these.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic pumpkin ale. This ranks right up there with Dogfish Head and Smuttynose and I was pleasantly surprised. Just the right amount of pumpkin spice in there and its all blended together beautifully. Great job here by Brooklyn Brewery buying this company.. they make a kick ass pumpkin ale!

Photo of morebeergood
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a six pack for last weekend. Poured into pint glasses. Not a lot of carbonation. Very watery looking. Orange color, with a hint of spice in the nose. My wife looked at me and asked if mine tasted OK. Very weak flavor, and almost tasted it bit soapy when it first hits your mouth (glasses were clean, don't worry). There was some pumpkin flavor there, but not a lot. Very thin beer. Definitely not my favorite offering from Brooklyn. There are much better pumpkins out there (cough cough Smutty). We left the rest in the fridge and moved on to some Victory Festbiers.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark orange with a little white head.

S - Really strong spices and some pumpkin also.

T - Lots of carbonation. Good spice, some nutmeg is the most present. Good mild pumpkin flavor.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer but not the best pumpkin ale.

Photo of Jwale73
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint. Poured a translucent copper with a frothy, bright white head. Sticky strands of lacing coated the sides of the glass during the session. Nose was almost non-existent; perhaps some nutmeg and pale malt but really difficult to detect. Taste follows nose - slightly more pronounced in the mouth, but very subdued for the style. Pumpkin and cinnamon is present, but barely detectable. Light and lively mouthfeel with some carbonation tingle across the tongue. Decent drinkability, but for all the wrong reasons. Very muted flavor profile which keeps it easy drinking, but not what one anticipates for the style of beer.

Photo of krukster
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slight amber color , some lacing.

S - Spicey, clove. Smells like pumpkin. Very pleasant smell

T - You can definately taste the spices, and also a slight pumpkin taste. Pretty good atttempt at a pumpkin style beer. Maybe not at the level of Dogfish, but none the less very good.

D - Very drinkable. Could most surely have 3-4 of these on a chilly night

Serving type: bottle

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

A - Clear copper with a huge billowy head,

S - Spicey, ginger, clove, cinnamon smell, overall a very nice aroma.

T - I can't taste any Pumpkin and think the beer should be renamed to a spice beer. Points off for that, but it does have nice flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove with a very dry acidic flavor

M - Dry, medium bodied and astringent.

D - Definitely drinkable, just disappointed there's no pumpkin taste.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an orangey copper with a medium-sized off-white head, which lingers briefly with a fair amount of stickiness, leaving behind light lacing on the glass.

A full bouquet of seasonal spices -- nutmeg, clove, cinnamon -- fills the nose.

Medium-bodied with a pumpkin pie-like spicy flavors dominating, with an underlying earthy taste of pumpkin. Goes down with a spiciness that lingers for a brief period before running into a smooth, clean finish.

Delicious, almost like pumpkin pie in a glass. Could use a bit more of a hit from the pumpkin, but it is detectable, a trait which creates a nice balance to the ale that makes me crave more.

A nice beer to celebrate the first day of autumn.

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