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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
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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 Derek
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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
4.38/5  rDev +26.6%
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 +9.8%
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
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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
3.96/5  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
4.14/5  rDev +19.7%
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 -24%
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
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
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 -12.4%
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.

Photo of sliverX
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
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
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
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
4.04/5  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 +11.3%
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 +12.7%
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
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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 +12.7%
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
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
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
3.77/5  rDev +9%
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
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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
3.77/5  rDev +9%
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 +6.4%
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 +11.3%
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 +6.9%
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.

Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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