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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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1,934 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,934
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 47
Gots: 192 | 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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Ratings: 1,934 | Reviews: 861
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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
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
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
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 +18.5%
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
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
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
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
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
3.36/5  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
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
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
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +14.2%
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.

Photo of jettjon
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle with no visible date into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), a gentle pour yields a thick, creamy off-white head atop a clear, bronze body. Head is rock solid and creamy, fed by plenty of precipitating carbonation. Head lasts about halfway through the glass and then fades to a solid cap and collar with medium lacing. Nose is slightly soapy and bready with light cloves and diacetyl. Tastes of diacetyl, dry bitter hiops, faint all-spice, and buttery bread along with a touch of artificial sweetener. Mout is a bit thin and watery with middle carbonation which is about right. Drinkability is decent yet unremarkable; smooth and mildly spiced though I wouldn't really want another.

Overall: A very average "pumpkin ale" which smells nice but tastes rather lackluster.

Photo of RobH
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle.

I'm a Pumpkin Ale fan this time of year and this one doesn't disappoint. I'd have to say I like the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale much better, but this one comes in a solid second based on the ones I've tried so far.

My only caveat for this one was that by the end of the bottle my palate had "had enough" of the sweetness and I wanted another beer but not another one of these.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper with a huge billowy head,

S - Pumpkin, some spice and lots of loral notes.

T - Fruity with a light bitter finish. Definitely a vegetal character but I'm not picking out any pumpkin per se or spice.

M - Dry, medium bodied and astringent.

D - It's OK, but not knocking my socks off. Pumpkins are more in the nose than the flavour.

Photo of bcolflesh
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in beer trade from work - drank with Palak Paneer.

This smells good but the taste is not one I enjoy - I don't really detect pumpkin at all - and the aftertaste is a bit unpleasant to me, bitter and makes my mouth dry.

Glad I tried it, but would not want another one.

Photo of joekfsu
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with 3 cm foamy, offwhite, slowly diminishing head. Aroma of pumpkin pie and nutmeg. Initial flavor of bread, very bland. Taste gets dry and kinda clovey. Moderate carbonation, moderate lacing, light body, and no alcohol noted. Overall, after the aroma, this beer is not very good. But it does smell awesome.

Photo of beernut
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber/orange color, with a white head that left a little lacing. Aroma is pumpkin (not too strong) with some spices. Taste is not strong of pumpkin or spices almost watered down to me. Left a weird aftertatse. This is still a beer I would drink, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Deep, clear amber. A finger of very light tan head rises, with decent retention before settling to a thick film. Moderate lacing.

S - There's definite pumpkin going on, but very little backing spice. Vague hints of allspice and ginger are all I can pick up. I am glad to have the pumpkin component in the aroma though.

T - A very nutmeg/allspice/mace flavor hits from the beginning. There is some heavy, yet grainy malt to back up the slight vegetal flavor of the pumpkin, but the malt character is limited and restrained. Finish is full of above mentioned spices with a sharp, powdery bitterness.

M - Light to medium with moderate to high carbonation. No problems here.

D - I don't know if it's just pumpkin ales, or me, or a little bit of both, but a few sips of this is all I really need. I don't enjoy these pumpkin/pumpkin pie spice flavors without some appropriate sweetness and this brew is no exception. Not bad at all, but nothing I'd want a few of.

Photo of hops4me
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a big fluffy white head. Head stays all the way to the bottom of the glass and leaves behind plenty of sticky lace. Smells of big spice and slight cidery smell. Lots of nutmeg in there. Big pumpkin pie flavor. Slight toasted malt. Finishes with a little harsh bitterness...just a little. It is on the light side of medium with good drinkability. I like this beer. Far better then I thought it was going to be. I love pumpkin beers and this one is decent. I would probably reach for others first but with limited selection I wouldn't think twice about getting this one again.

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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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