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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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Reviews: 863
Hads: 1,998
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 24.08%
Wants: 54
Gots: 237 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 BryanCarey
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan colored and well- filtered, this beer has a nose that is one of spices and vegetables. The foam level on this beer is average and there is only a small amount of lace.

The flavor of this beer emphasizes the taste of pumpkin, with some dessert- like spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, a touch of caramel, and some clove with pale malts in the background. The pumpkin flavor is rather subdued, but it is clear that this was brewed to be a pumpkin fall seasonal.

This beer is medium in body and one surprise is that the pumpkin flavor is less pronounced than with other beer. I have tasted some pumpkin brew that goes all- out with its pumpkin spice flavor. This one is much more subtle and some may criticize it for that reason. But even though the pumpkin flavor tends toward the light side, it is still nice and shouldn’t discourage anyone from trying it.

I like a good pumpkin beer and Post Road is a good, although not great, representative of this style. It’s an all- around likeable pumpkin ale that most anyone who tries it will find to their liking.

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Photo of Radome
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Copper to orange color and very clear. Head is light tan color, fluffy and made of tiny bubbles. It quickly shrinks to a thin sheen and thick lacing on the glass.

S - At the forefront is pumpkin pie; some slightly vegetal pumpkin, but mostly the spices are apparent. Malty aroma like an amber ale in the background.

T - The taste has the same vegetal pumpkin flavor to match the aroma. The pumpkin pie spices again dominate the actual fruit. No hops or alcohol flavors; malt is subdued.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate hops bitterness. No alcohol burn. Light carbonation. The finish leaves a "powdery" taste in the mouth that I have felt from some other heavily spiced beers.

O - There is nothing technically wrong with this beer, but I don't care for its emphasis on spices. It is more interesting than many pumpkin beers I've tried, but in my opinion, it is not all that pleasant. Just one more reminder to me why I don't like pumpkin beers.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, opaque orange color that supports a thin bone-white head. Head persistency is just OK, as is lacing and visible carbonation.

The aroma is fairly unique for the style.. Consisting of heavy clove and lavender. A very clean aroma, reminds me of being in a flower shop. Coriander and nutmeg round out the notable spicing.

The aroma carries over to the flavor profile mostly intact, unfortunately it's muted. A light, caramel malt provides a simple backbone for the spices and notes of roasted pumpkin seeds. It's good but dull.

Carbonation is quite low and the body is thin. It's a smooth drinker, however.

This is, overall, a good beer. It's so easy to drink that it wouldn't offend the domestic beer fans in your family.

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Photo of SebD
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a beautiful deep hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick light beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready and toasty malts, cinnamon, cloves nutmeg and some all-spice.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some bready and toasty malts upfront, some caramel and faint pumpkin pie notes of cinnamon, cloves, all-spice and nutmeg

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Not the greatest pumpkin ale but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

Reddish orange clear liquid with no visible carbonation. One finger taupe foam cap with nice lacings.

Aroma of sweet malt, spices, pumpkin, cloves, allspice.

Taste of pumpkin, tartness, slight bitterness on the sides of the tongue, hint of cinnamon , clean finish.

Light mouthfeel

Get yer pumpkin beer here. If you like this style, give it a try.

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Photo of bearfootdaddy
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very clean dark amber. Nice one finger head.

Smell: Fruity and lightly spicy

Taste: Lightly pumpkin spicy with a watery ale taste.

Mouth feel: Light yet full.

Overall: For a pumpkin ale I could drink one after another. Its a easy drinker.

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Photo of Botulizard
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep orange-brown with very minimal head and apparently very heavy carb, as there are tons of bubbles on the sides of the glass and floating quickly up from the bottom.

S: Generously spiced pumpkin pie. The spices come through much stronger than the pumpkin, which -make no mistake- is quite ample as well.

T: Pumpkin notes with very strong cinnamon and nutmeg flavor.

M: Thin and heavily carbonated. The strong spice presence leaves a pleasant, slightly burning (but it's a good burn) tingle on the tongue. I find this beer to be quite refreshing for a pumpkin ale. In my previous experiences with pumpkin ales, I've found them to be typically heartier and not so much refreshing. My only negative here is that carbonation. I'd think this beer would be much more pleasant to drink if the carbonation was dialed back.

O: Very good. I really enjoy the spice characteristics here. It's not too sweet, which is great, especially if you'd like to session this beer.

Special aside: This is the 100th beer on my "had" list.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours lighter than most pumkin ales this year with a light amber color. Some soli lacing and some carbonation.

S: some freshness and floral notes that are unique for pumkin ales but that spice you are looking for on the back end.

T: pale ale flavor with the sweetness from pumkin. Spice hit one the bac balance by the floral notes.

M: light mouthfeel (more than I would expect) with little carbonation on mouth. Overall light.

O: a lighter version of the pumkin beers coming out this season. Worth a try if you are looking for that everyday beer but not for those single glass going for flavor punch!

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of nutmeg, cinnamon. Taste is kind of mild, some spices, pumpkin, a bit light for the style but still refreshing and drinkable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alright, I am giving Pumpkin another chance. Had it as a special beer at Luccas in Back Bay. Had it on tap. Poured a nice orange color with little head and decent carbonation. Very spivey sweet smell. Taste isn't half bad. Not something I want a to of, but has a mild mealtimes that balances the fake pumpkin taste. All in all ok. After the disastrous Shipyard, this may make me want to have 1 pumpkin ale a year. Ok beer. Not great, but almost done

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Maggies in Hackensack: This one pours a clear amber color. There was a wisp of an off white head on it that left some lacing. The nose is spicy but not overdone. Lots of pumpkin pie spices. The taste is good. Nice malt body, pumpkin pie spices strong but not overdone. No sweetness. Good!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Attractive beer with autumn orange body that is very clear. Full tan head. Very attractive.
Soft ale aroma with apparent pumpkin and spice. Pleasant and not too strong. No sweetness.
Again a solid ale with a unsweetened pumpkin and spice flavor. Hop flavors towards the finish, which is kinda' long. Rather drying as well and a lingering soft bitterness.
Quite a bit of carbonation, but it is soft and enhances the experience.
Well balanced and minimal excess. On target for style, although this one will be clearly enjoyed by some and not by others. It is an ale with pumpkin and due to the minimal sweetness more than one can be enjoyed in a session.

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Photo of richrock
4.16/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

very good for a pumpkin beer. i picked up 6 different types of pumpkin beers, this one was the best of what I sampled. generally i'm not crazy about pumpkin beer, but just for fun this was really pretty good to change it up from my usual styles. i'd buy again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Post Road pours a darker amber color with a nice large lacing head. There is a earthy and gourde type aroma. The taste has a nice subtle spicy, and broad pumpkin flavors. Nice body, a bit earthy flavors. Overall its a nice pumpkin ale, not a pumpkin pie ale, just a straight up pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Ptomaine
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

As with others, I had higher expectations for this beer. Does have a wonderful golden orange color, quickly dissipating head,no lacing to speak of, and moderate carbonation. Now the bad news, barely discernible pumpkin or spice flavor. I will stick to Pumpking and especially Schlafly pumpkin any day of the week.

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Photo of Brouwerij78
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first "dissapointment" from Brooklyn since I am such a fan of their Black Chocolate Stout and had high hopes for the Post Road Pumpkin. I have had this both on-tap and from the bottle to give it a fair shot - since I did not like it so much at first taste, but I am sticking to my guns and calling it just "okay". In my opinion, if a beer boats "Pumpkin" on the label, it should taste like pumpkin. It was a stretch to get any pumpkin flavor from this one. The beer itself is not of a bad flavor, the review is based on the fact that this is a Pumpkin beer and there was very little Pumpkin flavor present (if any). There are some nice notes of spice and a light balance of some sweetness and fall flavor, but overall this is coming in far short of a good Pumpkin beer.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy deep brown, with a good head that leaves pretty resilient lacing. Not much carbonation to speak of.

S: A bit of faint malt, with some straight flower smell as well as something else clean and fragrant, like a detergent (in a good way).

T: Moderate toasty malt, only faint pumpkin flavors and no spices. Faint sweetness. Not bad, but not what I was looking for.

M: Very fluid with more carbonation than I was expecting after its absence from the appearance.

O: Not a bad beer, but not the pumpkin-forward beer I was hoping for. If you need to satisfy pumpkin beer lovers as well as pumpkin beer detractors this would be a good bridge, but it won't be the favorite of either group.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn pint glass. Bottle says best by January 2014.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A sweet and toasty aroma of caramel malt, pumpkins, and fall spices. Big hints of pumpkins upfront. Bready toasted malts with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, yeast, nuts, and some tea like hints. Mix of fall spices including hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and allspice. Slight hint of candied sugar. Background hints of earthy and floral hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and nicely sweet pumpkin taste with a big malt presence and spices. Solid upfront vegetal taste of pumpkins. Toasted malts with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, tea, grains, nuts, and yeast. Solid mix of fall spices with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and clove. Light notes of brown and candied sugar. Solid hop backing with some floral and earthy notes. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, fairly spicy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good pumpkin ale. Good balance of pumpkin, toasty malts, and spices with a decent hop backing.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Burnt orange color with golden hues. The off-white head settles quickly and leaves only a thin, broken ring of lacing in its wake.

S: Sweet pumpkin flesh is the predominant aroma emanating from the glass. Gentle nutmeg and spice backing begins to speak a little louder as the beer warms. Simple malt scents of light grain and dry biscuit. Touch of floral and grassy hops.

T: As in the nose, sweet fleshy pumpkin is the focus. Nutmeg is subtle and supporting. Simple malt flavors of lightly toasted grain and dry biscuit provide an anchor. Delicate grassy and floral hop tastes round out the flavor profile and balance the beer nicely. A clean fermentation yields no distractions. Sweet pumpkin, toasted grain, and a light hop bitterness amble along in a lengthy and comforting finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Full and creamy. Moderate seltzery carbonation. Rolling smoothness.

O: The vast majority of pumpkin beers on the market today share a similar track. Subtlety goes out the window as brewers try to make their offerings memorable by shoving various blends of pumpkin spice in the consumer's face. Brooklyn's 'less is more' take on the style is a refreshing change of pace. Brooklyn beers often take a culinary sort of approach, and that's just what Post Road does. Like a good chef, the architects of this beer seem to realize that when quality ingredients are used, these should be the main focus of the dish (or in this case the beer). The dish (or beer) should be allowed to speak for itself, and any spicing or accoutrements should be used sparingly and only to enhance the desirable qualities that already exist. The specialty malts and real pumpkin used in Post Road are the main focus, and as a result the consumer is rewarded with a very drinkable and authentic tasting pumpkin beer. Put down that lifeless glass of pumpkin spice that you're probably holding right now and give this one a shot.

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Photo of Archimetez
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice amber to orangish color, head is nice.
-- Label is unassuming on the shelve and does not attract attention, however the simplistic nature of the label is what is it is... a pumpkin beer.

S: Nice pumpkin spice aroma.

T: Now, for me, this beer is done nicely. You can appreciate the pumpkin and accoutrement spices but are not overpowering and ultimately you know it is an ale. Which, in my humble opinion, is how it should be. By far one of the more enjoyable pumpkin beers.

M: clean finish like a regular ale.

O: This overall profile is what I like in a pumpkin beer, or any flavored beer for that matter. Others may disagree and feel this beer is too bland... but taste is in the mouth of the beholder. Drink away!

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Photo of rdilauro
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Continue in my 2013 quest for the Pumpkin beer of the year. Again with so many others, there was an abundance of spices that came upfront in the nose. Then the taste , it was a bit carbonated, so that the spices got washed a bit, but what I felt what was lost the most was the lack of true pumpkin taste.

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Photo of Brezzy24
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We are on a taste test to find the best Pumpkin ale for fall beer of choice. Post Road Pumpkin is bitter tasting with more spice then others I've tired. This is no a pumpkin ale that I could drink all night. I always willing to try a beer once. Have a great day

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Lots of head on the pour, which is much different than the rest of the pumpkin ales that i've tasted. Head sticks around throughout the duration of the beer. Very bubbly that does not dissipate after the pour. A nice dark amber coloring to the beer. This is exactly what i'd expect from a pumpkin ale.

Smell: Rich with spices and pumpkin. There is a tiny bit of alcohol scented when smelling the beer but that is perfect. Some malt is noticed at the end of a whiff of this beer. I'm excited to taste this.

Taste: I don't have much bad to say about the taste of the beer, nor do i have much good to say. This is just okay. I think there is alot of malt in the beer, and spices. I don't really taste much alcohol. But this is really drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Not very high in carbonation, and this is a medium thickness for a beer. I can't complain about this. Highly drinkable!

I am not disappointed but i'm not impressed. This is one of the best pumpkin ales i've had so far. Tastewise this beer has potential!

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Photo of JGlitz87
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper/amber colored. Pours with a two finger head that does not hold long. Good amount of lacing left down the glass. Love the color.

S: Roasted malts and a hint of pumpkin. Little bit of nutmeg as well.

T: Not as much pumpkin as you would expect for a pumpkin ale. Lots of roasted malts. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg as well.

F: Lots of carbonation. Almost too much.

O: Good for the style but incredible.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with pretty standard label and branded orange pressure cap acquired as part of a 6 pack at me local HEB grocery. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. "Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices." 5.0% ABV confirmed per the label. Best before February 2014. Served into an Independence brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of dull white colour. Disappointingly thin. Not much creaminess. Fairly frothy. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for a pumpkin beer.

Sm: Pumpkin, caramel, allspice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar. Biscuit malts seem to form the core, with a bit of pilsner malts in there too. Somewhat bready, with a bit of a graininess. I'm not getting much in terms of hops, but any hopping is floral in character.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't detect any off-notes.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Caramalts and biscuit malts lend this beer a pleasant foundation. The spicing is apt for the style, including notes of allspice, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon - all spices which complement the pumpkin nicely. The pumpkin itself is mainly gourd and there's not a lot of flavour diversity there, but it does have a definite identifiable pumpkin flavour; this may seem obvious, but I've had (poor) pumpkin ales that lacked any discernable pumpkin flavour. It comes down on the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum. It's nicely balanced, but that's likely due to its simplicity. Nicely built for a pumpkin ale.

Average depth, intensity, and duration of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat crisp and soft. Slightly overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Nice presence on the palate. Pretty nice body.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable; it'll scratch your pumpkin ale itch. A respectable seasonal from Brooklyn. Certainly better than your Sam Adams or Widmer seasonal fare. Well priced. Hides its ABV well. I'll enjoy polishing off me six pack.


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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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