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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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851 Reviews
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Reviews: 851
Hads: 1,946
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 52
Gots: 210 | 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 garymuchow
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of richrock
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of Ptomaine
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of Brouwerij78
3/5  rDev -16%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (1,345 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (1,974 characters)

Photo of Archimetez
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
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! (732 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3/5  rDev -16%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of Brezzy24
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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 (261 characters)

Photo of Fergyx825
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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! (1,022 characters)

Photo of JGlitz87
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

C+ (2,462 characters)

Photo of phideltashaggy
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass

A- Poured a light brown/dark orange color. The light tan head dissipated but left some very nice lacing all down the glass.

S- Some biscuit malts, spice (mostly cinnamon), and some candi sugar smell.

T- Tastes like a slightly bitter pumpkin pie. The spice was in no way overwhelming, not is it too sweet. Leaves a bit of spice and hops in the back of the taste.

MF- I was expecting this to be thick, but it was really quite sessionable.

Overall, this is one of the best pumpkin brews I've had. I found it to be the perfect match of sweet and spicy without being overwhelming or acidic. I hope to have a bunch of these before the season is over. (702 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear copper with 1 finger of white head with minimal to no lacing.

S: Pumpkin Pie spices of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice together with sweet malts and vegetative scents.

T: Pronounced pumpkin flavour with pumpkin pie spices. Mid notes of hoppy bitters which lead into a sweet malts finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Delivers on pumpkin flavour and spices without being overly sweet. Mid notes of hoppy bitters balance out the flavour. (480 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows a little pumpkin with some sweet grainy and biscuity malt taking the main stage.
Similar sweet grainy malt as a flavour, along with a little pumpkin. Not great, needs more malt and pumpkin.
Nice moderate carbonation. (266 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear pale amber body with a big, frothy off-white head that lingers around and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Caramel malts, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg. Nice aroma and not overpowering.

T- Tastes like an amber ale with some spices mixed in. Caramel malts, spices, somewhat of a metallic taste is present too.

M- Medium-high carbonation, lighter on body, pretty thin and easy to drink.

O- Just above an average pumpkin for me. Not bad and easy drinking, but nothing special. (488 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid pumpkin ale. It's a little lighter than what I'm used to, but the pumpkin flavor is nicely balanced with spice, and the spice never overwhelms. The flavors are fresh but simple, and hops are minimal, with the malt providing the canvas for this brew. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but not too thin, and the carbonation is medium-low. This beer goes down very easy, and the pumpkin flavor tastes natural and is in check. Overall, this is not an overpowering or bold beer, but everything works pretty well. I'd certainly drink it again. (549 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a great amber color with tan head, light lacing down glass.

S: Aroma is of typical pumpkin pie spices cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

T: Taste is more of the same, pie spices. Light malt, hop presence not detectable to me.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation.

O: Overall a good beer and loved all six of these great easy drinkers. (355 characters)

Photo of BigBarley
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep orange, almost brown. Looks like a standard pumpkin ale, with a light white foam ring crowning it well. Good retention.

S - Mostly pumpkin, backed by a solid biscuit malt. Slightly sweet, with some very faint cinammon and possible ginger notes.

T - A slice of pumpkin rolled through butter and given life through an ale. Delicious and moderate. Not the most unique or exciting, but it serves it's purpose well, and could be enjoyed in quanitity.

M - just thick enough to be inviting. Not too carbonated, not too sweet and thick, just a refreshing, drinkable ale.

O - Pumpkin ales are a style that invite alot of different interpretation. This is an easy drinker, refreshing, and probably right for a six-pack kinda night (733 characters)

Photo of UnderPressure
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange copper colored beer with an appealing creamy white head. Slightly hazy.

Sweetness and spice in the aroma. Not an overwhelming aroma in general, but nice.

Malty flavor upfront and spices in the finish. I would prefer a bolder malt profile.

Medium bodied. Pleasant carbonation. Everlasting dry finish.

Solid pumpkin ale. I would prefer more malt sweetness to balance the spice. (391 characters)

Photo of Mumps
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this on a whim from my favorite local retailer. Had it on sale for $3 a six pack, couldn't resist.

Appearance-Nice medium dark amber brown, about a half inch head, fair lacing. Instantly made me think of pumpkin pie, spices, and all the autumn/wintery stuff that makes us warm and fuzzy.

Smell-Definite pumpkin and spices, with a pleasant malty back.

Taste-Solid pumpkin spice. Not over powering, I will say one of the best of the style.

Mouthfeel-Nothing amazing, what I would basically expect from an ale. Smooth and not too carbonated.

Overall-Now one of my standby pumpkin ales. Not the BEST I've ever had, but still very good. So far, everything from Brooklyn has been worth a shot. (700 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa since this was the last one left on the single bottle rack and I hadn't had this in close to 10 years. I know it's not the time of the year for these but I figured that a decent beer would still hold up during these colder months and for the most part, this did. It didn't have much of an aroma but it was easy to drink and didn't have a lot of spice to weigh it down either.

The pour was a light shade of pumpkin with a soapy head and lacing to match. Some of the latter stuck on the sides of the glass as I finished up my serving of this. The aroma was light with some pumpkin in the nose, followed by some cinnamon, clover, and nutmeg in the taste. None of them were too heavy and only the heavier spicier notes stuck around in the aftertaste. The body was on the light side with enough carbonation to nearly scrub the palate clean after each sip, nearly on the level of a medium-bodied soda. This wasn't heavy even though the flavors trended a bit towards the earthy side.

As for the alcohol, that was exactly where I needed it to be so it was present but not strong enough to be a distraction. In my opinion, a good Pumpkin Ale should go well with pie and cool-whip topping and this feel just a bit short of it. Thankfully, it was not a spice bomb so this ended up falling somewhere in the middle when it came to beers of this style. While not the best out there, this was easily enjoyable and shouldn't offend much of anyone looking to try out a Fall seasonal beer when the quench arises. (1,522 characters)

Photo of Scrylol
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a one finger white bubbly head with a copper colored body.

Nice pumpkin smell to it with decent sweet spicing, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Pumpkin taste with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Low hop bitterness. Nice amount of malty caramel notes.

Medium body, but a bit on the lighter side. Nice amount of carbonation.

A nice pumpkin ale from Brooklyn Brewery. (360 characters)

Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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