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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: 1,949
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 54
Gots: 212 | 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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Reviews: 851 | Hads: 1,949
Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage. Copper color with a beige, foamy, lumpy head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is of sweet floral hops and pumpkin. Hops first, pumpkin second. Flavor is full-on pumpkin pie, with a strong accompanying nutmeg flavor. Hops come through in the finish, followed by a lingering nutmeg flavor. Smooth and round mouthfeel. Not overpowering, a very drinkable pumpkin beer. (383 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All around a good beer especially for a pumpkin brew, but this could stand a little more work. It poured orange with no fogginess with a white head. The smell was dominated by pumpkin. Taste was good with subtle hints of spices and toasty malts but I must complain that the mouthfeel was way too watery for me. With a little more complexity in the taste this beer will certainly become one of my mainstays when the wind is whipping. (432 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz amber long neck bottle. no freshness date. this beer gets around, as I have seen it in stores in Massachusetts and in Las Vegas, NV.

Pours a light, golden amber color, with rich, thick, slightly off-white foam that leaves good lace down the glass. The smell is pumpkin pie spices, malt, citrus, and floral hops. A modest but good aroma. The taste is mild: hops, some spices, malt, and a lingering light sweetness. The mouthfeel is somewhat light. Medium body. Hoppy but backed by some malt sweetness, and mellowed by the pumpkin. The drinkability is good. This is a nice pumpkin ale, though not as full bodied and rich as some. (636 characters)

Photo of kelticblood
4.66/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nothing gets you in the mood for a nice fall day than a good Pumpkin Ale. This is my second season with Post Road's Pumpkin Ale as my top choice. This has an exceptional flavor which I cannot come to close to in two attempts at home brewing a Pumpkin Ale. It has just the right amount of spices with the pumpkin flavor still detectable. It pours nicely with a good half inch thick foamy head that slowly diminishes. Great carbonation with a deep amber color. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe some ginger are tasted. It has some bite upon swallowing. This definitely beats Shipyards Pumpkin Ale in my book. The only problem I have is its availability. It’s hard to find and when I do they rarely have much left.

Update: Four years later I am still drinking post Road and it is still the best. I look for it every fall. (816 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy coper tone. A very slight beige head becomes only a slight rimming quickly. Pumpkin, cinamon, ginger and cloves on the nose. Nothing overbearing though. The taste is all right, but nothing outstanding. The spicing is o.k., but could use a little tweaking in my opinion. A little more cinamon. A little less clove. Would like to see a little more pumpkin flavor as well. Even with all these suggestions, I still do like this beer. Just not as much as other pumpkin ales I've had. About medium body. Drinkability is average.

Thanks to Davo for this Halloween treat. (581 characters)

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

Not too spicy for a pumpkin ale, very drinkable. Pours a nice amber color, not too dark. Very subtle aroma of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, slight clove. Just a touch of hops in the taste with a smooth, clean finish. Definitely need more than one. Again, very drinkable. Not bad. (275 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangish, copper color with a low light tan head but decent carbonation. Light spice aroma and light spice flavor; more pumpkin flavor than spicy. A bit too subtle for me; not spicy enough but a good pumpkin flavor. This beer was med bodied and smooth though so would definitely have more than one. (298 characters)

Photo of Lupe
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange color, with a decent white head that leaves nice lace. Malt in the nose with some spice aroma. Medium body and smooth mouthfeel. I was afraid that the pumpkin flavor would turn me off after a bit, but that was not the case. Tastes like a good ale with pumpkin and spice in the backround. Aftertaste is like a pumpkin pie, but not overwhelming. Very tasty! (376 characters)

Photo of kunzbrew
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was very good for starters, Pours a orange straw color with a nice head that leaves a silky lace trail on my glass. The pumpkin is strong with a cinnamon after taste. The hops are not very strong but if you like pumpkin this is great. I always look forward to this time year.

Happy Halloween

Mike (311 characters)

Photo of jmatthew
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps the most attractive aspect of this beer is the clear glowing orange color. Warm pumpkin spiciness on the nose, although pumpkins are not predominant in the flavor. Rather well-balanced ale which doesn't submit to its namesake; good balance of hops and maltiness followed up with the pumpkin flavor and spicy warmth. Finishes a bit short, though the aftertaste is agreeable. Not blown away, but a good beer to harken in the fall season. (447 characters)

Photo of Murph
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orangish copper holor with a creamy white head that leaves a nice lacing down the glass. Smooth maltiness in the nose with a less overpowering spiciness than others of this kind. Smooth maltiness eases into the brew with a mellow hoppiness in the background before the roasted pumpkin flavor comes into play. There is also a slight metallic flavor that lends a crispness to the brew and makes it surprisingly crisp while also staying rather smooth and very drinkable. (483 characters)

Photo of yen157
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a lacy top, the beer smelled like I had anticipated and hoped. The aroma consisted of malt, pumpkin, and nutmeg. Pumpkin and spice flavors were right there from the start, however the pumpkin wasn't too overwhelming and malt and toasted grains were noticed. It finished nicely bitter from the hops which helped cut down of the noticable sweetness. The only downside to this was after my senses became used to the pumpkin, the beer started smelling like warm milk. I'm glad to see that the pumpkin was not overdone in this one. Nice medium body and appropriate carbonation, I would say overall I really enjoyed this expereince. (646 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.49/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Beautiful orange/amber, perfectly fitting the style of beer. Smells very nice, like ginger and spices, but not overpowering. Initially has a wonderful hop flavor, followed in the end by a warm taste of pumpkin, cinnamon and spice. A wonderful brew for a cool fall evening, or really for any other time. I will definitely be buying more of this. (362 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and amber in color, the beer pours with a nice white head. Smell is pumpkin and spice. Pumpkin flavor is nicely balanced with malt and hops. The pumpkin seems genuine, not artificial and out-of-place, like it does in other pumpkin beers. The beer has a pleasant hop finish and a lingering spice and pumpkin sensation. I think that this year’s beer is a little better than the ones I had a year ago…This is worth picking up for the fall season.

Still, I somehow seem to be chasing the memory of a terrific pumpkin ale I had years ago (I don’t recall the brand). Nothing seems to measure up to memory. (617 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
1.55/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

well, it's better than bill's pumpkin ale, but i just do not understand the pumpkin ale thing. i don't like pumpkin pie, and it is much worse in a beer. a few of my buddies loved this, so i gave it a try. it was a big mistake. again, it is better than the other pumpkin i have had, but it is still just not right to me (318 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle. Slight haze. Very nice (and appropriate) deep orange color with a creamy light-tan head that holds well and leaves some good lace. The aroma is brightly spicy with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger above a lightly fruity maltiness.
The body is light-medium with a restrained carbonation that helps to accentuate the maltiness rather than the spiciness. The mouthfeel is gently crisp. The flavor is obviously spicy, but reveals some soft fruity maltiness as well. The bitterness is appropriately light, allowing the spice to counteract the sweetness of the malt. Very well balanced. The finish is fairly short, with a lingering spiciness. Throughout the glass, however, the spice tends to build on the palate. Still, a very nice beer with alot of finesse. A nice change of pace. (787 characters)

Photo of doerickson
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber with an orange hue; thick, smooth white head. Nutmeg and cinnamon spiciness dominate the nose, with a little malty sweetness underneath. Low carbonation; mouthfeel is quite slick and creamy. The pumpkin spices are also the dominant feature of the taste; what's nice is that you get the essence of pumpkin pie without the sweetness (I don't find this a particularly malty beer). A crisp hop bitterness follows the spiciness, and the spices return going into a relatively short finish. A fall seasonal that would also be a nice treat on a winter's night. I'll be picking up more of this brew. (602 characters)

Photo of mophie
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A nice little fall brew; as others have stated, it's a bit like having some pumpkin pie in a bottle. Golden amber in color with a nice, sticky white head. Aromas of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon). Just a hint of pumpkin in the taste; nutmeg and cinnamon are the most pronounced flavors, but they're not overwhelming. Some malty sweetness, again somewhat pie-like. Leaves a bit a spicy grittiness in your mouth. A nice treat at this time of year, though I can only drink one at a time. (491 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange copper color, with a small but steady cream head. On the nose there is spices, nutmeg, coriander, and hint of caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth. On the palate it tastes like pumpkin pie but it not overly done, earthy hop character, spices, nutmeg, coriander, nice underlying malt sweetness, bready, caramel. Finish is grainy and sweet. A nice fall seasonal, and a tasty treat! (397 characters)

Photo of Myk
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thin, pearl head that stayed throughout the entirety. bright orange color. The nose is enormous with ginger and pumkin pie. First taste, little too cold, which hid the malt and most of the pumpkin flavoring. Very hoppy and too much yeast character, but as it warmed it became very well balanced with nice finish. (325 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sticky off-white head is what you'll get after pouring this into the glass, sitting atop brilliant orangey-gold liquid. Nose is redolant of pumpkin pie spices (of course). Malty sweet undertones follow the spiciness. Taste is crisp, pumpkin pie-ish, with hoppiness making a good showing! Finishes sweet then drying out nicely...a treat to drink on the cool nights of late Summer/early Fall. (392 characters)

Photo of proc
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought I wasn't going to like this, but I did. What a treat..it was like pumpkin' pie in beer form. A beer to enjoy on a cool fall evening. Good for one or two, but hardly a session beer. Taste of pumpkin is there, but doesn't overpower the beer. A fun beer. (266 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good drinking for a spiced brew, 100 times better than Buffalo Bills Pumpkin pee. I think this beer is better now that Brooklyn Brewery has it under its wing. (158 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown long neck with a no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Amber with an orange tinge with a nice clarity. Decent creamy white head that sticks.

Smell: Sweet pie spice aroma (nutmeg, corriander, clove, all-spice). Light earthy hop and faint caramel malt aroma also.

Taste: Moderately bodied and crisp and smooth on the mouth. Loads of pumpkin pie spice upfront with a earthy/woody hop character. Underlying malt sweetness with flavours of caramel and sweet bread. Definite beer characteristics, which is uncommon with the many overdone pumpkin ales out there. Pumpkin flavour is very faint yet still adds to the complexity, a little on the sweet side. Just enough bitterness from the hops to balance yet not clash wit the spices. Mild tea-like hop flavour hides around the edges of the palate with a sweet grainy finish.

Notes: One of the better pumpkin ales to be had ... pumpkin pie all over. It's generally hard to have more than one pumpkin ale in a row, however this one is pretty damn drinkable. (1,039 characters)

Photo of AaronRed
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's like drinking a Pumpkin Pie and just as rich. This beer has a wonderful nutmeg and pumpkin aroma and flavor. Not sweet; they kept this a nice ale and did not try too hard to make this into a liquid dessert. Although I like this beer, a few a season is enough for me. (274 characters)

Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 851 ratings.