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Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
okay

1,839 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,839
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 46
Gots: 139 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2001)
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

vcoggins, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of bens0n
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bright orange color with a nice amount of off-white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma wise theres a nice pumpkin smell that pulls through the rest of the medium bodied ale, nothing special here.

Flavor wise I pick out what reminds me of roasted pumpkin seeds, not a sweet pumpkin pie or anything like that, more of a grainy flavor. Finishes on the dry side, Overall nice pumpkin brew.

bens0n, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of barbellsNbeers
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

barbellsNbeers, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of sheetsoflenin
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

sheetsoflenin, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of acevenom
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours orange with a thick eggshell colored head. There are some visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer. The head retreats slowly, leaving some sticky lacing on the side of the glass. I detect some bready malt aromas in the nose with some pumpkin. I also pick up some of those pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove). The taste revealed something missing in the aroma: hops. Those citrusy and herbal hop notes hit the mouth on the first sip to lead the palate into this pumpkin ale. I got those bready malts with those pumpkin pie spices. I get some of the pumpkin too. There's some mild sweetness in the flavor that is balanced well by the spices and some of the hop bitterness. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is somewhat clean with a slightly dry finish. The drinkability is high. This is a very good beer and a bit different from your typical pumpkin ale.

acevenom, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Schmuckles
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Schmuckles, Oct 05, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Horbar, Oct 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Kubrickx, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn’t notice this was from Brooklyn when I bought it; score for me, I love this brewery. Cheers!

A: Big, foamy head; three fingers of light tan foam in full Brooklyn style. Lies down in a few moments, encasing the inside of the glass in lacing. Smooth, creamy retention that lets some of the pale amber body shine through out of the top of the glass.

S: Very mild nose: grass, vegetable-pumpkin, spiced grains, and bready malt. It’s an earthy foundation of husky grains, quite average in character, really – I wouldn’t be able to pick it out from a typical, grainy amber. But the spice is evident, well balanced within the grains: nutmeg mostly, powering over cinnamon and brown sugar. Almost pumpkin pie-like, but mostly a darkly-spiced, grain-forward nose.

T: Now that’s the Brooklyn I was looking for – are those hops in my pumpkin ale? Yep, a lemony, herbal brightness gives this a kick at the front, sending the palate down a path of bitter spiciness; it’s quickly followed by pine, cinnamon, hickory, and nutmeg, but still mixed in with a rindy, lemon-lime hop taste. Balanced, sweet barley, biscuity malt, and pumpkin pie filling at medium intensity mixed in, too. Finishes with that bitter, lemongrass taste from the hops and a touch of pumpkin.

M: Overall, it’s light enough to make you think pilsner or pale ale by feel alone, so it’s drinkable – but more in a refreshing, pale manner (as per the palate). It’s thick enough to keep it better than the low-alcohol beer, though.

O: Beer that wets the palate in a way not normal for this style, and I like it. One of the only pumpkin beers I’ve tried this year that I’d buy in a six-pack. Not a lot of pumpkin, but tons of Brooklyn – that’s probably what I like about it.

BarryMFBurton, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Big fan of pumpkin beers so I look forward to trying something new.

It looks delicious. Orange-amber bubbly with a half finger of khaki head and a bit of lacing.

Smells soapy, floral, lemony, squash. Faint underlying allspice, and yes..pumpkin meat.. becomes more prominent when the blast of florals fade, and there is caramel malt.

Taste..crackers, bread with a soapy/floral pumpkin element which I believe may be the particular flavor of squash or pumpkin flesh used in the mash. Lemons. There is detectable pumpkin, but I'm not digging how its presented. There isn't enough supporting spice, and quite cleary not enough sweetness..but maybe this is purely fermented pumpkin?

Mouthfeel is way too light and watery. It's akin to fermented pumpkin water. It doesn't hold together at all.

Overall. Not too good. There are far better pumpkin ales. Add in a bit of sweetness?

JackieTH, Oct 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Razr86, Oct 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

PissWarmChango, Oct 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Jmick28, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5% ABV, no date.

A - Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles rush from the etched hop in the glass' base, easily visible through the crystal clear darkened orange beer. A rocky off-white head rests on top seemingly never to lower. Thick lace eventually coats the glass in chunky rings.

S - A fantastic blend of spices releases into the air with a strong aromatic presence! The classics are all present; nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice rise out with a well-balanced level that's strong but not too overpowering allowing roasted pumpkin to pull through more. But pumpkin ale is still a beer, not just a pie, so it's backed by a smooth and appetizing pie-crust-like caramel bready malt nose but a grounding grainy pale malt scent that gives it a hint of cheap lager. One of the best pumpkin aromas the season!

T - Spice hits up front but it's much more mellow than the open, inviting aroma suggests. Harsh, grainy malt and bland mashed pumpkin follow through but the finish cleans the pumpkin ale flavor out with floral and bitter hops. For as complex and inviting as the aroma is, I find Post Road's taste to be almost unattractive and a large let-down as it's much more of a mildly spiced bland lager (despite the ale designation).

M - Post Road's high carbonation also seems to scrub the nice pumpkin flavor from the tongue, ushering in sharp dryness, a hard water feel, and hoppy bitterness finishes the beer out. Spice is felt through the lingering qualities later on post-swallow of this light-bodied ale.

O - Brooklyn Brewery's Post Road Pumpkin Ale seems aimed at being a rendition of the colonial American pumpkin ales and succeeds in bringing the beer flavor through the pumpkin and spice ingredients, but perhaps a little too much. This beer tastes and feels much more like a lager than an ale and while it offers a big nose, the flavor seems lacking even if it is off the pumpkin ale beaten path. It's modest pumpkin and spice taste make it a good candidate for food pairing though, especially around the holidays, as well as being a good introductory pumpkin beer for the novice.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Tiernan, Oct 02, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

keanlacrosse, Oct 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

markgoodman10, Oct 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Tech_Savy, Oct 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

JohnBender, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Treebs
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap on Wild Monk. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice amber color with a solid white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap that leaves nice sticky lace down the glass.

S: Nice combinations of nutmeg and all spice with some background cinnamon. Warm biscuit and some fleshy pumpkin. Great nose.

T: Sadly the taste is disappointing compared to the nose. Definitely lager yeast flavors and much bigger biscuit malt flavors. The pumpkin takes a back seat and the spices aren't too pronounced.

M: Medium to light bodied with a nice medium carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.

O: The nose was great, but I felt like the taste was venturing into Marzen territory. Easily drinkable, but definitely lacking the definitive pumpkin pie flavors in the taste. I had a Schlafly pumpkin ale after this and it just confirmed my experiences.

Treebs, Oct 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Eriktheipaman, Sep 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

mitch3114, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Best by Jan 2013.

Warm golden orange body. Clear. Small, gauzy, light beige-white head. Some lacing. Super pumpkin pie aroma! Big notes of gourdy pie filling, sugary crust, molasses, and spices (clove, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon).

Taste is a bit of a letdown after the wonderful nose. Almost a stretch to say that it is reminiscent of the aroma. Toasted grains and vegetal, woody bitterness up front. Vaguely sweet pie filling maltiness fills in, before faint coffee bitterness and the assemblage of pumpkin pie spices take us into the finish. Moderate body with a slightly thin feel. Overall, a decent pumpkin ale, but a little disappointing on the taste.

alexgash, Sep 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Eastside151, Sep 30, 2012
Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,839 ratings.