Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale

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1,938 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,938
Reviews: 864
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 48
Gots: 198 | FT: 0
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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 WeymouthMike
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would consider the Post Road Pumpkin to be the lightest tasting of the pumpkins I've tried this year(DFH and Boston Beer Works) . The beer poored and nice dark amber with little whote head, which didn't last too long. The beer gave off a light smell of cinnamon and pumpkin rather than nutmeg and others spices that are common in pumpkin style beers. The taste was light and again not too spicey and had a light bitterness. Overall, I like this beer not my favorite but currently running #2 in the pumpking category.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd like to say that the beer is pumpkin skin orange, but it isn't. It's more of a medium orangish amber topped with a pale ecru head of creamydense foam. The nose is pleasant and is appropriately spicy, in keeping with the season and with the style. Toasted caramel is uppermost with a moderate nutmeg accent. I can't say that I appreciate the cinnamon though.

Caramel malt is the overwhelmingly dominant flavor. The beer is somewhat sweet with a more than adequate malt structure. There isn't much actual pumpkin flavor though. Contrary to the nose, cinnamon is more noticeable than nutmeg. In any case, the spices aren't up front enough. I know that loading up on spices turns some beer drinkers off, but Post Road could use a heavier hand with the pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spices as far as I'm concerned.

Earthy, fruity (probably English) hops flouish to a greater extent on the finish and what was sweet early in the mouthful becomes modestly more bitter and dry late, akin to used up tea leaves. There's also a flinty, mineral-like character that seems out of place.

Brooklyn Brewery's take on the pumpkin ale style isn't too shabby, but I'm still looking for that version that speaks to me, the one that makes me stand up and shout "Now *that's* a pumpkin ale!".

And now, 'a few words on autumn'

whirling, twirling, swirling down,
... floating gently to the ground,
... ... multi-colored autumn leaves
... ... ... fall like tears from weeping trees.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle is as pictured. There is no freshness dating.

Poured a dark copper into my trusty tulip glass. Pretty good carbonation for a pumpkin beer. A light head was teased up, but quickly faded to a wispy sticky ring.

Nice malty pumpkin odors with cinnamon and allspice in the background. Like the smell in the living room when a nice pumpkin pie is baking away in the kitchen.

Very smooth and creamy maltiness with a riding wave of pumpkin. As the carbonation tickles your tongue, it feels like a spicy, flavored brown ale. I really liked this, and much better than the DFH Punkin I had yesterday. Medium bodied, it finishes very clean, making it very easy drinking and worth a few. It also isn't too malty or spicy from making you want to have a couple.

Photo of Billolick
2.19/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I do not like pumpkin ale. I do not like post road pumpkin ale. It pours orangy amber, with a white head composed of tiny bubbles. Leaves light wispy lacing. This beer is loaded with halloweeny pumpkiny spices. Its sweet and cloying and all together not to my liking. One of the very few not spoiled, not macro brews that I have swilled down the drain in the life

Photo of NEhophead
4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy off white head that fades after a few moments to some spotty lace with decent strength. A burnt orange with hints of brown in color.

A slightly burnt pumpkin pie nose, which was surprisingly pleasant. Pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon are all present. The aromatics were not overwhelmingly sweet and roasted aspect really makes a positive difference here.

Roasted malts along with the pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. A very mild bitterness making this beer pleasant and drinkable. A faint nutmeg, earthy, and pumpkin aftertaste rounding out the sip. Just like eating a piece of slightly burnt pumpkin pie. Great flavors for the style!

Medium bodied; crisp and very flavorful. Not too thick or thin which is where many pumpkin ale's go wrong. Pleasant and unobtrusive on the palate.

One of the better versions of the style I've had in a long time. It's not a style that I would drink all night, but when I am in the mood for it on a cool Autumn night, this is the version that I'll be going back to.

Photo of canoehornpoint
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium amber with a lot of carbonation (at first but seemed to fizz out) and little head which soon disappeared. Has a straight pumpkin aroma, no spice, sort of a bland buttery pumpkin aroma. The taste is similar. It has a bland sort of pumpkin taste finishes with sort of a roasted, almost burnt pumpkin taste. Has a medium body and surprisingly leaves little aftertaste. Not bad, but I have to believe there is a lot better out there.

Photo of Naerhu
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Low lying white head on a golden orange body, No carbonation visible.
Smell: creamy aroma with earthy hoppyness. Some nutmeg and pumpkin pie spices.
Taste: This beer is spicier than it is pumpkin-y. That being said, the spices do not take center stage and are there only to bring out the nice maltyness of this beer. The bitterness is nicely balanced with cloves.
Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation.
Overall: This far easier drinking than I had expected. There is no substantial build up of flavor and several of these can go down without feeling pumpkined out.

Photo of jclovebrew
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Color is golden/amber/orange. About 1 centimeter of head, but light and fluffy. Slight cream color in the head. Eventually fades into a very thin foam layer. Aroma is distant pumpkin pie. Have to really take a whiff to to smell it. Taste is a bit disappointing. Mediocre at best. Seems to heavy on the nutmeg. Not as authentic pumpkin pie tasting as it could have been. On a positive note, mouthfeel was pretty good. Light to medium bodied and pleasant. Overall, not impressed. There are better pumpkin beers out there. For example, Buffalo Bill's.

Photo of xgrigorix
4.28/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Burnished gold & sporting a thick creamy cap of foam.

Cinnamon & nutmeg pop right out, along with some subtle orange aromas.

A load of spicy pumpkin flavour. Balance quite well to some biscuity maltiness. Sublte but effective hopping lends some earthiness & orange flavour. Medium bodied, smooth, with moderate carbonation. This is what fall is all about.

Photo of necoadam
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a deep orange/amber color with a nice amount of head that stays with you for a little bit. Smell was pure pumpkin and spices. Reminds me of Thanksgiving time with the pumpkin pie aromas. Also some malts and fruits are hidden in the background. Taste was ok. Lots of pumpkin flavors hit the palate first, then the spices blend in (nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices in light doses). Mediumish body with a ok amount of carbonation, perhaps a little too much, but that's ok, it didn't kill the taste in any way. I wouldn't mind having one, but that would be about it. I don't know if I would want more than one of these. Not bad.

Photo of 99bottles
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: This beer is a golden-orange color with a inch of moderate off-white head. Well carbonated.

Smell: Quite spicy. Broken record pumpkin ale smell; nutmeg and ginger.

Taste: Within the flavor is a surprising amount of pumpkin, but not before nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. This beer really drinks quite nicely, and improves as it warms. At room temperature the ale exhibits a sweet maltiness and exceptional pumpkin flavor. Spices are dominant, and understandably so in the scheme of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Average feel, nice high carbonation keeps it lively.

Drinkability: This catches up quickly, and begins its weight sooner than it ought to. Having had far too many pumpkin ales this season, this one has nothing to distinguish itself.

Photo of rajendra82
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was sent to me by beeradvocate spiritdeus as part of a trade. I sampled it right after Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale to provide a contrast. This beer poured a clear orange yellow in color, with mild carbonation and a thin, but durable head. The aroma was very subtly spiced, with a delicate mix of cinnamon and nutmeg.

The taste was creamy and a bit on the sweet side. There was a hint of pumpkin, but the resinous hops and the biscuity malts were balancing it quite nicely. The spices blended in and faded out as session wore on.

The mouthfeel was nicely dry and roasty and did not convey a watered down impression at all. A sessionable charming beer that is quite different from the hop monsters I usually crave, but a quality brew nonetheless.

Photo of oelergud
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful deep copper bode, little carbonation, decent retantion and lace. Head is light tan, tiny to medium bubbled.
Very strong spiced pumkin smell, good amount of sweetness as well.
Strong pumpkin taste with a spicy kick. The sweet malts are dominating the subtle hops. Aftertaste is decent and lets the hops through.
Very slick and smooth mouthfeel changing to a spiked sensation in the after taste.
Decent drinkability though I have a feeling I would get tired of it after a few bottles.


Photo of pgroove
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Something of a misnomer--"pumpkin pie tasting like ale" might be a touch more apt. There is really no taste of pumpkin there, but you do get the cloves etc. that contribute to the pumpkin pie sensation. It's also a bit watery, but that seems to be par for the course of all pumpkin beers that I have had.

Apparently Brooklyn Brewery distributes this stuff although it is made in CT somewhere. I have only seen it in a couple of bars and sometimes places will sell it in bottles where a good Brooklyn selection is available. At least it's not under the Brooklyn label because I might have to write the good folks there and inform them that there reputation as premier New England brewery is being marred by this mediocre beer.

Photo of twilight
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear clear orange with the aroma of spices and pumpkin. The taste, however is round, a bit yucky with pumpkin coming out and this weird hop roundness coming to the fore. Ends bitter, but with what seems to be little malt backup. The spices intersect in this weird way to leave a bitter taste in the mouth long after the beer is gone. Mouthfeel is fine, good. Drinkability is affected by its overall bitterness. Definitely a beer to have once then move on to something else.

Photo of Backer2004
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Compared this pumpkin ounce for ounce with Cottonwood's and by far the inferior brew. No real taste of pumpkin yet strong spices overwhelm the taste and smell, almost too much. Average in terms of drinkability and mouthfeel, maybe I just enjoyed the Cottonwood Pumpkin too much to make a fair assessment.

Photo of steinlifter
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a carmel color, nice initial sudsy head that diminished quickly, no real lacing to speak of
smell:interesting,you can smell pumpkin and spices
taste:initial mild hop bite, which mellows into a smooth finish,pumpkin and spices
mouthfeel:light and crisp, and well carbonated
drinkability: This beer was really nice, and hit the spot, better than I expected it to be, the pumpkin taste gelled, quite well with the standard beer ingredients, and were mild enough not to detract from the beer,actually added an interesting and enjoyable element. I would recommend this one!

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really dig this beer. At first, I thought, made with pumpkin? Yes, it is, according to the label, made with pumpkin and spices. Pumpkin, because it allows rich spicy flavor, which this one does have.

It pours a bright copper orange color with a thin off-white head. There is very little lace on the glass except toward the bottom of the glass. The aroma has hints of spice and malt blended together nicely. The taste is spicy as well and much like pumpkin pie, which is not one of my favorites, but makes for a tasty brew. I like the beers made in old traditional ways like this one.

A must try.

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter than other similarly titled ales--a neutral amber/orange color. Quite clear. Impressive head that has better lasting power than other pumpkin ales. Slight sticky lace.

Malty with nutmeg/cinnamon aromas. Fairly mild smell--quite similar to other P-ales. Very rich smelling. (Note: this is my third in a flight of four pumpkin ales. Thus far, not one of them has shown any hop aroma.)

Thinner than expected, but still a rich brew. Hop bitterness is present in the taste and after the swallow. This is a complex taste of hop, malt, and subtle pumpkin pie flavors. The aftertaste is particularly alluring as a mix of malt and hop.

Here is a pumpkin beer that intices one to new flavors while still retaining the essence of a very good beer.

Photo of homersimpson
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*2004 version

Clear amber with an off white coating of foam.
Spicy nose with cinnamon and a hint of herbs.
Lighter body than expected with quite a bit of carbonation.
Mild as it hits your lips, then moves to a very spicy flavor. Not a lot of pumpkin to it, more the nutmeg and spices associated without the sweetness. Long spicy finish.

Photo of wailingwench
4.34/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eye Candy: Poured a transparent amber red color. Carbonation present untill end in moderate quanity. Thin, white 2 finger head that gave way to minimal lacing. Resembles an American Amber.

The Nose Knows: This pumpkin beer smells better than it tastes, hence the perfect 5. Rich pumpkin, not overpowering, with nutmeg and cinny thrown into the mix. The smell improves as this beer warms, as you drink it, stick your nose into your glass- the pumpkin presents itself boldly.

Tongueland: Little thin, not lingering, which is a good thing. The taste lasts for a tad bit, just enough to remind you that this is a pumpkin beer, and not an Oktoberfest or such seasonal.The pumpkin is suppressed by the spices. Pumpkin at the beginning, finishes as a spiced beer. Would prefer the pumpkin to stand on its own, and taste like it smells !!!!

Bender Factor: I (we) have really gotten into the pumpkin style. Instead of taking the time and mess to bake a pie, I suggest 2 sixers of Pumpkin Ale. Maybe you will finally get along with your in-laws if you bring this for Thanksgiving dinner instead of cranberry sauce. The ABV is well hidden and this beer will surely creep up on me in a hour or so...I am planning on handing out samples of this to the Trick or Treaters this year.

Photo of carln26
2.72/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I saw this beer at the store last night. Since I was unfamiliar with the brewer I didn’t pick up the 6, and that was a good decision. I had dinner at Bison County this evening, and they were just putting on a fresh keg. I have to say I was disappointed. It poured a nice deep amber/copper color, but hardly any head (again fresh keg). No lace to speak of in my glass. The nose was mainly cinnamon, with just a touch of pumpkin, and a little malt. The taste was all spice. It was full of nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. No pumpkin to speak of. It kind of reminded me of holiday ale (which it should not). It had a real watery, thin mouth feel. Overall, I was mildly disappointed with this beer.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Colter Bay in Buffalo. Poured an orangy amber color with a thin beige head. Aromas of roasted malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin, maybe a bit of ginger, too. I'm not a big alternative brew kind of person, but this really isn't half-bad. Upon first sip, it comes across a bit aggressive, but some amber ale qualities creep their way into the overall experience. Rather slick on the tongue. Not too shabby, but it does not taste enough like beer through all the spices.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One thing that’s nice about having friends who travel a lot and also happen to like beer, I can always ask them to pick me up something while there in a particular location. New York, get me something from Brooklyn Brewery, a long time favorite, so I got a nice mixed six pack of beers.

The beer after its dislocation from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a nice orange-amber color with a medium sized frothy light tan head and after its erosion, the lace forms a nice sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is pumpkin “Duh” and a nice biscuit like aroma, fresh, sweet and quite appetizing with the start ambrosial, the malt delectable and the top middling in feel. Finish as a meaningful acidity with the hops blending perfectly with the malt and pumpkin, dry as a desert bone aftertaste and a fine drinking beer.

Photo of finepaws
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't very impressed with this beer. A little too spicey, not enough pumpkin flavor. I know I shouldn't, but I can't help compare this to Cottonwoods' pumpkin. This is no where near close. Seems too hoppy to me for a fruit beer. I expected more smell too. It's drinkable, but I think I would prefer it paired with food, not by itself. It's needs something to hold it up. One maybe two is enough for me.

Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,938 ratings.