Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Brooklyn Brewery

Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #352
ABV:
5%
Score:
80
Ranked #44,552
Avg:
3.5 | pDev: 15.71%
Reviews:
906
Ratings:
2,155
From:
Brooklyn Brewery
 
New York, United States
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Fall
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SCORE
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Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale
Notes: 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 izraelc
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber. Mild pumpkin aroma. Has a nice malt and spice body. A very muted pumpkin flavor. Could be a little sweeter. If you like a mild pumpkin ale then this ones for you.

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Photo of EnderFett11
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit of a strange smell after opening the bottle. Not bad, just strange. Pours a pale amber color with a finger of head. Not a bad ale, fairly easy to drink, but the pumpkin flavor isn't that strong. Not bad in a pinch, but much better pumpkin ales out there.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Best by February 2016"; drank 10/18/15 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big off-white head; nice lace.

Pumpkin pie & allspice notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild pumpkin pie & faint baking soda flavors up front; cinnamon bite on the finish.

The nose promised heavy pumpkin pie goodness, but the flavor was very mild. Too bad.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by January 2019, so inside the wire here.

Bright light amber body. small white head replenished by small slow streams of carbonation. Decent lacing.

Medium strength aroma of pumpkin spices, mostly cinnamon.

Unfortunately, the spice mix comes down far on the bitter side. Any malt base isn't strong enough to balance it out. This beer claims to be brewed with pumpkins, but I can't detect any.

Mouth around medium, finish on the bitter side.

Overall, I usually prefer beers brewed with pumpkin to those brewed only with pumpkin spice. This is an exception. Won't be revisiting this one.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Nonic Pint
Bb Feb 2019
Pours a  clear auburn with thin white head
Aroma is straight gourd -y pumpkin
Cinnamon to go with the pumpkin
Light bodied, below average carbonation
Overall this pretty one dimensional which is expected for a pumpkin beer

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Photo of PMakowski
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 Oz bottle poured into glass
Look - orange amber color. Thick foam head and some glass lacing. Looks rather carbonated.
Smell - Nothing you haven't smelled before, typical pumpkin pie spices. Certainly good aroma but very basic.
Taste - first thought i have is the body is fairly light for a Fall beer. It's not watery but it's very drinkable. The pumpkin pie spices are still there but not really that strong. Medium high carbonation. More of a malty ale with some pumpkin flavor. I think it's too weak but that's my opinion and my preference for pumpkin beer is heavier and stronger flavor.

Overall, just a basic pumpkin ale, which is good but nothing more. Grade is a B-

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks a cinnamon straw color with a nice white foamy head. Smells like pumpkin,fresh baked dough, mild brown sugar. Tastes like pumpkin, hops, malts, vague spices. Feels well carbonated and finishes clean. Overall pretty good for pumpkin ale. Not cloyingly sweet or too strong on pie spices. At 5% ABV this seems very sessionable (don't think that is a word)

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost see through and a lighter shade of orange with a decent sized head from tap. Slightly spicy nose, not as potent as I would have expected. Decent pumpkin flavor with some slight spice and sweetness. Maybe a bit watery. Less carbonation and a medium feel from this beer. Ok.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear orange with a finger of khaki foam that retains well. Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Spices are heavy, pumpkin is light. Flavor profile is pumpkin with notes of cloves, nutmeg, butter, and cinnamon in between. Mouth feel is lightly velvety with a fizzy, soda pop texture on the back end. Overall, a fair pumpkin beer. It's pumpkin centric, with spice notes that add a little extra pizzazz.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of burnstar
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber with a good sized sudsy head. Nice lacing. Smell is just a hint of pumpkin spices. Taste is pretty standard amber lager with just a touch of pumpkin. This is not a beer you want if you want a really spicy pumpkiny taste. However, I think the small touch of pumpkin works nicely. And it makes this much more drinkable than most pumpkin beers. Medium to light feel which fits with the sessionable quality that this seems to be going for. Overall, I like this for a take on a mild, sessionable, pumpkin beer that's not overpoweringly spicy.

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Photo of teromous
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In faded yellow dots on the neck: "BB JAN 2019 2018 19:20"

Appearance: It has brilliant clarity through a beautiful looking dark amber body with hints of burnt umber. The head is very short with only a fluffy white ring and a large raft that remains.

Aroma: It smells heavily of clove with a wildflower perfume. It isn't the typical pumpkin (spice) ale aroma but it is pretty interesting given its floral nature.

Taste: It is heavy on clove but the spice doesn't linger. There is some cinnamon that makes its way through in the middle. There is a strong allspice flavor with a bit of a peppery quality which starts in the middle. The more the beer is consumed the more the spice compounds and becomes even more present.

Mouthfeel: It has a light body with a very crisp and clean finish. Good carbonation and very drinkable. The only downside to the mouthfeel is that there seems to be a lot of spice and it starts to cause the tongue to ripple and groove in protest.

Overall: I can't speak to previous years, but 2018 is extremely spicy. The spice flavors and aroma are very well done and they do stand out against the standard pumpkin ales, but there is no restraint shown here. I would only recommend this if you have a very high tolerance for spice.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, caramel brown, thin off white head.

Smell: Spicy, nutmeg, cinammon, pumpkin

Taste: Spices at first with cinammon. Then some pumkin at the end

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light

Overall: A nice pumkpin beer that I had leftover. Past the best by date, but still tasty

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Photo of Nass
2.44/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This is not okay this is a disgusting pumpkin beer. I don't know what kind of spices they used in this beer because they do not mesh well together at all. C'mon guys get your stuff together I know that pumpkin ales are a style that is easy to mess up, but you can do a little better than this. This is close to undrinkable for me. Cheers! C-

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.68/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz brown bottle into tulip pint.

Look: orange-amber with a thin, short-lived head. Head fades to moderate lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spices. Toasted pastry.

Taste: spicy up front, with a solid backbone of slightly sweet and biscuit-like malt in the middle. Pumpkin flavor is most present in the finish, which is slightly sweet and mildly spicy.

Feel: Substantial without being overbearing. Carbonation lightens things a bit.

Overall: It's really nice to have a pumpkin ale that actually tastes like pumpkin.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had only a few of this style and stayed away for ten years. Just not good beer. (I could name names, but let's not.)
This is the second pumpkin ale I've had this season. The top crafters are figuring out how to blend the malt and pumpkins so they don't have to spice it up to hide that they don't know what they don't know.
Brooklyn's blend then adds some modest spices. And we have good beer.
A beautiful orange amber in the Fall light, Smells give me pumpkin pie immediately. Tastes are more balanced. Feel is full. Had before and with some succotash soup, I was ready for Fall.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a slight burnt orange to almost dark yellow color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a finger's worth of quickly dissipating semi-foamy to bubbly white head. Not much lace, well actually, there's barely any lace.
The aroma has some pumpkin flavored muffins up front and then the spice with some bready/yeasty tones coming forth somewhat like a lager.
The flavor brought forth the prior notes sweetly and seemed to enamor the spice just a wee little bit. Biscuit backbone came forward as expected. Not much of an aftertaste, but somewhat pumpkin muffin-like.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a really good sessionability about it. Surprisingly enough, every time I've ever had this beer, it always feels like there is barely any body to this. Do I mind this? Well, I guess not. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt as projected. Finish was pumpkin malty/semi-yeasty with a spectacular smoothness to it.
Overall, came across like a "pumpkin lager" to me with it's ability to present a sessionability like no other pumpkin beer I've ever had. Would I have again? Not sure, just super crushable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear orange color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of pumpkin, mild pie spices and sweetness. Okay taste. Not much spice with sweet pumpkin.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Post Road Pumpkin Ale pours a clear copper color with visible carbonation. A modest silky head skims the surface, leaving a light ring of lacing.
Putting it up to the nose there is a typical assortment of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg which becomes lighter as the drink progresses and then re-emerges towards the end. A toasted malt base is also apparent throughout.
Medium to light bodied with a smooth and dry palate. Mostly malt forward with light pumpkin and spices complimenting rather than dominating. There is little sweetness, mostly grainy and with some hops spice.
An passable pumpkin ale. Drinkable albeit not overly complex and generally dry.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer pours a deep amber with rusty orange hues in the background. Lacing is most excellent with mountain like terrain forming on the sides of my glass....carbonation is fine looking and slowly rises to the top of the liquid. Overall a very nice looking brew!

S- Loads of natural pumpkin aromas, with soft vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel malt sweetness, bready yeast, and the finish is of orchard fruits (apple/apricot) and smooth bitter finish.

T- The flavors follow suit very nicely with solid pumpkin gourd , brown sugar, pie crust......ok, just call this a beer version of pumpkin pie.....nutmeg, cinnamon and pie spice abound, with hints of ginger heat, vanilla smoothness and yeasty biscuit to round things out. The finish lingers slightly and is nice and dessert like on the palate!

M/O- Light to medium bodied, with subtle carbonation; this is an easy drinking pumpkin beer that would be very nice with dessert pie and works well on its own too! I find it a well balanced fruit ale and I would have no problem purchasing this one again! Recommended!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled
Pours a golden orange body that looks like it's made from girders ;)
Earthy iron and nitrous aroma
Really similar flavour with a sweet finish
Just a teeny weeny tiny bit too fizzy

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear medium amber producing 3+ fingers of clumpy, beige, shaving cream foamy, lasting head that recedes to a dense mound-like surface cap leaving blotches of chunky lace. Aroma is malty, pumpkin, spice. Caramel, ginger, cinnamon, clove, weak pumpkin & faint grain. Taste is overly caramel cola sweet with a thin malt backbone, the ginger, cinnamon & clove are working overtime with grain & orange hints, some hop bite in finish. Aftertaste is dry, bitter spice heavy to cinnamon. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, wet up front, prickly throughout, dry in the finish, grainy & chalky in the aftertaste.

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Photo of dwillie733
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a decent pumpkin. More of an ale than a pumpkin but drinkable. Needs a little more pumpkin spice to be a good pumpkin but would order at a bar if available.

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Photo of Holderness
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L -- Clear amber, highly carbonated, modest head with minimal lacing
S -- cinnamon, pumpkin, mango, apple, malt, brown sugar
T -- quite bitter, which overshadows the pumpkin pie spices, malt, citrus, and... play doh?
F -- Medium bodied and smooth, too bitter to be considered a balanced flavor
O -- Smuttynose is a better pick for the same price point and style, but worth a try

69/100

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear deep gold beer with an off white head that leaves a few random globs of lacing.
S: Sweet toasted malts, bready yeast, cloves and cinnamon.
T: Pie spices like cloves and cinnamon with a floral hops. Yeasty bready flavor with little sweetness. Seems overly bitter and not sweet enough to enhance the hops and bitter spices.
F: Light to medium body with aggressive carbonation that stings the tongue.
O: An okay beer that could use a little less carbonation and a little more sweetness to balance out the nice hops and spices.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From El Corte Ingles, 75th anniversary feria. In Teku glass. After dinner. Correct but the pumpkin is noticeable and it is a flavour i cant end up liking, although this beer has some bitterness that compesates it. Low on foam although a bit persist until the end

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