Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Brooklyn Brewery

Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #373
ABV:
5%
Score:
80
Ranked #46,834
Avg:
3.5 | pDev: 15.71%
Reviews:
918
Ratings:
2,186
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Brooklyn Brewery
 
New York, United States
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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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Pegasus from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy golden orange in color, with a finely-beaded, off-white head with good retention and profuse, closely spaced archipelagos of foam about the glass wall, and profuse streams of minute slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Understated aroma of cooked pumpkin and slight malt, being reminiscent of graham cracker pie crust. the traditional pumpkin pie spices are employed rather sparingly, with a bit of cinnamon and vanilla. A moderate herbal hop presence is notable

Taste: The taste begins with mild pumpkin pie spices, mainly cinnamon and nutmeg, more than in the aroma, but understated compared to many examples of the style. Again, as in the aroma, there are malt notes that harken to graham cracker pie crust. One reviewer stated the taste is very much like unsweetened pumpkin pie, an astute observation. Towards the finish there are earthy and herbal hops to bring the taste to a gracious close.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, but, still pleasant, with a bit of sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted and subtle pumpkin ale. The more typical examples of the style will feature abundant to extreme amounts of pumpkin pie spices, whereas Post Road Pumpkin Ale employs them sparingly. This is a worthy choice for those who find many pumpkin ales to be excessively spiced. I do not find myself in that camp, but enjoyed this, nonetheless. This would make a worthy addition to the Thanksgiving table.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Duvel chalice.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you.

Oct 19, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

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

Pours a golden color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. No discernable aroma. Tastes of fall spices, roasted malts and caramel. Easy drinking with a slightly bitter finish.

Oct 08, 2020
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Legacy single beer shelf purchase.
LOOK: Pours a less than clear dull amber. Color of pumpkin pie. Tan head that quickly settles to a thin skim. Retains slight amount of side glass lace.
AROMA: I get scents of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon.
TASTE: Mild flavors of the aromas, with some added caramel. Malts are most prominent.
Thought it would be more a warming beer than the thin mouthfeel and mild harvest season flavors it had.

Sep 24, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

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

L: Pumpkin pie orange. Mostly clear. Big carbonation.

S: Smells like a regular beer with hints of pumpkin.

T: Actually very mellow on the spice. Inoffensive and well within it's boundaries.

F: The malts are light, crisp, refreshing.

O: Done very well. A pumpkin ale doesn't need to be strong or sweet. This is good how it is. It would be nice to have a few of these in the fridge for Thanksgiving.

Aug 28, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad pumpkin brew...

Great looking beer - clear orange colored liquid with a light head to top it off. The smell is sweet and lightly hoppy with a similar slant on the taste to closely match. Mouthfeel is carbonated, more so than I like. I will add that the taste was more weird than complex which pretty much turned me on this - though I still think its a solid enough brew.

Nov 23, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Deep orange, clear, pours with thin white head.
S- It's smells rather fruity, in a spicy way too.
T- Dryer than expected on the front, perhaps in more of a dry/soda-water way than typical hopping. This then gives way to some meatier body, dry hops, and just the faintest hint of spice - cinnamon?
F- It's nice, it's like a typical 5% ale might be just with a couple of mild spicy notes added
O- I wondered if this would be something I didn't like, you know too off-piste or weird, but in fact I like it, it's not that different from regular beer. The Ingredients list 'spices' but not which ones. The brewery website reveals that it is.... .... nutmeg!
Bought from Wholefoods, London W8 on discount after Thanksgiving. £2.69/330ml bottle. BB: 07/2020

Nov 20, 2019
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Profundobaso from New York

3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured into a 10 oz glass. Amber in color, transparent, with plenty of carbonation. Small head with some lacing.
Smell - a blend of fall spices, including nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves. malts and of course pumpkin detectable. kind of smells like a liquid pumpkin pie: very inviting.
Taste - surprisingly refreshing. a nice sweetness complements the malty backbone, but otherwise a really crisp brew from start to finish.
Feel - medium bodied, high carbonation, and lower ABV at just 5%.
Overall - there are a ton of pumpkin beers out there, but this one is one of my favorites for its adherence to the traditional style and its drinkability. Really showcases the pumpkin in the beer, and this is my go to in the fall.

Oct 27, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Medium body and carbonation, nothing to complain about as for as the feel of this beer.
Aroma is pumpkin pie spice, some malt and roasted malt in the background
Taste isnt to far off from aroma with it not being sweet at all , almost dry. When I think of pie I expect it to be a little sweet and that made the spice come off dry
It is actually a very well made beer and for a pumpkin beer it basically hits the mark

Oct 15, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average pour from a 12-oz. bottle yields a finger of creamy light-beige foam and large bubbles with below average retention and long blotches of lace. Clear golden-orange, bright in sunlight.

Light smell of pumpkin spice and baked pumpkin and squash with bready malt and very faint hops.

Toasted malt and pumpkin/squash battle for the lead of the taste with caramel malt far behind, hop bitterness is replaced with spice. Semi-sweet and mildly bitter at first, drys to neutral as bitterness rises to average at the short clean finish. Spice and a touch of salt linger briefly.

Medium body, above average carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, light on smell and taste yet well balanced. Lager-like looks and well attenuated. Malt and pumpkin add to the richness.

Oct 09, 2019
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bushwik from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Here's the thing...This is a "traditional" pumpkin beer...not one of these pumpkin pie/cinnamon/nutmeg monstrosities.. This is a quality beer regardless of the pumpkin aspect. Ale at its finest. Colonial Ale! I would drink this year round.

Oct 03, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom taster; best by January 2020.
A: Pour a crystal clear, orange amber color with a less than one finger, white head, but low retention and almost no lacing.
S: Sharply tangy with aromas of grasses, grain, and pumpkin, but little or no spice.
T: Semisweet. Very little flavor, frankly, including a distinct absence of serious bitterness.
M: Light bodied with low carbonation. Very, very watery.
O: More reminiscent of a fairly flavorless soda than a beer.

Sep 24, 2019
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RexInMinn from Minnesota

3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The sixer I bought in Andover at Top Ten Liquor says the beer is from Brooklyn Brewery of Utica, New York. I like starting the night off with a "weaker" beer, and the 5% abv is just right for kicking off an evening of indulgence. The beer is not the most palatable pumpkin beer I've ever had, there's a bit of a drag on the back side and aside from the great autumnal color there really isn't much to write home about with this one. Have another six pack to go (reminds me of that country song) so there is plenty of pumpkin ale in the garage waiting to be downed, but I won't be too sad once it's gone. A good utilitarian pumpkin ale. I wonder if they are using the old West End Brewery in Utica where they made Utica Club for so long??? Anyone happen to know?

Sep 20, 2019
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izraelc from New York

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.

Sep 15, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

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.

Sep 07, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Jul 23, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 07, 2019
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Samlover55 from New York

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

Nov 18, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

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-

Nov 06, 2018
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

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)

Sep 29, 2018
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 25, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

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.

Sep 19, 2018
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burnstar from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 03, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

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.

Aug 27, 2018
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bgillespie from New Jersey

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

Jul 19, 2018
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Nass from Florida

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-

Mar 02, 2018
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