Post Road Pumpkin Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale
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Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2001

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Photo of Anne-Marie
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
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 +4%
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 John-Richey
4.31/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Musineer
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBeast
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of burnstar
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
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 seakayak
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teromous
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +2%
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 DigitGrowler
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of QuentinDishaw
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nass
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | 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 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Bogdawg
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.68/5  rDev +35.3%
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 BabaBeer
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dandy14
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerucee
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great pumpkin. Right spice right sweet. No after taste.

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Photo of _Adam_
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darrin_Smith
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
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 -2.9%
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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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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