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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Reviews by Archimetez:
Photo of Archimetez
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice amber to orangish color, head is nice.
-- Label is unassuming on the shelve and does not attract attention, however the simplistic nature of the label is what is it is... a pumpkin beer.

S: Nice pumpkin spice aroma.

T: Now, for me, this beer is done nicely. You can appreciate the pumpkin and accoutrement spices but are not overpowering and ultimately you know it is an ale. Which, in my humble opinion, is how it should be. By far one of the more enjoyable pumpkin beers.

M: clean finish like a regular ale.

O: This overall profile is what I like in a pumpkin beer, or any flavored beer for that matter. Others may disagree and feel this beer is too bland... but taste is in the mouth of the beholder. Drink away!

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Photo of bwood06
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a small pint glass (multiple pours)

A - Frothy to slightly creamy off white head that has an orange tint to it. Head dissipates rather quickly. Beer is very heavily carbonated with bubbles that are numerous and rise vigorously to the point of looking like champagne. Beer is clear and orange in color. 3.75/5

S - Pumpkin squash along with nutmeg dominate the initial aroma. Sweet breadiness highlights the malt on the nose. Aroma is very simple and straightforward. 3.5/5

T - Pumpkin squash seems to dominate throughout, at some times showing its sweet characteristic, at other times allowing it's uncooked bitterness to rear its ugly head. Light malt yields itself to accentuate any bit of sweetness from the pumpkin. In terms of spice, there seems to be a decent amount of nutmeg to the flavor as well as a bit of allspice. Herbal hops dominate the back end of the beer leaving a rather dry and bitter flavor to the aftertaste. 3.75/5

M - Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation burn. Finishes dry and light leaving a puckering bitterness and a lingering dryness. 3.5/5

O - Assuming that the goal of the brewer was to highlight pumpkin as a viable beer ingredient, the beer accomplishes it's goal. Very pumpkin squash forward without becoming like pumpkin pie. With that being said, I'm still trying to find a 2nd pumpkin beer that I truly enjoy and can put several of away. However, this is one of the better pumpkin squash forward beers that I've had. 3.5/5

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Photo of jtierney89
1.5/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A lot of people came into my job looking for this after we sold our two cases so I figured id give it a try. Pours a nice amber/orange color with a very faint pumpkin scent and a slight "beer" scent. Decent sized head with decent retention.

Unfortunately the beer didn't live up to the build up. Nice thing carbonated mouth feel that goes down easy but not much else. Slight traces of pumpkin, allspice, and cinnamon, but not much. All these flavors quickly dissipate however when you swallow and a very moderate hop presence makes itself known. More like a beer with a slight pumpkin flavor than a pumpkin ale.

not what I want when I want pumpkin ales

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken in September, 2009

Appearance: Light amber orange, nice head, great lacing

Smell: Spices are well done, not too extreme, but definitely present - nice sweet malts and pumpkin smells, too

Taste: A bit better than average - moderate spices, good amount of pumpkin flesh flavor with some pumpkin rind - sweet, caramel / amber malts add to the balance pretty well - pleasantly moderate and not over the top

Mouthfeel: Generally smooth, a nice combination of malts and spices

Overall: Very drinkable considering the style - not too malty, not too spicy

This is a consistently good pumpkin beer. As far as a "normal," pumpkin ale, this is one of my favorites. While it is not as exciting as something like (imperial) Pumking, it is tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and poured with just a thin head and persistent lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of pumpkins and biscuit and caramel malts along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also resembles pumpkin pie, except for the sweetness. Spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg are more noticeable in the taste, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. There is a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer was alright, but I've had better ones before from this style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brownish color with a tad bit of a light head. Nose brings a good dose of spice and a few hints of pumpkin. Taste is mostly spice with a bit of sugar and pumpkin. Light to medium body. Not one of the more extreme pumpkin beers that I have had, but doesn't quite hit the level of some of he better versions.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a light almost non existent head,aroma is nutmeg and cloves just right for a pumpkin pie.Flavor is not as sweet as some other pumpkin ales with the spicey ness coming thru as it warms with a nice lingering maltiness in the finish.I notice a slight hop-dryness in there as well.A pretty good beer but New Holland Ichibod Ale is my favorite pumpkin beer so far.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of tbryan5
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- White one finger head that lingers. Light copper and gold with a hint of red.

S- All-spice and pumpkins on top, and maltiness underneath.

T- Much the same as on the nose but definitely leaves something to be desired.

M- Light, crisp mouthfeel with a medium light carbonation.

D- Average, and not bad. A "sessionable" pumpkin ale.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown long neck with a no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Amber with an orange tinge with a nice clarity. Decent creamy white head that sticks.

Smell: Sweet pie spice aroma (nutmeg, corriander, clove, all-spice). Light earthy hop and faint caramel malt aroma also.

Taste: Moderately bodied and crisp and smooth on the mouth. Loads of pumpkin pie spice upfront with a earthy/woody hop character. Underlying malt sweetness with flavours of caramel and sweet bread. Definite beer characteristics, which is uncommon with the many overdone pumpkin ales out there. Pumpkin flavour is very faint yet still adds to the complexity, a little on the sweet side. Just enough bitterness from the hops to balance yet not clash wit the spices. Mild tea-like hop flavour hides around the edges of the palate with a sweet grainy finish.

Notes: One of the better pumpkin ales to be had ... pumpkin pie all over. It's generally hard to have more than one pumpkin ale in a row, however this one is pretty damn drinkable.

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Photo of jonny1138
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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

I got this from genog as a Beer Powerball gift!

I'll admit I wondered if pumpkin beer would be okay in May but it is surprisingly good.

Smells all cinnamony, spicy and sweet. Has a white head with lots of lacing. Looks good, smells good...tastes good, too! Taste is rather sweet with loads of cinnamon and maybe a little clove. Nice bit of bitter hops to balance it out as well. This is really a very good beer. Much nicer than I was expecting.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of generallee
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep golden amber color with a tall foamy and off white colored head. The body has good clarity and the head has good retention as it slowly fades to a much thinner layer that hangs on well. On the way down the glass the head makes slick spotty lacing.

Smell: In the nose there are pleasant pumpkin pie spices like clove, allspice and defiantly cinnamon, with some sweet roasted grain as well.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a base of sweet roasted grain and a healthy dose of bitter spice and dry leafy hops. Clove, cinnamon and other pie spices pop out and there is just enough pumpkin flesh flavor to make it work. The palate has a tingly carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: This is a solid Pumpkin ale with just enough balance for my taste.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good drinking for a spiced brew, 100 times better than Buffalo Bills Pumpkin pee. I think this beer is better now that Brooklyn Brewery has it under its wing.

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