Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Brooklyn Brewery

Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale
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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #354
Ranked #44,670
3.5 | pDev: 15.71%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
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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Reviews: 911 | Ratings: 2,166
Reviews by stickynotes:
Photo of stickynotes
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark straw/caramel. A fine, pleasing 1/4" off-white head sticks around for a while. It looks nice. Smell is nothing crazy, small amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, slight pumpkin. Taste is pleasant but nothing special, subdued nutmeg, maybe some cinnamon. Not very bold, I get a light malty backbone like straw, not a ton of pumpkin. Halfway through the beer I find the lack of flavors and a slight syrupy sweetness off-putting. Goes down smooth, some fine, vigorous carbonation off the back of the mouth. Overall this beer isn't for me, the flavors balance OK but it simply isn't assertive enough for me. Comes across as weak, my attention is drawn to the sweetness and strawy-maltiness. I won't buy this again.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +0.9%
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 angrybabboon
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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 jtierney89
1.5/5  rDev -57.1%
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 bwood06
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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 fuzzbalz
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of stevemcqueenjr
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orangey, amber color, medium head, very fine lacing.

Smells of pumpkin pie spice with some of the pumpkin smell.

The taste was a nice even balance of both spice and pumpkin, something that a lot of pumpkin ales lack. I think most of the time one or the other is really prevalent, but this one pulls it off well.

This is definately something that you could drink more than one of and still be able to appreciate.

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Photo of chefduff2
1.75/5  rDev -50%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mscudder
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh and poured into a pint. One of my favorite pumpkin brews from last year!

A - A nice orange with a ivory finger sized head. Decent retention. Given the style, this one looks pretty nice.

S - Some pumpkin is poking through for sure but cinnamon is dominating this one. A bit of grain is present as well. Interesting and sort of sharp, but better than most I have tried.

T - Sweet bready malts up front that recede into some soft pumpkin spices. Ends up a bit dry with a touch of bitterness. I wish the pumpkin were a bit more pronounced, but hey not all beers are perfect.

M - Average carbonation with a medium body. Nothing special here; I wish it were a bit more creamy.

O - Drinkable, which I find as a rare trait for pumpkin beers (take Shipyard's mess for example). Lots of things it could improve on but if you like a bit of pumpkin, this is worth a try.

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Photo of BigGingDrinker
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ConradKenney
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of shanegatter
1.93/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2


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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.49/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Beautiful orange/amber, perfectly fitting the style of beer. Smells very nice, like ginger and spices, but not overpowering. Initially has a wonderful hop flavor, followed in the end by a warm taste of pumpkin, cinnamon and spice. A wonderful brew for a cool fall evening, or really for any other time. I will definitely be buying more of this.

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Photo of rabsten
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber into a pint glass. Tan-tinted white head with only minor lacing on the glass.

Mild, pumpkin and pumpkin spice aroma. Not overwhelming like some of the pumpkins I've sampled this season.

Spicy flavor: nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Light malt middle and fair hop finish. Balanced.

Dry-to-biting mouthfeel. Crisp like a cold autumn apple. Apropos for the season. (Cripes, I've been hanging out with wine lovers too much lately).

Pretty good drinkability, considering the spiciness. I would have a second if I had any.

So far, the best pumpkin ale yet this fall. Next up, DFH!

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Photo of bum732
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful burnt orange, nice creamy head leaving great lacing. Smells of pumpkin, pumpkin spices including cinnamon and allspice, some earthiness, some vanilla and bourbon. Tastes of sweet and spicy malt, undertones of pumpkin. Fairly mellow earthy and spicy bitterness finishing fairly clean with just a touch of allspice. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, almost watery, moderate carbonation.

A decent pumpkin ale. Aroma was very good, as usual for most pumpkin beers, the taste does not meet expectations. Still fairly solid overall, very sessionable, if possible. Mouthfeel a little thin, i was hoping for some creaminess.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of derekdenim
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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

A: Pours lighter than most pumkin ales this year with a light amber color. Some soli lacing and some carbonation.

S: some freshness and floral notes that are unique for pumkin ales but that spice you are looking for on the back end.

T: pale ale flavor with the sweetness from pumkin. Spice hit one the bac balance by the floral notes.

M: light mouthfeel (more than I would expect) with little carbonation on mouth. Overall light.

O: a lighter version of the pumkin beers coming out this season. Worth a try if you are looking for that everyday beer but not for those single glass going for flavor punch!

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Photo of robebo44
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gcuneen
4.64/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has been my favorite pumpkin ale for years. Great nose and really what you expect to taste in a pumpkin ale - pumpkin with a hint of spice. What's unique about this offering is that it's crisp and clean with a dryer mouth feel. You can drink a lot of these in one sitting - especially around a firel

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and amber in color, the beer pours with a nice white head. Smell is pumpkin and spice. Pumpkin flavor is nicely balanced with malt and hops. The pumpkin seems genuine, not artificial and out-of-place, like it does in other pumpkin beers. The beer has a pleasant hop finish and a lingering spice and pumpkin sensation. I think that this year’s beer is a little better than the ones I had a year ago…This is worth picking up for the fall season.

Still, I somehow seem to be chasing the memory of a terrific pumpkin ale I had years ago (I don’t recall the brand). Nothing seems to measure up to memory.

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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 2166 ratings