Post Road Pumpkin Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
33.9%
Liked This Beer
3.46 w/ 2,112 ratings
Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,043
Reviews:
887
Ratings:
2,112
Liked:
717
Avg:
3.46/5
pDev:
15.9%
Alströms:
3.86
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
307
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,112 |  Reviews: 887
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ba Review #217
Served On: 09/05/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 5.0%
Date/ Code: 01/2013

This was picked up at Brewskies of New Oxford, PA. Around $34.00 per case.

Look: Color was a super clear orange-copper color. Head was a 3-finger pile of beige foam, which quickly reduced down to the classic clump of 'ice-cream' floating around in the middle. An abundance of lacing had already formed. Carbonation bubbles were far and few between.

Smell: Strong candy cinnamon and allspice seemed to dominate the nose. A faint bready yeast note was in the background.

Taste: First off was a very thin pumpkin note followed by an abbreviated spiciness from the nose. The finish was surprisingly watery with residual spice notes hanging around. Probably the most drinkable Pumpkin Ale I've ever had. Not much in the way of biscuit or piecrust.

This was an ok Pumpkin - very sessionable. The beer definitely didn’t appear artificial, but the pumpkin notes that were detected seemed a little light. I would have preferred a bit more pumpkin and some biscuit notes to balance out the more prominent spice notes. If Bud Light were to do a Pumpkin Ale - this would be it.

 1,171 characters

Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TCMike
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Produced a 2.5 finger off-white head. The beer color is honey/amber. Some lacing.
The aroma is of bread, wit a hint of pumpkin, and spices.
The taste is similar...not as much pumpkin flavor as I would have liked. A slight hop bitterness.
It's light-med bodied, with medium carbonation.
Good, but not great.

 306 characters

Photo of MCLK
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of jbaker67
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of WreckingBrew
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of GarbageMan
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark amber.

Smell - light, but spicy.

Taste - like an average ale in strength, but with good pumpkin flavor as well as a hint of spices.

Mouthfeel - The pumpkin and spices balance against each other and create a smooth beer that also feels just a little carbonated. Overall, a smooth beer that is perfect for fall when you don't want something too heavy.

 370 characters

Photo of bozzysayler
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jnardone235
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Dapperticus
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of pandastrike
4.66/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great pumpkin beer, delicious and perfect for the fall season!

Appearance- Nice amber color.

Smell- Has a nice fall smell.

Taste- Tastes like a medium body ale with a yummy pumpkin taste throughout. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel- Smooth.

Overall- Great pumpkin beer!

 267 characters

Photo of LXIXME
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a big off white head that settles into a nice lacing above a golden copper colored beer.

Pumpkin and pumpkin spices (nutmeg) blend well with lightly roasted caramel malts to give us a well balanced aroma.

Pumpkin spices or maybe just straight pumpkin pie taste, but not overpowering like a lot of pumpkin ale are, but rather a nice light pumpkin pie taste with just a hint of caramel malts.

A light dry aftertaste with just barely a hint of pumpkin on this medium bodied beer.

It's hard to find a pumpkin ale that gives you pumpkin taste with either overdosing you or giving you the feel that its artificial but this beer seems to do that, a nice pumpkin tasting beer.

 683 characters

Photo of TonyTalon
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a bright amber brown, mild hint of actual orange with a 1/2 inch of fluffy white head.

S - Confusing it seems to have a strong vegital smell with mild sweet biscuit malts and some brown like malts but where is the spice?

T - Pity it doesn't seem very spiced or complex. Flavors are pilsner like malts giving it a vegital, skunked like flavor then I get some sweet malts maybe caramel. The finish isn't too bad but it doesn't seem spiced enough to me.

M - Light to medium easy on the palate with no off flavors.

Overall this is the third pumpkin ale I had this year but as I remember from having before it's nothing groundbreaking for a pumpkin ale. At least it isn't over hopped so it's at least palatable.

 720 characters

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice dark orange-amber color with a thick two finger off white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to leave a fairly nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of a sweet pumpkin, spice aromas of a pumpkin pie, and a caramel smell. The spice is a good blend of allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mixed with this are some lightly roasted malt aromas, giving overall, a quite a pleasant baked pumpkin smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly roasted malt flavor. Soon spices and a pumpkin flavor arrive on the scene. The spice flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice remain relatively light, but the pumpkin grows stronger as the taste moves on. In the end the stronger pumpkin flavor, mixed with the lightening of the malt and loss of any sweetness that was present before in the taste leaves a dry and more crisp pumpkin flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the light to average side with the carbonation level being just above average.

Overall – It is an alright pumpkin beer. It has a nice look and aroma, but is a little too dry and the flavors are just malt and pumpkin, somewhat boring.

 1,222 characters

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with nice retention and good lacing on a clear, amber with golden hues body.

S: zesty spice, pumpkin. straighrt forward pimpkin aroma, smells like real pimpkin pie.

T: nice spicy pumpkin base with a hint of grain, vanillia and cocoa.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the good ones of these all taste the same, them some taste really bad.

 380 characters

Photo of guezarka
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of blameo
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of notjaredlouche
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of dllman25
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of acp21178
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great big fluffy head off the pour. Looking at a burnt orange beer with good clarity and a few rising bubbles. Got that pumpkin beer color down pat.

Cinnamon and canned pumpkin come through first in the nose. Double-dipping reveals some nutmeg, allspice, light candi sugar, leafy hops, and some caramel.

While my complaint would probably start off about this being a bit of a spice bomb and less about the pumpkin meat, I must note that Post Road is deliciously hoppy for the style. Toasted caramel malts, earthy hops, cinnamon, and allspice. Pretty dry in the finish with a crispness that works well for the approaching brisk autumn air. Pumpkin shows up in the middle for a fleeting moment and dispels with the hops in the tailend, finally ending with a note of squash.

Just the right amount of suds for a great mouthfeel. A sessionable beer with a body that suits the relatively low ABV. Drinks as fast as cake eats.

Always serves as a stopgap pumpkin example every fall season. A have-to-try once a year. I'm good with this.

 1,032 characters

Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 33.9% out of 100 with 2,112 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.