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 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

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark orange-amber with a decent 1 finger head that dissipates very slowly.

S - Lots of pumpkin and spice in the nose here, a tinge of nutmeg, some cinnamon, caramel malt and a bit of resin from the hops.

T - A decent amount of pure pumpkin comes at first, before delivering a bit of an iron-y or metallic taste, and then it finishes with a pumpkin pie taste. Some of the other spices are present, but muted.

M - Pretty thick, a bit sticky even, coats the mouth and throat, but overall--fairly smooth

Overall - It was decent. It's mostly just some pumpkin that never really makes its way to the forefront. The most pleasant part of the taste was the aftertaste, actually. It wasn't bad, but not great, either.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured an amber color with a two finger head that faded fast and left thin rings of white lace.

The aroma was a nice balance of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, allspice, and a touch of clove with some caramel backbone. Rich smelling with a hint of floral hops.

The taste had nutmeg and cinnamon upfront with a faded touch of clove riding on top of a watery amber ale with some pumpkin flavor in the back. The balance of spices was nice, but the floral hops was a touch too much and overall was a bit too watery.

Crisp, clean, but watery on the mouthfeel.

Overall it was ok. Very drinkable and light. A nice light amber with some spice and pumpkin in the back. Overall it was poorly balanced. Too watery and too hoppy in comparision to others of the same style.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a clear orange color with two finger soapy head that left no lace

S- Dominant nutmeg and cinnamon, nice pumpkin aroma as well

T- Tons of nutmeg, some cinnamon, and pumpkin. A little wateryness as well

M- Slightly watery on the finish, lighter in body, pretty thin for a pumpkin ale

O- A little too much nutmeg for me to get this again and not a ton of body on this beer.

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Photo of aficionado
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transparent orange-yellow body with a great deal of fine carb bubbles that rise to the surface and stick to the glass. 2 finger head dissipates within a couple minutes to a thin film, which remains throughout the drinking experience.

Smells of roasty caramel coated pumpkin. The spices (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon) are there, but they take the backseat and only amplify the baked pumpkin notes.

Tastes pleasant, balanced, and light. More spice comes through on the palate, but not anywhere near the amount in Weyerbacher's version. The mouthfeel is extremely light and highly carbonated. Feels like a crisp, lowly hopped lager... unusual for pumpkin beers, which are typically full-bodied. Becomes kind of thin and bitter on the finish. Post Road would benefit from a bit of sweetness and more robust malt character.

This is an easy drinking "sessionable" pumpkin beer. I'm glad I picked it up at $8/sixer. The biggest reason that it doesn't rate higher is the thin mouthfeel. I would also like a bigger blast of flavor. It's probably a bit underrated, but Hoppin' Frog's Double Hollow Pumpkin is similar, yet better.

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Photo of animalchin
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pretty clear bodied orange with a quick dissipating white loose head. The carbonation is alive and active - all around decently full of character.

S - Aromas are a pungent mixture of bold spices - nutmeg, cinnamon with the slight sweetness of pumpkin coming through towards the end.

T - A whole lotta pumpkin happening, but not as comparatively sweet as other ales. It seems that the bitterness of pumpkins dominate the overall presentation in the taste, but as in the aromas, the mixture of bitter and sweet is somewhat reasonable. A nice malty backbone comes through during the finish.

M - Very sharp and jagged upfront, but smooths out.

O - This beer has taught me that you can't expect all pumpkin ales to carry the characteristics of pumpkin pie, bread etc. This beer really focuses on the pumpkin itself without any help from spices to add on to anything. It's a rather robust brew, but for the pumpkin to be the lone contributor to the overall taste and aroma makes for a real stand out beer. Worth a shot, then another!

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Photo of justintcoons
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clean golden/amber with a half inch of head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation and spotty lacing.

N: Very good pumpkin aroma along with caramel and light spices (mostly nutmeg.)

T: The spiciness is upfront with cinnamon and nutmeg. This is followed by light notes of pumpkin with a caramel backing. Finishes out with pumpkin, grains, spices and a handful of floral hops.

M: Light-medium bodied, prickly with carbonation, crisp, dry and bitter.

O: This is definitely on the lighter end of the Pumpkin Ales. Easy drinking, crisp and bitter. The spices tend to outweigh the overall beer with the cinnamon forward.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fluid ounces bottle into a pint glass. BB Jan 2012.

Appearance: Pours a soapy white head and an amber, somewhat watery looking, body.

Smell: Fantastic cinnamon and pumpkin pie smell.

Taste: The spices and pumpkin that were so prevalent in the nose do not come out in the initial sip. The taste is almost bland. I was expecting a little more taste.

Mouthfeel: A little watery tasting. I prefer a heavier, bready mouthfeel in a pumpkin ale.

Overall: This beer smells great, but otherwise does not have a lot going for it. I'll have to revisit later in the season.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its still July, this stuff must be fresh! Bottle poured into Sam Adams boston lager glass. First Fall seasonal for me so I'll be comparing this to memories of last year.

Beer pours an amber, deep orangey brown. Rather clear in body. A dirty tan head that is quite thin, left some minor webbings.

Smell is very strong, didnt even need to put glass to nose. Pumpkin smell is aparent, bits of cinnamon, nutmeg.

Taste is well balanced, i was expecting it to be overspiced like Pumpkinhead because of the scent. Although its July and I went to the beach today, as soon as I tasted this I immiedetly craved, halloween candy, mashed potatoes, squash, and cranberry sauce. Pumpkin up front, with brown sugar and cinnamon also. Rather crisp finish, some slight slight bitterness. Nothing overly fancy but would be a great beer to pair with food as it doesnt dominate palate and is pretty sessionable.

Nothing overly Spectacular but a very solid Pumpkin Ale. Glad I bought it. I'll probably spend the rest of the season trying other pumpkins/octoberfests but I recommend picking up a 6er of this. This would be a good beer to introduce non beer geeks to the world of good beer.

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Photo of callmeclemens
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's funny, I had gotten this sixer about 8 months ago, drank one and didn't really care for it, so it worked it way to the back of the fridge until last night.

Mind you this beer was beyond the best by date but here we go:

I didn't pour from the bottle, didn't think it be worth it I thought with its age it would be one sip and drain, but I was wrong. It was downright delightful. Tasted like pumpkin pie, more than just the spices but the actual pumpkin too, nice and full bodied, between the spices the pumpkin and the distinct breadiness it was awesome.

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

Randomly came across one of last year's bottles in my LCBO, wanted to try it and I love pumpkin ales. BB Aug. '11, better drink it!

Pours a cloudy, honey-orange colour with a light tan head that stays as a film with a small collar. No lacing, but this sample is almost a year old.

Smells like pumpkin and a melange of peppery spices. There is a candy-like caramel sweetness to the aroma as well, creating a nice base.

Tastes like a peppery pumpkin pie. Very balanced for a flavoured beer, even when near expiration. Slight butter tone, sweet malts, peppery spices and a hop flavour that's definitely present, but blends with the spices.

Creamy and a bit oily on the tongue. Pepper, cloves and lemon can be tasted before a strong tartness takes over on the back of the tongue. Surprisingly crisp and clean aftertaste.

I wish pumpkin ales weren't relegated to a fall seasonal because this is a great, refreshing and flavourful brew that would appeal to ginger beer and American IPA fans.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pumpkin ale pours out on the brown colored side. The head is white. It look appealing . The aroma is a little spicy nothing to intense. The taste kind of follows that trend. There is a spicy quality to the taste which isn't too bad but I think it lacks on the actual pumpkin flavors a little bit. The mouthfeel of this beer isn't too bad. It's pretty decent, It's not my favorite pumpkin ale but still worthy of trying.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly opaque medium amber body. A medium sized off white head producing decent lace but low on retention.

S: Candied yams, candy floss backed by earthy herbal notes. Pumpkin, melon rind, clove.

T: Spicy sweetness, pumpkin liqueur, allspice. Roasted malt notes provide a mild sweetness backed by some bitter dark roasted flavours. Hopping manifests in the finish providing balancing bitterness and some miniscule herbal notes. The body is smooth if slightly thinner then I'd like. The carbonation is low.

A more subdued pumpkin beer then others I've tried.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bone-white head, about 2" high, fades to a ring around the glass and small islands of foam scattered atop the body. Moderate lacing. Beer is transparent orangish-copper in color with very evident carbonation.

S: Smells sweetly, with cinnamon, allspice, clove, and cooked pumpkin making appearances, too.

T: Heavy clove taste, ends with a bit of hop bitterness/bite. Opens with brief malt-syrup-meets-pumpkin flavors, then goes to heavy/spicy cloves. Cinnamon is more apparent as it warms.

M: Beer is medium-bodied, the carbonation is not as overpowering as it would at first seem.

O: Drinkability is good for the season, as I tend to become tired of pumpkin ales outside of that two-month period in the fall. Could easily drink a couple of these in a session, if going for that.

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Photo of brunrn1
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up this at a wine/beer specialty store in montclair nj. a bit overpriced at 12 bucks for a 6 pack. but very good tasting not filling and not too much of an aftertaste. not a thick beer with a real bitter taste that i thought it would have. goes down pretty good. hope i could find this on tap.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love pumpkin and harvest ales, and this one doesn't disappoint.

Beautiful clear amber colour with golden tones. Light aroma profile without the pumpkin spice emphasis later enjoyed in the taste. Well balanced flavours without too much focus on any one element, and without the cloying sweetness found in some pumpkin beers. Pleasantly dry finish and good use of bittering hops to cleanse the palate.

I look forward to the LCBO carrying more Brooklyn brewerey beers!

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Photo of Swedes21
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a clear deep ale colour. there is a nice foamy head, slight off-white in colour with some decent lasting. there is also some lacing. there is a slight amount of carbonation occurring.

Smell - classic pumpkin beer smell, spices, pumpkin, crust and some good ol earthy tones.

Taste - this beer offers the pumpkin pie in the bottle. there taste arent overwhelming, but they are present. i found the spices came through more than the pumpkin.

Mouthfeel - mouthfeel brought the pumpkin fwd to the taste. as well, found some hidden undertones of sweetness in there. very full mouth as well with the added carbonation.

Drinkability - i enjoyed this beer, but it is no "KING". decent beer that i would sample and share again.

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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 Wisconsinality
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

How many times do I have to say thanks to Beerwolf77 before it gets old? Probably never.

12oz bottle poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a light, somewhat hazy orange with a small, finger worth of head. The head dies down quick and leaves some nice soapy lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Some nice pumpkin and nutmeg. There is also a nice buttery and cinnamon scent to it. A little bit of sweet malt rounds this out.

T- The pumpkin and spice are up front but and kind of dominate most of the flavors. There is a butteriness and a slight sweetness that linger in the aftertaste.

M- Medium body with decent carbonation. There is a smoothness on the back end but the flavors make it a little hard to enjoy, mainly because of the aftertaste.

D- Seeing as this is more than a few months after this was released and is lower in ABV, I don't really know what to say. Not bad but was probably better when it was fresh. The pumpkin flavor has probably evolved or devolved if you will, into something different.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled glass. Pours a nice, amber color with a good sized foamy head that leaves moderate lacing. Nice aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg, but overall slightly faint. Taste is a little off. There is some pumpkin character up front with a little spice, but it quickly disappears into a pale-lager type aftertaste with a bit of sourness. A pretty good pumpkin beer overall in a tough category.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a shaker pint. Amberish orange with minimal head and wispy scattered lacing.

The moderate usage of pie spices in the nose is a refreshing change of pace in the world of pumpkin ales. It seems actual pumpkin shares top billing along with caramel malt. Starts off tasting quite sweet with almost a buttery quality from the pumpkin. The pie spices finally kick in midswallow and quickly gain intensity, coming close to overwhelming the beer as a whole (pretty much par for the course with pumpkin ales). Quick bite of bitterness at the finish, then lingering sweetness.

Overall impression: Better than some pumpkin offerings, but the search continues for one that's not just a decent amber with entirely too many spices.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Into a pint glass this serves a bright and clear copper color under a thin film head.

S: There's an obvious nose of pumpkin spice that nicely harmonizes with a sweet and fresh smelling malt backdrop. The first thing that comes to mind is bakery fresh pumpkin pie.

M/T: What I enjoy most about the taste and feel throughout here is that the pumpkin truly shines through without upstaging its partnering sweet malt and moderate hop presence. There is just the right amount of carbonation throughout here for me to experience not only a full flavor but also a crisp and refreshing finish.

D: Can you say "Thanksgiving beer?" I'd love to pair this with some holiday favorites of mine...

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2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Light khaki in color, the dense foamy head reaches 2 1/2 fingers in height and recedes at a moderate pace. The body is clear and sports a medium dark rusty copper orange color. Spare lacing.

S: Bready malts balanced with piney hops, which are hard to separate from the traditional pumpkin beer aromas and flavors. Cardamom is the dominant spice.

T & M: Lightly sweet. Flavors of dried apples, allspice and nutmeg come to mind, as well as pumpkin potpourri (if such a thing exists). Medium body at best. Surprisingly, an average amount fine fizzy bubbles (and maybe even low levels of astringency) cause the flavor to drop off of a cliff, resulting in a very short flavor duration.

D: Overall, I'd like to say that Post Road Pumpkin Ale is an average pumpkin beer but it was my least favorite of 2010. So with that rationale in mind, I'm inclined to say that it is well below average.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a nice dark orange color body with a little bit of white head to it. The smell is very nice of nutmeg and pumpkin and a hint of cinnamon. It taste really nice of pumpkin and then the spices come a little bit after. i think it has a nice smooth mouth feel and is very drinkable.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi dark, clear orange colour with a good amount of head in the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Tastes of pumpkin spices with a finish of pumpkin pie and cinnamon. I was expecting this to be tougher to drink with the average or worse reviews I have read on this beer. But its not overpowered with spice as people have said in previous posts. Its quite drinkable.

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Photo of ludachris
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A glowing marmalade body is topped by about a finger of creamy white head that quickly boils down to a ring. Stringy poka dot lace is strewn across the sides of the glass.

Strong notes of pumkpin; vegetal and pureed, with touches of nutmeg and cinnamon. Maybe it wasn't the best idea to have ST's Pumking a few days ago, being much sweeter and more well rounded in comparison. The vegetal aspect of this beer throws me off.

Again, very vegetal in the taste. It's like pureed pumpkin with some cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled over it and transformed into liquid. The finish is a bit more spicy with a quick bitter bite.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Low ABV and simple but hard for me to put down.

I'm going to have to go against the grain on this one, it's just too vegetal for my tastes. Nothing against Brooklyn, but I'd take ST's Pumking any day over this. Maybe I'll revisit this down the road, but for now I'll stick to their Lager.

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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 2,133 ratings