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 wcintula
2.25/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Damn, I remembered better things from this, having it on tap at SI Brewfest, and it was one of my first beers.

Out of the bottle it has a less than good color, more of a yellow amber colored clear body with a an ecru head of 1 and half fingers. Smells overly spicy with small hints of pumpkin. Cinnamon and clove on the nose and tongue with very strong CO2 bite which I found unpleasant. But shit, I bought a six pack and I'm gonna drink a six pack.

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Photo of brewymcgee
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very pleasing amber hue with tight bubbles and a crisp white head.

Aroma: Slight malt with warm spices.

Taste: Spicy with malt and a little of the pumpkin in the background. The spices were nicely blened and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick and plenty of bubbles but a nicesmooth finish

Drinkability: For what this is it isn't overbearing, I could see having a couple in an evening.

I think this may have been my first pumpkin beer but it was better that I expected the style to be.

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

12oz bottle -> american pint
Best Before Feb 2011 2210 is screened on bottle

Pours orange with a small wispy white head. Carbonation is abundant upon the pour and flows steady throughout.

Nose: Nutmeg, caramel, some pumpkin

Thinner body than expected, slides down slick. Lot of caramel malt and pumpkin spices, with more nutmeg than i like to taste. Slightly medicinal bitterness that leaves a dry nutmeg flavor on the tongue.

I find i prefer a much fuller body in my pumpkin ales with less spice and more pumpkin.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: appropriately orange with a full creamy head and lacing.
smell: more subdued than DFH Punkin or Weyerbacher Imperial in the nutmeg, cardamom space. a distinctive toffee in the nose.
taste: this one comes together well. Lighter than the aforementioned and more 'sessionable'. More like pumpkin pie.
drinkability: had this at a local restaurant where i usually switch up, but stayed with this. Tasty.

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Photo of SovereignBCS
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

S - nice spice notes, sweet malt

T - More hoppy than I had anticipated, which is a good thing! Nice dry spice notes on the finish.

M - Good, probably should've let it warm a bit more before drinking but that's not the beer's fault

D - Surprisingly smooth for the level of spiciness

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a clear orange gold with three finger creamy off white head that dissipates leaving small clumps of residual lacing.

S. Sweet malt and cinnamon/ nutmeg on the nose.

T. Mild spices upfront - nuteg and cinnamon mostly with a lager like backdrop - clean and crisp pale malt with a bit of pumpkin in the background. Lite bittering flavors come out more as it warms.

M Thin to medium mouth with medium creamy carbonation that fills your mouth.

D. It's kind of like a mix between a pumpkin and an octoberfest - good, but not great.

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Photo of gopens44
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -coppery brown with about an inch of foamy head that fizzed down rather quickly, leaving behind a thin layer of haze

S - I mostly got nutmeg in the smell, but it also had a very crisp edge to it.

T - Once again, nutmeg, nutmeg and a smidge of pumpkin. Qite bitter, which I enjoyed.

M - Highly carbonated with an incredibly dry finish

D - Maybe not my favorite pumpkin brew, but it's not altogether too bad at all. I'll revisit this one again next year.

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Photo of IPALover23
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of many pumpkin beers I grabbed as singles from Beers of the World that I wanted to try for the fall season. Cheers

A-poured a nice amber coppish color with little head

S-Cloves and nutmeg overpower the smell, with a nice mix of some different spices

T-First off the nutmeg and cloves along with some other spices, then a taste of the pumpkin which compliments it nice and gives it a smooth finish

M-light mouthfeel but a smooth finish

D-Very refreshing taste probably could have a few more than I would normally a pumpkin ale because its on the lighter side

A nice light pumpkin ale with a smooth finish. Would recommend

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

NOTE: I discovered that this beer is MUCH BETTER WHEN IT'S WARM (ie 62F).

A= pumpkin orange with modestly active head and some mild rimming & lacing.

S= some nice and complex spices. It seems to mellow out some while it sits, and then the nice malts emerge.

T= slightly watery for my preferences in any beer, I can't find any actual pumpkin in it until it warms, but the malts come through amidst the spices found in the scent plus some hops bitters and light florals. Once it warms I occasionally get mouthfuls of fresh cooked pumpkin (a la squash style).

M= light bitters and spices, slightly bready malts, occasional pumpkin to savor.

D= if you like it I'm sure you can down a 6 easily. I'd prefer to find more pumpkin, maybe more spice and less watery overall.

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Photo of drsyko
2.82/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - amber-colored, essentially no head but a light blanker of bubbles on top.

S - pleasantly spicy, not over-powering.

T - not of pumpkin, to my palate. A good lighter-flavored beer, though I am missing the pumpkin. Somewhat hoppy. Balanced, with a stronger finish. Nothing especially noteworthy.

M - Carbonated and light.

D - Not a bad beer, though would not be my first choice for a pumpkin ale (or a fall beer in general, for that matter). Not memorable comapred to some of the other pumpkin ales.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours burnt orange color. Nice large head, dissipates quickly to bout one finger. Cinnamon, apples, some citrus, lots of spice and of course pumpkin in the aroma. Warm, crisp fall like flavor upfront. Not as much pumpkin in the taste as some others, nice spices, cinnamon and still some citrus. Nice ale thickness to the body with a smooth finish. Overall a good ale, not quite the "pumpkin" ale that I was expecting, but a good one to try.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Fresh-by date clearly inked on the neck.

Pours an almost orange color, nice and clear, head retention ok. Not crazy about the smell - kinda medicinal, sharp, and green. Taste starts off bitter, but then rounds out somewhat. The finish is spicy, and drinkability is decent. An alright beer, but the flavors didn't gel like I wanted them to. Too bitter and not enough pumpkin flavor. I seem to say that about most pumpkin ales.. need to find a good one.

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

Bottle poured into a mug.

Look: orangey copper. Decent sized head with not much retention but not much lacing.

Smell: pumpkin pie scent, so your usual nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon.

Taste: pumpkin pie spices dominate this one up front with some brown sugar. There's a bit of hops in the finish.

Feel: light body with a lot of carbonation.

Drink: high. These were served at a party and everyone was going through them quickly.

Overall, a mediocre pumpkin beer. This isn't my favorite style to begin with because they seem to appeal to people who don't like actual beer but really just want pumpkin pie flavored wine coolers and this is one of those. I wouldn't bother with this one, honestly.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.85/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional pumpkin ale. Why haven't I noticed it before? Oh, probably because most pumpkin ales, for lack of a better word, suck, and I was turned off from them for years. This season, however, I've jumped back on the gourd train and, along with the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, this beer has given me hope.

Anyway, despite the fact that the head collapses rather quick, it's a rather nice-looking pour. The head itself wasn't ugly, in fact, it started off cottony or what I call "mashed potatoey" (in other words subtly lumpy), a little off-white, and a good two-finger high. The color was actually very much pumpkin orange. Very nicel.

The proportion of nutmeg in the aroma of a pumpkin ale, in my opinion, makes or breaks it. Saranac Pumpkin Ale is one I've had lately that reeks of nutmeg. It might be there somewhere in the Post Road, but an expert blend of the other spicy "pumpkin pie" aromas creates what may be the best pumpkin ale smell I've experienced - not mouth-drooling, but wonderfully balanced.

Let me just get out of the way that the mouthfeel is perfect - absolutely perfect - for this style. Smooth, almost cask-like. Medium-full body - or, at least, thicker compared to most other examples of the style. Excellent subtle pumpkiny squash base for the flavor, beefed up with a oh-so-lightly roasty malty backbone. The spices blend in magnificently. Beautiful balance.

I'll actually buy a six-pack of this, if that tells you how I feel about it's drinkability. Big fan of high ABV pumpkin ales, but this is an exceptional low octane example.

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Photo of birchstick
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bolgehill for sending this one my way as an extra!

A - pours a nice orangeish copper with a nice two finger head

S - the nose has lots of nutmeg, some clove, a touch of cinnamon, and a lot of pumpkin. Smells great

T - Starts off with a lot of sweet spices, namely the nutmeg and cinnamon. There is some metallic pumpkin flavor going on behind the spices. The cinnamon reintroduces itself on the back end of the finish. Overall, the nutmeg is probably the strongest flavor on the palate. Not bad.

M - good full body that goes down smoothly

D - This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. Nothing too outside the normal, but that isn't a bad thing. Glad I had the chance to try this.

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Photo of HopNuggets
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz into Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.

A - Poured a very clear light orange/amber autumn leaf color. 1 finger white head that dissipated pretty quickly to a good covering.

S - Pumpkin pie scent with nice spices as well as bisquity notes with some cloves. Not overpowering but nice scent.

T - Cloves up front taken over by sweet brown sugar like smoothness followed by a nice hit of hops with a great smooth finish and cloves in the after taste.

M - Medium-Light body with moderate carbonation. Leaves a slight coating on the palate that is nice and refreshing.

D - Very drinkable and refreshing but probably couldn't drink a 6 pack as it would probably ruin your palate with the spices and become a little much.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a solid Amber, little bit of head that dies pretty quickly. steady stream of carbonation.
S: Wonderful pumpkin pie odor, with hints of graham cracker.
T: Mild taste. little bit of pumpkin and spice. very crisp, malty, but nothing over powering. IDK, I think I expected more, but this is alright, in a good way. Little bit of grassy hops at the end
M: not unlike an amber. present but not overpowering or too lite
D: more then I thought with the lack of massive pumpkin and spice, but this was rather pleaset beer

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Photo of IPAescotch
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

didn't see the beer, unfortunately i drank it straight from the bottle. no glasses at this party.

Smell fully lived up to my expectations to a pumpkin ale. literally smells like pumpkin ale. exciting

unfortunately taste doesnt come through. WAYYYY over carbonated, i cant really taste anything this has such a sharp bite. tastes like seltzer

feels like it gave my mouth a sunburn its so bright with carbonation. a mouthfull of razorblades

i should have waited for the carbonation to mellow, but no beer should taste that much like pure tonic. light so you think it would be easy to drink, but the carbonation is difficult to accept

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz dark brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on bottle. Served in a pint tumbler.
A shiny copper ale-colored brew with a bubbly, fast-fading off-white head. Very little in the way of lacing.
The aroma is underwhelming. It could use a little more pumpkin punch, but overall it is a pleasing smell, with dry malt, floral hop and pumpkin and spice undertones.
As in the aroma, this brew could use a bit more pumpkin. A little more of an alcoholic kick would improve things too, I think.
A caramel maltiness and crisp hop bite compliment each other nicely. A faint taste of limes adds dimension, but again, more pumpkin would be just right.
It goes down quickly as it's a bit thin.
All in all, a nice pumpkin ale that could use a little more pumpkin.

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Photo of mlazzaro
2.51/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was kind of surprised to see this beer received such good reviews. I honestly didn't enjoy this beer very much.

a- a transparent amber color. white head, decent head retention.

s- very faint smell. a little malt with pumpkin aroma. not very pungent at all.

t- at least this isn't another spice beer instead of a true pumpkin flavor. It is pumpkiny, I just don't care for the flavors going on here. DMS vegetable flavor, I think from poor fermentation and not from pumpkin. kind of gross tasting

glad I only bought one and not a sixer.

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Photo of FredTheSeal
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours with a billowy white head that slowly dissipates. It's clear enough to read through and is medium copper. Moderate lacing.

S - A nice blend of spices and pumpkin.

T - Much milder than most pumpkin ales I've had. Slightly on the bitter side but I'm not sure if it's coming from hops or one of the spices. There's a balanced blend of spices and pumpkin but there's not enough of either for my tastes.

M - Light bodied. Medium-High carbonation.

D - It's a pretty drinable beer but I don't think it would satisfy a craving for pumpkin ale.

Overall it's not a bad beer but it's missing something that keeps it from being better than average. I think this would be a good beer for somebody who "sorta likes" pumpkin ales.

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Photo of HUXC
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- A dark golden orange amber color. About a fingers worth of off white head that leaves a nice lacing around the rim of the glass.

S- Faint aroma of fall spices including nutmeg, malted grains, and of course pumpkins.

T- Taste of malted grains with nutmeg. A nice crisp finish of pumpkin and other fall spices.

M- Moderate amount of carbonation with a nice crisp finish.

D- Easy to drink. Nice and smooth, full bodied, fall classic pumpkin ale.

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Photo of BigMike
2.36/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden orange color with a soapy 1 finger head.

S: Light spices and pumpkin. Not strong but presant. An off smell I can't put my finger on.

T: Honestly the taste is not very good. Lightly spiced with cinnamon but not much else.

M: Watery with very light carbonation.

Overall: pumpkin beers are 9 times out of 10 very disappointing to me. I feel personally if you're making a pumpkin beer. Make a PUMPKIN beer. Get the spices up and get the pumpkin flavors up. Most are too thin bodied and this one is no
exception. Definitely a poor example of the style.

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

Poured into a tulip pint: Light, clear, gold-copper body underneath half a finger of well-formed off-white head.

Smells like pumpkin bread. Spices are definitely there (cinnamon, nutmeg), but with a moist, bready, pastry background. Very good indeed.

Taste is much more spicey, with distinct clove & even a little ginger joining the cinnamon & nutmeg. Like walking into a card store in autumn, very evocative. Actually not a whole lot supporting it, but not bad -- some bready & slightly orange undertones.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, a little on the dry side. Actually kind of feels like spices in your mouth, too.

Good, some interesting & unique things going on here. The spice character is rich without being overly sweet. Rich enough, though, to make one enjoy & stop after that.

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Photo of tzieser
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a rich amber copper color. nice thick head that slowly settles to a thin lacing.

notes of pumpkin, pumpkin spice, malt

tastes similar to the aroma. pumpkin-filled, for sure, but deliciously malty in the aftertaste. has a nice refreshing quality to it that i really enjoy

smooth mouthfeel; exceptional drinkability. probably the most drinkable pumpkin ale i've had

a great pumpkin ale. worth seeking out.

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