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

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

A good spiced beer. I had this with my wife's fresh pumpkin pie and it was very enjoyable to compare the flavors.

The look is a clear tawny amber body topped by a very nice three-fingers of cream colored head. Head retention and lacing were both very good. The nose is very spicy and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, and also an earthy pungency to it that I found unusual.

The flavor is very spciy with the same spices noted in the aroma. A peppery sense accompanies the flavor and creates warmth. The feel is a bit thin and watery, and this combined with the spicy nature limits the drinkability beyond special occasions.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Fathead's. The color was amber, with no discernable head. The smell was mostly of cinammon. The taste was slightly sweet, with hints of cinammon...pumpkin pie in a beer. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a couple more, but this one would be nicer as things get colder and colder.

I haven't had many Pumpkin Ales, but Brooklyn has made a not bad beer that's more than just a novelty. My compliments for another job well done for Garrett and company.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.66/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looked good, poured a rich amber color. The first sip was encouraging, the old familiar pumpkin and spices. But then something happened that I haven't had happen in a long time. The beer became weaker and less tastefull with each sip. It finally became a chore to drink the last 3oz. It just doesn't stand up.

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Photo of shippos
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear, orangy color with a nice tannish head. I pocked up hints of ginger, cinnamon and clove. This has a very nice smooth taste and very well balanced. nice blend of spices, not over powering. I'd have to recommend this to anyone that hasn't tried spiced beers before as it's very easy to drink and has a wonderful aroma of spices. I couldn't pick up any pumpkin though.

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Photo of DagFishHead
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With Halloween approaching, a seasonal review seems in order:

Appearance: very appropriate deep amber orange color. Off-white blanket head dissipates fairly quickly leaving minimal lace.

Smell: subdued combination of cinnamon, allspice and pumpkin. Nice balance and not overpowering... pass the cranberry sauce, please!

Taste: I'm not a big fan of fruited/spiced beers, but this is very pleasant. Same pumpkin/spice balance carries over from the nose to the tongue. Slightly acidic/burnt spice aftertaste.

Of the 4 or 5 pumpkin beers I've sampled, this is definitely the most well-rounded and drinkable. Nice job Brooklyn!

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Photo of jed
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light amber, one finger white head which dissipates quickly. Clear.

Smell: Amazing! The first whiff is a standard ale, but then you catch cinnamon, allspice, and a hint of brown sugar. If you like pumpkin pie, you'll love to smell of this beer.

Taste: Crisp, intial hops, cinnamon and pumpkin, and a little bit of caramel and malt in the background. As it warms, this beer gets a bit less pleasant; the pumpkin flavors recede and it starts to taste more like an "off" ale. Smooth mouthfeel.

I can't imagine drinking more than one or two of these in one session, as the flavor is offbeat and more of a novelty then a solid session beer. Nevertheless, a nice fall seasonal and a fine tribute to my favorite dessert.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear brassy amber, great clarity, with some small carbonation bubbles floating up to feed the head. The head is thick and foamy, a light ivroy color, with excellent retention, keping a misty coating through the pint.
The aroma is dominated by spice. Lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Not much actual pumpkin, mostly just pumpkin pie spices. Mild pale malt, with no detectable hops.
The flavor starts with some light pale malt, slightly grainy, quickly overcome by a rich, full pumpkin pie flavor. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, with some allspice and just a bit of actual pumpkin. Very mild hops in the finish, most likely hallertau or tettnang, providing some herbal flavor, without much bitterness. The finish is somewhat dry, with a lingering pumpkin pie flavor in your mouth, mostly nutmeg. Bubbly, carbonated mouthfeel, with a light to medium body.
Not a bad brew, as far as pumpkin ales go, but really not enough beery flavors to balance out the spices. I was getting a bit sick of the cinnamon and nutmeg by the end of the pint. One of the better pumpkin ales, and worth a try if you're into that sort of thing.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The appearance on this beer was excellent for me. The head on the beer lasted for an extremely long time. I was drinking it slowly while watch the Cubs in the playoffs, and it lasted for 3/4 of the glass. The color is excellent as well. The spices are evident in both the smell and the taste. It tastes good, and the mouthfeel is great as well. My only complaint is that the clove taste is so strong you can only drink so much of it. One is enough. It has a good taste, but more than one overdoes it.

It was thorougly enjoyed.

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Photo of nomad
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a glorious roasted orange color, perfectly transparent. Had a very thin but very stolid head, showing whispers of stain off of great thick lace.

Smelled of sweet and spicy pumpkin and soft Fuggles hops. Taste was of a caramel malt covered in Fuggles hops. These had a bright fruity bitterness, washed over by a juicy mouthfeel. Behind it was a still earthy yet equally fruity pumpkin flavor, round and orange-toned. But the bitterness picked up as it warmed up, making it reminiscent of lemon astringency.

A good punkin’ ale, though light on the pumpkin and high on the ale, but good enough in some aspects.

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Photo of LiamStLiam
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've looked at so many pumpkin beers lately that I am running out of adjectives for "brown."

This one's a dark amber with a very thick, creamy head.

A sharp taste, a touch metallic and more spice than pumpkin. Carbonation makes it sit a touch uncomfortably on the tongue.

Fills the mouth and lasts for a long time.

Not the best of the pumpkin patch, but I am glad to see Brooklyn has this one now.

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Photo of Dantes
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Package: 12oz. crowned brown longneck bottle. No specific bottling/consume-by date, but I assume that this is a 2003 seasonal. “Brewed & Bottled by the Post Road Brewing Co., Utica, NY” hints at Matts/Brooklyn provenance.

Cost: freebie

Presentation: Shaker pint at 45º

Appearance: Exhibited a rich, autumnal reddish-gold color in the glass, almost like an orange-ish Irish red ale. Generated a low, large-bubbled, quickly disappearing head. Medium-gauge strings of carbonation.

Smell: Really evocative of pumpkin pie. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and faint pumpkin. Unfortunately, the spices overwhelm the pumpkin. Some weak maltiness.

Taste: Shockingly weak considering the relatively full nose. Presented a somewhat muddy admixture of spices, generic “beer” maltiness and a somewhat typical (for Matts/Saranac) chemical aftertaste on the back edges of my tongue. Fairly dry for a “fruit” beer.

Mouthfeel: Fairly harsh carbonation left me feeling that this beer was awfully thin in the mouth. Resulted in a watery body and a weak finish.

Drinkability: Not highly drinkable as far as I’m concerned. I like pumpkin pie, but I don’t think this one works either as a novelty or as a solid seasonal. One was enough.

Backwash: I normally love the combination of flavors in pumpkin pie, and done right, it makes a good beer. The one pumpkin ale I’ve had that I liked was made for Rodney’s Oyster House in Toronto, and was thick and rich like a porter. It’s silky texture and slight sweetness even made it seem like pumpkin pie. This on the other hand was more like a Post Road Pale Ale with an infusion of some spices. I can’t give this my recommendation.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Starts with a four -fingered, white head that goes quickly but leaves a good lace. Strong nutmeg nose nearly the same as a pumpkin pie and there is pumpkin in the background. Nice clear, amber color. Starts malty and hoppy and finishes hoppy with some bitter undertones. Label does not mention the Brooklyn brewery.

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

Served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear copper colored liquid topped by a modest off-white head. Little to no retention and no lacing.

Smell: Nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove aromas waft towards you, much like a pumpkin pie baking. A nice hint of smoky bitterness, not quite unlike burning leaves in autumn.

Taste: Caramel malt sweetness quickly followed by a weird sourness, then the spices in the smell kick in on the finish. Clove lingers the most.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied. The aftertaste can be a bit numbing after awhile. Anyone who's smoked a clove knows what I'm talking about (and did you listen to the Smiths or the Cure when doing that?).

Drinkability: Definitely a novelty beer, but quite good nonetheless. I might have one of these near Thanksgiving, or once in a blue moon. A great way to kick off the fall.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a caramel amber body and a cream colored foaming creamy textured looking head leaving a nice collar of lace already thick and even patches. Aroma: Wow, when I popped the top the pumpkin pie like tone just engulfed my senses very intriguing cinnamon and other spices blend perfectly with the malts used here somewhat of a nut quality comes by my senses as well, but it's safe to call it pumpkin pie. Flavor: A solid base of caramel malt blended with silky cream and spiced pumpkin weird and different but very quaffable. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for body but texture is silky smooth. Drinkability: I can honestly say one of these is probably enough not something to imbibe in quantity but to really enjoy and treat as a dessert or somewhat of a novelty not bad just not a creation meant to be drank frequently possibly a once a year beer here.

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Photo of taez555
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a small creamy white head on top of a very clear light brown/orange body.

The nose was mostly fruit, malt and bread. A faint pumpkin and spice touch. A hint of a metalic smell. Very faint fruit. But mostly just a smooth malt nose.

Light and easy drinking. Medium carbonation. Very malty with a touch of real pumpkin flavor. This is what's actually sort of surprising. It's got more of a real fresh pumpkin flavor than pumpkin pie spice flavor. There's a light to medium bitterness throughout reminisant of a good weis beer. The spice flavors really kick in near the end. But oh so soft. Very real and fresh spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg. Like a pumpkin pie made from scratch by your grandma when you were a kid. But very very subtle.

Not an in your face pumpkin beer by anymeans. What really makes this beer stand out is how fresh and real the pumpkin meat and soft pumpkin pie spice flavors are. Very drinkable and simple. One of the better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.24/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Defaintely the best Pumpkin Ale I've ever had. I was expecting something weak on the pumpkin taste, but it was like a liquid version of a Pumpkin pie, with 5.0% alcohol of course. It's cheap and I like it a lot. I guess the only down falls of it are the pure sweetness of it and the lack of a "real" head. That's cool though, it was still really good.

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Photo of ithacabaron
2.36/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The aroma that came forth from this was quite promising. However, the first sip fell far short of my expectations. This was purchased two days after the fall ales had arrived at my distributor, and, to be frank, perhaps I should have aged it more. The taste was very green, with very strong pumpkin vine tastes early, falling back into a late caramel/burnt pie spice flavor.

A big pumpkin fan in general, perhaps I got my expectations up too high for this one. I will not be purchasing this again.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pumpkin Ale pours a rich, clear amber color with a very thin, quickly disappearing head and slight carbonation. The beer smells of Fall--there's no real other way to describe it--with notes of pumpkin and spices that preview the taste to come. Once tasted, the brew reveals subtle flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg that are noticeable without being overpowering. The beer is slightly hoppy and has a nice dryness to it.

Post Road tastes like you might expect a "pumpkin ale" to taste, combining the classic flavors of pumpkin pie with a well-balanced beer. Its best feature is in its subtlety, as it is definitely a beer and not a fruit-based brew like hard cider.

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

Pours copper in color with a thin white head. Aroma is of nutmeg and allspice with a hint of hops. Taste starts out sweet with spicess and finishes with a little hoppy bitterness. Reminds me of the spicess in pumpkin pie, not necessarily the pumpkin itself. Worth getting the one time of year it's available.

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Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage. Copper color with a beige, foamy, lumpy head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is of sweet floral hops and pumpkin. Hops first, pumpkin second. Flavor is full-on pumpkin pie, with a strong accompanying nutmeg flavor. Hops come through in the finish, followed by a lingering nutmeg flavor. Smooth and round mouthfeel. Not overpowering, a very drinkable pumpkin beer.

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

All around a good beer especially for a pumpkin brew, but this could stand a little more work. It poured orange with no fogginess with a white head. The smell was dominated by pumpkin. Taste was good with subtle hints of spices and toasty malts but I must complain that the mouthfeel was way too watery for me. With a little more complexity in the taste this beer will certainly become one of my mainstays when the wind is whipping.

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

12 oz amber long neck bottle. no freshness date. this beer gets around, as I have seen it in stores in Massachusetts and in Las Vegas, NV.

Pours a light, golden amber color, with rich, thick, slightly off-white foam that leaves good lace down the glass. The smell is pumpkin pie spices, malt, citrus, and floral hops. A modest but good aroma. The taste is mild: hops, some spices, malt, and a lingering light sweetness. The mouthfeel is somewhat light. Medium body. Hoppy but backed by some malt sweetness, and mellowed by the pumpkin. The drinkability is good. This is a nice pumpkin ale, though not as full bodied and rich as some.

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Photo of kelticblood
4.66/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nothing gets you in the mood for a nice fall day than a good Pumpkin Ale. This is my second season with Post Road's Pumpkin Ale as my top choice. This has an exceptional flavor which I cannot come to close to in two attempts at home brewing a Pumpkin Ale. It has just the right amount of spices with the pumpkin flavor still detectable. It pours nicely with a good half inch thick foamy head that slowly diminishes. Great carbonation with a deep amber color. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe some ginger are tasted. It has some bite upon swallowing. This definitely beats Shipyards Pumpkin Ale in my book. The only problem I have is its availability. It’s hard to find and when I do they rarely have much left.

Update: Four years later I am still drinking post Road and it is still the best. I look for it every fall.

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

Slightly hazy coper tone. A very slight beige head becomes only a slight rimming quickly. Pumpkin, cinamon, ginger and cloves on the nose. Nothing overbearing though. The taste is all right, but nothing outstanding. The spicing is o.k., but could use a little tweaking in my opinion. A little more cinamon. A little less clove. Would like to see a little more pumpkin flavor as well. Even with all these suggestions, I still do like this beer. Just not as much as other pumpkin ales I've had. About medium body. Drinkability is average.

Thanks to Davo for this Halloween treat.

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