Post Road Pumpkin Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is of pumpkin and spices (mostly cinnamin). I rather like the smell of pumpkins in a beer. The taste was decent. Pumpkin ales have a very distinct flavor. I don't know if it's good or bad, but it definately stands out. The mouthfeel was fine. This is a low bodied ale that is rather drinkable for those who enjoy exotic beers. This is a good seasonal ale.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Post Road Pumpkin Ale is the 1st Pumpkin Ale I've tried. I saw Blue Moon was brewed by Coors so I shyed away from that one.

Anyway, Post Road poured a beautiful amber with ltsa bubbles and a nice white head.
The Aroma was of Pumpkin, cinnimon, & clove.
The taste was slighty bitter with clove standing out more than anything! Cinnamon and pumpkin hints but too much clove!!!

Post Road was an above average beer with a nice taste. I wish there were more of a pumpkin flavor and less clove!

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Photo of hungryghost
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber orange color, slight head.
Abundance of spices in the aroma, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of hops. Smells and tastes like fall.
Taste of pumpkin and some of the spices mentioned above. The flavors change as the beer moves about. Some hops here, carmelized malt there. Not too sweet.
The beer is a little thin but the flavor makes up for it.
A good first or dessert beer, no more than two for me.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber orange color with a low head which fell pretty quick and did not even begin to lace the glass. The aroma is clove and nutmeg and other spices. There also is an aroma the reminds me of pumpkin cooking in the oven before any spice additions. The taste is, well, not much. Not that it is bad, just that there is not much flavor. What is there is a thin bodied beer with muted flavors of malt and spice.

I think a friend of mine who tasted it before I did put it best when they stated it tasted watery.

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Photo of BeerFan
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours an amber-orange color with an off-white/tan head into my 16 oz Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. Smell and aroma is of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. You definitely know you are drinking a pumpkin ale. I used to really enjoy 1 or 2 of these right around Halloween, but find myself not enjoying it as much the last few years. Still a decent beer, but my least favorite offering from my favorite brewery.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

alright im gonna get all crazy on you guys and review my first pumpkin. never had it before, so im interested. its pours a beautiful amber with a decent head. smells of tasty spices and light hops. yum. first off i expected a sweet spiced concotion, but this aint it. it def. tastes like a beer and isnt masked by a bunch of crap. it is lightly bitter and lightly sweet at the same time, a certain hop character shines through with just hints of spice and caramels. medium bodied and well carbonated, it is light easy drinking and killing a few would be no problem. a fine beer.

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Photo of WaltTrombone
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on Halloween, along with Shipyard Pumpkinhead, and Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale. I liked the Smutty the best, but this was a close second. It poured a medium copper, with a fluffy off-white head that left light lace.

The aroma was allspice and clove, which were also present in the taste, along with malt, pumpkin, and lemon. Mouthfeel was Medium, slightly oily, with light carbonation. It finished with malt, lemon, and cardboard.

This is a pretty good beer. Compared to the Smuttynose, it has more natural pumpkin flavor, while the Smutty is more like pumpkin pie.

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Photo of Stingray5
2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pumpkin ale eh? Alright, I'll bite. Pours a nice amber/orange with a quickly dissapating head. Spicy aroma, with cinammon and nutmeg. Mouthful was thinner than expected. Taste was more c&n spices. Admittedly I've never eaten pumpkin before, as the thought for whatever reason repulsed me, so I can't say whether it's pumpkin I'm tasting. Inoffensive, but I was unable to finish it. Open wide, drain..

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

quite similar to the DFH punkin ale, but with 2 minor flaws in my eyes. it pours a nice amber colour with a bit of a head that dissolves quite quickly and leaves little lacing. smells how one would think a pumpkin ale would: pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. with the pumkin dominating in smell and taste. the taste parallels the smell, but relies too much on the pumpkin flavouring. it's not overbearing, but just not as balanced as it could or should be. the other flaw was that the brew was a bit more watery than i had hoped for. a fuller body would have been nicer, but overall this isn't a bad brew.

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Photo of Loki
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a tawny color with an off-white head and good lacing. Fairly attractive pour.

Smell: Fairly solid pumpkin, malt, and spice aroma. A nice blend of cinnamon and nutmeg in the profile. Very inviting.

Taste: Solid malt and pumpking flavor with a good backing of nutmeg and cinnamon with good bit of pepper and bits of hops. Not completely balanced. A little watery and thin. Very drinkable, but I expected a little better from our friends at Brooklyn, maybe I'm holding the bar too high. Very solid performer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +0.6%
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 -24.6%
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 +14.2%
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 +8.2%
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 +3.7%
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 -9.1%
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 +9.9%
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 -6.2%
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 -4.2%
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 -19.3%
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 -7.9%
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 +4%
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 +5.4%
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 +6.8%
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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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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