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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

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 Ricochet
2.64/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Darker, amber, orange , mild head, okay.

S: Very spicy. Good cinnamon scent and pumpkin scents, it made me want to dig in, trying to equal my personal best for Pumpkins...

M: Average like any other beer.

T: Big disappointment, a bit like wet cardboard which is a good sign something is wrong with this batch. It didn't really have a pumpkin taste and was closer to Buffalo Bills Pumpkin ale, tasting like ale and spice more than Pumpkin beer.

D: 2155 is the date , so brewed in July, it was new in the store, but if this beer has gone south, I owe this another try. As is, not very good.

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Photo of GnomeKing
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The watery mouthfeel really works against this beer. The smell is decent, but this looks and tastes thin. Watery is never good, but for pumpkin ales isn't doubly bad. With a pumpkin brew, you want to relish in the warmth and complexity of the spices. With this one, the glimmers of pumpkin pie that are noticeable--barely--seem misplaced.

My advice is to try Dogfish Head Punkin'.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased single bottle from Charles St. Liquors

Appearance = extremely clear, honey light brown, no head but decent lacing

Smell = The pumpkin and spices (nutmeg) are there but so is a sourness of fermented fruit that I'm not too fond of. It appears like it was taste a bit harsh and acidic.

Taste = Not as bad as the nose would indicate. A bit bitter but the brew still maintains a lot of flavor. It is a bit harder to get down and I couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting. A nice syrupy sweet aftertaste keeps the bitterness in check.

Overall = Not as good as Dogfish Head's version but this one isn't that bad. I recommend fans of pumpkin ales to at least try it, although I know I'd prefer the aforementioned brand if I had a choice.

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Photo of Naes
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is dark brown with hues of amber and orange. The head is a 2 inch layer of fluff. Its aroma is of pumpkin, brown sugar and spice with a bit of maltyness.

The flavor is spicy and malty. The pumpkin is somewhat noticeable, but more apparent in the aroma. A bit of hops also become present in the finish. Mouth feel is light bodied with low carbonation and is a bit oily. Goes down easy and is worth a try, one of the more enjoyable versions of the style that I have tried.

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Photo of Caesar1pup
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my first pumpkin beer of the year and I am surprised at how early in the year it is available. I am a pretty big fan of pumpkin ale and look forward to enjoying it every fall. I have tried numerous offerings over the past few years and can say that although this one is not the best I have ever had, it’s not the worst either.

My biggest complaint about this concoction is that it’s fairly light on the pumpkin and spice. This has just a hint of pumpkin and very little spice.

Overall: I would only buy this again if there were no other pumpkin beers available and I was really in the mood for one. I did see that Blue Moon (coors) pumpkin ale is available now and although it’s been a year since I have had one, from what I remember, this is pretty comparable.

If you are going to brew a pumpkin ale, DON’T GET CHEAP WITH THE PUMPKIN!

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Post Road Pumpkin ale is a pretty decent attempt at a pumpkin ale. The only other pumpkin brew that I have sampled was the Blue Moon version, which turned out to be decent but didn't "wow" me. This brew didn't wow me either but it was still a nice brew to drink on a cold autumn day.

This beer pours a copper/orange color with about a finger of foam, which lasts for about 35 seconds. The spices used in the brew are definitely detectable in the nose (nutmeg and cinnamon most certainly used here), and a citric hop presence shows up as well. This seasonal brew was a bit thinner and fizzier in the mouthfeel than I had anticipated. In terms of flavor, this beer wasn't as sweet as expected. The pumpkin flavor and the aforementioned spices are present, but some "beery" qualities are quite prominent, with some malt and namely the citric hop presence. The citric hoppiness makes the finish surprisingly a bit bitter and dry. The dryness lingers into the aftertaste, where some "fleshy" pumpkin flavors arise as well. The brew finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

Instead of being a "pumpkin beer," this is a beer accentuated by pumpkin. Decent, but at times I was forgetting that I was drinking a pumpkin ale (and quite possibly just thinking that this was an APA). When it comes to fruit/vegetable beers, it seems like most breweries overdo it. This one played it a little too safe, but safe can be good. Worth a try.

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Photo of palma
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gold-orange body with a small off-white head. Minimal lacing. Smell is very nice, basically consisting of malt aroma with a lot of spice, specifically cinnamon. Caramel malt flavor, lightly hopped, with a mild pumpkin taste. Not overdone like other pumpkin ales. A crisp finish without much of an aftertaste except for a little dry bitterness and a very light pumpkin flavor. Thinner than expected. Probably two pints max of this one for me.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had the 2003 version of this pumpkin ale, and thought it was pretty good. This year I had the pleasure of trying some other pumpkin ales, and I think this one is very mediocre.

It pours a pale orange with a small white head that dissipates quickly with only a little lacing. It smells like pumpkin but there is a distinct lack of any other spices that are present in the DFH Punkin, for instance.

The taste is similar, heavy on the pumpkin and light on the spices. The maltiness of the beer is weak, which gives it a thin feel in the mouth. It is okay, just not a special ale.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clear, pale orange coloration, active carbonation, flush, creamy white head, thick and pockmarked with craters and bubbles.
Nose is lush and vegetal, spices speak up, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and pumpkinny, too.
Bright and flavorful in the mouth, though not too full on the palate. Earthy taste, distinctive texture, i feel like I'm in the pumpkin patch with this one sliding down my gullet. A cheerful, sweet, just-so spicy, and highly quaffable, malt-dominated brew. Tasty, and a joy to toss back. Surely a sessionable pumpkin ale...i can see myself tolerating a handful of them at a time.

Much thanks to necoadam for providing.

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Photo of scriabin
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahh, the pumpkin ale. Is a more perfect marraige between fruit and beer? Answer: yes, but it is a good combo. I'm always on the search for the perfect pumpkin ale. Post Road's is definitely one of the better ones I've had. It has a nice dark amber color and a bit of a malty odor. The taste is somewhat smooth, with barley and malt overtones and some bitterness. Overall a decent pumpkin ale.

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Photo of clvand0
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours an orange color with a small white head that falls quickly and leaves a slight lacing on the glass. The nose has more of a pumpkin smell and less of the spices. Interesting. The flavor is dominated by a real pumpkin taste but the spices are subdued in the back ground. The malt character could be stronger here to give it better body - it seems a little thin. Also, it could use a bit more of the spices to make it stand out.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first pumpkin ale.

Pours orangish-brown with a small head.

Smells like pumpkin pie coming out of a hot stove, nice. Plenty of pumpkin and cinnamon and brown sugar.

Medium body with a perfect medium carbonation level. No overpowering flavors, smooth blend of pumpkin and spices along with a brown sugar flavor that becomes more pronounced as it warms.

Not a spectacular beer, but plenty drinkable and I would assume pretty good for the style.

Thanks Nickbagofdonuts for the beer.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep amber color with one finger of head. There is just a little bit of lacing. The smell has lots of pumpkin, a little spice, and a little bit of maltiness. Pretty nice smell, not too overpowering. The taste has lots of pumpkin as well, but not as much spice as in the aroma. The aftertaste is a little weird, not sure what's going on there. The body is just a little bit light. The drinkability is pretty good though. A decent pumpkin ale.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours an orange color wtih a slight head taht falls to cover the beer. The nose is a lot of the pumpkin with the spices hidden in the background. The alcohol is also a bit aparent in there as well. The flavor is just what the nose tells me, pumpkin with hidden spices. The flavor is also a bit thin and watery. The feel is pretty thin as well. Drinkability is also okay. I would take other pumpkin ales over this one any day. Its just lacking.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Simple brown/orange Ale with foamy head that lingers a little leaving a nice lace.
A fragrant nose of nutmeg, alspice and barley is very enticing.
The flavor is smooth, but leaves something to be desired. I really expected more of a rich, full bodied flavor. The malt and spice taste profile is a bit subdued following the expectation raised by the frangrance.
It's clean on the pallate, leaving little aftertaste and hardly coating your tongue at all.
Fairly drinkable if your not paying attention. If you do pay attention, you quickly lose interest.
Overall, it's ok. It's certainly well crafted, but just doesn't standout as a "must try again" beer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.32/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - festive orange color, attractive depth. Weak head, no lacing.

Aroma - initially has a somewhat peculiar, indistinct vegetal smell that turns definitely pumpkiny with some good cinnamon at the end.

Taste - some tasty malts start out and give way to a surprising little bite of hops, keeping the sweetness in check. Good pumpkin flavor comes in late and a good dose of cinnamon and toastiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - heavier than average body, lively carbonation.

Drinkability - overall, quite delicious and enjoyable.

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

Pours a clear, medium copper with a sizeable sandy off-white foam. The aroma comes up with a whiff of hops in the first sniff, but after it sits for a few minutes, cinnamon and nutmeg come out and overtake the hops. The caramel malt flavors meld nicely with the pumpkin (you can actually pick out the pumpkin flavor in this and not just the spices) and spices to make for a decent beer. Still, I’d like to see this with a little more body and a little chunkier malt. Otherwise, it’s good.

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Photo of Citadel82
2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I didn't care for this one at all. Poured with a generous head that was long llived and left nice lacing in a clean pint glass. Orange amber color. Smell was cloves, yeast, pumpkin and pepper. Taste was yeasty and weak. Some spice, thankfully not overstated, but no real body and not a hint of malt. thin and poorly balanced. Hence the poor review. I will try again and maybe rewrite this review.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an golden amber color with a medium white head. Smell is delicious with pumpkin pie spices- cinnamon and allspice. This beer smell is making me hungry for "punkin" pie. Taste is of smooth caramelized malt and pumpkin pie spice with a sharp, balancing hop. Very interesting spiced ale worth picking up.

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Photo of medic25
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review, so bear with me....
Poured a nice amber color, with a good white head. Fair amount of carbonation. Subtle odor of pumpkin and nutmeg; definitely a Fall in New England kind of smell. Great combination of pumpkin flavor and maltiness. Medium bodied mouthfeel. I could see the pumpkin taste becoming a bit much after more than two or three, but a nice change from some of my usual year round beers.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured and inviting clear golden color, one of the lighter pumpkin beers I've tasted.

Aroma was somewhat malty with a hint of clove. From here is went downhill fast.

The flavor suggested that something happened to this beer. I don't know if they got a bad batch of pumpkin, something happened in the bottle or what? This beer tasted like carrots gone bad. There was a hint of ginger and other herbal flavors, along with a very uninviting "green-ness" and astringency.

Overall impression? Well after making sure I tasted enough to decently evaluate the beer, down the drain it went. Not good!

OK...I got a second bottle this weekend and tried this beer again. Much better! It was still the nice inviting color, but the beer actually more closely matched a pumpkin beer this time.

Flavor -- noticable pumpkin with supporting but not overpowering spices (nutmeg, cinnamon). Good balance between the malt, pumpkin and spices. I have to raise my 2.6 score, but I still wonder about that bad bottle.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice treat for the season...

Pours dark amber, minimal head with little retention. Smells of pumpkin and spice, what else would it be like? However, I expected more from the nose. No hops, malt, just some spices and pumpkin flavorings. It's a good beer, but it's rather light. I expected a heavier, more potent brew for the time of year. But, it's nice if you want just a little light beer.

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

I would consider the Post Road Pumpkin to be the lightest tasting of the pumpkins I've tried this year(DFH and Boston Beer Works) . The beer poored and nice dark amber with little whote head, which didn't last too long. The beer gave off a light smell of cinnamon and pumpkin rather than nutmeg and others spices that are common in pumpkin style beers. The taste was light and again not too spicey and had a light bitterness. Overall, I like this beer not my favorite but currently running #2 in the pumpking category.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd like to say that the beer is pumpkin skin orange, but it isn't. It's more of a medium orangish amber topped with a pale ecru head of creamydense foam. The nose is pleasant and is appropriately spicy, in keeping with the season and with the style. Toasted caramel is uppermost with a moderate nutmeg accent. I can't say that I appreciate the cinnamon though.

Caramel malt is the overwhelmingly dominant flavor. The beer is somewhat sweet with a more than adequate malt structure. There isn't much actual pumpkin flavor though. Contrary to the nose, cinnamon is more noticeable than nutmeg. In any case, the spices aren't up front enough. I know that loading up on spices turns some beer drinkers off, but Post Road could use a heavier hand with the pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spices as far as I'm concerned.

Earthy, fruity (probably English) hops flouish to a greater extent on the finish and what was sweet early in the mouthful becomes modestly more bitter and dry late, akin to used up tea leaves. There's also a flinty, mineral-like character that seems out of place.

Brooklyn Brewery's take on the pumpkin ale style isn't too shabby, but I'm still looking for that version that speaks to me, the one that makes me stand up and shout "Now *that's* a pumpkin ale!".

And now, 'a few words on autumn'

whirling, twirling, swirling down,
... floating gently to the ground,
... ... multi-colored autumn leaves
... ... ... fall like tears from weeping trees.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle is as pictured. There is no freshness dating.

Poured a dark copper into my trusty tulip glass. Pretty good carbonation for a pumpkin beer. A light head was teased up, but quickly faded to a wispy sticky ring.

Nice malty pumpkin odors with cinnamon and allspice in the background. Like the smell in the living room when a nice pumpkin pie is baking away in the kitchen.

Very smooth and creamy maltiness with a riding wave of pumpkin. As the carbonation tickles your tongue, it feels like a spicy, flavored brown ale. I really liked this, and much better than the DFH Punkin I had yesterday. Medium bodied, it finishes very clean, making it very easy drinking and worth a few. It also isn't too malty or spicy from making you want to have a couple.

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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.53 out of 5 based on 2,095 ratings.
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