Review of Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale

13 Nov
Hello again guys.  Today’s craft beer review will be focusing on another Fall seasonal.  This time it’s from the Brooklyn Brewery located in Brooklyn, New York and it’s called the Post Road Pumpkin Ale.

I think this is the last of the pumpkin beers I have in my possession, so I better go ahead and review this before all of the Christmas beers start showing up on the shelves.

From the website,, we find this description.

Available from August through November.  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. 

Let’s see how it is.

The Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale has an ABV of 5.0% and it comes in a 12 oz. bottle.

The beer poured a clear, deep orange to amber color with some burnt orange highlights shimmering around the edges.  The head was off white, creamy and smooth.  It was very nicely sized with some good retention, however the lacing was not quite as attractive as some other beers that I have seen from Brooklyn.

Sugars and spices seemed to characterize this aroma more so than the pumpkin.  Don’t get me wrong, the pumpkin is present, however it was just not as forthcoming as I thought it might be. The spices consisted of nutmeg and allspice with just a tinge of brown sugar.  The fragrance also presented some earthy hops along with a little bit of grain.  A decent amount of roasted malt and wheat bread odors finished the overall bouquet.

The taste brought about some pumpkin, however, like the aroma, the spices seemed to overshadow it.  Again, allspice and nutmeg with just a very slight touch of cinnamon.  The sugars seemed very relaxed in the taste.  It wasn’t all that sweet to tell the truth.  A smidgen of bitterness was felt along the sides of the tongue, but it was quickly counterbalanced by some toasted grain.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin.  It was crisp, smooth and mostly thirst quenching.  It finished a tad watery and it left only a little bit of flavor behind on the palate.

This beer was just ok for me.  It’s a pretty nice representation of style, although I would have loved to have a bit more pumpkin in the flavor and aroma.  Personally, this is not my favorite effort from Brooklyn, but it would be worth a try if you are looking into sampling all of the various pumpkin beers out there I guess.  It’s an easy drink, very sessionable and fits the season nicely.  So, grab one and try it before they are all removed from the shelves and let me know what you think of it.

Thanks for everything guys.  The support, the comments and the encouragement.  It’s gratefully appreciated.

Until next time.


Score:  3.35 out of 5
Grade:  B-   

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Posted by on November 13, 2011 in Brooklyn, Country: USA


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