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Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 1569
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%

Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

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 tjd112

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For presentation, I poured this into a Flying Fish Pint glass. Appearance is copper-pumpkin coloured with good head retention and some lacing. The smell and taste indicate a lot of clove, pumpkin, cinnamon, with a little bit of bready malts. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and this is a sessionable beer. Overall, a great value for the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 20:07:26 | More by tjd112
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 01:12:19 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of KenOnBass

New York

4.83/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Awesome head and lacing. The lacing really stuck to the glass through the whole beer. Great dark gold and orange look. Looks darker on the top than it does on the bottom.

S: Good spicy smell. A few unique aromas coming through on this beer.

T: From the first taste, this is an amazing great tasting pumpkin ale. Probably the best I have had as far as pumpkin ales are concerned. The taste can be described as a very crisp pumpkin spice. It's not too sweet which I also thoroughly enjoy.

M: Very fizzy, even far into the beer. Crisp.

D: My favorite pumpkin ale I've ever had to date. This would be perfect to pair with an Oktoberfest beer for the contrast. As far as pumpkin ales are concerned this is an A.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 20:18:53 | More by KenOnBass
Photo of nortmand


4.72/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange pour with some yellow hints. Fluffy, lace producing head.

Subtle spiciness in the nose. Cardamom, ginger and cinnamon are the most dominant. Also a cooked squash smell, indicating actual pumpkin.

Fairly dry, with a bit of lingering sweetness. Ginger dominates the flavor, but there is a very delicate mingling of hops and cooked pumpkin on the back of the tongue.

While I've been known to enjoy a very spicy, strongly flavored pumpkin ale, this beer is absolutely wonderful in it's subtlety.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 22:21:45 | More by nortmand
Photo of kelticblood


4.7/5  rDev +35.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2002 11:36:33 | More by kelticblood
Photo of pandastrike

4.7/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great pumpkin beer, delicious and perfect for the fall season!

Appearance- Nice amber color.

Smell- Has a nice fall smell.

Taste- Tastes like a medium body ale with a yummy pumpkin taste throughout. Very delicious.

Mouthfeel- Smooth.

Overall- Great pumpkin beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 00:02:23 | More by pandastrike
Photo of colinsturdevant

4.68/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Pumpkin Ale is very satisfying, and definitely has the taste of pumpkin and spices others lack. A must-try! It tastes more on the sweet side more than anything else, the color was nice but not as amber-orange as I would hope for. I would recommend this with maple pork chops.

For a bottled ale, this had taste, and I am more of a draft beer drinker but the taste was unique and there. I couldn't pick up on the spices the label mentions, but it tasted appropriate for the type of ail.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 06:03:00 | More by colinsturdevant
Photo of sawbones420


4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lotsa pumpky beers out there. This is my favorite, but then again, I'm a complete slut for Brooklyn Brewery. I used to be devoted to Dogfish Head's take on the style, but I've unofficially been boycotting their beers since I noticed they all taste slightly less good year after year. Plus they charge too much, and Punkin' gives me brutal hangovers.

The Look:
6pk of 12 oz bottles - Into a snifter (hey, why not?), this pours a deep orange hue, almost amber. No head, but what are you expecting with a pumpkin beer?

Sniff, sniff:
Smells like... pumpkin. There is a definite pumpkin spice/nutmeg/cinnamon thing going on there, but in my opinion, clean pumpkin predominates in the nose, trumping all that other junk.

First sip, too cold.

15 minutes later....

ooOoOoOOoo. Yeah. This is what I want in a pumpkin beer. Not too much spice, although a very nice blend that hits you right in the middle of the tongue. Definitely a pumpkin presence going on here. This beer, like all other pumpky offerings, has a "flatness" to it. This is tough to describe, but let's just say there's a focus on flavor moreso than complex beeriness. Smutty's tastes like pie, Dogfish's taste like spice, Southern Tier's tastes like an entire spice rack... Brooklyn's tastes like pumpkin (my style). This one just gets better the longer you let it sit. Not to be consumed at fridge temperature...

At 5%, this is super-drinkable. Of all the different pumpkin offerings, this is the only one I can easily enjoy more than two of. The spice doesn't crawl up your face and take a dump into your sinuses. It's just downright pleasant and pumpkiny, yet doesn't let you forget you're drinking beer (unlike many of it's competitors). You just don't mess with Brooklyn Brewery. They know what they're doing.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 04:24:33 | More by sawbones420
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It has a ginger, vanilla, allspice and pumpkin smell. The taste is pretty identical with a nice blend of ginger, vanilla, pumpkin pie crust some nutmeg allspice spices and of course pumpkin and some course subtle hops on the end and aftertaste. It also finishes sweet which is how I particularly like pumpkin beers.

This beer reminds me more of a well balanced Southern Tier Pumking. It has that same gingerbread taste but it blends more vanilla and everything else better. Pumking was a little hard to keep drinking because of how sweet it is. Post Road though take it down a notch and it comes out tasting like a Southern Tier Pumking Light. It also doesnt drink so heavy that it still tastes like a beer. Definitely one of my favorite pumpkin beers this year.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:39:03 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of BeerBishop


4.53/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at London Grill in the Fairmount section of Philly.

Barkeep didn't even know it was from Brooklyn Brewery. And better yet, didn't seem to believe me when I said it was. Oh well, she poured it just the same.

Favorite pumpkin ale of the season (just nudged out Weyerbacher Imperial). Very smooth. Very clean. Subtle spice, pumpkin, nutmeg, and all the goodness that says pumpkin pie.

Glorious color. Makes ya warm just to look at. Little head, but could probably force one if poured with some skillz.

Mouthfeel. Oooh, like butter. Warm. Cozy. Soft.

And with mild spice, low viscosity and minimal alcohol (5%), this is the best-tasting and most sessionable pumpkin going. Get some!

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 21:20:29 | More by BeerBishop
Photo of IrishRedRock


4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Beautiful orange/amber, perfectly fitting the style of beer. Smells very nice, like ginger and spices, but not overpowering. Initially has a wonderful hop flavor, followed in the end by a warm taste of pumpkin, cinnamon and spice. A wonderful brew for a cool fall evening, or really for any other time. I will definitely be buying more of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 15:35:07 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of Julz


4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear and Amber in color. Looks similar to a Pale Ale.

S- Yest, orange and allspice. Have a great fall like smell.

T- A nice hoppy bite that you do not expect from a pumpkin ale. Nice allspice, nutmeg, and pumpkin flavor. Great finish with little after taste.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink. Not overly sweet, more hoppy than the usual pumpkin ale and that is what I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 02:04:42 | More by Julz
Photo of malty


4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottles pours a clear golden burnished orange color with a beige 1/4" loose head (even after a forceful pour). Gorgeous sheets of lace all the way down the glass.

Fresh pumpkin in the nose, along with cinnamon, allspice, licorice & ginger. Blossoming fresh spices.

Spectacular balance of aforementioned spices & pumpkin and toasted malts and a hint of dry hop texture. Neither the spices nor pumpkin overpower the flavors, they’re all very masterfully balanced.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Fine carbonation with a fluffy & playful texture. A faintly dry & spicy finish.

Drinkability is great. Balanced (again) and not overpowering in any facet.

Overall a superb pumpkin ale. The are a few more well-known brand out there that are either way overly sweet & syrupy or too weak and bland for this style. Brooklyn Brewery does this style a huge credit. Most definitely will keep this on hand Sept.- Nov. for sure!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 18:20:44 | More by malty
Photo of bbeerman


4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the way this beer looks. Poured a nice soft amber hue, with a very good head that lasted a few minutes.

Smell (and flavor) are what this beer is all about, and this pumpkin ale does not disappoint in that category. What a spicy scent this beer puts off from the start. Pumpkin is obviously present, but other smells are there as well (perhaps nutmeg, apple and/or banana).

The flavor continues to satisfy. This is what autumn beer should taste like! Great flavor that lasts from start to finish; there is never a risk you'll fall short on pumpkin near the end of your glass.

Easy on the mouth, even with all that flavor. Can drink several of these in a session and enjoy each on its own. I look forward to this beer at the end of the summer each year. While I partly wish it was available 365 days per year, I enjoy it while it's around and each time it comes 'round again.

If you have not tried a pumpkin beer, you should begin here. Just know you're beginning with the best.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 01:33:50 | More by bbeerman
Photo of iceball585

New York

4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear brownish copper color, 1/2 finger thick head that lasted well throughout

S- Strong smell of pumplin, spices, brown sugar

T- Pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, malts, ginger, sweet, creamy

M- Crisp, medium weight, medium/heavy carbonation, still smooth feel

D- One of the best pumpkin ales that I've had

Really great all around. Good appearance, good auroma, good taste... good all around. What else could you ask for in a pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 00:02:23 | More by iceball585
Photo of tugdriver7


4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Used to live in a town along the Post Road in CT. Loved the place. Wonderful time of year for us pumpkin lovers. I you like the style, you'll love this version. Deep brown in the glass, with a nice head and a soft carbonation. Spice (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon) in the nose. Taste is malt and spice, with a hint of pumpkin and a nice hops balance. Slightly bitter aftertaste makes it very drinkable. I noted on the label that the beer is brewed in Utica (a la Matt/Saranac and others). Great beer town.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 01:17:09 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of laintringulis


4.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pub glass. Pours a dark amber/light burnt orange color with very small beige head and moderate streaky lacing.

Smell: I actually smell significant pumpkin! Pleasant oaked ginger ale smell. Nice balance of clove, ginger, cinnamon, and earthiness in the smell. Many times the spices take over the smell.

Taste: Tastes as smells, but better. Pleasant toasty caramel malt, obvious roasted pumpkin taste and sweetness. Pleasant yeasty presence. It is truly like having the pumpkin pie and the crust. Ginger, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon well balanced. It is perfectly balanced in being sweet and not too sweet and spicy without having the spices take over your taste buds.

Light bodied plus. Slight oiliness on the initial, finishes with a pleasant spiciness and slightly dry hop finish. It's not syrupy, but it does have a certain stickiness in the mouthfeel that I can't really describe, but I like it.

Easy to drink, pleasant tasting. Priced reasonably. A truly well done pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 03:31:09 | More by laintringulis
Photo of JDK


4.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Made by Brooklyn Brewery but the only place that is listed is on the carrier, bottles show nothing. Personally I think BB should show up on the bottle somewhere just in case there are only singles.
Found this at the local Anderson's and grabbed a single.
Poured a rally nice golden amber with lots of bubbles and a 2 finger head.
Very clean smell of citrus and spices
Almost a shows a heavy lace with a very nice mouthfeel.
Very surprised at the taste, one of the freshest pumpkin beers I've tried. Just the right amount of pumpkin, spices, carbonation and aftertaste.
Worth trying

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 00:57:14 | More by JDK
Photo of nlmartin


4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a amber coloration. The head has a biege coloration with a pumpkin orange stain. The head is thick like a merangue at first and then resolves into a film.

Smell: The beer nails the experience of a pumpkin pie in the smell. The all spice, cinammon and cloves combine well with a floral hoppyness. The maltyness is similar to good pie crust.

Taste: This beer delivers the smell into the taste. This beer isnt a pumpkin soda beer. The floral hops combine well with the pumpkin herbal combo. The beer has a bit of oilyness that makes the taste linger.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied. The beer is nicely carbonated. The beer has no off smells or taste. The beer has a bit of a oily texture but this adds to the experience. This beer was a dam tasty beer treat. I could easily session this beer. This is by far my favorite pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 16:12:15 | More by nlmartin
Photo of dstanmyer

New York

4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not too different than Smuttynose, this beer has very little in the way of a white head around the edge of glass and presents a somewhat fizzy and sharp taste. The finish is clean with a subtle aftertaste, which is quite pleasant. There are definite hints of spices, primarily cinnamon. Though these spices are not overpowering but more complementary. This is a very drinkable beer with a crisp taste and a natural pumpkin finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:00:52 | More by dstanmyer
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.35/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2004 19:44:49 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review #400. Bottled on July 31, 2007 and served in a Spaten Oktoberfest nonic at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Orange-amber in color, this beauty pours clearly and with a remarkable 3-4 finger head that shows amazing endurance. Several minutes after the pour, the crown is still fat... terrific patchy lacing is left behind. Awesome.

Smell- At first, the bold pumpkin nose combines with a snappy hop aroma... then with some swirling and gradual warming the spices begin to come forth. Damn this keeps getting better... the malts are clean and bready, very complex and rich for a pumpkin ale.

Taste- Bready and biscuity in the middle, this has a unique balance of all ingredients... the spices are quite dynamic and fall just short of being too strong. I *love* the finish, which combines the hop dryness and bittering with a doughy, bready character.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Alive and prickly, not totally elegant but better than average. It pushes the spices and pumpkin flavors around enough to get all the nuances. Great drinkability, again the hops rule here... between the bone dry finish and the bitterness left behind, I can't wait to grab another sip. Terrific beer this Fall season.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 03:09:32 | More by yelterdow
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of falls' simple pleasures!

Slight aroma of fresh pumpkin pie,pours orangey/yellow, nice foamy head lasting a fairish length of time, gentle lacing of the glass.
Taste's like liquid pumpkin pie, distinct spice taste of nutmeg or cinnamon. I look forward to this one each September, my favorite Pumpkin Ale!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 17:33:33 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of NEhophead


4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy off white head that fades after a few moments to some spotty lace with decent strength. A burnt orange with hints of brown in color.

A slightly burnt pumpkin pie nose, which was surprisingly pleasant. Pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon are all present. The aromatics were not overwhelmingly sweet and roasted aspect really makes a positive difference here.

Roasted malts along with the pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. A very mild bitterness making this beer pleasant and drinkable. A faint nutmeg, earthy, and pumpkin aftertaste rounding out the sip. Just like eating a piece of slightly burnt pumpkin pie. Great flavors for the style!

Medium bodied; crisp and very flavorful. Not too thick or thin which is where many pumpkin ale's go wrong. Pleasant and unobtrusive on the palate.

One of the better versions of the style I've had in a long time. It's not a style that I would drink all night, but when I am in the mood for it on a cool Autumn night, this is the version that I'll be going back to.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 14:16:19 | More by NEhophead
Photo of Risser09


4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a brown color with orange highlights. A 1/2" off-white head shows decent retention. Some lace sits on the sides of the glass. The beer is flowing with bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Very active.

Smell: Smells spicy, with lots of pumpkin. Sweet, sweet malt aroma, cereal, graham crackers. Mostly cinnamon is coming out of the spiciness.

Taste: Caramel malt flavor is enhanced by pumpkin, cinnamon and a cereal flavor. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very easy to swallow. Alcohol is non-existent.

Drinkability: So very drinkable. Probably the best pumpkin ale I've ever had, in terms of drinkability. I could easily do a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 13:57:02 | More by Risser09
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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,569 ratings.