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Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale

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1,593 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,593
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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 dustinTN


2.33/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice reddish/orange hue with moderate head. Smells of allspice, nutmeg, and some pumpkin. Taste is not impressive - horrible aftertaste. Nice pumpkin up front and a little sweet, but finishes with very unpleasant nutmeg bitterness. Moderate density mouthfeel, highly carbonated. Not very drinkable. Don't know if I will ever finish the six pack. Sorry, Brooklyn. Usually love your stuff, but will avoid this one at all costs in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 04:50:56 | More by dustinTN
Photo of mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from my mom-Pours deep amber with red hues. Head is beige and frothy. Spicy aroma (cinnamon, nutmeg) pumpkin pie, lots of cookie dough, burnt malts. Sweet and spicy flavour profile consists of a lot of pumpkin pie, burnt brown sugar, biscuit, sweet malts, some bittering hops. Very creamy, with a good lingering aftertaste. Good.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 14:04:02 | More by mrmanning
Photo of rapidsequence


3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle from a sixer.

Appearance: Dark orange and clear. Decent head at first, but it fades into nothingness in just a few minutes. Scant lacing at best.

Smell: Lots of pumpkin pie spice when you smell the still glass. A little swirl brings out a surprising amount of sweet malt.

Taste: Pumpkiny spice up front. Its sweet, but not too sweet at all. The pumpkin is not overpowering, nor is the sweetness. It does seem a little watery, but overall, pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Unfortunately seems a little flat and watery. More carbonation would go a long way.

Drinkability: I bought this six pack for my wife. She wanted ST Pumpking and was almost pissed when I couldnt find any. This was a reasonable substitution. I drank 3 of them. Its decent beer. Not too pumpkiny or sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 01:28:57 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly hazed deep coppery amber hue, tall creamy light beige head that slowly settles and leaves some chunky lacing in its wake.

Earthy and spicy on the nose, nutmeg especially, plus an unexpected zip of grapefruit.

The flavour is also earthy, faint pumpkin spice in the middle, with a rounded vegetable astringency on the finish accompanied by a herbal, slightly citrus hoppiness. The aftertaste gets a bit ambivalent and busier than the actual flavour profile, and this is where I feel things tend to slide.

Light creamy mouthfeel, not quite as bold as the flavour.

A curious, savoury ale to have every once in a while, not quite schizophrenic, however to me it can't quite decide where it wants to end up flavourwise. As much as I love my hops they don't seem to be adding much benefit to the overall experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 06:27:50 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of MisterDeeds


3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange amber, slight rust color. Nice foamy head recedes a bit, but sticks around the sides.
Smell is a bit cinnamonny, with pumpkin and nutmeg as well.
Taste is very easy and balanced. Nutmeg up front, with some sweet cinnamon, balanced off in the end with some very subtle bittering hops.
Mouthfeel of the liquid is nice, but the spices feel a bit powdery and chalky.
Very easy drinking, and new-user friendly. This is the one that started the whole pumpkin craze, and it is a nice entry level offering to the category.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 02:17:53 | More by MisterDeeds
Photo of Naugled

New York

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in tulip.

Body has a deep amber color and is crystal clear, head is quick and tan.

subtle spice in nose with a good malty note

taste is spice first with a solid malt base up secondly, I think I taste pumpkin but I'm not sure, nor do I care because it tastes like beer.

body is medium and beer is nicely drinkable, not over spiced like a lot of these beers. It is missing hop character though, I only get spice. That said it is still a well made beer and if I had to drink pumpkin this would be on the short list.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 21:05:17 | More by Naugled
Photo of curasowa

New York

3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've heard a lot about this beer, so I finally decided to try it. Pours a copper color with two fingers of head that faded with chunky lacing. The aroma is overwhelmingly pumpkin and nutmeg, like a pumpkin pie, but also with hints of caramel malt. The taste alternates between the malt's flavor and pumpkin, then fades into some slightly harsh bitterness and crispness from the carbonation, but with the pumpkin taste always in the background. Medium bodied with a strange, lingering aftertaste. Definitely not terrible, as long as you like pumpkin pie, but I don't think I could drink more than 2.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 00:12:29 | More by curasowa
Photo of bum732


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful burnt orange, nice creamy head leaving great lacing. Smells of pumpkin, pumpkin spices including cinnamon and allspice, some earthiness, some vanilla and bourbon. Tastes of sweet and spicy malt, undertones of pumpkin. Fairly mellow earthy and spicy bitterness finishing fairly clean with just a touch of allspice. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, almost watery, moderate carbonation.

A decent pumpkin ale. Aroma was very good, as usual for most pumpkin beers, the taste does not meet expectations. Still fairly solid overall, very sessionable, if possible. Mouthfeel a little thin, i was hoping for some creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 22:05:41 | More by bum732
Photo of Tilley4


3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm a big Brooklyn fan so I have been wanting to give this one a shot...

Pours out terrifically orange with a fluffy head... Very autumn like,,,

Pretty good aromas of fall spices and pumpkin as well... Rich malts mixed with cinnamon and nutmeg and the usual suspects found in a pumpkin ale...

Decent enough taste with this... A little bland and watery... Thw spices are there but not quite prevalent enough..

A middle of the road pumpkin ale really...

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 02:07:36 | More by Tilley4
Photo of DNICE555


3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A - orangey brown, hazy, not much head or lacing.

S - Spices, yeast, not getting that real pumpkin smell I crave.

T - Tastes too artificial to me. I'm an adonis and I only like putting natural ingredients into my body. The cinnamon is powerful but I'm just not diggin it.

M - Light, very light. Not much body to it. Heavily carbonated.

D - Only 5% ABV and very light so this one goes down like an eager college girl after a frat party.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:39:54 | More by DNICE555
Photo of Casey10


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad sipper a light pumpkin sipper

A - light orange ale with minimal head.

S - very faint spice not much more.

T - light burnt taste of pumpkin and spice.

M - slight feel not much else very faint.

D - could drink again not a favorite though.

Beer is okay but not a really big on this in anyway.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:17:54 | More by Casey10
Photo of CampusCrew


4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy cloudy copper orange,

smell: some pumpkin rind smell and spices but not huge

taste: some nutmeg and pumpkin spices, a little light. I wanted more flavor

mouthfeel: light... too light.

drinkability: decent beer but an below avergae pumpkin beer. not horriebl just had better.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 02:57:15 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A burnished orange color with a large creamy off-white head that leaves some nice sudsy lacing on the glass. A nice dollop of cream sits atop the beer, reminding me of whipped cream on top of pumpkin pie.

S: Sweet pumpkin and an in-your-face spice attack. Nutmeg and all kinds of pumpkin-pie spice abound. Some caramel maltiness, too. Really intense--I like it, though I hope the flavor isn't this intensely spiced.

T&M: Flavor is interesting, but falls a tad flat near the finish. Caramel malt up front gives way to a sharp, yet short rush of pumpkin flavor followed by some indistinct spice notes. Finish dies off with a dry maltiness and some latent bitterness. Body is full enough for the style, but the flavor just isn't all the way there.

D: A decent pumpkin ale. I'd definitely buy it again, and probably would bring it to a halloween party as a nice conversation starter/themed kinda thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 00:13:40 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of david18

New York

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pumpkin beers are a tough one for me. I want to like them because they are so representative of the season but the pumpkin and spice is a little intense for me. I had a Captain Lawrence recently that perfectly walked that balance between hint of pumpkin without being in your face (or mouth). This one, although still subtle, was a little intense.

As with many pumpkin beers, good color, smell and mouthfeel but the flavor is a little too spicey. A better than average one to have if your dying for that type of thing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 22:16:30 | More by david18
Photo of Tromba


3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear orange/copper color. Off-white head dissipates quickly leaving trace amounts of lacing.

S: Baking spices, pumpkin, and a few sweet citrus notes.

T: Sweet malts up front. Pumpkin follows with some spices, but the spice notes are somewhat artificial tasting - almost like potpourri.

M: Medium body with heavy carbonation - almost too much. Finish is a little watery.

D: Low ABV and lighter body than some other pumpkinds make this one pretty drinkable, if you like (or are not bothered by) the "fake" spice taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 01:14:23 | More by Tromba
Photo of albern


3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think I'm just not that enamored with pumkin ales, and this one is no exception. The beer pours a clear lightish amber color. Not much retention, no lacing, some head to the beer. The nose is sweet malts and a slight pumpkin aroma, but nothing lavish.

This is your typical low carbonation, spicy pumpkin beer, that is a bit watery, not that interesting, has some pumpkin notes throughout, but tastes like a rather bland, pretty flat, mediocre amber ale with pumkin added and mostly spices in the allspice family. Ho Hum.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 21:22:20 | More by albern
Photo of MaxBrews


2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured into mug.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, dark orange amber. 1 and a half finger head that dissipates at a moderate pace into a soapy lacing. Lots of bubbles form the carbonation.

Aroma: Pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and all-spice. A little bit of malt behind all that if you can find it.

Taste: I don't know if anyone remembers Brooklyn's summer ale, but it had an aggressive english pale ale yeast taste. Very dry and bitter. This beer has much of that. The bitterness kills much of the pumpkin and spice taste. Its all there, the cloves vanilla and pumpkin flavors. I like bitter, beers but this is too much.

Mouthfeel: Properly carbonated, I think pumpkin ales should be creamy and this is just bitter.

Drinkability: I wanted to enjoy this ale, I really did. But this goes the way of the summer ale. In the end of the day this is just a overzealously bitter english pale with a few pumpkin pie notes. I'll stick to Punkin ale by DFH, for my fall beer kick.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 18:02:37 | More by MaxBrews
Photo of Brenden


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a deep, near-orange color. Head retention is good and some light lacing is left behind.
The smell is full of subtle sweetness and spices that are the perfect balance on the nose without being too strong. A nice malt shows up as well, and a hops presence adds to the balance.
The backing is a sturdy malt and hops add to the balance in the flavor. The spices and sweetness show up as well. The pumpkin isn't a prevalent flavor here, but this one is very autumnal and it's a tasty brew. I just need a little more pumpkin.
The mouthfeel is both moderately smooth and crisp with a good level of carbonation in a medium body.
This is a solid brew and, while there's not as much pumpkin as I'd hope for, it's there. It's a good brew all-around anyway.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 02:02:20 | More by Brenden
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Tully's in Well's. Pours a crystal-clear golden-amber body with a thin quickly dissipating off-white head. Smells spicy sweet, like a pumpkin pie - definitely cinnamon and cloves. Tastes like cinnamon, clove, allspice, with a touch of pumpkin and caramel. Medium to light in body with ample carbonation. Very tasty and quaffable. A pretty solid pumpkin ale overall, among the better examples I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 04:38:53 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- very copper brown with crystal clarity, nice small bubbles stream up the glass into a moderate white head, nice look

Smell- holy moly that smells like pumpkins, slight other spices like cinnamon and nutmeg clearly on the nose, very strong nose

taste- pumpkins my friend i tell pumpkins, I have had some pumpkin ales that dont remind you of pumpkins at all this is isnt one, tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie, lots of spice nutmeg and cinnamon with a dominating flavor of pumpkin, malty backbone dominates the flavor profile, this beer certainly is not sweet I will tell you that definitely some spicey hops or flavoring to this that really does not make this the sweet beer I might have thought this to be, definitely a unique beer

Mouthfeel- creamy smooth with a crisp carbonation

Drinkability- this beer is not bad in anyway but the flavor is very unique, I am not sure how many of these I could really consume in a session, probably only one or two max, hmm well what does save it on the drinkability a bit is the fact that the hops or spice really keep the beer from gettin to sweet and rather balanced on that front, I can appreciate that this is a well crafted beer but pumpkin ales are a style that may take me some getting use to before I could really appreciate them fully,

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 22:16:16 | More by Stunner97
Photo of BigJim5021


3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of the few I've had, no pumpkin ale has impressed me. Let's see if this is the beer to change my mind.

It pours a deep orange with a thick white head. Sticky lacing.

The aroma is heavy on pumpkin pie spices. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice and clove. No pumpkin, though. A little bit of pale malt on the back-end as well. Not bad.

The flavor is spice-heavy too. I'm not picking up any pumpkin flavor whatsoever. It reminds me of an English pale that's been heavily spiced. Not bad, but not all that good either.

Mouthfeel is decent. It's fairly crisp and has a dry finish.

Drinkability is average at best. I would drink one if offered, but this is nothing I would spend my money on in the future. Being that this pumpkin ale had very little in the way of a pumpkin flavor, I'm going to have to keep looking for one that impresses me.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 04:20:22 | More by BigJim5021
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Institute as part of their "Pumpkin Patch" event...

Slightly orange, mostly gold in color. Thin white head, little lacing. Smell is of mild spices, not much else. Taste is a thin profile of pumpkin pie spices with very little pumpkin. Almost a lager like bite distracts from what little taste is there. Slightly creamy, mild carbonation. Not one of my favorite pumpkin beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 13:14:42 | More by rfgetz
Photo of david131


3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear golden orange liquid with a thin white head that leaves great lacing.

S- Smells just like pumpkin pie. A little mellow and subtle, but it keeps the spices from getting out of control.

T- Tastes a lot spicier than the aroma leads you to believe. Not bad, but not very good either.

M- Clean with a nice carbonation level.

D- An alright beer. It drinks fine, but there are much better pumpkin beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 02:20:10 | More by david131
Photo of cvfish


3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a orange amberish color that produced a wispy white head that had little retention and laced the side of the glass moderately

S - The aromas produced by this beer were spot on for a Pumpkin Ale, but a little light on the pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg

T - The taste of this Pumpkin Ale was better than Harvest Moon and Buffalo Bill's, but not in the class of Pumking and Punkin', but some good pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation, however, there is a harshness on the mouth, I can't explain it but it's a little off putting

D - This could be a great session Pumpkin Ale, but something on the mouthfeel is not quite right, still, this is much better than Harvest "no pumpkin in sight" Moon

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 15:15:08 | More by cvfish
Photo of indiapaleale


4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another pumpkin ale, this time from Brooklyn. I thought I'd tire from pumpkin beers by now but in fact I am starting to really like certain ones. The spicy not so sweet pumpkin beers are definitely more to my liking. Brooklyn brews most of their beers in a traditional, not over-the-top manner so I'm guessing their pumpkin beer will be solid and more true to style. Cheers!

Pour - Post Road pours a dark gold or medium amber color with a nice fluffy white head. Nice cascading bubbles as well. Its a joy to look at, especially knowing that I can drink it soon.

Aroma - Interesting mix of kitchen spices. Definitely some cinnamon and nutmeg along with some clove. There is also a bit of pumpkin as well. Its sort of earthy and sweet.

Taste - Talk about a nice flavorful beer. Plenty of the spices come out and add a nice bite in the finish. The pumpkin flavor is a bit hard to taste until this one warms up a bit, but its definitely there. What this beer is not is a super sweet pumpkin pie flavored disaster. Its more like the Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, its probably very true to the original style brewed back in the day. Great job!

Overall - Great beer, I really enjoyed the spiciness and the fact that it wasn't very sweet. It definitely reminded me of the Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale.

Would I buy more of it? Yes, without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 12:40:39 | More by indiapaleale
Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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