1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

Not Rated.
Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,620 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,620
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 37
Gots: 56 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Post Road Pumpkin Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,620 | Reviews: 827 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of FreshHawk


4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

A - Light amber/auburn/orange color. Good sized white creamy head.

S - Pumpkin pie smell with lots of those spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, all-spice, ginger, etc.). Pumpkin smell is really prevalent, but certainly there. A bit of caramel too.

T - A lot like the smell, upfront is the pumpkin pie spices with slight pumpkin taste (more than the smell). There is also a decent amount of caramel and bready malt taste as a base (or crust as the case may be). Finishes with the slightest hop taste (tea/floral).

M - Smooth with a medium body. Good creaminess as well.

D - Good for what is essentially a spice driven beer. That said I think the spices and slight sweetness would wear on you after a second one.

Notes: Really good pumpkin ale that really does remind me of autumn. A lot like a pumpkin pie.

02-17-2010 20:45:30 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%

A - Clear, light amber color with a small white head. Quickly fades to a thin cap with little to no lacing.

S - Toasty malt, pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg. Smells like a scratch made pumpkin pie.

T - A touch of sweetness up front, but quickly fades into a spicy, earthy tartness. The hops that aren't noticible in the nose come through here with a slightly bitter finish. Not much pumpkin flavor here, though.

M - Full bodied but with enough carbonation to keep things from being too heavy.

D - This is a nice beer, but it seems to be lacking in the pumpkin flavor department. It tends to feature the spices a bit more, but that works for my tastes. Worth trying, but not a standout in the crowded field of fall beers.

02-14-2010 03:26:00 | More by gabe23
Photo of corby112


3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a dark coppery amber orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and and thick frothy two finger white head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Spicy autumnal aroma with lots of cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg complimenting the prominent pumpkin character.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of autumnal spices, pumpkin and earthy hops. Lots of brown sugar and cinnamon as well as some clove, ginger and nutmeg complimenting the sweet pumpkin flavor. I'm also picking up some slight sweet citrus notes mid palate that linger into a dry finish.

02-05-2010 22:58:18 | More by corby112
Photo of tjd112

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +44.1%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Out of all the seasonal beers I generally find Post Road to be under-rated. While it receives a "B" here it is not a favorite among most of the holiday beer drinkers I know. Carbonation remains through out the glass.

The appearance is a pumpkin copper-amber suited for late autumn days. The head is pils like and leaves no lacing, but hangs delicately on the skim of the beer.

The aroma is a bit week for this particular style of beer. I expect a stronger presence in some area but it isn't there.

The taste is a nutty, slightly hop-bitter flavor with hints of autumn holiday spice. A vague biscuit-butteriness underlays the bitterness. There a distinctly pumpkin-seed like flavor and a vague clove flavor. It isn't terribly complex but is has interesting qualities of pils and bitter.

The mouthfeel is typical with some smoothness and reasonable lingering carbonation. It is a very drinkable ale.

01-29-2010 21:54:28 | More by Minotaur
Photo of mralphabet


3.88/5  rDev +11.8%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Dark orange and clear. About a fingers worth of head that fades nice ring with scant lacing.

S: Smells like a pumpkin beer should... Like pumpkin pie in a glass... Vanilla is the first thing I'm smelling... followed by pumpkin & spice with some sweet malt.

T: Tastes like it smells... Pumpkin pie in a glass. Its sweet, but not too sweet, perfect balance. Great tasting little beer.

M: A little lighter in the body than I was hoping for. Could have used a little more carbonation.

D: Low ABV wonderful flavors... You could drink quite a few of these...Very drinkable brew.

01-24-2010 23:52:18 | More by mralphabet
Photo of weller1js

West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%

Personal favorite as far as fall seasonals go. Doing this review in January from one I had saved.

Appearance: distinct orange hue consistent throughout, clear and crisp. Carbonation moderate, foam consistent with a clean pour.

Smell: pumpkin & spice scent is dominant, with faint scent of hops.

Taste: spiced flavor compounds the pumpkin overtones, hops evident on finish.

Drinkability: one of the better pumpkin ales, definitely an enjoyable seasonal without being over-the-top.

01-21-2010 23:02:56 | More by weller1js
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.13/5  rDev +19%

This is a tastefully packaged product. I like the label. The beer is good too. Obviously, some people love confectionery beer, some hate it. This one is very good for what it is.

A - Reddish ale, thin carbonation.

S - Good and pumpkin-y, with solid pale ale behind it.

T - Great, some of the best pumpkin, if you want the pumpkin-pie taste.

M - Like most fruit beer, mouthfeel is similar to US adjunct, perhaps a bit more substantial.

D - Very good. Properly spiced, I can drink a few with out getting played out on the flavor.

01-18-2010 01:55:57 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of alkemy


3.1/5  rDev -10.7%

Clear, slightly light amber in color. The head on mine was quite fleeting. The smell was great...just like pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie, however, is something I'd rather smell than eat. Taste just doesn't do it for me. Allspice, cinnamon, coriander in both smell and taste. Also seems a bit watered down. I can't really taste much beer here. This one's not for me.

12-23-2009 00:56:38 | More by alkemy
Photo of Tone


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a clear, orange/amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of spice (ginger, all spice, cinnamon), yeast, and very slight hop. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast up front, spice (better aroma than taste), and pale malt. Overall, a great aroma but body falls a little flat.

12-16-2009 05:20:18 | More by Tone
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +16.7%

Medium amber with strong hints of red. Thick 1-finger head with decent retention and lacing.

Strong nutmeg and pumpkin spice in the nose. Slightly sweet caramel presence.

Spice hits the tongue harder than expected, but in a very pleasant way. Nice spicy bite in the finish with decent hop presence for a pumpkin ale.

Body is right on. Nicely thick for the style.

The strong spice flavor might make it hard to drink more than one, but if this style of beer pleases then give this one a try.

12-01-2009 02:45:46 | More by beer2day
Photo of slickmick22

North Carolina

2.2/5  rDev -36.6%

a spicy pumpkin offering, Poured a light orange and very clear. Doesn't compare to some other Pumpkin Ales. Small head and spotty lacing. Taste is spicy. Decent but again, kind of watered down compared to other pumpkin ales. Can do much better when buying a pumpkin ale.

11-28-2009 01:59:32 | More by slickmick22
Photo of buschbeer


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of head. It is dark orange in color and clear. The aroma is pumkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, the usual suspects. It has a nice pumpkin taste followed by the spices. It is an above average pumkin ale. I couldn't beat the price, $3.99 a sixer! It's no Pumking but a nice beer to take to my family Thanksgiving.


11-26-2009 18:03:38 | More by buschbeer
Photo of dstc


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours a dark amber/burnt orange color. Nice off-white, foamy head falls to a minimal one. Thin lacing.

Spiced pumpkin aroma with hints of nutmeg and allspice.

Very sweet pumpkin flavor. Nice spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove linger on the tongue. Very nice malty ale under all that pumpkin spice. Mild hop flavor at the end is pleasant.

Medium bodied in the mouth with a slight bite.

Nice, fairly easy drinking pumpkin brew.

11-25-2009 18:50:26 | More by dstc
Photo of KenC411

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%

Appearance: Clear orange capped with a thick 2 finger head that fades in over 2 minutes in snow cap peaks, lacing the side of the glass.

Smell: Cloves, cinnamon, a little metallic despite being poured from a bottle, hints of pumpkin.

Taste: Smooth and malty, faint hop bite at the end balancing out the sweetness. Tastes like beer flavored with a hint of pumpkin, not the other way around as seen with many other pumpkin ales. I prefer it this way.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, how a pumpkin ale should be.

Drinkability: I am a fan of pumpkin ales, though not when they are too sweet. This beer provides a nice edge to the sweetness. While I don't know if I would drink two of these in a sitting, I might.

11-21-2009 03:42:37 | More by KenC411
Photo of Seanibus


4/5  rDev +15.3%

One of the better pumpkin ales out there - firm, flavorful, but not cloying or overwhelmingly spicy. They let the beer be beer, which is a nice approach.

Pours clear deep amber with nice fluffy head. Aroma is strongly spicy, cinnamon, clove, ginger. Flavor is sharply malty, with a sharp, long spice burn. Flavorful. Mouthfeel is a bit clingy, highlighting the burn.

11-18-2009 00:45:57 | More by Seanibus
Photo of MrStark

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a clear orange with a off white one-finger head that settles but sticks round leaving little bits of lacing.

Smell if of nice spices like cinnamon and the pumpkin is evident as well.

Taste is fairly sweet and the pumpkin flavor seams quite subtle. Overall its spicy and has a malt sweetness to it but not as complex as compared to others I've had from the style.

Mouthfeel seams fairly light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Fairly crisp.

Drinkability is not bad. It goes down easy and would make a decent session beer but all in all I think there are better examples of the style available.

11-16-2009 00:29:06 | More by MrStark
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +6.6%

A - Brilliantly clear light orange body is capped by a nice fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing while it lasts.

S - The nose is dominated by fall spices and a slight vegetable aroma, presumably the pumpkin.

T - The body is thin, starting off with a restrained dose of fall spices, followed up by the pumpkiny vegetable flavor, and ending with a crisp somewhat metallic finish.

M/D - Thin body is fine for the style but a little watery at times. Easy to drink at a reasonable ABV. Not my favorite in the style, I still haven't found one but worth picking some up to enjoy on a cold day.

11-12-2009 01:42:44 | More by magnj
Photo of rosmhuire

New York

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

A: Tough to tell, since I drank it out of the bottle. GASP!

S: Typical pumpkin spices on the nose - nutmeg and ginger lead the way.

T: Definitely not over-the-top fake pumpkin, which is nice. I've only had this one and the Smuttynose pumpkin, so I've yet to try a super-duper pumpkiny flavored beer, though I feel like I have to one eventually.

M: Nice crispness, good carbonation

D: Especially drinkable for a pumpkin ale. The flavor is understated, and you can actually tell this is an ale instead of liquid pumpkin pie. The nose makes you think this will be all pie taste, but that's not the case.

11-11-2009 18:50:02 | More by rosmhuire
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.1/5  rDev +18.2%

A- Crystal clear body with an apricot colored body. Head is decent and leaves a few splotches of lacing

S- Pumpkin pie spices and a tangy fruit flavor make for an interesting smell.

T- The flavor seems to be the perfect level of pumpkin for me. I know I'm tasting pumpkin but it's still a beer with hops, malt and yeast.

M- Pretty simple feeling with a light crispness and a prickly carbonation

D- Pumpkin ales are a rarity in a my drinking line-up but this one shows up more often than most.

11-09-2009 03:28:26 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of adamette


2.85/5  rDev -17.9%

Review from notes. Poured into a clean, clear glass at Fat Head's in North Olmsted, Ohio last night.

A Kind of dissapointing clear, slight orange body with minimal head. 2.5

S Pumpkin, light smell. Not inspiring. 3.0

T Rather uninspiring pumpkin Ale. I find most pumpkin ales to suffer from this boredom factor. Perhaps I am spoiled from my experience with pumpkin beers from Weyerbacher, Souther Tier Brewing Company and Great Lakes Brewing Company? As far the taste specifically, there is light pumpkin, some minimal spices. 2.5

M Light feel, not something I really like from this style. 2.0

D Really quite good with manageable ABV%, light feel but there are simply better options out there. 4.0

11-08-2009 01:03:42 | More by adamette
Photo of Fnord


3.83/5  rDev +10.4%

Appearance - Clear reddish-amber with quite a few bubbles and a small but lasting head.

Smell - Pumpkin, caramel, flowers, maple, alcohol, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Taste - The pumpkin and associated flavors are less pronounced than they were in the nose. More subtle. There's a bit of alcohol, a somewhat sweet middle, and crisp hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thin, very crisp and highly carbonated.

Notes - I had high hopes from the smell, but the crispness masks the spices and prevents it from standing out as a pumpkin ale. A solid beer, but maybe not the best choice if you want a lot of pumpkin in your beer. However, if you want to session a pumpkin ale, this would be a good one.

11-05-2009 16:48:14 | More by Fnord
Photo of movingtrain


3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

12 ounce bottle sampled from a Duvel glass.

Pours an orange amber color with a light white head.

Smells of cinnamon, brown sugar, fall spices, light pumpkin aroma, pie crust...smells like a moderately malty beer with some pumpkin pie spices.

Taste is a little metallic...very homebrew-ish. Tastes bitter up front, with a sweet ending. Kind of watery. Definitely spiced, but not overly flavorful.

Mouthfeel on this one is all right...it's drinkable, for sure...actually, this is one pumpkin beer that would be easy to drink for an evening...not too strong, but relatively flavorful...slightly chalky fell, but a beer that has some merit.

11-04-2009 22:25:49 | More by movingtrain
Photo of Briarscratch


3.55/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured 12oz into a Southapton Publick House glass. Color is Orange like a pumpkin! Nice retaining head with lots of lace. Smell is sweet with nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie. Taste seems a little off. It has a metallic character to it that kinda sucks. As it warms, I get a little more pumpkin and malt. Its pretty well balanced for the style but not as good as I had hoped. Light bodied, easy drinker if you can stand more than one.

11-04-2009 22:04:23 | More by Briarscratch
Photo of Stigs


3.28/5  rDev -5.5%

12oz bottle poured into DFH signature glass.

A - one finger of lovely creme colored fluffy foam, slowly dies. nice dark amber color, looks like a healthy amount of carbonation.

S - spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, slight clove and white grape tartness.

T - a lot of the scents are dulled down in the taste, need to let this warm a bit. this one is more "pumpkin" than "pumpkin pie". wish it had just a little more something, sweetness maybe. kind of an odd watery aftertaste.

M - crispy carbonation, livens up the tongue.

D - not doing a whole lot for me, wish it was "bigger"

11-03-2009 01:53:02 | More by Stigs
Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,620 ratings.