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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:
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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 allengarvin


4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12-mug, this beer has a nice clear copper-mahogany color with a modest head. All the usual pumpkin pie notes are present in the aroma, with nutmeg being especially prominent, backed with a light cinnamon. The taste is moderately malty, with all the spices coming through in nicely balanced manner. The body is light, but well-carbonated and spritzy.

Very nice: one of the better pumpkin ales out there, because of the very good balance. Not too spicy, but spice is the dominant character. I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 00:36:38 | More by allengarvin
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

2.35/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed this alongside DFH's Punkin and Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale.

The beer pours a pale, clear, orange color with a thin head that manages to maintain throughout the drinking of the beer, but no lacing is apparent.

The aroma greats my nose with the smell of pumpkin, squash and cinnamon. Alongside some malt aroma there is also a slightly sour smell.

The taste is at first peppery, citrus like and then somewhat sour. There is a pumpkin/squash flavor that lingers in the background, but it is lost by the citrus/sour flavor and too much prickly carbonation.

The mouthfeel is over-carbonated and prickly. Kind of like seltzer water. I would only want one of these at most. Overall, there is some pumpkin flavor, but it is lost by over-carbonation and a strong citrus/sour presence. Not an overly enjoyable brew. There are much better out there. From my tasting tonight, I would recommend both the Wolaver's and DFH over this.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 00:17:36 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of abuliarose

New Hampshire

2.35/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass, looks like a pumpkin ale (pumpkin pie) with slightly more orange tint and less head, no lacing. Smells well-spiced, almost like a mulling bouquet. With that, there are hints of sweetness that remind me of anise and roasted pumpkin.

Tastes sour, though. Maybe that's how fermented pumpkins go, but it tastes like someone boiled squash, took the juice and let it spoil before adding it. There is some spice and bitterness, but the carbonation is so sharp and peppery at the beginning of a sip that you have to strain to find them. Faint malt aftertaste intermingled with the same squashy sourness.

Mouthfeel would be good except for the tastebud-slaying carbonation. Medium-bodied with a watery finish. Can do better for drinkability. Overall, I've had better pumpkin ales but can appreciate this as some nostalgic version of 18th century seasonal brewing.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 23:45:52 | More by abuliarose
Photo of gciccarelli


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into 20oz curved pint glass.

A - Pours a copper/orange with a small bubbly off-white head.

S - Spice - cinnamon and clove, biscuity yeast, pumpkin. A pleasant blend, but not a very strong aroma.

T - Sweet bready malt with a hint of pumpkin flavor. Finishes with a lot of spice notes, particularly cinnamon and clove. A slight hop bitterness is present. Blends together nicely, but also doesn't amaze.

M - A little bit on the thin side in terms of body and medium carbonation.

D - Solid taste and easy mouthfeel make it above average.

Not a mind-blowing beer but a great all around brew...good for those early fall days.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 00:11:28 | More by gciccarelli
Photo of thequeen711


2.35/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark amber--nice frothy head that lasted a minute or so..Nose barely of ale, light mouthfeel, hardly a hint of pumpkin or spices. Had an ale aftertaste. Was disappointed that I couldn't detect any flavours of pumpkin or spices, as expected! Just a light beer without spice/pumpkin character.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 23:51:39 | More by thequeen711
Photo of DawnL

New York

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Brooklyn and Goose Island Beer Tasting 9/15/2009:

Amber/orange in color with lacing that completely disappears.

There's a little spice on the nose which lends that pumpkin pie quality without being overwhelming or artificial.

This beer is mild in flavor. It's not terribly interesting.

The finish is watery.

It is drinkable. It's a decent session to have as an aperitif. Food would overwhelm this brew.

As I let it sit, the pumpkin ale starts to come alive. There's much more spice character and it becomes more interesting. It even develops a slight floral characteristic in the nose.

This was one of the surprises of the night.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2009 14:17:10 | More by DawnL
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better pumpkin ales that I feel is out there, in fact one of the only 2 or 3 I evern look forward to each year (along with DFH punk and weyerbacher).. This is nice because it doesn't just taste like some generic ale or lager with pumpkin flavor added nor is it a quite-spicy mix of cinnamon and other spices the way the aforementioned beers are. The pour is a nice light-auburn. Aroma is sort of a light pumpkin essence with spicy autumnal presence. Flavor is very smooth and has a very nice fall character to it. Mouth is full-bodied but light, not like a light beer, though. Overall its very smooth and very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 01:40:20 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of smanders


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, it's that time of year again. The leaves are changing, the temperatures drop, and creative brewers start throwing everything but the kitchen sink into their brews. I'm always up for a tasty pumpkin treat, so let's try Brooklyn's Post Road.

Appearance - a clear nectarine hue with a thin head.

Smell - spice, biscuits, and a little yeast.

Taste - mellow pumpkin with plenty of effervescence. A touch of spice.

Mouthfeel - smooth and light. Perfectly balanced.

Drinkability - High. This is a beautifully crafted seasonal that won't overpower anyone who's interested in trying additional flavors in their beer. Brooklyn Brewery really excels by using only top-quality ingredients and caring about the outcome, not just profits.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 19:05:54 | More by smanders
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

On-tap 9/9/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark orange/brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger, caramel, grainy malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is spicy and sweet up front with flavors of nutmeg, ginger, pumpkin dominating as you would expect. There are some background flavors of caramel and other fruits. The hops presence is mild but enough to provide a decent balance. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's not the kind of beer that I normally drink, but it's ok if you're in the mood for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2009 19:33:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle at cellar temp poured into pint glass. pours a very clear bronze amber color, with hints of orange. huge creamy off white head with some great retention. some decent lacing as well.

in the nose you get a nice mix of pumpkin and spice. some nutmeg, cardamom, maybe some cinamin. maybe even a little vanilla. pleasent aroma.

nice balanced pumpkin spice taste going on. lots of pumpkin with the spices such as nutmeg, cinamin, cardamom as well. finishes with kind of a malty pumpkin spice taste with a touch of bitterness.

light to medium body, good amount of carb. very easy drinking and sessionable. this is usually my go to beer when i go to a party or somethin in the fall time.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 22:49:23 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of stakem


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with more than a finger of barely off-white head. Nose is full of festive fall spices: cinnamon and nutmeg dominating with a bit of citrus that may be coriander but it also has something apple-like in the smell as well. Taste is right in line with what it smells like. I can only guess that the number of spices that cling in the aftertaste are partially responsible for the dry finish. Carbination is quite high and the mouthfeel is heavier than I expected. I was thirsty for this style of beer and it accomplished what I wanted, however I don't forsee myself enjoying more than one of these at a time.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 00:35:37 | More by stakem
Photo of bamadog


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This will be the third pumpkin ale that I try this season in my efforts to determine if I'm going to be a fan of it or not - so far so, so good as I'm definitely appreciating the vaired falvors especially when there's balance... Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a nice copper color and the body is pretty clear, showing moderate carbonation bubbling up to a nice frothy, off-white head that has pretty decent retetntion; a slightly oily, spotty and loose lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is of pumpkin pie spices - definitely some hot cinammon and nutmeg, but overall the nose is a tad weak and doesn't present itself in an assertive manner.

Taste: Pretty solid here - the spices, while the only thing in the nose, are a little subdued in the flavor and really work to compliment the natural flavors of the ale that are also pretty mild - the warm cinammon is easily the most prominent flavor overall and actually warms the belly a bit.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with solid carbonation that adds to the body; mouth is left tingly and a little warm - probably from the spiciness; body is a tad watery but overall, it's very nice on the palate.

Drinkability: This is probably the second best pumpkin ale that I've sampled thus far - DFH still in the lead. I really do enjoy this one though and appreciate the flavors as it's very fitting for the impending season. The ABV isn't too high and this is a great after dinner kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 21:15:46 | More by bamadog
Photo of bbeane


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

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... nice amber color with finger thick off white head that never quite disappears... leaves some lacing

S- Sweet smell. Very pumpkiny, maybe some cinnamon or nutmeg

T- Mostly a weaker model of the smell. Starts off sweet and cinnamony. Pumpkin comes through a bit weak

M- Smooth and watery, little carbonation. Leaves some lingering flavor after swallowing

D- Eh.. can think of many things I would rather be drinking, though I would drink this over a bunch of things as well...


Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 23:17:45 | More by bbeane
Photo of jlindros


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

<Sigh> another pumkin beer, but I made it a point to try all the pumpkin beers so I know if there are any good ones other than Pumpking.

A: Huge frothy head builds up over the side of the glass making me stop pouring you b*stard! The brilliantly clear light brownish orange color adds a nice touch as well. The head leaves pock marks like a 15 year old's face as it begins to fade one big round section at a time. The great number of bubbles rising from the bottom help the head retention as well.

N: Nosing this thing makes me a little sad... in the pants especially. Its got a lot of pumpkin and spice making me think it's similar to most pumpkin beers in just an amber ale with lots of pumpkin and spices. I can even smell a slight toasted pumpkin seed aroma that has flashbacks to carving pumpkins on Halloween and roasting the seeds.

T: I'm afraid to taste it, but alas I have to. Taste starts with, surprise surprise spices, but actually semi light, some toasted pumpkin come through as well on another surprise... but wait, what the heck is that... some rye seeds (????) yes, rye seeds and bread like malts make me want to get some rye toast with pumpkin spread (if only). This has a holy sh*t rye taste. I've had rye beers before and even brewed one, and thought about adding rye seeds but didn't and this is crazy! A slightly sweet taste adds to it. The more I drink the more I don't taste much pumpkin surprisingly.

M: Pretty smooth and slightly light tasting with some nice froth and carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry with an earthy dry quality that begs for more. Maybe a little too dry as it rips the water content out of the tongue, but leaves it in anticipation for more. The rye fades quickly but leaves an earthy bitter taste and some interesting "off" flavors that aren't really off, but leaves you ready for the next sip.

Final thoughts: This is a really interesting beer that stretches the boundaries of spices. Typically its way to spicey, but these spices are lighter and full of really tasty rye. I think I'll have to find a good pumpkin spread and slap it on top of rye bread to match this beer. Not overbearing on the pumpkin flavor either. I think I can actually dig this beer. Perhaps I've found a second pumpkin beer I can enjoy (I don't consider Cape Ann pumpkin stout a pumpkin beer since its a stout and its not spiced and tastes great).

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 03:48:51 | More by jlindros
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

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

My first pumpkin ale of the season. I had to at least wait until September. I'm actually having this one late in the morning. I thought the sweet/spicy nature of this would be a good 'brunch' beer.

Poured into my pint glass clear dark orange with a big 2-finger off-white head on top. Great retention, and it leaves some nice spotty lace on the glass as well. Smells very sweet. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, vanilla, and a slight earthy malt scent on the finish.

The mouth is moderately crisp, but there is a slippery quality to it, that isn't the greatest. The flavor is pretty average. I expected more from this due to the smell, but I'm getting just hints of spice. Starts off sweet like a cream soda, but finishes bready and a little dull. This is pretty decent, but not the greatest of the style. I'm still on my search...

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 15:09:22 | More by Onenote81
Photo of endincolorado


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear amber with a thick, orange-white head that settles slowly. Decent lace.

Smell- Lots of pumpkin and spice initially, backed by the faintest hint of malt.

Taste- Starts with some tasty pumpkin and spice, followed by some moderately bready malt, and a bit of a nice crispness that could be attributed to some faint hop-bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body- well-complemented by adequate carbonation.

Drinkability- A particularly well-balanced pumpkin ale. Refreshing and not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 03:28:25 | More by endincolorado
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear amber with a thick white head that sticks around leaving solid lacing. A great look to this beer! The aroma is quite malty and bready with some spice character. Not a ton of pumpkin in the aroma, which is unfortunate. The flavor matches well with some cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg. The maltiness comes through well. The mouthfeel is quite creamy with light carbonation. A nice drinking pumpkin that I could enjoy a couple on a cool autumn afternoon watching the leaves fall. Pairs with Bluegrass on Pandora.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 19:41:45 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of tj4288

New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

a very drinkable, watered down version of what i believe a pumpkin beer should . appearance is very clear, golden with some ruby redness. small head and spotty lacing. taste is decent but again, kind of watered down compared to other pumpkin ales. maybe a good pumkin ale to introduce a non-craft drinker too.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 18:07:01 | More by tj4288
Photo of Fish113d


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an apricot to copper color with a finger-thick of fairly dense, tan head that looks like whipped cream on top of pumpkin pie!

Aroma is fairly standard: cinnamon up front with a bit of coriander and nutmeg mainly. Definitely reminds me of pumpkin spiced pie.

Sipping reveals a sweet maltiness w/ cinnamon and nutmeg mainly. Fairly spicy brew. Flavor stays throughout the sip and even after the swallow. NOthing very flashy; fairly standard.

Enjoyable body...crisp to a point w/ a decent amount of carbonation up front but a decent smooth finish.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable brew to have on a nice autumn-felt night here in PA. A bit sweet to drink all night, but I've had 4 or 5 in a sitting before, so does that qualify? ;)

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 00:14:15 | More by Fish113d
Photo of jbennett1919


3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow-orange with a lingering one finger head.

Smell is mainly of yeast and very little in the way of pumpkin and spices, although I can faintly detect it.

Taste is of malts and caramel. The beer finishes with a faint taste of spices in the way of pumpkin, cinnamon and maybe a little nutmeg. I must admit, as the beer warms, more of the spices come to the forefront.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, malty and good.

This beer is pretty drinkable, but I'm glad I didn't get the whole 6er and only bought three. It's not overly spiced and well balanced between the malt and pumpkin flavor. I could certainly see myself drinking this on a cool crisp autumn night while watching football.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 22:49:32 | More by jbennett1919
Photo of ujsplace


3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wineglass...

A: Orange-amber, nice puffy off-white head that leaves nice residual lacing...

S: Pumpkin, yeasty bread, mildly herbal hops, sweet malts...

T: Spiced pumpkin, nicely bittered herbal hops, slight malt sweetness in the middle. Dry finish...

M: Smooth, crisp, nicely carbonated. A very tasty seasonal...

D: Really drinkable brew. This is not overdone at all, which was one of my chief concerns going into this brew. This offering is very caseworthy and is a sure crowd pleaser.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 20:35:06 | More by ujsplace
Photo of magine


3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a over sized wine glass.

Pours a deep dark (amber) orange, white fluffy head that fades to a nice lace.

Smells of subtle pumpkin spices.

This brew is very crisp, bubbly mouth feel. Has a nice subtle spice to it. Has a nice pumpkin taste as well. It is very drinkable with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

A very drinkable seasonal brew - this type of brew was never my favorite. But this is a very drinkable, solid brew. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 19:46:23 | More by magine


3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, this brew presents a bright copper tone--perfect for autumn. Also a gorgeous, frothy head develops, but quickly dissipates leaving one fine thin layer.

Right off the bat of pumpkin pie--later cinnamon and caramel malts. Reminds me of that time of year.

Essentially, just as I was expecting--nothing spectacular. I enjoy the initial sweetness as well as the slight spicy burn thereafter.

Again, simply the spice remains in tact after each sip.

On the right occasion, I would never hesitate to give this one another try. I'm sure this would be interesting with some foods as well. Honestly, I'm still getting into the pumpkin genre alltogether--but this seemed to have hit the spot. Although, I'd like to try something slightly more poignant next time in regard to the pumpkin theme.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 23:55:24 | More by JTWILDOATS
Photo of Jayli


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

This beer pours a nice clear amber color, a one finger of white head caps the beer off. Head recedes to a film that is retained throughout. Nice sheets of lacing coat the glass. Nose is faintly of pumpkin, heavy on nutmeg, cinnamon and a touch of ginger. Taste is of pumpkin up front, folowed my dominant spicing of nutmeg and cinnamon, the end has some malt touch to it but an odd medicinal taste. Light to medium body, medium to high carbonation - activity of the carbonation is quite visible, gives almost a seltzer feel to it, slight oily feel on the tongue. This beer gets a bit better as you continue drinking, but there are better of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 23:55:40 | More by Jayli
Photo of BB1313


3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just picked up a single bottle of this pumpkin brew. Fresh for Fall '09! Amber-orangish color with very nice lacing. The smell is great but to be honest I haven't come across a pumpkin ale that doesn't smell good. The taste is average and a little watered down in my opinion. Nice fall session brew but if you're seeking a real pumpkin ale, this isn't it.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 03:26:14 | More by BB1313
Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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