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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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1,918 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,918
Reviews: 856
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 46
Gots: 166 | 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)
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Photo of Cuzco
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a bottle I found in my basement from last year. The bottle was marked best before March 2009.

Upon opening the bottle I was greeted with the smell of pumpkin and spice. It poured a beautiful amber color. A nice white head laced the glass the entire time. The taste was more spice than pumpkin. A bit watery overall. Would have liked a bit more in terms of pumpkin taste. This may have faded due to the "best by" date on the bottle.

VERY drinkable beer even if it isn't as strong a pumpkin ale as I was expecting.

Photo of goblue3509
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden at the bottom copper at the top color with a big thick fluffy head. No real lacing to be seen. The smell is of pumpkin but it is pretty weak for an aroma. There are also hints of spice. The taste is of pumpkin and nutmeg. A good taste, very pumpkin in taste however, it is slightly watery. The mouthfeel was harsh the first few sips but gave way to a very smooth creamy mouthfeel. The drinkability of this beer is high you can have many of these back to back. Overall a solid pumpkin beer.

Photo of dbmcrorie
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown long neck bottle poured into an American pint glass. No date. Anywhere. Hmm... I have no idea how old this bottle is.

Clear copper orange body with a puffy light tan head. Little retention and lacing, slight ring of bubbles rests on top of the body.

Lots of pumpkin pie spice with distant notes of roasted pumpkin seed/rind. More cloves and all-spice in the nose than cinnamon or nutmeg. Nice snap of ginger at the end. No noticeable hop presence in the nose other than what adds to the spice. Little malt sweetness to provide a platform for all those spices.

More pumpkin-like qualities, but still overwhelming spices; not enough of the sweeter ones (cinnamon, nutmeg) and too much of the zestier spices (ginger, cloves). There is a faint seltzer bitterness in the back of the tongue which seems to water down the profile. Soft notes of pine from the hops are hidden in the corners. Like the nose, there is a snap of ginger at the end, followed by a bitter yet spicy finish.

Decent pumpkin ale, but not my personal cup of tea. Sessionable, but a bit too heavy on the spices and bitterness. I would like some a maltier back bone, especially to provide a sweeter balance. Also, the ginger and all-spice could be brought down by just a notch to make room for some more pumpkin body. I didn't get much "pumpkin pie" from this brew, as much as just pumpkin pie "spices".
This would pair greatly with ginger cookies, or any other holiday treats for that matter. Would also be great by itself as a thanksgiving/holiday session.


Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce brown bottle poured into a standard shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear burnt copper color with about a finger of off white foam. Smells and tastes primarily of pumpkin pie spices such as nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, clove as well as sweet toasted grains and malt. This pumpkin ale is medium bodied with ample carbonation. One of the better pumpkin ales out there.

Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, pumpkin orange with tons of fine suspended yeast visable and a fine cream colored head that leaves nice lace on the glass. Smells of allspice, cinnamon and cloves and pumpkin with some biscuit malt. Tastes better than most of this style because it retains beer flavor to go along with the liquified pumpkin pie flavor. Roasted pumpkin and clove matched with mild finishing hops and biscuity malt. Medium light bodied and effervescent. Not bad drinking if you like pumpkin brew.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep amber copper, slightly cloudy. fluffy white head that lingers and retains well.

huge scents of banana, clove, nutmeg, and light cinnamon.

light flavors with clove and nutmeg being dominant. not much hop flavor but a light citrus hop flavor. light malts.

medium to light carbonation and rather light in general

not bad, could use some more flavor. to be fair, it came out last fall but was stored at 33 degrees since February. a nice change of pace though.

Photo of nms1987
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with a faint bronze or gold tint.

Not a huge fan of the nose. It was controlled but I've found most of the "winter spice notes" that some winter beers and pumpkin beers have to be too chemical-sweet smelling.
It still wasn't a bad nose. It was all under control

You can pick out those pumpklin and spice elements but there is also a nice standard dosage of malt n hops.
It also earns points for actually having pumpkin flavor. Many pumpkin beers just overdose the nutmeg and cinnamon flavors that you find in pumpkin pie but there is no pumpkin in the beer to balance it.
A very balanced beer but with a wonderfully unique flavor bursting out too.
So I'm not sure how great it fits the "pumpkin beer" style but it is a good beer outside of styles.

Crisp, yet medium-full body and mouthfeel. Goes down smooth.

I could easily session this stuff. I wish I had it when it was actually available. I picked this bottle up for a buck on clearance at a semi-awesome but semi-shady (too much old beer) store in my area.
Even being 7-9 months old this stuff was really good. It didn't taste unfresh. I'd love to have it fresh.

Photo of jimj21
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Beer pours an orange amber. A hard pour results in about one finger of off white head. Not too much retention either. Some spotty lacing. Very clear with some bubbles rising in the glass.

Nice pumpkin pie aroma with lots of spices. Most notable are nutmeg and clove. Some cinnamon and brown sugar as well. Some bready malt. Not getting much in the way of hop aroma.

Lots of spice flavors. Lots of nutmeg. I'm picking up some sweetness as well in the way or brown sugar mixed with cinnamon. Tea like hop flavor provides a little bitterness on the finish, but not too much. Some grassy notes on the finish as well.

Good mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Carbonation is nice and provides some crispness, but it is creamy as well. Finishes on the dry side.

The problem I find with pumpkin ales is that after a while they begin to taste too much like nutmeg. This one does to an extent, but not as much as others I've had. This is one of the better pumpkin ales I have had though. A good effort from Brooklyn Brewery. Paired well with marinated chicken.

Photo of UA8
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear burnt orange with a really fizzy light tan head.

S- Scents of cloves, cinnamon, baked pumpkin, and burnt raisins.

T- Tastes of light allspice, roasted malts, and really light background of pumpkin. It finishes almost tasting like a macro lager which threw me.

M- A bit over carbonated but mouth feel was decent.

D- I don't know I just can't get into this beer. If ya like beers that brings some holiday flair give it go if not look elsewhere.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear dark golden hue. Thin, fizzy head becomes non-existent after 30 seconds.

Smell is a bit of pumpkin, but more spice-like with cinnamon, allspice and cloves. Almost smells like the citrusy hops are competing with the spices for nasal supremacy.

I taste alot of lager-esque sulfur flavors, allspice prickliness and hop and toast bitterness. This one is very low on actual pumpkin flavor. It is not bad, but I expect more from the Brooklyn Brewery.

Photo of mullenite
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this bottle sitting in the fridge for a while now. Not the freshest but I'm not seeing any real difference now about 3 months out.

Pours a crystal clear deep amber/orange with lots of active carbonation and a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Retention is excellent and lacing is a sight to see.

(Review interrupted by UPS thanks scottoale!)

Lots of pumpkin spice in the nose. Noticeable malt character as well.

A little boozy but not real bad. Pumkin spice and flavor are the standouts however.

Thin sharp carbonation with a medium body and a sticky mouthfeel, none of this is bad but I recall thinking the Weyerbacher was better here.

Easy to drink and overall my favorite that I tried.

Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice white head, good lacing and the foam sticks around for awhile. Has a deep golden color.

Smells like a pumpkin beer should, spices, sugars and pie goodness.

Tastes like pumpkin pie with some bitterness from the hops, nice smooth malts. This is a very good pumpkin beer.

Photo of BeerBishop
4.53/5  rDev +31.3%
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!

Photo of bobsy
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love pumpkin beers so I was damn excited to get a hold of this one.

Orange pour with a puffy white head and some excellent lacing, which is exactly the appearance I would expect in this style. Light spice aroma and a touch of pale malt with lots of pumpkin. The taste is not as spicy as I would expect, but I do detect a fair bit of nutmeg and a dose of cinnamon, which helps provide this with a slightly bitter background. The pumpkin is nicely pronounce alongside brown sugar. Medium body and carbonation, leading through to a dry finish.

Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very light toned antique brass with just a touch of pumpkin skin etched in. A peppy, rather animated cast of bubbles continuously sprout up from the bottom. The body is completely transparent although it does possess a misty film which will blur clarity. Its head remains a rough sketching with a few spots still left to be shaded in.

The aroma resides on the more perfumy, potpourri side of the pumpkin ale fence. It has a generous content of spice and certainly boast all the pumpkin essence that can be transmit into a beer. I really like the fragrance, even despite the fact that it reminds me as much of a scented hand soap as it does a slice of pumpkin pie.

Speaking of pumpkin pie, I'm treated to a bite of it with every sip I take. Along with the balance of spice and pumpkin I swear to actually be tasting a big mouthful of pie crust too. That crust is complimented with notes of biscuits and cookies. It's no risky bet that if you like pumpkin pie as dessert than you'll surely enjoy this beer.

Because they impart so much more flavour, it's the spices that are generally more prevalent in pumpkin ales. Brooklyn is said to use nutmeg and cinnamon in their recipe. Although the spices are noticed (the nutmeg far more than the cinnamon) they aren't dominant. The bitterness keeps the spices in check and makes for a crisp, quenching finish.

And despite the highly fragrant bouquet, the flavour does manage to stay quite malty. It bears far more resemblance to the pumpkin flavour rather than its spicing. As well as the biscuit and pie crust, the flavour also imparts a lot of the actual vegetable (err, is it a fruit?) taste and strongly reminds me of a butternut squash risotto I once had.

As stated, if you like pumpkin pie then you should like pumpkin ales. If you like pumpkin ales then you should like Brooklyn's Post Road Pumpkin Ale. Although it's not likely to take up all the room in your fridge, it should surely at least take up some room at your dinner table, especially around Thanksgiving time.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- creamy dense beige head, bubbly on top. hazy burnt orange copper amber with golden highlights. had to give it a hard deliberate pour to build up foam but it really retains itself and leaves tons of soft clumps of lace and very very nice rings. .

S- fresh nutmeg, some cinnamon, allspice, and of course pumpkin. pumpkin pie. sweet caramel malt, basmati rice, raw barley and a sweet bread doughy biscuit aroma. a little bit of earthy british hops and citrus orange peel.

T- nice fresh pumpkin taste isn't obliterated by spices. i can taste plain old pumpkin from start to finish, earthy and slightly sweet thanks probably to the barley. spices are still there but more subtle than the aroma. orange peel, strawberry, white pepper, and mildly bitter hops at the finish with toasted bread, burnt biscuit, and light herbal hop bitterness.

MF- medium carbonation, medium body. clean fresh grainy feeling and a bit of tartness.

D- good warm toasty pumpkin beer with just a little bit of spice in the nose and good fresh pumpkin taste. not too pumpkiny to get annoying.

Photo of Risser09
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Post Road Pumpkin Ale is a hazy reddish-brown ale with a fading white head. It has a spicy aroma that suggests wood, malt, maybe cinnamon and nutmeg. It's pretty smooth and a little watery. It's a light-bodied ale that's clean on the palate. There is no pumpkin detected in the aroma. There are notes of cinnamon, cassia, coriander and maybe nutmeg. Pale malt is prominent in the flavor. It's a bit bitter, but politely so. It has a nice spice profile and a wooden aftertaste. It's very pleasing. I'm glad I got a 6-pack. This is usually the case with Brooklyn.
(rated Oct 9, 2007)

Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Small amount of foam that recedes at a decent pace. Clear orange color with some noticeable bubbles going up to the top.

Aroma: Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, clove...the general spice profile of a pumpkin ale. Which is good, by the way. But nothing extraordinary about the scent on this one, as much as I enjoy it.

Taste: Follows the aroma..with a hop bitterness in the finish. Interesting at the end, the hops are brought out well with the sharp taste due to the spices. Pumpkin flavor is not that strong, but the spice profile is. Everything blends in well...great balance between the pumpkin, the spices and the hops

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonation is good..crispness from that and the spice kick.

Drinkability: Good for this too. Relatively low ABV, spices and balance of flavors are enough to keep you going...and is good for a chilly fall night. Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin Ale is the best of the style I've had. But this one is still solid.

Photo of wescj
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Looks pretty good, with an initial half inch of off-white head with moderate retention and clear, bright orange body which hints towards ruby when held to light. Decent lacing, just not too sticky.

Smells of pumpkin spice, faintly of the autumnesque qualities of hops (earthy) and malts (sweet and toasted). Aroma would be more enticing if it were a bit stronger.

Tastes clean, crisp, and smooth. Pumpkin spice is present, but not overpowering. Hops add a mild bitterness while the malt character is played up more on the tounge than in the aroma.

Light bodied, spice isn't overpowering , and this one's pretty drinkable.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a vibrant orange color with a small head that quickly dissipates to a ring. Curtains of lace cling to the glass. The aroma is of nutmeg, cinammon, cloves and gourd. the taste follows suit, with a somewhat anemic malt presence and some lemony hops that prove a little more assertive. I can taste a vegetal, pleasant flavor that must be pumpkin. The mouthfeel is quite full and frenetically carbonated. The finish is long and spicy.

This is quite a nice pumpkin ale, though a little overspiced for my tastes.

Photo of jlb307
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an orangey-amber. Not as dark as I expected, but not very light either. Rather thin head which did not last too long, but decent lacing nonetheless.

S: Very faint scents of pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, clove, even ginger(?). Subtle but good.

T: Not bad, but not as good as it smells. Still has traces of the aroma with each sip, but tastes more hoppy than anything. Little aftertaste.

M: Almost a light-bodied beer. The carbonation and density of the beer could be better balanced.

D: Not the best but not bad either. Worth having.

Photo of Pamola
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I absolutely despise pumpkin beers in general. I haven't tried a single one that I would call a quality brew. But I respect Brooklyn and gave them the benefit of the doubt when picking up a single of this brew.

A: Light auburn with an unremarkable head.

S: Some punpkin to be sure, but a lot of cloves, hoppy citrus, and what tastes like a hint of peach.

T: Pretty darn bitter for a pumpkin beer. Not particularly sweet. The excess of cloves plus the hops give it their individual takes on acidity. The malt character isn't bad and the pumpkin isn't overstated, just waaay to much clove.

M: Watery. Unimpressive.

D: In the end, this is the most palatable pumpkin beer I've had, but not somthing I'm likely to buy again. This is more of a hoppy clove beer than anything else.

Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It take a little bit to get a balance with this beer. The pumpkin spice nose and intial taste are back up with a fairly hoppy ale that comes in after a few sips. Once an equilibrium is maintained the beer drinks well with a Xmas beer type profile(spicy ale)

Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a brownish amber color with an off-white head that leaves a good amount of lace and retention.

S- The aroma is pretty solid with pumpkin and spices.

T- The taste is your pretty standard Pumpkin Ale with some pumpkin flavors and spices with a pretty dry finish.

M- Light-medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Post Road Pumpkin Ale is a solid pumpkin that is worth a shot.

Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,918 ratings.