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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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1,696 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,696
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 42
Gots: 82 | 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 nortmand
4.72/5  rDev +36%
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.

nortmand, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of HossMcGraw
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So this is brewed by Brooklyn? Wonder why they don't use their own name?

Pours a pale amber with modest head, lots of bubbles, and very light lacing. Aroma is the star here, with nuances of nutmeg and cinnamon. Smells better than it tastes.

The flavor is quite dry. There is a mildly hoppy bite overriding a weak malt backbone, with a hint of pumpkin mix. Cinnamon in the finish. Quite dry but not very flavorful.

Mouthfeel is a bit spritzy for the style. I was just hoping for a fuller, richer beer. Drinkability is pretty high as this is pretty light. This is not bad by any means, and would make a better session pumpkin brew than the one Blue Moon makes. I just really wish this had some more body and flavor.

HossMcGraw, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was okay, for what it is. It poured a crystal clear dark orange with a snow white fluffy head that stayed around for a few seconds. Lots of white sticky lacing on the edges of the glass. Contstant trails of bubbles stream upward fueling what has become a thin haze of frost over the top of the liquid's surface. Pumpkin pie spices such as nutmeg and allspice are present in the nose, but to my surprise, they're very muted. The taste is almost like a plain lager, with a tiny bit of malty sweetness making a quick appearance, with some very subtle pumpkin spice surfacing toward the finish. This is good, but the whole thing is very light and modest.
Thanks to Ding for sharing this one with me.

SilentSabre, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Post Road Pumpkin Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a copper orange blend with a decent head on top. The head leaves random spotted trails of sticky lace patterns all over the glassware.

Pleasant aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin pie and allspice.

Sweet caramel malt backbone with a finish that highlights pumpkin pie flavors. Strong hints of nutmeg and cinnamon spices.

Much better than I was expecting. I would say this beer is slighty underrated on this site. It's no Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, but it holds its own. I wish the mouthfeel was beefed up a tad more, but the pumpkin profile works nicely.

Hibernator, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of Bones54
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend suprised me with a 6-pack of this after a long day of work and grad school. I had never seen this beer in the Ohio area- not sure if its new to the area, or if I had just always glanced over it. I was also suprised to find that it is a Brooklyn Brewery beer.

The beer pours a dark amber color. Very faint smell of pumpkin and possibly cinnamon spice. I'll tell you though- the smell is very faint and very difficult to pick up for a Pumpkin Ale.

Tastes like an Ale that had just the faintest of pumpkin spice added to it. Now I admit I am a fan of beers that often have overpowering flavor- so maybe I'm being a bit harsh- but this is ridiculous- where is the pumpkin???

The beer is smooth and a bit thicker than your normal ale, but overall has a nice mouthfeel.

Like most ales for me this is very drinkable- by that I mean its easy to drink a lot of these. I just wish there was more flavor, more aroma. This is not what I think of when I think pumpkin ale and the fall. This is to easy to drink in the warm weather. I'll pass next time.

Bones54, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of davidshamoon
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The last time I had this beer I didn't enjoy it -- I found it to have a dull, bitter, watery flavor I tend to associate with Brooklyn Brewery -- but perhaps it was past its freshness date. This time around I felt the invigorating spirit of the fall as soon as I poured it into my glass.

I inhaled a warm noseful of pumpkin pie spices over the orange-tinged white head, not to mention -- who'd a thunk? -- the aroma of pumpkins (fresh or stewed pumpkins, not roasted). Nutmeg and cinnamon contributed most to the taste, as did a soapy aroma that was annoying, but not nearly as much as it could have been. The Post Road Pumpkin Ale is a gentle brew, with only the slightest hops bitterness as the glass warms. Despite its relative sweetness and its specialty flavoring, I found it highly drinkable -- a fine beer to taste on its own or to quaff at dinner.

davidshamoon, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of malty
4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
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!

malty, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a very pretty deep orange/amber color into a tulip glass. Head was not thick in spite of a vigourous pour. Thin layer of foam on top of glass. Refreshes itself very well when glass swirled.

Aromas were much more subdued than expected. Mild spice, hints of pumpkin. But I probably wouldn't have noticed the pumpkin if I didn't know it was a pumpkin ale.

Taste was alright. Nothing that stood out, either really good or really bad. Very middle of the road. I was expecting a bit more of a pumpkiny taste, but didn't get one. Slight bitterness, slight hints of spice.

Mouthfeel is effervescent, slightly drying finish.

Overall, fairly nondescript beer. I was expecting more pumpkin and spice flavors, but instead got a decent ale. It wasn't bad, but wasn't all that memorable either. I'd drink it again, but would hesitate to pay out the premium price ($10 a sixer) that was charged in the store.

doppelmeup, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pilsner glass.

A: Pours a light amber/copper with pretty lively carbonation. A thick, foamy head with decent retention.

S: Yeah, pumpkin. Sweet and pumpkiny with some really strong spice. Nutmeg, mostly, though there's a faint hint of witbier spice in there, some coriander and black pepper.

T: Malty up front with some big pumpkin flavor. Spiciness in the middle (coriander and cinnamon). Finish is warm sweetness and a lot of nutmeg, followed by a slight bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied.

D: It's good, but there's just no way I could drink more than one of these at a time. It has a lot of really big flavor, and it would be too much to try and turn this into a session beer. As a "one and done" beer, though, it's pretty great. Would go great with creme brulee or cheesecake.

rarevos, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of scooter231
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wasn't my favorite Brooklyn, but it was okay. I haven't had too many in this style. Taste was a bit odd for me, too much and not enough going on. Some spicyness, too much nutmeg, not enough of everything else. I'll have to try this again this fall.

scooter231, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice coloration of a mixture of gold, amber, light brown, orange and red. Solid 2 finger head that quickly recedes to heavy lacing. I can't pull my nose away from it. Obvious pumpkin pie smell, with some nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is much the same with a nice balance of pumpkin and spice. The most pumkin tasting pumpkin beer I've had. The warming cinnamon flavor feels good in the mouth. For me it would be a tough beer to session even with the low abv givin the complexity and strength of the flavors. After two I would be ready to move on. Awsome desert beer.

wcudwight, May 26, 2006
Photo of HimerMan
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Regular mug to serve.

Nice looking very dark amber/orange. Smell of nutmeg with a mild pumpkin backing.

Taste - very mild pumpkin flavor, and definitely nice spices and that would accompany a pumpkin pie. I am not a big fan of pumpkins, however, I appreciate this beer for its flavor and ability to taste better than expectations.

Not a beer I could see people drinking many of, though one is nice served at colder temperatures. Flavor thins as it warms, somewhat.

Worth a shot, a bit hard to find.


HimerMan, May 14, 2006
Photo of gdogalishus
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving from a bottle into a tumbler
Serving Temperature: 50 degrees F
pH: 4.19
Alcohol Measured: 5.8% by Residual Extract Method

Poured a dark orange color with nice head. Moderate carbonation. The aroma was pleasantly of pumpkin with a delicate malt background and no hop aroma.
The flavor was suprisingly well balanced. The sweet malt came first and quickly was overpowered by the pumpkin flavor, but not an overabundance. The pumpkin flavor was subdued compared to the aroma. The finish was a suprise of hops on the back of the tongue and throat. A clean finish with little aftertaste.
This was a really good pumpkin ale. Well balanced flavors for the expectation you get from the aroma. Good looking beer. A definate recommendation for those who like a beer flavored with pumpkins and don't want to drink pumpkin pie.

gdogalishus, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of NClifestyle
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass, the beer shows a rich orange/amber color, with a medium creamy white head. A thin layer of foam stays atop the beer. The first whiff is, of course, pumpkin, with hints of cinnamon and pepper. However, this is not a sugary sweet smell, rather nice and mild. A first sip starts with a great malt flavor and just a touch of pumpkin, moves into a spicy clove taste before a bitter hop aftertaste.
Post Road Pumpkin has a medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation for an ale, and a strong hop presence in the back of the mouth. This is a good ale on it’s own, and the pumpkin and spice only adds to this, and does not overwhelm the beer.


NClifestyle, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep red orange with hints of brown. No lacing, no head. I guess that is to be expected though.

S - Allspice, cloves and cinnamon hit me first. The pumpkin itself actually makes a faint appearance. Toward room temp a sweetness appears on the nose.

T - A malt flavor dominants, it has a nutty, almost fruity, character to it, the pumpkin I presume. Spice on the finish, allspice and cinnamon mostly along with a slight bitterness. Taste is good through room temperature.

M - Very, very, very thick. Refreshing and smooth. I am both surprised and pleased that it doesn't leave a film. Carbonation is a little high at first.

D - I wish I had this one on thanksgiving! A great match with almost any (not too spicy) food. At a reasonable abv, would make a good session beer as well. A really great pumpkin ale.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear pale orange with a thin tan head. Smells strongly of pumpkin spice, clove and nutmeg mostly. Some sweet malty aromas as well.

Tastes lightly tart (surprisingly). Lots of pale malt breadiness then the spices and a nice clean finish. Crisp and dry and surprisingly full bodied. Decent drinker but nothing to write home about.

ViveLaChouffe, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bright copper with ample bubbles rising to the surface. Thin off-white head. Malty aroma with pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with pleasant carbonation. Nice toasted malty start. Spicy flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg arrrive midway. Spices linger into the finish then the Willamette hops arrive and supply some bitterness to balance the malt and spiced sweetness. It keeps everything in check.

This is a really nice, solid pumpkin ale. In some aspects, it almost reminds me of an amber with pumpkin and spices added to it. Very nice.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this seasonal holiday treat.

Winter, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This locally produced seasonal pours a slightly cloudy copper color with a tiny wisp of head. I always imagine the visible sediment to be bits of pumpkin and spice so it's nice to see a few here. A delicious, spicy scent with cinnamon and nutmeg among several pleasant spices.
The taste is brief pumpkin flavor followed immidiately by a nice roasted malt and the finishes with a mild but tasty hit of hops. Mouthfeel also has nice balance and close to but not quite too much carbonation, which could have seriously downgraded the score.
A tasty and substantial beer and perfectly in season. My favorite Pumpkin so far.

daliandragon, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a thin white head, pretty boring looking beer. The aroma is nice though with notes of pumpkin pie, spices, caramel, esters, and light grassy hops. Flavor begins with a nice pumpkin flavor that doesnt taste artificial like most pumpkin ales, followed by some spices (nutmeg and allspice), caramel, toasted bread, some lightly spicy hops and some esters. The mouthfeel is a tad light as is carbonation, but drinkability is pretty good. Enjoyable pumpkin ale that doesnt taste like a soda, worth trying at least once.

silver0rlead, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of BitterBrian
2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not really impressed with this Pumpkin ale. Coloring was a nice deep orange. Pumpkin smell was faint. Pumpkin taste was weak - a bit watery for a pumpkin ale. Also, did not detect as many spices as other brews. This doesn't make it a bad beer. I could drink a few. I just feel that it is lacking taste and heartiness for the genre.

BitterBrian, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Carrot colored body with a good head but minimal lacing

Smell: Caramel malt, a good bit of fresh pumpkin and a modest spice profile

Taste: Very nice natural pumpkin flavor, perhaps the best of any pumpkin beers I have tasted; modest spice profile mirrors the aroma; some bitterness in the finish; well balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice natural pumpkin profile; I would add a bit more spice but otherwise quite drinkable

brentk56, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pretty, transluent light amber hue topped by a creamy white one-finger head. Aroma of light sweet malt, pumpkin pie, and the faintest touch of floral hops. Palate is defined mainly by the auxillary spices - marjoram, nutmeg, a hint of cinnamon, melded with light sweet malt and fairly understated pumpkin. Not much of a hop presence on the palate. Medium body is appropriate for the style. I have to say, unlike every other pumpkin beer I've had, at least I don't hate this. The spices are relatively muted, and it doesn't end up tasting like a glass of nutmeg extract. Decent.

ElGordo, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of Stimack
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this brew on tap last evening. Brew had a cloudy yellow/orange color with a thicker head that had pretty good retention and did leave some lacing around the sides of the glass. Some pumpkin pie like aromas along with a slight sour smell. Had nice aromas but did not notice strong pumpkin like smell that I was expecting, but that could have been due to the fact that I had the Southampton Pumpkin Ale offering, which seemed to be dominated by pumpkin pie tastes. Overall this was a nice brew definitely caught the taste of cinnamon, nutmeg which had a nice balance. Not my favorite type of brew but something I feel obligated to try during the fall. Will have it again.

Stimack, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of rpgman456
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 6-pack bottles at my local package store, did not know at the time that this beer was actually made by the Brooklyn Brewery although it was a pleasent surprise. Packaging is of pumpkin/autumn motif. Pours a warm, dark amber color with an off-white head. Smell is of spices similar to allspice and cloves with a strong pumpkin aroma. Although smell is strong, it's not overpowering or pungent. The taste of this beer can be summed up with the whole appearance of the autumn season, spices and pumpkin are mixed with the taste of a traditional ale. Solid seasonal ale but not as good as some other fall tradionals.

rpgman456, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of stevemcqueenjr
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orangey, amber color, medium head, very fine lacing.

Smells of pumpkin pie spice with some of the pumpkin smell.

The taste was a nice even balance of both spice and pumpkin, something that a lot of pumpkin ales lack. I think most of the time one or the other is really prevalent, but this one pulls it off well.

This is definately something that you could drink more than one of and still be able to appreciate.

stevemcqueenjr, Oct 20, 2005
Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,696 ratings.