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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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1,835 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,835
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 46
Gots: 137 | 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 Brad007
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber color with not much of a head. Aroma is of nutmeg and pumpkin, not too strong either. Taste is somewhat bitter upfront with the pumpkin quickly fading towards the back of the tongue. There's also some malt in it but for some reason, I feel like this beer is overkill on that part. To me, a pumpkin beer should be slightly sweet, mellow and go down smoothly. This doesn't fit that criteria.

Brad007, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a bright, cheery copper body with a lush, eggshell-colored head.

Smell: A fairly bland aroma, with only a minimal amount of pumpkin and spices.

Taste: Light, sweet bready maltiness with an all too mild pumpkin flavor. The spices surface just before the dry, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: After finishing the entire bottle, it's hard not to come down with a small case of hurt feelings, especially if you don't have a rich, delicious Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale to follow it up with.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of AndoBrew
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*did not like it, and would buy it as a candle only*

app: nice copper fall lookin color, white lil lace like head.

smell: spice, nice, like a anchor christmas, pine hops with christmas spice.. could be a candle. smells a bit to spiced to eat or drink.

taste: less spiced than the nose, not very yummy, it is like drinking the wax from a christmas candle that has been watered down. it is nice i guess, but not for drinking.

mf: mild, normal, ok i guess.

drinkable?: not supposed to be. this is supposed to be smelled, not a good beverage.. this would be like saying HEY! that purfume smells good! lets drink it!

AndoBrew, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of jdubjacket
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On my quest to find a substitute for Cottonwood Pumpkin Ale, I stumbled across this brew. After being burned by the Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale (blech), I was hesitant. But the guy at the liquor store said this beer was far superior to that beer, so I gave it a try. Man, was he right! This is definitely one of the better pumpkin ales on the market. Taste actually has undertones and tastes like it was made with pumpkins, opposed to having a tacked on taste, like lots of pumpkin brews on the market. Has potential to be a good session beer for me. Might be a little too much for others though.

jdubjacket, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of shirfan
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear, and very orange, with a nice retentive layer of white foam.

Smell leads in with some mild pumpkin 'n spice, biscuity malt, and a little lemon zest.

Taste makes for a very enjoyable pumpkin brew. Spices stay at a sane level instead of completely taking over -- I'm guessing nutmeg and maybe a tiny hint of cinnamon, at the least. Juicy, quenching mouthfeel with a hint of pumpkin and a mild lemony finish.

While most pumpkin beers are "one and done" for me, I could have a few of these in a sitting. Tasty.

shirfan, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first pumpkin beer of the season.Lets see how it taste's.

Very clear orange body with a nice two finger white head.Not much carbonation going on in there.The head leaves awesome lacing all the way down the glass.

The smell is pumpkin,ginger,nutmeg.No hop flavor at all.

I taste roasted pumpkin,ginger and nutmeg.

The mouthful is pleasant,really easy going down.The carbonation is a bit iffy.

This isnt a bad beer but I think you need to have a liking for pumpkin for this beer because its very pumpkiny.

MmmIPA, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent copper. Nice thin khaki colored layer of head. Malty smell with pumpkin notes and nutmeg. Clean malty taste up front with a tart finish. A bit of nutmeg and cinnamon, but quite subtly so. Might not be the ideal, usual tasting pumpkin ale, but it suits my tastebuds better than most of its competition.

Crisp and refreshin. Not real smooth, but I dont always consider that a bad thing either. This one might be furthest from the true style but nonetheless, quite possibly my favorite pumpkin ale.

jasonpeckins32, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer back in the fall, and it has been languishing in the back of the beer fridge since then, due to a bit of burnout on fall seasonals at the time which left this beer orphaned as winter seasonals moved in. Finally decided to give this a try, as I feared it would be fading by now. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this had held up, with some nice bright malt flavor and a well-balanced pumpkin and spice note. The spicing was nicely moderated - prominent but not overpowering. One of the best of this style I've had. I didn't realize at the time that Brooklyn was producing this, but that explains the quality.

Brent, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my English lager mug cold

A - Bright Honey like orange color w/ thick three finger head. The head has a wispy, creamy appearance. Ample lace gathers around the glass's perimeter a the head gradually decreases. Brilliant amber hues and attractive clarity for this seasonal.

S - Spicy nutmeg, clove and cinnamon scents with subtle ale fruitiness are harboured in the aroma. There are minor hints of allspice and ginger intertwined in the pumpkin pie aroma.

T - Metallic bitter nutmeg flavor greets the tongue with minimal spice blend that gradually fans out and becomes more dominant. Pleasant woody hop bitterness is evident along with a nice pie crust like malt sweetness that appears in finish. Flavors of actual cooked pumpkin become more noticeable as the ale warms.

M - Broad medium full body that is nicely balanced with substantial carbonation. Dry spice-like qualities with matching hop oiliness appear with the first sips. There is a nice blend of sweet/spice character here.

D - An overall good representation of the pumpkin ale style. Spicy, but not overdone. Enough real pumpkin flavor to give an ample full texture in the mouthfeel. Effervescent, sweet and pleasant. I could and have had several in a session.

Slatetank, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of PEBKAC
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange amber hue with the standard float. The color is really inviting.

Initially, there wasn't much too it, but as it warmed(of course, I know) everything came out. I think it's more clovey then nutmeg. There is a light hoppy, clovey mix to the scent, but there are other spices like ginger that pop out to contribute when you actually go for a taste. A smidgen of pumpkin spice & what seems like some form of actual pumpkin. A mediocre hoppy aftertaste that stays for a while. Maybe there is some bitter orange rind; something citrus, yet not totally sweet that stamps your tongue near the middle end. You can just about smell the cinnamon in your mouth, but you can't taste it. Strange. The alcohol is covered by a tiny bit of what appears to be anise(licorice).

There's a little volume felt as it goes down. I couldn't put many of these down initially, but as the season chilled, it was an everyday beer practically. I went through three bottles at breakfast with a stack of pancakes, that's how much I enjoyed it. :)

PEBKAC, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of Enola
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice bright orange and there is a small head and a fair amount of carbonation. The smell is unmistakably pumkin. The taste is spiced pumkin pie. The mouthfeel is smooth. The drinkability is good and I could have this beer again. Near the top of the heap for the style.

Enola, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Gap Wines, Belfast..

Poured a nice dark coppery orange colour. Slightly off white head pours quite thick and foamy then fades to light layer. Very sparse carbonation... some light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice spiciness (nutmeg, some cinnamon, some cloves, light ginger), toasted bread notes, light toffee maltiness, light fruits (oranges, figs), grassy, peppery hops...

Taste – Light washed out spiciness (ginger, nutmeg, cloves), light biscuity malts, salty notes, some light honey sweetness, some light roasted pumpkin notes, watery fruits (oranges, apples), spicy / peppery hops...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry with some smoothness after... Light body... Pretty refreshing but maybe a bit sickly after a while...

Overall - A pretty good pumpkin ale... taste not as good as the aromas indicated but worth a try...

mdagnew, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of cypressbob
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle

Pours with a rich amber body, pumpkin hues, shimmering orange in colour also. Fluffy off white head with good retention, slight lacing down the glass

Smell, strong christmas spices, cumin, corriander, clove, cinnanmon and a few floral notes too. Sweet potato an pumpkin aromas too, little bit of floral hops on the nose also.Some biscuity malt

Taste, sweet spicy pumpkin, i can definatly taste carrots too..., mixed spice, clove and cinnamon. Slight hop bitterness and an underlying dry biscuity malt on the finish

I was looking forward to trying something also from the brooklyn brewery and when I found this I was intrigued. Sadly its not my cup of tea as it were, I've never been a huge fan of winter warmers and spiced beers and this was in the same vein

cypressbob, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear light copper colored body. An inch and a half fluffy white head shrank quickly. Only an occasional bubble can be seen rising. Big fluffy lacing.

As expected the main aroma is pumpkin. There is only minor scent of spices. The hint of corriander and nutmeg is appealing, but would be much improved if stronger.

Sweet spiced taste that finished with a very plastic quality. A light pumpkin quality is noticable, but doesn't dominate as expected from the aroma. Overall taste is weak and destroyed by aftertaste.

An average thickness of the body. Only a very small hint of carbonation tingles on the mouth surfaces.

Just average. Would go well as a dessert beer for a turkey dinner. The highs and lows in style range so much that overall the drawbacks in this balance out.

RedChrome, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of malcontent
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange/gold with frothy head that forms into thick, sticky lacing around the glass.

Malt predominates with all the usual pumpkin pie trappings. Not all that original but then again, when something smells yummy why would you change it?

While the taste certainly isn't off-putting, it also isn't all that notable. Some malt and mild spice. This is surprisingly wateryAAAHHH!!!

NOTE:at this point in the reveiw, yours truly has spilled the entire beer all over himself, floor, chair, keyboard, persian rug, etc. Outstanding...

As noted before the flood, watery mouthfeel really detracts from the beer. Drinkable insomuch as it is nice enough tasting and certainly doesn't taste bad

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the taste & to my wife for being ready with the towel.

malcontent, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super clear, magnifying amber. Bubbles rise up from the bottom as some grab the sides of the glass. Thin eggshell head is more of a ring. filmy lacing is left behind.
Sweet malty aroma with spices.
Light malt, pumpkin spice, and overall sweet. Maybe a touch of heather in this one.
Light to medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. Slightly dry finish with nice flavor distribution.
Pretty good beer, and definately nice for the season.

BeerRun13, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of BeerManDan
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured, it was a deep golden amber with an orange hue to the color, with very little foam or lace. The smell of All Spice blew my sock's off. This pumpkin ale is the closes to the taste of pumpkin that I've tasted so far. Not great mind you, but, not bad. Their is alot of spices and the flavor is pleasant and not over powering. This is the best Pumpkin Ale that I've tasted so far.

BeerManDan, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of Magpie14
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: nice shade of dark orange and a touch of gold...much like a pumpkin. Thin foamy head with minimal lacing

Smell: aroma of the fall and pumpkins. Has slight sweet smell and with big spiciness right up front and caramel. Malt characteristics in their as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: nutmeg, cloves, and spice. Maltiness floats about and the sutle hops help with the spiciness. Pumpkin flavor is alright (i wonder if they really brew with pumpkins?) tastes a bit fruity or vegetable like...not quite sure about the pumpkin flavor. But the spiced flavor is very nice. This beer is relatively smooth....actually the more I drink the smoother it seems to get.

One of the better fall/pumpkin beers I have had. This beer drinks very easy and I would buy again...when in the mood!

Magpie14, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of GPHarris
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two fingers thick head into a tumbler. the head is dense and white, it immediately sticks to the glass like it's hanging on for dear life as it begins to dissipate. body is a clear amber. i'm impressed.
s - brooklyn's regional manager told me this is one of the few brewed with actual pumpkin, maybe the only one but i can't remember now. anyway, pumpkin is the overwhelming aroma to me and it is good.
t - nice hop bitterness, slight pumpkin and breadiness in the middle and the spices really come through as it warms.
m - medium carbonation but overall a thin mouthfeel.
d - easily drinkable, i really enjoyed this one and look forward to more.

GPHarris, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to tom (MuenchenerKindl
) for another wonderful pumpkin ale.
Pours pumpkin orange with a thick craggy head that takes forever to disappear to a very thick lacing of sticky offwhite foam.
Aroma is immediately pumpkin pie before you put it in the oven...fresh pumpkin and fresh clean spices.
Taste is a little down from the aroma but still lots of pumpkin pie spice and a little fresh dough flavors...just not quite enough pumpkin meat.
Aftertaste remains clean and dry.
An nice version of the style.

IntriqKen, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of hreb
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cold 12oz bottle poured into US pint glass. Beer is a pleasant, clear orange amber with a tall, light tan head. Smells of spicy vegetables.

The head is thick and creamy and colors the glass, while the beer itself is fizzy and sharp, with a more soapy than crisp mouthfeel. There's a detectable but ambiguously defined spice flavor. I taste cinnamon or nutmeg, maybe allspice, maybe even a tiny bit of ginger, but I don't detect cloves or cardamom. But this is pumpkin beer, where's the pumpkin? There's definitely a vegetable or fruit flavor. Is it pumpkins? If you say so.

It's drinkable, but it's not wonderful. The fall gimmick is to make beer that tastes like pumpkins. Brooklyn fails, but not as badly as others have. It's not sticky sweet and it's not cloying. But why drink this unless you're set of having a pumpkin beer and you can't find a better one? I can see why Brooklyn leaves the "Post Road" label on this one. See my review of Smuttynose's Pumpkin Ale for more senseless pumpkin-related ranting.

hreb, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours a clear golden amber, with a medium bead that leads up to an inch of off-white head that leaves decent lacing. The bouquet consists of floral ale esters, pumpkins, pale malts, and light spicy hops. It tastes like strongish clove and nutmeg, light cinammon and allspice, along with pumpkins, some pale malts, and a mild bitterness on top of a light, dry, tingly body. An average pumpkin ale now, but when it originally came out it was probably one of the best.

mmmbeer, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, deep orange color with off-white puffy head.
Smell is significant for pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), but only very mildy
Taste also is noted for pumpkin spices, but also an inital intense dryness, that slowly moderates as the beer is consumed.
Finishes with a bit more dryness than is anticipated or appreciated.
An average pumpkin ale. Nothing special.

tgbljb, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

Clear amber color, with a medium light tan head.

Pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, others I can't identify. Caramel. A bit of floral hops.

Primarily malty, bread like and sweet (wheat bread with honey). Pumpkin & spice subtle and are mainly picked up in aftertaste. Hops continue as floral/grassy, most noticeable in finish.

Light to medium in body. Carbonation medium. Finish is surprisingly dry.

Very good, quality/style wise it compares to Punkin Ale, but it is a bit more tilted towards the hop. Score downgraded a bit on mouthfeel, just didn't seem appropriate to finish as dry as it did. Despite the mouthfeel issue, pretty easy to drink and I would enjoy another.

, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of laintringulis
4.4/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pub glass. Pours a dark amber/light burnt orange color with very small beige head and moderate streaky lacing.

Smell: I actually smell significant pumpkin! Pleasant oaked ginger ale smell. Nice balance of clove, ginger, cinnamon, and earthiness in the smell. Many times the spices take over the smell.

Taste: Tastes as smells, but better. Pleasant toasty caramel malt, obvious roasted pumpkin taste and sweetness. Pleasant yeasty presence. It is truly like having the pumpkin pie and the crust. Ginger, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon well balanced. It is perfectly balanced in being sweet and not too sweet and spicy without having the spices take over your taste buds.

Light bodied plus. Slight oiliness on the initial, finishes with a pleasant spiciness and slightly dry hop finish. It's not syrupy, but it does have a certain stickiness in the mouthfeel that I can't really describe, but I like it.

Easy to drink, pleasant tasting. Priced reasonably. A truly well done pumpkin ale.

laintringulis, Nov 07, 2006
Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,835 ratings.