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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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852 Reviews
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Reviews: 852
Hads: 1,954
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 54
Gots: 214 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2001

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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Reviews: 852 | Hads: 1,954
Photo of rajendra82
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was sent to me by beeradvocate spiritdeus as part of a trade. I sampled it right after Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale to provide a contrast. This beer poured a clear orange yellow in color, with mild carbonation and a thin, but durable head. The aroma was very subtly spiced, with a delicate mix of cinnamon and nutmeg.

The taste was creamy and a bit on the sweet side. There was a hint of pumpkin, but the resinous hops and the biscuity malts were balancing it quite nicely. The spices blended in and faded out as session wore on.

The mouthfeel was nicely dry and roasty and did not convey a watered down impression at all. A sessionable charming beer that is quite different from the hop monsters I usually crave, but a quality brew nonetheless. (760 characters)

Photo of oelergud
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful deep copper bode, little carbonation, decent retantion and lace. Head is light tan, tiny to medium bubbled.
Very strong spiced pumkin smell, good amount of sweetness as well.
Strong pumpkin taste with a spicy kick. The sweet malts are dominating the subtle hops. Aftertaste is decent and lets the hops through.
Very slick and smooth mouthfeel changing to a spiked sensation in the after taste.
Decent drinkability though I have a feeling I would get tired of it after a few bottles.

-Oelergud (509 characters)

Photo of pgroove
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Something of a misnomer--"pumpkin pie tasting like ale" might be a touch more apt. There is really no taste of pumpkin there, but you do get the cloves etc. that contribute to the pumpkin pie sensation. It's also a bit watery, but that seems to be par for the course of all pumpkin beers that I have had.

Apparently Brooklyn Brewery distributes this stuff although it is made in CT somewhere. I have only seen it in a couple of bars and sometimes places will sell it in bottles where a good Brooklyn selection is available. At least it's not under the Brooklyn label because I might have to write the good folks there and inform them that there reputation as premier New England brewery is being marred by this mediocre beer. (728 characters)

Photo of twilight
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear clear orange with the aroma of spices and pumpkin. The taste, however is round, a bit yucky with pumpkin coming out and this weird hop roundness coming to the fore. Ends bitter, but with what seems to be little malt backup. The spices intersect in this weird way to leave a bitter taste in the mouth long after the beer is gone. Mouthfeel is fine, good. Drinkability is affected by its overall bitterness. Definitely a beer to have once then move on to something else. (482 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Compared this pumpkin ounce for ounce with Cottonwood's and by far the inferior brew. No real taste of pumpkin yet strong spices overwhelm the taste and smell, almost too much. Average in terms of drinkability and mouthfeel, maybe I just enjoyed the Cottonwood Pumpkin too much to make a fair assessment. (304 characters)

Photo of steinlifter
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a carmel color, nice initial sudsy head that diminished quickly, no real lacing to speak of
smell:interesting,you can smell pumpkin and spices
taste:initial mild hop bite, which mellows into a smooth finish,pumpkin and spices
mouthfeel:light and crisp, and well carbonated
drinkability: This beer was really nice, and hit the spot, better than I expected it to be, the pumpkin taste gelled, quite well with the standard beer ingredients, and were mild enough not to detract from the beer,actually added an interesting and enjoyable element. I would recommend this one! (591 characters)

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really dig this beer. At first, I thought, made with pumpkin? Yes, it is, according to the label, made with pumpkin and spices. Pumpkin, because it allows rich spicy flavor, which this one does have.

It pours a bright copper orange color with a thin off-white head. There is very little lace on the glass except toward the bottom of the glass. The aroma has hints of spice and malt blended together nicely. The taste is spicy as well and much like pumpkin pie, which is not one of my favorites, but makes for a tasty brew. I like the beers made in old traditional ways like this one.

A must try. (605 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter than other similarly titled ales--a neutral amber/orange color. Quite clear. Impressive head that has better lasting power than other pumpkin ales. Slight sticky lace.

Malty with nutmeg/cinnamon aromas. Fairly mild smell--quite similar to other P-ales. Very rich smelling. (Note: this is my third in a flight of four pumpkin ales. Thus far, not one of them has shown any hop aroma.)

Thinner than expected, but still a rich brew. Hop bitterness is present in the taste and after the swallow. This is a complex taste of hop, malt, and subtle pumpkin pie flavors. The aftertaste is particularly alluring as a mix of malt and hop.

Here is a pumpkin beer that intices one to new flavors while still retaining the essence of a very good beer. (753 characters)

Photo of homersimpson
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*2004 version

Clear amber with an off white coating of foam.
Spicy nose with cinnamon and a hint of herbs.
Lighter body than expected with quite a bit of carbonation.
Mild as it hits your lips, then moves to a very spicy flavor. Not a lot of pumpkin to it, more the nutmeg and spices associated without the sweetness. Long spicy finish. (342 characters)

Photo of wailingwench
4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eye Candy: Poured a transparent amber red color. Carbonation present untill end in moderate quanity. Thin, white 2 finger head that gave way to minimal lacing. Resembles an American Amber.

The Nose Knows: This pumpkin beer smells better than it tastes, hence the perfect 5. Rich pumpkin, not overpowering, with nutmeg and cinny thrown into the mix. The smell improves as this beer warms, as you drink it, stick your nose into your glass- the pumpkin presents itself boldly.

Tongueland: Little thin, not lingering, which is a good thing. The taste lasts for a tad bit, just enough to remind you that this is a pumpkin beer, and not an Oktoberfest or such seasonal.The pumpkin is suppressed by the spices. Pumpkin at the beginning, finishes as a spiced beer. Would prefer the pumpkin to stand on its own, and taste like it smells !!!!

Bender Factor: I (we) have really gotten into the pumpkin style. Instead of taking the time and mess to bake a pie, I suggest 2 sixers of Pumpkin Ale. Maybe you will finally get along with your in-laws if you bring this for Thanksgiving dinner instead of cranberry sauce. The ABV is well hidden and this beer will surely creep up on me in a hour or so...I am planning on handing out samples of this to the Trick or Treaters this year. (1,276 characters)

Photo of carln26
2.72/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I saw this beer at the store last night. Since I was unfamiliar with the brewer I didn’t pick up the 6, and that was a good decision. I had dinner at Bison County this evening, and they were just putting on a fresh keg. I have to say I was disappointed. It poured a nice deep amber/copper color, but hardly any head (again fresh keg). No lace to speak of in my glass. The nose was mainly cinnamon, with just a touch of pumpkin, and a little malt. The taste was all spice. It was full of nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. No pumpkin to speak of. It kind of reminded me of holiday ale (which it should not). It had a real watery, thin mouth feel. Overall, I was mildly disappointed with this beer. (694 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Colter Bay in Buffalo. Poured an orangy amber color with a thin beige head. Aromas of roasted malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin, maybe a bit of ginger, too. I'm not a big alternative brew kind of person, but this really isn't half-bad. Upon first sip, it comes across a bit aggressive, but some amber ale qualities creep their way into the overall experience. Rather slick on the tongue. Not too shabby, but it does not taste enough like beer through all the spices. (479 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One thing that’s nice about having friends who travel a lot and also happen to like beer, I can always ask them to pick me up something while there in a particular location. New York, get me something from Brooklyn Brewery, a long time favorite, so I got a nice mixed six pack of beers.

The beer after its dislocation from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a nice orange-amber color with a medium sized frothy light tan head and after its erosion, the lace forms a nice sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is pumpkin “Duh” and a nice biscuit like aroma, fresh, sweet and quite appetizing with the start ambrosial, the malt delectable and the top middling in feel. Finish as a meaningful acidity with the hops blending perfectly with the malt and pumpkin, dry as a desert bone aftertaste and a fine drinking beer. (827 characters)

Photo of finepaws
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't very impressed with this beer. A little too spicey, not enough pumpkin flavor. I know I shouldn't, but I can't help compare this to Cottonwoods' pumpkin. This is no where near close. Seems too hoppy to me for a fruit beer. I expected more smell too. It's drinkable, but I think I would prefer it paired with food, not by itself. It's needs something to hold it up. One maybe two is enough for me. (405 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with off white head that falls quickly. Aroma is big and good lots of pumpkin and nutmeg with dash of cinnamon really pumpkin pie like. Taste is not as good light pumpkin malt flavored with nutmeg and hops lightly bitter overall a pretty average pumpkin ale. Mouthfeel light side of medium, could be little heavier in body. Drinkability is not bad but given choice there are better pumpkin ales available. (426 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. amber bottle.

Dull orange (shocker!) in color. Thin layer of off-white head. No lacing. Aromas are very nice. A fall day in the kitched is found in the bottle. Aromas of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, and other spices waft across the nostrils. Yummy. Flavor is not too bad, but certainly a letdown after what I smelled. More pumpkin would have been better. Above average mouthfeel and drinkability. One I'd like to try fresh and on-tap.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this bottle. (483 characters)

Photo of cbl2
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Crystal clear, light orange-brown in color with intense tan head that rapidly settles with appearance of dish soap.


Considering how warm this was served, surprisingly few odors, though the hint of nutmeg is unmistakeable.


Light in body with some medicine flavors apparent. A slightly bitter finish that is preceeded by nutmeg, but not a lot of pumpkin characteristics to this one. Punkin Ale from DFH is a better choice. (472 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice sized tan head sits atop a burnt orange brew that is perfectly colored for a pumpkin ale.
Aroma dominated by the spices that come off as nutmeg and allspice. Toasty malt and a hint of pumpkin as well.

Taste shows a toasty malt backbone that is well spiced. Nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon are on the verge of becoming cloying, but stay in check. A solid pumpkin flavor as well. Decent to solid hop balance helps this beer finish fairly clean for a beer spiced this heavily.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Overall, a solid, enjoyable pumpkin ale.
Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle! (608 characters)

Photo of Hhawk06
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured with a light caramel color with a thin head and little lace. It smells like a pumpkin, but with something extra, like a spicy kick. When downing this beer I noticed that the spicier malt flavor superceded the pumpkin characteristic. The mouthfeel is very grainy to me. It finished a little woodsy and prickly on the tongue. Not one of the best pumpkins I've had and wouldn't go out of my way to get it. (412 characters)

Photo of Weissenheimer
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good-looking autumn beer with a deep chestnut brown color. Its ample foamy head gradually sinks into a film that's like wind-shredded clouds. The smell is nice; it reminds me of Harpoon Winter Warmer, but in this case the spices are more muted and I definitely smell pumpkin.

I seem to recall not liking this very much when I had it in bottles a few years ago. In my experience, though, Brooklyn draughts are far superior to the bottles, and this is no exception. This is very good stuff. It's not overly sweet, so a pronounced bitterness and tanginess informs the flavor. I can really taste the pumpkin in this one, and I like that. There's also ginger and nutmeg, but surprisingly I can't taste any cinnamon.

I've spent the winter becoming accustomed to the intense, sweet spiciness of Harpoon Winter Warmer so I'm not sure if I'm judging this one fairly, but it seems a bit too woody to me. It's not a bad woodiness, but its predominance makes the flavor a little topheavy and one-dimensional. That's my only complaint here. (1,043 characters)

Photo of Hobbz
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Neither dark nor brown -- a medium-amber with orange tinge when held up to the light.

Smell: Spicy-sweet of cinammon and nutmeg.

Taste: I liked that, to me, the spicy flavors were toned-down. It still tasted of beer -- not pumkin pie. I also liked its "thinness" -- there are other Fall seasonals of more "weight" and spice.

I like choices and would choose this one again. (393 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is of pumpkin and spices (mostly cinnamin). I rather like the smell of pumpkins in a beer. The taste was decent. Pumpkin ales have a very distinct flavor. I don't know if it's good or bad, but it definately stands out. The mouthfeel was fine. This is a low bodied ale that is rather drinkable for those who enjoy exotic beers. This is a good seasonal ale. (423 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Post Road Pumpkin Ale is the 1st Pumpkin Ale I've tried. I saw Blue Moon was brewed by Coors so I shyed away from that one.

Anyway, Post Road poured a beautiful amber with ltsa bubbles and a nice white head.
The Aroma was of Pumpkin, cinnimon, & clove.
The taste was slighty bitter with clove standing out more than anything! Cinnamon and pumpkin hints but too much clove!!!

Post Road was an above average beer with a nice taste. I wish there were more of a pumpkin flavor and less clove! (496 characters)

Photo of hungryghost
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber orange color, slight head.
Abundance of spices in the aroma, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of hops. Smells and tastes like fall.
Taste of pumpkin and some of the spices mentioned above. The flavors change as the beer moves about. Some hops here, carmelized malt there. Not too sweet.
The beer is a little thin but the flavor makes up for it.
A good first or dessert beer, no more than two for me. (418 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber orange color with a low head which fell pretty quick and did not even begin to lace the glass. The aroma is clove and nutmeg and other spices. There also is an aroma the reminds me of pumpkin cooking in the oven before any spice additions. The taste is, well, not much. Not that it is bad, just that there is not much flavor. What is there is a thin bodied beer with muted flavors of malt and spice.

I think a friend of mine who tasted it before I did put it best when they stated it tasted watery. (520 characters)

Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.