Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Brooklyn Brewery

Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale
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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #211
Ranked #28,506
3.46 | pDev: 15.9%
Jan 24, 2023
Oct 09, 2001
Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale
Notes: 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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Reviewed by KenjiN from Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Copper-colored beer with a fast-receding white head. The nose is mild and has notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Carbonation is high. There is very little flavor -- and the little flavor is disagreeable; almost sour (in a bad way). A more substantial malt base would help this mediocre ale.
Jan 24, 2023
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Rated by NastyNorseman from New York

3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
First taste felt and tasted like cinnamon perfume. Lacking pumpkin. The cinnamon and nutmeg kill its flavor.
Nov 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Rapscullion from Massachusetts

1.89/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5
Possibly the most disappointing pumpkin beer I have ever had. Pleasant coppery color with virtually no head.
Nose is light with some odd notes. Flavor is slightly malty with some fall spice notes but the pumpkin is lacking.
Finish is bitter with a chemical after taste.
Oct 10, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Sep 07, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by elamb106 from New York

Nov 04, 2021
Rated: 3.4 by 22Blue from Kansas

Oct 26, 2021
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Reviewed by ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Look – Light orange color with a mostly transparent body helped by chill haze. Got a hefty two fingers of fluffy, white head.

Aroma – Subtle pumpkin with a strong malt and cracker character.

Taste – Pumpkin is bigger here than it was on the nose, but even then, it still isn’t very robust. More concerning if the aftertaste which is dirty and unpleasant. It has a mossy/grassy taste, but not in a fresh hop sense, but again, just dirty.

Mouthfeel – Body is light and crisp. Arguably thin at times, but it moves the beer along.

Overall – Pretty bland overall and the taste was just off. Any pumpkin that was there was too hidden behind a thin body and bad aftertaste.
Oct 06, 2021
Rated: 3.6 by VashonGuy from Washington

Oct 05, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Unfortunately this is one of the worst pumpkin beers I've had. Barely any flavor, super thin mouthfeel. Definitely disappointed, this was my first brew from this brewery. Just super not into this one
Oct 04, 2021
Rated: 3.69 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Sep 27, 2021
Rated: 3.93 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Sep 24, 2021
Rated: 3.36 by QuintusHorace from California

Sep 17, 2021
Rated: 2.67 by ravger from Illinois

Sep 11, 2021
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Rated by SmoothOverEverything from Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
A lot of fizzle and not much taste
Apr 16, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 02, 2021
Rated: 3.14 by DvdP from Netherlands

Nov 23, 2020
Rated: 4 by trocketsauced from New York

Nov 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Hazy golden orange in color, with a finely-beaded, off-white head with good retention and profuse, closely spaced archipelagos of foam about the glass wall, and profuse streams of minute slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Understated aroma of cooked pumpkin and slight malt, being reminiscent of graham cracker pie crust. the traditional pumpkin pie spices are employed rather sparingly, with a bit of cinnamon and vanilla. A moderate herbal hop presence is notable

Taste: The taste begins with mild pumpkin pie spices, mainly cinnamon and nutmeg, more than in the aroma, but understated compared to many examples of the style. Again, as in the aroma, there are malt notes that harken to graham cracker pie crust. One reviewer stated the taste is very much like unsweetened pumpkin pie, an astute observation. Towards the finish there are earthy and herbal hops to bring the taste to a gracious close.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, but, still pleasant, with a bit of sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted and subtle pumpkin ale. The more typical examples of the style will feature abundant to extreme amounts of pumpkin pie spices, whereas Post Road Pumpkin Ale employs them sparingly. This is a worthy choice for those who find many pumpkin ales to be excessively spiced. I do not find myself in that camp, but enjoyed this, nonetheless. This would make a worthy addition to the Thanksgiving table.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Duvel chalice.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you.
Oct 19, 2020
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Rated by berniekbrown from New York

2.14/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
Tasted like beer. And not a very flavorful beer.
Oct 16, 2020
Rated: 3.08 by gr0g from New Jersey

Oct 15, 2020
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a golden color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. No discernable aroma. Tastes of fall spices, roasted malts and caramel. Easy drinking with a slightly bitter finish.
Oct 08, 2020
Rated: 3.69 by drews240 from Rhode Island

Sep 28, 2020
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Legacy single beer shelf purchase.
LOOK: Pours a less than clear dull amber. Color of pumpkin pie. Tan head that quickly settles to a thin skim. Retains slight amount of side glass lace.
AROMA: I get scents of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon.
TASTE: Mild flavors of the aromas, with some added caramel. Malts are most prominent.
Thought it would be more a warming beer than the thin mouthfeel and mild harvest season flavors it had.
Sep 24, 2020
Rated: 3.65 by travelguy from Ohio

Sep 23, 2020
Rated: 4 by Thanatosbat777 from Georgia

Sep 03, 2020
Rated: 4.07 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Sep 02, 2020
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Reviewed by DrBeergood from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Pumpkin pie orange. Mostly clear. Big carbonation.

S: Smells like a regular beer with hints of pumpkin.

T: Actually very mellow on the spice. Inoffensive and well within it's boundaries.

F: The malts are light, crisp, refreshing.

O: Done very well. A pumpkin ale doesn't need to be strong or sweet. This is good how it is. It would be nice to have a few of these in the fridge for Thanksgiving.
Aug 28, 2020
Rated: 3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jul 16, 2020
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Rated by Sellen from Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Jun 23, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 07, 2019
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Not a bad pumpkin brew...

Great looking beer - clear orange colored liquid with a light head to top it off. The smell is sweet and lightly hoppy with a similar slant on the taste to closely match. Mouthfeel is carbonated, more so than I like. I will add that the taste was more weird than complex which pretty much turned me on this - though I still think its a solid enough brew.
Nov 23, 2019
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L- Deep orange, clear, pours with thin white head.
S- It's smells rather fruity, in a spicy way too.
T- Dryer than expected on the front, perhaps in more of a dry/soda-water way than typical hopping. This then gives way to some meatier body, dry hops, and just the faintest hint of spice - cinnamon?
F- It's nice, it's like a typical 5% ale might be just with a couple of mild spicy notes added
O- I wondered if this would be something I didn't like, you know too off-piste or weird, but in fact I like it, it's not that different from regular beer. The Ingredients list 'spices' but not which ones. The brewery website reveals that it is.... .... nutmeg!
Bought from Wholefoods, London W8 on discount after Thanksgiving. £2.69/330ml bottle. BB: 07/2020
Nov 20, 2019
Rated: 3.11 by rangerred from Tennessee

Nov 09, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by sirspins from Florida

Oct 31, 2019
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Reviewed by Profundobaso from New York

3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look - poured into a 10 oz glass. Amber in color, transparent, with plenty of carbonation. Small head with some lacing.
Smell - a blend of fall spices, including nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves. malts and of course pumpkin detectable. kind of smells like a liquid pumpkin pie: very inviting.
Taste - surprisingly refreshing. a nice sweetness complements the malty backbone, but otherwise a really crisp brew from start to finish.
Feel - medium bodied, high carbonation, and lower ABV at just 5%.
Overall - there are a ton of pumpkin beers out there, but this one is one of my favorites for its adherence to the traditional style and its drinkability. Really showcases the pumpkin in the beer, and this is my go to in the fall.
Oct 27, 2019
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Medium body and carbonation, nothing to complain about as for as the feel of this beer.
Aroma is pumpkin pie spice, some malt and roasted malt in the background
Taste isnt to far off from aroma with it not being sweet at all , almost dry. When I think of pie I expect it to be a little sweet and that made the spice come off dry
It is actually a very well made beer and for a pumpkin beer it basically hits the mark
Oct 15, 2019
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Rated by q33jeff from New Jersey

2/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Update of Pumpkin Beer from 2013-2019 Blind Tastings.

Oct 14, 2019
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Rated by DanO1066 from Maryland

3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Draught pint at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore
Oct 14, 2019
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Rated by Mugman8 from New York

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Nice pumpkin glow on the pour but little head and lacing. Crisp clean taste and smooth finish. Nice beer for the Fall...
Oct 12, 2019
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Reviewed by Amendm from Rhode Island

3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
An average pour from a 12-oz. bottle yields a finger of creamy light-beige foam and large bubbles with below average retention and long blotches of lace. Clear golden-orange, bright in sunlight.

Light smell of pumpkin spice and baked pumpkin and squash with bready malt and very faint hops.

Toasted malt and pumpkin/squash battle for the lead of the taste with caramel malt far behind, hop bitterness is replaced with spice. Semi-sweet and mildly bitter at first, drys to neutral as bitterness rises to average at the short clean finish. Spice and a touch of salt linger briefly.

Medium body, above average carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, light on smell and taste yet well balanced. Lager-like looks and well attenuated. Malt and pumpkin add to the richness.
Oct 09, 2019
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