Post Road Pumpkin Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale
2,122 Ratings
Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2001

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nice deep orange with half-inch of creamy white head, that's gone in a minute. Bubbly lacing.

I'm picking up some pumpkin, spices/cinnamon and the nutmeg on the nose. It's definitely there, with some malt. Overall, a pleasant nose.

The aromas do follow through up front on the tongue,although the spices are subdued, if there at all. It's a very thin watery body that finishes. So the tastes of malt, some pumpkin and maybe some wheat or hops come up front upon sipping, only to finish in a watery and thin mouthfeel.

It's not a bad beer, but this one needs improvement. There are better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint glass

A: Right on the edge between a dark gold and orange, it ends up looking mostly orange, but definitely has some gold in there, head doesn't last long but leaves some film

S: LIke most pumpkin ales it has as spice forward nose, ginger and nutmeg mostly, I've found that I am more aware of ginger so that's what stands out to me, its not overwhelming though, it still smells like a slightly sweet malty beer with ginger, instead of just ginger syrup

T: The taste ends up following the same direction as the aroma, a good slightly malty ale with spices, it actually has a decent amount of hop flavor that goes well with the spices used, I don't like pumpkin beer that is all spice and no beer, to me nutmeg is still the dominant flavor, I don't really taste cinnamon at all, there is some clove with the ginger though, if you let the taste really develop you get just a little slightly sweet caramel malt at the very end, as I mentioned it has enough bitterness to just cleanse the palate which is quite good, as the beer warms a silghtly tart flavor begins to develop, I have no clue what that is from (citrus peel?), works ok sometimes, other times I don't like it, but overall it wouldn't change my rating

M: Light-medium body, carbonation has decent initial zip, but actually is quite low, it works OK since too much carb can really add to much spice with this style, but it could definitely use a little more body in my opinion, tastes a little too thin

O: I had this beer a few times in the bottle at a friends place so I decided to take some home and give it a review, it tastes much better in the glass, although it is definitely lacking in some areas. Overall this is a solid pumpkin ale that maintains a good foundation, but needs a little work.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite temps in the high-80s today in Oregon, this evening seems like a 'fall beer' one. Picked up this 12 oz bottle on a Labor Day stop at Vineyard Liquors (Plano, IL); poured to a pint glass.

Printed "BB JAN 2013" on the neck. Among the most boring, least-inspired label designs I've seen. Yawn.

A: Deep golden pour with a hint of copper/orange-ness. Even a vigorous pour barely garnered any lasting head - maybe a 1/4 finger of whitish foam. Lace is skimpy, a stray ripple or dot, nothing more. Color is beautiful, though, and the very refined haze refracts perfectly in late afternoon sunlight. Plus points for timely daylighting!

S: Caramel malt (kinda wheaty, too) and fair dose of 'pumpkin pie' spicing. Nutmeg and cinnamon, as required, nothing really remarkable. Strength is fair initially, builds gradually as it warms.

T: Gingery almost, very earthy spice (like bark). Nutmeg gives this a real zing, bready backing emulates 'crust' quite well. Fortunately, taste is my favorite part of this beer. Sugar-sweetness is held well in check, a positive thing for a pumpkin beer in my opinion.

M: Crisp, rather clean and vibrantly carbonated. Medium body, with a lasting dry spice.

O: I really, REALLY like pumpkin beers... I'm probably a rare breed in that I *crave* them (when well done) pretty much year-round, no matter the season. Living in the Pacific Northwest , there aren't very many good/great examples of pumpkin ales outside of the excellent ones Elysian produces. This one from Brooklyn? Kinda 'meh'. Drinkable enough, but it seems basically like an amber or under-hopped pale ale with some spices pitched in. I had NO PROBLEM finishing it, however... and, yeah, I'd drink it again... mostly because it eschews 'fake' sweetness, for a creeping earthy spicing.

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Photo of Nikko
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers worth of bubbly white head

S: Pie crust, pumpkin spices, and a good dose of malts are the major players here

T: Follows the nose, but tones down the spices a bit. A little more focus is put on the malts and pumpkin influence. The spices do come out more in the finish, but take a back seat for the most part

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid pumpkin ale that has a nice mix of spice, pumpkin, and malts. Nothing over the top, and the abv is definitely on the tame side compared to most, if not all, pumpkin beers. Another one that's worth a shot if you like pumpkin beers

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an autumnal copper with well over a finger of head, some of which remained for awhile. The fleeting head left great lacing on the glass. There is a subtle pumpkin nose to this offering along with some light malt notes. The pumpkin flavor is mellow, but definitely present.

Unlike many pumpkin ales, this is a solid ale all by itself, made special by the pumpkin presence. This offering ends nicely with a dry finish.

While I love the amped up pumpkin ales, I can also appreciate a classic like this one from the Brooklyn Brewery. Of all the pumpkin ales available on the market, I imagine that this is the one that best resembles the kind of ale preferred by Daniel Shays and his comrades back in the fall of 1786 just before they launched their historical rebellion in Western Mass.

Update, September 2015: After not sampling this beer in a few years, i decided to give one of my old favorites a re-try. Sadly, I was disappointed. The 2015 version seemed thinner and less flavorful than the beer that I had enjoyed in previous autumns. Brooklyn changed the label; I wonder if they changed the recipe as well.

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Photo of yossarian14
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of TechTriumph
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Pours less than an inch of very light tan bubbly head that doesn't stick around long; Medium amber in color with a very clear appearance; No lacing left behind

S - Pretty good blend of lightly roasted pumpkins, pie crust, and spices - cinnamon / nutmeg; Bit of earth comes through as well

T - Cinnamon and nutmeg spices jump forward first, but are soon followed by a light wave of pumpkin flavor; Pumpkin is a bit on the sweet side, but pairs well with the lingering spicy and bready character; Barley and grains are underneath the pumpkin and spice

M - Crisp, lively carbonation and a bit under medium bodied; Finishes a bit on the dry side and leaves the mouth a bit sticky as well

O - This pumpkin ale is pretty straight forward - not really complex and not an overachiever for the style. However, the nice thing about this offering is that it doesn't over-do the spices and lets the pumpkin come through a bit. Plus, it's pretty drinkable for a pumpkin ale and a great candidate if you're looking to have a few glasses in one sitting.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, orange-copper coloring with a thin, filmy, very low profile head. Aromas of light and sweet pumpkin, with a light, balanced spicing of cinnamon and all spice. Flavors are roasted, but remain light. Sweet, rich pumpkin backbones with a dose of the cinnamon spicing that keep everything light and balanced. The aftertaste has a more complete, pumpkin bread flavor to it. Very tasty on the finish, with a clean, smooth mouthfeel. Solid brew.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a nice 3-finger bubbly, frothy cream-colored head. Really nice retention and lacing. Clear with a good amount of carbonation bubbles.

S – Bready malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Also, maybe the slightest bit of grassy, earthy hops, but that could just be the other aromas tricking my nose. Smells like this may be one of the most balanced pumpkin beers that I’ve tried so far.

T – Starts off sweet with bready and caramel malt and pumpkin. The pumpkin pie spices come into play mid-taste with cinnamon being the dominant one. Those hops that I picked up in the aroma must’ve been real because there’s a nice earthy and grassy bitter finish. Pumpkin and spice flavors are there, but the base beer flavors are still evident – and that is a very good thing.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter and slightly dry finish. Lots of flavors linger but sweet pumpkin and caramel malt maybe linger the longest.

O – This is the best pumpkin beer that I’ve had so far. Many people may disagree with me because it’s not loaded with pumpkin or pumpkin pie spice flavors. However, that’s how fruit beers are supposed to be. The fruit is supposed to add to the aroma and flavor of the base beer, not replace the base beer. Bready and caramel malt and grassy, earthy hops can still be appreciated here. The pumpkin and the spices add to the beer and make it that much better and more festive. Great fall beer from Brooklyn.

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Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of crownrl28
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ramseye4
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer review after a pretty long hiatus so bear with me. Pumpkin ales are my top style of beer, and I hope post road does not disappoint. To me, nothing beats sitting on my back porch on a gorgeous fall day drinking a pumPkin ale. Anyway, on to the review.

A= a gorgeous orange copper color with a strong two finger head that leaves a marbling of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. The beer is a tad bit more transparent than I'd like to see, but the gorgeous autumn coloring just oozes deliciousness.

S=the usual pumpkin ale gauntlet of nutmeg and cinnamon, with an underlying malt presence that blends the aroma together nicely. The aroma is enticing but refrains from being overpowering like some other pumPkin ales I've tried.

T=the nutmeg and pumpkin pie taste hits subtly up from, then the malt comes in at the end. A bit of vanilla can be detected as well. A great tasting beer, but the mouthfeel brings the taste down a hair.

M=the low point. The aroma andinitial sensation of the beer hitting the taste buds suggest a fuller bodied beer, but the mouthfeel is a bit watery.

O= a fantastic beer to enjoy on an autumn day, pick this up as soon as you can

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Ralphs66
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 2,122 ratings
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