Post Road Pumpkin Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

2,104 Ratings

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.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.58/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It has a ginger, vanilla, allspice and pumpkin smell. The taste is pretty identical with a nice blend of ginger, vanilla, pumpkin pie crust some nutmeg allspice spices and of course pumpkin and some course subtle hops on the end and aftertaste. It also finishes sweet which is how I particularly like pumpkin beers.

This beer reminds me more of a well balanced Southern Tier Pumking. It has that same gingerbread taste but it blends more vanilla and everything else better. Pumking was a little hard to keep drinking because of how sweet it is. Post Road though take it down a notch and it comes out tasting like a Southern Tier Pumking Light. It also doesnt drink so heavy that it still tastes like a beer. Definitely one of my favorite pumpkin beers this year.

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Photo of n2185
2.71/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with three fingers of off-white that recedes into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Typical pumpkin spices--nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, etc.--up front. Some vanilla and pumpkin notes bring up the finish.

T: Spices again up front followed by a lightly sour pumpkin flavor. Somewhat bready and slightly bitter finish. A bit odd, and not much there.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer feels a bit watery.

O: Just not a very good beer. Spices and blandness dominate the nose and palate with a watery body. Nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- A light clear pumpkin color amber with a two finger head. Lighter than other pumpkin ales I have seen.

S- pumpkin sweet malt with some nutmeg spice but it's not a sharp spice.

T- Light pumpkin taste and hardly any spice in the flavor. Actually lacks flavor in this case. All you get is pumpkin but not enough of it. A little bit of clove comes through on the finish but doesn't stick around too long

M- Thin kinda watery feeling. Drinks way too easy with almost no lingering finish.

O- kinda of disappointing beer. it's good if you want to be able to drink it down quick but if you are looking for full flavor and slow drinking better move along to the next one.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a slightly hazy shade of amber with a one finger white head. Head sticks around for awhile, lacing is totally solid. Looks damn good

S- slight aromas of pumpkins, mild spice. Not really overwhelming with the cinnamon and nutmeg and all that

T- there is little to no spice in this beer, and you're getting mainly the pure pumpkin flavor. Unfortunately, it's not really a very powerful flavor, and is very muted

M- pretty light body. Watery

O- I don't necessarily want a pumpkin ale that has enough spice to choke you. But this is just really bland, with not much going on at all.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Yellow towards golden amber in color. Good clarity and an off white head that produces some decent lacing.

Smell is ok, pretty standard I guess. Smells of spices that would go into a pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and of course pumpkin. Slight yeasty smell as well with the slightest hint of nuttiness. Doesn't smell bad, but it doesn't really smell like beer, much less a craft beer.

Taste separates itself from the smell. A generous caramel malt profile. Unlike many pumpkin beers this actually has a pumpkin flavor, not just pumpkin pie. Earthy taste from probably both pumpkin and the hops. Slight breadiness from the yeast as well.

Mouthfeel is ok. Body bigger than you'd expect from this one, because of the pumpkin. Earthy with a dry finish. Not a bad beer by any means, but as it warms up the taste gets better but the smell gets worse. I cracked it open because I was in the mood for a pumpkin beer, it sufficed. Had it several times but finally took the time to review it.

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Photo of RickS95
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wouldn't guess this to be a pumpkin ale by appearance. It's got a bronzy copper color to it, but it's pretty clear, at least clearer than other pumpkin ales I've seen. The head is initially off white with a gentle orange hue, but both the head and the orange hue go pretty quickly.

Smells as good as any other pumpkin ale I can think of. It's smells like pumpkin, only with a bit more spice and it smells like pumpkin spice, only with a bit more pumpkin. I maybe should have given this a five.

Despite my comments about the head, there is great lacing.

The taste is pretty much par for the course, a combination of pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spices. But there seems to be a Pilsner like aftertaste to it that ruins it for me.

Initially, it's sweet. Then a bit spicy and almost bitter. It's not smooth at all, almost a bit harsh, particularly for the style.

A slightly above average beer. Good to have a sixer during the holiday, but pretty much useless any other time of the year.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by Jan 2012. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap that lasts. Tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of big fresh pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, caramel, and bread. Some very nice aromas here, probably the most pumpkin forward aromas I have ever had in a beer. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, bread, and allspice. No bitterness noticed, but there are some lingering notes of pumpkin, bread, allspice, and cinnamon on the finish. Taste is a bit on the watery side, but overall really solid and enjoyable. Medium carbonation and body; with a bit of a creamy mouthfeel that goes down very smoothly. Nice balance of flavors. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish as expected. Overall this is a really nice and sessionable pumpkin ale. I would have this again.

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Photo of scones
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - BMC look to it. Looks like a slightly darker light lager. Thin head.

S - Eh. Light on the spice. And pumpkin. And malt. And everything else. It's smelling like a weak pale ale.

T - Like the nose, tastes kinda like a light pale ale, but with a bit of spice. The pumpkin is very light. Just not good.

M - Fairly thin. Fairly carbonated. Not quite as thin and fizzy as a light lager, but its not good by any means.

O - I am shocked that this is rated as highly as it is. Unless I somehow picked up a bottle that was cut with Busch Light, it's just not a good pumpkin... or really a good beer period. I'd prefer it over some things, but over most any other pumpkin? Not likely.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy, crimson amber; with a thick head and nice lacing.

Smell is a smooth spice: cinnamon and nutmeg with pumpkin and orange zest.

Taste has a solid pumpkin presence, with subtle spice: cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also a nice, caramel malt and smooth hop finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with nice carbonation. Incomparably clean for a spiced beer.

Overall, a great fall brew that is as clean as a pumpkin ale can be without losing its fall essence.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an orange-copper with a two finger head. Substantial lacing stick to the sides of the glass as the head dissipates.

S - Nutmeg and cinnamon with a hop background.

T - Light brown sugar followed by the hops and spices. Pretty light flavor for everything overall though.

M - Medium body and good carbonation. Right for the style.

O - Pretty good flavor, just needs to be bolder to put the hops in the background instead of the foreground. I wish the flavor matched the aroma's intensity. A decent pumpkin ale if you get the chance to try it, though probably not going to make the list for my fall staples.

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Photo of garuda
2.51/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Deep orange with a thick off white head that good retention and lacing down the glass.

S - Pumpkin spice and nutmeg up front, then some caramel, bready sweetness, then has some pine hops.

T - Pumpkin spice and nutmeg dominates with pumpkin flesh having a small presence and finishing with some pine hops. The pumpkin spice is a bit much and after a while I just get the feeling of a wet pumpkin patch in my mouth.

M - Medium body, a bit high in the carbonation, a little rough across the palate. Leaves a nasty feeling behind from the pumpkin spice.

O - Not the pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream pumpkin ale that I like. Pumpkin spice is way overdone, and the pine hops just seem way out of place. Won't be getting this again.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours hazy orange with minimal white head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Taste: Pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, a bit astringent, particularly as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall: A good pumpkin beer. Nothing terribly interesting going on. Well balanced.

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Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one at the Kinzie Street Chop House in Chicago. The Kinzie is a solid Chicago steak joint that is more known for their wines. It is an encouraging sign that they now devote menu space to their draft list and include nice descriptions of their beers. This is progress!

Served in a fancy pilsner glass, the beer is amber shading towards orange. It has a sticky beige head.

Smells like pumpkin pie. There are spices (nutmeg, all spice and maybe cinnamon) and bready malts.

The taste follows the nose. There is some initially assertive spicing that screams fall to me. The malts add a touch of sweetness and there is something vaguely earthy in the finish.

The zippy carbonation could be dialed back a notch but that is a minor quibble. I think this is a keeper!

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Photo of jifigz
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint.

A: A very clear colored orange beer with a very fizzy head that disappeared extremely fast.

S: The beer's aroma is of a mild pumpkin pie like spices. That is all I am getting, that and nothing else.

T: The taste mimics the smell-pumpkin pie. The aftertaste is the best part in my opinion. A strong spice flavor lingers mixed with a good residual sweetness.

M: The MF on this beer seems way too thin for what the flavor seems to be. I feel that this should be a thicker and creamier beer for the colder weather, not a watery bodied beer that is refreshing for summer.

O: This isn't a bad beer. I had never seen it before, or even heard of this one, so I grabbed a bottle to give it a shot. I probably won't ever buy it again. There are much better pumpkins.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer exits the bottle a deep caramel color with a thin head. A sweet malt aroma with definite contributions of pumpkin and spice: nutmeg, cardamom and the like. Malty goodness coats the palate, with just a hint of husk. Pumpkin is certainly in the mix with with light hint of spice. A nice beer. Definitely more of a slow drinker, but still something you could drink all night. Its a subtle smoothly brewed beer.

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Photo of thadbme
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a darker orange into a regular beer glass, easily 3 fingers of head on top of the beer that sat for a good bit of time. Looks to be yellow in the light. Had to let it calm down before getting a good smell of it. A small amount of visible carbonation. This is a good looking beer.

S: A hint of pumpkin and not a whole lot of spice. As with most of the pumpkin ales that I have tried, this reminds me of a pumpkin pie, but this one seems to be blended well rather than an aggressive overwhelming pumpkin spice. 3.5

T: Slightly bitter up front, with a hint of the pumpkin spice and the fruit. An easy drinking beer. I notice that trying to evaluate the taste i'm already down half a glass. I'd say it goes down rather easy.

M: Light beer, goes down without the hint of alcohol in it. No noticable carbonation. Goes down easy.

O: My favorite pumpkin beer that I have tried to date. This is a nice seasonal, and in my opinion was blended well. Nothing was overwhelming of any of the flavors, yet this remained easy to drink. I think this could be a good pumpkin beer to look at getting a growler of.

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

An ever so lightly hazed brew with a good sized head and very good retention. Good lacing as well. A lovely pumpkin tinged amber color. Smell is that magic balance of malty ale and pumpkin pie. The spices are deliciously inviting and respectfully submissive to the sweet bready malt core. I get notes of vanilla and caramel as well as light earthy hops. Pumpkin flows throughout. Taste brings a bigger spiciness as well as pie flavors but just enough. Big malt body counters with a full flavored ale backbone. A mineral edge combines with the hops to give an English style finish that leaves a good clean pumpkin and cloved nutmeg hoppiness. Nice. Feel is smoothly carbonated with a light tingle. Weight is medium light with a refreshing, quenching quality. A good fall flavored session brew. A solid player and an excellent choice for this time of year.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light amber/rust color. Head is off-white color with good retention. Lacing is ok and unevenly proportioned around the tulip.

S - Light nose. Getting cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla. You have to not really getting the pumpkin. Smells ok.

T - Taste is a little bitter. Picking up a clove spiciness in the middle that sort or just fades. Pumpkin is a little more noticeable. Kinda flows through the whole taste lightly.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Smooth. Average.

O - Haven't had many of these pumpkin ales but I can say this is an ok beer all in all. Nothing special but a definite change from the norm in my area.

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Photo of marty21
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange copper colour with 1.5 fingers worth of foamy off white head. Settles to a ring around the glass but didn’t leave any lacing.

S: Has a very nice aroma of pumpins with some cinnamon and other spices in the background. The smell is very inviting.

T: The taste is a little disappointing. It lacks all tastes that you got in the aroma up front. It does leave a nice aftertaste on your tongue of the pumpkin and spices. But the intial taste lacks all those flavours.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. It did lack a bit in the flavour initially but the aftertaste was good. Plus the aroma was really nice. I would definitely buy this beer again to enjoy.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very rich copper, almost walnut colored with a foamy cream colored head that is very patient to dissolve leaving sticky, yet thin lacing clinging to the glass.

Pleasant aromas of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and malt float from the glass.

Similar the aroma, the pumpkin and spices are generous but not overwhelming and a nice malty backbone accompanies all of this. It is quite festive tasting.

Perhaps a bit thin in the body versus some of its counterparts with medium carbonation and a very flavorful finish.

This is a pretty nice example of a pumpkin ale offering just enough pumpkin and spice without overwhelming the palate.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.66/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz into Ommegang BPA glass.

Pours with 2F of creamy off-white head that hangs around forever, over a golden to amber colored body. Excellent lacing.

Aromas were interesting - typical pumpkin quality with cinnamon as the spice, but layered with some lemony citrus and herbal qualities, too.

Low to moderate body. Flavors are lemony, with a slight herbal bitterness. The spices are in the background, and hard to discern - maybe clove and nutmeg. Touch of vegetal / pumpkin quality. Maybe it's the glassware, but this one falls somewhere between a Belgian Pale and American Amber. Very little pumpkin quality overall. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery.

After sampling about 10 different Pumpkin Ales this Fall, this might be at the bottom. Don't get me wrong - it's a fine beer, and easy drinking (I could easily go thru a 6 pack), but not a fine Pumpkin ale.

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Photo of plfahey
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-A tawny orange brown color with good clarity and a robust, dense, cream colored head good retention.

Aroma-Spicing is subtle and not overpowering, with light notes of clove, ginger, and nutmeg. A mellow squash/pumpkin aroma lies underneath the spices. There's also a bit of toasty, bready malt in there. Pleasant.

Flavor-A smooth blend of fleshy pumpkin and nutmeg, with other pumpkin pie spices close behind. A touch sweet with drying spice and low hop bitterness on the backend. Simple, well balanced, and tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, though it feels a little thin on the palate, almost like it's got body up front, but then turns watery as the carbonation dissipates. Soft moderate carbonation.

A solid Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn-it's pretty tasty, well balanced, subtle, and charming. Not my favorite style of beer, but this one does it pretty well, and remains drinkable enough from the low spice profile that I could actually probably put down a few.

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Photo of valacech
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this at the Black Horse Tavern in Mendham, NJ. They had the cases prominently displayed, so I thought I'd give it a try. I enjoyed it, but was let down. I've made my own pumpkin ale before and I've had others that did a better job of bringing out the pumpkin. It's typical to see pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices with varying levels of bitterness in a pumpkin ale. I felt the Post Road wasn't bold enough in this sense. Here are my thoughts:

A - A deep copper color with good clarity. A nice looking beer in the glass. Head is kind of fluffy, but collapsed after a minute or so.
S - Pronounced pumpkin scent, very subtle hints of cinnamon and other spices on the nose.
T - Somewhat dissapointing. Spices don't quite come through and the pumpkin flavor is rather lacking, though the armoma is somehow there.
M - Somewhat watery and on the flat side. Some smooth citrusy hoppiness tingles on the finish.
O - Not a bad brew, but it needs a little refining. Nothing really pops about it. Perhaps more spices/pumpkin fruit during fermentation and slight priming adjustment to improve carbonation and mouthfeel. Enjoyable, but I wouldn't drive across county lines for one.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.5/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A lot of people came into my job looking for this after we sold our two cases so I figured id give it a try. Pours a nice amber/orange color with a very faint pumpkin scent and a slight "beer" scent. Decent sized head with decent retention.

Unfortunately the beer didn't live up to the build up. Nice thing carbonated mouth feel that goes down easy but not much else. Slight traces of pumpkin, allspice, and cinnamon, but not much. All these flavors quickly dissipate however when you swallow and a very moderate hop presence makes itself known. More like a beer with a slight pumpkin flavor than a pumpkin ale.

not what I want when I want pumpkin ales

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Slightly hazy light amber pour with a solid and creamy looking vanilla colored head. Great retention with a sticky lace.

S - Light aroma of cinnamon and ginger; a little nutmeg...pie spice for sure. Feint toasted malt aroma with a yeasty, somewhat bready kick.

T&M - A very smooth beer, with a nice blend of spice flavors that follow the nose. Bitterness is felt mostly in the finish, and seems slightly more pronounced than most pumpkins; in fact, the sweet/bitter balance I'm finding to be somehwat unique considering the style typically leans to sweet.

O - An incredibly easy to drink, smooth, well-balanced pumpkin ale. I'd happily give this to someone who wasn't sure if they would enjoy the style.

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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.53 out of 5 based on 2,104 ratings.
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