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 Morey
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper-orange in color with brilliant clarity. Head stood about a half inch tall, but has settled to a thin layer in just a couple of minutes. Not much lacing being left behind as I sip on it.

Smell is typical for the style....cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and perhaps a touch of clove and cardamom as well. A little milder than other pumpkin ales, but pleasing never the less.

A combination of malts and spices up front. Spices create a bit of a drying quality on the palate that lingers on through the finish. Very little sweetness here...could almost use a little.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side for the style with moderate carbonation.

Pretty good overall, but there are definitely better Pumpkin Ales available.

Morey's Bottom Line: I'm not Overly impressed with this one. It's certainly drinkable, and I wouldn't turn one down, but not something I'm going to be anxiously awaiting every year either.

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Photo of hardy008
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber with a small off white head which quickly settles to a very small disc of foam around the top. There is some bread malt and pumpkin in the smell, but very little spice.

There is no sweetness in the taste. There is some bread malt, pumpkin, some hops, and a very small amount of spice. Too small to pick out to be honest.

Light to medium bodied, with average carbonation. Nothing special about this beer. I like pumpkin ales to be heavier on the malt, pumpkin, spices, and sweetness, and this beer does not deliver on any of the qualities I look for. There is some pumpkin, but that is about it. Not to impressive, for a brewery which usually makes some pretty nice beers.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a murky burnt orange with a tall tan head, fluffy and rich with some lacing
S - rich pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, light citrus, fresh bread
T - classic pumpkin pie spices are prevalent, the sweet pumpkin flesh flavour is subdued, some citrus hoppiness, bready malt
M - creamy and full with appropriate carbonation, spice and hop tingle lasts through the finish along with a bready fullness
O - tasty yet generally understated which I always appreciate in pumpkin brews, perfect on chilly fall evening, looking forward to another

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Photo of nandemo1
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pumpkin orange with a finger of dense head. Lacing was minimal however carbonation was bubbling up for the entire drink.

Smell is a bit pumpkin spicy and bready. Taste is spicy as well but with none of the malty sweetness I like in a pumpkin ale. Like the Smutty, this is a bit hoppy and bitter.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, not really what I like.

I'm beginning to think I need to stick to the "Imperial" pumpkins, cause these low abv ones don't measure up in pumpkin pie taste or body.

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Photo of One2Remeber
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Filled my quart growler a couple hours ago, pouring into a pint glass. First time having this brew, always been satisfied with Brooklyn beer (except Local 1, I think I had a bottle past due).

A: Pours an extremely thin, bubbly head that quickly fizzes into nothing. After taking a sip I forced some head with a slow, forceful pour; still not much improved. Light honey-amber color body, clear, filtered. Carbonation looks very uninviting, dull, weak.

S: Smells like pumpkin pie banana nut bread. Biscuity, chewy, warm, honey/caramel sweet.

T: Same as the smell but not as dominant has the nostrils had my pallet believe. Very bland tasting, just like pumpkin pie filling without the crust and whip cream. Not picking up any spices, its more about the biscuity malts. Taste watered down for the style, I've had about six different pumpkin beers this season, all with more flavor than this.

M: Extremely bitter as you swish around the mouth. Fizzy, bubbly carbonation as the beer hits the back on the mouth. As it slides down the throat the chewy pumpkin feel lingers.

O: First pumpkin beer I've had that did not have a spicy characteristic (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove....). This ale is way to one sided with the pumpkin flavor and while the malts do complement the flavor, there is not a complementary taste or feel to balance the beer out, either being from spices or hops. Extremely bland:(

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Williamsburg AleWerks Pumpkin Ale.

A: Clear orange amber with a one-finger, white head that diminished quickly and left bits of lacing.

S: Pumpkin and mild spice. Nice.

T: Moderate sweetness and light hop bitterness. Cinnamon and spice. Malty finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: I was a little disappointed in the appearance and smell. Otherwise, solid pumpkin ale.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear red color. The head is a half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and hints of caramel. The taste is maltier than the aroma with the spices playing more of a background roles. The taste is very pleasing, but disappears quickly leaving almost no aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with rather high carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer that I could drink again, but won't go out of my way to find.

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Photo of mindlucent2007
2.72/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark copper color with a fluffy inch head that settles in with minimal lacing and what appears to be low carbonation. Very good pumpkin scent with not that much spice as a compliment. Light mouthfeel and alcohol is not detected at all. Low carbonation as expected. Taste is natural pumpkin with not many strong spices. Hops are barely present and the malty backbone is strong in this one. I wasn't blown away by Post Road Pumpkin to say the least. It's kind of an amateur and safe pumpkin ale, but it's not bad.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Clear, dark orange color; one-finger head
S: Nice clean pumpkin smell, with a hint of clove and ginger.
T: Just like the nose, and just like pumpkin pie, with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices.
M: Light but smooth with just a bit of creaminess.
O: This is one of the most pure, authentic tasting pumpkin beers I've had this season, though I have several more to go. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I'm not sure how many more pumpkin ales I'm gonna be able to go through this year before I go crazy. Until then, though, this stuff pours a clear golden auburn topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises light caramel apple, light cinnamon, light brown sugar, and a very light tinge of mandarin orange. Yeah, everything's light here...too light... The taste amps up the orange and the brown sugar, leaving pretty much everything else to be forgotten in the background. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a sorta-kinda lightly grainy feel. Overall, I can't help but admit my disappointment with this brew. It's weak when it shouldn't be and is unbalancedly (sure, it's a word...) flavored. Not my cup o' tea.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange body with an inch of white head. Good retention.

The smell has all the usual suspects of spices... allspice, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice.

The pumpkin is pleasant, but subdued. The nutmeg sticks out the most along with some earthy hops and a grainy aspect.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but with good carbonation.

It's a respectable pumpkin ale. It's not one of the best, but still good. I consider this a good entry-level pumpkin ale.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy orange, carbonated with some lacing left

S-Lots of pumpkin but in a way it smelled more like a Pilsner or other lager style beer.

T-Primarily pumpkin but the flavors just didn't seem to mesh together like the should.

M-Some carbonation, smooth and medium bodied.

O-This was the first pumpkin ale I ever had two years ago and loved it, and was the beer that solidified my love of craft beer. However having it again it just didn't hold up, but I would use it as an introduction to the style any day.

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Photo of avalon07
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a completely clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. No lacing at all.

S: A very muted aroma of pumpkin and some spices.

T: Tasted of pumpkin, malt, nutmeg and a little cinnamon. Of course, none of these ingredients really leave an impression on your palate because this flavor is desperately thin.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those rare misses (at least as far as seasonal or one-off beers) for Brooklyn. A surprisingly shallow brew.

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Photo of dstanmyer
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not too different than Smuttynose, this beer has very little in the way of a white head around the edge of glass and presents a somewhat fizzy and sharp taste. The finish is clean with a subtle aftertaste, which is quite pleasant. There are definite hints of spices, primarily cinnamon. Though these spices are not overpowering but more complementary. This is a very drinkable beer with a crisp taste and a natural pumpkin finish.

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Photo of soju6
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an amber color with a small head that fades quickly to bits of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of spice and sweetness.

T: Has a mild grain flavor with some spice sweetness. No real pumpkin flavor to speak of. Very light bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, somewhat smooth.

O: Not a beer with much character. Came across as more of a spicy wheat beer. Will probably pass this one up next time.

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Photo of Vashtar
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The color is a brilliant orange, but it has a bit of fog.
The smell was like smelling chai spice tea. I let out an audible sound because it was so pleasant!
The taste is about what you'd expect from a pumpkin beer. It was average at first. Then it started to become more bitter. The bitter was like a small, straight line at the back of my tongue but it started to spread and I tasted bitter on more of my tongue.

It's also slimy. As you drink it, more slime builds up in your mouth.

I can hardly taste the pumpkin anymore and I'm only half way through.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Attractive orange-amber in color, and clear. Massive head, with delightful rope lacing.

Nose says pumpkins, naturally, with allspice and nutmeg. Zesty and spicy.

Taste is more spice than pumpkin. I get an almost peppery feel, even. It's smooth in body, but not quite what I'd expect (or want) from a pumpkin ale. Solid, and unique, at the very least.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a nice beer. Pefect for the fall season.

It is a medium bodied beer, orange in color with a slightly off white head.

Good flavor, but not overpowering. The pumpkin flavor is rather subdued. This beer is crisp, with a sweet malty taste. The spices are there, but again, not over powering. Same with the hops. Slight hop bitterness that does not interfere with the other flavors.

The mouthfeel is just awsome. Perfectly carbonated, and goes down smooth and easy.

I expected a little more pumpkin flavor, but the over all taste and mouthfeel of this beer are so good, the lack of a strong pumpkin flavor is a small trade off.

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear orange amber, topped with a 1-1/2 finger creamy white head that dissapates quickly. Medium lacing left behind throughout.

S- Faintly sweet, nutmeg, spice.

T- Some sweet malt. Hint of pumpkin and cinnamon. Some spice.

M- Very light carbonation. Somewhat smooth and creamy...but really not all that much.

O- Drinkable due to low ABV. Fairly refreshing.
Simply expected more pumpkin. Not great. Not bad. Ehhh...

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Photo of MacQ32
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep hazy copper with a finger+ of off white head that slowly dissipated to a thin coating over the surface. Nice lacing.

S - Smells of nutmug and cinnamon, slight pumpkin.

T - as it smells with a pumpkin taste and citrusy finish, well balanced. Definitly spicier than it is pumpkin/sweet

M - Medium bodied, refreshing, appropriot carbonation

O - good October feel, drinkable, nice fall brew. Well balanced

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Photo of sommersb
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 09-26-2011
Freshness: Best by 01-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Sam Adams perfect pint
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Clear, orange beer with an off-white head of 4 fingers. Lacing and retention are good.

S: Aromas are of pumpkin, allspice and nutmeg, with some malt sweetness as well.

T: Taste is much more dry and bitter than the smell would lead you to expect. Hop bitterness is much more pronounced than in any other pumpkin ales I've had. Spices round out the flavors.

M: Body is medium and carbonation is medium-high. Finish is dry and somewhat bitter.

O: Not a very impressive beer. To me it seemed more like a pale ale with some pumpkin pie spices added.

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Photo of hopking311
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours light orange 1/4 inch head.. dissapates quickly, leaves a thin white ringaround glass.. fair amount of lacing.

Smells of fresh pumpkin.. cinnamon, a little nutmeg presence..but not overwhelming

Well carbonated.. light body

Taste more of pumpkin than the traditional pumpkin spice.. leaves a dry bitterness behind

overall.. a Good rendition of pumpkin ale for the season.. I will definately try this one again before the season ends..

Cheers Brooklyn Brewery

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Photo of butti001
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack and figured that I would try a new pumpkin ale that I havn't had before. Coming off drinking a southern tier pumpkin, I was largely disappointed. The beer has a satisfying aroma and smells like pumpkin pie, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I poured it into a glass and appeared to be spot on for a pumpkin ale - orangish brown/light red with minimal head. The carbonation was moderate to below moderate. Upon tasting this beer, it was pleasant upfront with the cinnamon and other spices hitting you. Also, the pumpkin taste isn't as pleasant as other beers, as it is more bitter and "earthy" as the other BA reviews suggest. I feel like something isn't being done with this beer to balance out this bitterness and it was too off-putting for me. The whole after taste made it very difficult for me to attempt another sip. I even tried to pass some bottles off to friends that also enjoy craft beer and they complained the bitterness made the beer unappealing. Not an awful beer but I wouldn't reccomend this to anybody that enjoys pumpkin ales.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack for the season. A slight orange look was the initial appearance for the beer, but in direct light, a much more darker look could be seen. Aromas are perfect for the season, with the hints of spice and pumpkin. But, there was a nagging bready feel to the smell that kind of dissolved much of the spice flavor. Taste was very sweet and had somewhat of an earthy, syrupy sweetness to it. Definitely could taste some cinnamon and pumpkin. Mouthfeel is a bit thin though and there is a lacking carbonation. Overall, not too bad.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a Heavy Seas pint glass.

Dark orange in color, good smell of pumpkin and cinnamon. A little too much carbonation, but otherwise a solid pumpkin brew tastewise.

After having Pumking for the first time last night, my standards for pumpkin ales have risen considerably. But this one is pretty good, and I will certainly revisit it either this year or next.

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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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