Post Road Pumpkin Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

2,103 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2001

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,103 |  Reviews: 887
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. Lists the ABV, but does not list a brewed on date or drink by date.

A: Clear brown-orange with slight gold tints at the bottom. It has a huge half-a-finger white head that looks like a sponge. The retention is very good (still sitting high after almost a minute). It is a clear, but lacks a luster light; the carbonation is not steady.

S: Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate the aroma. There is also a bit of starchy; earthy pumpkin.

T: Starts out sweet with allspice and nutmeg. The earthy pumpkin comes in the middle along with some sweet bread, and the earth is also present in the finish. Cinnamon, slight hop bitterness, and pie crust finish the beer out slightly more bitter.

M: Medium with slight cream

O: Always a nice reason to enjoy the return of fall, Post Road is a quality pumpkin ale that has stayed consistent. The beer has a lot of sweet notes at first that are balanced by the earthy pumpkin elements towards the end. This beer has a bit of the grit of pie crust, but it is not overly sweet. People looking for a beer that tastes like the dollop of cream on top of a pumpkin pie would not love this because the earthy pumpkin is more at work in this beverage. The spices are present but are a little more in the background that other pumpkin beers. Since the spices compliment more than star, Post Road is more restrained .

 1,374 characters

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a single thanks to Millers Liqour

Poured into Pint Glass...

Appearance-Very clear orange/yellow body. Head is about one finger of off white. Some lacing on tthe glass.

Smell-Sweet malts and some pumpkin spices. Lets you know it's a Pumpkin Ale, but nothing great.

Taste-Kinda awkward. First sip wasn't bad but the more I drink it the more I just get some bitter unpleasant hops with some subtle pumpkin spices in the backround.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied. Pretty dry. Carbonation is on the higher end.

Overall-There's better Pumpkin beers out there, but it's not that bad.

 581 characters

Photo of devinoconnor
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice pumpkin ale from the Brooklyn Brewery.

Pours an amber brown color with a nice amount of head for a bottle pour. Smell is immediately noticeable. Some tones of cinnamon and pumpkin, with a little corriander.

Taste is delightfully smooth. Nice mix of nutmeg and pumpkin, and comes off as a little creamy as well. Like pumpkin pie?

Overall, very good pumpkin ale.

 370 characters

Photo of jman892
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a somewhat hazy amber color. Foamy white head that sticks around for a while.

S - Aroma is muted pumpkin pie. Like smelling a pumpkin pie through plastic wrap.

T - Taste is also somewhat muted. The spices are somewhat in the background, not as pumpkin pie forward as I had hoped. Bready taste and feel

M - Mouthfeel is fairly light, moderately carbonated.

O - A good fall beer, as metioned previously, not as pumpkin pie forward as I might hope for, but still a solid offering

 493 characters

Photo of BierFan
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours with a coppery amber clear body and a good sized off white head. Smells like the traditional pumpkin pie spices that one would expect from this style. Doesn't smell over-spiced. Very drinkable. The taste is a little mild upfront with a bigger spice kick in the aftertaste.

I'd love to have a big mug of this beer to sip on all night. Yum!

 395 characters

Photo of jera1350
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clean looking beer. The body is a deep copper and the head is a tan foam of fluff. Very nice lacing.

The nose is a little light and a bit soapy. Picking up quite a few spice notes and some floral scents as well. Maybe a little underlying pumpkin in there as well.

This is a very approachable tasting pumpkin ale. It's hard to distinguish between the spice and the hops. Is it spicy/earthy hops adding this flavor or the actual spices? Hard to tell as it kind of blends. The finish has some pumpkin in there. Clean finish as well.

A bit over-carbonated. Soft carbonation, but just too much. A burp producer none the less. Light-medium body with a nice dryness to it.

I would call this a very good introductory pumpkin beer. Their isn't an overwhelming spice or pumpkin flavor, but enough of both to fit into the style. Just not enough of what I personally look for in this style however.

 896 characters

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of falls' simple pleasures!

Slight aroma of fresh pumpkin pie,pours orangey/yellow, nice foamy head lasting a fairish length of time, gentle lacing of the glass.
Taste's like liquid pumpkin pie, distinct spice taste of nutmeg or cinnamon. I look forward to this one each September, my favorite Pumpkin Ale!

 311 characters

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

So all the other Post Roads got retired but this one? That's... that's a sign of something, I guess.

Smells of medium strength pumpkin and pie spices. No beeriness, and the spice nodes are too light to really fully evoke the smell of pie. Nothing bad, but not much going on.

Tastes the same. Nice start--sweet pumpkin, savory spice. Only whereas a better pumpkin beer would have stronger, more complex spice nodes or else veer into a more traditionally beery middle and end, this one just kind of drops off. Not bad, but there needs to be a whole lot more going on here.

A very meek and timid pumpkin.

 605 characters

Photo of airforbes1
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm tackling a horizontal tasting of four pumpkin ales tonight. My third selection is Brooklyn's Post Road.

Pours a dark yellow-orange. Little head. This one smells the most like pumpkin pie to me as there's a lot of pumpkin puree on the nose.

The taste is decent and I seem to like it more with each sip. There's some cinnamon and nutmeg at first, followed by hints of pumpkin puree and vanilla at the end.

I feel like your opinion of this beer will largely be determined by how you feel about the vanilla taste. With each sip, I get more and more vanilla, which could be cloying to some but pleasantly reminds me of pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream.

 656 characters

Photo of chickenflea
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Light orange in color, the beer sported a tall foamy white head. Just average aroma. There is a very light pumpkin aroma, but little in the way of spices and malt. The taste is interesting at first but does not finish well with a spicy tanic aftertaste. Medium carbonation.I did not like the first bottle I tried. But after three (on different days) I am starting to see what they are trying to do. It is also not my favorite pumpkin beer. But it still good and unique in that it is not overly malty.

 508 characters

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 2 Oct. 2010. Served in the Lakefront shaker pint.

Small tight light white-orange colored head. Medium carbonation. Clear pale orange copper in color. CLove, allspice, and nutmeg are all in the aroma. Like a sweet pumpkin pie. Starts moderately spicy but not too sweet. Slightly astringent and vegetal. Squash and pumpkin flavors linger in the finish and aftertaste. Ethanol is slightly warming, medium body.

Not bad for a pumpkin beer.

 457 characters

Photo of Phocion
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Bubbly off-white head sitting on a very bubbly, semi-transparent dark orange body. Little retention but reasonable lacing.

Aroma is very spicy; nutmeg, cinnamon, spiced pumpkin, obviously. Very generous amounts of caramel hops are also present. Somewhat of an apple aroma hidden as well.

Flavor is mellow, gentle, and overall fairly pleasant. Caramel mixes with the spices very well, and not as pumkpiny as some pumpkin ales I've tried. Light earthy hops give it a mildly dry finish.

Crisp, light body. Well-carbonated and fairly sharp. I definitely prefer a fuller and smoother mouthfeel when it comes to this style.

Meh, it's not bad, but it's not great. Seeing as along with Blue Moon and Shock Top, this was the only pumpkin ale I have been able to find in this town, I will probably get more before the end of the fall... but there are much better examples out there.

 919 characters

Photo of tjkinate
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been trying to drink a few different pumpkin ales this year, another good has been added to the list.

A: Poured hard into a standard pint glass that produced a soapy white one finger head that had little retention. Some lacing was initially detected, but like the head, was soon gone. Large bubbles rise up the glass long after the pour, but doesn't cloud this transparent beer. After settling the beer displayed an orange core (like a pumpkin), with a lighter yellow perimeter.

S: Malty with some good spices, to include cloves and cinnamon. Not too pungent.

T: Less sweet than others of this variety, yet I was able to detect the distinct flavor of pumpkin pie in the undertones. Weird since pumpkin pie is so sweet, but instead imagine a bitter sweet version instead.

M: Light and crisp, tingles your mouth and throat.

O: Good pumpkin ale, not the best I have had, but highly drinkable. Looking forward to finishing the rest in the 6-pack. Thank you Brooklyn Brewery!

 975 characters

Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by February 10, 2012.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orangish-amber with thin white head.

Smell: Caramel, fruit, floral hops and autumn spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove). A little mild, and took a little while to find the spices.

Taste: Quite spicy, both from the added spices (seems to be cinnamon, nutmeg and clove) and from the English-style hops. Malt backbone of caramel, bread and pumpkin. Very bitter and spicy finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, very dry finish.

Overall: Comes across as a heavily spiced English Pale Ale, so this is probably a more traditional take on the style. Quite tasty.

 684 characters

Photo of fx20736
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pumpkin orange with a 1 finger offwhite head that leaves wisps of lacing.

Aroma: A thick malty breadiness mixed with allspice, cloves and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Silky and elegant.

Taste: Like the aroma, a thick bready malt is laid over by a blend of pumpkin pie spices. Hops make a slight fragant appearance on the finish along with just an echo of pumpkin custard.

Notes: This is only my 2nd Pumpkin Ale, the 1st being Southern Tier's Pumking. What a contrast. While the latter is an in your face pumpkin shotgun blast that obliterates any trace of beer in the glass, Post Road is a pale ale with some spices and pumpkin added. This is drinkable and interesting. I am not sure if Pumpkin Ale will ever be more than a change of pace or novelty for me but Post Road could be a beer that I could have a few of in the fall.

 867 characters

Photo of sdsurfer217
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Brilliant orange color, very clean. Half finger of crisp white head that laces pretty nicely, plenty of carbonation

S: Smells pureed pumpkin/squash with cinnamon and clove. Little bit of floral notes from hops. Smells faintly of pumpkin pie, but mostly beer.

T: Wow, pretty dang good. Tastes pumpkin pie-ish, but not cloying-so. Little bit of biscuit flavor, followed by squash and spice, finished with clean hoppy flavors. Leaves a lingering cinnamon/clove flavor.

M: Medium weight beer in the mouth. Carbonation dances on my tongue in a good way.

O: Good fall-time beer. Its pumpkin pie-y, but tastes like beer. I think this beer is the good middle ground between the liquid pumpkin pies and beers which happen to have pumpkin in them. Sessionable, and definitely worth a 6-pack.

 817 characters

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

Poured copper in color with some orange highlights. A head fails to develop, but a ring of foam and some surface film cap present a nice-looking brew. The aroma is simple, but aromatic and pleasant. Spicing is faint with Post Road; nutmeg is most present, followed by clove. Toasted malts along with pumpkin give this beer a unique roasted pumpkin seed aroma as well. Taste is malt-forward, with toasty and caramel malts up front. Spicing is again minimal on the palate, but lingers in the finish. Light-medium body with crisp carbonation. Overall subtle and not overdone. It offers something different than a lot of other pumpkin beers out there.

 647 characters

Photo of gtermi
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love me a good pumpkin beer and this is almost as good as it gets. The appearance isnt anything special, just has a gold color with barely any head. The smell has a lot of pumpkin scent and spices. Now the taste is where it is at. I drink it and just screams pumkpin pie. You get the strong pumpkin taste and spices such as nutmeg. This is a decent pumkpin beer.

 364 characters

Photo of Thads324
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangeish copper color with barely any head. Just a bit of off white outer lacing. Sniffs of spices like allspice and nutmeg. A bit of pumpkin like aromas. Sweet malts and a yeasty tail. Taste starts very light. A very effervescent feeling that carries a sweet bread malt. The middle us dominated by a peppery hop and autumnal spices. Finishes with the littlest of bitterness and a lingering pumpkin flavor. Light body with heavy carb.

One of the better pumpkin beers and a solid autumn offering.

 507 characters

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

Pours an orange with a 3/4 in head that disappears into a small ring.

Smell uses all the pumpkin pie spices without forgetting the pumpkin, which usually happens.

The smell was misleading. I was expecting a smooth sweet taste, but what I got was not. It had somewhat of a bite, and all of the flavors were a bit subdued. A malt flavor was present, which is a bit different from the usual Pumpkin Ale. Im not too sure I like it. The pumpkin and spice flavor is really more of a part of the whole picture, instead of the feature ingredient. Clove really comes through in the aftertaste, and is really the highlight of the beer.

That malt flavor tends to stay instead of the spices, which is actually a bad thing.

 714 characters

Photo of Burt
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Amber orange that is clear, off white head that dispersed slowly and left loose lacing.

Light caramel, clove and nutmeg aromas.

A little sweet up front, turns to pie crust in the middle, clove, nutmeg and a little bitterness at the end. It leaves a strange coating on the tongue.

Not a bad pumpkin beer but the clove or nutmeg was a little strong.

 375 characters

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

This is just how I like my pumpkin beers. A beer that has a hint of sweetness. I really don't get the hooplah about the people that want their beer to taste like pumpkin pie or pumpkin soda (uh-hum southern tier).

The beer has a really nice mix of cinnamon, sugar, and pumpkin and it is not overwhelming at all. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed drinking this on a chilly October evening.

 397 characters

Photo of jsprain1
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark orange, somewhat amber, with a thin off-white head. Doesn't last all that long.
S- The smell is a rich, pumpkiny aroma. Smells just like roast pumpkin, with a earthy, spicy character. Heavy on the pumpkin. But Id like more spice.
T- Less spicy on the the tongue than the nose. There still is a certain pumpkin character to it, along with some decent malty notes. There is some spice in the finish, but it's not as pronounced as on the nose.
M- Decently full body, could've used a bit more carbonation.
O- A good, well-rounded pumpkin beer. More spice in the flavor would have bumped this one up quite a bit for me.

 622 characters

Photo of keanex
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Orange copper color with a light tan 1 finger thick head that dissipates quickly into a strong lacing with minimal foam left.

S: Strong pumpkin and cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves spices. Malt hints. Very pleasing scent.

T: Malty, pumpkin flavors, and spices with very slight hops flavor. Very tasty beer.

M: Medium carbonation, medium to full bodied. Not as full as a stout, but it's creamy and rich.

O: One of my favorites of the year, excellent smell that is right on with the taste.

 539 characters

Photo of deadliest
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into SA perfect pint.
A: Mostly clear light amber color. Cream, 1.5 finger head lasts a fair amount.
S: Like pumpkin pie filling. Spicy.
T: Malty, with less spices and pumpkin than the smell let on.
F: medium/light body, crisp finish, good carbonation.
O: Pretty good. Wish it lived up to the smell. I'll be sticking with Punkin if i feel like a pumpkin beer.

 368 characters

Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.53 out of 5 based on 2,103 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.