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

Pours a clear tawny orange with a rather unimpressive soapy white head. Picking up some spice and hints of pumpkin in the nose, as well as some floral hops. The taste follows the nice with pumpkin and spice, which accent a base of caramel and bready malt. Not picking up any hops in the taste. The finish is crisp, a touch of lingering ginger spice, and on the malty side but no cloying sweetness. Light to medium-bodied, moderately carbonated. I found this to be a pretty good pumpkin ale; the spices weren't overpowering, but I would've preferred a bit more hops to balance it out.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours a clear orange with a little white head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing.

S: Smells of nutmeg, pumpkin and a bit of cinnamon.

T: Tastes of some spices with a little hop finish but quite weak and bland overall.

M: Mouthfeel is thin with overly spiky carbonation.

D: I'd say the drinkability is weak even for the style.

I tried five pumpkin beers this season and this one placed fourth or fifth. I don't think I'll bother with it next year.

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

A - Clear orange/amber colour to the body. Some pretty thin light caramel head. Decent head retention. Not much carbonation visible.

S - A nice sweet pumpkin pie smell to it. Hints of brown sugar and spices.

T - Tastes somewhat like pumpkin pie. Quite a lot of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger), and some brown sugar notes. Some moderate bitterness lingers on into the after-taste.

M - Medium bodied (or a little lighter than that). Some crisp carbonation. No trace of alcohol; a little spicy and quite dry on the palate.

D - Good. At 5% abv this beer is definitely among the more sessionable pumpkin ales.

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Photo of rmdunlap85
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours a beautiful orange amber with a thin white head that quickly dissipates

S: Smells strongly of pumpkin spices, which is what I expected from this beer, cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: Also tastes strongly of pumpkin, with cinnamon and nutmeg. It has a sweetness up front, but a balancing bitterness in back.

M: Not very substantial, it is kind of dry, medium bodied.

O: Good beer on flavor, but on feel and drinkability it loses some points with me. I had it on tap at a local restaurant, and I believe it was better there, but I won't go on memory, just what I tasted here.

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Photo of spangltk
2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - light golden with an amber tint

S - strong pumpkin flavor, very sweet.

M - light, heavier in the front.

T - Flavor comes in sweet and strong but quickly disspates into a low bitterness.

D - Too bitter for me to be a session. Not enough pumpkin to get me through it.

It's an approachable pumpkin beer with strong malt characteristics and hints of pumpkin and spice. It was not enjoyable for me as I found the malt characteristics imbalanced. When I drink a pumpkin ale I want it to slap me in the face. With Post Road I find myself searching for the pumpkin and forgetting about the spice.

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Photo of gskitt
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a violent pour delivers a clear, light amber. I thought it might be a bit darker. Thick, pillowy head. Much lacing is seen.
S- Fresh and clean, nutmeg is the most prevalent scent. Smells like Autumn.
T- Pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg are here, has some bitterness which I liked. Not overly sweet.
M- Leaves a bit bitter and dry.
D- Not bad, but I can see the taste can become bland at some point.

This is a really solid pumpkin ale. My third favorite after Pumking and DFH.

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Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper orange colour with a finger of white head that dissipates to almost nothing fairly quickly. Mild spots of lacing around some of the glass. Smells of cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg. I don't get any pumpkin really in the smell, but more of the spices associated with pumpkin pie. Flavour is quite spicy, but not as sweet as expected. Interesting flavour in that it is more on the spicing, but not either pumpkin or pumpkin pie (not sweet enough). Body is a bit thin. Just an ok pumpkin beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best before Feb 2011. Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a clear orange color that produced a great fluffy white head with great retention. Plenty of lacing left behind all over the place.

(S)- A nice creamy pumpkin aroma with a light nuttiness. A nice light spice of nutmeg & cinnamon.

(T)- The smell deceived me. Some pumpkin and spice, but otherwise rather light and thin.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Really drops off the palate with lack of flavor. Smooth though.

(D)- Started out great, but is really lacking in the flavor department in my opinion.

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Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is there a better day to drink a pumpkin ale?

Pours a brilliant copper color with a light fluffy head.

Intense spice aroma of ginger and caramel malts.

The taste is of mild copper malts and plenty of spice that I look for in pumpkin pie without being over the top. In short, this tastes like a beer. There is some candy notes and pepper in the finish. This doesn't leave a overally sweat taste in the finish and that makes it very drinkable.

Enjoyable pumpkin ale and I could actually drink more than one of these in a sitting. Another delicious beer from Brooklyn

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Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are all pumpkin pie scent, so the typical nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon.

The tastes are mainly pumpkin pie spices which dominate this one up front with some brown sugar. There's a bit of hops in the finish.

Overall, this is a mediocre pumpkin beer. Overall there are much better of the style, pass if you have other options.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The ale pours a hazy copper with a white head the some retention. The smell has a faint but hop and malt scent but it overwhelmingly smells from pumpkin pie spices nutmeg, corriander, clove, all-spice, and brown sugar. The taste is of the pumpkin spices, sugar, and the pumpkin flavor at the end. This beer is inbetween the flavors and styling of Dogfish Head's Punkin and Southern Tier's Pumking.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into goblet on 10/26/10.

A - Hazy orange copper-toned body with a finger's width of bubbly off-white head that dispersed into a thin ring of retention and minimal lace.

S - Pleasant blend of pie spices and roasted pumpkin. Aroma is a bit more on the earthy side, so think clove and nutmeg rather than cinnamon and vanilla.

T - Spices dominate the flavor while the pumpkin takes a backseat. Clove is at the forefront with cinnamon taking on a supporting role. Flavor, like the aroma, is on the spicy side of the spectrum. Finishes with an earthy hop bite accompanied by plenty of autumn spice.

M - Light to medium bodied with a thin, syrupy texture and lively (perhaps a little too much) carbonation. Mouthfeel is a tad watery perhaps. Finishes with a tinge of earthy bitterness and residual spiciness on the palate.

D - Good all-around pumpkin ale, although it's a tad too carbonated perhaps. Still, it's slightly above average in the echelon of pumpkin ales.

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Photo of mltobin
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance is a deep amber color with a short white head.
Smell contains some nutmeg, cinnamon, and faint pumpkin.
The taste of Post Road Pumpkin is subdued, while there is pumpkin, spice, & sweetness all present. It is still an ale at the core and not overdone in its flavor profile with too much of anything. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, decent carbonation. This is one pumpkin ale, that one could drink a couple of, it very much has a more relaxed character.

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Photo of oluap
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - golden, copper.. almost orange. foamy head that consists of big bubbles.. slowly dissapears. leaving a little lacing here and there.

s - cinnamon, spicy pie crust.. smell the pumpkin!

t - sweet potato/pumpkin pie.. when going down it has a strong spiciness that dominates the palate.. nutmeg, cloves.. after tasting gives pie crust aftertaste.

m - sprtizy almost.. has a feel like soda.

d - can drink a good amount of these.. if my palate agrees with the spicy aftertaste for that day.. def. a fun beer to drink for the season and with good home cooked meal (turkey dinner perhaps)

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Post road pumpkin pours an orangish red color with an off-white head. OK retention and spotty lacing.

Two spice really stick out to me in the aroma: nutmeg and cinnamon. With that said, the strongest aroma is probably caramel malt. Just a little bit of fruity hops float around in the background also.

I get two flavors out of Post Road Pumpkin, nutmeg and caramel malt. I do notice some cinnamon, and some fruity hops in the finish, but nutmeg and malt definitely dominate. Pumpkin beers are supposed to have spices for flavoring, but this one manages to rely on nutmeg (my least favorite of the bunch) and still manages to be more malt forward than it should be.

Standard in both carbonation and body.

There isn't anything bad about this beer, but it just isn't what I look for in a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brownish color with a tad bit of a light head. Nose brings a good dose of spice and a few hints of pumpkin. Taste is mostly spice with a bit of sugar and pumpkin. Light to medium body. Not one of the more extreme pumpkin beers that I have had, but doesn't quite hit the level of some of he better versions.

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Photo of afksports
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had with some incredible mac n cheese at Amity Hall, Village, NYC about an hour ago. Not on my Top100, but definitely part of the season and definitely stamping the passport. What's up, Mike!

Appearance I liked. Standard pumpkin copper, but a bit darker than some others, and a nice head retention. A little cloudy, or else points would be higher. Smell is probably its best strength. Sweet and full aroma, and spices are present too, with a hint of hops. The taste follows the nose at first, starting off with a sugary burnt caramel type feel, then transitioning to malt in the middle, with pumpkin spices and hops in the finish. It's not a clean finish, and there's a bit of an overly malty taste that lingers - but to be fair, that's what I like about it going down.

It might not be highly drinkable just because you might get a bit too much pumpkin in the medium-bodied and carbonated taste, but I could see myself doing at least a 6'er, especially at the pleasing 5% abv.

This is easily the highest rating I've given to a BB beer yet, so maybe now I can finally be called a homer.

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Photo of tylernim
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours brown with a hint of orange. Not much of a head for me.

S - Pumpkin with a touch of spice.

T - Somewhat of a flat pumpkin taste. Hint of spice. Sweeter than say Punkin Ale.

M - Light with some carbonation

D - Very drinkable in my opinion.

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

A- Copper-brown with a remnant of froth.
S- I am sure there are several spices in here but the one that stands out in the smell is the allspice.
T- Spicey pumpkin pie. There is a clove taste mixed in also. It's not a hefeweizen clove taste it's more like the ham glaze clove flavor.
MD-This one grew on me. I'm not a fan of beer and cinnamon together but Brooklyn pulled it off.

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

Pours a dark amber/orange with a quickly disappearing pearl head. Nice looking despite the lack of head. Pumpkin spice aroma, decent blend of scents. Nice pumpkin flavor. Sweet vanilla and pumpkin up front, followed by the typical pumpkin spices. Brown sugar, cinnamon and all spice stand out. A bit of hops on the end as well. Creamy and well carbonated mouthfeel and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of zachariaIPA
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Post Road Pumplin Ale- a subtlety festive label on a brown bottle with a nice big pumpkin on it. Pours a nice dark pumpkin orange with a good inch of slightly orange head. A perfect ring of thick lacing lines the glass marking the first pour as the head slowly fades away.

Lots of pumpkin, spices..some cinnamon and nutmeg, even hints of gingerbread and vanilla tones. It's not over the top at all, but a pleasant mid-range pumpkin ale. It's definitely not as spicy as Dogfish Head's Punkin or as bold and far out as Southern Tier's Pumking.

Very pleasant creamy and spicy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. It would be conceivable to drink a couple of these on a nice autumn eve!

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Photo of MyGoodness
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had no clue what to expect from this one. Pours an amber colour with a creamy thin head. Smell is faint, but definitely has notes of cinnamon, clove, and what I think is malt. The taste is where this gets a little odd... it actually tastes more like pumpkins than spices, which is the opposite of most pumpkin ales I've tried. It was a pleasant surprise, as I was bracing for the nutmeg kick most of these ales have. Creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish. This is very easy to drink, almost too easy, bordering on being watery. As others have stated, this beer is a lot nicer when it's allowed to warm up a bit. It mellows and more of the overall flavour emerges. Don't drink it chilled, it only amplifies the watery quality. My distributor didn't keep these in the fridge, I should have followed suit but put it away when I got home. Just let it be!

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Photo of WolfmanK
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this from a bottle, pours a nice rich amber color, with a 1/4" head, smells strongly of cinnamon and spice, but the smell doesn't coincide with the taste.

The peppery and burnt spice tasts over powers the beer, in fact my friend and and I were hard pressed to tastes any pumpkin, or even malt for that matter... We couldn't find the beer.

Mouthfeel was fine, and the drinkability form a texteure point of view was there, it just didn't taste much of beer.

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Photo of JoePat
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a copper color with a white head that slowly dissipates.

The aroma is mostly of clove and a little cinnamon and not much of anything else.

The flavor has a dominate clove flavor with a balanced cinnamon and malt combo. Clove is not really my favorite flavor in these beers but this is just tame enough to be good.

Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkable. There is nothing that really keeps me craving more but I can easily drink a few at a time.

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Photo of wcintula
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Damn, I remembered better things from this, having it on tap at SI Brewfest, and it was one of my first beers.

Out of the bottle it has a less than good color, more of a yellow amber colored clear body with a an ecru head of 1 and half fingers. Smells overly spicy with small hints of pumpkin. Cinnamon and clove on the nose and tongue with very strong CO2 bite which I found unpleasant. But shit, I bought a six pack and I'm gonna drink a six pack.

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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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