Post Road Pumpkin Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

2,102 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 cyberbmcd
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a thick head that dissipates but good lacing.

First sip gives you a hoppy bite more akin to a Marzen than a Pumpkin ale, but it's not a bad thing.

The mouthfeel is light, but substantial. hint of nutmeg and citrus. Not as "pumpkiny" as PumKing or Weyerbacher but it's there and its good.

I love everything brewed by this company so my review may be partial, but this is a great ale that I could drink in March as easily as October.

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Photo of Julz
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear and Amber in color. Looks similar to a Pale Ale.

S- Yest, orange and allspice. Have a great fall like smell.

T- A nice hoppy bite that you do not expect from a pumpkin ale. Nice allspice, nutmeg, and pumpkin flavor. Great finish with little after taste.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink. Not overly sweet, more hoppy than the usual pumpkin ale and that is what I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

fall 2010 is here bitches. first pumpkin ale of the year.
post road pumpkin ale, found it at whole foods here in new orleans, had no idea that it was brooklyn's.

the ideal orangey amber body color with a white head.
great pumpkin spice aroma. not much else to say about that.
the taste matches the aroma. i can really taste the nutmeg in there. has a cidery taste.
mouth feel is right on. great carbonation. goes down warm.
extremely drinkable for autumn, too bad its still in the low 90's here. i actually look forward to the chilly weather drinking this.

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Photo of aepb1
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Orange with a big white head

S- Cinnamon, pumpkin and yumminess

T- Cinnamon up front moving into malty caramel with some pumpkin underneath it the whole time

M- Smooth, medium bodied with good carbonation

D- a nice pumpkin ale. Not the best, but not bad at all

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep gold with a hint of orange. A wisp of a head forms upon pouring and quickly dissipates into a persistent ring of lace.

S- Rich pumpkin and spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. A good dose of caramel malt backs the pumpkin pie aromas up. Very nice; exactly how a pumpkin beer should smell.

T- Pumpkin comes through right at the start but is nearly overwhelmed by some grainy malt. The spices come through a bit on the finish. Kind of thin and not enough pumpkin. Doesn't live up to the smell at all.

M- A bit thin, almost a little watery. Carbonation is decent.

D- I could have a couple, but I don't think I'd want more than that.

I was kind of let down by this one. It smelled great but the taste really disappointed. Not enough pumpkin and the beer flavor was pretty bland. There are other pumpkin ales I'd drink before this one for sure. I doubt I'll revisit it.

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Photo of theghost3
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, translucent orange-brown with a 1-finger white head. Little retention.

The smell is nutmeg and cinnamon, just like a pumpkin pie. The taste is spicy--nutmeg, allspice, vanilla and cinnamon with toasty malts and a slight floral flavor. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium-bodied.

This is a drinkable pumpkin ale. It would go great with pumpkin pie or vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of jbriggs7036
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So let me preface this with "I don't mind it"

Taste and smell is of semi-rotten jack-o-lanterns the second week in November. Like an awesome pumpkin face that now looksd like the face of a formerly scary man in his late 90's.

Hard to drink a bunch of these...had one in the car ride home then one in my chimay goblet....smell and taste could be better....won't buy it again, but if a bud has some in the fridge one day I'll nab one.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A-medium dark amber. thin white head that stays

S-decent scent of pumpkin and spices evenly mixed, similar to (but not as strong as) DFH Punkin Ale.

T-wow the taste is such a let down! There is nothing strong or tasty that hits you. It honestly tastes just like a weak and light ale with just some autumn spices present. The only hint of it being a pumpkin ale comes in the short lived after-taste that is also mixed with an uncomfortable grape fruit bitterness

M-medium to heavy carbonation resembling a cheap american adjunct lager with the watery feel to go along with it.

D-flavors stay but it seems to get more watery as it goes down, its not a session beer or a sipper, its just something you want to be over with.

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Photo of injuredreserve
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a medium amber color with a thin lacy head. The nose was mostly pumpkin and spice.

Light and easy drinking. Medium carbonation. Very malty with a touch of real pumpkin flavor. This is what's actually sort of surprising. It's got more of a real fresh pumpkin flavor than pumpkin pie spice flavor. There's a light to medium bitterness throughout reminisant of a good weis beer.

Not an in your face pumpkin beer by anymeans. Very drinkable and simple. One of the better pumpkin beers out there.

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

A: Pours a burnt orange with amber highlights and a finger thick creamy, off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Has a nice spicy pumpkin scent that hits the nose right away. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and maybe a touch of malt.

T: The taste is not as good as the nose but that being said it is still a good pumpkin. The first taste to hit the palate is a light spicy pumpkin flavor with a hint of cinnamon following closely. Also has a slight caramel flavor to it in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry finish.

D: Certainly not the best pumpkin ale I've had, perhaps if the taste was as strong as the nose this would be a better beer. Overall this is a decent pumpkin but I will be sticking the others in the future.

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Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Founders pint glass. It poured a perfectly clear and bright copper color with a full white head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty nice head retention to it as well as lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows the nutmeg, clove and cinnamon most prominently. A little bit of pumpkin shows itself as well. The spices aren't overpowering and fit pretty well for the style.

The taste is similar to the nose with the nutmeg, clove and cinnamon coming through first. A bit more pumpkin is present then the nose had though. The spices were pretty nicely done and not as overpowering as many in the style.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is pretty decent, it wa a lighter and easy drinking beer. It was a lot milder of the spices then a lot of others which was nice. It wasn't anything extraordinary, but it was a pretty easy drinking beer for the style.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Pours a clean, clear orangey-amber color that is very reminiscent of pumpkin. Half-inch thick head that dissipates quickly and leaves a lot of sticky, stringy lacing. Quite a few bubbles rising up to the top. Smell is full of pumpkin and malts, with a fair bit of spiciness as well.

Taste has a sweet malty kick to start, which yields to a subtle pumpkin flavoring that's a bit on the lightish side. There are also some faint traces of spice. Just a splash of bitterness at the end that lingers a few seconds into the aftertaste; hops are pretty much nowhere to be found in this brew. Mouthfeel is decent, light and easy on the palate, with minimal carbonation and a clean finish.

Drinkability is fairly decent as well. Easy enough to quaff on a cool fall day. Bit light on flavor and feel, but it's by no means a bad pumpkin ale. I've just had better.

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Photo of tykees88
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark roasted orange color. One finger off white head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Roasted malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin. A very spicy smell that overloads the nostrils

T- Spicy and not as sweet as I thought it would be. It's got alot of spice flavors and just a little bit of pumpkin. It's pumpkin pie with too much spice

M- Heavier bodied and highly carbonated.

D- Due to heavy mouthfeel and high spice character it's a one and done at a time deal with this pumpkin brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a nice amber color with 2-3 inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of light pumpkin and spices, cinnamon, caramel malts, and sugar.

t - Tastes of pumpkin, light spice, and fruity malts. Tastes a bit watered down and light in all the different tastes.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok pumpkin beer but with so many others out there, not one I would get again. Some nice spice and pumpkin in the smell but the taste wasn't that great.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ironically, I got this at the Brooklyn Brewery. They had sent almost all of it out to be distributed which is why it wasn't on tap. Thats a lesson learned for all those who wish to visit a brewery: Call ahead especially if you have a special beer you would like to try!
A: Pours a nice amber orange color with a finger measure caramel/creamy head.
Smell: nice subtle notes of pumpkin and cinnamon and nutmeg that don't overpower. This didn't come off overly sweet either.
Taste: Very good balance for this style. Rich pumpkin flavor coupled with the malt but not too sweet. A great baking blend of spices from cinnamon and nutmeg to all spice.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very good carbonation and not too heavy as far as this style goes. This was on the lighter end of beers. Very flavorful but nothing to overpower.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Amber, I honestly want to say it has a hint of orange but that's probably just my mind playing tricks since I know it's a pumpkin. Great looking beer though. The color is beautiful and it is crystal clear. The head has really stuck around and left lots of lacing as the glass gets emptied.

S - Spice definitely stands out but there is more to the smell than pumpkin pie spices. Earthy cloves, a hint of nutmeg. There is a doughy aroma underneath that's reminiscent of fruitcake or sugar-cinnamon toast. Doesn't just smell like fall, smells like Thanksgiving and if you added a little pine it would smell like Christmas too.

T/M - The spices are also prominent in the flavor but once again they do not overwhelm or drown out everything else. There is a toasted maltiness that really compliments the sweet spices and even the hops are there when you look for them. This is a very well put together pumpkin ale. The only place I would knock it down is in the mouthfeel. It's a little too light in my opinion but it in no way destroys the experience, it's just the main area I see where this beer could improve.

D - There are few pumpkin ales that I truly enjoy, and even fewer that I will follow up with a second round. This one if definitely going to be a repeat, especially when it gets a little colder outside.

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Photo of Metuo
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Amber gold color with a creamy white head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Rich cinnamon, pumpkin, and brown sugar. Smells like a fresh cooked pumpkin pie.

T: The taste does not live up to the nose. Mostly pumpkin and malt, lacking a cinnamon bite or anything more complex than hints of pumpkin.

M: Moderately carbonated, sits well in the mouth.

D: Easy to drink, could easily session this if I wasn't so disappointed with the lack of strong flavors.

This beer smells amazing, which only serves to highlight the disappointing lack of flavor.

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

A: Pours a dark amber color with a decent head and lacing.

S: A lot of spice on the nose, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves dominate. This beer has a very strong aroma that makes me want to dive right in.

T: Unfortunately, the taste didn't live up to the nose for me. I get a lot of the same characteristics - nutmeg, cinnamon, and some pumpkin, but it seems very watered down. I think if it had been a little more powerful, I would have really enjoyed this one.

D/M: Lighter than expected. Overall its ok, I have had better pumpkin beers, and will probably opt for those in the future.

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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - light copper with thin lacing that lingered for most of the tasting

S - Cinnamon and cloves are the standouts to my nose

T - nice mild maltiness and sweetness, very low lovibond caramel presence, almost like a very blond toffee. Slight biscuit or toast quality.

M - Medium-light, a little too light. I wanted more backbone to stand up to the spicing and biscuit.

D - You could certainly consume multiple is a session, but I'm not sure you would want to...

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel.

A - Very light golden straw color. Maybe an inch of head develops with it quickly receding to almost nothing. Just a small amount of lacing.

S - Certainly get the pumpkin with what appears to be nutmegg. Nice subtle smell. Get the clove in there as well.

T - Well pumpkin naturally. It has a nice pumpkin pie taste. You get all those spices wrapped up in one clean mouthful.

M - Slightly carbonated and very light.

D - Very drinkable. A nice pumpkin by Brooklyn.

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Photo of goldbot
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber brown with thinnish head that is retained well with a bit of lacing. Spicy, pumpkin pie aromas, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, all spice etc. Not much pumpkin. Spicy flavor, pumpkin comes through a bit more but is still subdued compared to the spices. Not bad, but it is a bit diluted with a thin, somewhat watery mouthfeel. Needed a bit more body and sweetness I think.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and poured with just a thin head and persistent lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of pumpkins and biscuit and caramel malts along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also resembles pumpkin pie, except for the sweetness. Spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg are more noticeable in the taste, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. There is a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer was alright, but I've had better ones before from this style.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Light orange color with a golden hue about it and a small, off white head that dissipates quickly but leaves thick spots of lace behind.

Smell: Smells strongly of roasted malt and pumpkin, backed up by coriander and nutmeg spiciness. Smells like pumpkin pie in a glass.

Taste: Begins with sweet malt and spiciness, mostly in cinnamon, finishing with sweet breadiness and more spices: mostly nutmeg and coriander- tastes like it smells, that is, pumpkin pie in a bottle. Slight hop bitterness can be felt toward the end as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation up front and a refreshing, slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: This is exactly what a pumpkin ale should be- pumpkin pie in a bottle. I have only had two pumpkin ales before, one by Coors and one from AB (Michelob), which I did enjoy, but this one is obviously more flavorful and very enjoyable. It isn't fall yet, but when autumn hits I will be sure to have some of this available in the fridge.

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Photo of droomyster
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light copper with a nice tan head that lasts for a minute or two. Enticing aromas of pumpkin (naturally) and spices like nutmeg and cloves. What I like about this beer is that its spicy pumpkin notes can easily be tasted but doesn't crowd out the biscuity malt flavor, light brown sugar sweetness, and earthy bitterness like so many of the lesser beers of this style. With Post Road, the pumpkin features most prominently on the nose and the finish. Overall, this is probably my favorite of the six-packable pumpkin ales, and is one (along with a selection of Oktoberfests) that for the past few years I've kept on hand for entertaining fall guests.

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Photo of NeoShanker2001
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a DFH pint glass. One finger head that was quite short-lived but did retain a slight to decent amount of lacing. Deep copper/amber/orange coloration. Smell is maltly mixed with allspice, a bit of nutmeg, pumpkin and slight hint of cinnamon and clove. Taste was very similar to the smell profile with the malt and spices being the most prominent. Pumpkin taste lingers behind. Mouthfeel was fairly carbonated up front but mellowed out rather quickly. Carbonation worked well with the medium body and slight creaminess. Because of that, I would consider it quite sessionable.

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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.53 out of 5 based on 2,102 ratings.
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