Post Road Pumpkin Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

2,112 Ratings
Post Road Pumpkin AlePost Road Pumpkin Ale

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 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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Photo of donniecuffs
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, it poured orange-amber with one finger of white head, lackluster retention, modest lacing, and decent amount of carbonation. The nose was very biscuity, malty, and of course not without pumpkin and cinnamon. The taste was nice malty/caramel/pumpkin/spice blend, with the latter not overpowering at all, and blending very well in with the maltiness. The finish also revealed a herbal hoppy presence non-existent in the nose. More carbonated in the feel than it had initially appeared; medium-bodied. Not a huge fan of the style, but this specimen is fairly well done. Not unsessionable.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on November 19, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent orange-red with a very thin very short-lived white head. The aroma is malty with pumpkin and spicy notes (cloves and nutmeg). The mouthfeel was medium bodied with above average carbonation. The flavour was primarily malty with some definite spiciness and a hop-laden finish. Better than the Great Lakes Pumpkin ale in my opinion.

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

355ml brown bottle poured into a Sharp's Doombar pint pot.

A. Deep gold colour that leaves a nice lacing as it shrinks.

S. A strong winter spice smell. Traces of nutmeg and freshly baked custard tart. A barleywine like warm alcoholic aroma.

T. Allspice, nutmeg and custard tart flavours.

M. Feels thin but I would put that down to the beers smoothness.

D. A truly easy drinking beer that is/would be a real treat to drink on an autumn or winter dayand/ or evening. I have never had pumpkin before but the spicy flavours I can detect in this beer make it a winner for me.

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Photo of pootz
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decants a clear amber-orange ale to the glass with a disappointing short lived rocky cap. Goes to a ring that leaves some lacing.

Interesting aroma: subtle cinnamon-nutmeg with grassy hops and a distinct herbaceous-vegetable mustiness from the roast pumpkin.

Front side has a piercing character from annoying over-carbonation but mellows mid palate where you get a distinct biscuity-dry-hoppy amber ale character mingling with the expected pumpkin spicing and earthy pumpkin tastes...finishes slightly bitter and clean with minimal after taste.

A decent enough pumpkin ale but I think a tad over-hyped

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes on 9/30/09

A - deep coppery amber, clear, head diminishes to a thin cap quickly. Touch of lacing. 3.5

S - Lots of clove and a hint of pears. Cinnamon is less pronounced and nutmeg is nearly hidden. Malt backbone is weak in the nose. 3.0

T - Amber malts, lots of clove and biscuits. Biscuit in the finish along with cinnamon. Touch of pears as well. 3.5

M - Slightly fuller bodied than the Pumpkinhead and Saranac version. Crisp carbonation. Mild slickness in the finish. 3.5

D - Good, I enjoyed that it was a bit fuller bodied, even though the aroma is somewhat unbalanced. 3.5

Overall - Too much clove and cinnamon. Nearly no nuttiness and hardly any discernible pumpkin.

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

I love love love pumpkin beers. Some are better than others, and some are way better than others. This one is one of the others. I put it in my kegerator last October like I always like to. You almost have to search for the pumpkin flavor. Other than not being as good as i was hoping, it's a good beer to drink. I will be trying other pumpkin beers in the future though.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with a white head. The aroma is that of pumpkin pie spices, with nutmeg and allspice standing out. The flavor is heavy on the nutmeg with only a little bit of pumpkin flavor. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Not as good as some pumpkin ales, but not bad overall.

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

A - Light amber/auburn/orange color. Good sized white creamy head.

S - Pumpkin pie smell with lots of those spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, all-spice, ginger, etc.). Pumpkin smell is really prevalent, but certainly there. A bit of caramel too.

T - A lot like the smell, upfront is the pumpkin pie spices with slight pumpkin taste (more than the smell). There is also a decent amount of caramel and bready malt taste as a base (or crust as the case may be). Finishes with the slightest hop taste (tea/floral).

M - Smooth with a medium body. Good creaminess as well.

D - Good for what is essentially a spice driven beer. That said I think the spices and slight sweetness would wear on you after a second one.

Notes: Really good pumpkin ale that really does remind me of autumn. A lot like a pumpkin pie.

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Photo of gabe23
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, light amber color with a small white head. Quickly fades to a thin cap with little to no lacing.

S - Toasty malt, pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg. Smells like a scratch made pumpkin pie.

T - A touch of sweetness up front, but quickly fades into a spicy, earthy tartness. The hops that aren't noticible in the nose come through here with a slightly bitter finish. Not much pumpkin flavor here, though.

M - Full bodied but with enough carbonation to keep things from being too heavy.

D - This is a nice beer, but it seems to be lacking in the pumpkin flavor department. It tends to feature the spices a bit more, but that works for my tastes. Worth trying, but not a standout in the crowded field of fall beers.

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Photo of corby112
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coppery amber orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and and thick frothy two finger white head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Spicy autumnal aroma with lots of cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg complimenting the prominent pumpkin character.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of autumnal spices, pumpkin and earthy hops. Lots of brown sugar and cinnamon as well as some clove, ginger and nutmeg complimenting the sweet pumpkin flavor. I'm also picking up some slight sweet citrus notes mid palate that linger into a dry finish.

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Photo of tjd112
5/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For presentation, I poured this into a Flying Fish Pint glass. Appearance is copper-pumpkin coloured with good head retention and some lacing. The smell and taste indicate a lot of clove, pumpkin, cinnamon, with a little bit of bready malts. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and this is a sessionable beer. Overall, a great value for the beer.

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Photo of Minotaur
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Out of all the seasonal beers I generally find Post Road to be under-rated. While it receives a "B" here it is not a favorite among most of the holiday beer drinkers I know. Carbonation remains through out the glass.

The appearance is a pumpkin copper-amber suited for late autumn days. The head is pils like and leaves no lacing, but hangs delicately on the skim of the beer.

The aroma is a bit week for this particular style of beer. I expect a stronger presence in some area but it isn't there.

The taste is a nutty, slightly hop-bitter flavor with hints of autumn holiday spice. A vague biscuit-butteriness underlays the bitterness. There a distinctly pumpkin-seed like flavor and a vague clove flavor. It isn't terribly complex but is has interesting qualities of pils and bitter.

The mouthfeel is typical with some smoothness and reasonable lingering carbonation. It is a very drinkable ale.

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

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Dark orange and clear. About a fingers worth of head that fades nice ring with scant lacing.

S: Smells like a pumpkin beer should... Like pumpkin pie in a glass... Vanilla is the first thing I'm smelling... followed by pumpkin & spice with some sweet malt.

T: Tastes like it smells... Pumpkin pie in a glass. Its sweet, but not too sweet, perfect balance. Great tasting little beer.

M: A little lighter in the body than I was hoping for. Could have used a little more carbonation.

D: Low ABV wonderful flavors... You could drink quite a few of these...Very drinkable brew.

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Photo of weller1js
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Personal favorite as far as fall seasonals go. Doing this review in January from one I had saved.

Appearance: distinct orange hue consistent throughout, clear and crisp. Carbonation moderate, foam consistent with a clean pour.

Smell: pumpkin & spice scent is dominant, with faint scent of hops.

Taste: spiced flavor compounds the pumpkin overtones, hops evident on finish.

Drinkability: one of the better pumpkin ales, definitely an enjoyable seasonal without being over-the-top.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a tastefully packaged product. I like the label. The beer is good too. Obviously, some people love confectionery beer, some hate it. This one is very good for what it is.

A - Reddish ale, thin carbonation.

S - Good and pumpkin-y, with solid pale ale behind it.

T - Great, some of the best pumpkin, if you want the pumpkin-pie taste.

M - Like most fruit beer, mouthfeel is similar to US adjunct, perhaps a bit more substantial.

D - Very good. Properly spiced, I can drink a few with out getting played out on the flavor.

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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.53 out of 5 based on 2,112 ratings.
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