Post Road Pumpkin Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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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 UPMD_Bill
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank straight from a bottle so I can't say much about the look or smell.
I liked that the pumpkin and spice was subtle and not overwhelming. It's not trying to be the beer equivalent of a pumpkin spice latte. The taste is otherwise neutral, and light on the hops -- just enough to balance the sugar and spice. Feels light and crisp, with moderate carbonation. Reminded me almost of an Oktoberfest. For a warm early fall day, when it seems like it's not quite time to drink pumpkin beer yet, it works.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

a: A wonderful, clear, autumn orange body. One and a half finger off white head.

s: A slight muted pumpkin pie spice aroma. Even less pumpkin. The spice is predominately nutmeg.

t: Crisp, crackery wheat. The only spice I am getting is nutmeg which has a preground McCormick's cheapness to it.

mf: Nice carbonation. Very slick which I imagine is from the pumpkin. Nice dry finish.

o: This beer is very balanced and would be more enjoyable if:
1. It tasted like what the bottle read was in it.
2. The nutmeg didn't taste so commercial.

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Photo of drpimento
2.86/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Seems to have been slightly light struck as aroma was this weird combo of skunk and pumpkin pie. Flavor was ok, standard fare. Body was a touch thin/sharp. Overall nothing special, but not bad.;

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Best by Jan 2016 on neck of bottle.

Pours a very clear bright orange color with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is full of cinnamon, clove, and vanilla. Smells quite nice. First sip has a nice autumn spice flavor and clean finish. Finishes on the dry side, making this quite refreshing. Spice flavor is present but subdued.

I'm really digging this beer - one of the more enjoyable pumpkin beers that I've had. Maybe because it is very fresh? Either way, this is both refreshing and flavorful.

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Photo of Strakosch
2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A lot of reviewers of Pumpkin Ales seem to complain about the ubiquity of cinnamon sugar/spices in the beers, and their tendency to overpower the actual pumpkin. I personally prefer the cinnamon and spice, and they are why I enjoy most pumpkin beers. I love bitter and/or sour beers, but when it comes to a pumpkin I'm looking for that sweet/malty cinnamon-sugar, nutmeg, and clove flavor: the "pumpkin pie" flavor.

So I personally am not a fan of the post road, because I feel there is too much of a vegetal funk to it, especially in the aftertaste. I found myself making a face with each sip.

So while this is a nice beer, I feel it might be more for those people wanting a lighter beer that favors the pumpkin, not the spices that go along with it.

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Photo of Willweidemann
1.88/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I can barely taste any type of pumpkin or spice in this beer. Tastes more like one of those Hipster IPA's. Bottle art is cool though. Just needs more taste.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours hazy copper amber under a 2" finely bubled off-white foam collar. Moderate lace. Malt and pumpkin on the nose and palate. I like this one because the pumpkin flavors are somewhat restrained and it does not taste like pumpkin pie.

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Photo of drmeto
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

-clear copper with a small,quickly dissipating off-white head
-low carbonation visible
-low-medium carbonation
-light body
O.K. but too light-bodied

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Photo of mjurney
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Burnt orange color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising. Thick creamy head.

Lots of bread, sweetness, caramel, some pumpkin and spices.

Pumpkin and spices (Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg) up front. Bready malt, brown bread, toasted, caramel. There some sharp bitterness at the end. Finish is mostly dry. Body is medium, crisp, dry, smooth.

It's a good beer.

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Photo of Myotus
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a white, small head. Has a dark golden color. The smell has an awful stench of bad squash rather than pumpkin. Thankfully, it doesn't taste as it smells. The pumpkin is prevalent, but not overwhelming, combing well with the brewed spices.

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Photo of hophugger
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clear light pumpkin-orange color with minimal head and lacing. Aroma is of spiced pumpkin pie, cool and refreshing. I personally would say this is your average seasonal pumpkin ale with more dry spice than actual true pumpkin flavor. Very seldom do you get a pumpkin ale that tastes like pumpkin and is not overpowered with dry cinnamon and nutmeg. Unfortunately, this beer falls into the dry spice category. Overall, feels ok and the balance is not THAT bad. Average beer

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Photo of BeerWatcher
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Pours a filtered polished copper with a thin slightly off-white head. Aromas of pumpkin spices, nutmeg, all with a slight chemical tinge to it. Light bodied mouthfeel with tastes of light pumpkin, light maltiness, with a light vanilla finish. Feels a bit manufactured and lacking a naturalness. Wouldn’t buy this one again.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - clear orange color, 1 finger of head. Decent retention time and some visible carbonation.

Smell - plenty of pumpkin, spices namely cinnamon and nutmeg. Some earthiness beneath. Straightforward and to the point.

Taste - starts sweet and pumpkin like, with and element of bitterness following the initial rush. Spices shine through here too. Yummy and surprisingly flavourful for a 5.0% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel - smooth, light bodied with a moderately dry finish. Feel is good but not great as it's a bit thinner than optimal.

Overall - very good pumpkin beer, focused a lot of the spices that are normally associated with pumpkin rather than pumpkin directly. However, the pumpkin still deserves top billing as the interplay between the earthy pumpkin and the spices makes this a very tasty beer that advocates should try.

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Photo of EvoRich
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Look: Pours a very clear orange color. About a one finger head which fades quickly to about a 1mm head. Seemed a bit watery as it poured.

Smell: First thing I notice is hops. The Pumpkin takes a backseat to the hops. Almost smell like it could be a pumpkin pale ale.

Taste: And the taste is about the same as the smell. Hops a very present, with a hint of pumpkin in the background. A malty finish. A very mild sweetness.

Feel: Very light bodied and easy to drink. carbonation is at a medium

Overall: Not what I was expecting with the hops. Kind of interesting. The unexpected hop forwardness is not a bad thing, just not what I expected from a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

P- Wegmans in mechanicsburg, PA

A- clear pumpkin orange color with minimal head and below average lacing. Kind of bland in appearance

S- brown sugar and nutmeg with hints of pumpkin. Caramel malt thrown in with the brown sugar nose.

F- biscuit malts with hints of nutmeg and pumpkin spice with clove rounding it out. decent.

M- pumpkin and light bodied. Somewhat chewy and viscous for being light bodied.

O- Not a bad pumpkin. the biscuit malts are actually an interesting mix in with the pumpkin.

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Photo of BeerHistoryGuy
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

A- Dark golden brown with subtle head.

S- Very apparent pumpkin scent -- much like pumpkin pie, is the best way I can describe it. Definitely with nutmeg, cinnamon, etc., all coming through. Not overly pungent, just a nice and pleasant pumpkin pie scent. Very nice.

T- It had a nice hoppy taste, but I was surprised at the sweetness -- a brown sugar sweetness that came through almost immediately. Nothing over the top, but more than I expected. I felt it overpowers the hops and pumpkin spice a bit, too. Nothing huge, just a small complaint, at best. Unlike some on here, I couldn't distinguish the nutmeg and cinnamon other than to know the entire thing tasted like pumpkin -- to me the flavors married so effectively I couldn't really pick one out from the other. None of the flavors are very bold, though. All in all, a very pleasant taste.

M- Very light body and a pumpkin spice that is quite pleasant -- pretty dry, actually.

O- I would have liked a tad more hops, a little less brown sugar, and maybe not quite as dry. But, these are things to quibble over. Overall, the beer is tasty and goes very well with beef stew, I might add. It isn't my favorite pumpkin beer, but I enjoyed it and I would be happy to have it again. Far more positives than negatives -- kudos to Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of BWED
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. pour on draft into tumbler. Ludwig's Corner, PA

A- Dark gold. White head is fairly delicate. Retention is okay, and it leaves behind a few speckles of lacing.

S- Pumpkin nutmeg and cinnamon, but a very mild nose. There is some brown sugar in the back accompanied by a bit of toasty malt.

T- Mild pumpkin and spice notes. Brown sugar comes up a little more in the flavor, and a mild earthy hop profile pops up as well.

M- Light body. Spicy throughout the drink, along with a dry spiced finish.

O- I like the subtlety of the pumpkin and spices in this one. The finish was a bit too dry for me but overall not bad.

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Photo of nychas
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

You are not getting the whole pie here just subtle pumpkin and spice flavor sitting on top of a very nice ale. I could call this a session pumpkin ale. I had 3 of these (on tap) in a row before and during dinner at Skinflints in Bay Ridge Brooklyn last night. I have not had another pumpkin ale that would bear up to repeated servings and also not interfere with a diner's food enjoyment. Well done Brooklyn!

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Photo of -steve-
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

Wow. Finally a pumpkin beer that is drinkable. More than drinkable, actually enjoyable. Pours an orange hued amber with a pumpkin and vague cinnamon smell. There is a detectable metallic tinge too, which comes through on tasting. Pumpkin is also present in the taste with light maltiness and no hops.

As a beer it is okay. As a pumpkin beer it is outstanding.

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Photo of ttroha
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Bottle from the Warehouse. Pours amber color with off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, malt and pumpkin. Taste of pumpkin pie with bitter hops and nutmeg at the end. Light bodied with mild carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of uvachief
3/5  rDev -15%

I found this really disappointing after the Bros had given it a 87. Lighter than most ales. Had it on draft. Really light with subtle hints of pumpkin and spices. Very smooth. Just not a lot of flavor. I like seasonal beers full of flavor and I expect my pumpkin ales to taste at least a little like pumpkin pie. This was an easy ale to drink and you could drink several even after a hot day of mowing grass. Not bad. Just too light and lacking of that fall punch of spices.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent copper color with a substantial head of khaki foam. The mild aroma smells of pumpkin and pumpkin spices--pretty much what you’d expect.

The taste is similar to the nose, though the spices tend to dominate the pumpkin flavor. Cinnamon headlines a potpouri spice profile that tramples a bit on the subtler flavors. There is as much grain husk as there is pumpkin, along with some earthy, peppery hops. The hops blend pretty seamlessly with the spices, but that doesn’t change the reality of the lopsidedness. The vibrant, semi-creamy mouthfeel is probably the best thing this beer has going for it.

Overall, this is an acceptable pumpkin ale that bears many of the hallmarks of the style, but it doesn’t do much to distinguish itself from the finer examples of the style (e.g. Whole Hog).

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- small pumpkin smell with nutmeg and malt tossed in. Appearance- Looks pumpkin color! Has a small white head. Taste- More malt than pumpkin, just ok for me. Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- Not a great beer, just average.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO as a single $2.50 for a 355ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.25- Excellent! Dark gold, lots of head that stays around for a while

S- 4.0- Very good with lots of pumpkin and cinnamon. Almost a slight scotch in there

T- 3.75- Good cinnamon and malt. Pumpkin is a bit subdued

M- 3.5- Bit of a let down here. Pretty much a mass produced metallic tongue

O- 3.85- This the overall rating I want to give. Nice beer. Not great but nice.

Food Pairing

This pretty good pumpkin beer went well with....... Yup! You guessed it! Roasted turkey with stuffing and the works


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

I picked up a bottle of Brooklyn Brewery's Post Road Pumpkin Ale last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. It's time to get back to the Pumpkin Ales and since this was the first time I've seen this beer around I thought I should take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's got a simple design to it and I don't thin it's too eye catching. It poured a pretty clear amber orange color that took on more of a burnt orange color when held to the light and it had two and a half fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but it was pretty clear for a Pumpkin Ale..

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a light caramel malt and light sweet malt aroma that leads right into the pumpkin which impart a nice natural pumpkin like aroma. Up next comes the spices with clove and nutmeg seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a nice aroma, the spices weren't too overpowering.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's much lighter and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the to show up, but this time they impart a grainy malt and watery flavor with just a slight bit of caramel malt coming through. Up next comes the Pumpkin which was the same as it was in the aroma, but it's lighter and it doesn't stick out as much and it's followed by the spices which impart the same aspects from the aroma, but they are also much lighter. On the finish there's a very low amount of bitterness with a watery grainy, light pumpkin and light spice like aftertaste. This was a very average tasting Pumpkin all the aspects expect the grainy and watery malt flavors were just too light.

M- Fairly smooth, watery, crisp, slightly prickly, light bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but it just felt too thin and watery for the style.

Overall I thought this was an Ok beer and I thought it was an average at best example of a Pumpkin Ale, it had most of the flavors and aromas that I look for in the style, but in the end the flavors that needed to stick out the most and be showcased didn't and that made for a bland and uninteresting Pumpkin Ale. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, watery, crisp, slightly prickly, not filling at all and the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is more than enough for me, I wouldn't want to drink another one. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it seemed to be pretty true to style and it wasn't as light as some of the other aspects. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and mouthfeel, they were both just too light and they made me lose interest fast. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's easy to find a much better Pumpkin Ale and I wouldn't recommend it either since I think it's just not a great example of the style. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, it left me wanting more in just about every aspect and it just wasn't memorable. So far this is my least favorite beer from Brooklyn Brewery and it's on the lower end of the spectrum as far as Pumpkin Ales go. I appreciate the effort and that you guys didn't go crazy with the spices, but in the end this beer just wasn't for me, better luck next time guys.

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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
3.53 out of 5 based on 2,098 ratings.
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