Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale

Reviewed by on November 7, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery

  • Origin: Brooklyn, NY, US

  • Rated On: November 6, 2014

  • Best Before: July 2015

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Brooklyn Brewery has been making their version of a spiced pumpkin ale for a number of years now, and it is available from August through November only – still some time yet to give it a go!

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper orange hue, with a single finger of densely foamy, and somewhat soapy off-white head, which leaves a broken mountain scape of painted lace as it steadily recedes.

It smells predominantly of musty nutmeg and cinnamon, both moderately spicy and metallic, vegetal pumpkin meat, and grainy, kind of biscuity pale and caramel malt. The taste is more of the same – understated nutmeg, cinnamon, earthy ginger, and clove, with a lightly caramelized bready malt, dry and somewhat bitter pumpkin mush, and a subtle green, earthy hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly high and involved, but thankfully in an offsetting frothy manner, the body a bit on the light side, weight-wise, and plainly smooth, that pithy metallic essence kind of lurking about. It finishes generally dry, spicy, and vegetal.

Post Road is a fair bit different than a number of other pumpkin ale versions that I’ve thus far sampled – there is very little sweetness, so the resemblance to pumpkin pie is certainly lessened. That said, the overall dryness makes this a much better candidate for a session of waiting in that damp and dank patch for the Great Eponymous One.

Brady White

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