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Post Road Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
okay

1,594 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,594
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5% ABV, no date.

A - Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles rush from the etched hop in the glass' base, easily visible through the crystal clear darkened orange beer. A rocky off-white head rests on top seemingly never to lower. Thick lace eventually coats the glass in chunky rings.

S - A fantastic blend of spices releases into the air with a strong aromatic presence! The classics are all present; nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice rise out with a well-balanced level that's strong but not too overpowering allowing roasted pumpkin to pull through more. But pumpkin ale is still a beer, not just a pie, so it's backed by a smooth and appetizing pie-crust-like caramel bready malt nose but a grounding grainy pale malt scent that gives it a hint of cheap lager. One of the best pumpkin aromas the season!

T - Spice hits up front but it's much more mellow than the open, inviting aroma suggests. Harsh, grainy malt and bland mashed pumpkin follow through but the finish cleans the pumpkin ale flavor out with floral and bitter hops. For as complex and inviting as the aroma is, I find Post Road's taste to be almost unattractive and a large let-down as it's much more of a mildly spiced bland lager (despite the ale designation).

M - Post Road's high carbonation also seems to scrub the nice pumpkin flavor from the tongue, ushering in sharp dryness, a hard water feel, and hoppy bitterness finishes the beer out. Spice is felt through the lingering qualities later on post-swallow of this light-bodied ale.

O - Brooklyn Brewery's Post Road Pumpkin Ale seems aimed at being a rendition of the colonial American pumpkin ales and succeeds in bringing the beer flavor through the pumpkin and spice ingredients, but perhaps a little too much. This beer tastes and feels much more like a lager than an ale and while it offers a big nose, the flavor seems lacking even if it is off the pumpkin ale beaten path. It's modest pumpkin and spice taste make it a good candidate for food pairing though, especially around the holidays, as well as being a good introductory pumpkin beer for the novice.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 22:33:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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