Roadsmary's Baby
Two Roads Brewing Company

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #208
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,239
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 12.57%
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
661
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Two Roads Brewing Company
 
Connecticut, United States
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Notes: Roadsmary’s Baby is a traditional pumpkin ale with a Two Roads spin, its aged in rum barrels for added complexity and depth of flavor. The result is a smooth drinking ale with notes of pumpkin, spices, vanilla, oak and a touch of rum.
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Charlottergrady

4.69/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic pumpkin beer! I’m a little scarred from pumpkin beers and I’m always worried it will taste like someone just dumped pumpkin spice into the bottle. This is full of the fall flavor without being harsh or too sweet. For the people who like pumpkin but can only stomach one sip of the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, this is for you. I wanna sip one with Mia Farrow.

Tuesday at 04:07 AM
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 2/4/22

The nights getting colder always calls for a pumpkin beer. I picked up a few on a local run, but this one definitely intrigues me the most. It's odd to see the style get a treatment of rum barrel aging, never mind conditioning it on vanilla beans. I imagine this will impart some pretty intense notes to the beer, and I'm all for it

Pours a mostly opaque reddish brown with 2 fingers of light tan head that fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

The pie spice seems to take the lead in the nose with everything else trailing behind it, though not much in the way of rum notes. I'm picking up on aromas of nutmeg, roasted pumpkin, allspice, creamy vanilla, light toasted oak, and rich caramel malt

Thankfully it picks up more of a bite in taste, really bringing this interesting concept to life. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting earthy nutmeg, smooth dark rum, lightly sharp oak, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, and toasted malt. The swallow brings notes of nutty rum, pumpkin seeds, roasted pumpkin, allspice, vanilla bean, brown sugar, and light toasted malt

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a surprisingly crisp beer for all that's going on. Finishes mostly dry with a nice spice complex

Man, I really don't get the hate for pumpkin beers. I get that some of them can come off as thin and even metallic, but people have to give the interesting ones a try. Everyone's gotta get off their high horse and enjoy the beer!

Sep 06, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 8/26/20, so a little over 10 weeks old.

Body appears a murky dark brown, clearer burnt orange when held up to the light. Decent creamy head shrinks to a ring. No lacing.

Really pleasing pumpkin spice aroma.

On tasting, the spices aren't overly done, so it's quite smooth, not harsh. Its apparently aged in rum barrels with vanilla bean, but I dont get either of those here. Actual pumpkin vegetable flavor is hard to find, but it may be useful in offsetting any bitterness from the spices.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish spices, and a touch sweet.

Overall, some things done well here, a little more rum barrel would have pushed it closer to a 4.

Nov 08, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A moderate pour from a 12-oz. can released a finger of creamy off-white foam with above average retention, no lasting lace. Brownish orange color, amber-orange in bright light. Semi-clear, I can see my fingers but can't read through it.

Rum and vanilla greet the nose with bready/doughy malt and pumpkin, baking spice and earthy oak in the background.
Alcohol is noticeable, residual Rum and the higher than average ABV (6.8%) blend for a pleasant booze aroma.

Semi-sweet with average bitterness, items from the smell follow with the spice and rum in front. The malt has some caramel and toasted dark rye bread character, balanced well by the spice (mostly cinnamon) and pumpkin. If there are hops in this Beer they are covered by the spice. The Rum barrel aging flavors are softened by the vanilla. Not really a finish to this one-flavors just slowly drop off-most of the mentioned flavors linger on featuring the spice and Rum.

Medium light bodied with plenty of lasting carbonation, I have to mention the balance again. Not as big in taste as many barrel aged Beers, almost smooth if not for the slight booze bite. Overall a busy yet enjoyable Pumpkin Ale, relatively mild compared to how the flavors of some Bourbon barrel aged Beers are overcome by an overly boozy taste.
PKG 31 JUL20, this Beer has likely benefitted from being 3-months old.

Oct 28, 2020
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scootny from New York

4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a new fall favorite. Lovely clear amber. Big head on the initial pour. Faces to not much. Rich pumpkin nose. Malt with light dim and oak. Low floral hops. Great pumpkin flavor with rum and malt. A nice medium weight with moderate carbonation. Tasty and easy drinkability. Hearty and warming. Just a great fall beer.

Oct 28, 2020
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the second Two Roads brew I've reviewed. The first was a memorable gose. This is a less memorable pumpkin beer.

It pours a dirty orange with little head but nice fine bubbles. The aroma is subdued, but interesting - barrel aging mellows the smell and the taste nicely. The brown ale (or whatever) base is nicely enhanced and augmented by the ingredients and the process. I started it warmed a tad from the fridge, and it gets better with more warming. I wish it were a bit more ambitious - maybe they can make a double version next year.

Recommended. It's not too expensive and it is a great taste.

Oct 19, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, PKG 03AUG20; purchased single off shelf... poured into a 14 oz mug)

L: clear, tawny-garnet colored liquid; creme-colored foam builds loose, settles into thin cap... only a few thin streaks of lace

S: caramelized pumpkin pie filling note up and out front, with the pie spices being a nicely-balanced, relatively ginger-forward blend; the spice blend in combo with the malt/sugar element lends a subtle root beer (or Dr. Pepper?) background scent... excellent overall potency; smells like liquid pumpkin pie

T: unexpected swell of a Belgian dubbel fruity ester / dark sugar note up front, with the spices (now more clove and nutmeg) and a hybrid ginger snap / brown bread, hard-cake malt following close behind; nutty grain and spice linger long in the aftertaste... second big sip confirms the dubbel experience (character picked up from rum-barrel aging?); now seeing 'vanilla' on the label, yeah it's quite present, pervading the finish/aftertaste, duh

F: delicate roundness to its not-quite-medium body; soft sizzle and softer boozy warmth helping to lift the residual... the density in its dextrins and the degree of alcohol presence both creep into ideal range for this style

O: thankfully I'm lax with closely reading labels, because the flavors here were a pleasant surprise, exceeding expectations... I can usually only take most pumpkin beers one serving and one day at a time; but I could easily drink another one (maaaybe two) of these (1690)

Sep 22, 2020
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teromous from Virginia

3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "PKG 31 JUL 20 06:03"

Appearance: The body is a dark mahogany brown with hints of burnt umber and deep golds. It has very good clarity. The head is large and frothy textured with a tobacco stained white color. It has very good head retention.

Aroma: There is a light aroma of toasted bread and cinnamon. There is a pleasant aroma of nutmeg and then clove comes through.

Taste: Up front there is some caramel and cinnamon. There is a lightly toasted bun flavor to the beer. Overall it tastes like a cinnamon roll. There is a light alcohol presence. As the beer warms up a bit the rum flavor comes out. It might not be immediately noticeable but it shows up as the beer sits and as it layers on the palate. I would recommend against using a palate cleanser to get more rum character.

Mouthfeel: There is a slight alcohol warmth to the beer. It is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall: The can states that this is an "ALE BREWED WITH PUMPKIN AND SPICES AGED IN RUM BARRELS WITH VANILLA BEANS." There is some light rum character that shows up which is nice. There is no barrel character and the vanilla flavor is completely absent. It is worth buying a single if you can, and seeing if you enjoy it. The spices are a little light and the rum takes a bit of time to show up so the beer really peaks towards the middle to final third of the glass. I could drink it from time to time but it doesn't have enough pumpkin spice or rum flavor to really win me over.

Aug 28, 2020
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Profundobaso from New York

3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured into a standard pint glass. Copper in color, transparent, one finger head with little lacing.
Smell - a "standard pumpkin ale" smell: pumpkin, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), some sweetness. nothing pops out here as odd or out of the ordinary.
Taste - pumpkin flavor is strong in taste, little to no bitterness, and finishes sweet. feels like a liquid pumpkin pie.
Feel - medium body, high carbonation, and somewhat potent at 6.8% ABV.
Overall - a standard pumpkin ale with a bit of extra kick on ABV. Very drinkable and approachable by many.

Aug 26, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can fairly quickly, resulting in a large amount of off-white head. Color is a deep amber, but pretty clear. Smells mostly of pumpkin, but its not a strong smell. Good pumpkin flavor, with only a bit of rum flavor at the end. Not too much of a spice flavor in this one. Pretty easy to drink and not boozy at all. Very solid pumpkin ale.

Sep 26, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep amber color without a significant head, minimal lacing going on. Aroma of spices, cinnamon being predominant with a hint of grain in the background. Medium mouthfeel with a suitable level of carbonation that tingles the palate. Pumpkin, spices linger on the tongue, the rum aging adds a subtle mellowness but is not a major player. Overall, I liked this take on the style and found this to be an enjoyable beer.

Sep 08, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The four seasons as we currently know them are winter, spring, summer and pumpkin. And as that latter comes about so does the pumpkin spiced ale of Two Roads Brewing that doesn't stop with the spices, but also employs the flavors of rum and oak for complexity.

Burnish amber and topped with a soft sepia froth, the nose is radiant with all-things pumpkin spice backed with the toasted nature of caramelized grains. A grape nuts cereal quality greets the early palate along with a strong caramel component. Hints of bread crust, graham cracker and butter pecan has the flavors dessert-like to start.

As the malt sweetness soon shares the stage with the spices, its a cinnamon leading taste that takes control above that of clove, ginger or nutmeg. But what sets this Pumpkin Ale apart is that soothing warmth of rum, nutty oak and the special spices that the Caribbean spirit provides. Mildly bitter, a mild and peppery tannin character balances the linger of malt sweetness as the ale extends into finish.

Medium bodied but seemingly fuller because of the sweetness and a mild mannered dryness, the beer's sweet and spicy demeanor is steadfast through the finish as an extension of spiced rum and graham cracker persists in a medium length afterglow.

Sep 06, 2019
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Caveworm from Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roadsmary's Baby | Two Roads Brewing Company. Poured from the can into a pint glass, the head's two fingers thick and off-white, with spotty lacing, and a very deep brownish body.

Smells a bit boozy, not too overwhelming on the spices.

The barrel-aging really adds an enjoyable element to this, again, not too spicy pumpkin ale.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose to rate Roadsmary's Baby | Two Roads Brewing Company with a 4.

Jan 04, 2019
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haines710 from Delaware

3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool name and the idea is a little intriguing. Had to pick one up for Halloween. Pours a dark amber with a creamy thick head. Smell is pumpkin with some spices. I like the creaminess but the taste is lacking. Not much malt or kick. Nice to sip but not my thing.

Nov 04, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An almost root beer color with medium light carbonation. Body was just about a medium
Aroma was a mix of malt and rum first. Everything advertised as far as flavor showed up. Nothing dominated which was a very good thing, allowed all the flavors to show up
Overall it was one of the better pumpkin beers I've had and would try it again

Oct 31, 2018
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I normally don't like rum based beers but this one was quite good. Also a good balance of vanilla and spices with little vegital flavor. May pick it up again sometime.

Oct 22, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This has complexity not normally seen in a lot of the pumpkins I rely on this time of year. The rum is at the forefront, but also various malts and typical pumpkin spice. This is a very interesting pumpkin worth trying if not my favorite.

Oct 12, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer strikes a nice balance between the pumpkin/squash flavor, the spices (not too much), and the rum. There's not a whole lot of actual rum flavor, but there is some nice vanilla sweetness without becoming cloying. It is interesting at any rate for being a non-high ABV rum barrel-aged beer.

Oct 08, 2018
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Mugman8 from New York

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like the Two Roads Brewery and this offering is a good one. Don't usually venture into the pumpkin category, but this brew is not too sweet and has a nice kick.

Oct 05, 2018
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Roadsmary's Baby brewed by Two Roads Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.80% This Pumpkin Beer pours out a nice light brown color with a small off white head. There is also some nice lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with spices, pumpkin, malts and grians. You also pick up on a nice sweetness, rum and vanilla. So far this is a nice inviting pumpkin brew. Lots going on in this brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. The spices and pumpkin are what you pick up on first. Then there is a nice mild smoothness of grains and malts. The end is the rum sweetness mixed with vanilla. Definitely a different mix for a pumpkin brew. This brew dose put you in the mind set of pumpkin pie. The body of Roadsmary's Baby is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down, it is really hard to pick up on the 6.80% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth, Spicy, Pumpkin and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Roadsmary's Baby a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to.Two Roads Brewing Company, did a real super nice job with pumpkin brew.

Oct 05, 2018
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 8/27/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing auburn with some haze to it; off-white head that fades leaving decent retention and lacing. The aromas are malt forward along with some subtle hints of rum in the background. Some caramel and ginger. Not much cinnamon or spices coming through in the aroma department until it slightly warms. The flavors have the rum leading the way without completely dominating, but it's definitely leading the way. Some graham crackers in the mix. The spices are mild. More caramel. Malts do their thing. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, crisp and smooth.

This is an interesting pumpkin ale. It's a little rough around the edges, but it ultimately comes together. It becomes more enjoyable the more you get into it and as it warms a bit. It might not be super crazy, but it's not bad. It's somewhat unique for the style.

Oct 04, 2018
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izraelc from New York

3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep red. A nice malty sweetness. Full bodied. Hints of brown sugar and pumpkin spice. Not your typical pumpkin ale. An excellent seasonal offering.

Sep 30, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a goblet

A- pours a deep amber color with a on-finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- noticeable rum on the nose with a touch of oak, undertones of cinnamon, nutmeg & vanilla. Smells very similar to a spiced rum

T- rich and malty with notes of caramel and vanilla, followed by cinnamon & nutmeg. Mid-palate brings out the rum barrel that enhances the vanilla note and sticks around to the finish, with lingers of rum and cinnamon

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- big barrel influence sets this one apart from a typical pumpkin ale, very good

Sep 29, 2018
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 7/19/18

Pours deep amber with touches of brown and orange hues; head is off-white, just under two fingers, thick and foamy with soapy lacing and solid retention.

Aroma is of strong but tempered barrel, young rum, and hints of spice, clove, and vanilla evening out the backbone; solid balance of earthy spice and subtle sweetness.

Tastes of herbal and earthy notes brought through by the rum barrels, which build to softer notes of clove, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin seeds; bits of vanilla are present, but the earth and oak of the barrel encompass the sweetness and spice for the most part; still, not too bad here, as plenty of elements have an opportunity in the profile.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with well-integrated carbonation that enhances both barrel and spice notes; somewhat sticky and thin at times, but with a very slight dryness that gives almost toasty, crisper tones to the finish.

Smooth and reasonably flavorful take on the style that doesn’t lose its depth or become too cloying in any form; flavor profile can be subdued at times, which makes it a bit less memorable, but it’s enjoyable as a whole nonetheless.

Sep 26, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Crystal clear. Dark reddish mahogany color with an off white head that faded quickly and left good lacing.

S---Pumpkin spices are apparent. The spices are well blended so that one doesn't stand out over the others. There's some rum in the nose as well.

T---Boozy. Rum & oak are obvious. Nice malt base. Pumpkin spices and actual pumpkin are noticeable. A very faint trace of the advertised vanilla.

F---Boozy & thick. Not much carbonation. Medium feel.

O---A rare pumpkin beer that actually offers the taste of pumpkin. The rum barrel aging is an interesting touch that really separates itself from the field. Would definitely have another.

Sep 22, 2018
Roadsmary's Baby from Two Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 661 ratings