Post Road Pumpkin Ale, Owned by Brooklyn Brewery
This wonderful Pumpkin Ale pops in at a very easy drinking 5% abv. This brew goes into the category of historical pumpkin beers. Also, I have a small confession to make. This is one of the pumpkin beers that I really like. I had hoped to throw down 7 pumpkin beers, going from the worst to the best. Well, I definitely had the worst of them yesterday, but the last six are very difficult to put in an order, as they are all very good. Thus, we are going to be putting them up in some kind of order, but I can guarantee you that the last one will definitely be the one I feel is the best.
Aroma: Strong malty smell, with almost no hops. Very light pumpkin, and not much spices. It also has a light crispiness to it, like the smell of the leaves in the fall in New England (a smell I miss dearly since moving to DC – it’s just not the same).
Appearance: Very orange-amber in color. Light carbonation can be seen. It has a light colored head that fell well and left a strong film over the top of the beer. It leaves a very light lattice on the glass.
Flavor: It hits the palate with a nice toasted pumpkin flavor. The malts hold up with the pumpkin. I don’t taste much bitterness, aside from the toasty flavor. There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of pumpkin spices, but I don’t know if Brooklyn uses them. However, that being said, I enjoy this brew. It allows a nice pumpkin flavor to shine through.
Mouthfeel: It is medium bodied, and the light sweetness coats the tongue well. It has a strong carbonation, which would be great for washing away sweet pumpkin desserts or nice full meals, such as turkey or game fowl.
Overall Impression: Brooklyn makes a great pumpkin beer in a market overdone with what I call a “pumpkin-pie beer.” While not a bad thing, it is good to see a brewery working of an older style recipe. The Pilgrims would approve.
For a little extra fun, we paired this beer with a wonderful Turkey Panini. The Panini had thick cut roasted turkey breast, cranberry sauce, and havarti cheese, all grilled on a very tasty sunflower crusted whole wheat bread. The combination is very tasty, and the lighter flavor of the beer goes well with the roasted turkey.