Pie for your pint glass
A Review of Post Road Pumpkin Ale by Brooklyn Brewery
Posted on 8/26/2011 by Brew's Your Daddy
                   
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Summer is almost over! Do I have your attention now? What? You don't believe me? The signs are all there. It's getting cold at night. The leaves are starting to turn. The autumn crisp is nipping in the air. Okay, so maybe none of those signs are here yet, but one very important sign IS here. Breweries are starting to release their fall seasonals! This is truly one of my favorite times of the beer year. The switch from the light and crisp summer offerings to the rich and zesty and full bodied fall offerings is a time for us all to rejoice over. The beers start to get more flavorful. The interpretations of certain styles start to really get crazy. And certain breweries are about to unleash upon us some of my favorite treats in the better beer world. One of those treats is the Brooklyn Brewery Post Road Pumpkin Ale.

From the minute you pop the top on this one, you know you have something different in your hand. Pumpkin and spice smells seem to almost leap out of the bottle, and beg you to put them into a glass. After granting them their wish, you get to see a nice caramel colored ale that carries a fluffy white head with pride. The pumpkin smell is nice and warm, and it is mixed beautifully with notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. There is a malty undertone that resembles fresh baked biscuits. Just smelling the Post Road Pumpkin Ale makes you think someone has sat a pumpkin pie right in front of your face.

The first taste of it just reassures you that, somehow, the people over at Brooklyn Brewery have figured out a way to make a beer out of pumpkin pie. There is a brief moment where your mouth and mind have a battle to figure out how a cold beer can have a warm tone to it. You taste the pumpkin right off the bat, and the clove and nutmeg are right there with it. There is a slight spice tingle that, while surprising at first, is quite enjoyable. You are given a moment or two to enjoy the tingle before the bready malt comes in and slowly tones things down to a sweet and crisp finish. The mouthfeel is light and sticky, and plays along well with the overall sweetness in the beer. The carbonation falls into the high range, and it does its job to keep the flavors popping, which is really nice when the spices peek through.

I could go on and on about what a great job Brooklyn Brewery did on the Post Road Pumpkin Ale, but sometimes less really is more. Continued efforts to describe this wonderful offering would probably fall short of a proper representation anyway. The best way I know how to put it, and I've mentioned it already, is that this beer smells and tastes like pumpkin pie. If you like pumpkin pie, you will LOVE this beer. If you don't, then you won't. This holds true for the beginners as well as the advanced. It's really as simple as that. As for me? Well, while others are diving for the dessert table at all the holiday gatherings, yours truly will know that the best dessert is sitting, ice cold, in the cooler.

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