Brooklyn “Post Road” Pumpkin Ale (2011)

Brooklyn’s “Post Road” Pumpkin Ale is in the pumpkin ale style and comes in at 5% ABV.

I poured most of a 12 oz bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance: A conservative-at-the-beginning, liberal-at-the-end pour provides a light tan 1-finger head that dissipates to very thin lacing. The color is orange-amber and a bit cloudy. There is some noticeable carbonation, but these tiny bubbles are only visible closer to the surface of the glass.

Smell: A bit sour upfront, though mostly sweet and malty with strong caramelized pumpkin. There is a clear presence of standard pumpkin pie spice, with cinnamon and clove at the forefront. There is also something with the spicing that is a bit more… peppery, perhaps coriander.

Taste: This has some mentionable spice, but with pumpkin flavor holding it together. It doesn’t just have spice without the backbone that you may find with Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale or Michelob’s Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale. There is a nice, not-too-heavy hop presence towards the end and on the finish that keeps this beer from being flat. These hop notes hang on for a little bit. This is a nice addition to what would otherwise be more of a one-dimensional malty pumpkin beer.

Feel: The beer is thin, and doesn’t hang onto the tongue or mouth for a long time. The carbonation also has a seltzer-y quality. This adds a kind of effervescence, which may be off-putting if one is looking to drink more of a beer’s beer.

Drinkability: This is a relatively easy-drinking pumpkin ale. Nothing really smacks you in the face in terms of flavor or feel, which may be a downside if you just want one impressively flavorful or heavy beer. Nothing will hold you back from having a few of these.

Overall: This beer is in the league of Dock Street’s “Great Pumpkin” and Stegmaier’s Pumpkin Ale, but falling a bit short of both of them. Stegmaier drinks much smoother than Brooklyn without sacrificing flavor, and Dock Street has similar effervescence but a more unique flavor (with something like a hint of lime). I do find that Brooklyn is more round and complex than Saranac’s Pumpkin Ale, though for the price Saranac may sometimes be preferable to Brooklyn – Brooklyn goes for around 10 dollars a six-pack, while Saranac runs around 7 bucks.

Overall Rating: **1/2


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