Funny how your palate can change over time. Back in 2008 Brooklyn Post
Road Pumpkin Ale was the best pumpkin beer I’d ever had. I was marveled
by its robustness and complexity. Four years later I find the beer to be
fairly typical for the style, which isn’t to say it’s bad, just that
it’s a good choice among many good choices.
Appearance: Dark, almost rusty orange/brown color. Extremely hazy. Forms
an average size, white, foamy head which leaves minor lacing and
doesn’t completely evaporate.
Smell: Sweet nutmeg spice predominantly with additional notes of clove, but otherwise mild.
Taste: Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale is a beer that’s impressive right
from the rip, but then loses momentum rather quickly. The first few
swigs are full of nutmeg sweetness and subtle clove spice. But only
halfway through the serving the palate seems to homogenize the
individual flavors. It leans more towards being a sweet pumpkin pie-like
beer than a potpourri one, but lacks the authenticity of actual pie
Light bitterness is present at the front of the palate followed quickly
by nutmeg, clove, and what seems like ginger and cinnamon (the brewery’s
website indicates this is only brewed with nutmeg and pumpkin). There’s
continued mild sweetness through the middle and finish of the palate
with a quick burst of additional nutmeg flavor. It’s quite pleasant as
it makes for an easy-drinking beer, but I’d prefer something more
robust. In that aspect it would work well as a starter craft beer.
Drinkability: While I would say the spices in Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin
Ale are discernible, this is not a spicy beer per se. There is no
dancing on the tongue, but rather a smooth flow of mild flavor with a
clean aftertaste. The mouthfeel is slightly crisp with a somewhat cold,
watery texture. At only 5% ABV it’s right where it should be in terms
of body and weight and, again, makes this drinker-friendly to new craft
beer drinkers (it was for me in 2008).