Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale (2012)

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.

NOTE: read (and watch) my 2008 review here:

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (743) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

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 flavors.

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).
 Grade: 7/10

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