Brooklyn Brewery Post Road Pumpkin Ale: Brewed in Brooklyn, NY at a strength of 5% abv this pumpkin beer, according to their description, is brewed with hundreds of pumpkins and the usual cinnamon & nutmeg that pretty much everyone adds. The hop profile is 24 IBUs worth of American Fuggle and Willamette and it contains some specialty malts that are list on their site as well. I tend to try a few new basic pumpkin beers every year to see if there are any that get it right, unfortunately this wasn’t one of them which is surprising considering the brewery.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a clear amber colour with very little foam and minimal carbonation. The aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg and a slightly soapy aroma.
Flavour: About the same as the aroma, pumpkin, nutmeg, some biscuit malt and hints of a soapy texture.
Overall Impression: As I’ve mentioned before, soapy isn’t a good thing however it’s still drinkable.
Rating: I give it a below average rating of 4/10. The odd flavour isn’t overly off putting, but rather its just a bit out of place and knocks this beer down a couple of points (perhaps a shipping/storage issue?).
Food Pairing: I tried this with pumpkin pie, it was ok but I think it would better used as a cooking beer. Try adding it as a substitute for milk in pancakes to make pumpkin beer pancakes which are really, really good!
Near the end of fall, I do sympathize a bit with this meme. I mean I really like pumpkin, we use it in cooking a lot, but sometimes it’s just poorly done.