Early American colonialists, seeking natural ingredients for brewing ales, turned to pumpkins, which were plentiful, flavorful and nutritious. Blended with barley malt, pumpkins became a commonly used beer ingredient. Post Road Pumpkin Ale brings back this tasty tradition. Hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are blended into the mash of each batch, creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, biscuity malt center, and crisp finish.
I found the Post Road Pumpkin Ale to have the following characteristics…
- Appearance: Clear amber with light foam and lacing.
- Aroma: Pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice and hops.
- Taste: Light carbonation, sweet and unremarkable.
- ABV: 5%
The Post Road was a little too much pumpkin. Sort of like a super pureed pumpkin pie. Oddly enough, even after that description, I would say that it wasn’t half bad. If you are looking for a true pumpkin ale, I can’t imagine finding one with more pumpkin flavor than this one.
Categories: Brew Review, Brooklyn
LimpD, a question and a comment:
A – If I put goat urine in a pretty package would you buy it and how much would you pay for it even if it was labeled “Goat Urine”? (Assume reserve stock, free-range organic Vermont goat, bottle conditioned, unfiltered … the “good” goat urine)
B – Pumpkin should be illegal as far as beer ingredients go. If the FDA was doing their job they would stopped the brewing of pumpkin beers long ago!!
So, are we talking about really good goat urine not just some mass produced Goat Light Lime. Actually, I believe you have passed this goat urine question off before. I have to say that if the package despite how pretty said urine, goat or otherwise, I would have to pass. Of course, if under the large letters for Beer it said in small print “may contain organic goat urine”, I probably would have bought the pretty bottle and then noticed mid bottle that goat urine was a main ingredient.
As to your second point, I think the use of alternative flavors in beer should be encouraged. However, after much research this fall, I have to agree that pumpkins might not be the best alternative. Perhaps, a strongly worded letter to the FDA will bring about the ban you seek.
With all this talk of urine, one Man comes to mind… Patches O’Houlihan! Now that’s a man that learned to embrace the sterile pleasures of urine.
You really should try the Southern Tier Pumking. Talk about an over the top Pumpkin beer. Can’t drink alot of it, but definitely worthwhile.
I’ve had it … once was enough. Now add some artificial lime to a barely drinkable light beer and you got a brew I can support!
That comment was for Limpd. I know your feelings about the Pumking. You no likey!