This was the second pumpkin ale I tried this season – “Post Road” Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery. My husband and I both tried the Post Road and were in agreement – not our favorite.
The Post Road is a nice amber color, and has a little more clarity than the Punkin. There was very little head after being poured and almost no head after settling although it did leave a slight lacing on the glass.
The aroma was really spicy with hints of allspice, cinnamon but almost no pumpkin scent at all.
Let me preface this review by saying that I’ve always turned my nose up at pumpkin ales. Reason being…I hate pumpkin pie. After many a family gathering, being forced to taste some distant relative’s pumpkin pie – it makes me cringe. So when friends try to get me to drink pumpkin beer, I gag a little at the thought. Until now….
I started down a road of pumpkin beer this fall while on assignment for a beer publication. Keeping an open mind, I tried a variety of pumpkin beers and I have to say that there were a few that I really enjoyed and a few that took me back to pumpkin pie horror.
If you couldn’t tell from my Oktoberfest post, I love fall, and fall beers. Especially pumpkin beers (true confession: I actually love just about anything pumpkin). Every year, in early September, I head to my favorite beer shops to pick up a season’s worth of pumpkin beer. I usually grab some of my favorites, and check out new ones to try. The owner of my tried and true beer store recommended Schlafly to me, saying it was his favorite. I was a little dubious, as his second favorite is one I’m not a fan of. But I decided to give it a try, and I am very happy I did. This is the first Schlafly beer I’ve tried, and I’ll definitely be looking for additional styles.