Subject: Post Road Pumpkin AleWhassit: Seasonal beer brewed with pumpkin and spicesLocation: the local liquor store with the good beer selection (found in Atlanta at the Toco [Hills] Giant Package Store on Druid Hills and Lavista)Rating: 99% awesomeI didn’t even know that Pumpkin Ale existed. I was browsing the Toco Giant wine racks for a friend’s birthday when I decided to check out the new seasonal beers, and there, lo and behold, sitting innocent between the last six-packs of Sweetwater Summer Hummer and whatever Sam Adams is passing off as premium this fall: pumpkin beers. Man I love autumn.This was only the second week of September, so the only two pumpkin beers on the shelves were Post Road’s and one by Blue Moon. I’m a general fan of Blue Moon but decided to go with the Post Road ‘cause it was a couple bucks more expensive, and I’ve learned to be a huge beer snob that often translates to “a whole lot tastier” in the world of alcohol.So I get it home and chill it, and pop open a bottle later on while I’m waiting to be picked up to go out. And not only is it way better than I hoped; it’s probably the best beer I’ve had in at least a month. At first sip, it tastes like a really nice smooth dark ale. A little heavy and rich, not overly carbonated, slightly on the burnt side of hoppy. I take a couple more swallows and start wondering when the pumpkin & spices part is gonna kick in when suddenly it hits me, during the aftertaste: pie! Seriously, this stuff drinks like beerbeerbeerPIE. But the spices are subtle! The pie part is definitely all in the aftertaste, and the ale flavor is deep enough to provide a nice palate balance; it never goes sour the way that some flavored-malt-beverages and lighter ales do. It’s just very dark, smooth, and warming.I completely recommend this to anyone who likes darker beers and who also likes pumpkin pie. It lost that 1 percentage of awesome ‘cause it’s a little pricey; the six-pack cost me $8.50 or thereabouts, which is definitely on the high end for bottled beer. But it’s entirely worth it, assuming you’ve got nine bucks to drop on a six-pack. Personally, I’m gonna stock up before it goes out of season. (If you’re the sort of person who likes beer and also dinner parties, I think this’d be rocking served with classic savory/sweet autumn dishes: roasts, pork, turkey, stuffing, squash, things flavored with apples or sage, etc. It might be especially great as a palate-primer during dinner if you’re planning on serving pumpkin pie for dessert.)
That sounds like the best beer ever!
It pretty much wins!
I am totally going to try this