INITIAL REVIEW FALL 2004: Well, I guess it’s lost a bit on me – the whole pumpkin ale thing.
I get a beer that is a clear orange color, quite attractive with a little head but next to no retention or lacing, followed by a drink that has definite pumpkin overtones, but a nasty, peppery, prickly spiciness at the end. I don’t much care for it.
The aroma is not very nice at all, with a sickly (vomit like) touch.
EDIT: Fall 2005, drinking a year old ’04 Post Road Pumpkin.
The aromas have intensified for the better. Much more spicy pumpkin flavors are now present and a extra depth of flavor. This has aged very nicely over the last 12 months. Much better lacing, smoother and more mature, with extra malt body – in fact much, much better than a year ago. (Numbers adjusted for the aged beer).
Final bottle of ’04 drunk in late Feb ’06 (close to 18 months old) and still holding up very nicely thank you.