Let's start by saying the World Champion Phillies just ended the first 2009 post-season game a few minutes ago with a big 5-1 win over the Rockies. The game started out as a pitchers' duel, but the Phils broke through and scored in the bottom of the fifth inning to get things started. And Cliff Lee pitched a complete game gem. Sweet!
Last night I was told that I needed to put this big light up rubber pumpkin on our porch, but that it needed to be brought in at the end of the night so the riff-raff wouldn't steal it. Apparently my seven year old overheard that discussion, so after I put it outside and plugged it in, he went to his room and got a lock and keys he's been playing with for months. He opened the front door, closed the cover over the plugs on the outside outlets, and proceeded to lock it up. Then he found me to take a look at his work. Genius! Not theft-proof, but you'd really have to want a $20 pumpkin with the cord ripped off to steal it. Of course, at the end of the night I had to search for the keys to bring it in. Oh well.
That said, and on theme, I opened a Post Road Pumpkin Ale brewed by The Brooklyn Brewery in Utica, New York. The label gives no visual indication that this is one of their beers (except where they typed it). Basically I'm saying there was not the well-known "cursive B" that symbolizes the brewery anywhere.
The aroma shouts pumpkin pie, with a powerful cinnamon and nutmeg spicy scent. Spicy flavors start out even more powerful than that, maybe more of a bloodcurdling scream here! Very spicy cinnamon, nutmeg and a ton of cloves. This beer is not sweet, but rather a little bitter. And if there are any pumpkin flavors whatsoever, I don't taste them. Medium carbonation, dry finish. The finish and aftertaste were fine, but that was because 75% of the spices had dissipated by then. Sorry, move along. I figure the chef mistakenly used a TBSP instead of tsp with his spices for this guy, making them much too dominant and annoying.
HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN SILHOUETTE
Cinnamon Hot Chocolate - 24 oz.
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