Monday, August 16, 2010
Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale
Ahhh, fall. Football, Halloween, Thanksgiving, cooler weather and watching the leaves changing colors to reds, oranges and yellows. Growing up on the East Coast(Virginia, North Carolina and Rhode Island)you develop this great love of fall that I just can't explain. It is without a doubt my favorite time of year.
Down here in South Louisiana fall doesn't show up until maybe November which for this boy totally sucks. There are two seasons here in Louisiana and that is hot and cold. Fall just isn't the same down here!
One of the great things about fall are all the seasonal beers that come out. Pumpkin beers, Octoberfests, etc. It's a season where we see more maltier beers come out.
Over the past three years Sierra Nevada, who is well known for their hop usage, has released Anniversary Ale which is an American IPA. This year however with their release of the 30th Anniversary beers they decided to switch things up and release a more fall appropriate brew. Their answer to more appropriate fall brew? Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale. Just look at the label. It SCREAMS fall!
I love it. Brown ales like lagers are one of those beers that continually get overlooked in this new world of extreme beer. Typically known as more of an English style of brewing you can now find brown ales being brewed in America, Belgium and many other countries. Tumbler is considered an American Brown Ale which generally means all the ingredients are American and most likely means a little more hops are added unlike our cousins version across the pond.
Here is my review:
Brewery: Sierra Nevada
Beer: Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale
Available in Louisiana?: Yes
Appearance: The beer poured a dark amber color with a huge off white head. Lacing present throughout,
Smell: Wonderful aroma of chocolate, toffee and a nice smoked malt.
Taste: The smoked malt flavor is dominant in this brew. The hints of chocolate come through along with a slight hop flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.
Overall: Incredible American brown ale! Love this beer. Perfect for autumn. Now I just wish it was actually chilly outside.
Score: 4 out of 5 Buddhas
The Beer Buddha