Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sierra Nevada Tumbler

“As the nights grow cool, the leaves on the valley oaks begin to turn and fall. In honor of this yearly dance, we bring you Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale and invite you to enjoy the show. We use malt within days of roasting at the peak of its flavor to give Tumbler a gracefully smooth malt character. So pour a glass, and grab a window seat to watch as the leaves come tumbling down.”

Never in my life have I actually spent a fall day sitting by the window and watching the leaves drop. Inspired by Tumbler, perhaps this year I will. Autumn days are beautiful, and so is this ale! Smooth, dark, and malty, Tumbler has “Josh Rutledge beer” written all over it. Like any good fall seasonal, it’s heartier than the light summer beers but way more easy-drinking than those big ales of winter. As advertised, Tumbler is all about the malts. Crystal, chocolate, and two-row pale malts are the starring players, while Challenger hops play an understated supporting role. Sometimes a “malty” beer means a sweet beer, but in this case the prevailing notes are of the nutty, toasty variety. Mmmm! Technically this is a brown ale, but don’t go thinking this is just another mild-mannered and totally “blah” American brown. It’s a cut above. The hops kick back real nice on the finish, giving Tumbler more bite and complexity compared to the average brown ale. And all in all, you just can’t beat this beer when it comes to pure roasty deliciousness. If winter is my favorite beer season of them all, then fall is a close second. Maybe I won’t be sitting by the window watching the leaves fall. But I’ll be sitting in my recliner, watching college football, and savoring this splendid season one sip at a time. A+!

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