Continuing with our Fall beer reviews while football's international break drones on...and on...and on...we present you with Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale:
Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing
Mood: Enjoyed at the beach, while listening to Talk Talk "It's My Life," from Correspondent Ed's iPod mix of the Essential 1980s. Drunk from the bottle.
Smell: N/A. It's virtually impossible to smell anything from the bottle.
Taste: Decent earthy hop bitterness, tempered by mellow roasted coffee and chocolate and sweet toffee notes. The beer has a much lighter mouthfeel than expected.
Overall: A very nice Fall beer. Candidly, I would have enjoyed Tumbler even more if I had drunk it prior to the several sweeter marzens I also taste tested the same afternoon. Coming after the marzens, though, the bitter notes seemed as if they were emphasized just a bit too stridently. Still, these guys don't really know how to make a bad beer. B+