For the Tenth Beer of Christmas, we (s)tumbled upon a seasonal classic.
A beautiful, walnut furniture brown, the beer forms a thick head that
leaves a chunk lacing on the glass and retains a light foamy cap down
to the very last drop. The aroma is sweet with hints of toasted grains
and nuts. A hoppy touch lingers in the background but is not as
prominent as some other brown ales (especially English ones) that I’ve
Despite the rich head of foam that grew in the pouring, the
carbonation is very mild. The beer doesn’t feel flat, but it lacks the
effervescence that previous the beers this year have had. This isn’t
bad. Not by any stretch of the term. Just an observation. Just a
little variety … and variety is good. Otherwise this blog might be the
Twelve Bud Lights of Christmas. “Tonight’s Bud Light is just like last
night’s. Although this can was dented when I dropped the 30-pack in the
parking lot at Wal-Mart.”
The taste brings on bitter chocolates, a brown sugar-esque sweetness,
and roasted malt. As with the aroma, the hops are there, but are
subdued. The medium body balances all of the above with a dry finish.
Just the other day I was talking with Aubrey about how I never say
“I’m ready for winter.” In January I regularly say, “I’m ready for
spring” or “I’m ready for summer.” And when it’s 110 in August, I
frequently mention that I’m ready for fall.
This is a great fall beer and I will likely start mentioning that I’m
ready for fall in May or June because I know that fall brings out the
Tumbler. Grab some of these for a night around the fire place or
sitting on the back porch under a blanket.
Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Location: Chico, CA
Style: American Brown Ale
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Interesting Note: Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale is the second highest selling
craft beer in the United States (Sam Adam’s Boston Lager being #1). The
brewery is the 6th largest brewer in the U.S. and the 2nd largest craft
brewer. And all this is accomplished while also being environmentally
friendly. They were awarded “Green Business of the Year” in 2010 by the
U.S. EPA for their practices in sustainability.
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