Beer Review: The Bruery Autumn Maple Ale

20151104_162325Name: The Bruery Autumn Maple Ale

Style: Fruit/Vegetable

IBU: 15

ABV: 10%

“Brewed with 17 lbs. of yams per barrel (in other words, a lot of yams!), this autumn seasonal is a different take on the “pumpkin” beer style. Brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup, and fermented with our traditional Belgian yeast strain, this bold and spicy beer is perfect on a cold autumn evening.

We have also created bourbon barrel aged, 100% brettanomyces and soured versions of Autumn Maple.”

This week lets take a look at another great fall beer that doesn’t include pumpkin. The Bruery is a great west coast brewery in Orange County, CA. They do a few interesting beers and one of them is their Autumn Maple. Autumn Maple takes a different route than pumpkin ales that will still pair well with Thanksgiving dinner. Rather than pumpkins the Bruery packs this fall beer with 17lbs of yams and spices. Let’s pop the bottle and see how it turned out.

The beer pours a cloudy amber cloud with about an inch of brownish head. The nose is quite sweet with hints of molasses, vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup and what I swear is allspice. The taste follows the aroma pretty close, but I also get hints of the sweet potatoes and nutmeg as well as molasses, vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup. The beer is medium bodied with high carbonation due to the bottle conditioning. The beer is really unique and I haven’t had anything like it before, but I can say it is really good and something I would buy in the future.

The Autumn Maple would go great with Thanksgiving dinner, the sweetness of the beer would really pair well with a deep friend turkey or some nice gravy. The ABV is also an impressive 10%, so it will also warm you up on a cool fall night. Definitely give it a try! Cheers!


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