New Belgium Tour De Fall

Reviewed by on October 24, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: New Belgium Brewing

  • Origin: Fort Collins, CO, US

  • Rated On: October 23, 2014

  • Best Before: February 8, 2015

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

New Belgium is a large craft brewer from Fort Collins, Colorado, who are justifiably famous for their Fat Tire amber ale (and they’ll soon have a Beer Diaries Episode depicting their operations, in the now running Colorado season).  As the leaves turn different crazy colours, they have created this ode to fall – hopped with their supposed harvest favourites, Amarillo and Cascade.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some random, if proliferate, spattered lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of biscuity pale and caramel malts, a bit of apple and pear skin, further muddled orchard pit fruit, a hint of out-of-place wet ash, pine needles and all the stuff around them on the forest floor, and a touch of perfumed booze esters. The taste is more wet crackery pale malt, biscuity caramel, musty, just rained-on pine and spruce tip bitters, dry generic citrus rind, a subtle earthy nuttiness, and further leafy, floral hops. The bubbles are fairly tight and closely-kept, the body a decent medium weight, and tacitly smooth, the hops and alcohol seeming to have somewhere else to be. It finishes on a strong drying trend, the same hop bitterness and booze astringency finally starting to cause a ruckus.

A decent pale ale, though I’m not getting much of the citrus that one might expect from the proclaimed hops – though who cares, as the green, earthy, and piney notes more than make up for that. Easy to drink, and duly enjoyable, especially if big American hops and regional micro brewers blow that mountain wind up your skirt.

Brady White

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