Sunday, June 26, 2011

Rüppell's Fox & Maple Nut Brown Ale

I haven't seen much wildlife here; just finches and pigeons and ants.  But a few days ago I was down in the Motorpool around dusk and spied a pair of small foxes snooping about.  They were smallish and shy but a google search later revealed that they are Rüppell's Foxes which range from Morocco all the way to Pakistan.

Today we have Maple Nut Brown Ale from the Tommyknocker Brewery in Idaho Springs, Colorado.  This was a smooth nut brown ale with maple syrup added.  It's roasty and malty, but not as sweet as you might imagine.  The maple flavors are very subtle and perhaps less present than I hoped.  But this is still a good brown ale and a solid substitute for Newcastle because a) it's sold in brown bottles which help deter skunking and b) while it's a smaller production beer, but still American, so you can avoid the silly import mark-up that some stores add.

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