Name of beer
Cairngorm Brewery Company
What the brewer says
“Autumn Nuts is a russet red beer with the best roast crystal malt giving the red colour and the nutty flavour whilst a blend of European and American hops leaves a fresh autumn fruit finish.”
Driving back through the Trossachs Trail at the end of a weekend in the Highlands of Scotland, I couldn’t resist pulling over at the sight of a sign saying “The Real Ale Shop”, attached to a pub in the wonderfully-named Kilmahog.
Inside, a treasure trove of beers from around Scotland awaited, organised first by brewery, then by style, light to dark. A selection was acquired.
As Autumn Nuts has a best before date of August, I saw no reason to keep this until it was in season.
Its red colouring belies a lightness of aroma and taste. It certainly doesn’t feel full-bodied, but the flavour grows as you get into it.
Unsurprisingly, it’s a little nutty in flavour, but not overwhelmingly so.
It’s light, fresh and far from overwhelming. I’d prefer a stronger flavour in an ideal world, but, saying that, the less imposing taste might suit many pallets.
The more I drink, the more pleasant I find it, and I think it would be a good entry ale for many to the ruby market.
One note of warning, though, to the uninitiated: Autumn Nuts is bottle conditioned, so don’t mistake any cloudiness for it being in poor state. Leaving he yeast in the bottle is actually great for the beer – it’s just that in the UK we are used to it being taken out, so we expect beer to be crystal clear.
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