Fall Ale | Yazoo Brewing Company

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Fall AleFall Ale

Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the Yazoo Brewmaster's Blog:

Fall Ale is made with all German malts - Munich, Vienna, Cara malt, and a little bit of Rye. It's generously hopped with Hallertauer and Tettnang hops from Germany. It's an ale, not a lager, but it's loosely based on a typical Octoberfest beer, with our own twist with the Rye malt.

Added by Misfit138 on 10-17-2009

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Tilley4:
Photo of Tilley4
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this never-before-seen brew on a recent sopping trip...

Pours a hazy cloudy golden with a pretty decent head and some spotty lacing... Looks more Marzen than Red Ale to me...

Nice aromas of toasted malts, a sharp noble hop aroma and perhaps a touch of rye... Pretty impressive really as it just smells like a crisp clean well crafted brew.. Again, more Oktoberfest than Red Ale but whatever...

Smooth noble-hopped malty goodness all the way here.. A perfect session drinking beer really... One of those that probably won't get super high scores as it isn't overly hopped or loaded with chocolate... Its a damn good Oktoberfest is what it is! Its better than most of the Marzens that I had this fall for sure..

Awesome little beer here... I liked this one quite a bit.. Easy drinking and tasty as well... Well done Linus!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Psberrier
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of King_Lich13
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Misfit138
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yazoo's Fall Fest

Poured from growler into pint glass

A- Copper in color with a nice tan head

S- Mostly caramelized malt

T- Rather malty. Caramel malts with some roast with a mild bitterness

M- Medium bodied with mild carbonation

D- Pretty standard Oktoberfest. I recommend picking up a growler of this while you can. The weather is starting to get a bit chili and this is the perfect beer for the season.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this from JohnQVegas in one of many boxes he sent... This managed to get lost in the back of the fridge... So it's been kept in the 30 degree range...

Pours a clear, glowing, orange hued shade of amber. Rocky whitish head of 2 fingers rapidly becomes a thin moonscape terrain-- bumps and craters everywhere. After a sip, the head is almost entirely gone. Very small globs of lace hang on the sides still.
A grainy malt note sticks out, but the sweet malts smell the strongest. Very light lemony and spicy note too.

The beer tastes like it doesn't know what style it belongs in-- I would say it is NOT an amber ale! This is crisp and clean in the finish like a lager (probably due to whatever yeast they used). Very lightly hopped, but the spicy flowery note is hiding in there too. The sweet malts hit up front, with some "oven-baked whole grain bread" kind of note.

The body is light, decent carbonation.

Pretty easy drinking-- though I can't picture a situation where id be drinking it... Perhaps on a 60 degree fall afternoon? Might work.
My overall impression is that this is miscategorized-- even trying to compare it to all the styles it reminds me of (marzen, Vienna lager, amber, etc) this doesn't score extremely well. I suppose that's the risk you run when you push the boundaries of styles-- people either love it, or can't figure it out...

I imagine they were going for an easy drinking beer that isn't overly powerful-- mission accomplished... Perhaps too well.

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Photo of wshell1
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Ealanjones
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerguy36
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of bamadog
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received this as an extra in a recent trade. Review is from notes taken on 1/11/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a very solid copper; starts with a 1/2 finger head that is slightly off-white and it fades quickly to a large island of an incomplete skim with a thin ring around the surface; body is just a little bit hazy and it shows moderately strong carbonation;

Smell: Smell is a bit of dry graininess, some sweet powdery malt and just a touch of citrus that is reminiscent of lemon zest.

Taste: The taste really matches the smell, very close to a "T" -- a lot of sweet maltiness that reminds me of some amber extract that I've used in some batches; definite dry and slightly toasty graininess; ends with a faint hop presence that has a bit of the lemony zest to it, but the aftertaste reverts to the sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium, but definitely leaning towards the light; carbonation is strong and borderline sharp, but it fits the style well and isn't overbearing or anything; a thin sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth and it holds the sweetness on the palate a bit.

Drinkability: All in all, it's a pretty solid meat and potatoes kind of beer -- nothing special, but certainly tasty enough to warrant picking it up when the chance is presented on an annual basis (kind of reminds me a bit of GLBC Conway's); decent set of flavors and a very light ABV would allow this to be drank, but it's nothing that screams "DRINK ME."

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Photo of Dave56
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsdenney
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed 4th week of October. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into NB globe glass.

A: Cloudy amber/orange color with an off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells bready, yeasty, slightly fruity.

T: Starts with bready malts and follows with a brief hint of pepper and citrus. The rye adds an interesting spiciness and there's a balanced hoppy finish that's clean and refreshing.

M: Light, clean and crisp, slightly slick. A little too much carbonation for my liking.

D: Well I wish I'd tried this beer back in the fall b/c it serves as a nice alternative to other Octoberfests on the market. That being said I'm already on round 2 so a very drinkable ale. Another fine beer released by Yazoo.

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Photo of sommersb
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I first had this on tap at the brewery. This serving was from a 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottling date was first week of this month.

A: Bright copper to amber color, with a creamy off-white head around 3-4 fingers high. Mostly clear throughout with a little haze; a small amount of bubbles present as it sat in the glass. Nice looking beer.

S: First thing I noticed were the hop aromas. On a lesser scale were the malt smells.

T: Taste was very sharp and clean. As in the aroma, the taste of the hops comes through more than the malts. A fair amount of bitterness in this one, but not overpowering. I know this also has rye in it, which may contribute in the crisp and spicy flavor.

M: Has a light to medium body, with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Finishes nicely on a dry note.

D: A good crisp beer to enjoy in the cool fall weather!

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Photo of Agold
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this beer in my box from the 100% Satisfaction BIF. Big thanks to bstaffor. This beer pours an orange to amber color with a very short head that dissipates to a film rather quickly. Almost no lacing at all. The aroma is extremely floral. Hints of honey and a bit of caramel and citrus. Really nice. Taste is very light, lightly hopped with floral hop notes, very little yeast character, extremely clean. Most of the depth and character in the aroma is absent in the taste. Beer is mildly carbonated with medium/light mouthfeel. Overall, this is a really nice beer, especially the aroma, but it definitely needs some work. Would like to see more malt presence and a bit more yeast character.

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Photo of DIM
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear, golden amber color. It poured with a medium sized sticky head.

s: I found toffee, sugar cookies, toffee, and grassy, herbal hops.

t: Toffee and sugar cookie sweetness up front, then some strong, leafy, moderately herbal bitterness. I might have noticed that hint of rye as well.

m: Crisply carbonated with a long, lingering bitter bite.

d: Definitely brings fall to mind. Thanks to titosupertramp for this one, if this was local I'd be looking for a six pack.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks To Tilley4 for throwing in this extra -

Poured from 12oz bottle -Bottled first week of November 2010

Poured a nice dark gold with red hues,two finger head that dissipated into a thick lacing,decent carbonation.

Smell - Light hops with some toasty malt hints,

Taste - Light hops with decent malt flavors,some grassy notes .

Drinkability - This went down really smooth, well balanced and blended brew, Would make a good session brew.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Bottle is dated October/Week 3, so I know I'm getting into the game a bit late with this one.

Pours a very hazy copper color, bordering on cloudy. One-finger white cap on top settles in to a thin layer with some interesting lacing.

Nose is bready, a bit toasty, herbal - classic octoberfest profile, with the breadiness enhanced just a bit by the ale yeast profile. If I had to guess, I'd say an English yeast was used because of the dry, round, bready malt profile, but I'm not certain.

Taste is good as well - malt body is bready, dry, toasty, lightly sweet, hinting at caramel, and sitting underneath a full, round layer of herbal hops. Very pleasant - tastes like a cross between an Oktoberfest and an ESB to me. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit on the full side - you can certainly feel the difference that results from its lack of filtration. Carbonation is on the light side, gets lost a bit in the body. Works well for this beer though.

Drinkability is pretty good; the overall package is fairly unique and quite tasty. I prefer a grassier hop character for maximum quaffability, but the herbal direction this one takes is satisfying in it's own way. Pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of JMC0054
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Fall Ale from Yazoo Brewing Company
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