38. Two Brothers – Atom Smasher

Well, Labor Day has come and gone. Which means Fall is here! Or at least the Fall beers. I’m having a hard time saying that Fall is actually here, since it’s nearly 90 degrees outside.

Anyway, we got in our last trip to the pool this past weekend, and it’s now time to start getting out the warmer clothing and settle in with a fantastic Oktoberfest.

I love Marzens. They’re malty and sweet, and slightly refreshing. They’re warming, not winter beer warming, but subtly warming. A nice transition beer.

I really like this time of year.

I got a hold of a couple Marzens this week to get me started. First, the Two Brothers Atom Smasher.

Sight: Deep bronze in color with a light thin head. Just like the leaves on the trees (that will be turning soon, I know, it’s too early).

Smell: Biscuits, malts, a nice light hoppiness, and a slight red wine aroma (grapes and wood). Very interesting for a Marzen.

Taste: Malty and creamy, a sudden rush of carbonation. It settles into a light spiciness (like pumpkin pie) and a mild fruit flavor.

My overall grade: B

A good start to Fall. I like what Two Brothers did with this one. Something a little out of the ordinary, but didn’t deviate too far.

Speaking of deviating too far…

Sight: Brown with a subtle orange tint. A thin white head.

Smell: Huge hop aroma, very floral, not really fitting for what I would consider a Fall beer

Taste: Malty and creamy to start out. There’s a subtle spiciness to follow and then an explosion of bitter hops. The finish is very dry.

My overall grade: C

I understand that with a name like “Hoptober” I should really know what I’m getting myself into, but it was just a little too much. I appreciate that New Belgium was trying to do something a little out of the ordinary, but I was hoping for more malts and less hops. A decent beer, but not for the season.

I’m off to pick up a few more Fall beers!