Sumatra Mountain

American Brown Ale Founders Brewing Co.

5

Sumatra Mountain, an American Brown Ale by Founders Brewing Co.

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Sumatra Mountain is an American Brown Ale brewed by Founders Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this review, the ale was served in a Teku glass from a bottle.

Appearance

This ale pours nearly black and shows highlights of chestnut brown at the edges. The Brown Ale is capped by a thin head of tan froth that bubbles down immediately.

Aroma

The aromatics are toasty with an added scent of coffee and a hint of chocolate.

Flavor

Tastes rich and malty with flavors of chocolate and caramel. The palate is balanced by a taste of coffee roast, nut, and mildly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel

Mouthfeel isn’t quite full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall

Sumatra Mountain is one helluva tasty brew. Taste profile is one typically found in stouts and porters but works wonderfully in this brown. A high ABV is masked well. A must for lovers of coffee beers and brown ales.

The Story Behind the Sumatra Mountain

Check out this video from Founders brewmaster as he talks about the Sumatra Mountain and how improvisation made this Brown Ale a reality.

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About the American Brown Ale

The American Brown Ale is similar to the English Brown Ale but has greater alcohol strength and more hops. But it’s still a malty brew with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and nut. The darker malt is more robust than an Amber but doesn’t reach the level of a Porter.