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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown AleSierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

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very good

2,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 2632
Reviews: 1022
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 07-25-2010)
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Photo of Tsar_Riga


3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Impressive head over a dark brown, mostly opaque brew. Good lacing.

S - This might be the age, but not much more than some harsh malt notes with a bit of bread.

T - Surprisingly good. Some nice malt, roasted grains. Some bitterness on the close, but very easy to drink.

M - Lively and crisp, which shocked me, given the age.

O - This was a beer well beyond its standard drink by period, which actually speaks well of it, because it held up surprisingly well. When I saw it on the shelf, I knew I had to try it, because it was something I might never see again. I'm glad I did, because it was an impressive brew, even with the age on it. Hope it comes around again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 20:14:44 | More by Tsar_Riga
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle from Beers of Europe website (£2.09):
Deep caramel with a thumb sized, foamy beige head that holds very well, leaving some lacing too.

Earthy hops and a little bit of caramel sweetness, there is some toasted bitterness that follows this and some nutty notes as well. The aroma seems well balanced and a few darker malts feature as well.

Sweet caramel malts and earthy hops that is followed later on by some bitterness and a touch of grain. I could detect some very faint chocolate and some light roasted malts too.

Well carbonated and quite crisp with mouthfeel and a smooth sort of dry finish. The body is medium and quite filling with a great balance and a smoky, moderately bitter finish.

Frighteningly easy to drink, very smooth throughout and with a crisp, bitter finish; I was looking forward to this one and again Sierra Nevada doesn't disappoint. Whilst not the very best from the brewery that I've tried this one is certainly a good one.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 09:44:05 | More by flyingpig
Photo of Emnmarko


3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- looks like a burnt pumpkin. Dark orange tint. Loads of sediment floating around. Wispy, soapy head that quits quickly and quietly.

S- Toasted bread dipped in chocolate. Slightly watered down? Mello malt aroma.

T- To shake this beers hand and encounter a weak girly grip is disappointing. Has a light feel I wasn't expecting. The bottle declares perfect for an autumn afternoon but I'm thinking summer evening. More like an amber ale to me.

M- Nice and easy, not overly dramatic. Nice carbonation

O- Not a bad ale by any means. Interesting flavors are present but it lacks the smoothness that I associate with an above average brown ale. I would drink it again but won't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 19:48:12 | More by Emnmarko
Photo of Jeffreysan


3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very, very dark mahogany brown, with a half of a finger of off-white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of wispy clouds of foam that covered almost the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty, bready, slightly sweet. I get notes of freshly baked bread, molasses, and some floral notes of pine and clover.

Taste: This is a great malt bomb! Very malty, very bready, followed by some subtle sweetness, finished with some good hoppy bitterness. There are hints of chocolate, molasses, and a good nuttiness too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.5%, there’s practically no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, and it hadn't been retired, I would definitely get it again. Oh well...

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 23:22:07 | More by Jeffreysan
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A: Murky brown body with an off white 2 finger head. excellent retention and decent lacing.

S: Malt sweetness in the nose with a bit of smokiness.

T: Malty flavors as well as some hop bitterness on the end.

M: Really great mouthfeel on this, very thick, while still being crisp and refreshing.

O: Pretty good brown ale. Its discontinued now so i'll probably never drink it again, but I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 00:27:28 | More by watermelon
Photo of Omnium


3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Clear brown with a finger of off white sudsy head medium spotty lacing.
S - Nice earthy light hop scents mixed with a good toasted grain and roasted malt base, some lighter toffee and hazelnut as well.
T - Much more nutty in flavor, you also get a nice balance of earthy hop bitterness, but its not pronounced, a little toffee sweetness.
M - Medium feel, coats your palate with a delicate sweet roasty flavor.
O - Its a shame SN didnt see it fit to brew this after this year, this has been a staple autumn brown ale. I know everyone has been all geared up on hops in more recent times, I'm one of those people, but there's great beers in other styles (like this one) that suffer due to demand of other product. Maybe one day it will return, for now, so long old friend...

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 03:06:26 | More by Omnium
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4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I love a good brown, and this is no exception. Many brown ales are too sweet/malty, but this one is nicely balanced with a pleasant (but not overdone) hoppiness. The fall (especially in Mississippi) is still a bit warm for stouts and porter IMO, and browns like this a great choice between pilsner season and stout season. Not only do I think Sierra Nevada made a mistake discontinuing this seasonal, I think they should make it year-round. They need a good brown or amber to go with their regular line-up. But I guess, they know their business...

Anyway, if you are lucky enough to find this, don't miss a chance to try it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 17:18:53 | More by DMEsquire
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New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice foam. Sierra knows what they are doing with carbonation. Dark red clear can see carbonation rising when held up to light.

S - Nothing coming out. Maybe some light flower hops which Sierra likes.

T - Got a small touch of smoke, then some roast, and a hint of dark malt. Appears to me the slight roast is dominate taste.

M - They nailed it. Nicely rounded. Ties in with the appearance.

O - Not my beer to go to. :) discontinued not crying, happy I have these weird short Modelo style bottles for my own home brew ;)

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 17:33:15 | More by beer272
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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date printed on the bottleneck. 2013 vintage, acquired the 12 pack on sale for $6.99 from the local beer store, with the twelve pack packaged on 07/18/2013. A new beer to me from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Poured into The Godfather pint glass.

A - Pours a ruby-chestnut brown colored body with active & lively carbonation present. About a finger of fizzy khaki bubbles, audibly sizzling away to a ring and layer of film. No lacing to speak of.

S - Smell is light, but hits it's mark. Chocolate malt roast, some crisp cola, carbonation, hint of spice reminiscent of ginger, hint of peat, and some hazelnut nuttiness on the end.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp cola carbonation, earthy nuttiness, chocolate malt roast, and a touch of smoke on the finish. Very easy drinking.

M - Feel is crisp, lightly bitter, bready, and dry. A fitting end.

Overall, an alluring, highly drinkable, and flavor packed beverage sitting at a low sessionable 5.50% abv. Definitely glad I picked this up on sale while I had the chance.

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 18:23:40 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of carlborch


3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliantly clear with a 2-inch tan head which settles to 1/8 inch. The color is dark mahogany with a hint of red. The nose suggests coffee, wood, malt, and bread. The body is surprisingly light. Modest carbonation. The palate suggests toast, coffee, nuts, roasted malt, and earthiness. Decent lingering. Some Belgian lace does form. Thirst quenching, not moreish. The ABV is not noticeable. Very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 16:44:12 | More by carlborch
Photo of Maninthearena


3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A dark brown with a hint of red. Almost looked like a cola coming out of the bottle which was somewhat off-putting.

Nose- Some dark chocolate, roasted malt. Botanic hops. Could pop a little more.

Taste- Delightful! The smells are amplified here, dark chocolate, roasted malt almost like coffee beans but less bitter. Warming brown bread toastiness. Some spice and bitterness from the hops. More nutty qualities manifested with warmth (walnut/pecan?).

Mouthfeel- Typical brown ale thickness, with a thin mouth-coating layer that lingers after the sip due to the thin syrupiness

Overall- As claimed, this is a nice roasted brew for those cool fall nights. There are some more robust and flavorful brown ales out there, but this is very drinkable and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:44:40 | More by Maninthearena
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South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brown pour, as it should be, with a nice head and lacing that lingers. Slight nose of roast absent hops. Light / medium bodied and well carbonated. Flavor is much like the nose, slightly nutty against a light roast. Very well balanced with the malt. Nice crisp finish with just the right touch of hop flavor and slight bitterness. This is one of SN's not heavily hopped brews and should be well received by non-hop heads. A great transition beer to stouts with just a touch of roast.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 19:02:24 | More by tillmac62
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.5% ABV, 37 IUBs

A - Deep mahogany amber in color, the clear beer is abundantly topped with dense eggshell-colored foam that leaves collar after collar of delicate lace is draped over the glass. Picture perfect!

S - The aroma of autumn is in the air! Fall's fragrance abounds in Tumbler from the toasted, lightly roasted nose of malt to the earthy hop profile. Slightly singed toast hints with biscuits are drizzled with maple syrup and a pinch of brown sugar, ending with an earth hop nose of dried leaves and grass clippings.

T - Mirroring the aroma, fall abounds in Tumbler's flavor from balanced, earthy hop characteristics gently rising above faint chocolate malt that blends cocoa and coffee influences with singed toast and sweet caramel.

M - Exceptionally smooth, Tumbler is soft and subtle with a nicely balanced finish of light bitterness, a kiss of dry acrid roast, and just a tickle of carbonation in the throat.

O - A near perfect pair with some spicy summer sausage and Quattro Formaggio Triscuits, Tumbler stands alone well on a crisp fall afternoon or paired with nearly anything grilled. Easy drinking and simple on the surface, this smooth, medium body, and well-balanced hop and malt profile make it a delicious fall brown ale that's a quintessential fall beer with layers of complexity hidden beneath the surface.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 19:14:50 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

"Tumbler is our take on the classic brown ale-full of roasted malt flavor but delicate on the palate, and perfect for crisp fall days. Layered with notes of chocolate, roasted bread and a hint of smoke. Tumbler is the ultimate autumn beer. Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale features roasted malt used straight from the kiln to give it a gracefully smooth malt character perfect for an autumn afternoon." Sierra Nevada's Fall seasonal for many years, commonly available in 6 packs and 12 packs. No bottle date.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Served above 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a light frothy tan-white head over a mahogany-brown body with ample carbonation. Mild sediment is visible through the glass. Retention is slightly above average and the lacing is thin and streaked. 3.5

(Smell) Malt includes medium roasted caramel, a hint of chocolate and some earthy hop notes with a mild nutty bitterness. It's a generally clean aroma, slightly acidic with a light biscuity yeast profile, and a very subtle touch of fall spices as well, notably cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Potency is mild and there is limited depth to the aroma. While there's nothing upsetting about the aroma, it doesn't particularly carry enthusiastic appeal nor depth. 3.25

(Taste) Bold yet mostly clean roasted caramel malt presence- a touch of caramel husk with a bit of earthy hop bitterness. Bitter baking chocolate powder exists in small amounts, and a nutty bitterness makes for a dry, tart finish. Despite most of my brown ale experiences settling on the sweet side of things, The bitterness component in this beer prevails and makes for a better rounded, highly drinkable brown ale. Despite being a thinner-bodied and less sweet beer than the rest of the competition, the flavor of this beer certainly isn't a letdown. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Light airy crisp carbonation compliments the bitterness of the hop and tart malt characteristics. The body is light/medium for the style and medium amongst all beers. Alcohol is nicely concealed. A bit more lively carbonation than usual for Brown Ales, but works due to the exemption of the more roasty, sweet brown ale notes. 4.25

(Overall) Amongst Sierra Nevada's immensely popular seasonal options, Tumbler stands alone in an increasing market of Oktoberfest Lagers and Pumpkin Ales, but offers a decent balance and high drinkability in it's own regard. It's a lightly flavored Brown Ale, but it's good to know that there are some with a decent balance of hop character that avoid the malt bomb trap of Brown Ales. Even if you have shut out the sweet, syrupy cliché of Brown Ales, I'd recommend trying this beer for a change of opinion, especially if you haven't already, as it may change your opinion on what a Brown Ale is capable of. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 22:32:06 | More by Jadjunk
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3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: 2013 label, "3192219:19" stamped on bottle, late summer/early fall release
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Tumbler is an enjoyable brown ale that manages to blend modest roasted and caramel malt characters with pleasant English hops for a flavorful, yet overall subtle beer. Pleasant and perhaps most suitable for autumn, this would be one to return to if it continues to be available without too much searching.

Pours a 2cm tall head of dark beige colored foam, retention slightly above average, lasting about one-and-a-half minutes in a decline to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is excellent, a complex, rather heavy collection of patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Beer is a dark brown color with reddish highlights, light bringing out fairly clean brown with slight copper-orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma of fresh, English-type herbal hops (though also somewhat Germanic) with milder chocolate, coffee, and caramel scents.

Taste is of caramel-like sweetness with dried leaves, cocoa, occasional coffee, and mildly herbal and bitter English-type hops.
Front of palate detects toasted bread with caramel-like sugar sweetness with roasted malt-induced mild cocoa and English-type herbal hops. Mid-palate of pleasant cocoa with caramel-like malt sweetness, mild bitterness, dried leaves, and equally mild English-type herbal hops. Back of palate finds roasted malt contributing cocoa and slight coffee, combined with balanced caramel-like sweetness, dried leaves, and moderate hop bitterness. Aftertaste is of pleasant, mild roasted malt contributing mild charred toast, cocoa, and acridity, which pairs well with the modest residual bitterness from the hops that also continue to yield a slight herbal note.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium to medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a slightly foamy, smooth mouthfeel that also makes the beer feel a bit thicker than it is. Closes dry, with moderate to high stickiness remaining on the lips and palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 06:20:04 | More by falloutsnow
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 7/3/2013. Pours lightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, nuttiness, brown bread, floral, light pepper, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes with moderate earthy hops; and good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, brown bread, nuttiness, floral, light pepper, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, floral, light pepper, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of dark/toasted malt flavors with a moderate earthy hop balance; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent brown ale. All around great balance and complexity of malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 04:10:40 | More by superspak
Photo of Stevedore


3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the 2013 seasonal release poured into a Founders snifter today 10/2/2013.

Pours a deep brown body with an effervescent offwhite head that dissipates over the course of a few minutes, leaving thick lacing. Doesn't illuminate much. The lacing sticks a bit as the beer drinks down, but nothing too special.

Smell is pretty ordinary to be honest. It smells just like SNPA but without hops.. its probably that Chico yeast scent. A bit of toffee and bread, some of that spicy Chico yeast flavour. Not a whole lot else, not particularly strong or even anything-forward.

The flavour profile is solid. The toffee and caramel sweetness nicely balances out the mild piney bitterness on the backend. The yeast's spicy flavour persists throughout, creating a nice blend of different flavours. Very drinkable.

A bit thin, watery but not too much so for the style. It's not too dry, pretty refreshing actually. Carbonation is solid, and its very drinkable. Thats all I can really say about this beer.

Its a decent brown ale. I've had better brown ales, but this isn't the worst brown ale out there, especially at the typical Sierra Nevada price point. This feels kind of SNPA without the hops.. I would definitely take Surly Bender or DFH Indian Brown over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 23:20:35 | More by Stevedore
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3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a medium brown with a half to one inch head that quickly dissipated. Carbonation seems almost soda like in appearance but does not taste that way in the mouth, fortunately.

Taste is crisp and clean malt, almost overshadowed by hop bitterness - yet the hops are balanced - just barely.

Smell is primarily piney hops.

Overall a refreshing and tasty brew, balancing on the edge of a delicate hop/ malt balance. Not my favorite, but quite nice nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 20:07:21 | More by Chessmaster
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4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this beer in a 6 at a local market.

This beer poured a clear very dark amber to ruby brown, with 2' of light tan head that settled down to less than an inch after about 10 minutes. Good lacing down the sides as I drank it. The aroma was a strong spicy smell with pine. There was some sweet caramel malt in the background. Upfront, there was a nice spicy and piney hop flavor balanced nicely by malt and light caramel sweetness. The bitterness was balanced and both the malt flavor and hop flavor lingered for a few minutes. The mouth feel was medium bodied with a nice pleasant carbonation.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer and liked it very much. I found it balanced, very easy to drink, and very tastie. I'm looking forward to my next one.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 00:44:30 | More by FlyingBull
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3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Cisco Imperial pint glass. Bottled July 3, 2013.

A - Pours a deep, dark copper color with about a finger of sustained, off-white head. The head is extremely dense, creamy, and shows great retention. Tiered lacing paints the glass.

S - Rich, malty aroma full of caramel, toffee, and wet grains. Sweet without much hop presence at all. Slightly roasty with mild coffee bean aromas.

T - Very malty form start to finish. Toasted almond, caramel, and faint chocolate give way to subtle floral hops on the finish. Nice nutty linger.

M - Medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

O - I figured I better review this one before it goes into retirement. It is one fo the more flavorful beers I have come across at this low an ABV. Rich aroma and flavor full of nutty caramel malts. Just a hint of hops. Perfect for a crisp fall evening. I like to grab this at least a few times each year, so it will definitely be missed.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 02:05:15 | More by NoLeafClover44
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3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was looking forward to trying this because I like SN Torpedo, Hoptimum, Pale Ale and SH Harvest,.and I like good brown ales.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint.

a: Deep clear red/brown with a huge two inch tan head which dissipated to thin surface foam and considerable stringy lacing.

s: Nothing special detectable.

t: Nice body but little distinctive taste. Very drinkable, but not really savorable.

m: Medium. Quite smooth.

o: A good dinner drink. Not really a sipper, not as much malt evident as I like in my browns. Not quite getting why so many seem to be upset that this one is in its last offering. It's just not as special as other SNs I have tried. However it is above average for a "mainstream craft" brown.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 22:49:24 | More by scotorum
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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome brown ale from Sierra Nevada. Not sure if this is my favorite offering from SN, but if it's not it's very close. The smokey deep brown flavor is great for fall, colder weather, or maybe after dinner. There's a sweetness to it that's outrageously smooth, flows right down the back of your throat.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 16:13:16 | More by MarkQ617
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3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Kudos to Sierra Nevada with some pretty rad artwork on the label.

A: Surprisingly, it's a brown brown ale. A little reddish hue thrown in there. Good lacing.

S: Hello, earthiness. smell some sweetness and roasted malts.

T: Yes, this tastes of autumn. It's got the same sweetness in the middle as the SN porter. The nutty quality is nice but I wish it had more roasted malts.

M : Would like a more full-bodied brown ale to welcome Fall but this is medium bodied. The sweetness in the middle fades to a dry finish which I like.

O: Gonna be sad to see this gone and replaced by Flipside next year. It isn't my favorite brown ale, but by golly it hits the spot. I'll have to buy another sixer before its gone.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 02:07:54 | More by Givemebeer
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New Mexico

4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A -Pours a perfectly transparent root beer brown with beautiful ruby highlights when held to the light. Plenty of carbonation streams to the three-finger, tan, off-white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a substantial wall of lacing on the bottom half of the glass.

S - Nice strong nose of caramel malt, brown sugar and chocolate and earthy hop notes upon opening the bottle. A little bit more diminished in the glass, but still impressive

T - Chocolate and caramel malt upfront. The body is an almost perfect balance of rich and dark toasted pumpernickel and caramel with hints of chocolate and nutty hops. Hops turn a bit more aggressive and earthy as the beer passes over the back of the tongue and leads to a bitter dark chocolate, caramel and bread finish.

M - Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation to keep the beer lively and creamy, but not overbearing. Very well done.

I remember when I bought the six pack of this beer almost a year ago in Las Alamos before meeting with some scientists at LANL. I drove the back roads in my freshly washed and waxed 328i and then thought I might as well get some beers well I read some papers for my pending candidacy exam as I pulled into town. The only think open was a slightly sketchy gas station, which is where I obtained this gem.

I now remember having two that night even though I had an important meeting early the next day since they were so good. Even after cellering for a year, this remains my favorite brown ale I've yet to try. The body is so well balanced and complex, yet completely drinkable. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy for incredible drinkability, yet has enough character to hold ones interest and complement the complex flavor profile. Tumber claims to be the ultimate autumn beer and i'd have to agree. I feel fortunate to have this beer associated with one of the defining moments in my life.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 04:22:31 | More by Bockrules
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4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle on a crisp northeast early autumn/late summer eve. pours a deep reddish brown with a slight off-white head

aroma- robust gas station coffee and roasted grains, wood. slight hop presence

taste- surprising prickly citrusy hops interspersed with the arrayed roasted palate of toasted squaw bread, chocolate, coffee bean, vanilla. finishes roasty and slightly hoppy-citrus

feel- nicely medium-bodied, light carbonation, perfectly drinkable for taking down on cool sunny fall days

I read and hear a good amount of guff about this beer. I have been a fan for a few years, I think this is a solid beer in a few regards.
1. It's a great brown ale. I'm not a huge fan of the style (other than maybe Port Board Meeting), but this is a great beer with a relatively strong hop presence and robust roasted character--to me it honestly seems like it could be Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with roasted/dark malt.
2. Fall seasonals. Let's be honest, how many "oktoberfests" and pumpkin ales do we need? They're everywhere. For those like me who don't get too jazzed on the sweet maltiness of oktoberfests or the "pumpkin"/over-spiced fall ales, a crisp brown ale with some hopsiness and robust roastiness is a great way to welcome the cooling of the air, the change of colors, and the weekends of football.
3. Cheers to you Sierra Nevada for continuing to offer the world your pioneering artisanal skills and offering a different expression of your hoppy-goodness prowess; and again, thank you for a refreshing interpretation of a fall season drinker.

Serving type: bottle

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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