Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
4.6/5 rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
12oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Bottle dated July 9, 2010 (roughly 5 weeks old).
Appearance: Standard pour yielded a full inch of soft, tan foam. As that head slowly receded, it left a thick trail of lacing on the walls of the pint glass (lacing was great all the way down). Nice head retention. Body is deep brown through the center with caramel edges. When held to light, crimson shades shine through. While dark, the beer exhibits great clarity. Impressive across the board.
Smell: Nuts, caramel, and "autumn" spices. There's something about this one that just smells like Thanksgiving. It's sort of reminiscent of a pumpkin ale, but without the pumpkin. I'm not too familiar with the spices used in pumpkin ales, but I assume some of the common ones are also used in Tumbler. Soft, woody hops clean up the end of each whiff. Butter and/or toffee appear as the beer warms. Very unique. I really like this aroma.
Taste: Caramel and nuts appear on the palate first, but they're quickly followed by a rich, bready malt backbone. Again I get "autumn" spices. Hops add a touch of citrus, earth and pine (all pretty subtle), and also create a pleasingly bitter finish. Thought he majority of the flavors seem to come from the malts, Tumbler actually displays nice balance. Spot on style-wise, and unique and tasty to boot!
Mouthfeel: Fuller in body than most browns, but not by a lot. Starts out malty and finishes crisp and bitter. Carbonation adds a bit of prickliness; suits the style well. Nearly all of the flavors cling to the palate long after the end of each sip, creating a very flavorful aftertaste.
Drinkability: You'd be hard-pressed to find a better American brown ale than this. Unique, flavorful, balanced, and tasty; extremely drinkable. This may have just dethroned Deschutes Buzzsaw Brown as my favorite American brown ale.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2010 04:15:27 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Sampled tonight on 6/26/14. Found this bottle in the back of the cooler so it is a good year old I am guess BUT there isn't a expiration date anyone on the bottle and this brew is now RETIRED and no longer brewed. But opened it and it was fine. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 14 ounce glass 'Texas style " boot.
Pours a clear dark brown in color with a good 3-finger off-white head! Good carbonation with some sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is of roasted malts, hazel nut and brown sugar. Very nice! The taste is close to the aroma but not as strong BUT pretty good overall with all the flavors mentioned above coming through lots of the hazelnut 'nut' flavor in the mix. A slight dry smoke finish but still good.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2014 00:23:20 | More by BeerWithMike
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 2,676 ratings.