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

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown AleSierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

3,110 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,110
Reviews: 1,068
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 77
Gots: 210 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 07-25-2010

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 and toasted bread and a hint of smoke, Tumbler is the ultimate autumn beer, so grab a seat and watch as the leaves come tumbling down.

2014 - Available in Fall Variety Pack (no longer available standalone)
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Ratings: 3,110 | Reviews: 1,068
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev +6%

Served in my Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Appearance (4.25) : 4 fingers of bubbly, foamy head, beige in color. Body is a beautiful honey brown color and I wouldn't change a thing about it. 40% opacity.

Aroma (3.75) : Hop aroma comes out immediately, with ginger and graham notes faintly tailing. There's some bourbon notes, some honey notes, and some barrel aged wheat going on too. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4) : Definite hop flavor first, but then a wonderful malt bomb comes and evens everything out like a California earthquake. In case you didn't know, I like malty beers. In the swim of it is cookie, rice, hop leaves, chestnut, and dirty honey. It is very easy drinking, and I think it tastes great.

Mouthfeel (4) : A perfect dash of carbonation sits above a creamy mouthfeel to balance everything out. It really is a great combination for this brown ale.

Overall (4.07) : Would I buy this again? OH YEAH! I'd buy it in a sixer and drink it over the course of a month. It's a very tasty, easy drinking, flavorful brown ale and I'm sorry I waited so long to try it. Good job, Sierra Nevada, this ale is a winner!

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me its a little early to drink autumn beers,even more so now living in hot NC,but I wanted a outdoor grilling beer and this fit the bill.Poured into a standard pint glass a brilliant chesnut brown with a light tannish colored one finger head that settled into a creamy mass.Aromas are lightly roasted with a fair amount of nut,some caramel sweetness as well,almost like a faint pecan pie element to it.Well rounded on the palate,some caramel and lightly roasted nuttiness along with some roast, a real nice shot of pine in the finish.Its a great blend of roasty and sweetish malt and earthy,piney hop,one of the best brown ales I have had,well done again from SN.

Photo of tectactoe
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a solid brown color with light tinges of copper, decent clarity, fluffy white head that reduces quickly leaving little lacing behind. Nose is clean with some dried cocoa powder and a very heavy nuttiness that smells both delicious and inviting. First sip is reminiscent of charred wood; oak and maple flavors pull through, along with a strong nutty profile. Earthy, dirty esters run rampant atop a very slight hop flavor that stays on the leafy/grassy side of things. Bitterness is low overall, but it balances out the earth tones enough to keep things interesting. Unsweetened chocolate, roasted caramel malt, and burnt walnuts are left on the palate, fading long into the aftertaste. Medium body, maybe even slightly on the thin side, medium amount of carbonation.

Sierra Nevada never fails to impress me, and this is certainly no exception. A very solid brown ale with a great nutty flavor that does nothing but hit the mark. At 5.5% ABV, this beer is drinkable as can be. Chalk this one up as a victory.

Photo of MadScientist
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium copper with excellent clarity. The persistant, light-tan head is composed of rock bubbles.

S: Moderate caramel and biscuity malt and an unusual yet pleasant smoked malt aroma. A light earthy hops, no diacetyl.

T: A strong malt flavor with caramel and that moderate smoke character. A medium-light amount of malt sweetness mid-palate with an medium-dry finish. There is a light citrus hops flavor and moderate hops bitterness. The balance is somewhat bitter. The aftertaste is a light toasty malt and light hops bitterness.

M: A moderately creamy, medium-full bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

O: The freshly roasted and smoked malt gives this a nice seasonal twist. I particularly like that this isn't all that sweet as some browns can be.

Photo of CBOLAND17
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am a big fan of Sierra Nevada and this one didnt disappoint. A good brown ale is perfect for autumn so i think they hit the nail on the head with this one. Not only is this beer perfect for the season its also a great brown ale in general. It isnt as heavy as a DFH Indian Brown Ale or Palo Santo Marron or a Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale and also isnt as high in alcohol content which makes it very drinkable yet maintaining all of that great maltiness that we love about brown ales. This is a great beer to kick back on a patio or deck and watch the leaves come down.

Photo of nickadams2
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark reddish brown amber color. Creamy white head with nice lacing.

S_Roasted grain,caramel.hops.

T_Roasted malt with hops on the back end. Caramel,brown sugar. Creamy and nutty.

M_Medium body nicley carbonated.

D_Very drinkable.Great session brown ale.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass, the beer was a medium brown color with a thin tan head. No lacing.
It had a nice roasted malt aroma, with a little bit of caramel.
Sweet caramel taste, a little nutty, with some late hops.
A very satisfying autumn beer, definitely reminiscent of the fall season.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a lovely deep, dark ruby brown with a tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves substantial lacing down the glass.
The aroma is dark and sweet: caramel, brown sugar and a hint of sweet chocolate.
What a great taste: toffee and caramel and dark fruit with a pleasant, lingering bitter.
The moutfeel is maybe the best part of this beer; creamy and luscious.
Overall just soooo good. Wish it were around all the time!

Photo of Chuggs
2.3/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a good looking beer; but don't judge a beer by its cover. I might be somewhat uneducated regarding brown ales, but this ale has the taste of burnt bacon with a pungent aroma. I have always been very impressed with SN but this comes up short. Still a brewery that others should aspire to reach but I will stick with pale ale and torpedo until the celebration ale comes out.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A pretty brown with a tan head.

S - The nose is heavy on the roasted malts and some faint floral notes from the hops.

T - There is some nuttiness at first. Then, you are hit with some roasted malt flavor with some hints of coffee. There is also a little bit of dark chocolate flavor towards the end of each sip.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - This is a great Fall beer. It is really drinkable and has a well-balanced and subtle flavor profile. I could definitely drink a couple of these in a single session and be very happy.

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 9/12/10

Dark brown translucent pour with two fingers of billowy head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell is earthy roasted malt with a slight bit of sweetness and very faint hop presence.

Taste is similar to smell, earthy malt with some nice nutty notes and slight caramel sweetness.

Light mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation.

A nice brown ale. The earthiness may get old after a couple, and just not interesting enough to want to drink more than one or two, but a nice fall beer.

Photo of Beaver13
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours pours ruby brown with a big pillowy light tan head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted nutty malts and some molasses / maple and chocolate.

The flavor is a bit subdued - roasted nutty malts with a light dry bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, one of the better browns I've had in a while. It's a bit subdued and watery though.

Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a mug. The label has a short discretion of the beer, the year it was brewed (2010) and its ABV% (5.5%).

Appearance: The body is dark brown with deep reddish amber highlights. Sitting on top is a tall thick and creamy beige head. The head has excellent retention and makes lots of sticky lace and lace rings on the glass.

Smell: I am hit with a big sweet maltiness in the nose. Fresh bready and sweet roasted barley note dominate but there are some hop notes as well sneaking in there too.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there is a firm medium to full bodied malty sweetness with notes of brown sugar, caramel, roasted grain and fresh bread. On the back end there is a decent hop presence that balances out the big malt sweetness and adds a bit of earthy/leafy bitterness to the finish. The texture and carbonation are right on and keep things smooth but lively and very drinkable.

Notes: In my opinion this is a well made American Brown Ale and a good autumn release. I can see this beer pairing well with some of the hardier fall seasonal foods.

Photo of Guden
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Beer is a dark amber brown, a bit dark but okay. A small off white head has moderate retention and just a little lacing.

S- Lots of nuts and toast with hints of earthy and herbal spice.

T- Starts strong with walnut and brown sugar and a bit of earthy hops with a little of bitterness on the end rounding out the flavor. There is also a mint flavor that I find a bit off putting.

M- Feels a bit thin for the style with decent carbonation, it actually ends up coming off as a bit creamy despite the thinness so it works well and fills the mouth with all the toast, nuts and hops.

D- Not a bad beer but the lingering taste of mint throughout has me not enjoying it too much and I wouldn't mind just a little more hops or alcohol in the mix.

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, year 2010 on the neck label.

Chunky lacing from a well formed head, tawny with a mild haze. Toasty sweet aroma with a kiss of oily hop and nutty yeast. Very smooth, moderate sized body. Toasted malt runs as far as unsweetened chocolate and chicory with some mild biscuity flavors as a base. Modest hopping for this brewery but more than enough bitterness to balance. Quick flash of brown sugar. Clean throughout, drying toasted finish.

A great switch up for SN, they just broadened their range ... A solid brown for sure.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info that I can make any sense of.

Pours darker chocolaty amber, light tan head with minor retentive powers being shown, then leaving decent strands of lacing.

Toffee and some light coffee notes in the nose. On the tongue and in the mouth, I'm picking up more light coffee, light chocolate and more toffee.

Sierra Nev. does not disappoint here. This is a tasty brown, on the bolder side, as would be expected in an American brown from SN.

Thoroughly enjoyable. A nice addition to the SN line of fine beers. Do they ever make a bad beer?

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, light brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and and big nuttiness

Taste: hints of chocolate, toasted malt, small hops at the end, and a big nutty taste throughout

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: Even for a brewery I like as much as S.N., this is one of their best offerings. Nothing too complex but very very tasty. Very clean, I could easily do a six.

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is grain with some toffee notes, but it is fairly faint and certainly less than I would like. The flavor is more of the same with notes of toffee, caramel, chocolate and some earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mikegreen138
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice medium brown, with some white head and little bit of lacing. Aroma has a very slight hop bitterness, but very balanced compared to some other sierra nevada offerings. many of the toasted to mid roasted malts starts to come out in the aroma, but only after a few hefty sniffs. Taste has hints of biscuit, caramel then to a lighter chocolate. feel is nice and crisp, with a nice balance that would taste great on a colder night. toasty malt taste lingers in the back of the throat. Overall very tasty beer, hits a very great balance without being overly malty or hoppy.

Photo of bsp77
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear medium brown with thick tan head and some lacing lines.

Smell: Caramel and smoke predominantly, with a touch of roasted malt. Not sure where the sulfur comments are coming from, as it smells like smoke, more like a Scotch Ale, albeit a little mild.

Taste: Nice mix of caramel, roasted malt and smoke. Turns slightly bitter toward the end but a nice unusual sweetness also comes through.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body but slightly thin. Somewhat smooth with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice autumn seasonal with characteristics of an English Brown Ale, a Porter and a Scotch Ale. I may have liked the Anniversary Ale a tinge better, but I am a sucker for IPAs, so I realize that this is probably the better beer, and certainly better as a fall seasonal.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Hill Farmstead Wine glass.

Pours a deep dark almost black color with lots of nice deep ruby brown hints when held to the light, theres a very thin light brown head that gives way to some light lacing. Nose is a bit malty and sweet, it seems to have a bit of iron to it which seems common for the style.

I'm generally not a fan of the American Brown Ale, however this is pretty tasty, it's extremely well balanced, I find many to be far too sweet, this has a very good balance of sweetness while still having a light hop bitterness to it. A bit of toffee and grains, it's good. Mouthfeel is phenomenal, rich and creamy it's quite thick and chewy without going over the top. Nice autumn beer.

Photo of jondeelee
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tumbler smells rich and malty, ripe with yeasty bread notes reminiscent of fresh baguettes, and full of sugary fruits, including orange, apricot, and berry. A thin hint of clove and brown sugar rounds out the nose, bringing fall aromas to the forefront.

On the tongue, the beer brings, first and foremost, a nutty pecan flavor, which moves almost immediately into thick wheat and cereal grains. Light fruit esters--apricot, peach, white grape--play in the background, but are generally overtaken by toasted grains. A good addition of hops brings a citrus tingle to the soft palate, and offsets the sugars. Late in the mouthful the hops gain extra strength, imparting a notable bitterness. The aftertaste is mainly light wheat and hops, and fades fairly quickly. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-heavy.

Overall, this is a great autumn brown, heavy with grain flavors and perfect to celebrate the coming of fall. Only the slight over-bitterness of the hops mars what is otherwise a fantastic brew.

Photo of tfratzke
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark translucent brown. Head is off white, small. Good lacing. Smells of roasted coffee and malts. Tiny bit of brown sugar and earthiness. Taste is coffee, caramel, bread, malty and finishes with some crisp hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, yet gives some bite on the tongue. Overall this is one of my favorite autumn browns. It feels and looks like fall.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2ooth review yahhh!

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. pours a deep chestnut brown with some nice big 2 fingers of off white head. great retention and some nice sticky lace. good clarity. looks delicious.

not a huge aroma, but it has some good smelling malts at the forefront. nutty chocolate metallic malts. maybe even a little roast.

again, nothing really huge in the taste, but for what it is, its pretty good. a good amount of that nutty, chocolate, and metallic malts going on. the backend is a little bland other than a little bit of some hop flavors. has a touch of a hop flavor, as well as some bitterness at the finish that balances things out a bit.

mouthfeel is good, nice light body makes this an easy drinker. a little bit too much carb, but its not bad. makes for a crisp beer.

a really nice beer to session, a little refreshing as well. goes down quick and easy. theres not much here that i really dont like. a simple beer made very well. i would buy this again, and for the cheap price, its definatly worth a try.

Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Dark brown with a tall light brown head and lots of lacing left down the glass.

Bready aroma, some sweet toffee and caramel, and a bit of pine.

Simple flavor of fresh brown bread, bread crust, mild yeast character, and a touch of sweet caramel and toffee.

Classic, medium bodied, amply carbonated Sierra Nevada style mouthfeel.

A decent, simple, incredibly easy drinking brown ale. I prefer Sierra Nevada's previously brewed (now retired?) Brown Ale.

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 3,110 ratings.