Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by monkeylovebeer:
3.13/5 rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Sierra Nevada has made some interesting choices over the last year or so. I kind of understood their decision to trade the delicious E.S.B. (Early Spring Beer) for their Glissade Golden Bock (which taught me once and for all that I do not like bocks); perhaps bocks are underrepresented when considered against the bitter and they wanted to branch out and turn people onto what Germans drink while dancing around the maypole. Whatever.
The latest favorite to be benched was their incredible Anniversary Ale. Sierra made the case that they were swimming in hoppy beers; Torpedo, Chico Estate Harvest, Southern Hemisphere Harvest ... OK, I get their point. Once again, however, an old favorite has been replaced by ... well, meh.
I vaguely remember Sierra putting out a brown a few years back, and come to think of it, I haven't seen it around. Stepping into the breach, Tumbler fills that niche solidly, but not spectacularly. It pours, as you might imagine, a nice autumn brown with good head retention and decent lacing.
Upon first smell, I get some harsh mineral notes that obscure the hop profile and the roasted malt. On first sip, though, it's all good. This is a textbook brown, no more, no less. The requisite toffee and chocolate notes are there, and there is a slight grassy hop finish. The Tumbler's body is a little thin, perhaps the coach has it doing too much time on the mat.
With some real outstanding American-style browns on the market these days (I'm thinking Lost Coast's Downtown Brown, Bear Republic's Pete's Brown, Big Sky's Moose Drool), Sierra really had to distinguish itself here with something special ... and didn't.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2010 02:51:11 | More by monkeylovebeer
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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.
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