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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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2,663 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,663
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 47
Gots: 92 | FT: 1
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 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 01:08:17 | More by warnerry
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

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

I like the way this beer looks. Big fluffy head, tan colored, and it leaves attractive looking lace behind. The beer itself is a warm reddish brown color and clear, letting light pass through casually. Aroma is wholesomely malty and comforting. Kind of like freshly baked pumpkin bread minus the pumpkin. It is also a little bit buttery, with decomposing leaves, and apple cider. Nice mix of scents. Taste is malty and a little darker than the scent. More leafiness, some dank bitter hops, with both nuttiness and woodiness. This beer is fitting of its name. The body is medium, with moderate to mellow carbonation. Somewhat slick texture with an added grittiness. Overall a solid brown ale, fitting of the fall season. Also rather sessionable making the 12 pack a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 22:27:19 | More by tastybeer
Photo of augustgarage


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Auburn liquid, clear with reddish/chestnut highlights, and powdered with a half finger of beige foam. Decent lacing and retention.

Roasted malt, light caramel, faint coffee, toast, and smokey cedar in the nose. Nutty and gentle.

Pale malt intermingles with the roast, diluting its impact. Vaguely burnt pop-corn (smoked malt?), kettle carmelization, and mild English-stylel hops round out the flavor profile which changes little in the moderately dry finish.

Somewhat thin mouthfeel, though the carbonation is adequate.

Something of a Northern English Brown, though I'm left wanting more flavor. More of an Indian Summer ale than a more substantive offering for the arrival of Fall. Rather a poor value too (I paid $10 for the sixer).

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 03:58:52 | More by augustgarage
Photo of SamuelJackson45


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Has a nice dark brown look. Medium head with a nice lace.

S- Smell of caramel and chocolate notes.

T- Very mild malty taste.Little hop trace in the sip. hints of caramel and chocolate are present.

M- Very smooth and creamy.

D- Well this is not my favorite SN beer. Kind of hurt.Not worth another taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 03:58:24 | More by SamuelJackson45
Photo of jamex


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

Bought a 6-pack for $9.99. Some code on the bottle reads: 026711753. Tried to decipher it on the Sierra Nevada website and got a headache from the confusion.

Poured a nice, rusty chestnut with red highlights and a nice, glass clinging head.

Smell is faint, but one of malt, cedar and nut. Little smoky. Distant aromas of ocean-soaked sailboat and the inside of the Pirates of the Caribbean. Very faint leather and 'saddle.'

A nice, easy drinkable brown. A pretty clean taste with no objectionable aftertaste. There's a touch of maple or some other sweetness. Maybe my mind is stuck on the label but it reminds me of October, pumpkins, falling leaves and Halloween.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 03:28:20 | More by jamex
Photo of tone77


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

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is a bit nutty, some hops. Taste is malts, nuts, some hops, a bit of caramel, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 00:57:41 | More by tone77
Photo of ocelot2500


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear maple syrup color with a clingy tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and bit of earthiness.

Tastes of some roasted malt sweetness with hop finish. Mostly toffee with some chocolate notes rounded out with a dry earthiness. Slight sour twang on the end with some hops to it. Not much bitterness. A good amount of brown sugar and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 02:35:56 | More by ocelot2500
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of TheSevenDuffs, via an unsolicited box. Cheers Marcus, served in a pint glass. Bottled on 020310605, translated to July 22, 2010.

Pours a translucent nut brown, hints to some orange-red around the edges when held to the light. Finger or so of white head, fades to a thin layer and bubbles. Leaves some moderate lace. Nose is fairly tame, light notes of nuttiness and molasses, maybe a hint of chocolate. Taste is in the same boat, light notes of chocolate, nuttiness and a prominent malt. Medium carbonation and a relatively light body, quite good drinkability and surely sessionable. Not sure if I'd go out and pick up a whole bunch of this though, a bit tame, unexciting and restrained altogether.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 00:23:39 | More by liamt07
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Winking Lizard in a 16 oz nonic glass. As always, the WL pours too cold and doesn't provide an aggressive enough head.

Pours the color of coca-cola, with an ivory head that gives nice lacing.

Smell is minimal, some straw and malt.

Taste has some barley, malt, with a slight coffee bitter. The taste opens up as it warms.

Thinish mouthfeel, typical for the style.

Drinkable enough as a session beer that you can ignore as you BS with friends.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 01:33:16 | More by TheHoppiest
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North Carolina

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

2012 Edition

A: Pours a very lightly hazy deep brown in color with moderate orange highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts, coffee, and nuts.

T: Moderate to significant flavors of malts - primarily roasted malts. There are some lighter notes of coffee and nuts along with some caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some light dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable, it has a flavor that makes me think of the fall and went really well on a chilly fall afternoon just before Thanksgiving. I think this could be a decent fall session beer and I would think a nice tailgating beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 22:18:59 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of champ103


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Some sticky lace is left behind as the foam recedes.
S: I don't get a lot in the nose. Sweet malty toffee, light chocolate. Slightly soapy hops with a lingering citrus bitterness. Not bad, but the nose needs to be bigger.
T: Up front is sweet toffee and toasted malt. Light chocolate. There is a lingering citrus hop flavor and bitterness.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Easy to drink. I would have no problem quaffing a few.

This is nothing all that special, but it is very enjoyable. I wish there was a bigger roasted malt character, but overall a very good beer that is worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2010 18:59:24 | More by champ103
Photo of jrenn


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

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown, kind of reddish. Nice 1/2 inch head.
Smell: A tad malty, cocoa and very slight coffee notes.
Taste: Reminds me of coffee in milk, a little chocolate a LITTLE fruit, like cherry. Not much though. Balanced
Mouthfeel: Nice and light, still smooth and velvety.

Overall: A good fall beer, refreshing after all of these Märzens/Oktoberfests. A good American take on Fall beers.

Poured from bottle into snifter.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 00:50:29 | More by jrenn
Photo of phideltashaggy


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

Poured from a large bottle into a standard bar glass

This is pretty nice. I don't see me sessioning this, but I could. I'm using it as a palate cleanser before Thanksgiving dinner in an hour or so. Again, it's nice.

Pours a deep, dark, auburn with a thin, tan head. Smell is pretty malty, kinda bready (maybe nutty) with a little hops thrown in there. Taste is more of the same. It's simple, but in the best way possible. It's thin, but not TOO thin, with a dryness throughout the sip. Drinkability is ok. There's a slight bite from the carbonation, and in conjunction with the hops taste I don't see me drinking multiple bottles in a row.

Such a pleasant beer for a pleasant afternoon. Happy Thanksgiving, BA.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 20:50:45 | More by phideltashaggy
Photo of thain709


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

A - The beer poured with a copper body that had some clarity to it...the head was off white in color and stood about two fingers...okay retention and decent lacing

S - The nose was lacking a bit...I was only able to detect some roasted malt along with caramel

T - Roasted malt was a characteristic throughout the whole beer...it catches you up front, in the middle, and to finish...the caramel and toffee notes were enough to sweeten up the beer...there was a decent hop presence to finish the beer

M - Medium bodied...watery at times...could have had more roasted notes...nice hop finish

D - This is not one of my favorites from Sierra Nevada...I forget what their fall seasonal was before, but I don't think I'll be drinking this one when it comes around again...it had a nice malt and caramel flavor along with a nice finish...but other than that it's pretty one dimensional

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 14:22:12 | More by thain709
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a dark brown color with a flash head, no real lacing left behind. Medium body and carbonation levels, with some light smooth creamy textures in the mouth from time to time.

Smells and tastes about the same. I get some maple syrup, toasted hazelnuts / almonds / chestnuts, toasted bready malt, and an initial earthy / grassy hopping combo that ducks out of the way of the midsip only to rise up anew in the finish. Pretty good, if perhaps just 10% too sweet for my balance preferences.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 18:38:43 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of Bendurgin


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

Poured into a pint glass. The beer is transparent nut brown with a mammoth tan head that leaves tons of soapy lace. The aroma is nutty and grainy with toasted malts, hints of caramel and just a bit of citrus in the finish. The flavor is full of toasted malts and grains. The pallet is coated with a nutty flavor. The taste is also very earthy, I would imagine dried leaves to be an ingredient in this. The mouthfeel seems kind of thick and the carbonation is a bit lower than I would prefer on this one. Overall, this one is acceptable and easy enough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 19:44:02 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of RJLarse


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack of Tumbler in a grocery store. $6.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a walnut brown color with red hues, and is clear. Creamy off-white head caps the beer and leaves a little lace on the glass.

The smell is earthy, a roasted gran aroma, with some chocolate notes.

Taste is semi-sweet, smokey cereal flavors, coffee and chocolate. A bitter aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel is thin and clean.

Drinkable, but a little more bitter, coffee and chocolate like for the style. I think it is a lot like a watery porter rather than a brown. I make it an ordinary fall seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 23:11:17 | More by RJLarse
Photo of Knapp85


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

This beer poured out as a clear looking brown color with a decent looking head on to. The lacing was minimal and the head faded kind face. the smell of the beer was roasted and a little nutty. The flavor of the beer is pretty good, it's got a little bit of autumn spice to it with the roasted nuts and malts. There isn't a lot of hops in this one. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and is almost medium bodied. Overall it's not a bad brown ale. It's worth trying if you like this brewery or this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 18:44:50 | More by Knapp85
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

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

Poured a nice clear ruby color with a smallish off white head.This had a musty, earthy moldy kinda scent to it.Taste is dominated by these flavors and lots of roasted malt. Overall while pleasant i found this to be kind of bland. I didn't taste that much in the hops department, i know the IBUs were supposedly at 35. Feel is kinda light and drying.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 18:29:40 | More by kbnooshay
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District of Columbia

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

The beer is copper to auburn in color with a quarter inh of thick, foamy beige head. The aroma offers caramels, malt, squash, light spice, maybe a hint of cinnamon and/or nutmeg. The flavor is ok, with some lightly toasted brown bread notes. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall, this was ok.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 00:12:52 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of olfolxholme


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small stein. I like the color scheme and the graphics on the bottle. It's pleasant and really looks like a fall version of the standard Sierra Nevada graphic scheme. Well done. The beer pours with an exciting frothiness that builds into an off-white head with some large bubbles that persist far into the drinking experience. Decent head retention, some nice lacing. The beer itself is a really pleasant dark brown with hints of garnet. When held to the light it turns a deep amber. It's nice to look at and really looks like what you would expect based on the bottle. Somebody did a good job with that!

S - The aroma for me is mostly biscuity, bready - a lot of malt character. It's not a very complex aroma, but it's pleasant. Something about the aroma reminds me of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Call me crazy.

T - The taste is very pleasant. Biscuity with hints of chocolate. Almost reminds me of a doppelbock or a dark lager (even though it's an American Brown Ale). It's not overly sweet, so the bitterness is well balanced. Tastes like Autumn!

M - Not quite as smooth as I'd like from an ale aimed at the fall, some astringency. But, it's not bad. Relatively smooth on the tongue. Kind of dry as it lingers.

O - I like this beer and have had it many times. I think this is an EXTREMELY ACCESSIBLE craft beer. If you're trying to get someone to step outside their BMC comfort zone and discover what real flavor is... this could be an excellent first step. That being said, this is also a very enjoyable beer for the more "sophisticated" drinker. Put it this way - if you LOVE beer but not everyone you know is as enthusiastic as you are, this is what you should bring to Thanksgiving. Everyone will love it, including you. It's not perfect, but it's got something for everyone. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 01:51:36 | More by olfolxholme
Photo of danieelol


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

Pours a nice brown with nice head and really generous lacing.

Smell is roast and green apple; maple and sweet malt. Sierra Nevada's house yeast? (hop? malt?) smell.

Taste is more maple and green apple with some roast.

Mouthfeel is nice, generally creamy, perhaps a bit thin. Decent carb, nice bitter ending.

A nice subtle Sierra Nevada offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 13:00:55 | More by danieelol
Photo of WankelEngine


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark mahogany color. There is a bubbly, light tan head with moderate retention.

S: A good deal of biscuity aroma. Some toasted notes followed by a little nuttiness.

T: More roasted notes than the nose let on. Maybe even some light coffee flavor. Fairly sweet, with toffee and caramel. A dry, nutty and roasted flavor with a touch of pine makes up the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a little bit stickiness. Medium-low carbonation.

O: This beer is a little drier and bitterer than your average brown ale, which I do appreciate. Fairly easy drinking and enjoyable, but nothing special. Don't know if I will be buying this again though.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 00:38:41 | More by WankelEngine
Photo of BogleHill


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

A good-looking medium brown brew with a frothy light tan head and good carbonation. Aroma is light an nutty. Flavor is deep and malty, probably more so than I expected. Well done. A very fine quality brown ale. I have had better, and I have had worse, but this is fairly drinkable with a light fizzy finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 19:53:26 | More by BogleHill
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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep brown with a big foamy mocha head. Tight bubbles. Lacing sticks.

S - Some lightly roasted malt. Hints at spices and some caramel as well.

T - A nice roasty character with some caramel hints. The malt gives way to some earthy hoppiness and a clean, semi-bitter finish. It was a fair balance. At first, a bit more hopped than I'd like, but it grew on me throughout the brew.

MF - A medium feel, good carbonation. I did not find this to be overcarbonated.

O - A solid choice. A good malt profile. Would recommend to those who like a moderate hoppy presence in a brown.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 00:53:06 | More by jb413
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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