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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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3,072 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,072
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 70
Gots: 185 | FT: 1
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:
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)

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 07-25-2010)
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Photo of dsuedbeck
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown ale as advertised, ruby gleam to it, good head. Aroma was wood and nuts.

Taste, very smooth, still has that Chico yeast taste to it (as well as what I suspect is the Cascade hop), the ever slightest hop tinge. Tons of caramel, roasted even darker. Little bit of brown sugar, ample yet balanced bitterness. Not really sure how this is any different than their brown ale. Can't wait to drink this one on turkey day, seems made for it.

Not heavy at all, don't let the color fool you, this one will pair fine with eating 6 lbs of food at Thanksgiving.

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...

Photo of LampertLand
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada ' Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale' @ 5.5% , 2012 edition served from a 6pack of 330 ml bottles purchased for $17

A-pour is a very dark amber , very murky , with a medium size tan head leaving a streaky lace ring along the pint glass

S-harvest time

T-mild tasting even for a brown ale , no wow factor

MF-medium body , medium carbonation , tad dull

Ov-ok beer , it was an impulse buy , lesson learned

prost LampertLand

Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lovely golden brown pour in the tall Stella glass. Frothy with a nice carbonation that is less sharp and more rounded.

Warm roasted malt is the main taste. Nutty flavors are quite pleasant. A little buttery and even a hint of cocoa. Just a little scrape of hops, but it's not overly sweet. A hint of bitter walnut shells. It is hard to find fault with yet another well-made SN brew, and I know this bottle has been around for a few months.

Overall, a more flavorful Brown Ale, but within the style guidelines which seem to consist of "do no harm." A very gently malty experience. From the 22 oz bottle.

Photo of racer2k
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz. bottle into my favorite pint glass

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with an off white two finger head that is quite foamy. Moderate lacing climbs the side of my glass.

S - Smokey roasted malt with a hint of chocolate, nuts and a slight hint of hop character

T - Sweet malt is the front end flavor profile which quickly shifts to a smoked characteristic that finishes with a bit of hops on the back end. This beer tastes like it was slow cooked in the smoker for 8 hours...

M - Light carbonation with a smooth, creamy, smokey texture

D - Very drinkable session beer that is relatively light in ABV and carbonation. This beer will set up nicely for the cool fall New England days ahead. A good tailgater candidate!

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with great lacing. A very thin layer of foam dissipates almost immediately.

Smell: I initially smell mineral water. Then I find notes of black pepper and caramel. A nice smell, though I wish it were stronger.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Black pepper in the head. It definitely sticks to the palate. There are some rustic mineral flavors as well. A unique flavor combination. Spritzy mouthfeel that is very pleasant.

Overall Drinkability: If Sierra Nevada amped everything up here, this would be great. As is, it is a good beer.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2011) thanks to a trade with sinkas. Poured into a Murrays tulip (sorry no more details on the glass and its heritage are known...)

Has a deep brown appearance, lighter brown around the edges of the base. Creamy looking head of foam in both colour and appearance. Some lacing as it recedes from a couple of fingers to a level just above film.

Smell has some smoke early on which was a surprise. Then it turns to caramel, malt with some bread. Seems to improve all the time.

Taste is very malty, not too one dimensional with a little bit of caramel and bread at the end.

Mouthfeel is more English than US brown ale. Not much hoppiness to speak of, plenty of malty sweetness and a tad cloying at times. Body is full for the style.

Overall it seems like this is an English Brown Ale, plenty of malt, not big on hop bitterness. Another well done Sierra Nevada brew.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single picked up from Total Wine.

Appearance - Pours a chocolate brown into my SA Perfect Pint with about a finger of quickly dissipating tan head that leaves little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Whole grains, crackers, nuttiness, oats, and sweet malts. In other words, smells like a perfect Autumn beer.

Taste - Sweet malts up front, but despite my not smelling this in the nose, there is a definite hop bite that makes itself known. Nutty and caramel/toffee notes are heavily present, along with toasty malts in the back. A very tasty brown ale.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, slight creamy Mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - Glad I picked up this single. I'm not the biggest brown ale fan, but this is most certainly a great Autumn beer. Easily quaffable and enjoyable on this cool Autumn night.

Photo of danmcg62
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a pint glass. Pours a brown color with a finger width head. The head is staying around for a little bit and is leaving a nice lacing on the glass as is disappears. Lots of carbonation.

S-Very toasty and bready. Roasted malt and nuts. Very mild coffee and chocolate notes.

T-Malt sweetness and caramel and toffee notes come out first. Mild soapiness and roasted nuts are there on the back end.

M-Soapy, sweet, and roasty.

O-Overall this is a good fall seasonal. Smooth drinking and comforting on those cold fall nights.

Photo of mfnmbvp
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

Photo of devilben02
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark, red-tinted chestnut color, with a thick, foamy, sand-colored head. The aroma is a muddled combination of sweet caramel, toast, a bit of nuttiness, and a slight musty hop character. The flavor is more pronounced, with a nutty malt profile that is reminiscent of a nice seeded wheat bread, but there is also some roasted nut flavors, and a little bit of grassy hop balance. The texture is a little light, which along with a soft carbonation helps this one to drink smoothly enough.

Overall, this beer is both somewhat light and drinkable yet layered and flavorful. Although there is a varied flavor profile, however, each characteristic is a bit thin, making this somehow not as satisfying as it could be.

Photo of redzone3120
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Great appearance, has a very deep amber color when held up to the light. Good cream colored head, about one finger high, dissipates slowly.

S - Not much aroma for such a deeply colored brew. Doesn't smell bad but disappointing.

T - A very good taste, deep like the color with slight woody or smoked taste. Very hoppy and somewhat bitter with a hint of sweetness at the end.

M - Lots of fine bubbles which really fill out the beer and bring out a lot of strong flavor.

D - Not very drinkable to me, it has great flavor but the bitterness takes away from the finish half way through.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better brown ales I ever had as I am not a big fan of the category. Had on tap at a bar in Arlington as well as from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a light brown with large camel colored head. Aroma is light nut, little lacing, and thin soft body. Taste is dark toasty malt, medium lightly roasted nut, a hint of smoke, and finishes with some hops. Good for an English Brown Ale style beer.

Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

958th Review on BA
Bottle to Mug
12 oz

Single 12oz from Bevmo, Chino Hills, CA

App- Rich mahogony color with a small 3/4" head a bit off creme in color head. Pretty whispy lines of cling bit not too much. A small pond layer of bubbles.

Smell- Nice aromatics. Wood, malty, rich, roasty with some coffee. A very nice smelling brown ale. A little creamy on the nose as well.

Taste- This was a good tasting brown ale. A little lacking the taste in terms of App and Smell but this had a good balance of roast and malt with a good of creamy bitter hops behind it.

Mouth- A little thinner than I was expecting and had previously tasted in the 2010 bottle. This was a thinner medium body with the medium high carbonation level and a little residual roast, malt and bitter.

Drink- A very tasty brown ale with some nice balance and good roastiness behind it. A little lacking in pop but had a bit thin feel which brought it down a little for me.

Photo of Jenkster4
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a staple brown ale should. Nice fluffy head on the topside with mostly large bubbles. A pretty brown ale indeed.

Nose: You do get a good dose of nuts, with some toffee , and slight caramel. Very dominant roasted nutty aroma.

Taste & Mouth-feel : Creamy on the palate, rather simple, but tasty. You get the characters you pick on on the nose, with some cinnamon as well. A very balanced and subtle blend. Slight bitterness on the tip and back of the tongue for me, but it really doesn't leave that much of an aftertaste. It left my palate with a nice creamy reminisce.

Overall: In my opinion this is a very nice brown ale. It's not my favorite style, but this is one of the better ones that I've tried. Perfect beer to kick of the cool weather. I will be frequenting this one for sure.

Photo of bamadog
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 8/30/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a solid cola/toffee brown with some light ruby highlights; starts with a full 2 finger light tan fluffy head and very tight retention; head eventually fades to a full and uneven skim with thicker swaths floating in the center; body is very clear and shows strong and quick carbonation; lots of thick and foamy lacing is left behind.

Smell: A nice robust roast maltiness and a bit of a charred burnt malt scent that is actually almost smokey. Pretty potent nose that's enjoyable and pretty much tells you what's coming in the mouth with no surprises.

Taste: The burnt and near smokey/roasty maltiness is right up front and is followed by a bit of raw graininess... that's actually about it. It's really quite alright, but also really kind of plain.

Mouthfeel: Body is fairly thin and light and it makes the carbonation extra prickly; a thin and fairly moist stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth and the finish is quite moist at the end.

Drinkability: Definitely easy enough to drink with really no weight to it and a pretty minimal ABV -- kind of boring, but certainly solid enough

Photo of Lillenk
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is very nice. Very nice dark brown color with a very white head.

Smell was mainly roasty nutty smells.

Taste was very in depth. Started off with lots of roasted malty flavors, ended with some hoppy bitterness, and in between was everything from chocoalte and caramel to citrusy hops. Very complex, well made beer.

Mouthfeel is where this one loses me a little. A little too much going on for my liking. Almost as if they got lost and fogot what they were going for.

Because of all the contrasting flavors I couldn't see myself drinking more than one or two, but it was very interesting and fun to enjoy once.

Photo of WJVII
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice dark brown cola color with a 1 finger light brown head with moderate carbonation. The aroma was of burnt caramel, sweet malts, and a mild hop balance. The taste starts off with a sweet brown sugar taste but settles with a finish of slight bitter hops. I have had a few and the more I try this brew the more the subtle flavors become complex. This is really well made and balanced brew. Good carbonation, good flavor and good balance makes this worth a try for sure.

Photo of droomyster
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with mahogany edges and a khaki head that smells of toasted malts with some chocolate notes whispering in the distance. Taste is malt forward, thoroughly toasty, with earthy bitterness rounding it out. A bit undercarbonated IMO but tasty nonetheless.

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,072 ratings.