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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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2,978 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,978
Reviews: 1,048
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 66
Gots: 173 | 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 jeffjeff1
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My mom picked this up for me about a week ago.

Appearance- brownish color, thick foamy head

Smell- sweet malt

Taste- sweet malt, nuttiness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was really good. Very good brown ale. I will have more of it. They did a great job with this one.

jeffjeff1, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Tumbler is a walnut shade of brown with a solid white head. Pretty good retention for the style.

S: Toasted and caramel malts, touch of vanilla and some earthy hops. Starts out a little stagnant, but malts come on with a little warming.

T: Strong roasted character is most the distinguishing feature, along with a pretty noticeable Cascade hop flavor as expected from SN. Also a little nutty, but mainly just roasted malt flavors. Hops are fairly heavy for my preference, even for the style. Not quite enough malt and I'd like to see a little more caramel sweetness in here.

M: Good full body that clings to the mouth. Carbonation is about medium.

Was enthusiastic about this newer beer as I am both a fan of the brewery and the style. It really wasn't my favorite interpretation of the style but was still enjoyable and a good beer for a crisp fall night with some playoff baseball and chili.

GeezLynn, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could Sierra Nevada be going away form their hoppy roots? First the spring ESB is switched for a maibock, and the anniversary ale is switched for a brown. I'm not worried, just curious.

Clear chestnut color. Large foamy head settles into a thin frothy retention. Looks like something I'd want to drink.

Aroma is toasted biscuit with a light sprinkling of chocolate malt. I catch a little whiff of light smoke and dry dirt. Taste is again led by toasted bread with light toffee highlights. Hops definitely have a presence but as a fairly neutral backdrop which adds depth to the beer. The hop selection however, (challenger) gives Tumbler a faint English leafy tea flavor which I'm not a fan of.

A solid brown ale and a nice oktoberfest seasonal alternative.

donkeyrunner, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted almost a year and a half ago - reviewed from notes that were lost and recently found.

Pours medium brown with a dense light tan head that thins and lasts.

The smell is of roasted nuts, caramel and a slight touch of smoke.

The taste is of sweet caramel/toffee with roasted nuts. There is a light smoked character and a mild earthiness that balance the sweet malts.

It is medium-to-full bodied and pretty smooth.

This is an enjoyable, pretty standard, American brown ale. Another good brew from Sierra Nevada!

jwc215, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up in Michigan. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a medium chestnut brown with a single-finger off-white head that stays around for a bit before falling and leaving some spotty lacing behind. The nose has some slight nutty character along with a bit of slightly-roasted malt as a backbone. Slightly dry with a bit of earth. The flavor falls along the same lines. There's nothing too exceptional about this one. I would say that it's a bit hoppy, though not along the "India Brown Ale" line--it's got more of an earthy kick to the finish that I'm enjoying. Body is medium with average carbonation. Overall, a solid brew but not quite the level I expect from Sierra Nevada.

Thorpe429, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of feelmefoam
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tumbler pours a deep chestnut brown color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A little over a finger's width of white head pops up off the top of the beer and hangs around for a while, eventually leaving some nice lacing down the glass as it fades.

I have to search for the aroma a bit... this kinda takes away from the score for me. I really like being able to smell a beer without digging my schnauz deep into it. This isn't that extreme, but I'd like it a bit more fragrant. Still, I can smell some nuts and a bit of light coffee, maybe a bit of toasted malt as well.

The flavor is good... a light, buttery nut flavor mixes with some toasted malts and a bit of earthiness. It could be a bit more complex but that's just being picky, it's pretty tasty overall.

I like the mouthfeel, too. Smooth, with a medium body and not a lot of carbonation to speak of, which adds to the certain creaminess the beer has.

Tumbler is a pretty decent beer, overall. Dogfish Head probably has the best fall seasonal in Punkin that I've had so far. Still, this is pretty good and it's pretty drinkable.

feelmefoam, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of adam42381
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brown color with ruby hints and a 3 finger soapy light tan head. Good lacing.

Smell: Burnt malt with just a hint of caramel.

Taste: Smoky roasted malt up front followed by sweet caramel in the middle and mildly bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is both smoky and bitter. Flavor, like the aroma, is a bit subdued.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Tingles a little on the tongue.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a few of these without any trouble.

Overall: Solid beer overall and a good representation of the style. Very solid choice for a crisp autumn day.

adam42381, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of weizenbob
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a style I enjoy brown ale, and I haven't had a bad beer yet from Sierra Nevada. This sounds like a win-win. This 12 ounce bottle was purchased at Tilley's in Traverse City, MI. It was bottled on August 12, 2011. I poured the bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

A standard pour yields a nice three fingers of foamy, mocha colored head. Retention is fantastic. Lacing slowly replaces the head as it fades. The brew is adequately brown with enough translucence to show you that it is indeed brown and not darker as in say, a porter or stout. In short, it is text book brown ale with extra points for the amazing head.

The aroma is kind of alcoholic. The label says this is 5.5% abv but my nose is telling me otherwise. Unfortunately, there is not much else going on in the aroma. It smells kind of sterile with a mild lingering sweetness.

Fortunately, the flavor picks up the slack. A rich malt profile greets the tongue with a surprising complexity for such a standard style. Nice carmelized malts dance in the tongue. Alcohol is well-hidden. There has to be some chocolate malt in there as there is a flavor is that is quite literally reminiscent of cocoa. A good earthy/roasty presence manifests on the backend. My one gripe is that there is a minor cooked veggie flavor popping up toward the finish; but this is otherwise a nice tasting, well rounded brew. The bulk of the brew is fairly sweet (as with licorice or molasses) with the finish being mildly bitter in its hoppiness. It is a pleasant balance.

The mouthfeel is neither impressive, nor offensive. It feels a bit heavy for the style, which is a good trait in my book. Regardless, it is still on the light side of medium bodied. The carbonation level is low to medium and compliments the beer nicely. It feels as a good brown should: no more and no less.

As with nearly all beers in the Sierra Nevada lineup, Tumbler represents a solid brew and a great value. As they are one of the largest "craft" breweries in the country their availability is solid as well. Add this to my list of sturdy standbys when I don't see anything else that is fitting my fancy. This will certainly please the brown ale fan in me.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for Tumbler.

weizenbob, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a 24oz bomber out of the fridge into a tulip glass.

The Sierra Nevada Tumbler Brown Ale pours a clear brown in the glass with a thick, creamy white froth with decent lacing, thick bubbles, & great retention. Aromas of roasted nuts, bitter dark chocolate, subtle fresh espresso, sweet malt, herbal hops, rich earthiness, & soft maple syrup follow through as flavors on the palate. The beer has a rich sweetness up front & finishes with a smooth dryness. There is a great balance on acidity that should allow this to pair nicely with food. (BBQ Ribs anyone?) Overall, this is a pretty decent beer & although it is not one of Sierra Nevada's best, it is definitely worth a try. Recommended.

BevMoAndrew, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Maple syrup color with some ruby tinges when held to light.

S: Mostly malts with a touch of spicy yeast. Almost reminds me a bit of Unibroue yeast, but not quite that strong.

T: Roasted malts with a touch of nuttiness and maybe a dash of maple. A slight hoppiness rounds things out. This is a good brown, it just doesn't really have anything to it that really makes it stand out.

notchucknorris, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Big thick head, near 1", lots of spotty lace and reduces to full disk head. Clear amber/claret color.

S - Simple deep malt and bitter friend.

T - Porter like taste, nice brown light dark, some hops to challenge the malt.

M - Thin, like carb, fair balance.

D - Very easy to drink. Hot or cold day, this one goes down easy.

srandycarter, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of TippySelenoid
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a nice dark brown with a cram colored head that maintains itself nicely throughout consumption.

Smells a bit sweet, caramely, a small bit of hops.

It tastes a bit nuttier than it smells. It also has a bit more hops than I like in a brown ale, but I'm a traditionalist when it comes to that style.

It has a pretty full mouthfeeland it's very velvety.

Overall this is a good beer for the fall at an affordable price. Not sure I'll buy it again this year, but I'll probably look for it again next year.

TippySelenoid, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of horshack7
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Out of a twelve ounce bottle and into a pint glass is a nice dark brown with amber hues around the edges. The head is thick upon thinning out it does leave behind thick white lacing.

Aroma: Lots of malty grain notes of brown bread. The hops present themselves as floral and a little bit dry in the nose.

Taste: Well this one is malty straight out of the gate nicely robust. Brown bread with roasted hops in the tail end. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a little hop bite.

Notes: It's a well rounded beer a good offering from Sierra Nevada. Cheers.

horshack7, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of jpro
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excited about trying this new brown ale from Sierra Nevada...

A: Poured a tawny amber with a creamy, almond head. Lots of nice checkerboard lace gets left on the glass (in typical Sierra Nevada fashion).

S: Caramel malt, toast, pecans. A great nose on this one... I really like it.

T: This is where, IMO, this beer falters. I love the malty (hazel) nuttiness in this one - there are some faint touches of lightly roasted malts, too. But something seems like it's missing. Maybe a little chocolate malt? Or even more of the aforementioned nuttiness? Or perhaps a signature Sierra Nevada hop kick? There are some light grassy / earthy hops there, and their levels do well to keep the beer balanced - but coming from SN, I just expected something with a little more bite.

M: Medium bodied and creamy; good carbonation and sweet on the finish.

D: A great fall brew, I'll likely have it again once it starts getting cooler.

jpro, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of cooch69
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tumbler pours a deep brown with a one finger head. This is a lovely thick pancake batter head and it settles down neatly and sticks to the glass too easily.

I get semi sweet caramelly malts, nuts(hazelnuts and walnuts) and a little hop bitterness.

This beer comes with an upfront mild floral hoppiness. It is enaough to make a statement without being very vocal. Then there is a semi sweet nutty and caramelly taste that ends pretty dry.

Not very stong, medium bodied with a rich and creamy consistency. This beer was nice to try, but not a personal favorite brown ale.

cooch69, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-10-20 in Reno, NV from a 24 oz bomber.

A - Somewhat hazy brown with a nice head.

S - Smells sweet and nutty with a tiny bit of hop aroma.

T - Doesn't knock you over the head but the rich-tasting toasted malt balances sweetness against some astringent nutella flavor. Not much bitterness but you can tell the hops are present.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Not creamy.

D - Easy to drink Quality ingredients. Good for the style although I like more aggressive flavors in my brews.

Tucquan, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw that this came out for the fall and never had it before. Like most Sierra Nevada Beers, I was excited for this but I have to admit that this was a bit of a letdown. Not a bad brew, but with all the Brown Ales out there, this one didn't stand out from the others very much.

Of course, the pour was the best aspect of this, like so many other beers in the SN portfolio. A nice head, subdued brown hue,and a decent amount of lacing could easily be discerned and the carbonation was just enough to cause the lacing, without overpowering the flavor. This didn't have the caramel and sugary sweetness that so many other beers in this style had but rather, it was quite malty with just a hint of the trademakr hoppiness in the aftertaste. Went down pretty easy but there wasn't a lot to think about as I had this, which tends to be the case in most of the Brown Ales that I've had over the years.

5.50%? Only on the bottle. It's there but you'll hardly feel it as one of these gets popped open and enjoyed during the changing of the leaves. I can't say not to try this but if there are a lot of Fall and Octoberfest beers available where this is found, then you might want to see what else is out there. This can only be recommended for the die-hard SN fan.

JerzDevl2000, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A tasty fall/winter warmer type of beer.

Pours a deep amber brown with a very nice head and huge curtains of lacing. The aroma is earthy and physical with a high note of chocolately malt. The flavor is chocolately and slightly smokey, all malt here. There is dark caramel and cherry, like sitting around a warm fire with a pipe of rich tobacco. The mouthfeel is creamy and solid.

Seanibus, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of BeerWithMike
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.

BeerWithMike, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of wahhmaster
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with reddish edges. Has a large, foamy, brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts with hints of nuts, toast, butter, and caramel.

Taste: Starts with a mild hop bitterness. Develops an earthy, malty finish with a lingering hop bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet as well. A bit hoppier than I was expecting from a brown ale but still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and quite refreshing.

Drinkability: A quite tasty and refreshing brown ale. This is a style that I find difficult to get excited about but Sierra Nevada has managed to create and quite tasty and refreshing one here.

wahhmaster, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of mschind
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear dark bown with a light brown foamy head that fades to a cap with great lacing on the glass.

S- Subdued toated to roasted malt dominates with faint chocolate notes.

T- Sweet toasty malt up front that gives way to a roasty bitterness and a clean neutral finish.

M- There is a nice rich smoothness to this beer. The carbonation is spot on and adds to the full bodied feel.

O- A very good American brown ale at a very reasonable price. A nice segue into the winter beers to follow from SN.

mschind, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of stonermouse
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a Sam Adams glass.

Poured with a nice, frothy 1-inch head that holds up nice. The copper/cola color is quite nice, and the head replenishes as you drink with constant carbonation. Nice all around.

Smell is a little weak, but nice nontheless. Mostly malt.

Real nice flavor. Pretty typical brown ale. Chocolate is the dominant flavor, and the malts are pretty solid.

Mouthfeel is the strenght of this brew. Doesn't feel too light; it has just the right body to complement the chocolate undertones. Dense, but doesn't stick around longer than necessary.

Drinkability on these babies is high. The flavor is mild enough to enjoy over and over. It's not very filling for how heavy it is. I'm not a brown ale guy, but I'll return to this one each autumn.

stonermouse, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of DJED69
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice change of pace brew from SN. Pours a dark copper-brown. Head is about an inch of creamy foam that settles to a nice cap. Smell wasn't all that great---not too distinguished. Taste is quite nice. Malt dominates, with a touch of sweetness, touch of hop bitterness. I do wish it had a tad more body, it is a bit thin. Overall, a pleasant take on a classic English style ale. Glad to have tried it.

DJED69, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Brutmasta
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown with a reddish hue, looks exactly how you think it should with a name like autumn brown ale.

S-Very inviting, at the very beginning I get nuts, followed by some toffee and brown sugar. The hop smell is surprisingly strong here too.

T-Best part of this beer, smoky malts followed by an excellent hoppy aftertaste!

M-Average, not to think, not to creamy, and average carbonation.

O-Overall a really solid brown ale, I could absolutley have more than one of these at a time!

Brutmasta, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of kaseydad
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking label and hope the brew is just as nice. Pint glass pour and I am met with an amber ale and a beige foamy head with staying power. The aroma first reminded me of some of the adjunct beers but as it warms there is an overpowering malty aroma with orange and some chocolate hints. Taste is good with some roasted malts and a bitter coffee-like aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. A little too bubbly for my liking. The lower alcohol content allows for multiples, but I would be hard pressed to partake in more than one at a seating. Overall I was hoping for something special from this new release, but nothing "wow's" about this beer that would separate it from others of the same style.

kaseydad, Aug 06, 2010
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 2,978 ratings.