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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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3,004 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,004
Reviews: 1,052
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 68
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 DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While autumn is only a week away, I have a beer that tells me to enjoy on an autumn afternoon. Is a late summer evening okay? On to the beer:

Leather brown with ruby brown hues blossoms, topped by a thick rocky head with a creamy lace describe the sight in my glass. Yep, it has the aroma of a brown ale, though with less intensity to the nostrils. Toffee crisp, hazelnut, espresso, roasted (but not burnt) malt.

The flavor is sensible. Given the hoppy nature of SN beers, this is a swell change of pace. Sure, I'm not blown off my feet, but I like the toffee crisp flavor, the hint of peat, the light brush of the hops, and the fact it's enjoyable to put in my belly without getting my palate ripped. Just keep drinking...

Tumbler, welcome to the SN seasonals. A servicable beer that fills the gap in SN's portfolio of beers finely.

DoubleJ, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of JVEyck309
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a six of this, I hadn't seen it last season. Is this a fairly new brew for SN?
Pours dark brown, nearly opaque, nice finger worth head, lacing is sufficient. Maybe it's my congestion but aroma seemed weak. Mouthfeel is decent, caramel and nutty malt notes, a bit of citrus hops in the finish, errhhm, Should get this for thanksgiving me thinks.. might go real nice with some turkey and potatoes, and a pecan pie! Definitely nutty.. I dig this one, maybe not a "go-to" brown ale but it's well rounded and enjoyable.

JVEyck309, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy brown with a big off-white head that quickly fads to a ring leaving no real lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is roasty sweet malt and cocoa aromas.

T: Pretty good flavors of sweet bready malt and creamy cocoa with a roasty finish. Not bad for a regular brown ale.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied due to the carbonation.

D: Good brown ale that isn't short on flavor. I'd probably drink more of these if I was in the mood.

GregSVT, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of manthedan
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown red color. Much different in taste and profile to the usual hoppiness of most of Sierra Nevada's beers but expected with this brown ale.

Not much nose or anything going on at all when putting my nose in the glass. Very drinkable, strong taste but slightly dry so the taste doesn't linger very long. Very good balance between sweet and bitter, right in the middle.

Goes down quite smooth for a 'heavy' beer, would definitely drink again.

manthedan, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of jera1350
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coppery brown color with a big thick and creamy light tan head that produces a little lace.

Earthy and roasty malt is the main component here. A bit of spice as well.

Very Oktoberfest tasting. Quite roasty with earthy characters and some spice. Not getting much of the brown ale part of this beer. Like mentioned earlier, this seems to taste more like an Oktoberfest beer.

Nicely frothy carbonation, quite creamy. Medium bodied.

I could do a couple of these. A really nice autumn beer for sure. Doesn't seem like a brown ale to me, not that it really matters. Worth a shot if you're looking for a fall brew.

jera1350, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of OKCNittany
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

OKCNittany, Monday at 03:12 PM
Photo of patpbr
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into pint glass with a little less then 1 inch head, slow moving carbonation bubbles show through the brown hue.
S- malt and coffee
T- Malt, chocolate, and a little smokey
M- mild aftertaste that lingers, not that heavy
O - maybe I got an old one it was picked up as a single. Its worth trying. overall nice brown ale

patpbr, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of beerman207
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep brown with a nice head that sticks around a while

S: Raisin, some fig, and perhaps some other spices which I can't quite determine. Malt.

T: Strong malt backbone dominates this one with a quick bitterness that leaves as quick as it shows up. Some dark fruit

M: A bit carbonated but not overpowering.

D: Not sure that I would choose to drink a lot of these but i's a good beer.

beerman207, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark copper-amber. A half inch creamy almond head drops to a thin blanket leaving rings and rebuilds after warmth.

Light roasted malt from a Roosterfish pint with rich wheat bread, nuts, and caramel.

This is more bitter than expected from a brown ale, but the wheat bread and molasses make up for it. The aftertaste is astringent and it is ill-suited to warmth.

Fizzy carbonation and a light body, this one is a touch metallic.

Good if consumed quickly. One can enjoy a second round. Tumbler makes for a fine everyday beer.

SLeffler27, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of zac16125
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass
standard SN super-secret bottling date code

A: Pours a translucent dark brown with faint reddish hues when held to light. Just under 2 fingers width of tan colored head hangs around for a bit before dissipating down to a thin film. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Malts, roasty, vanilla, herbaceous. Smells like fall!

T: Dark malts, very mild hop bitterness, roasty, caramel malts.

M/D: Lower side of medium bodied, heavier carbonation, drinkability is good.

O: Nothing spectacular but well above average for the style. It does remind me of an Autumn afternoon, so bonus points there! I wouldn't seek it out but I would drink it again if offered.

zac16125, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

"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, roasted bread and a hint of smoke. Tumbler is the ultimate autumn beer. Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale features roasted malt used straight from the kiln to give it a gracefully smooth malt character perfect for an autumn afternoon." Sierra Nevada's Fall seasonal for many years, commonly available in 6 packs and 12 packs. No bottle date.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Served above 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a light frothy tan-white head over a mahogany-brown body with ample carbonation. Mild sediment is visible through the glass. Retention is slightly above average and the lacing is thin and streaked. 3.5

(Smell) Malt includes medium roasted caramel, a hint of chocolate and some earthy hop notes with a mild nutty bitterness. It's a generally clean aroma, slightly acidic with a light biscuity yeast profile, and a very subtle touch of fall spices as well, notably cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Potency is mild and there is limited depth to the aroma. While there's nothing upsetting about the aroma, it doesn't particularly carry enthusiastic appeal nor depth. 3.25

(Taste) Bold yet mostly clean roasted caramel malt presence- a touch of caramel husk with a bit of earthy hop bitterness. Bitter baking chocolate powder exists in small amounts, and a nutty bitterness makes for a dry, tart finish. Despite most of my brown ale experiences settling on the sweet side of things, The bitterness component in this beer prevails and makes for a better rounded, highly drinkable brown ale. Despite being a thinner-bodied and less sweet beer than the rest of the competition, the flavor of this beer certainly isn't a letdown. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Light airy crisp carbonation compliments the bitterness of the hop and tart malt characteristics. The body is light/medium for the style and medium amongst all beers. Alcohol is nicely concealed. A bit more lively carbonation than usual for Brown Ales, but works due to the exemption of the more roasty, sweet brown ale notes. 4.25

(Overall) Amongst Sierra Nevada's immensely popular seasonal options, Tumbler stands alone in an increasing market of Oktoberfest Lagers and Pumpkin Ales, but offers a decent balance and high drinkability in it's own regard. It's a lightly flavored Brown Ale, but it's good to know that there are some with a decent balance of hop character that avoid the malt bomb trap of Brown Ales. Even if you have shut out the sweet, syrupy cliché of Brown Ales, I'd recommend trying this beer for a change of opinion, especially if you haven't already, as it may change your opinion on what a Brown Ale is capable of. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Jadjunk, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of butters_mcgee
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

butters_mcgee, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Fall leaf and bark brown with a fluffy off-white tinged brown head. The head last a good while and clings to the glass side offering attractive lacing. When held to the light, steady carbonation is observable. The color certainly reminds one of fall.

S: Sweet malt and caramel toasted nuttiness.

T: A smack of sweet nutty malt flows into hoppy slightly bitter finish which helps balance the beer.

M: Creamy and smooth most of the way through.

D: It is smooth, pretty balanced, and does not have very high ABV.

Overall: I saw this and could not help getting an early sample of fall brews in general and Sierra Nevada's in specific. It is a nice brew though, to be blunt, not my favorite offering of the fall. I feel the balancing hops are a bit to strong, again a personal taste, I prefer my fall beers to be pretty malty.

ianjsullivan, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of prototypic
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tumbler pours a darker amber color. It's mostly clear, and has crimson highlights when held to light. It's topped with an off-white head that rises to nearly two fingers in depth. It's very slow to dissipate. I'm not it'll completely recede. Lacing was moderate, but definitely sticky.

The nose is alright, but is somewhat lacking in strength. Interestingly, yeast is noted up front. That's buttressed by a nice mix of brown and roasted malts. It doesn't smell sweet at all, but perhaps the nose is just too light. There's a nice hop presence that wasn't expected at all. It smells mostly floral and a little piney. Alcohol is buried. All in all, it smells pretty good. Just needs more strength.

My first impression of Tumbler is that it's a pretty decent fall release. It kicks off with a tasty malty mix. Caramel, brown, and roasted malts provide a nice base. It isn't sweet by any stretch. There's also a hint of cocoa. Hops add a nice jolt to the flavor. They're slightly piney, but mostly floral. There's a little bitterness, but it's just enough to make it interesting. Alcohol is never a factor in this one. Damn near buried completely. Finishes slightly sweet with a dry hop kick.

Tumbler has a lighter body. It leans toward medium with warming, but never quite gets there. Carbonation is light and does much to smooth things out. It's not creamy, but has a nice feel for what it is. Drinkability is good. Tumbler has a pretty good flavor, and goes down easy. Given its light stature, a few bottles isn't out of the question.

Tumbler is an interesting release from Sierra Nevada. It's probably one of their more straight forward releases (much like Glissade). While it isn't a bad Brown Ale, it's hardly a stand out. I like the flavor, but nothing about it really stands out. Having said that, there's nothing overtly bad about it either. Ultimately, it needs a little something to spice it up. Perhaps more hops would do the trick. At the end of the day, it's another nice release from Sierra Nevada. Definitely worth a try.

prototypic, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep brown color with a solid, medium-sized tan head. Sparse, webby lace. Toasted nutty malt aroma...light coffee bean, toffee, and earthy hops. Roasted malt flavor, nutty like the aroma. Slightly sweet, with a decent hop presence and some mild bitter chocolate. Medium bodied with a moderate bitterness and dry-ish finish. Solid and appropriate for the season...

wedge, Oct 23, 2010
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
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,004 ratings.