Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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1.78/5 rDev -53.6%
Consumed November 11th, 2010 in (fittingly) a Sierra Nevada pint glass.
Beer pours a clear deep brown; think a cola with a few ice cubes that have melted in it. A one finger head somewhere between off-white and tan forms on initial pour and reduces to a thin crown of sticky foam within a few minutes. Plenty of active carbonation.
Aroma is full of vanilla and maybe a hint of pumpkin. Also kind of a rotten odor. Not so great.
Flavor is slightly off - oxidization and mineral notes compete with sulfur. Significantly bitter for a brown ale. A metallic note as well. Some toasty, nutty malt goodness in there, but it's being covered by these competing off flavors.
Medium bodied with a touch of carbonation tingle.
This is just not a good beer; where did the mighty SN go wrong? This drinks more like an Indian Wells product...
11-12-2010 03:25:12 | More by charlzm
1.9/5 rDev -50.5%
12 oz bottle into a nonic. Beautiful caramel brown color, clear and effervescent. The off-white head shows great retention, making for a great looking beer.
The aroma is ... off. Pretty strong sulfur and mineral. Some nice toasted malt beneath that, and a bit of toffee and roasted nuts. I'm surprised Sierra Nevada released this, the sulfuric character isn't subtle at all.
Tastes a bit better, toast and toffee up front, but also a bit of rotting egg and mineral, along with a bit of grain husk astringency and herbal hops. Mouthfeel is thin, and the finish pretty rough. Yeah, this is pretty bad. This beer should not have been released in its current state.
08-02-2010 05:10:58 | More by largadeer
2.15/5 rDev -44%
Fresh in from the local Whole Foods, this new offering from SN has appealing autumnal bottle art, though being the end of July is more than a tad early. Guess this means their Celebration winter brew will be here in two weeks. bummer, nothing worse than this sort of commercial season creep.
This brew pours a fine brown color.
Aroma is HUGE sulphitic burnt match, bleh. Some eggy sulfur in here too, this is not promising.
Hoping that it airs out a bit, I gave it a swirl or two and took a sip. Big sulfur in the taste too. Skuzzy burnt malt and a bit nutty. Mouth is pretty full, and the hops are just enough to keep it on the malty side, which is true to style. Just can't get past the nast.
Wife thought it tasted like stale fireworks...I've trained her senses well...
Don't let this new offering from SN draw you in. Unless they just had some bad batches and plan to resolve this matchhead taste, IGNORE this beer like the plague.
08-03-2010 01:23:57 | More by SurlyDuff
2.2/5 rDev -42.7%
Got this 24oz squatty bottle for $2.79 at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski VT. Code 023820827. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.
A moderate pour gives a lovely swirling froth that generates a dense 1" of light brown head from this clear brown brew. All the look lacks is some lace. The smell it throws up is heavy with earthy hops and starchy raw grain. Feel has a sharp tingling carbonation and a thin dry body. Taste is mainly a muddy semi-skunky high-alpha hop. The fizzy feel overpowers any malt that may be present, so all I taste is the unappealing hop.
In a bit of desperation, I swirled the hell out of it for a few minutes in order to get the carbo to calm down. The hop is still pretty funky, but at least now some malt and brown sugar is there alongside it.
Not impressed, completely lack-luster. The hop is really bleh.
10-09-2010 01:15:47 | More by BeerNinja007
2.28/5 rDev -40.6%
This is a good looking beer; but don't judge a beer by its cover. I might be somewhat uneducated regarding brown ales, but this ale has the taste of burnt bacon with a pungent aroma. I have always been very impressed with SN but this comes up short. Still a brewery that others should aspire to reach but I will stick with pale ale and torpedo until the celebration ale comes out.
10-02-2010 00:32:22 | More by Chuggs
2.28/5 rDev -40.6%
Glassy brown, clear pour. Head is great, slightly off white, thick and rocky. Lacing is sticky. Yummy looking.
Oooh...uh. Smell is weird. And not good. Huh. At first it's a sourness, but not a yeasty sour-thing. More like a bad milk sour. What? Some spice is in there, but I can't quite pick it out. Somebody help me with this one. Moving on to flavor...
Light malt character with hints of brown sugar. The hops play nicely providing a quick and non-intrusive bite. Some soft maple in the back. Nice feel to it, not quite as sweet as I would suppose. Would go nicely with grilled (not BBQ) meats, methinks. Football season will be good.
yet the drinkability is tough because of the aroma. Each time I dip my nose in the glass...y'know to allow a sip...I get that sourness. I need help with this aroma.
EDIT: 8 bottles of this 12-er have been "bad" (i.e. the same as above). Drain pouring my money away.
07-25-2010 20:46:50 | More by Mebuzzard
2.4/5 rDev -37.5%
Once again my nemesis: headache from the tannins or dark roasted malts. So take my numbers above with a grain of salt.
Pours a beautiful chocolate brown with an inch of creamy head. Head persists.
First taste is rich, creamy, chocolatey malts with enough hops to keep the tongue interested. Then pain ensues for me.
10-31-2010 01:17:52 | More by salvo
2.45/5 rDev -36.2%
Pours bronze-mahogany with copper highlights. Head is initially thick and creamy, slowly reducing to a thin sheen.
Aroma is caramel, with hints of toffee and mild fruit. A slightly strange medicinal note.
Taste is what the nose suggested. Caramel malt sweetness up front. Apricot and a touch of raisin. Finishes with a dry earthy and hop bitterness and a lingering metallic quality and a funky yeast character that turns medicinal as it warms.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.
Overall an unusual brown ale. The weird medicinal thing is throwing me off. Not my favorite.
11-23-2010 01:13:59 | More by Blakaeris
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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