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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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,059 Reviews
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,059
Hads: 3,120
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 79
Gots: 221 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 07-25-2010

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)
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft at Delaney's. Serviceable brown. Very dark brown, almost opaque. 3/8 inch of white foamy head. Some lace. Neutral aroma. Served a little on the cold side. Very drinkable, on the sweet side. The head looked a little unusual pattern, like mould spores.A tad below average mouthfeel. (286 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark iced tea color with a 1 inch puffy light brown head that settles to a thin cap. Nice rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, slight caramel, and some spices. Taste is of toasted bread, burnt caramel, and a spicy flavor on the finish. There is a bitter spice taste that lingers on the back of the tongue after each sip. The carbonation level on this one is good with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good brown ale that is very appropriate for a Fall beer. The toasty malt smells and flavors remind me very much of the season. (593 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown with some reddish tinge. Big frothy head, 3.5 fingers, light brown tinge to it.

S: Sweet, nutty and some malt.

T: Roasted nut taste, milk chocolate notes, bread and malt mixed in.

M: Very smooth, mild to moderate carbonation, medium body

Overall: Very nice flavor. One of the better browns I have had. Its flavorful, not bitter and less watered down than many browns out there. (390 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish in color and poured with a thin beige head, but one that has good retention properties. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and nuts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather malty and has flavors of toasted malts and nuts along with hints of brown sugar, caramel, toffee and sweetness. The finish has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink and is a perfect fall offering that's quite sessionable. (683 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

perfect for the season. pours a mahogany brown color, ruby red when held up to the setting sun. big creamy tan head that only reduces slightly as it sits. has a fantastic rich roasted flavor with just a hint of booze coming through as it warms. i think its lighter body is a double edged sword... it doesnt all the way stand up to the chilly wind outside because its light in my belly, but at the same time, i could put a 6pack of these away no problem. delicious! (464 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A neutral, crisps, and seriously clean beer- the signatures of Sierra Nevada are felt through and through in this moderate American Brown.

Malty-rich aromas of toast are followed by toffee, chocolate, and nuttiness. Piney hops weave into the malt mix with a sprucy-spicy note that gives an element of pep to the beer

Toffee sweetness is met with acrid roast flavor that balance each other and contribute to the masculine matrix. Woody, pine, nutty, and toast continue the flavorful variety while offering up bold bitterness that pushes the envelope of balance. Clean flavors throughout with no mention of fruity esters or phenolics.

Medium early, medium at mid palate, and medium late, this Brown has a consistent malty texture from sip to finish. Very late hop drying and fleeting malt toasty crispness take hold and allow only for a linger of pine.

A terrific Brown Ale that has everything that the style perscribes. However, with no real outstanding character, the beer is hard to celebrate. (998 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of largadeer
1.9/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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. (663 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Autumn leaves brown with pumpkin and bronze highlights and a lovely lid of caramel nougat colored cream. Soft divots form in the foam as it fades, and an acceptable amount of lace in shredded sheets is beginning to be laid down.

The aroma is classic nut brown ale. The best decision that SNBC made was to leave the Munich malt (which is present in their standard brown ale) out of this offering. The malt bill here includes pale, crystal, chocolate and smoked. Sounds like... and smells like... a wonderful lineup.

Tumbler Autumn Brown is good beer from stem to stern. Sierra Nevada, as usual, uses a fairly generous lupulin load, but the Challenger and Yakima Goldings hops don't outpace their malt support. This is one of the most balanced browns around. And one of the most well-crafted.

Specifics include brown bread, toasted pecans, chocolate shavings, tea leaves, and an ale yeast fruitiness that ties it all together with a nicely drinkable bow. There may be a wee puff of smoke, but it isn't prominent. Again, good mix of malty sweet and hoppy bitter.

The mouthfeel doesn't quite keep pace. Ideally, it would be a little bit bigger and more creamy, but that would require more malt and, possibly, a higher ABV. Slightly harsh bubbles settle down in no time.

Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale doesn't seriously challenge the best American browns, but it's another solid effort from one of this country's finest (and most consistently good) craft breweries. What better way to watch the autumn leaves tumble down outside my front window than with a bottle of well-brewed brown ale? (1,583 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very nice and clear hazelnut colored brown. Some nice ruby tints along the sides and the bottom which added a little bit of depth. A nice two finger high head of off white colored lace then rose up from the bottom and graced the top for a few moments before finally settling down to just a small thin veil of bubbles across the top throughout the remainder of the session. Some decent side glass lace presented itself throughout as well.

The aroma was very sweet. Lots of hints of caramel and especially maple syrup coming through on this one. The aroma though was thin in depth as once you got past this maple like aroma there was not much else to be found. Maybe some slight roasted grains and a touch of nut like aroma but that was about it, still, not half bad. the flavor followed along the aroma very closely and honestly reminded me of another brew, the Tommyknocker maple brown in that level of sweetness. Tons of maple sugar here and alot of nutty flavors as well. Some nice roasted malt notes as well in here. A slightly grassy and earthy hop flavor in the finish, but everything was completely dominated by the maple syrup like sweetness. A bit too over the top for me to be honest. The feel was very carbonated with a load of bubbles racing through giving it a very soda like feel, nice to see coming out of the can for sure. Light in testure without much of a follow through it came in ok for me, nothing really special, but nowhere near flat in anyway, nor did it really feel very thin. (1,510 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, cola brown color with a two-finger, light brown head of thick foam. It was short lived and left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of rich roasted malts with mild coffee notes. There was a slight hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice brown ale. It actually tasted like autumn. (434 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me its a little early to drink autumn beers,even more so now living in hot NC,but I wanted a outdoor grilling beer and this fit the bill.Poured into a standard pint glass a brilliant chesnut brown with a light tannish colored one finger head that settled into a creamy mass.Aromas are lightly roasted with a fair amount of nut,some caramel sweetness as well,almost like a faint pecan pie element to it.Well rounded on the palate,some caramel and lightly roasted nuttiness along with some roast, a real nice shot of pine in the finish.Its a great blend of roasty and sweetish malt and earthy,piney hop,one of the best brown ales I have had,well done again from SN. (666 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.71/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's

A: The pour is a nice deep, rich brown color with a solid off-white head.

S: There is a weird aroma to this beer. Roasted, almost burnt, nuts, sulfur, butter, toasted malts, and a mild sweetness.

T: Immediately there is a noticeable astringency to this beer. Burnt and bitter nuts, slight sulfur, and a bit of toffee and caramel sweetness.

M: The body is slightly watery and thin, with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: A really disappointing effort from a brewery that is nearly bulletproof. And it's even worse because it is replacing a solid offering. (587 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep brown-colored body with a medium-sized, light beige head.

Smell: Malty aroma of toast, coffee-scented roast, powdered chocolate, and even oven-toasted nuts. Underlying earthiness. Very, very distant hint of pine.

Taste: Toasted breadcrusts with some burnt edges and liberally dusted with cocoa powder. Light chestnut and dark caramel hints. Medium sweetness. Restrained hop profile, though soft touches of pine bark and dried herbs are duly noted, as is a relatively light bitterness. Slightly drying in its final moments. Brief, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A smooth, pleasant, easily drinkable brown ale. For the record, I've purchased two 6-packs to date, and anticipate a third one this week. (772 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass at ChurchKey.

I was worried I wouldn't be able to find a single bottle of this guy (call me a commit-a-phobe, but I don't wanna commit to a sixer (or more) if I'm undecided on the brew itself, as in this situation). Luckily, the fine folks at the CK had my back on this one. It pours a clear russet topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, nutmeg, light maple syrup, and a slight tinge of flowers. The taste holds notes of nutmeg, walnuts, flowers, and some light maple syrup. Simple, but effective. The body is a rather light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a nearly dry finish. Overall, a tasty, straightforward brown, a nice bit o' autumnal goodness. (720 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Appearance: Clear. Deep russet/mahogany brown. Very nice full head of creamy dark tan. Retention is quite good, and it leaves cragged rings of lace about the glass.

Smell: Gently roasty, nutty, and darkly caramelish. Notes of cocoa.

Taste: Fuller than the aroma suggests with more cocoa and some dark chocolate. Hops are relegated to a background role, allowing the malt to shine. What is there is gently spicy, leafy, grassy, and lightly floral. It's nicely balanced giving a light bit of sugary sweetness amidst the dark maltiness upfront, more golden caramel sweetness across the middle, and darker notes and hop flavors and bitterness at the swallow. It lingers gently, for a good bit, steadily fading away into dull bitterness and roastiness with just a drop of molasses and brown sugar left behind.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a median carbonation that gently tickles the palate.

Overall: Quite a nice brown ale. (964 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber, with 2 big foamy fingers of light tan colored head. This retains with a thick finger of stiff creamy froth, which coats the sides of the glass with robust swathes of heavy lacing. The aroma smells green and floral, with some light notes of nuts and roast. The back portion of the nose is sticky sweet with some more malty character of cocoa and caramel.

The taste is bitter and earthy up front (but actually runs the whole way through the profile), while the some crunchy roast shores up the middle, and the backend is all sweet malts while giving off an almost butterscotch flavor here before fading into a finish of dry pithy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy feel throughout, but does prickle the tongue with more of a crisper feel as you swallow as well.

This was interesting. The flavors of roast, earth, and sweetness all had a fall flair to them but I just don't know if the overall package here really ended up coming together for me. Perhaps this is one that works on you over the course of a few bottles. I'd be willing to investigate this again come next fall. (1,159 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 9/23/2010 at The Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, maple, nuts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple, caramel and honey that are quickly followed by bready flavors of nuts and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but about where it should be for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer but there are other brown ales that I would choose first. (830 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice big 2 finger head rises up in the tulip glass, it's fluffy and fades somewhat slowly, leaving a memory of lacing on the glass. The beer is surprisingly clear despite being a dark molasses iodine brown color with particulate.

The nose has an interesting yeasty aroma, which I could see the yeast floating in it. There is also a toasty brown malt aroma, with a very light sweet sugar, more like a candi sugar than brown or other. There is also a light crisp ale like aroma in the background.

The taste goes the other direction, starting with lots of noble and mild grassy hops, with a nice floral taste. It has some light malty flavors, toasty and crisp, a light sweetness, with a little brown sugar this time. It has a nice bitterness, but light, thanks to those hops. A slight rustic darker ale flavor also there, with hints of a toasty farmhouse dry flavor, which also adds an earthy flavor.

The mouth is medium with good carbonation.

It finishes more earthy and some more light floral hops, but gets somewhat bitter. A slight hop oil resin taste starts to break through but never really comes out. It dries quite a bit, but leaves a very slight lingering sweetness. A very slight sugar memory and hint of earthy rustic barnyard taste. A nice sessionable beer. (1,272 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new offering from Sierra Nevada, one of the most consistent breweries out there. Pours a nice mahogany color, nice nutty smell to it... nice looking beer on our hands. Taste is medium bodied, nice mouthfeel to it. Taste has some good maltiness to it, slight bit of hop backbone.. a bit boring overall of a taste though to be honest. Could have used some more nut/caramel type of flavors in there, finish is a bit underwhelming too. Definitely an above average brown ale, but I thought SN could have done a tad bit better.. still pretty damn good though. (555 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Quick 6 in West York, PA. Poured from the stubby 12oz chilled into a tulip pint.

A - The color is chestnut brown with reddish tinges and translucent clarity. The cream is pale tan with a rocky cap and the bead is very fine. The lace clings moderately well - an attractive looking brown ale.

S - The smell is the best part - all that fresh malted barley is evident in the aroma - both toasty and mild nutty hints with a slight element of stone fruit and light spice - the mild cocoa accent in the nose is pleasant with a gentle roast coffee note

M - The feel is very good with both malt roasted texture and hop spice working in tandem for a layered and balanced effect. The mild sweetness and slight toasted bready quality works well here.

T - The flavor has a nice level of complexity with both roasted barley and mild fruity elements from the yeast with a light spice from the hops. There are nutty and light coffee like notes with a gentle cocoa element mild caramel sweetness and a light tropical nut creamy flavor w/ toasted bread crumbs and mellow herbal minty clean element w/ light biscuit and spice as the ale finishes with a nice balance of mild sweetness and hop bitterness - the semi dry finish is very pleasant

D - An all around well crafted ale in my book, the malt is full on and the balance is there without neglecting the flavor in any sense - I would happily have this as a go-to , one of the best browns out there - the fresh malt is notable (1,484 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose on this beer is so good that I just kept going back to it for a whiff. Inevitably, that leads to high expectations for all other aspects of the beer. It delivers. Nice smooth flavor profile with a rounded tone to it. A lot of brown ales I try tend to be too fruity and vibrant, but this is not one of them. It's even. I like this one. It's rare that this style does it for me, but this beer delivers. A pleasure to drink. (430 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, year 2010 on the neck label.

Chunky lacing from a well formed head, tawny with a mild haze. Toasty sweet aroma with a kiss of oily hop and nutty yeast. Very smooth, moderate sized body. Toasted malt runs as far as unsweetened chocolate and chicory with some mild biscuity flavors as a base. Modest hopping for this brewery but more than enough bitterness to balance. Quick flash of brown sugar. Clean throughout, drying toasted finish.

A great switch up for SN, they just broadened their range ... A solid brown for sure. (543 characters)

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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