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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,683 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,683
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 49
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 07-25-2010)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 21:44:01 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-20-2013 04:09:23 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 02:02:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-02-2011 22:47:46 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:13:51 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 11:36:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 04:24:16 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-25-2011 18:09:57 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 21:59:46 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 18:00:44 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2010 07:02:09 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-05-2011 19:04:08 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 21:13:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-17-2013 01:36:03 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-17-2013 18:21:21 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.22/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 00:38:18 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-18-2013 18:19:07 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 21:02:40 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 18:44:50 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 05:49:03 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 20:28:07 | More by zeff80
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-15-2011 19:25:24 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

1.9/5  rDev -50.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 05:10:58 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-14-2012 19:33:58 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 20:43:52 | More by NeroFiddled
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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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