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

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown AleSierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

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very good

2,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 2632
Reviews: 1022
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2010 18:15:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in mid-town Tulsa, looks we finally got a beer before western Missouri for a change!

Pours brown/walnut with 1 finger+ of fluffy tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Toasty Malt & some nuttyness

T: Follows the nose, along with woody hop bitterness up front. Slight grainy bitterness lurks in the background as this warms, along with more nuttyness & toasty/roasted malt. Finishes nutty, toasty & with just a hint of grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, just a nice malty backbone to this one..

Drinks really easy, I will have to look at my review & see how this compares to the old harvest brown (or whatever it was called), but at first blush, I'd say I like this better, seems to have deeper malt backbone. Just looked, I'm wrong, still a keeper IMO

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 09:48:37 | More by russpowell
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful dry, roasted malt scent with a touch of caramel sweetness and a moderate hop nose. The taste is great. It has a bitter hop bite up front with plenty of roasted malt flavor to balance. It goes down smooth and dry with a bit of caramel sweetness in the finish. The hop character is exceptional. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good brown ale. It's damn near a perfect American brown.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 21:39:07 | More by WesWes
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3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is about the most boring beer I've ever had. Period.

Big off white head on this one, brown and clear, moderate carbonation a surprisingly low amount of lacing.

Aroma is weak overall, malt and maybe a little roast.

Well, its highly drinkable in the sense that its completely unoffensive and boring. Its mildly hoppy, mildly roasty, mild medium body, mild mildness, smooth. Its like drinking watered down beer I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 19:09:29 | More by drabmuh
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is grain with some toffee notes, but it is fairly faint and certainly less than I would like. The flavor is more of the same with notes of toffee, caramel, chocolate and some earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 03:23:02 | More by Mora2000
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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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3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 21:19:43 | More by jlindros
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, red-brown color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of browned whole grains, toasted crackers, wholesome toasted oats fresh from the oven as well as grape nuts cereal, all of which are accentuated by a toasted grain husk character. The aroma of this beer is all about the characterful malts used to make this beer.

Sweetish tasting up front with a caramelized character that quickly becomes toasted and just lightly roasted towards the finish. There is a very soft, slightly herbal and bitter hop character in the finish of this beer. Perhaps a hint of a metallic note also comes out at times in the flavor. Perhaps a touch of non-descript fruitiness is found up front in the flavors; like this was lightly accented by some sort of berries, though very subtly. The toasted grain character isn't nearly as expressive in the flavor, but it is still here and plays a major role; it accentuates flavors of toasted nuts, toothsome dark whole grain bread, light notes of coffee (like toasted coffee beans only brought to the brown stage, before first crack). Fairly light bodied, it is nicely quaffable, but has enough viscousness to be a beer to be drinking during the cooler months of the year too.

Not a bad brown ale from Sierra Nevada. This fits nicely in with the porter and pale ale (though I really wish they would get rid of or revamp the Stout). This definitely hits the spot when I have a hankering for a nicely malt focused Brown ale, though there is a touch of hop character here as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 15:49:40 | More by Gueuzedude
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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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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!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 22:15:17 | More by jwc215
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4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 17:33:55 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby brown hue with highlights when held up toward to the light. Mocha tan head forms thick with fine even lacing. Big chunky sporadic clumps of laced stick to the glass. Served a bit warm is perfect all kind of malt and hop nose going on here for me to describe. Light coffee dark chocolate roasted malt character with a touch of toasted nut, a bit green and vinous with the hop nose well interwoven with the darker malts. Hops herbal mint with the malts providing a refreshing mix of dark caramel/chocolate/and mild coffee accents. Mouthfeel is medium bodied soft carbonation going on, I guess Sierra Nevada really wants to make a brown ale. Drinkable especially as the beer warms up, I can't wait to settle in with a 12 pack of this as the weather cools off.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 14:35:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: caramel and a bit of earthiness and nuttiness.

Taste: caramel, toffee, lightly roasted nuts, earthiness, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is mild and short lived.

Drinkability: this is a very easy to quaff beer and for me could be a nice session beer for an afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 16:40:49 | More by Gavage
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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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