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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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very good

2,976 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,976
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 66
Gots: 172 | 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 AnotherBeerGeek
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

AnotherBeerGeek, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Kolsch
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap on home tap system: Kegged date N/A.

Appearance: maple syrup brown. Extremely nice leggings left after sip.

Smell: Some sweet malt caramel. Don't detect much in the smell department, probably the only ding on this beer.

Taste: smoooth. Did I say smooth? Yes smooth. Lingering slight sweet caramel. Not overly sweet at all, which is how I like a brown ale to taste.
Drinkablity high, did I say this is smooth?

Overall: Others have noted they wished more hops were present (because this is SN after all). Don't agree with that at all. This in my mind is closer to a English Brown Ale than American. Good indeed!

Kolsch, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Punkrckr281
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Punkrckr281, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Jerone
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown and copper color with a finger and a half off white head and decent lacing.

Smell is of lightly roasted sweet malts, caramel and a touch of hops, smells like fall!

Taste is of rich malts, roasted caramel and the end gives you a bit of hops to balance it all out. Mouthfeel is medium body with low carbonation and is slightly creamy.

Very good fall beer, watch the leaves fall and enjoy.

Jerone, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of snowsurfer422
4/5  rDev +4.2%

snowsurfer422, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of drjman
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

drjman, May 30, 2012
Photo of jyacco15
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jyacco15, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Nuts and toasted sesame seeds. Marzen-like in some ways, but very mild. I had to sniff a bit to get these notes. Sort of a quiet nose.

Nice medium-bodied and tingly/carbonated feel goes well with the richer -though muddled- malty sweets and the "autumn-like" spicey tones.

Not a whole lot to say. A solid brew for the season but not my fave. Maybe it's this batch, but it's lacking in a bit of flavor and body -bought a bunch though, so I will review again.

Edit: Made "Black and Tans" (sort of) with Smutty Robust Porters. They didn't have the classic BnT look, but they tasted great.

CheezyBlaster, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of mtalley999
4/5  rDev +4.2%

mtalley999, Sep 16, 2013
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1/5  rDev -74%

bmcduff2, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of dbert21
4/5  rDev +4.2%

dbert21, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Apperance: Pours dark with two fingers of frothy tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Only a little lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: Brown sugar, yeasty, alcohol, bananas. Enticing aroma that reminds of of dogfish head's indian brown ale and then some.

Taste: Kind of weak/bland to begin with. Cream, brown sugar, hint of roasty malts, slight bite of hop bitterness. As the beer warms not much more flavor comes through but the feel does improve.

Feel: Medium to medium light bodied. Easy drinking but I think the body is just a tad bit too light, not allowing all the flavors to sink in. Carbonation sticks and tingles the tongue but doesnt bring through a great deal of flavor. Mouthfeel gets creamier and thicker as the beer warms which is nice.

Overall: Easy drinking but not a whole lot of flavor. Weakness is disappointing as the aroma was very nice but not a lot of flavor coming through in this beer. Not bad but not great. Just not a lot of flavor or complexity coming through at all. There are a lot of better browns out there.

bennett_loves_good_beer, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of MikeLenehan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

MikeLenehan, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of sk8man121
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Allagash fluted chalice.

A: Pours like any other brown ale; deep, rich brown with copper highlights. Two finger head, leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. It looks nice.

S: I smell autumn leaves, roasted barley, caramel and a slight hoppy presence. Smells like a cross between a brown ale and a marzen lager.

T: Quite rich and malty, with a slightly metallic aftertaste. There's really not a lot going on here, and the taste is rather thin with a lack of complexity.

M: The mouthfeel is actually quite nice; carbonation is quick upfront and transitions into a creamy finish. This goes down quite nicely.

D: Although I've had far better brown ales, I can't help but admit that the drinkabiity of this through the roof. What this means, however, is that it goes down easy, mainly as a result of its nice mouthfeel and lack of complexity. There are better browns out there and this is far from being my favorite Sierra Nevada offering, but it's by no means bad.

A decent session beer, but nothing to write home about.

sk8man121, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of MNJR
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A perfect beer to kick off fall, especially when you tire of Festbier/Octoberfest offerings. Color is deep, clear reddish-brown with a tan, thick head on top that sticks around. Foamy, rich lacing all the way down the glass. Nutty flavors, mild malt balanced by mellow hops and some raisin flavored sweetness. Good body, not an overly thick mouthfeel, but this is a rich beer overall. The alcohol kicks a bit, but this is cool weather warmer, and it fills that role perfectly. Quite drinkable for a heavier style beer. Recommended highly.

MNJR, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of alli4051
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12oz bottle into a pint.

Appearance is a deep, clear mahogany with a foamy tan head. Head recedes slowly leaving some nice lacing. Aroma is malty, chocolaty and toasty. Taste is more of the same with a nice, and unexpected, hop bit that pops up in the middle. The roasty malty character up front was as good as expected and the hops really set this apart from your run of the mill brown ale. Mouthfeel and carbonation are about what you would expect for the style. Drikability is pretty high with this one too. Bought this on a whim at the last minute and am real glad I did.

alli4051, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of WizzardOfHops
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

WizzardOfHops, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of BMoldy
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, almost black, chestnut. The head is rather large and sticks to the glass like concrete. Whiffs of dark roasted malts in the aroma, complimented by a generous helping of hops. Tastes full and heavy, with a hint of almond nuttyness and spice (cinnamon or cloves or both). Very well balanced- the hops keep it from tasting too thick. The flavors linger for a while after the beer has been swallowed.

My girlfriend gave me a sip of this a few months ago and I immediately fell in love with it. Within a few weeks it was already gone from shelves though, and I thought I'd missed my opportunity till I spied it on a recent supermarket visit and swept it up. This beer paris well with all kinds of hearty food and stands well on its own. Definitely going to become a fall staple for me.

BMoldy, Dec 08, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

RandyJ, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

CM31, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Dave128
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 edition poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue snifter.

A - A mild pour yields a finger and a half or so off slightly offwhite head. The body is a ruby brown color. Laces nicely.

S - Dark malts and evident hops.

T - Sticky and sweet up front with a mild bitterness on the finish. Definitely an Autumn type beer.

M - Medium to light bodied. Average carbonation.

O - A classic fall beer that never disappoints. The flavors are clean and both warming and refreshing for that fall transitional period.

Dave128, Oct 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

SteelCityHops89, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Stobin, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Tpitty23
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Tpitty23, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Arherring
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Arherring, Aug 27, 2012
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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