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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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2,663 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,663
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 47
Gots: 92 | 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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Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown, thick head. Aroma is of toasted malts, some hops.

Taste is much like the scent..very toasty and malty, somewhat nutty, and a slight hop profile. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and is fairly drinkable.

Could easily have a few. Good example of the style

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 20:32:12 | More by kshankar
Photo of jiggahertz

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark brown beer, cappucino 2 finger head with lacing that sticks around forever.

S: Nutty malts come through, some faint cocoa.

T: Burnt roasted malts, coffee, finish is long and dry.

M: Low carbonation, sticky finish substantial beer.

O: Great fall offering from sierra, finish makes it a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 19:59:44 | More by jiggahertz
Photo of goatsgo2hell

North Carolina

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

This brew pours out a medium-dark color that's not quite as dark as most browns, and it has a nice head on it that takes a while to dissipate. It has a pleasant malty smell that's got light chocolate and nutty tones to it. It's not a heavy brown ale. Tumbler goes down nice and smooth, a thick and malty beverage that's very bread-like without a whole lot of bite. It's a great beer for the Fall season.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 03:23:48 | More by goatsgo2hell
Photo of JednoPivoProsim


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. 2011 "vintage" Tumbler. Bottle on day 186 of 2011 (July 5th?).

Appearance: First things first, a beautiful package. Hats off to SN for the best label artwork in the business. Pours a cola amber-brown with a thick toffee head.

Smell: A heavy roasted malt forward aroma. A slight coffee smell.

Taste: Strong and spicy, bordering on a porter or stout. Definitely full flavored.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and full mouthfeel, unlike many brown ales which tend to come off weak and watery.

Overall: Not my favorite style by far, but another winner from SN. A great beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 20:59:03 | More by JednoPivoProsim
Photo of MrTopher


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had this multiple times, but thought I should add a review.

A – Pours a medium brown color, not completely dark but decently dark, had a nice tan head that holds it lacing. All the lacing on SN brews are impressive, that’s a given.

S – A lot of sweet malt, but then what did you except from a brown ale? Have some nice earth tones and some roast flavor.

T – A lot of nut flavor but not sweet, and a good dark bread flavor also, reminds me of a fresh baked pumpernickel loaf. There is a mild sweetness, but its all on its own, not similar to other mass produced brown ales. And there is a middle hoppiness that just makes this beer so enjoyable.

M – Average, but to be expected from a 5.5% brew, and perfectly carbonated.

O – I really enjoy this; it’s a perfect addition to the SN seasonal release schedule. I personally don’t like Pumpkin or Oktoberfest beers, so this fits the bill as a great replacement for fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 17:20:50 | More by MrTopher
Photo of kojevergas


2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of good cream lacing, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark brown.

Sm: Cream and caramel is all me broken nose can discern. Aroma is of moderate strength.

T: Some light nuts, some bland cream (missing proper placement), light caramel, and... that's it. This is a generic beer with a simple build and a sloppy balance. It's almost a bit watery around the climax as well.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too wet, in fact. Doesn't feel tailored to the flavours at all.

Dr: It's cheap but forgettable. Leave this for committed fans of the style. I'm unimpressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 07:49:22 | More by kojevergas
Photo of rcfunk


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes as comforting as a cinnamon bun. A beautiful beer.

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Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 02:15:49 | More by rcfunk
Photo of dcook11


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Two finger off white head. Light brown body with tinges of read when held up to the light. Medium carbonation. Good lacing.

S- Maple syrup, malt, slight metalic note, touch of brown sugar slight coffee smell, rosted malt. Oddly enough...a touch of belgian yeast.

T- Hoppier than the smell. Hops, malt, nutty, hints of coffee, roasted malt, belgian yeast. Nice mesh of flavors.

M- Light approaching medium bodied.

o- Fantastic brown ale. One of my favorite fall seasonals.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 01:05:08 | More by dcook11
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with an off-white, long lasting, thick head. Aroma is of herbal hops up front, then dark fruit and caramel come through as the beer warms up. Light-medium, smooth body. Toasted malt, herbal spicy hops and dark fruit fill the mouth. The finish is long, hoppy and dry. Tasty session brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 14:04:54 | More by mikeg67
Photo of engagechad


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a 12 pack from Kroger in Glen Allen, VA - poured into various devices meant for consuming liquids.

Pours a nice light looking brown with massive pillowy head and descends slowly and sticks to the glass. Impressive looking beer. Smells okay not much on the nose really, I can get some nice spicy hop notes in there with some brown aley malty notes but it's fain. Taste is very nice, great quaffable brown, I had a bunch while fishing on a boat. Very refreshing even on a hot day.

Overall this is a great ABA and i would purchase it again

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 13:04:15 | More by engagechad
Photo of smakawhat


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at ChurchKey DC into a tumbler.

A tan light caramel colored head with much staying power, giving to chestnut hues on a dark brown body. Not much going for lacing here however, but still looks very solid and appetizing.

Nose is quite muted but good. Small roasting sense, a little weak and wet.

Taste is a classic brown ale mild nut with hazelnut small sweetness. A little bit of carbon dioxide fizz and aftertaste but still bringing a solid nutty taste and malt backbone.

Overall not too bad for a Brown Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 03:05:07 | More by smakawhat
Photo of LAMAGS

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a deep bronze color with a beige head dissipates at moderate speed leaving excellent lacing. The nose consists primarily of nuts, some caramel and leather. The taste is very nutty and toasty some wood, leather and brown sugar sweetness; fruity on the finish. Mouthfeel is hearty without being sticky or chewy. A solid brown ale especially enjoyable in fall or winter

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 01:48:22 | More by LAMAGS
Photo of DrinkingDrake


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown but translucent. Small amount of big bubbly head. Roasted malt, some copper bitterness. Slightly earthy/nutty. Somewhat of an earthy hop character but more of an earthy nut aroma. Burnt caramel, bready malt for the flavor with a earthy nut finish. Crisp but also roasted and earthy bitter for the finish. Malts dominate but Sierra busts out some hop flavors for this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 00:28:00 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of ChopperSmith


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown stubby 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Clear medium brown color with amber tint when held to the light. Off white foamy head that left decent sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell: Sweet and malty with an earthy and hazelnut-like aroma. Welcoming.

Taste: Very autumnal, with good a maltiness and earthy flavors. Caramel, nuts, bready. very smooth, with the malts being in the forefront, but a decent mellow hoppiness beneath it.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with good carbonation. Finishes crisp and clean, but not dry.

Overall: A very good fall/winter brew that I would seek out again. Would like to try this on tap sometime.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 20:59:09 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of ehammond1

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Dark brown with a tall light brown head and lots of lacing left down the glass.

Bready aroma, some sweet toffee and caramel, and a bit of pine.

Simple flavor of fresh brown bread, bread crust, mild yeast character, and a touch of sweet caramel and toffee.

Classic, medium bodied, amply carbonated Sierra Nevada style mouthfeel.

A decent, simple, incredibly easy drinking brown ale. I prefer Sierra Nevada's previously brewed (now retired?) Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 19:33:14 | More by ehammond1
Photo of Rifugium


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Very good brown ale, and I don't usually care for the style. Pours a dark chocolaty brown with a nice off-white head that retains as a thin layer. Smells of dark roasted malts, nutty, with hints of chocolate and resiny hops. Kind of reminds me of autumn. Nice helping of roast in the taste, dark malts, very obvious chocolate notes, toffee, pine. No one flavor comes out too strong; very well-balanced and not strong or heavy at all. About middle-of-the road medium-bodied, and pleasantly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 13:36:01 | More by Rifugium
Photo of NickRivers


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a ruby brown with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Smells of dark stewed fruit, hazelnut, smokey wood, and some solid malt aroma.

T&M - Hits flat and sweet, smokiness builds along with stewed fruit containing a nice alcohol burn. The earthiness grows along with more smoke as the hop presence and chocolate malt begin to shine, all while maintaining that refreshing medium/light body.

O - Overall an excellent brown ale, and an excellent offering from SN.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 06:47:26 | More by NickRivers
Photo of TCMike


4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- 2 finger beige head. The beer was a mahogany color.

Smell-bicuity malts, and a little earthiness.

Taste- medium mouth-feel, an upper/low carbonation. Tastes of malts, a hint of caramel, and coffee. Hops just barely noticeable on the end of drink.

This is a very drinkable brown. Quite tasty!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 02:02:18 | More by TCMike
Photo of rvandint


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 batch poured in a glass.

Appearance- Root beer brown to copper with a decent off white head.
Smell- Some notes of hazelnut. The nose has been a little stuffy lately.
Taste- Very smooth and clean with some smokiness hidden in there. No bad aftertastes. Leaves a nice tingle on the tongue
Mouthfeel- Clean with out being watery.
Overall- For some reason, I liked last years batch more. I was excited to see this on the shelf again, but it didn't live up to my memories. This was my fall beer last year. Might need something else this year.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:45:20 | More by rvandint
Photo of nickthetick


5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours a clear brown, a beautiful copper when held to the light, into an American shaker with a solid finger of khaki head that leaves some wonderful lacing.

S: a barrage of roated nuts, toffee, leather. Altogether a very earthy, nutty beer.

T: a lot like the nose with the very first thing hitting the tongue being a bouquet of roasted nuts and a nice wood flavor. There is a great light leather note and an equally light darker fruit note and even some brown sugar.

MF: heavy, but not chewy or filling. Crisp flavor profile, great effervescence with a clean finish.

O: this is an amazing brown ale; to this point then best I have had. Every year it is among the top of my list to look fo on the shelves as far as seasonals. It makes me think of a late september or early october day thats still warm but damp and rainy. This beer and a movie are perfecte for that day.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 21:49:58 | More by nickthetick
Photo of snaotheus


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into something similar to a pilsner glass

Pours dark brown, somewhat translucent, big tan head that fades pretty quickly and leaves a lot of lacing, lots of carbonation holding up a fairly small layer of head. Smell is nutty, sweet, and mild.

Taste is sweet, a little roasty, very nutty.

Mouthfeel is dry and kind of gritty. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 21:30:51 | More by snaotheus
Photo of MattyG85


4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown with some amber orange and lots of rising bubbles. A huge light tan rising head of about six fingers with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Aroma of dark roasted malts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and chocolate with hints of earthy hops. Also some hints of nuts. Smells very robust and balanced.

Taste: Dark roasted malts up front with lots of caramel and toffee. A solid presence of nuts throughout. Some chocolate and brown sugar come in midway through. Some light hints of maple syrup. Some earthy grassy hops towards the finish giving a mild bitterness. Complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Robust and creamy. Nicely dry.

Overall: A very good version of an American Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada. Robust, complex, and very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 06:01:27 | More by MattyG85
Photo of DannyDan


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown hue with a whitehead that leaves some really good lacing and retention. The smell is chocolate, and some roasted malts. The taste consists of chocolate, maple, a hint of hops, and some sweet malts that make this a really good tasting beer. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and easy drinking. A must try brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 05:58:58 | More by DannyDan
Photo of AwYeh


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty standard brown ale appearance; dark-amber/brown color, a bit of off-white head.

S: Musty, bready malts with a bit of a caramel/brown sugar sweetness– classic brown ale aroma here, with nothing outstanding good or bad.

T: Follows smell pretty closely, very bready malt backbone with a nice caramel/brown sugar sweet balance. Light piny hops present. Almost a maple syrup flavor on the finish, which was rather enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied, maybe a little more than that for the style; lightly carbonated and fairly sticky. Dry finish.

O: A solid beer; not especially unique but one that I'll be having again. There's a definite seasonal quality to the beer that I can't quite pin down, but it's something to look forward to in the early fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 03:53:55 | More by AwYeh
Photo of BeerBuckeye


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep mahogany brown, nice puffy 1.5 finger head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Dark malts, caramel, a bit of chocolate, some faint notes of hops. Very earthy smell

T - Nice robust taste, caramel and chocolate really shine through. Solid amount of malt, with a nice little hoppy finish. A very well done brown ale!

M - Very smooth, decent amount of carbonation, leaves a nice coating in the mouth.

Overall - I was very impressed. One of the better brown ales I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 20:06:59 | More by BeerBuckeye
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 2,663 ratings.