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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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2,903 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,903
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 65
Gots: 163 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

mcaulifww, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

MichaelBurns, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

andylipp, Nov 14, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap recently at Mad Mex in State College, PA.

Garnet brown in color with striking ruby hues in the light. Pour produces a creamy and fluffy head -- almost looks like it was poured from a nitro tap -- but there is no lacing to be found. Hints of peaty smoke, earthy hops and yeast, along with light fruity esters. Overall, well balanced and flavorful, but the complexity falls short as the smokey notes take over the beer. Creamy and thin and smooth on the palate. Decent brown ale, but not top-notch.

NittanyBeerFan, Nov 13, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle to 20oz. Stone pint glass.

A-clear brown color. foamy head for a while then disappears.

S-nutty aroma. uh, yeah.

T/M--nutty malty taste. theres also some bready taste with a wee bit of hoppyness to balance flavor. pretty smooth on the tongue without a lot of carbonation

O-pretty enjoyable for my first Brown Ale

Innocentexile, Nov 13, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours mostly translucent brown with amber highlights, a bit of haze. Big ol beige head eventually falls to a finger, lots of lacing left. Textbook brown ale appearance.

Smell takes a long time to reveal itself, winds up being decent but bland. Caramel, slight cocoa, grainy notes, light fruity notes.

Starts off very bitter with strong grassy, herbal hops, maybe some citrus hops too, pretty hoppy for a brown ale. The malt is just not cutting it though and seems to be an afterthought...some nutty and roasted malts with toasty malts in the finish. Only slight hints of the caramel and cocoa found in the nose. Not much going on, kind of a struggle finding flavors here.

Not a bad mouthfeel, but big hops and roastiness is distracting. Carbonation's a bit high.

I'm not sure what other people see in this beer...browns are definitely not my favorite style but this one didn't have much redeeming qualities. A rare miss from Sierra Nevada.

Chico1985, Nov 12, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. 2011 Vintage. The body was dried tobacco leaf brown, clear and bright. The head was a light tan and left some freckles of lace.

The smell was rich and malty. Mildly walnut-like. Dried leaves and as it warmed rotting leaves.

The taste was smooth sweetness that turns to crisp, raspy hops in the finish. I generally don't care for brown ales that much but not surprisingly S.N. hops this one highly enough for me to find it interesting. I'd say it is still within the style, but just with some bright hops notes.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Cresant, Nov 12, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Translucent dark copper-brown color. Head dwindles to a thin sheet on top and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Aromas of dark toasted biscuits, slight toffee/molasses as well. Hint of hops.

Toasted malt, roasted barley, mild caramel sweetness. Slightly acrid as it warms; the bitter edge of the hops seems to increase the sensation of astringency.

Creamy mouthfeel, but a bit thin. I could go for a touch more body, increased dextrins. Also, the bitterness in the finish is a bit too edgy, and detracts from overall drinkability.

Overall, a decent brown ale, but too rough around the edges. Not in my top 10 for the style.

afdempse, Nov 12, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle to pint.

A: Clear mahogany, big tan head fades to island then to ring. Lots of lacing.

S: Roasted malt and hops, hints of chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, then a nice hoppy bitter finish. keep picking up hints of bitter chocolate in the finish.

M: A bit fizzy, high carbinaton that "burns" the tounge some.

O: It's fine. like the high amount of hops, dislike the high amount of carbination. P.S. had one tonight with roasted chicken,fingerling potato and gravey. The flavors of the beer really came into play while drank with the roast dinner. Reveiw was based on a clean palate.

codfeast, Nov 11, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Liquor Locker Green River Rd location in Evansville, IN. 2011 vintage.

A - Dark amber color with an abundant cream colored head which leaves extensive lacing.

S - Mainly biscuit and malt aromas with a good amount of spice character.

T - Bready malt flavor with the same spice found in the aroma. Minimal hops component. Blends nicely.

M - Smooth medium body with a gentle carbonation.

Liked it better than I thought I would. Very nice blend. Easy drinking. Will have some every fall from now on.

shanblur, Nov 10, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About a half inch of slowly settling cream-colored head sits atop an almost clear brown beer - sort of looks like a glass of cream soda. Excellent lace that sticks.

Moderate amount of sweet caramel malt in the nose. Toasty. The flavor has lots of that malt; it's bready and toasty with a vaguely smokey character. Very lightly hopped with low bitterness. Tasty and mild.

Lively carbonation with a crisp, clean finish. Very easy drinking. Not a big flavored beer by any means, just a pleasant and refreshing brown ale. Toasty caramel malt and very mild smoke were the predominant characteristics for me.

tobelerone, Nov 10, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer has a 1/8” off-white head covering a brown liquid with a touch of gold throughout. The head soon recedes to a ring around the glass with a thin island of foam in the middle. Sipping leaves some scattered patches of lacing and a sheet of foam that quickly recedes back into the liquid.

Smell: The aroma, although faint, is clean and fresh with touches of caramel, light chocolate and some sort of nut. The hops are hard to detect here but seem a bit grassy and earthy.

Taste: The flavors include some roasted malt sweetness, a bit of brown bread and some earthy, nutty bitterness in the background. While not overly complex the flavor blend and balance is quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and the carbonation is light but prickly for most of the beer. The finish starts in the sweetness of the malt but gradually turns into a nicely bittered ending that leaves a nice dryness that invites another sip.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I through this a quite enjoyable brown ale and enjoyed sipping my way through both the first and the second one. My overall impression is that this beer is a good solid brown that well made quite good even if not among the best. This would be a good beer for an evening of dinner and conversation with friends.

drtth, Nov 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just a solid tasty beer. Everything about it is enjoyable.
It pours a chestnut brown with a frothy tan head. The head clings to the side of the glass all the way to the bottom.
The aroma is a little on the weak side but what I smell is very good. Sweet caramel.
The taste starts like the smell with the malt up front and a bit of bitter hops in the finish. Probably more hops that the normal Brown Ale.
The head has creamy milkshake feel to it.
This a fantastic fall beer, and the price is fantastic. I will definitely buy more of this beer.

confer, Nov 10, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby red with a nice tan head. Lacing forms along the glass as I drink.

Tons of malt in nose with a nice toastiness. Pleasant amount of bread/toasted characters and some Vanilla and caramel. This picks up breadiness with more and more caramel and a bit of chocolate. A good amount of spicy hops and oil to go with a great melanoidan character overall.

Nice and easy to drink. Sierra Nevada got it right again

stewart124, Nov 09, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was reddish brown. Lots of head, maybe 1 ½ inches. Caramel lacing. Slight film on the sides.

Smelled of roasty malts first. Also some nutty chocolate and caramel.

Tasted roasty malts up front, followed by a smooth, creamy finish. Roasty and nutty feel on the tongue after.

Medium body. Average-to-lively carbonation. Pretty smooth and consistent throughout.

Pretty good beer overall. Smooth and roasty rules the day.

BucannonXC5, Nov 09, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear mahogany brown, with a finger high tan head building. The head dissipates fast, but leaves good lacing on the glass.
The smell is of malt and little else, and that not very strong.
Tasting the beer, much more flavors are noticeable.
Up front there are the sweet notes of caramel and brown sugar. The malty flavors are more in the middle, being balanced by some mild hop at the end.
A really good brown ale, I am glad I had picked it up.

Hopfenpeter, Nov 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Mondial Bier Fest in Strasbourg, France. Clear mahogany pour with one finger head with good retention and lacing. Very nutty, toasty, malty, nose with hints of caramel, and just a touch of coffee and metal. Roasty malts dominate the taste along with an earthy nuttiness with hints of chocolate, toffee, caramel, and just a bit of hoppy bitterness and metal. Very nice balance between the bitter hops and sweet malt. Too many times these types of beers are sickly sweet. Slightly thick mouthfeel with a nice dry, stout-like finish. Another great beer from one of my all-time favorite breweries.

beerdrifter, Nov 07, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy dark brown with a few finger off white head that leaves rocky foam and slivers of lace.

S - Toasty grains, slightly nutty, hints of coffee.

T - Nutty with light toasted malts, light caramel and toffee, fair amount of bitter slightly citrus hops in the finish. Much hoppier than I remember it the several times I had it on tap last year.

M - Medium body with medium to high carbonation and a lasting dry finish.

D - On the hoppy side but a very nice, easy drinking brown ale.

brewcrew76, Nov 07, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark brown with a frothy tan head with average retention
S-caramel, nuts, and sweet malt. Low hop aroma
T-caramel and and roasted sweet malt flavor, with just enough hops to provide balance without contributing alot of flavor keeping the focus on the malt profile.
M-medium bodied
O-Fantastic beer, perfect for the fall. Isn't too big that you can't have a few, but still lots of flavor so that it remains delicious each glass. Well crafted

atr2605, Nov 06, 2011
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3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: light brown head, reddish brown body, lacing tried to cling to pint glass

S: roasted malts coming through in a smoky way, some light oak barrel woodiness to it, slight hops

T: sweet, smoky, roasty through previously mentioned flavors

M: light to medium, fairly sessionable, smoky aftertaste and a dry finish

O: good for the style, and good to me.

BeerKangaroo, Nov 06, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic-shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a nice tan colored head; one finger in size; small layered lacing forms around the side of the glass; head is frothy in appearance; beer is dark in color but has a deep red colored hue around the edge of the glass

S - Ginger and autumn scented spice; nutmeg and tough of allspice; touch of roasted malt nose; brown nut scent; toasted biscuit nose

T - Bitter-nut taste; bitterness hits your taste buds immediately, followed up with a mellow malt taste on the rest of the tongue; hint of brown sugar

M - Smooth taste; slightly effervescent; creamy; slight lingering bitter taste, but washes away very quickly; dark malt taste stays on your tongue for a while after drinking

D - Good beer; easy to drink; I really thought that this was a good beer; brewers could have done more though to separate themselves from the usual brown nut ale taste

ferrari29, Nov 06, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown. largely opaque but lighter brown and slightly translucent where the glass is narrower. Slight creamy head reduces quickly.

S: Hardly any aroma. Some hoppyness.

T: Classic toasted biscuit.

M: Moderate thickness. A little on the fizzy side.

O: tasty but not particularly memorable.

TXGenX, Nov 05, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, rich brown color. Pours 3-4 inches of thick off-white head that fades very slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Malty, nutty, piney hops, roasted malt.

Taste: roasted malt, nutty, toast, piney hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, light carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: A very good nut brown ale. The hops and roasted malt are in perfect balance. Very drinkable.

phichifiji00, Nov 05, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown or deep amber, clear, has a tan head that leaves some lacing and some curtains.

Smells vaguely of nuts and apples, grass and a bit dusty.

The taste is malty, brown bread, nuts and orange marmalade.

Little carbonation, soft with small bubbles and a good body.

A very nice and sessionable brown ale.

rarbring, Nov 05, 2011
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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