1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown AleSierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,745 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,745
Reviews: 1,028
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 53
Gots: 121 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,745 | Reviews: 1,028 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rvandint


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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


5/5  rDev +30.2%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

09-10-2011 20:06:59 | More by BeerBuckeye
Photo of Transatlantic


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a pint glass...

A - Nice clear dark copper color. Head is fizzy at first but shrinks into a nice almost creamy dense one finger head. Lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the top (not very typical of a brown ale, I don't believe)

S - For a brown ale, the smell is actually lighter than I was expecting. Earthy/Floral hops and some nuttiness are the first clues that pop up. There's a slight slight hint of chocolate towards the back.

T - Well, the floral hoppy smell I was getting has completely disappeared from the taste. Upfront is malty nuttyness with roasted malt and chocolate notes. A lot more tasty than I was expecting from the smell. Not a bad brew at all...

M - Coats quite nicely, leaving the taste lingering for a good 5 to 10 seconds. A nice Light-borderline-Medium bodied beer. Great for my early introduction to my favorite season.

O - It's a great brown ale, nice to have as a seasonal beer. But it's still no Bell's Best Brown. But i'm not complaining...

09-09-2011 21:57:08 | More by Transatlantic
Photo of beerandcycling88


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

A pours a very dark brown color with a thick off white head that has pretty good retention.

S A sweet kind of fruity malt nose with a nutty note and a faint metallic smell.

T Very earthy with some caramel more of the nutty note caramel and some roast. Very nice

M Kind of dry, nice carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent brown ale and a perfect beer for watching football in the fall.

09-09-2011 00:31:58 | More by beerandcycling88
Photo of jayhawk73


2.73/5  rDev -28.9%

Pours a nice medium dark brown w/ very little cocoa head. Very little carbonation, and below average lacing. Nose is that of yeast, malt, some hops, yeast, and smoke. Taste is very thin and dry from what I was expecting. I'm wondering if the tap line was clean, because this beer really disappointed me based on the glowing reviews I've read. Mouthfeel is dry, w/ a little hop bite/malt smoothness. Overall I wouldn't look for this again. I might pick up a bottle at some point, and will adjust my review accordingly if needed.

09-07-2011 16:46:09 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of McNealc31


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

It pours a dark brown color with hints of orange. Nothing really stands out in the taste. There are some hints of nuts, some roast, and some caramel. But it's full, earthy, easy to drink, and delicious. Perfect for a day of watching football. Very nice autumn ale here

09-07-2011 02:02:30 | More by McNealc31
Photo of Scotchboy


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

2011 batch, enjoyed in a Ram pint glass.

A: Pours Root-Beer brown, and from the hints of tawny red at the edges I can see that this beer is well filtered. A light khaki head settles into a rocky ring and laces the glass nicely.

S: Pretty straight-forward; the toasted malt is robust, followed by some dry nuttiness, spices, and just a touch of woody hops.

T: A clean taste, on par with the nose. Toasted malt flavors mix with bits of chicory, dry almonds, and oats, followed by hints of unsweetened caramel and bitter yeasty chocolate. The hops are faint but there is a good, light bitterness.

MF: A moderate body on this one, about perfect for a Brown. Good carbonation, with flashes of dryness in the chalky mouthfeel.

O: A first rate Brown Ale that is simple but quite enjoyable, this beer exudes 'autumn' in a good way. The roasted characters balance the sweetness very well.

09-07-2011 01:35:52 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of webmanspidey


4/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle pours a solid brown color into a pint glass. Smell is a slight sweet brown sugar and possibly some hazelnut. Taste is a very light brown sugar and some slight roasted malts with very little in terms of hops or bitterness. This is very light bodied and easy to drink. A nice fall seasonal.

09-07-2011 00:10:57 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of Guden


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

A- Beer is a dark amber brown, a bit dark but okay. A small off white head has moderate retention and just a little lacing.

S- Lots of nuts and toast with hints of earthy and herbal spice.

T- Starts strong with walnut and brown sugar and a bit of earthy hops with a little of bitterness on the end rounding out the flavor. There is also a mint flavor that I find a bit off putting.

M- Feels a bit thin for the style with decent carbonation, it actually ends up coming off as a bit creamy despite the thinness so it works well and fills the mouth with all the toast, nuts and hops.

D- Not a bad beer but the lingering taste of mint throughout has me not enjoying it too much and I wouldn't mind just a little more hops or alcohol in the mix.

09-06-2011 19:22:25 | More by Guden
Photo of Jenkster4


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours like a staple brown ale should. Nice fluffy head on the topside with mostly large bubbles. A pretty brown ale indeed.

Nose: You do get a good dose of nuts, with some toffee , and slight caramel. Very dominant roasted nutty aroma.

Taste & Mouth-feel : Creamy on the palate, rather simple, but tasty. You get the characters you pick on on the nose, with some cinnamon as well. A very balanced and subtle blend. Slight bitterness on the tip and back of the tongue for me, but it really doesn't leave that much of an aftertaste. It left my palate with a nice creamy reminisce.

Overall: In my opinion this is a very nice brown ale. It's not my favorite style, but this is one of the better ones that I've tried. Perfect beer to kick of the cool weather. I will be frequenting this one for sure.

09-06-2011 18:42:24 | More by Jenkster4
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Appearance: Pours a hazy reddish-brown. The head is 1/4 inch foamy beige head with big bubbles and light lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts. Toffee. Cocoa and coffee bean. Seeped black tea. Barley malt. low grassy and earthy hops.

Taste: cereal grains. Earth hops. Nuts, especially walnut. dry. Not to bitter.

Mouthfeel: Biscuity and dry. Somewhat hearty. On the malt side. Pleasing, palate cleansing. Would be good with a pastry or desert.

Overall: Has some interesting qualities especially the malts but I find the balance off and it isn't entirely drinkable unless you specific like a coarser heavier malt brown ale.

09-06-2011 04:53:32 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of fank2788


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass
After the pour this one is a great deep mahogany brown with a nice and thick light khaki head. Great ruby red highlights when held up to the light, just a touch shy of clear. The smell is of beautiful roasty malts. Nice caramels and a bit of toffee with a touch of west coast hop and some light yeasty ester. The taste reminds you that this is an american brown without overdoing it. Sure there are some west coast citrus and pine hops in there but the focus remains the malt and the balance lies a touch to the malt side. Granted this beer has way more hop than an english leaning brown ale but there it is clear it's a brown ale. The mouthfeel too is pretty good. A moderate body and and medium levels of carbonation with a finish that is slightly drying with a lingering roast malt character. Overall this is a very solid brown ale. The low alcohol and great taste make it good for a session. I've always been a big brown ale fan and I look forward to this one every Autumn.

09-05-2011 23:47:22 | More by fank2788
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Brewed July 27 2011

A - deep brown with red edges and a marvelous offwhite head.

S - light roast, dark fruit, caramel and toffee, bit nutty. nice stuff

T - Sweet dark fruit up front is a little off putting at first, but the roasted and nutty malt flavors come to save the day quickly. You get a very nice taste here. Nice roast and sweetness balance each other well.

M - smooth, medium body. Just fine.

O - yeah, this is a good beer. Sierra Nevada always does a good job.

09-05-2011 01:47:48 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of mweso2000


4.53/5  rDev +18%

Pours a nice 2 finger head with a lace that clings to the glass. Dark mocha brown in appearance. Smells of sweet malt, molasses,with a hint of brown sugar. Tastes of sweet toasted malt yeast and oats. Touch of hop bitterness near the end. This is the only brown ale besides Dogfish that I have had that I like. While not quite up to the level of DF it is probably a better representation of the style. I find most brown ales to be too sweet, but this one gets it right. Sweet but not overly so.

09-04-2011 20:37:14 | More by mweso2000
Photo of harrymel


3.55/5  rDev -7.6%

This seasons batch. 2011

A: Pours a brown ale with a single finger of peanut head which depresses down to a sheet of the same with lingering larger pubbles. The foam hugs the rim. Near excellent clarity with cherry hues where available.

S: Roasty, nutty and herbal. I'm not particularly interested in trying to identify any further on this one. The smell is pleasant.

T: Taste is somewhat oaty for me, a little reminiscent of the smell of livestock feed. Not bad, but pretty specific for my palate. I like the memories it elicits.

M: Medium on velvet for the body with greatly subdued yet effective carbonation.

O: Good beer, not my fav, but good.

09-04-2011 12:22:12 | More by harrymel
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

12oz. bottle poured into a Heady Topper pint glass. 2011 bottling.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy dirty white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear brownish-amber. Lacing is stringly and thick with good cling. A good looking beer.

Nose is nutty with some nutmeg, twig, and brown sugar. Moderately aromatic and very clean and crisp.

Opens nutty with some brown sugar, dried leaves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sweetens a touch towards the middle and end. Some yeastiness comes through right before a nutty finish. Aftertaste is nutmeg and unsweet brown sugar. Refreshing and like the nose, very clean.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Smooth and crisp in the mouth and lively and abrasive going down. Finishes messy with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable.

A really simple and clean offering from SN, the Tumbler is a great example of what it takes to be a solid example of the brown ale style. Pronounced but simple nuttiness. Great light body and super sessionable. Worth picking up a sixer for sure.

09-04-2011 00:33:19 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of titosupertramp


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Pours a dark, rich mahogany with two finger of off-white, almost tan head..lots of texture. Leaves behind a frothy film with large bubbles and lots of sticky lacing. Excellent.

S: Nutty and toasted is what I get most out of Tumbler. There may be a hint of chocolate and coffee here. Nice, subtle smelling beer.

T: Not the most prominent taste, but right away you can tell this is a Sierra Nevada creation from the yeast taste. Toasted, bready malts, nutty, a hint of chocolate with bittering hops at the end. Has somewhat of a dark tea quality to this. I like it.

M: Medium bodied with fairly dry finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer and would be approachable to folks who don't normally drink craft beer. Sierra Nevada rarely misses and Tumbler is no exception.

09-03-2011 21:04:36 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of plfahey


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Chestnut brown with a slight reddish hue and good clairity. Dense, creamy head is ivory and has good retention with some nice lacing.

Aroma-Sweet, toasted malt, with light caramel, bready malt, and a hint of chocolate. Hop character is negligible. Malt dominates the profile, which is rather clean, lacking any esters or yeast character.

Flavor-Malty sweet up front, with light roasted malt, toast, and chocolate. Light nuttiness. Finish has moderately low hop bitterness, but it is rather dry from the roasted malt. Finishes lightly roasty with a toasted/grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with soft, moderate carbonation. Extremely smooth.

A smooth malty brown ale, with some nice, nuanced malt flavors, but I with it had a bit more to offer-maybe some hop character in the aroma and flavor. Easy drinking and nice for this time of year.

09-03-2011 18:32:49 | More by plfahey
Photo of agomega


4/5  rDev +4.2%

2011 bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber brown with an inch tall light tan head. Good lacing.

Smell: A sweet malty smell dominates with a slight yeast smell in the background.

Taste: The taste of malt dominates. There is some oak chips flavor in the background along with the taste of yeast. Finish is a good balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-heavy carbonation.

Overall: A tasty well-balanced beer. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

09-03-2011 18:31:48 | More by agomega
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest

Poured a dark brown with 1/2" of thick brownish head. The nose is malty and sweet; caramel and bread notes. Taste is nutty and biscuity up front with rich, smooth caramel malts to finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied; goes down easily.

This is a solid beer. Sierra Nevada's second best seasonal. Second only to my beloved Celebration Ale.

09-03-2011 09:25:52 | More by tdm168
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 2,745 ratings.