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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 Reidrover


3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single from Fred Meyer, S.Salem. Poured unfortunatlly with a huge billowing head..tan in colour..can make out the clear brown ale underneath Aroma i found lacking, mostly bready, cereal and some weak chocolate. Taste is mellow, semi-sweet and welcoming.Coffee and milk chocolate with some hazelnuts thrown in. Nice. Nice smooth palate makes this a drinkable enough brown ale..though not exceptional in any way.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 23:58:35 | More by Reidrover
Photo of markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

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

A - crystal clear, flashes red in the light, big creamy light tan head persists, lots of clingy lace

S - caramel nuttiness, with some spicy hop aromas, clean, light breadiness

T - fair bit of spicy hops up front, gives way to some carmel and bready notes, finish is quick, aftertaste is biscuits and nuts

M - med light body, med carbonation, smooth, but crisp, no alcohol presence,

D - this is a pretty rockin brown ale, straight up & easy to drink, what more do you want?

Brown ale by definition is rather tame, and typically not my favourite style. However, Sierra Nevada does it justice with their version. Fairly hoppy, but not so much as to push the boundaries of the style. I like the super clean character, it brings the malts into focus. Can't really complain about anything here, about as good as a brown ale gets. Not my first choice at the store or a bar, but I sure wouldn't turn one down either.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 22:57:49 | More by markaberrant
Photo of jlandis


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy deep chocolate brown that hints at amber along the edges. Huge fluffy white head that leaves perfect lacing along the edges of the glass.

An interesting combination of crisp american hops along with subtle roasted malts. There is also a pleasant malty sweetness.

Bitter roasted malts right up front with an eathy hop presence. There is something about this beer that reminds me of a sourdough bread or other baked good. Interesting flavors, but every other sip I'm back and forth on if I like it or not. Definite english esb or special bitter characteristics.

Thin to moderate mouthfeel with subtle carbonation.

This is definitely interesting to see coming from Sierra Nevada. Not their characteristic hoppy IPA or PA. I'm still a little back and forth on whether or not I like this beer. There is something about the aftertaste that I just can't place that leaves a funny slickness / off flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 20:25:25 | More by jlandis
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

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

Pours a dark brown, nice and clear. Thick white head that retains and laces down. Head actually goes a little bit past the glass top. Very nice.

Hop aroma, plenty of malt background. The scent could carry itself across the room!

Taste is filled with spicey hops, dark malt, roasted nut and some caramel. Very well balanced and very good.

Never a disappointment with Sierra Nevada. A very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 03:42:31 | More by jhammel01
Photo of taylocd


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into nonic glass.

A - deep brown with some red hue in the light; ~3/4" foamy tan head that lasted for most of the beer and left impressive lacing

S - there was no particularly strong aroma or notable distinct scent at all

T - some coffee bitterness to go along with burnt caramel and roasted nut flavor

M - the beer was smooth, but as with the aroma, there was nothing remarkable - positive or negative - about the beer feel and texture

D - though the overall feel was ordinary, the smooth texture and great taste make this an easy and enjoyable drinker

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 03:05:54 | More by taylocd
Photo of jjboesen


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently tried a bottle of this SN Brown Ale. It pours a head that quickly dissipates. The semi-translucent body is of a dark copper color; within there is a minimum of carbonation bubbles. There is no lacing.

The nose is somwehat reminiscent of a watery maple syrup concoction while the palate gets a few pinches of brown sugar backed in a chewy mouthfeel and a toasty finish. Not a real complex one, to say the least.

In all honesty, the brown ale has never been a favorite style - if I had a "go to" brand, it would be Newcastle Brown. Still, this one is done reasonably well.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 00:29:32 | More by jjboesen
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$7.95 sixer @ Liquor Outlet, Boonton.

Light brown body, amber highlights, good clarity, topped by a big fluffy head of light beige rocky froth. Very good lacing.

Toasty aroma. Nutty. Caramel. Bit of chocolate. Coffee. Fresh bread baking. Delightful mix.

Toast. Caramel. Semi-sweet dark chocolate. Earthy hops. More toast. Great balance.

Smooth medium-light mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable.

A fine brown ale, and a terrific "autumnly" ale, more Octoberfestish than the ales labels as such. Have one, or more, in front of a fire on a cool evening. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 06:04:13 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of arizcards


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

Picked up a single in early October from Total Wine for $1.49.

Beer poured brown with a tan bubbly head that is lasting farily well.

Nose is malty with hints of chocolate.

Taste is well balanced, chocolate malts blend well with light finishing bittering hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Drinkability is good. This is a very decent representation of the style and a beer I would serve for a tailgate session!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 22:58:44 | More by arizcards
Photo of musicforairports

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from some notes.

Dark brown, very fluffy head that lasts a long time and leaves good lacing.

Smells nutty and chocolate-y.

Taste is largely the same. Pretty robust in flavor for a brown ale--somewhat porter-esque. Finishes with a hint of fruity/floral flavors, but this is very much a strong brown.

Mouthfeel is smooth without being too thick at all. Carbonation is kind of light.

This is one of better browns that come to mind, for sure. Sierra Nevada rarely goes wrong.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 03:38:55 | More by musicforairports
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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a large bottle into a standard bar glass

This is pretty nice. I don't see me sessioning this, but I could. I'm using it as a palate cleanser before Thanksgiving dinner in an hour or so. Again, it's nice.

Pours a deep, dark, auburn with a thin, tan head. Smell is pretty malty, kinda bready (maybe nutty) with a little hops thrown in there. Taste is more of the same. It's simple, but in the best way possible. It's thin, but not TOO thin, with a dryness throughout the sip. Drinkability is ok. There's a slight bite from the carbonation, and in conjunction with the hops taste I don't see me drinking multiple bottles in a row.

Such a pleasant beer for a pleasant afternoon. Happy Thanksgiving, BA.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 20:50:45 | More by phideltashaggy
Photo of zoso1967


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

Tumbler pours a deep dark mahogany color and has a light tan head. The head has wonderful staying power and leaves average lace as I imbibe this beverage.

The aroma is full of rich toffee, nuttiness, caramel and malt sweetness. I am also detecting just a touch of earthy coffee like character, and even a touch of char.

The flavor is quite nice with a bit more fruitiness than the aroma. The dominant components are still toffee, caramel and toasty nut flavors, but there is a bit of cherry like round sweetness that is also present. There is just enough bitterness in this beer to keep it from being considered truly malty, and as the flavors develop I pick up some floral hop character, as well as a bit of bitter cocoa.

For me, the mouthfeel on this beer is pretty killer. Medium body, smooth but still well carbonated, balanced finish and wonderful lingering notes of toffee and caramel on the palate. I tend to like my brown ales more drinkable, yet not too wimpy, so I am really digging this.

This is a super drinkable and sessionable brown ale and a great addition to the SN seasonal lineup. This one is still drinking wonderfully, even into the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 22:23:22 | More by zoso1967
Photo of ADZA


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a reddish brown hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and some subtle lacing,the smell is very roasty with hints of roasted malts,toffee and some earthy hops too,the mouthfeel is a little under medium bodied which really suits it and has tastes of roasted malts,toffee,molasses and is finished off with a earthy hop bitterness which is quite bitter,overall im not suprised its a decent drop that is very drinkable from this fine brewery and to be honest could quite easily drink more than two of these if it was a regular to our shores.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 06:50:31 | More by ADZA
Photo of Blakaeris


2.45/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours bronze-mahogany with copper highlights. Head is initially thick and creamy, slowly reducing to a thin sheen.

Aroma is caramel, with hints of toffee and mild fruit. A slightly strange medicinal note.

Taste is what the nose suggested. Caramel malt sweetness up front. Apricot and a touch of raisin. Finishes with a dry earthy and hop bitterness and a lingering metallic quality and a funky yeast character that turns medicinal as it warms.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

Overall an unusual brown ale. The weird medicinal thing is throwing me off. Not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 01:13:59 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice deep red with a thin tan head, mild retention and lacing.

Had a mild toffee and caramel malt smell with a touch of spicyness.

The flavor is very mild, with a light toasted grain body with a touch of sweetness and a very light bit of hops to balance it out. A little bit of chocolate comes through in the finish as well.

Has a very dry almost powdery body to it.

Ok Session style brown ale, nothing I would run out to buy.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 01:03:00 | More by bashiba
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Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a reddish brown colour with a large beige soapy and frothy head. I can't make out much carbonation and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, a smokiness, chocolate, molasses

Taste & Mouth - There isn't a whole lot of carbonation and the beer has a slightly watery feel. I was surprised by my first sip; the beer has a strong smoky aspect. There is also lots of malt flavour mixed with chocolate, coffee, and molasses. The beer finishes with a smoky malty aftertaste.

Drink - An interesting beer, but not something I'd have again. Fans of smoky beers might enjoy this one quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 00:47:25 | More by spinrsx
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

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

I've had Tumbler several times this fall. I think I was enjoying this more a month or two ago. I am over the fall varieties of beer. It's weird how you look forward to different types of beer, when just a couple of them can satisfy your craving for an entire year. Don't get me wrong, this beer is really good. It's very dark brown, and pours with a great head on top that lasts. I like that it is nutty, but not overly sweet or brown sugary. It reminded me of Newcastle, but even better. I'll be ready to tackle another six pack of this come next fall.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 23:03:21 | More by beerdown77
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3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark amber with a light tan head that slowly fades away into a mild cap. Tiny streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is cocoa, toffee, roasted nuts, fresh cracked grain, and a hint of coffee.
Taste is of the aromas with some brown sugar, and freshly baked biscuit flavors coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and semi-dry.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 20:38:32 | More by weeare138
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a squat bomber bottle this beer was a rich, autumnal brown color with some bronze highlights that appeared when held up to light. The one finger of khaki colored head retained itself fairly well leaving streaks of lacing. The aroma was of caramel malt, toasted malt, some bread and biscuit notes and a little chocolate malt as well. The flavors were very similar with more of an emphasis on the roasted malt and the addition of enough hops to make the finish quite dry but clean. A little sweet malt lingered on my palate after the last gulp, but in a pleasant way. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation good as well. Very drinkable, American brown.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 13:25:01 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of AaronRed

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice dark amber- with thin white lace on the sides of the glass. Sometimes brown ales are a bit too sweet and cloying. This one seems to have found the right balance for me. Has a nice brown sugar, molasses on the nose and palate. Very fresh. The balance here is the hops- definetely more than in a traditional brown ale. This beer has a fullness without being too heavy or overbearing. Overall, a very nice brew perfect for fall.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 21:22:10 | More by AaronRed
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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber color with a creamy tan head.
S - It smells very malty and spicy.
T- Light taste at first, but afterwords there are some caramel and malt notes. It leaves an aftertaste, but it is not a bad thing.
M - In my mouth it feels smooth and creamy.
D - Goes down easy leaving you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 20:41:02 | More by dayswonder
Photo of dogger6253


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty thick head, leaves nice lacing. Dark brown body with hints of rust color at the bottom.

The nose is a sweet, malty blend of toasted nuts and vanilla. The flavor is sweet, a solid blend of slightly toasted malt, brown sugar and a finish of subtle hops. The feel is about medium thickness, but that hops at the end really helps crispen each sip, preparing for the next in a very nice way that makes this a fairly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 01:47:40 | More by dogger6253
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3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby. Consumed 10/7/10
A) Pours with an active head, big bubbled, off white and semi-sticky. Clear body, brown with ruby tones.
S) Not overly aromatic even with the head! Slight caramel aroma.
T) Toffee and caramel tones. Grainy and grassy in the finish. Subtle hints of smoked grains. A pleasant malt sweetness all the way through.
M) Medium body. Clean and slightly crisp.
D) A decent fall seasonal brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 01:35:17 | More by u2carew
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, off-white head. Settles slowly, leaving dry sticky residue behind as it does. Leaves a nice blanket of foam on the surface of the brew. Plenty of beer ring lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Roasted malt, nice sharp hops. Nutty and woody tones, with just a touch of bittersweet chocolate.

T: Tastes like it smells. It's a woody roasted malt flavor, with well-balanced hop notes and just a hint of bittersweet.

M: Full rich feel. The hops are not too sharp, but really coat the palette, and lingers throughout the experience. Roasted malt in the start, hint of bittersweet in the finish, and hops throughout.

D: Clean and refreshing. This one really goes down well. Very nicely balanced.

Atmosphere is really solid here. Really nice appearance manifests in a deep, dark body and full thick head complete with some very substantial lacing. Nose is a great balance of malt, hops, and a nice nutty or woody tone. Flavor follows suit. Rich and malt, but with a nice hop note, all wrapped up in a nutty woody bittersweet package. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 01:13:46 | More by bmwats
Photo of metter98

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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1.78/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Consumed November 11th, 2010 in (fittingly) a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Beer pours a clear deep brown; think a cola with a few ice cubes that have melted in it. A one finger head somewhere between off-white and tan forms on initial pour and reduces to a thin crown of sticky foam within a few minutes. Plenty of active carbonation.

Aroma is full of vanilla and maybe a hint of pumpkin. Also kind of a rotten odor. Not so great.

Flavor is slightly off - oxidization and mineral notes compete with sulfur. Significantly bitter for a brown ale. A metallic note as well. Some toasty, nutty malt goodness in there, but it's being covered by these competing off flavors.

Medium bodied with a touch of carbonation tingle.

This is just not a good beer; where did the mighty SN go wrong? This drinks more like an Indian Wells product...


Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 03:25:12 | More by charlzm
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