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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,839 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,839
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 62
Gots: 145 | 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 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.

BeerBuckeye, Sep 10, 2011
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...

Transatlantic, Sep 09, 2011
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.

beerandcycling88, Sep 09, 2011
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.

jayhawk73, Sep 07, 2011
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

McNealc31, Sep 07, 2011
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.

Scotchboy, Sep 07, 2011
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.

webmanspidey, Sep 07, 2011
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.

Guden, Sep 06, 2011
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.

Jenkster4, Sep 06, 2011
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.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Sep 06, 2011
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.

fank2788, Sep 05, 2011
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.

ColdPoncho, Sep 05, 2011
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.

mweso2000, Sep 04, 2011
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.

harrymel, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 04, 2011
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.

titosupertramp, Sep 03, 2011
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.

plfahey, Sep 03, 2011
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.

agomega, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of tdm168
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.

tdm168, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of slassy
3.88/5  rDev +1%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a medium-sized head that dissipates rather quickly. Dark, cholately-brown color almost reminiscent of Coca-Cola.

S: Extremely malty scent, in a blind test I might have thought I was about to drink a stout. Earthy tones as well.

T: Very carbonated (a little too much). Starts off just like it smells- very malty, followed by a roasted and yeast-heavy aftertaste. Very strong flavors but not overbearing in the least.

M: Again very carbonated. Chewy, 'liquid bread'-like feel.

O: Bought this to kick off the football season as well as the autumn weather. Exactly what I was looking in a fall seasonal- flavorful with a thick body yet the ability to drink multiple in a sitting. Very nice packaging, too, fits the brew perfectly.

slassy, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of omnigrits
4/5  rDev +4.2%

A. Dark copper colour, clear, with a very pale tan head. Lots of lace and the head sticks around right to the bottom of the pint.

S. Mostly malt, medium roast, a touch of higher roast bitterness, slightly sweet, it smells... creamy. And I don't mean it smells like cream.

T. There's an underlying brown ale sweetness that's held in check by some nice roasted flavours and a subtle hop bitterness. Well done to SN for holding back on the hops with this one. Still quite bitter in the finish though. No complaints from me there.

M. Medium bodied, very easy to drink, doesn't lay heavy on the stomach.

O. Brown Ale is far from being one of my favourite beer styles but I've come to look forward to Tumbler season. It's just a little high on the ABV to be considered a true session beer but I wouldn't supping this all evening.

omnigrits, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
4/5  rDev +4.2%

A ~ A great Pour yields chestnut brown with crystal clarity, but quite a bit of character. Tannish head with Good lacing for a brown ale.

S ~ Nuts & Malt...touch of sweetness

T ~ Toasty malt & Bread pudding dominate...wood chips, pecans & grassy hops on the finish. Nice and spice-driven with a delicate balance. Pretty hoppy for a brown ale as well.

M ~ Slightly grassy. Fantastic mouthfeel from the large amount of malt, with a dry finish from the hops.

D ~ Great beer, will be even better when It cools down a bit over here. Not my favorite of Sierra Nevada's lineup, but extremely delectable.
Prosit!

chocosushi, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of cosmo4u
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark brown color with ruby hints and a 3 finger soapy light tan head. Good lacing. Smell: Burnt malt with just a hint of caramel. Taste: Smoky roasted malt up front followed by sweet caramel in the middle and mildly bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is both smoky and bitter. Flavor, like the aroma, is a bit subdued. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Tingles a little on the tongue. Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a few of these without any trouble. Overall: Solid beer overall and a good representation of the style. Very solid choice for a crisp autumn day.

cosmo4u, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: It poured a beautiful three finger head that is somewhere between off-white and khaki colored. It is very sudsy with craters forming at the top of the cap. The beer has a burnt sienna body with orange highlights; can look clear through the glass.

Smell:It has biscuit malts and herbal notes on the sniff. It is very slight however, and needs to be a bit bigger.

Taste: Tumbler has a distinct bread malt flavor, but instead of a caramel malt sweetness, there is a roasted malt flavor. Just a little bit of spice shows up in the drink as it warms. It adds a nice dimension to an otherwise straight forward brown.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied, but the carbonation is too much. It prevents it from being chewy and really smooth, which this beer would benefit from.

Overall: Tumbler is one of the better brown ales available as a seasonal. The flavor profile could be bolder, and less carbonation would sure help the mouth feel of this one.

Pintofbrown, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a translucent, dark copper-orange color with 1/2 finger of tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt aromas with a bit of roasted character.

T: Leads with a light roasted flavor that quickly is joined by some nice, mild pine hoppiness. There's also a bit of smoky flavor in there that's subtle. After a while, a little menthol joins the finish.

M: Not too heavy, good carbonation and smooth going down.

O: Uncomplicated and straightforward, a good beer for a fall weekend after raking the leaves or during the big game. Pretty sure I'll be buying this again before the season is over.

AmericanGothic, Aug 29, 2011
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 2,839 ratings.