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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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2,863 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,863
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 65
Gots: 150 | 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 tito42
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled July 12, 2011.

A: Excellent cocoa head with great retention and lacing. Deep ruby with a touch of unfiltered particulate and active carbonation.

S: Nuts, chocolate, coffee, and bready yeast. Roasted malt.

T: A very strong malt presence throughout. Coffee and caramel, with a slight plum taste at the finish as the brew warms. A hops note at the finish.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, with a drying bite at the finish. A bit much of an alcohol presence on the back end.

O: A very good brown ale. Looks outstanding in the glass. A touch too much malt for my taste, almost like a roasted maibock.

tito42, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a pint glass

A: pours a very nice medium brown color with a thick head of foam that is light tan and lingers nicely, brew pours entirely clear, leaves a very nice amount of lacing
S: nice deep roasted malt notes, coffee comes directly to the forefront backed slightly by caramel
T: great taste, coffee malts finishes with a nice mild sweetness
M: drinks thin across the palate, very slight carbonation, leaves a nice silkiness on the palate
O: really loved the taste of this brew, drinks light but with deep flavor, i can see where this would be a phenomenal brew on a crisp fall night, i looked forward to those nights now because of this brew

BigPlay1824, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a dark mahogany color with over an inch of frothy tan head. Very little lacing. Aroma is nutty, malty and sweet. Hints of caramel and maybe a tiny bit of coffee. Flavor is much like the aroma. Sweet, malty, and nutty. Somewhat of a hazelnut taste to it. Creamy mouthfeel. This is a solid Autumn beer. Overall, worth grabbing in the Autumn months for sure.

PicoPapa, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown with some reddish tinge. Big frothy head, 3.5 fingers, light brown tinge to it.

S: Sweet, nutty and some malt.

T: Roasted nut taste, milk chocolate notes, bread and malt mixed in.

M: Very smooth, mild to moderate carbonation, medium body

Overall: Very nice flavor. One of the better browns I have had. Its flavorful, not bitter and less watered down than many browns out there.

kylehay2004, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Thads324
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An autumn beer on August first...seriously this is getting crazy. summer is only half over. I only bought it because I knew it would be super fresh and I loved last years.

A : pours a very dark brown that you can barely see through. A nice off white head that is thick and laces well

S : a bit of nut aroma and a hint of chocolate malt. A slight musty smell either comes from earthy hops or just rounded from the nutty aromas. All quite subtle but nice.

T : starts thick and sweet with slightly roasted malt and a nice toasted flavor. Nutty and biscuity all in one, finishing with a little bit of bitter hops and some more of the nut flavor. Very nice indeed.

M : full bodied yet very drinkable. well carbed and very easy going.

A great brown ale that I would love all year round. Much less hop than you'd think from a sierra, but they are still there more than in most. A very good brown indeed and an excellent early autumn beer, which will be right around the celebration release right?

Thads324, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tumbler smells rich and malty, ripe with yeasty bread notes reminiscent of fresh baguettes, and full of sugary fruits, including orange, apricot, and berry. A thin hint of clove and brown sugar rounds out the nose, bringing fall aromas to the forefront.

On the tongue, the beer brings, first and foremost, a nutty pecan flavor, which moves almost immediately into thick wheat and cereal grains. Light fruit esters--apricot, peach, white grape--play in the background, but are generally overtaken by toasted grains. A good addition of hops brings a citrus tingle to the soft palate, and offsets the sugars. Late in the mouthful the hops gain extra strength, imparting a notable bitterness. The aftertaste is mainly light wheat and hops, and fades fairly quickly. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-heavy.

Overall, this is a great autumn brown, heavy with grain flavors and perfect to celebrate the coming of fall. Only the slight over-bitterness of the hops mars what is otherwise a fantastic brew.

jondeelee, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of davey101
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing like cracking an autumn seasonal on a hot july day...12 oz stubby bottle into a pint glass. I saw these come in off the truck so its pretty damn fresh.

A - Clear brown body, light khaki head. Solid lacing and retention.

S - Nutty. Sweet malts and some caramel. A hint of rubber and some savory aromas towards the end.

T - Nice carbonation and a medium to light mouthfeel. Taste is malty, nutty, and lightly spiced. Some bitterness from the roasted malts. Nothing really stands out.

O - A nice autumn session beer. I could see myself throwing back a few of these during a fall bonfire. However, its 85 degrees out. Why do seasonals keep coming out earlier and earlier! Still a solid offering at a great price.

davey101, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of seanyfo
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into my Celebrator chalice.

BBE 27/07/2011

A- 2 finger creamy solid head sits on top a mahogany body with good clarity. Head retention and lacing are very good.

S- malt- touch of chocolate and toasted notes albeit very subtle. Perhaps a hint of smoke.No hop presence detected

T- Malt foward with chocolate noticeable, a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Overall its balanced but all flavours are subdued.

M- Moderate carbonation, light to medium body with a clean finish.

D- Its a nice easy drinker definitely. The flavour strength and profile just isnt prominent enough for me. Sessionable but just not interesting enough.

seanyfo, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear looking brown color with a decent looking head on to. The lacing was minimal and the head faded kind face. the smell of the beer was roasted and a little nutty. The flavor of the beer is pretty good, it's got a little bit of autumn spice to it with the roasted nuts and malts. There isn't a lot of hops in this one. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and is almost medium bodied. Overall it's not a bad brown ale. It's worth trying if you like this brewery or this style.

Knapp85, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of cameraman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown to amber color with a light beige colored head a half inch high settled on the glass. Malt is the strength of the aroma, with cracked grain and touch caramel, along with a sugary syrup scent. A hearty malt flavor with a dark bread and cracked flavors in there as well. It finishes with a mild grassy bitterness that counters the sweetness. A watery thin feel at the front of each taste, then it grow to become more of medium bodied feel that lasts till the end. It finishes with a light dryness on the back of the palate. This beer is a classic American Brown Ale with the malt being the back bone and the most prevalent characteristic found in the aroma and taste. It stays the line in the style very, very drinkable.

cameraman, May 11, 2011
Photo of AEK
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml brown bottle (2010) poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Chestnut coloured ale with an ever so slightly tanned foamy head.

S. Grilled steak, plum fruit and a whiff of hops.

T. Prunes, dates, barbecued sausages and a nice hoppy finish.

M. Medium and lightly carbonated.

D. Classy beer, one of Sierra Nevada's better offerings for me personally. Very enjoyable.

AEK, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada is a great brewery for the pale variety, so I'm happy to see that Tumbler is an overall success.

A- Pours a rich chocolate brown with a moderate head. Promises a touch of richness.

S- Deep chocolate and cinnamon hints give a spiciness to the malt aroma.

T- A lush, malty brown ale with chocolate sweetness and just a hint of spice to make this a great autumn brew. Simple, but nicely laid out sweetness that can use a hint more hop bitter to round it out.

M- Mildly thick but not overwhelmingly so. Exceptionally smooth, and not challenging at all!

O- A solid brown ale, great when you're in the mood for something rich without being weighty or thick.

ManuelHerrera, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of tonyNH
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i have tried alot of the sierra nevadas ,the IPA is awesome.So i thought i would give the tumbler a try and it had a nice amber color, close to an amber marzen nice foam! just threw it in a pint glass was pretty good , would defiantly buy it again :D !!!!

tonyNH, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Maple syrup color with some ruby tinges when held to light.

S: Mostly malts with a touch of spicy yeast. Almost reminds me a bit of Unibroue yeast, but not quite that strong.

T: Roasted malts with a touch of nuttiness and maybe a dash of maple. A slight hoppiness rounds things out. This is a good brown, it just doesn't really have anything to it that really makes it stand out.

notchucknorris, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of bump8628
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate brown with a tight-bubbled dirty white head. Very subtle roast lends a hint of cocoa powder smoke to the predominately caramel/toffee laced malt bill. Hops are fairly assertive for the style with a great earthy/woodsy quality that is definitely reminiscent of fall. I wanted a little more out of one of my favorite styles from the king of American craft brewing but it still satisfies enough to warrant a sixer or two each year.

bump8628, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of yisseroff
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, brown with beigeish head.
Really not much on the nose, a little malt, and that's being generous.
Taste did not impress me so much. I guess it's what I'd expect from a brown ale, with them roasted malts and all. But really not much going on here.
Mouthfeel was the one interesting thing here, pretty thick and carbonated, almost like gum.
Not too excited from this beer. You win some, you lose some.

yisseroff, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Strix
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown, good head, some lacing

Mostly malt, some grain in the smell

Lots of roasted malt in the flavor, with a nutty note, and a grainy bread note. Fairly basic but decently balanced.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

This didn't really leave a particular impression either way on me, but it was not bad.

Strix, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very nice and clear hazelnut colored brown. Some nice ruby tints along the sides and the bottom which added a little bit of depth. A nice two finger high head of off white colored lace then rose up from the bottom and graced the top for a few moments before finally settling down to just a small thin veil of bubbles across the top throughout the remainder of the session. Some decent side glass lace presented itself throughout as well.

The aroma was very sweet. Lots of hints of caramel and especially maple syrup coming through on this one. The aroma though was thin in depth as once you got past this maple like aroma there was not much else to be found. Maybe some slight roasted grains and a touch of nut like aroma but that was about it, still, not half bad. the flavor followed along the aroma very closely and honestly reminded me of another brew, the Tommyknocker maple brown in that level of sweetness. Tons of maple sugar here and alot of nutty flavors as well. Some nice roasted malt notes as well in here. A slightly grassy and earthy hop flavor in the finish, but everything was completely dominated by the maple syrup like sweetness. A bit too over the top for me to be honest. The feel was very carbonated with a load of bubbles racing through giving it a very soda like feel, nice to see coming out of the can for sure. Light in testure without much of a follow through it came in ok for me, nothing really special, but nowhere near flat in anyway, nor did it really feel very thin.

mikesgroove, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Gtreid
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 9/12/10. On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings.

A: Dark brown color. Great wet sand colored head with excellent retention.

A: Big roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Hops really take a back seat to the malt bill here.

T: Again, roasty malt, chocolate, and coffee. Earthy and smooth.

M: Medium to full body. Smooth and creamy.

D and Overall impression: Drinkability is quite high here at 5.5% I could have quite a few. Overall, I was pretty impressed b this brew. CCB Maduro is the gold standard in the style, but this one isn't far behind. Skal.

Gtreid, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up in Michigan. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a medium chestnut brown with a single-finger off-white head that stays around for a bit before falling and leaving some spotty lacing behind. The nose has some slight nutty character along with a bit of slightly-roasted malt as a backbone. Slightly dry with a bit of earth. The flavor falls along the same lines. There's nothing too exceptional about this one. I would say that it's a bit hoppy, though not along the "India Brown Ale" line--it's got more of an earthy kick to the finish that I'm enjoying. Body is medium with average carbonation. Overall, a solid brew but not quite the level I expect from Sierra Nevada.

Thorpe429, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 9/12/10

Dark brown translucent pour with two fingers of billowy head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell is earthy roasted malt with a slight bit of sweetness and very faint hop presence.

Taste is similar to smell, earthy malt with some nice nutty notes and slight caramel sweetness.

Light mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation.

A nice brown ale. The earthiness may get old after a couple, and just not interesting enough to want to drink more than one or two, but a nice fall beer.

warnerry, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of JMad
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was dark brown with a thick tan colored head that left some web-like lacing.

It smells mostly of sweet roasted malt, and toasted caramel.

The taste is similar, it's smoky, roasty, and has a nice earthy hop bitterness to it.

I thought it was very smooth, had a medium body, and a dry finish.

Overall I thought it was an excellent brown ale, the bitterness balanced out the sweet malt really well.

JMad, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice maple amber-brown, with a thick head. Similarly heavy lacing, with an unusual configuration. Attractive!

Scent is subtle, like a little brown sugar maltiness.

Taste is mild, but thick and chewy. Hints of slightly roasted malts and a gentle hoppy followthrough. Very delicious and will be a repeat purchase next year!

secondtooth, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of jerseyjoebrew
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This brown ale pours a medium brown with decent head and good lacing.

S: some aromas of roasted nuts and a bit of hop bitterness

T: a strong malt body that overpowers with a touch of fleeting bitterness

M: nice carbonation that complements the taste, but not overwhelmingly

D: very drinkable American Brown Ale. If your tongue has an affinity towards bitterness but want to get away from IPAs and travel further down the malt-spectrum , this is a beer for you.

jerseyjoebrew, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better brown ales I ever had as I am not a big fan of the category. Had on tap at a bar in Arlington as well as from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a light brown with large camel colored head. Aroma is light nut, little lacing, and thin soft body. Taste is dark toasty malt, medium lightly roasted nut, a hint of smoke, and finishes with some hops. Good for an English Brown Ale style beer.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 2,863 ratings.