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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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very good

2,662 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,662
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 bohemiandonut


4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a distinct brown ale to say the least. Serves beautifully from one of Sierra Nevada's consistently gorgeous seasonal bottles, so well in fact that I am skipping the glass on this one. Take that biznatch.

Smells like that dark brown bread so traditional for Thanksgiving dinner. There is a hint of smokiness that blends well with the restrained sweetness of the malts.

That smokiness really comes across here. I can't help but be reminded of smoked fish, particularly sardines in a can. A salty profile I guess. This would make a great pairing. The dark bread sweetness is a good match for these hops, which are nothing but grass.

Overall this is a very creative brown ale. Considering the flagship of this style is Newcastle, it is great to see what SN has done with such a low ABV. Tumbler is no Palo Santo, but it is a delicious and affordable Fall beer and it should be noted as such.

Sierra Nevada batting average: .999

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 22:19:17 | More by bohemiandonut
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 9/23/2010 at The Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, maple, nuts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple, caramel and honey that are quickly followed by bready flavors of nuts and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but about where it should be for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer but there are other brown ales that I would choose first.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2010 18:15:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Tdigit


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The color was a dark cherry red from some angles and dark brown to even black from others. The Tumbler left a thick head which I think was partially from how I poured it, as it didn't stick around very long.

Not a whole lot going on in the smell department with this one, but I wasn't really expecting much.

Taste was great. Reminded me a lot of a Newcastle, just spicier and overall just a better taste. You can definitely tell this is a fall brew.

Mouthfeel seemed medium bodied and is very drinkable.

Overall a superb brew!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 04:59:39 | More by Tdigit
Photo of AndrewNations


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brown ale is perfect this time of year when the weather is just start to get cooler.

I love the color of this one but the nose didn't have much to offer. Light caramel sweet malt but not over the top and balanced well. The mouth feel with this one is great as its full bodied , not to viscous and represent the style well with its low to mid amount of carbonation.

An all around nice brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 23:31:04 | More by AndrewNations
Photo of Bitterbill


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$15.99 for a 12 pack.

A gorgeous reddish brown with 2+ finger head of foam, very good retention.

The smell has some roast and sweet malt with a balanced portion of hops.

This is a very good taster with a very strong maltiness, both sweet and roasted, and a good light balance from hop bitterness. I like that it isn't over done and lets the malt shine.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation...the result is a very drinkable American Brown Ale. Good job!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 22:23:15 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of felipe2toes


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a creamy tan head. Good head retention and leaves a nice amount of lacing as well.

Smells of roasty toasty malt. I also smell a bit of smoke, caramel and nuttiness.

Tastes of toasted malt and bitter coffee. There's a tinge of sweetness as well that I liked, and a bitter finish.

I found the mouthfeel to be quite smooth overall, with just a bit of chewiness. I thought the carbonation was nice on this too.

Good drinkability, nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 19:21:11 | More by felipe2toes
Photo of CMW


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

A - Pours a deep reddish brown color with a nice one inch tan head. Retention is good and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Nice nutty smell mixed with some heavy caramel malt. Definitely more of an earthy aroma.

T - As you might expect, malt dominate. The malt is roasted with just a touch of sweetness. Slight hop bitterness helps to fill this out.

M - Carbonation is fairly mild but the beer does have a little bit of a silky texture.

D - After reading all the reviews of this thing I was not too anxious to try it. However, I must say that this is one of the easiest drinking and tasty brown ales I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 02:50:45 | More by CMW
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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish copper color with an off-white head with good retention and a lot of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is nice and malty with some caramel. 

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously malty. Slightly roasted malts, sweet caramel and a touch of hops in the finish to balance this one out nicely.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Sierra Nevada Tumbler is just about everything I am looking for in a fall seasonal. Not too light, not too heavy and a good dose of malt. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 02:10:16 | More by cjgator3
Photo of JDK


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

Having read about the malts on the bottle and having had several other autumn beers this weekend, the hoppiness cames as a bit, although pleasent, surprise.
Very nice dark amber color with a 1 finger head. Not much lacing and the smell was more of hops than malts.
Good carbonation that gives a very clean finish with a hint of citrus.
Nutty malts with equal citus flavor gives it a unique taste for this style but I enjoyed it and could down several in a sitting!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 00:32:06 | More by JDK
Photo of stephens101


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dense, massive tan head tops the brown brew. Streaks of crimson pierce where the light hits. Retention is excellent and thick sheets of slightly broken lace are left when all is done. Smells nutty with a big malty sweetness in the background. Has a good mix of hops and malts on the palate, but the hops outweigh in the end. Very faint notes of pine, spice and dried dark fruits exist. Pretty dry for a brown. Has a medium mouth-feel. This definitely an SN brown. The distinctive hop presence proves it.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 22:51:48 | More by stephens101
Photo of Fnord


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance - Effervescent reddish brown with a large cream-colored head.

Smell - Chocolate, caramel, orangey hops, pine, alcohol, and brown sugar.

Taste - The initial taste is balanced between hops and malts, both dry and sweet. The hops come out a lot more in the finish, and even more so in the aftertaste. There's a little bit of grainy bitterness as well, but it's definitely dominated by hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Fairly thick with high carbonation.

Notes - I tend to prefer more malt-forward brown ales, but I have to admit that although it's hoppy, this beer is well balanced. I would recommend it to fans of Brooklyn Brown, Avery New World Porter, or even Cascadian Dark Ales. I probably won't buy another 6-pack, but I might get a pint sometime depending on the available selection.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 17:44:13 | More by Fnord
Photo of Morey


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale poured brown in color, although you can see some nice reddish hues when you hold it up to a light. One finger tan head following my medium pour. Leaves behind some decent lace after each sip.

Smells like a brown ale. Malty, somewhat sweet, hints of chocolate, and a tad earthy.

Slight hop bitterness (a bit more so than your average brown) up front, with roasted malts finishing things off nicely.

Medium to thin mouthfeel for the style with moderate carbonation.

I could drink a few, but then I'd be ready to switch it up.

Morey's Bottom Line: A bit more tame and watered down than I expected from such a bold brewery. I probably won't seek it out again. That being said, if you're into brown ales, it's worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 16:35:07 | More by Morey
Photo of prototypic


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tumbler pours a darker amber color. It's mostly clear, and has crimson highlights when held to light. It's topped with an off-white head that rises to nearly two fingers in depth. It's very slow to dissipate. I'm not it'll completely recede. Lacing was moderate, but definitely sticky.

The nose is alright, but is somewhat lacking in strength. Interestingly, yeast is noted up front. That's buttressed by a nice mix of brown and roasted malts. It doesn't smell sweet at all, but perhaps the nose is just too light. There's a nice hop presence that wasn't expected at all. It smells mostly floral and a little piney. Alcohol is buried. All in all, it smells pretty good. Just needs more strength.

My first impression of Tumbler is that it's a pretty decent fall release. It kicks off with a tasty malty mix. Caramel, brown, and roasted malts provide a nice base. It isn't sweet by any stretch. There's also a hint of cocoa. Hops add a nice jolt to the flavor. They're slightly piney, but mostly floral. There's a little bitterness, but it's just enough to make it interesting. Alcohol is never a factor in this one. Damn near buried completely. Finishes slightly sweet with a dry hop kick.

Tumbler has a lighter body. It leans toward medium with warming, but never quite gets there. Carbonation is light and does much to smooth things out. It's not creamy, but has a nice feel for what it is. Drinkability is good. Tumbler has a pretty good flavor, and goes down easy. Given its light stature, a few bottles isn't out of the question.

Tumbler is an interesting release from Sierra Nevada. It's probably one of their more straight forward releases (much like Glissade). While it isn't a bad Brown Ale, it's hardly a stand out. I like the flavor, but nothing about it really stands out. Having said that, there's nothing overtly bad about it either. Ultimately, it needs a little something to spice it up. Perhaps more hops would do the trick. At the end of the day, it's another nice release from Sierra Nevada. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 04:17:31 | More by prototypic
Photo of augustgarage


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Auburn liquid, clear with reddish/chestnut highlights, and powdered with a half finger of beige foam. Decent lacing and retention.

Roasted malt, light caramel, faint coffee, toast, and smokey cedar in the nose. Nutty and gentle.

Pale malt intermingles with the roast, diluting its impact. Vaguely burnt pop-corn (smoked malt?), kettle carmelization, and mild English-stylel hops round out the flavor profile which changes little in the moderately dry finish.

Somewhat thin mouthfeel, though the carbonation is adequate.

Something of a Northern English Brown, though I'm left wanting more flavor. More of an Indian Summer ale than a more substantive offering for the arrival of Fall. Rather a poor value too (I paid $10 for the sixer).

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 03:58:52 | More by augustgarage
Photo of nataku00


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

Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown with a single finger of tan head. Head disappears fairly quickly though with minimum lacing.

Nose is roasted and caramel malt, with some light brown sugar. A little hops as well, but very light.

Taste is nice caramel malts with just enough hops to balance the sweetness. Fairly medium body beer is decently creamy and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 02:31:56 | More by nataku00
Photo of seand


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark but not quite opaque brown, with several fingers of thick light tan head. Retention is pretty good, and it leaves lots of lacing.

S: Molasses with a background of grassy hops. A hint of brown sugar.

T: Mild malty sweetness, with a touch of hops on the finish to balance it out. Not bad, but it's also not doing anything special. It does seem like a reasonable interpretation of an "autumn brown ale".

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, fairly smooth overall, some slight chewiness.

D: Very drinkable, a solid choice for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 00:53:28 | More by seand
Photo of Pahn

New York

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two and a half inch fluffy white head that dissipates slowly leaving thick rings. Pours a dark reddish brown and leaves short lived streaks and spots of lacing.

Smell: Smoke and roasted malt. Lots of spice, and a good amount of herbal hops sort of underpinning everything (gives it a real airy character). Sweet malt smells.

Taste: Good mix of sweet, malty brown ale flavors with smoke and roasted malt. Tastes like it smells, but not as spicy and hoppy (leans more toward the savory, smoky character of the aroma), though there's a nice hop bitterness at the end. Finish is, again, mildly bitter and very bready. Aftertaste is like white bread.

Malt is the star here, as it should be. In reviewing this beer, I wish I had a lot of homebrew experience, because there's lots of strong, clear malt characteristics to the flavor that I suspect would be easy to name if one is familiar with the ingredients. I can say that it's a solid brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied. Juicy. Pretty carbonated (too much for me, but it goes fine with the flavor).

Drinkability: While I respect that it's a good example of the style, I wasn't really wowed by this beer. It's a little too savory for me I think, or perhaps these flavors just aren't what I was in the mood for tonight. Either way, I'd have one if a friend bought a 6pk of Tumbler, but I probably won't buy any more myself.

If you're looking for a nice clean brown ale with not too much sweetness, not too much smoke, lots of balance, and lots of malt, Tumbler delivers. It wasn't really to my tastes, but it wasn't bad either.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 04:20:34 | More by Pahn
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful clear brown with reddish cast topped by a one finger beige head that begs to have no puctuation in its written description

Smell is a nice assemblage of malt aromas, caramel, toffee, a little hint of coffee in there, dark bread, just a hint of hops, some floral.

Nice to taste a well made brown, a style which really needs to be refreshing first, delicious second, complex last. It starts with all the malts of the nose, led by caramel, and eases into some hoppy and herbal aspects. Nice slow motion light burn of bitter at the end. Just a bit aspirin bitter, but the finish is the milder side of dry, some herbal in there. As it warms the herbal aspects attain a sort of root beer and earthy aspect that is quite good in the mix. Not your average brown fersure.

Mouthfeel is a bit viscous for the style, but it works in this mix. I really like that this is well carb.'d and has a resiny aspect.

Drinkability sort of suffers at the feet of this beer's major assets. Many browns want you to quench and appreciate, this is a brown that's a sipper and savor. I could drink Pete Brown Tribute all night, prob. max out with Tumbler.

Impression: Sierra Nevada. Another fine beer from the original and still best innovator. Get this. Drink this.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 22:35:24 | More by cavedave
Photo of Reaper16


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass
Quick Hits!

Pours a body the color of Mr. Pibb. Medium-dark brown w/ plenty of red inflected throughout. Two fingers of soft, soapy white head form on top w/ more than adequate spindles of lace. Very nice.

Disappointing aroma. I'm getting almost nothing from the nose. There's a chalky sort of browned malt note along with a twinge of hops. That's it, though. It seems to smell good on one of every ten whiffs. That's not good enough.

Tumbler tastes much better, however. A nice, uncomplicated nutty malt flavor - brown sugar and spice cake, too - mix well with an assertive, clear & bitter hop presence. Not too terribly imbalanced. Tastes good regardless.

Nice, solid motuhfeel. I say this because I don't notice it much. The carbonation level is active but not assertive. Body is medium-light; seems appropriate. It goes down very smoothly and the ABV% is more than agreeable.

I'm not much a brown ale person. This is one of the nicer ones I've come across for my tastes. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 09:12:46 | More by Reaper16
Photo of GrandeDrip


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Fairly vigorous pour gave me a thick sturdy head.
Pleasantly cloudy, has a nutty brown appearance that fulfills expectations.

S - Not getting a lot on the nose for some reason, probably because I just brewed a brown ale today and have been smelling it for hours. Fainty worty sweetness with a bit of green crispness.

T - sweet cream followed quickly by crisp hop zing. Surprisingly easy on the palate and thirst-quenching. Roasted malt (chocolate?) adds a little lingering astringency. Tastes like a robust pale ale but with a mildly charred mid-palate and biting, dry finish. Nice.

M/D - Best mouthfeel I've experienced in a brown ale, personally. No oiliness, totally quenching, but that roasty touch makes you want another gulp.

Really impressed, overall. I won't have a Newky for a long time, thats for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 04:32:28 | More by GrandeDrip
Photo of ZeroSignal


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

A - Pours a light amber with a good two inches off white head with excellent retention and sticky lacing

S - Nose is roasted malts, a bit of caramel and toasted bread; feint hints of some earthy hops

T&M - Malty and just a hint of nutty with some balancing earthy and herbal hops. Bready and bits of toasted crust. Finish gives a good dose of the hops, which makes things really interesting, as the initial hit is malt forward.

D - Lot's of flavor, great balance, interesting profile for a brown ale and a reasonable ABV. I'd grab more, but it's all sold out in my neck of the woods until next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:56:27 | More by ZeroSignal
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Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a mug.

The color is a clear dark brown with a reddish hue. There a nice large, two fingers of brownish foamy head ans some nice lacing.

The smell is a little hoppy with a nice sweet malt undertone. Some nice toffee flavor with a little of butterscotch and a slight touch of peanut butter.

The taste is a little roasty with a bit of bitterness. It has a nice nutty flavor that was not too strong but just right. The is a nice maple flavor in the background and even has the slight chocolate flavor.

The feel is pretty smooth with a medium body and is well balanced with the right amount of bitterness. A fantastic fall, beer this may be my favorite brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:21:40 | More by Duhast500
Photo of garuda


2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Clear ruby brown with a thick white head that has excellent retention and fairly decent lacing.

S - Not a whole lt of depth with some roasted malts, with only a touch of some earthy pine hops.

T - Roasted/toasted malts dominate taste, then there's some off-putting metallic tastes toward the back end of the palate and through the aftertaste.

M - Thin, a bit watery, moderate carbonation with a sloppy finish leaving my mouth feeling rather gross.

D - Fairly disappointed with this offering, as I had high hopes for it. The nasty metallic taste was thoroughly off-putting and ruined the rest of the drink. I'll drink the rest of the 6-pack, but only after my palate's already destroyed.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 00:33:10 | More by garuda
Photo of ChugsMugs


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep copper brown, some ruby red when held to light. Very nice 1-2 finger creamy tan head that retains nicely and provides some lacing.

S- Not much stands out here. Very subtle sweetess, mostly a presence of hops similar but more subtle than their Pale Ale. Slight earthiness, leaves, smokey, cloves(?).

T- The first word that came to mind was aggressive. Presence of bitterness from the moment it hits the tongue to the final aftertaste. Little sweetness from malts but strong smokiness. Again possible clove within the smokey taste. The most notable taste is in the bitterness, almost like licking a battery but in a subtle enough way to be pleasant.

M- Thinner than expected. Not overly carbonated but enough airy play on the tongue to energize the face.

D- A great sunset/evening beer especially as the sun sets earlier each day. In my opinion a bit too thin and airy to be a bedtime hour beer on chilly nights, but all in all a solid product.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 00:31:25 | More by ChugsMugs
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a nice full rocky tan head. Decent retention and foam from the head sticks a bit to the glass. A few rings as well.

Close your eyes and you'd swear this is SN Pale Ale. Malt and light hops, but no typical brown ale depth in the aroma.

Toasted malt, showing some bitterness, plus some bitter hops up front that tend to dominate as the palate clears. Some earthiness to this, but limited. Lingering bitter finish, some mineral/metallic notes. Not a hint of sweetness in this at all. Decent, but nothing really special.

Medium body and good carbonation. Spot on.

A fairly drinkable brew. Lacks some character and complexity. I could have a couple, because it is fairly smooth, but nothing I'd load up on either. Still, this is probably pretty good with end of the year BBQ fare, blackened meat, comfort foods, etc. Probably great with a hot sandwich (pastrami, etc). And because of this, it get a bump to 3.5.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 22:34:06 | More by OtherShoe2
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 2,662 ratings.