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

2,677 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,677
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 49
Gots: 100 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,677 | Reviews: 1,024 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mountsnow1010


3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely, with a thick head that goes away after a couple of minutes. I'm not going to mince words - this beer smells quite literally like fecal matter. Maybe I have a bad batch, but this beer smells sweet, with a hint of poop. Tastes nutty, clean, not bad. Glad it doesn't taste like it smells. Clean mouthfeel...

I'm sorry, I can't really say anything else. I am literally overwhelmed, this beer smells awful. Sorry SN. I love your beers. This one smells horrendous though.

Hopefully just a bad bottle. I'll see if the rest of my sixer is any better.

EDIT- 2/6 bottles in the sixer had this happen. the rest were the same as above without the poop smell.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 04:08:29 | More by mountsnow1010
Photo of Plokhooy


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid brown ale from SN. Just "nutty" enough to give you a real sense that fall is in the air but not overwhelming. This is a very drinkable brown ale wheteher during the afternoon BBQ or a quiet, cool fall evening of relaxing. Great offering but would any less be expected from SN?

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 02:41:34 | More by Plokhooy
Photo of Brenden


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

This brew's a pretty straightforward brown color with no real hints of anything else. Just brown. A tan head about one finger tall forms, stays around for awhile, and leaves pretty good lacing behind.
A toasty malt makes the backbone of the aroma. Also contributing are light smoky notes, a bit of nuttiness and a light touch of bittersweet chocolate. It's malt-forward, but there is a smell of hops in here as well.
Just as malt forward in the flavor, the smoky notes come out more up front as well as the chocolate. Nuts are still here. Plenty of toastiness completes the malty profile and, just rounding it out, a light touch of piny hops is present.
The body is medium. There's little carbonation to speak of, which is good in this one. There's just a bit of crispness up front and the body is sufficiently smooth to be pleasant.
This is a nice beer with a surprisingly more stout-like character than a typical brown.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 02:06:00 | More by Brenden
Photo of Shrews629


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

Appearance - Ruby reddish brown color. Clear. Nice thick off white creamy head. The head is sticking around for a good while and leaving a nice bit of lacing on the sides.

Smell - Nice roasted, nutty malt jumps out at me first. An earthy undertone in the nose. Also, getting a doughy, bready, biscuit smell. All of the aromas really shine as the beer warms. Very well balanced.

Taste - Nice prominent roasted malt in the taste with a bit of an alcohol bite at the end. Slight hint of coffee bean. Not overpowering however. Only the smallest amount of bitterness works its way through in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Dry. Really coats the palate. Crisp dryness and somewhat chewy.

Drinkability - This brew definitely gets me ready for Autumn. I really like this beer. Very solid. I'm not one to sit and drink beer after beer during the evening, but I could have a few of these and be quite satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 01:15:04 | More by Shrews629
Photo of climax


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

Tumbler pours a nice clear amber brown with a very impressive cone of viscous tan froth sitting atop. The cone morphed to a crater and faded slower than a turtle crawling uphill. All the while, a solid wall of lace was left. The last film of foam (tongue twister) never faded away, and the notches of foam transformed into a crust as I drank the last bit of swill.

Dark chocolate and a definite roasted nut flavor came from the nose, which was quite subtle. As it sat, and I dug deeper, brown sugar and some ripe fruit emerged. Smooth and modest.

The flavor is well balanced. It seemed quite tart at first, but sweetness and a dry hop kick kept everything in equilibrium.

The overall body is relatively light. Chalky feel and modest carbonation leave nothing more than a whisper as the finish turned nutty and dry.

From Sierra Nevada, a bit more flavor was anticipated, but this was a good one nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 22:40:19 | More by climax
Photo of crvcac


3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium to dark brown hue, light lacing with minimal head

Smell: lightly toasted malt aromas, little to no hop character

Taste: slightly unbalanced, toasted malt character

Mouthfeel: finishes very dry for an ale. Expected a smoother finish

Drinkability: sessionable at 5.5, not boosy, would order again under limited options. Not a bad beer, however easily forgotten.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 17:58:01 | More by crvcac
Photo of olympuszymurgus


3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I walked out of my cabin, past the barn and out to the drying shed, loking to pick up some garlic and dried beans for dinner. As I made my way around the egg shed I saw one of the guys heaving a trashcan into a truck, struggling and losing. I lent a hand with the putrid bucket, full of what used to belong to a pig, head and guts. He thanked and offered a bottle of Tumbler, a gift he received for doing the slaughter.

Drank from the bottle in the sun, watching the clouds slowly swirl on the not so distant mountains. Clean, smooth, buts of earth and caramel and a hint, just a hint of roast.

I'm not sure if I would buy this one, but if offered I'll definitely drink it.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 17:37:47 | More by olympuszymurgus
Photo of generallee

New York

4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a mug. The label has a short discretion of the beer, the year it was brewed (2010) and its ABV% (5.5%).

Appearance: The body is dark brown with deep reddish amber highlights. Sitting on top is a tall thick and creamy beige head. The head has excellent retention and makes lots of sticky lace and lace rings on the glass.

Smell: I am hit with a big sweet maltiness in the nose. Fresh bready and sweet roasted barley note dominate but there are some hop notes as well sneaking in there too.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there is a firm medium to full bodied malty sweetness with notes of brown sugar, caramel, roasted grain and fresh bread. On the back end there is a decent hop presence that balances out the big malt sweetness and adds a bit of earthy/leafy bitterness to the finish. The texture and carbonation are right on and keep things smooth but lively and very drinkable.

Notes: In my opinion this is a well made American Brown Ale and a good autumn release. I can see this beer pairing well with some of the hardier fall seasonal foods.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 03:21:13 | More by generallee
Photo of aepb1


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Semi translucent dark brown with an off-white head and good lacing

S- Malty with some sweet caramel coming out

T- I get the sweet malt coupled wtih a crisp dry hop right off but the hops are the only finish

M- Fully bodied on the higher end of carbonation

D- I'd rather a brown with more malt and less hop but this one is not offensive

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 22:08:35 | More by aepb1
Photo of Tilley4


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tumbler pours a strikingly beautiful deep burnished bronze-brown with a thick fluffy head atop... I gave this one a perfect appearance score because it looks exactly the way I want a fall brew to appear... Deep and dark and warm looking...

Toasted malts and a hint of cocoa or chocolate in the background.... Nothing groundbreaking but pretty solid...

Sweet caramel malts with a hint of toastiness to them... A nice warm taste to this one... Just a good solid effort...

I could session this one easily if given the opportunity... Very solid and tasty.. A good effort here...

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 21:50:12 | More by Tilley4
Photo of Genuine


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

I'm very much into seasonals...even more so fall seasonals so I figured i'd give this one a try.

Poured a nice dark brown, white fluffy head sat on top.

Smell - exactly how a brown ale should have it's nose. Very nice, with a SN characteristic tang to it.

Taste - Very nice brown ale with SN's flare on it...I like their other brews and this one is going to be a keeper as well.

Mouthfeel - perfect for what it is...not too heavy but not too light either.

Drinkability - I could definitely have a few of these on a cool autumn day, watching the leaves. Very nice fall brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 15:16:58 | More by Genuine
Photo of gopens44


3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice color. Dark brown with a generous foamy head that hangs around a good little while

S - A very faint presence of hops with an earthy feel to it. Kind of like a pile of wet leaves.

T - At first I thought that what I was tasting was similar to the taste of olives until I realized that what I was tasting was the interpretation of the aforementioned wet leave smell. As a unique twist, I was impressed but not altogether ready for such a pungent taste. My fault, not theirs.

M - A dry beer this is. Decent amount of carbonation as well.

D - I need to give this another try.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 13:02:29 | More by gopens44
Photo of jjanega08


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

A= The pour shows up a nice deep brown color as expected with a great looking thick off white head that rises to a perfect two fingers and holds great lacing and retention.

S= Like fine malts. Call it marketing but it reminds me of a fall day. It has a smell like a forest. Really unique. Sort of poopy or dirty in smell. Delicious smelling for sure but different.

T= The taste is wonderful. Very similar to the smell with the forest and "fall" flavor in it. It's got great balance with the little bitterness at the end from the hops. Nice caramel and toffee notes going on here with some forest floor taste.

M= Great for a nice easy drinking brown ale. It's not heavy but it's not real light either.

D= Great brew. One of my new favorite browns. Fits perfect with the season.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 04:35:06 | More by jjanega08
Photo of MrDanno96


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep chestnut color with about a finger of off-white head and some spotty lacing.

S: Strong notes of roasted malt that distinctly remind me of fresh ground coffee beans. Maybe just a hint of floral hops. Maybe.

T: All the roasty flavor I want from a brown ale! Coffee is the prominent flavor for me, with a little smokiness in the finish. Touches of spice, baked bread, and caramel also come through and the finish is just mildly bitter.

M: On the lighter side of medium - maybe a touch too light, but not really anything to be overly concerned about.

D: A great drinking brown ale that is perfect for the fall. Well done Sierra Nevada!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 03:13:24 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of mjaskula

New York

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

This beer looks great. I poured it a little too vigorously and ended up with a huge tan head that didn't fin in my pint glass. The head subsided into a film and left plenty of lace on the glass. The beer itself is a nice clear brown with some reddish hues.

The aroma is nice and smooth, with light roasted malt and brown sugar. Flavor is smooth as well with a nice round nutty and malty flavor. Carbonation is low and mouthfeel is on the dry side. Overall I enjoyed this beer very much.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 01:12:10 | More by mjaskula
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
Photo of cjgator3


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
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 2,677 ratings.