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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: 63
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 charlzm
1.78/5  rDev -53.6%

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...

DRAIN POUR.

charlzm, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Brown has a brown body of moderate darkness and a tan head with ok retention and lacing.

The aroma is good, with fruity hops and a bunch of malt that is sweet with chocolate and lightly roasted characteristics.

I very seldom find a brown ale that I really like, but I think Tumbler is one of them. The hop and malt profiles are both nice and very well balanced, with a slight leaning toward the malt side, which is what I like in my brown ales. The malts provide a touch of lightly roasted flavor, with dark chocolate, toffee and a little bit of smoky flavor. The hops are underneath the malt, adding a bitterness to the finish and a good fruity complement. The yeast even shows up a bit to add some generic, fruity flavors.

Mouthfeel has enough body and is well-done.

I've had quite a few tumblers throughout this season, and I must say that it is yet another superbly crafted beer from Sierra Nevada that is very easy to drink.

Hojaminbag, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of cooch69
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Tumbler pours a deep brown with a one finger head. This is a lovely thick pancake batter head and it settles down neatly and sticks to the glass too easily.

I get semi sweet caramelly malts, nuts(hazelnuts and walnuts) and a little hop bitterness.

This beer comes with an upfront mild floral hoppiness. It is enaough to make a statement without being very vocal. Then there is a semi sweet nutty and caramelly taste that ends pretty dry.

Not very stong, medium bodied with a rich and creamy consistency. This beer was nice to try, but not a personal favorite brown ale.

cooch69, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of beerman207
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Deep brown with a nice head that sticks around a while

S: Raisin, some fig, and perhaps some other spices which I can't quite determine. Malt.

T: Strong malt backbone dominates this one with a quick bitterness that leaves as quick as it shows up. Some dark fruit

M: A bit carbonated but not overpowering.

D: Not sure that I would choose to drink a lot of these but i's a good beer.

beerman207, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of redzone3120
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Great appearance, has a very deep amber color when held up to the light. Good cream colored head, about one finger high, dissipates slowly.

S - Not much aroma for such a deeply colored brew. Doesn't smell bad but disappointing.

T - A very good taste, deep like the color with slight woody or smoked taste. Very hoppy and somewhat bitter with a hint of sweetness at the end.

M - Lots of fine bubbles which really fill out the beer and bring out a lot of strong flavor.

D - Not very drinkable to me, it has great flavor but the bitterness takes away from the finish half way through.

redzone3120, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of SnowGoon99
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with hints of red. Very tall head that dissipates over a couple sips. Smell is definitely subdued. Slight hints from the hops and roastiness from the specialty grain but you have to really search for them. Very underwhelming.

Taste was a little bit better than aroma. The bitterness from the hops and the roastiness from the malt definitely stand out. Not enough toastiness for my tastes in a brown ale. Almost too much on the roasty side. Hops don't really come through in the aroma, mostly in the bitterness. Body is decent but i would expect it so from a brown ale. There's definitely room to improve there but it's not terrible. On the other side the lack of body contributes to the drinkability. Very drinkable beer.

Overall, not a terrible American Brown ale but not one to write home about. Could've gone with more hop aroma and flavor and less roastiness.

SnowGoon99, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

A: A dark weathered brick red sits well with a spongey, light khaki head that left fine intricate stratified layers splashing down the glass. Coverage was very good for the lacing while a light spacious show of effervesce rounds things out visual wise.

S: Light charred wood ambers and dried leaves brings a earthy autumn feel to the table. Light roastedness is also present.

T: Earthy warm roasted malt and soft bitterness of charred wood and chocolate gets things off to a fine start. Warm cola with lightly ground coffee comes about with a dry roasted bitterness on the finish. Really smooth in character and flavor perfectly suited for the fall season with an earthy feel about it.

M: Nice sense of carbonation, medium body with a warm roastedness on the tongue and slight bakers chocolate bitterness.

D: A beer perfectly suited for that chilly October night. Warm and malt forward with an earthy bitterness in every bottle that is case worthy to share outdoors along the fire pit with friends.

beerthulhu, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (Julian dated September 8, 2010) into my Zatec fluted glass. Glorious 3 fingers of tan head. Deep dark brown body. Smells of toasted nuts, floral and piney hops. Maybe a little bit of dark chocolate. Maybe not. Nutty flavor, dry, bitter hops on the finish. A touch of cocoa comes through as the last flavor. Very light bodied. Mouth drying. Exceptionally drinkable. Great sessionable brown.

WestValleyIPA, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Lillenk
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is very nice. Very nice dark brown color with a very white head.

Smell was mainly roasty nutty smells.

Taste was very in depth. Started off with lots of roasted malty flavors, ended with some hoppy bitterness, and in between was everything from chocoalte and caramel to citrusy hops. Very complex, well made beer.

Mouthfeel is where this one loses me a little. A little too much going on for my liking. Almost as if they got lost and fogot what they were going for.

Because of all the contrasting flavors I couldn't see myself drinking more than one or two, but it was very interesting and fun to enjoy once.

Lillenk, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of FSUplumber
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

I bought a bottle to try because I am a big fan of American browns and while it was good I thought it was a little lacking for a big player like Sierra Nevada.
A- Half inche white head that faded quick.
S- Sweat malt and chocolate
T- Malt, faint chocolate, nutmag, cinnamon, American hops and beef brouth
M- Medium light good for stile
D- Good but left me wanting unsatisfied

FSUplumber, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

12oz. bottle into pint glass

A: Medium, clear brown with a thick, dense, sticky off-white head. Head sticks to the glass and leaves rings.

S: Nutty, not too sweet. No overpowering hop aroma. Toast-like malt aroma.

T/M: Nutty, toasted malt character with minimal sweetness. Just enough of a hop note in the finish to balance, but there's no bitter finish. There's some citrusy (grapefruit) hop character in there under the malt, but that toasted, nutty flavor predominates. Medium body, with pleasant carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. It's pretty well-balanced, and the alcohol is moderate.

MurphyMacManus, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of RedSpecial1
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

This beer pours out of the bottle a dark amber, with ruby highlights, topped off with a thick, frothy faintly tan-colored head. The head foams up into a large cloud, but soon dissipates leaving lacing down the sides of the glass as it goes. The nose is fairly faint with a subtle malt flavor coming through, and just a little hop crispness, which only seems to emphasize the malts. The taste mirrors the smell very closely. The main flavor is a smooth well balanced malt character, with just the right hop crispness to emphasize those malts without being too noticeable on its own. This beer has quite a good mouth feel, not too heavy, not too light, and it goes down quite smoothly. This is a very drinkable beer, one I could sit down and drink a few of any time from fall through early spring. Sierra Nevada did a great job with this one, its taste is really reminiscent of a crisp fall day.

RedSpecial1, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Autumn leaves brown with pumpkin and bronze highlights and a lovely lid of caramel nougat colored cream. Soft divots form in the foam as it fades, and an acceptable amount of lace in shredded sheets is beginning to be laid down.

The aroma is classic nut brown ale. The best decision that SNBC made was to leave the Munich malt (which is present in their standard brown ale) out of this offering. The malt bill here includes pale, crystal, chocolate and smoked. Sounds like... and smells like... a wonderful lineup.

Tumbler Autumn Brown is good beer from stem to stern. Sierra Nevada, as usual, uses a fairly generous lupulin load, but the Challenger and Yakima Goldings hops don't outpace their malt support. This is one of the most balanced browns around. And one of the most well-crafted.

Specifics include brown bread, toasted pecans, chocolate shavings, tea leaves, and an ale yeast fruitiness that ties it all together with a nicely drinkable bow. There may be a wee puff of smoke, but it isn't prominent. Again, good mix of malty sweet and hoppy bitter.

The mouthfeel doesn't quite keep pace. Ideally, it would be a little bit bigger and more creamy, but that would require more malt and, possibly, a higher ABV. Slightly harsh bubbles settle down in no time.

Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale doesn't seriously challenge the best American browns, but it's another solid effort from one of this country's finest (and most consistently good) craft breweries. What better way to watch the autumn leaves tumble down outside my front window than with a bottle of well-brewed brown ale?

BuckeyeNation, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

Even though it is smack dab in the middle of the fall, it's actually a little late in the season to be reviewing a "fall" beer from a craft brewery, as the trend nowadays seems to be to release seasonal brews two months ahead of time. Still, I drank my fair share of SN's new fall seasonal this year, so I figured I should give it a good review.

Much like their new spring release (Glissade Golden Bock) in terms of that it's further proof that SN is fully capable of breaking out of their hoppy brews and making outstanding beers. This American Style Brown Ale offering is simply awesome, as it truly is a the perfect brew for a cool day. Robust roasty chocolate and coffee flavors along with a nice medium slightly oily hop character make for a wonderfully sessionable ale. I highly recommend drinking this around 50 degrees or so, because as it warms, more character comes out, mainly a smoky, semi-sweet chocolate maltiness that meets up with the pine like notes of the hops. Great medium bodied mouthfeel, as it won't overwhelm the palate, but rather, seems to be spot on for the style in terms of perfect carbonation that doesn't detract from the malty smoothness.

I really hope SN keeps brewing this one every year, as it is simply amazing. I realize a few hop fanatics out there may miss their fall IPA, but to me, this is much more interesting and a truly memorable classic rather than just a beer to tie me over until Celebration arrives.

AustinBeerLvr, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of mc1775
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

brown bottle poured into a samuel adams tasting glass.

A- Rich brown color with some amber to it pretty clear,pours a one finger width off white head my mouth is watering just looking at it. beatiful beer. A nice lace that goes all the way down the glass.

S- Smells good, mild toasted malt and nutty smell.
T- Nutty toasted malt taste finishing with just the right amount of hop taste with a very mild lingering bitterness. Very good.

M- medium to full bodied. I love the mouthfeel of this beer it has some good texture to it.

D- I would deff drink this beer again. Its a great beer for a cool autum or winter night.

Notes. This was my first beer from sierra nevada. I look forward to trying more after tasting such a great beer.

mc1775, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep brown with lots of ruby highlights when held up to the light. An aggressive pour yields a big frothy beige colored head that slowly recedes leaving behind only a slight bit of lacing.

Lots of toasty malts in the nose. Toasted bread and biscuity malts are the biggest aromas, with hints of chocolate, caramel and an underlying smokiness as well. Just the slightest hint of earthy hops

The flavor mirrors the nose with lots of bready/bicuity malts surrounded by bits of caramel, toffee, just a hint of chocolate, and a slight smokey quality. The hops are a bit more pronounced in the taste than they are in the aroma, but not enough to take away from the overall malty flavors that a brown ale should deliver. Very crisp and clean with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Really easy to drink.

A terrific beer even if you are not a huge fan of the style.

CBlack85, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.88/5  rDev +1%

Thanks to TRT. For this one.POured a dark brown with a thick creamy off white heading. Decent lace turned flat midway through the tasting.

Smell is mainly toasted malt.Slightest bit of chocolate and a nice earthy finish.

Taste is pretty much the same. Bready-doughy taste off the bat. Takes a turn with a sweeter caramel maltiness and a pine hop like finish.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Good beer. Nothing spectacular but a good choice if nothing else is around.

TheFightfan1, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of deaconoflove
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%

Ap. Very dark brown with minumal head for minimal time.
Sm. Very little. Some malts and slight butterscotch.
Ta. Mild malts, a bit of hops, a hint of lemon.
Mf. Smooth, filling, and substantial.
Dr. This beer is so mild and mellow that you could drink a bunch. Nothing impressive about it, just easy to drink.

deaconoflove, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours perfectly, forming a tight light tan head that lasts a good duration. The body is dark brownish copper in color and is cleanly filtered.

In the aroma the typical nutty character of brown ales dominates, along with some cola qualities.

Taste wise I'm getting toasted almonds with a slightly brisk herbal finish.

Moderately carbonated and medium in body. This brew is crisp enough to be refreshing, but complex enough to keep this from being boring.

TheSarge, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of jj311
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a semi-solid dark brown color with reddish-copper like hues when penetrated by light. I wasn't overly impressed with the foam-head, which is thin to medium at best depending on how hard the pour, and seems to dissipate quicker then it should, however I was pleased with the decent lacing left behind.

Smell: The smell that stuck out most to me was a sweet Brown Sugar, among a nutty, toasty coffee scent.

Taste: I was surprised how this beer was not overly sweet as I was expecting might be the case. Brown sugar with roasty malt and dark chocolate. Somewhat Buscuity and a hop bite at the end. Flavors could be a bit more strongly pronounced though.

Mouthfeel: Thin to Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Most definitely drinkable. Aside from the fact that I wished it was a bit "stronger" and pronounced in flavor, it was definitely pleasant to drink. I plan to buy this again.

jj311, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

A- Pours a thoroughly dark color for a brown ale. The head was a little thin and not long enough lasting, but it did leave some nice lacing on the glass which earns it some pointage.
S- Smell is coffee and nut with a bit of caramel in there.
T- The taste is a bit "toastier" than the aroma but all the smells come through in the taste as well. A nice malty finish as well. Some pine hops in the background throughout.
M- Medium bodied, slightly dry finish, medium carbonation.
D- Really a nice, moderate beer from SN. Nice and well rounded and thoroughly enjoyable. Would make a great grill out beer.

jsprain1, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of DJED69
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Nice change of pace brew from SN. Pours a dark copper-brown. Head is about an inch of creamy foam that settles to a nice cap. Smell wasn't all that great---not too distinguished. Taste is quite nice. Malt dominates, with a touch of sweetness, touch of hop bitterness. I do wish it had a tad more body, it is a bit thin. Overall, a pleasant take on a classic English style ale. Glad to have tried it.

DJED69, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a darker copper color with a thin cap of head that hangs around for a while. A lot of nutty, toasted malt in the aroma, but also some sweeter, molasses notes mixing in. The taste follows suit of the aroma - lots of toasted malt nuttiness with some piney hop bitterness on the back end. More nuttiness on the lingering, slightly astringent finish. Body is medium and creamy and drinkability is good. This is a tasty brown ale!

curasowa, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

A-Pours a burnt sienna color with a thick, cratery, two finger cappuccino foam colored head.

S-Smells mostly of roasted and caramel malts with a clean hop nose and some biscuity aromas.

T-Nutty and biscuity upfront with a well defined roastiness in the middle and a bitter hop finish.

M-Thin to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation and a drying mouthfeel.

D-Pretty decent offering for the style although not a personal favorite. I definitely prefer a brown ale with less roasted and hop characteristics.

samie85, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Had this on 2010-10-20 in Reno, NV from a 24 oz bomber.

A - Somewhat hazy brown with a nice head.

S - Smells sweet and nutty with a tiny bit of hop aroma.

T - Doesn't knock you over the head but the rich-tasting toasted malt balances sweetness against some astringent nutella flavor. Not much bitterness but you can tell the hops are present.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Not creamy.

D - Easy to drink Quality ingredients. Good for the style although I like more aggressive flavors in my brews.

Tucquan, Oct 31, 2010
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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