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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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3,094 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,094
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 73
Gots: 201 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 07-25-2010

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

This has a huge foamy light tan head that leaves a ton of lacing. Dark brownish red color. Nice malty scent.

The Tumbler has a very strong almost grape malt taste to it. It's quite smooth with just a slight bit of carbonated tingle to it. I've never been a huge fan of brown ales, but this has a refreshingly sweet taste. In the back of the mouth there's a slight burnt almost porter feel.

Very good complexity but not overly done.

Photo of Celt44
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a 12 pack of this up at Wegman's - seemed like the right thing to do in October.

Appearance - Pours an amberish-brown with a nice frothy head. Creamy lacing last throughout. Nice-looking beer.

Aroma - Bursting with caramel and chocolate. Hints of malt and hops finish it off.

Taste - Sweet coffee with a bit o'honey. Sweeter than I expected. A hint of hop and malt.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth.

Overall a nice fall Brown Ale - the aroma was no where near what I experienced for taste. Definitely the biggest difference I've experienced there. Nice autumn session beer and definiely a good alternative to the flooded Octoberfest market.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a twelve pack of Sierra Nevada's Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale for $11.99 at Meijers. I missed out on this beer last year so when I saw a bunch of twelve packs on the shelf I figured I should give it a try, Sierra Nevada hasn't let me down yet, so lets see how this brew goes. No visible bottling date but it's a fall seasonal so I know it's fresh. Poured from a short 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- This bottle looks pretty good, it't got a nice autumn scene in the background that lets you know this is a fall beer. It poured a nice dark brown color with a nice ruby hue when held to the light, it also had two fingers worth of creamy tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some very nice lacing. This is one great looking Brown Ale.

S- I pick up lots of slightly sweet medium roasted malts that impart some caramel and chocolate aromas along with slight bit of nuts. I also pick up a mild dark fruit aroma and a mild amount of floral and earthy hops.

T- The flavor starts off with those loads of medium roasted malts that aren't as sweet as they were in the aroma. The malts impart some nice flavors like caramel, nuts, and a slight amount of chocolate that gives this beer a pretty nice roasty taste for a Brown Ale. The hops are very mild in this beer and they start to show up towards the end and are more earthy then floral. The finish had barely any bitterness to it and was medium dry.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a good amount of medium carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good American Brown Ale. Everything about this beer was pretty good with nothing seeming off or out of place about it and the drinkability was really good, it just had the right combination of flavor and smoothness that made them go down quicker then expected, a six pack during a nice fall bonfire would for sure hit the spot. What I like most about this beer was the appearance, it looked exactly how I would want a Brown Ale to look, and the nice flavor was also very noteworthy. If I had to choose something I liked the least about this beer it would have to be the aroma, it was good, but the sweet dark fruits seems a little weird, but that really wasn't a big deal at all. I would for sure buy this beer again, there's a good chance I will be getting another twelve pack before it disappears for the year. I would recommend this beer to just about anyone, and if Brown Ales are your thing then they don't get much more drinkable then this. This beer makes my top three Brown Ale list but I still think Indian Brown is my favorite. This was another good beer from Sierra Nevada, every style I try from them always seem like a good drinkable representation of the style and this beer is no different, thanks for sending your quality brews to Michigan Sierra Nevada.

Photo of dansmcd
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of light tan creamy head. Dark-red brown body. Sheet lacing.

S - Roasted grain malts, coffee and smoke.

T - As with the nose - coffee and smoke, but with some citrusy hops and soft caramel backing.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O - Good, solid brown ale. You dont get any shit beers from these guys.

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

perfect for the season. pours a mahogany brown color, ruby red when held up to the setting sun. big creamy tan head that only reduces slightly as it sits. has a fantastic rich roasted flavor with just a hint of booze coming through as it warms. i think its lighter body is a double edged sword... it doesnt all the way stand up to the chilly wind outside because its light in my belly, but at the same time, i could put a 6pack of these away no problem. delicious!

Photo of Minkybut
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice coca cola colored beer. It poured a nice fluffy tan head that had a great malty smell to it. The beer was smooth with a slight caramel taste. This is a really great tasting beer and I will certainly buy again.

Photo of slyke
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tumbler pours a lovely brown color with a pillowy tan head. The smell is faint with notes of caramel. The taste is toasty with nice notes of caramel and grain. The mouthfeel is smooth to the point of being silky. There is a nice roasted aftertaste. Overall this is a very tasty beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Pickled Pig

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was a very deep brown color with a small off-white head on top. Not much head retention or lacing.

S: Some toasted malt and caramel right away as well as some nuts. There is a very faint fruity aroma near the end.

T: Starts off with some caramel, a little bit of maple, some nuts, and some bready malt. There is a slight hop presence and a bit of sweet fruit.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and crisp. Medium carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty brown ale. Has a nice fruit component that most do not have and is very easy drinking. Not my favorite brown, but better than most.

Photo of 57md
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with orange tints and more than a finger's worth of head. The smell is a delightful combination of roasted malts and maple syrup. The taste is hearty and dominated by malt up front. The finish is pleasantly bitter. Traditional browns can often be disappointingly weak and thin, but this one is the exact opposite.

Update: I sampled the 2014 version in the fall variety pack and thought it was slightly less hearty and rich than previous versions. I'm not sure if this is due to a slight change in the recipe or a cloudy memory on my part. Nevertheless, I thought it was relevant to mention it as an addendum.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a nice dark brown with caramel tones where the line shines through. Three fingers of dense, cappuccino-like head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy lacing.

Smell: Toasted caramel, but it is very faint. The smell that really grabs my attention is the hop citrus; I cannot gauge whether or not it is grapefruit or something else. I can pick up a little coffee and chocolate, and the smoked malts mentioned on the beer’s webpage are also noticeable, but, overall, the aroma is very unassertive.

Taste: The mouthfeel is incredible. Very thick, rich, and buttery. The taste is reminiscent of the smell, but much bolder. The smoked malts create the backbone, offering a nice, smoky bitterness. It supports caramel, chocolate, a little coffee, and maybe a hint of the hop bitterness I got a whiff of in the smell.

Drinkability: The taste makes up for everything the smell lacks; it is very bold and aggressive. I am really impressed and eager to have another.

Photo of gpogo
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark brown body, through thinner areas of the glass I can see the body is nice and clear. Head was of a respectable size and stuck around. Cream colored head.

A- Bready light chocolate malt aroma. Caramel and toffee.

T- Upfront bitterness followed by a bready chocolate malt flavor. The bitterness is almost overwhelming(for a brown). Sweet caramel and light bitter finish.

M- Medium body. Moderate-high carbonation. Smooth, but crisp body.

D- Aside from the slightly more bitter taste than I would like I found this beer to be very enjoyable. One of my favorite browns. Pick this up every fall if you can.

Photo of manitouman84
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with moderate turbidity as a deep copper brown. Gives way to a thick, three finger, almond brown head, with good retention and wonderful lacing plastered all over the walls of the glass. Toasty almonds and caramel on the nose, very faint hop aromas, simple but delightful. The flavor is malty and nutty, toasted almonds again, toffee, caramel, cocoa and milk chocolate linger in the shadows. Very nice finish, mouthfeel is creamy and balanced, velvety and slightly sweet, very sessionable. This beer is not complex, just an excellent example of what a brown should be. Sometimes its nice to drink something simple and just plain good.

Photo of isualum12
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer at GABF. I really enjoyed stopping by Sierra Nevada booth. Loved the VW and loved the taster books.

A- Cooper brown color with not a lot head on it.
S-Well there was some burnt aroma rolling off early with a carmel finish. I didn't get the smoke that others got.

T- Bitterness was really unexpected and just a disappointment. The bitter taste hit early and often. Not a brown taste I was looking for.

M- Just not creamy or smooth like I was looking for from their brown.

As much as I really like most from Sierra Nevada this was not one of them for me.

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

A- Brown/cola color with a one inch tan head that has great retention and sticky lacing.

S- Roasted malt, grassy hops, burnt bread crust, and as it warms some toffee, chocolate, and a hint of smoke.

T- The bitterness muddles some of the above aroma characteristics, but this is still a tasty Brown.

M- Thin to medium feel with a nice prickly carbonation.

D/O- Classic Sierra Nevada. Easy to find, cheap, and worth a try. Cheers.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a nice dark brown with a cram colored head that maintains itself nicely throughout consumption.

Smells a bit sweet, caramely, a small bit of hops.

It tastes a bit nuttier than it smells. It also has a bit more hops than I like in a brown ale, but I'm a traditionalist when it comes to that style.

It has a pretty full mouthfeeland it's very velvety.

Overall this is a good beer for the fall at an affordable price. Not sure I'll buy it again this year, but I'll probably look for it again next year.

Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Really surprising pour, in my 8oz tulip tasting glass I got a beautiful little cascade and a huge head with great lace and retention. Color is a rich chestnut with highlights of cranberry.

S- Very light smell. Slightly nutty smell with hints of sweetness like a mild brown sugar.

T- Really nice mellow taste. Notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of smoke, but with a full malty body. There is a slight herbal bitterness to the front end that lasts throughout the profile but mellows out at the end.

M- Mouthfeel is light but pleasant; could be a little more full bodied. Smooth, with nice carbonation.

O- Great drinkability, nice autumn/fall beer. Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints.

Photo of AdamBear
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown, not quite opaque, but close. thick light tan head that stays. good lacing.

S-nutty and creamy malts. smells slightly spoiled. some hints of chocolate and woodiness

T-comes in with a great roasted chestnut flavor. its a crisp and high quality flavor. there's a slight toffee and chocolate flavor that starts and lasts for awhile. this is really good. the after-taste is good and lasting.

M-great creamy carbonation with a crisp finish. its actually perfect.

O-this is good. real good. i remember having this a long time ago and feeling indifferent about it, but this time it just hit the spot. this so easy to drink. i'm very proud of my self for going with the 6-pack. although i'd love to know what Sierra Nevada could come up with for a pumpkin beer or oktoberfest, but i appreciate the originality with this one. good job SN!

Photo of lstokes
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark but not opaque chestnut brown with a nice nutty smell. Small off-white head with a surprising amount of lacing. Caramel, toasted nuts, some coffee, some pine hops and a drying character on the back of the tongue--almost too drying! Overall a pretty tasty beer, especially with the right food pairing.

Photo of philbe311
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of perfectly level to start (turning a bit rocky once it settles a bit) slightly fizzy khaki colored head... Excellent retention... Loaded with small bubbled slow to moderate paced carbonation... A medium to dark brown color... Translucent with light coming in at all angles...

S - Fairly subdued... Dark brown sugars... Some bready crusts... A tad bit nutty... A light earthiness... Perhaps some very faint caramel... Malty, but not sweet...

T - Lots of dark bread malts... Some light roasted malts... English toffee... Light caramel... A touch of smoke... Faint coffee... Good character and good complexity...

M - Medium bodied... A bit creamy to start... Lightly carbonation, but with a good bite... Clean... Crisp... Satisfying... Goes down easy sip after sip...

D - A very solid very respectable brown ale... All the parts work together to create a wonderful harmony... More than the sum of its parts... An excellent fall seasonal offering...

Photo of Paincane
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown pour into pint glass produces two and a half finger creamy tan head. Phenomenal retention and beautfiul lace.
S: Malt dominates aroma.
T: Sweet malt with a touch of hop bitterness to balance it out.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
O: Very enjoyable to look at and taste. Will definitely have more.

Photo of tzieser
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

a: crystal clear deep mahogany color with a huge two finger white head that slowly settles into a thick lacing. darker than expected, but nice.

s: minimal smell. no hop aroma (obviously) with very subtle notes of caramel malt and a bit of toffee.

t: big malt flavor. sweet flavors of toffee, caramel and maybe a hint of molasses. subltle (and i mean very subtle) hint of earthy hops is there to keep this brew from becoming a sweet mess. well balanced and pretty yummy.

m: creamy smooth mouthfeel.

a good stab at the style and worth trying. not worth going out of your way for but definitely give it a shot if you see it.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great clouds of clingy creme! The dark brown and brandy booze looks ready to go...
Smells of three heavy hitters; coffee, cocoa, and caramel. Bounces off the tongue reminiscent of the smell. Cocoa, dark burnt malts smoothly glides with a medium body, just a hint of sweet marshmallow reminds one its autumn again. Overall a solid seasonal, one that makes me very excited for the colder seasons as those are just as good here in CO as are the warm ones

Photo of BeerLover99
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep shiny chestnut brown, finger head, wonderful lacing

S: light nuts, caramel, malt, toffee. mild bread

T: sweet toffee, nuts, light malt, light bitter roasted finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry crisp mouth

O: Very nice, but still don't know why
so many people put Sierra Nevada as a world
class brewery. They are just fine and solid.
This beer is worth picking up.


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

Poured from their 12oz bottle into my 12oz beer glass...

Appearance - Poured a quick 2 fingers of tan head, small tight bubbles, lots of tiny bubbles within the beer, color is a clear, rich brown red color.

Smell - Roasted grains, fresh baked pumpernickel bread, touch of molasses and raisins.

Taste - Starts with pumpernickel fruitcake made with dark fruits, molasses at the center, finishes with malty breadcrust, and a wonderful flavor of meadowy hops and a whiff of black coffee after the sip.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth beer, medium carb adds a nice crispness and creates a slight mineral taste, which I found very pleasant and a nice addition to the complexity here. Medium mouthfeel and just enough hops to ask you to take the next sip.

Overall - What a nicely balanced and complex brown ale. Complex with all of the flavors playing equal parts. Not overly sweet at all, very thirst quenching. Enjoying my first one during Monday Night Football, you should too - highly recommend, and a very good representative of the style.

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

Bought a 12 FL OZ. bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $2.49. Poured from the 2011 labeled and leaf covered bottle into a 16oz iTap Passport Club Pint Glass. Has 1224 112 64 on the side of the bottle.

Aroma- Good hops used here with a caramel and roasty nose finish. Sweet malts are in here as well. Very easy going on the nose.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger, frothy head that keeps. Has a dark copper/brown color body that has good clarity. Huge lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Medium malt flavor and then a ton of maple syrup taste but not thick. Hops are evident but very mild in this one.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and has a small amount of bitterness/hops on the finish with the roastiness.

Overall Impression- A very drinkable brown ale. I would categorize this one as an English Brown but no worries. Sierra Nevada is known for their hops and strength. This one I just had to try. Probably won't be going back to it but wouldn't pursaude anyone to not to try it.

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 3,094 ratings.