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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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2,667 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,667
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 47
Gots: 96 | 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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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, cola brown color with a two-finger, light brown head of thick foam. It was short lived and left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of rich roasted malts with mild coffee notes. There was a slight hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice brown ale. It actually tasted like autumn.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 20:28:07 | More by zeff80
Photo of mjw06


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark brown leaving little light through with a frothy and creamy light tan head that last the whole glass, though didnt leave much lacing.

Wonderfully balanced nose of cascade hops and fall spice, with a subtle candied pecan and hazelnut body.

The taste mimics the smell, though the spice is much more subtly if even noticeable on the tongue than it is the nose.

Full-bodied feel that enters the palate wide, giving you different tastes on all sides of the tongue. Carbonation that seems to compliment the taste perfectly.

Didn't know what to expect at purchase, but Sierra Nevada really perfected this seasonal. This is stays amazingly true to the brewery's style why also staying true to season. I look forward to enjoying many more of these while they're here, maybe even storing some.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 04:32:23 | More by mjw06
Photo of Gambrinus1184


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

Poured from a stubby 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: hazy, deep, copper brown color with a creamy, two-finger head of tan foam which left some good lacing and retained fairly well.

S: Smells a little nutty with hints of juicy, citrus fruit, hop resin, and bitter roasted malts.

T: Nicely bittersweet roasted malt flavor up front accentuated by some hazelnut and earthy malts as well. A good amount of fruity ale esters and some citrusy, herbal hops come in just to provide a bit of balance and never overpower the malt character. Good balance and sturdy brown ale.

M: Medium bodied brown ale with enough balance to satiate both malties and hopheads alike.

D: A near session-style English brown made distinctly American with the addition of dry and bittering west-coast hops. Just the right amount of malt sweetness and body to welcome cooler months with enough hop resin to make it a season-long addition suitable even for these waning days of summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 02:51:19 | More by Gambrinus1184
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New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours clear, dark brown with two fingers of foam that coat the glass. Aroma is malty, nutty, and a bit bitter.

Mmm. Nice first impression. Malty, but not a malt bomb. Some nice hop bitterness to round things out, and a hint of hop flavor as well. Finishes relatively dry and crisp, with a lingering bitterness that is quite pleasant.

Overall, another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 01:13:14 | More by FickleBeast
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear brown with a thin, tan head.

Smell is roasty, sweet chocolatey, slight hop tinge.

Taste is a little bitter, roasty, chocolatey, and slightly chalky.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are very good.

I wasnt' sure what to expect, but the chocolate is quite different and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 23:58:15 | More by aubuc1
Photo of Ezone024


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours dark brown, with a creamy head. aromas of roasted malts and robust hop essence. the taste is very full, notes of roasted barley gives off a subtle chocolate taste.
Feels nice on the tongue has a nice sugary coating yet the brew is very clear and crisp.

Perfect session for an autumn day.. this could hang out with long trails harvest all day !

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 20:16:33 | More by Ezone024
Photo of HarleyRider


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

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Looks as it states on the bottle, like autumn. A nice looking autumn brown color with redish high lights. Nice thick 2 plus finger tan head. Lace looks good as I swirl the half filled pint glass. Very inviting looking beer if that's a description. Settling to a crisp clear brown. Looking at this pint I'm thinking it needs to be in a beer commercial. Exactly what an October/Harvest/Autumn beer should look like as I fill the glass and the head just pops over the top but not enough to spill over the sides.

Smell: I pick up the sweet malts with some chocolate and roasted nutty flavors. I had to swirl it around to get that smell back for the second sniff.

Taste: Smooth malty flavors with a nice nuttiness coming through. Some roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Light on the hop bitters. I think some of the smokiness is adding to the bitter. I like that. Nice body. Leaving a little sticky lace on the glass.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is average. Clean drinking beer. I have a feeling I will be tasting every bottle in this six pack right now.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. Not a sipper buy any means. I polished off the first pint like I just ran home from the store. Literally. A winner in my book.

P.S. On a side note. I used this beer making a beer batter for my fluke fry this past Sunday. Yes I ran back and bought more. Everyone (50 people) loves my fresh beer batter fluke. I normally use a New Castle or another sweet brown ale and flour for my beer batter. That's it for ingredients. Very basic and very good. After the thanks from this party I am buying a case of Tumbler just to keep stashed for my beer batters. Several people told me I out did myself this time. Only thing different from the last 8 yrs and as recent as my drunken 4th of July bash was the beer in the batter.


Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 15:33:04 | More by HarleyRider
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burnt brown, with copper highlights. Minimal off white head.

Smells of roasted barley, earthy tones with a nice hop profile, as most Sierra Nevada beers have.

Tastes of slight hop bitterness up front, with malty backbone. Relatively light body, which makes for it's great drinkability.

All in all, a solid fall brew from SN. Very well balanced between malts and hops, make this a great sixer to sit by a fall bonfire. After the first one I reviewed, I lit up a nice maduro and felt the beer complimented the cigar quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 15:26:28 | More by JToad
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Bottled on July 8th. Pours a deep brown. Not opaque. Exhibits good carbonation. Two inches of lumpy head forms and quickly dissipates. Fair amount of lacing. Nutty, roasted malt on the nose with a touch of coffee and dark chocolate notes. Medium bodied and just enough carbonation to make the mouthfeel nice and easy. Definitely sessionable. Sweeter on the palate. The roasted, nutty flavors come across after those of semisweet chocolate. This is the best brown ale I have had in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 05:34:03 | More by hoppyhampy
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3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Well, the name says it all really. It's a brown ale, and the name delivers - the beer really is a beautiful brown color. Enticing and exciting. There is a great little 1 and a half finger off-white head off of the pour.

Smell - Frankly smells kinda weak. Seems like a good balance of malts and hops, but honestly it's pretty underwhelming.

Taste - Unfortunately, as bland as the smell. Definitely drinkable, but it tastes like something BMC might have tried to pull out of its hat and market as a "craft" beer. Maybe I'm just not huge on this style, but I seem to remember having had a few better-tasting brown ales in the past. Just pretty good. Nothing exceptional, and in all honesty, because I was drinking it on a time crunch, it got a drain pour. It wasn't worth it to me to continue drinking, when I could leave to go take care of some things a few minutes sooner if I just got rid of it.

Mouthfeel - A good mouthfeel, really. Good levels of carbonation, not too thick.

Drinkability - If you're sitting around with your buds, drinking from sixes or twelves, it's definitely a good beer to consider. If you're looking to take your time to enjoy something after a long, hard day of work, pour something else into your glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:38:54 | More by dimitrius
Photo of JordanEllwanger


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty dark brown appearance. Some bubbles remain clung to the glass a 1/4 inch below surface of the ale. Smells malty and toasted with a pinch of hops. The taste is much less malty than the smell and slightly more hops. A good blend. Has a spicy feel to it that good be cleaned up a little. A good beer could drink a six pack. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:16:33 | More by JordanEllwanger
Photo of david131


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

A- A clear brown liquid with some orange highlights. The light brown head is creamy and has some pretty good retention.

S- Toasted malts, caramel, oats, and some nuttiness. Smells very fall-like.

T- Caramel, oats, and some nuttiness. Roasted up front then some sweetness comes in at the end.

M- Pretty carbonated with some lasting flavors.

D- A good fall beer. Not a stand out by any means, but a welcome addition to the Sierra Nevada lineup.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 01:26:10 | More by david131
Photo of rawthar


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brunt copper where the light finds its way through, some spiraling activity in the center of the glass, and a two-and-a-half finger sand and seafoam head in no hurry to dissolve.

S- Caramel, some roastiness, sticky sugars, earth, piny hops as a back stop and a yeast that is reminiscent of low-grav Belgian darks.

T- Smoke and tree bark with a surprisingly dry hop pellet backbone, dried leaves, kolsh-like subtleties, and some coffee grinds as it warms up

M- Very smooth and unoffensive

D- Perfectly appropriate for the slight chill of the autumn evening, I call this one a winner

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 00:30:01 | More by rawthar
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce stubby bottle. Say what you want about Sierra Nevada, but it's nice to see the company not rest on their laurels in terms of the seasonals and other offerings. This is the first time I can recall them taking a swing at a brown ale. Pours a deep brown with dark ruby undertones that comes out a little bit lighter than the color of Coca Cola. Large bubbly head that goes at least a half inch if not a little bit higher. Moderate lacing. Aroma is all roasted malt, almost bordering on smokey. There's some dark chocolate fudge notes as well. Smells like a smoked chocolate chip cookie. Light and creamy mouthfeel, almost like a cream stout. Beer is fairly assertive, bitterness levels are relatively high for the style. Taste is almost all roasted and toasted malt. Kind of has a sourdough toast or toasted English muffin type of taste to it. There's no real hop character, save maybe some light orange hops in the finish which play well off the chocolate flavors throughout the body of the beer. Solidly constructed, almost like drinking a porter. I like this one quite a bit, and it will be a great autumn drink if and when it finally cools down outside.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 23:54:36 | More by eclaycamp
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear deep ruby color with notes of brown. Has an off white creamy, medium sized head that has very good retention and lacing.

S-Has a light toasted biscuit maltiness with undertones of roasted and caramel malt.

T-The flavor is much of the same with strong notes of roasty, sweet caramel, sweet toasted biscuit malts. Along side of all that, there is some earthy hop flavor and earthy bitterness that lingers so well in the finish.

M-The mouthfeel is creamy and full with a bittersweet hop finish. Very clean so you know it's an american brown and not an english brown ale.

D-Very very drinkable. I'm so glad I bought a sixer of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 23:30:08 | More by hoplover82
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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark chestnut brown with an amber tint. Has a massive cream colored head that has wonderful retention and better than average lacing. The only thing that I can say that would improve this beers look is a few more carbonation bubbles.

S - Some nice roasted malts here. There are hints of caramel, toffee and chocolate.

T - Nice nutty malty taste upfront. Gives way to strong notes of caramel, toffee, a very slight chocolate. A slightly bitter after taste. Very good.

M - A little more thin than I would like with a little lack of carbonation. Really the only component of this beer that has something left to be desired.

D - A great session beer and great for just sitting out on the porch enjoying one. Take your pick. You can't go wrong here.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 20:38:15 | More by LairdChisholm
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light orangery brown with a light tan head that laces nicely till the last drop.

S- A very prominent nutty roasted aroma that reminds me of a light stout. The hop aroma is overpowered by the malt.

T- The sweetness of the malt hits up front followed by a nutty taste. The hop bitterness only becomes apparent after drinking a few. This is a little different than Brooklyn Brown Ale which is bitter from the first sip.

M- Light-medium bodied.

D- Drink-ability is average. I can drink 3-4 of these before becoming sick of the taste.

A decent brew for those who like brown ales. Personally, I don't care that much for brown ales so I probably didn't appreciate it as much as a brown ale connoisseur would.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 20:18:23 | More by y2jrock60
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown in color, filtered. Has a HUGE frothy offwhite head that sticks around for a while.

A smokey, roasty malt smell comes wafting from the glass. Bits of molasses and chocolate are also present.

Not surprisingly, the taste mirrors the smell. You can taste the smokey, roasty flavors. The bittersweet chocolate makes a brief cameo.

It's got a strong, manly mouthfeel to it. Feels like a man's beer. There's moderate sweetness initially but it quickly gives way to a smokey feel before the bitter takes over in the swallow.

After several minutes, there is still a tiny head and great lacing. Like most selections from Sierra Nevada, this is easy to drink. It packs a lot of flavor, and while they're strong, they're not obnoxious or overbearing. Alcohol is moderate making this very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 04:21:42 | More by RickS95
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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark maple-brown color with a medium amount of head. The smell on this beer is kinda nutty and malty. I'm picking up very faint hops, but nothing much. A little wood as well along with very little chocolate. There is nothing bland about the taste this beer has. I'm having a hard time pinpointing certain flavors I'm getting, but this just isn't watered down at all. I'm getting some chocolate notes, some nuttiness, a little roastiness, and a bit of sweet malts. My palate is not very advanced on brown ales, so I'm not really sure what these flavors are that I'm picking up. All I know is that it tastes pretty damn good. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and the drinkability is not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 02:47:40 | More by DovaliHops
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on a whim for the fall season. 12oz bottle, 2010...

A: Super transparent brown with a thick off white head that fades slowly. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Good.

S: Some malty bitter brown sugar blended with some hints of spicy apples. Not much else going on. Decent.

T: You know, the weird thing about this brew is I kind of feel like this really fits the autumn season. It reminds me of colored leaves and being outdoors in the nice brisk breeze. Follows the nose. Bitter brown sugar with some caramel apple blended on the backend. Hints of earthiness in the middle. Good.

M: High carbonation with a nice medium body. Leaves a good autumn type flavor on your palate, if you can picture what that means, hehe. Good.

D: This goes down nice and easy. Very good.

All in all, this is one of those rare brews that definitely seems to be as it claims. This claims to be an autumn brew and when I take a sip, it reminds me so, so much of the taste of autumn, if that had a taste. Good to try at least once if you like the autumn brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 02:40:58 | More by steve8robin
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Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This looks almost red when held up to the light but in the glass it appears a dark mahogany. Both aroma and taste are 100% roasty, but not in a coffee or smoky way, and there is a nice earthy sweetness. The hops have enough of a presence to distinguish this brown ale from the more malt-forward Octoberfests of the season. That added balance kicks up the drinkability for me. Sierra Nevada has nailed it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 01:03:28 | More by coachdonovan
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4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been a big Sierra Nevada fan for years, but I've never seen Tumbler until this season. It's labeled an "Autumn Brown Ale" and that's exactly what it is.

The beer produces a creamy head and has a beautiful deep brown, almost cloudy color. There's a very nice coffee/mocha/chocolate aroma. The taste reminds me of the old Pilgrim Nutbrown, which was on of my favorites many years ago. There's great nuttiness with just enough bite of hops on the finish. You can even have a few of these without feeling heavy or full. A great beer for the fall season.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 00:34:53 | More by mjrod2142
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4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time seeing this brew. I thouroghly enjoy Sierra Nevada's brews. This one poured a cloudy iced tea color. The nose was dominated buy fresh brewed coffee and a little cocoa power. The taste was refreshing of roasted malts and mocha coffee like highlights with a fine balance of hops and some walnut. A perfect autumn brew to enjoy with a nice turkey dinner and a roaring fire (except not in Florida where we probably won't need a fire!)

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 23:59:32 | More by Portertime
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a mostly clear dark amber color with a 1 finger beige head..smell is roasted malts and toffee with hops in the background..taste is roasted toffee/malts some spice hops are present.mouth feel is medium + this is a autumn brown ale with earth notes SN makes great brews this is no exception is the best brown? no it is not.but its drinkable.affordable and just plain good

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 22:30:21 | More by gatornation
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

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

2010 Tumbler poured into Great Lakes pint glass.

A very clear dusky, orange, amber color. Pretty.

Sweet and malty with some earth/soil.

Malty with the right amount of sweetness that isn't over the top. Very clean tasting.

Very smooth, slight carbonation with a creamy finish.

Very drinkable and not filling.
This a a great beer for the fall season. SN has the best labels too. It would be great to be in a nice stone cabin on a stream in autumn drinking this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 21:30:51 | More by MirkoCroCough
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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