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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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3,080 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,080
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 72
Gots: 197 | 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:
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 dcook11
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Two finger off white head. Light brown body with tinges of read when held up to the light. Medium carbonation. Good lacing.

S- Maple syrup, malt, slight metalic note, touch of brown sugar slight coffee smell, rosted malt. Oddly enough...a touch of belgian yeast.

T- Hoppier than the smell. Hops, malt, nutty, hints of coffee, roasted malt, belgian yeast. Nice mesh of flavors.

M- Light approaching medium bodied.

o- Fantastic brown ale. One of my favorite fall seasonals.

Photo of mikeg67
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with an off-white, long lasting, thick head. Aroma is of herbal hops up front, then dark fruit and caramel come through as the beer warms up. Light-medium, smooth body. Toasted malt, herbal spicy hops and dark fruit fill the mouth. The finish is long, hoppy and dry. Tasty session brew.

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

Purchased as a 12 pack from Kroger in Glen Allen, VA - poured into various devices meant for consuming liquids.

Pours a nice light looking brown with massive pillowy head and descends slowly and sticks to the glass. Impressive looking beer. Smells okay not much on the nose really, I can get some nice spicy hop notes in there with some brown aley malty notes but it's fain. Taste is very nice, great quaffable brown, I had a bunch while fishing on a boat. Very refreshing even on a hot day.

Overall this is a great ABA and i would purchase it again

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

Poured on tap at ChurchKey DC into a tumbler.

A tan light caramel colored head with much staying power, giving to chestnut hues on a dark brown body. Not much going for lacing here however, but still looks very solid and appetizing.

Nose is quite muted but good. Small roasting sense, a little weak and wet.

Taste is a classic brown ale mild nut with hazelnut small sweetness. A little bit of carbon dioxide fizz and aftertaste but still bringing a solid nutty taste and malt backbone.

Overall not too bad for a Brown Ale.

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

Has a deep bronze color with a beige head dissipates at moderate speed leaving excellent lacing. The nose consists primarily of nuts, some caramel and leather. The taste is very nutty and toasty some wood, leather and brown sugar sweetness; fruity on the finish. Mouthfeel is hearty without being sticky or chewy. A solid brown ale especially enjoyable in fall or winter

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

Dark brown but translucent. Small amount of big bubbly head. Roasted malt, some copper bitterness. Slightly earthy/nutty. Somewhat of an earthy hop character but more of an earthy nut aroma. Burnt caramel, bready malt for the flavor with a earthy nut finish. Crisp but also roasted and earthy bitter for the finish. Malts dominate but Sierra busts out some hop flavors for this one.

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

Brown stubby 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Clear medium brown color with amber tint when held to the light. Off white foamy head that left decent sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell: Sweet and malty with an earthy and hazelnut-like aroma. Welcoming.

Taste: Very autumnal, with good a maltiness and earthy flavors. Caramel, nuts, bready. very smooth, with the malts being in the forefront, but a decent mellow hoppiness beneath it.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with good carbonation. Finishes crisp and clean, but not dry.

Overall: A very good fall/winter brew that I would seek out again. Would like to try this on tap sometime.

Photo of ehammond1
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Dark brown with a tall light brown head and lots of lacing left down the glass.

Bready aroma, some sweet toffee and caramel, and a bit of pine.

Simple flavor of fresh brown bread, bread crust, mild yeast character, and a touch of sweet caramel and toffee.

Classic, medium bodied, amply carbonated Sierra Nevada style mouthfeel.

A decent, simple, incredibly easy drinking brown ale. I prefer Sierra Nevada's previously brewed (now retired?) Brown Ale.

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

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Very good brown ale, and I don't usually care for the style. Pours a dark chocolaty brown with a nice off-white head that retains as a thin layer. Smells of dark roasted malts, nutty, with hints of chocolate and resiny hops. Kind of reminds me of autumn. Nice helping of roast in the taste, dark malts, very obvious chocolate notes, toffee, pine. No one flavor comes out too strong; very well-balanced and not strong or heavy at all. About middle-of-the road medium-bodied, and pleasantly drinkable.

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

A&S - Pours a ruby brown with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Smells of dark stewed fruit, hazelnut, smokey wood, and some solid malt aroma.

T&M - Hits flat and sweet, smokiness builds along with stewed fruit containing a nice alcohol burn. The earthiness grows along with more smoke as the hop presence and chocolate malt begin to shine, all while maintaining that refreshing medium/light body.

O - Overall an excellent brown ale, and an excellent offering from SN.

Photo of TCMike
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- 2 finger beige head. The beer was a mahogany color.

Smell-bicuity malts, and a little earthiness.

Taste- medium mouth-feel, an upper/low carbonation. Tastes of malts, a hint of caramel, and coffee. Hops just barely noticeable on the end of drink.

This is a very drinkable brown. Quite tasty!

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

2011 batch poured in a glass.

Appearance- Root beer brown to copper with a decent off white head.
Smell- Some notes of hazelnut. The nose has been a little stuffy lately.
Taste- Very smooth and clean with some smokiness hidden in there. No bad aftertastes. Leaves a nice tingle on the tongue
Mouthfeel- Clean with out being watery.
Overall- For some reason, I liked last years batch more. I was excited to see this on the shelf again, but it didn't live up to my memories. This was my fall beer last year. Might need something else this year.

Photo of nickthetick
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours a clear brown, a beautiful copper when held to the light, into an American shaker with a solid finger of khaki head that leaves some wonderful lacing.

S: a barrage of roated nuts, toffee, leather. Altogether a very earthy, nutty beer.

T: a lot like the nose with the very first thing hitting the tongue being a bouquet of roasted nuts and a nice wood flavor. There is a great light leather note and an equally light darker fruit note and even some brown sugar.

MF: heavy, but not chewy or filling. Crisp flavor profile, great effervescence with a clean finish.

O: this is an amazing brown ale; to this point then best I have had. Every year it is among the top of my list to look fo on the shelves as far as seasonals. It makes me think of a late september or early october day thats still warm but damp and rainy. This beer and a movie are perfecte for that day.

Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into something similar to a pilsner glass

Pours dark brown, somewhat translucent, big tan head that fades pretty quickly and leaves a lot of lacing, lots of carbonation holding up a fairly small layer of head. Smell is nutty, sweet, and mild.

Taste is sweet, a little roasty, very nutty.

Mouthfeel is dry and kind of gritty. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown with some amber orange and lots of rising bubbles. A huge light tan rising head of about six fingers with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Aroma of dark roasted malts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and chocolate with hints of earthy hops. Also some hints of nuts. Smells very robust and balanced.

Taste: Dark roasted malts up front with lots of caramel and toffee. A solid presence of nuts throughout. Some chocolate and brown sugar come in midway through. Some light hints of maple syrup. Some earthy grassy hops towards the finish giving a mild bitterness. Complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Robust and creamy. Nicely dry.

Overall: A very good version of an American Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada. Robust, complex, and very well balanced.

Photo of DannyDan
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown hue with a whitehead that leaves some really good lacing and retention. The smell is chocolate, and some roasted malts. The taste consists of chocolate, maple, a hint of hops, and some sweet malts that make this a really good tasting beer. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and easy drinking. A must try brown ale.

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

A: Pretty standard brown ale appearance; dark-amber/brown color, a bit of off-white head.

S: Musty, bready malts with a bit of a caramel/brown sugar sweetness– classic brown ale aroma here, with nothing outstanding good or bad.

T: Follows smell pretty closely, very bready malt backbone with a nice caramel/brown sugar sweet balance. Light piny hops present. Almost a maple syrup flavor on the finish, which was rather enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied, maybe a little more than that for the style; lightly carbonated and fairly sticky. Dry finish.

O: A solid beer; not especially unique but one that I'll be having again. There's a definite seasonal quality to the beer that I can't quite pin down, but it's something to look forward to in the early fall.

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

A - Pours a very deep mahogany brown, nice puffy 1.5 finger head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Dark malts, caramel, a bit of chocolate, some faint notes of hops. Very earthy smell

T - Nice robust taste, caramel and chocolate really shine through. Solid amount of malt, with a nice little hoppy finish. A very well done brown ale!

M - Very smooth, decent amount of carbonation, leaves a nice coating in the mouth.

Overall - I was very impressed. One of the better brown ales I've ever had.

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

Poured into a pint glass...

A - Nice clear dark copper color. Head is fizzy at first but shrinks into a nice almost creamy dense one finger head. Lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the top (not very typical of a brown ale, I don't believe)

S - For a brown ale, the smell is actually lighter than I was expecting. Earthy/Floral hops and some nuttiness are the first clues that pop up. There's a slight slight hint of chocolate towards the back.

T - Well, the floral hoppy smell I was getting has completely disappeared from the taste. Upfront is malty nuttyness with roasted malt and chocolate notes. A lot more tasty than I was expecting from the smell. Not a bad brew at all...

M - Coats quite nicely, leaving the taste lingering for a good 5 to 10 seconds. A nice Light-borderline-Medium bodied beer. Great for my early introduction to my favorite season.

O - It's a great brown ale, nice to have as a seasonal beer. But it's still no Bell's Best Brown. But i'm not complaining...

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

A pours a very dark brown color with a thick off white head that has pretty good retention.

S A sweet kind of fruity malt nose with a nutty note and a faint metallic smell.

T Very earthy with some caramel more of the nutty note caramel and some roast. Very nice

M Kind of dry, nice carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent brown ale and a perfect beer for watching football in the fall.

Photo of jayhawk73
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice medium dark brown w/ very little cocoa head. Very little carbonation, and below average lacing. Nose is that of yeast, malt, some hops, yeast, and smoke. Taste is very thin and dry from what I was expecting. I'm wondering if the tap line was clean, because this beer really disappointed me based on the glowing reviews I've read. Mouthfeel is dry, w/ a little hop bite/malt smoothness. Overall I wouldn't look for this again. I might pick up a bottle at some point, and will adjust my review accordingly if needed.

Photo of McNealc31
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark brown color with hints of orange. Nothing really stands out in the taste. There are some hints of nuts, some roast, and some caramel. But it's full, earthy, easy to drink, and delicious. Perfect for a day of watching football. Very nice autumn ale here

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

2011 batch, enjoyed in a Ram pint glass.

A: Pours Root-Beer brown, and from the hints of tawny red at the edges I can see that this beer is well filtered. A light khaki head settles into a rocky ring and laces the glass nicely.

S: Pretty straight-forward; the toasted malt is robust, followed by some dry nuttiness, spices, and just a touch of woody hops.

T: A clean taste, on par with the nose. Toasted malt flavors mix with bits of chicory, dry almonds, and oats, followed by hints of unsweetened caramel and bitter yeasty chocolate. The hops are faint but there is a good, light bitterness.

MF: A moderate body on this one, about perfect for a Brown. Good carbonation, with flashes of dryness in the chalky mouthfeel.

O: A first rate Brown Ale that is simple but quite enjoyable, this beer exudes 'autumn' in a good way. The roasted characters balance the sweetness very well.

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

Bottle pours a solid brown color into a pint glass. Smell is a slight sweet brown sugar and possibly some hazelnut. Taste is a very light brown sugar and some slight roasted malts with very little in terms of hops or bitterness. This is very light bodied and easy to drink. A nice fall seasonal.

Photo of Guden
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Beer is a dark amber brown, a bit dark but okay. A small off white head has moderate retention and just a little lacing.

S- Lots of nuts and toast with hints of earthy and herbal spice.

T- Starts strong with walnut and brown sugar and a bit of earthy hops with a little of bitterness on the end rounding out the flavor. There is also a mint flavor that I find a bit off putting.

M- Feels a bit thin for the style with decent carbonation, it actually ends up coming off as a bit creamy despite the thinness so it works well and fills the mouth with all the toast, nuts and hops.

D- Not a bad beer but the lingering taste of mint throughout has me not enjoying it too much and I wouldn't mind just a little more hops or alcohol in the mix.

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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