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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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2,728 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,728
Reviews: 1,027
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 52
Gots: 120 | 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 bluemoonswoon


3.28/5  rDev -14.6%

Like the introduction of the Oktoberfest beers, the preponderance of brown ales beginning to crowd the store shelves is just another indicator that summer has finally, and sadly come to an end. Hopefully I can wash away my feelings with the glut of fall and winter beers to come.

A: 12oz brown bottle with a brown label poured into a tulip glass that comes out, can you guess? Brown! Well slightly translucent with a touch of deep amber, but otherwise brown with a short, squat, sandy white head that leaves several legs of lacing down the glass.

S: The aroma is unmistakably brown ale. Not quite as hoppy or roasty as one of my favorites [Bell's Best Brown] but still gets across that toasted, nutty bread aroma that seems to dry out the inside of the nose just slightly with each sniff.

T/MF: Upfront, toasted bread crust with just the slightest bit of fruitiness to it, like strawberry preserves or something or maybe even a cereal kind of fruitiness like fruit loops. Each sip the nuttiness becomes more apparent and the drier aspects of the beer begin to take shape. Can't say I am too crazy about what I am finding here but it's not terrible. Mouthfeel is pretty standard, that same bubbly carbonation with a latent dryness that latches onto the tongue after each sip.

D: Not a bad beer, but certainly not one that I would remember.

09-15-2010 03:14:46 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of velosuds


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Vintage 2010. Paid $1.59 for a single at John's Market.

A-Pours a dark reddish brown with a 2 finger light tan head with good retention and ample lacing.

S-Subdued chocolate, toffee, and roasted hazelnuts.

T-Bittersweet chocolate with a nutty essence and hints of coffee. Balanced by some fruity hop bitterness.

M-Very smooth with a balanced complexion.

D-A good American brown ale, but not quite robust enough.

09-15-2010 02:50:44 | More by velosuds
Photo of chickenflea


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours chestnut brown with a tall puffy head that sticks around as a thin cap but not much lacing. Classic brown ale aromas, with bready malt, a touch of toast, and some pine from the hops. There is a noticeable grainy sourness as well, sort of like a milk stout. The taste is similar, a bit softer than the nose would suggest, and the hops are a bit more restrained as well. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy, and overall I'd say this is pretty solid. Not rich and deep like some of the better browns, but everything is in the right place and it is very smooth and drinkable.

09-14-2010 23:48:57 | More by chickenflea
Photo of rebel1771


4/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Pours a reddish brown with a decent head that sticks around a while.

S: Aroma of toasted bread and roasted nuts along with a bit sweet caramel.

T: Smooth toasted flavor with the same sweet caramel note from the aroma.

D: Darn good brew. Tasty, smooth, and easy drinking.

09-14-2010 23:03:47 | More by rebel1771
Photo of sweemzander


4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a clear yet dark burnt sienna color with some reddish highlights. Produced a superb and huge light tan colored frothy head with great retention behind it as it very very slowly dissipated. Lots of lacing left behind. The perfect looking glass of brown ale.

(S)- A very light roasted component with a nice rustic dry nuttiness behind it.

(T)- Very much like the smell only oh so much better. A great rustic-like nuttiness with a light hay/straw dryness to it. Creamy.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. I am loving the creamy nuttiness and smoothness of it. Just what I want from the style.

(D)- A solid to fantastic brown ale. Smooth, and with a great profile to boot. Another winner from Sierra Nevada and perfect for the fall season. Great drinkability; my fridge will be seeing alot of this in the coming years.

09-14-2010 18:35:09 | More by sweemzander
Photo of beagle75


3.2/5  rDev -16.7%

Draft pour into a shaker pint at Selma's in Rancho Santa Margarita.

A: Clear, dark brown color with backlit ruby highlights. Head is represented by a thin white residue that leaves behind moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Toasted malt, faint chocolate and toffee. No fruit is detectable.

T: Begins dry with a mineral snap, accompanied by faint anise. Some dark fruit emerges midway, followed by a finish of earthy charcoal and light bitterness.

M: Light-medium viscosity with moderate carbonation.

D: This beer is mostly uninteresting, but it does not offend the palate. As it is now, this beer is easy to pair with food but a richer malt presence would enhance it further.

09-14-2010 16:26:45 | More by beagle75
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown color with a slight amber hue and a large off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving behind thick, bubbly spots of lace.

Smell: Sweet, roasted and buttery malt with some nutty hints and just a touch of caramel.

Taste: Begins with toasty, buttery sweetness, finishing with a sweet caramel flavor and some herbal hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with light carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: A good brown ale, and a very good beer for the fall. This isn't a favorite of mine, but I'll definitely be looking forward to this one when it's out again next fall.

09-13-2010 23:54:10 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of Mitchster


3.03/5  rDev -21.1%

$1.80 for a 12oz single @ Jacks. OG=13.6p, FG=3.5p, 5.5% ABV, 37 IBU. Brewed with Two-row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate & Smoked malts. Hopped with Challenger for bittering, and Challenger/Yakima Goldings for finishing.

Filtered. Pours out to a very dark amber/deep chestnut, forming a modest almost white/light tan head with poor retention and good lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is of mild toasty malts, walnuts, toast, mild herbal hops. The mouthfeel is a little thin. The taste is OK...it's a recap of the aroma with a spicy herbal hop flavor, suggestions of rye bread and caraway seeds, finishing with tobacco and pine. The hops are a bit too strong which throws it completely out of balance. They have a nice malt base but go overboard so the hop harshness limits its drinkability.

Not my cup of tea. It's OK, but nothing I'm interested in drinking again. There are great brewing companies that cater to hop heads (Stone, Lagunitas), and then others that can do that but will still brew to style when appropriate (Great Lakes, Goose Island, Founders). This beer and it's brewing company sits uncomfortably in the middle, not really knowing what to do, IMO.

09-13-2010 23:09:15 | More by Mitchster
Photo of JVEyck309

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Picked up a six of this, I hadn't seen it last season. Is this a fairly new brew for SN?
Pours dark brown, nearly opaque, nice finger worth head, lacing is sufficient. Maybe it's my congestion but aroma seemed weak. Mouthfeel is decent, caramel and nutty malt notes, a bit of citrus hops in the finish, errhhm, Should get this for thanksgiving me thinks.. might go real nice with some turkey and potatoes, and a pecan pie! Definitely nutty.. I dig this one, maybe not a "go-to" brown ale but it's well rounded and enjoyable.

09-13-2010 22:58:42 | More by JVEyck309
Photo of ectomorph


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz bottle with no freshness dating noted with a pretty aggressive pour into a tulip.

A - Wow, this has a ruby red mahogany body, brilliant clarity with a full sand colored head that will not budge. Lively carbonation races from the bottom. Nice.

S - Fresh dark wheat bread, unsweetened chocolate, and just a hint of smoke/roast coffee.

T - Light roast coffee, assertive hops bitterness, chocolate malt, some puckering citrus hops, and just a wisp of smoke in the finish. This gorgeous brown packs a full roasted punch with a mild sweetness.

M - Medium body, above average carbonation scrubs the palate clean, while the dry crisp finish leaves you thirsty for more.

D - High. This one could be a fall favorite around here...

09-13-2010 21:11:16 | More by ectomorph
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, small roast and earthiness. In the taste, earthiness and a nice fresh hop. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry roasty earth aftertaste. Somewhere between brown ale and oktoberfest with a nice hop.

09-13-2010 21:05:29 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of yemenmocha


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours medium brown with a touch of dark amber in there, good clarity, and off-white head that was generous on initial pour. Nose is faint, and I'm using a great nosing glass too. Palate offers a dessert like flavor overall with nuts and sweet brown baking spices, with a gentle caramel in there too. Light bodied. Easy drinking, sweet... but not too sweet.

09-13-2010 03:11:48 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%

Pours a dark auburn, brown leathery color with a medium-sized beige head. A fair amount of sticky lacing throughout.

The aromas are mostly malt-driven, with a little dry roasted character and mainly caramel malts. There is a bit of fruit and citrus peel to the hop aroma.

The taste is surprisingly disapointing and under-whelming. I expected a strong, sweet malty taste with a solid hop blend for support, but all were kinda mellow and uncharacteristic of Sierra Nevada. It sort of reminds me of a slightly heavier New Castle Ale.

Th mouthfeel and body have an unexpected extra carbonation and effervescence. I would like a little more solid, rich malty body in an brown/autumn ale.

09-13-2010 02:27:08 | More by claspada
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South Dakota

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

This beer poured a dark amber color with a large head. The smell seemed alittle off, a slight metal smell. The taste was a bit heavy, full of flavor and had some sortta nut flavor. Full flavor but not too hard to drink. Overall a very enjoayble beer espically for the fall.

09-13-2010 01:15:02 | More by vette2006c5r
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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

pours out a nearly opaque dark brown colour with some garnet hues. foamy light tan head apears and reduces quickly to some thin bubbles which in turn leave some pretty nice lace as i sip. nutty malt aroma, some light brown sugar and hints of NW hops. smells inviting. typical brown ale flavours...nougat and nuts, light cocoa and toffee with caramel edges. some ripe fruit appears and mingles nicely with a dash of tropical hops. yeast notes provide another layer that seem to pull everything together and promote harmony. tastes delicious. medium bodied with a semi smooth and creamy mouthfeel. very nice. the drinkability is outstanding. this will be a nice fall drinker and something to shake things up when the oktoberfests get too cumbersome.

definitley an american brown ale with the noticeable, yet restrained hop profile. everything is balanced and quite delicious. yummy!

09-12-2010 21:33:03 | More by budgood1
Photo of hardy008


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

Brown with a 3 finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has roasted malt, earth, hops, and nuttiness.

The taste is much like the aroma. Roasted malt, earth, hops, and some nut flavor. A little bit of sweetness is detected as the beer warms.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes dry. Has a very earthy feel to it. A decent beer, although not spectacular.

09-12-2010 20:01:42 | More by hardy008
Photo of BigMike


3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

Pours a pretty mohogany color with ruby red highlights and a nice thick 2 finger head.
Light roasted nuts, caramel and brown sugar on the nose.
Flavor is basically the same as the nose with a slightly bitter finish.
Typical Sierra Nevada mouthfeel. Full, creamy and smooth. This one might be just a touch over carbonated.
Brown ales are typically I boring style that's not one of my favorites. This is a good attempt from SN but ultimately falls short of making me want to drink another.

09-12-2010 17:18:07 | More by BigMike
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3.8/5  rDev -1%

I have a mixed relationship with brown ales. I like the style but so often I find that they're too sweet or, if not too sweet, just plain watery. This new thing from SN is redeeming, however. I can't comment much on the color because I drank it from a red plastic cup, but the head was a pleasant tan with many loose bubbles. The aroma was akin to a British ale, with oranges and something that came close to those giant SweeTarts you ate as a kid (not the tiny ones in the shiny bags, but the big fat ones you got at Halloween). The body isn't very thin, thankfully, and the taste is neither sweet or overly toasted, although there's a decent flavor of roastiness that fits with the theme of the beer. It's nice and dry at the end, too, without being ham-handedly bitter. It's not a big commitment and you can drink more than one without too much wobble. And it goes quite well with birthday cake and ice cream.

09-12-2010 14:17:03 | More by gfreed
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured a pale brown hue with a two finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a soft toasted malt with pleasant earthy spice.

The taste was upfront toasted malt and roasted barley. Think toasted bread crust. Light sweetness and lingering earth notes at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a superior brown ale. Perfect autumn brew.

09-12-2010 02:12:43 | More by plaid75
Photo of Dodt


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%

finally decide to review this one from sierra nevada
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance a nice copper color with a nice frothy head
smell malty witha bit of coffee some coco tones
taste malty with above
mouth feel solid
drinkability a wonderful beer for this time of year

09-12-2010 01:02:44 | More by Dodt
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

From a Sam Adams glass.

Poured with a nice, frothy 1-inch head that holds up nice. The copper/cola color is quite nice, and the head replenishes as you drink with constant carbonation. Nice all around.

Smell is a little weak, but nice nontheless. Mostly malt.

Real nice flavor. Pretty typical brown ale. Chocolate is the dominant flavor, and the malts are pretty solid.

Mouthfeel is the strenght of this brew. Doesn't feel too light; it has just the right body to complement the chocolate undertones. Dense, but doesn't stick around longer than necessary.

Drinkability on these babies is high. The flavor is mild enough to enjoy over and over. It's not very filling for how heavy it is. I'm not a brown ale guy, but I'll return to this one each autumn.

09-12-2010 00:32:39 | More by stonermouse
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Had at iTap in Soulard.

A - pours a nice light brown color with a great light tan head that is about 1 inch tall. The head is pretty retentive with some nice dense bubbles. It leaves great lacing all the way down.

S - starts with some nice toasty malt backbone. Bready and delicious with slight coffee hints and some nice caramel.

T - toasty malts with some slight chocolate hints that are mild but pleasing. Very nice and surprising grassy hop character. Then again why am I surprised when its SN. Very delicious ABA
With great traditional malt profile but nice hopy hints along the way. Slight hazelnut and nutmeg as well.

M - Nice light body but with good rich flavors that work well together.

D - awesome for autumn!

09-11-2010 22:20:39 | More by JoEBoBpr
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3.8/5  rDev -1%

On tap on home tap system: Kegged date N/A.

Appearance: maple syrup brown. Extremely nice leggings left after sip.

Smell: Some sweet malt caramel. Don't detect much in the smell department, probably the only ding on this beer.

Taste: smoooth. Did I say smooth? Yes smooth. Lingering slight sweet caramel. Not overly sweet at all, which is how I like a brown ale to taste.
Drinkablity high, did I say this is smooth?

Overall: Others have noted they wished more hops were present (because this is SN after all). Don't agree with that at all. This in my mind is closer to a English Brown Ale than American. Good indeed!

09-10-2010 22:31:50 | More by Kolsch
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Clear dark golden brown body, offwhite head which falls quickly. Little to no lace.

Scent is pecan pie, rich nutty notes, chocolate. Roasted notes.

Taste is chocolate malts, rich nutty flavors. Toasted pecans. Possibly a hint of coffee? Sweet nutty molasses and caramel are quickly countered by a firm but not overbearing piney hop finish. Hop bittering lingers on the palate.

Mouth is dry and firmly carbonated. Could be a bit thicker.

Drinkability is very good; I'm left wanting more.

This is a tasty American brown ale. Complex and richly flavored yet nicely balanced and crisp.

09-10-2010 20:44:48 | More by sethmeister
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with reddish edges. Has a large, foamy, brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts with hints of nuts, toast, butter, and caramel.

Taste: Starts with a mild hop bitterness. Develops an earthy, malty finish with a lingering hop bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet as well. A bit hoppier than I was expecting from a brown ale but still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and quite refreshing.

Drinkability: A quite tasty and refreshing brown ale. This is a style that I find difficult to get excited about but Sierra Nevada has managed to create and quite tasty and refreshing one here.

09-10-2010 17:11:35 | More by wahhmaster
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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