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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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3,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,073
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 70
Gots: 185 | 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 titosupertramp
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, rich mahogany with two finger of off-white, almost tan head..lots of texture. Leaves behind a frothy film with large bubbles and lots of sticky lacing. Excellent.

S: Nutty and toasted is what I get most out of Tumbler. There may be a hint of chocolate and coffee here. Nice, subtle smelling beer.

T: Not the most prominent taste, but right away you can tell this is a Sierra Nevada creation from the yeast taste. Toasted, bready malts, nutty, a hint of chocolate with bittering hops at the end. Has somewhat of a dark tea quality to this. I like it.

M: Medium bodied with fairly dry finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer and would be approachable to folks who don't normally drink craft beer. Sierra Nevada rarely misses and Tumbler is no exception.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Chestnut brown with a slight reddish hue and good clairity. Dense, creamy head is ivory and has good retention with some nice lacing.

Aroma-Sweet, toasted malt, with light caramel, bready malt, and a hint of chocolate. Hop character is negligible. Malt dominates the profile, which is rather clean, lacking any esters or yeast character.

Flavor-Malty sweet up front, with light roasted malt, toast, and chocolate. Light nuttiness. Finish has moderately low hop bitterness, but it is rather dry from the roasted malt. Finishes lightly roasty with a toasted/grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with soft, moderate carbonation. Extremely smooth.

A smooth malty brown ale, with some nice, nuanced malt flavors, but I with it had a bit more to offer-maybe some hop character in the aroma and flavor. Easy drinking and nice for this time of year.

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

2011 bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber brown with an inch tall light tan head. Good lacing.

Smell: A sweet malty smell dominates with a slight yeast smell in the background.

Taste: The taste of malt dominates. There is some oak chips flavor in the background along with the taste of yeast. Finish is a good balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-heavy carbonation.

Overall: A tasty well-balanced beer. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest

Poured a dark brown with 1/2" of thick brownish head. The nose is malty and sweet; caramel and bread notes. Taste is nutty and biscuity up front with rich, smooth caramel malts to finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied; goes down easily.

This is a solid beer. Sierra Nevada's second best seasonal. Second only to my beloved Celebration Ale.

Photo of slassy
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a medium-sized head that dissipates rather quickly. Dark, cholately-brown color almost reminiscent of Coca-Cola.

S: Extremely malty scent, in a blind test I might have thought I was about to drink a stout. Earthy tones as well.

T: Very carbonated (a little too much). Starts off just like it smells- very malty, followed by a roasted and yeast-heavy aftertaste. Very strong flavors but not overbearing in the least.

M: Again very carbonated. Chewy, 'liquid bread'-like feel.

O: Bought this to kick off the football season as well as the autumn weather. Exactly what I was looking in a fall seasonal- flavorful with a thick body yet the ability to drink multiple in a sitting. Very nice packaging, too, fits the brew perfectly.

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

A. Dark copper colour, clear, with a very pale tan head. Lots of lace and the head sticks around right to the bottom of the pint.

S. Mostly malt, medium roast, a touch of higher roast bitterness, slightly sweet, it smells... creamy. And I don't mean it smells like cream.

T. There's an underlying brown ale sweetness that's held in check by some nice roasted flavours and a subtle hop bitterness. Well done to SN for holding back on the hops with this one. Still quite bitter in the finish though. No complaints from me there.

M. Medium bodied, very easy to drink, doesn't lay heavy on the stomach.

O. Brown Ale is far from being one of my favourite beer styles but I've come to look forward to Tumbler season. It's just a little high on the ABV to be considered a true session beer but I wouldn't supping this all evening.

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

A ~ A great Pour yields chestnut brown with crystal clarity, but quite a bit of character. Tannish head with Good lacing for a brown ale.

S ~ Nuts & Malt...touch of sweetness

T ~ Toasty malt & Bread pudding dominate...wood chips, pecans & grassy hops on the finish. Nice and spice-driven with a delicate balance. Pretty hoppy for a brown ale as well.

M ~ Slightly grassy. Fantastic mouthfeel from the large amount of malt, with a dry finish from the hops.

D ~ Great beer, will be even better when It cools down a bit over here. Not my favorite of Sierra Nevada's lineup, but extremely delectable.

Photo of cosmo4u
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark brown color with ruby hints and a 3 finger soapy light tan head. Good lacing. Smell: Burnt malt with just a hint of caramel. Taste: Smoky roasted malt up front followed by sweet caramel in the middle and mildly bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is both smoky and bitter. Flavor, like the aroma, is a bit subdued. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Tingles a little on the tongue. Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a few of these without any trouble. Overall: Solid beer overall and a good representation of the style. Very solid choice for a crisp autumn day.

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

Appearance: It poured a beautiful three finger head that is somewhere between off-white and khaki colored. It is very sudsy with craters forming at the top of the cap. The beer has a burnt sienna body with orange highlights; can look clear through the glass.

Smell:It has biscuit malts and herbal notes on the sniff. It is very slight however, and needs to be a bit bigger.

Taste: Tumbler has a distinct bread malt flavor, but instead of a caramel malt sweetness, there is a roasted malt flavor. Just a little bit of spice shows up in the drink as it warms. It adds a nice dimension to an otherwise straight forward brown.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied, but the carbonation is too much. It prevents it from being chewy and really smooth, which this beer would benefit from.

Overall: Tumbler is one of the better brown ales available as a seasonal. The flavor profile could be bolder, and less carbonation would sure help the mouth feel of this one.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a translucent, dark copper-orange color with 1/2 finger of tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt aromas with a bit of roasted character.

T: Leads with a light roasted flavor that quickly is joined by some nice, mild pine hoppiness. There's also a bit of smoky flavor in there that's subtle. After a while, a little menthol joins the finish.

M: Not too heavy, good carbonation and smooth going down.

O: Uncomplicated and straightforward, a good beer for a fall weekend after raking the leaves or during the big game. Pretty sure I'll be buying this again before the season is over.

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

22oz on tap at Pizza Rock in Sacramento.

I ordered this on recommendation from staff. Not bad at all. Very malty. Typical Brown Ale style in my opinion. Not too boozy for me. Dark in color. I don't drink brown ales too often but I think this is a great style. Almost similar to stouts or porters I would think. Overall, I'd order this again.

Photo of pBRale
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes on 8-23-11

Appearance: Ruby brown beer (~25 SRM) with a fluffy off-white head that slowly settles and leaves a substantial lacing.

Smell: Malty and nutty aromas. Surprisingly, I'm not picking up on much more.

Taste: A refreshingly sweet caramel taste followed by toasted malts and nutty, woody tastes ending with a dry, bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied brew that drinks very easily and smoothly.

Overall: Full flavored, refreshing, smooth, drinkable autumn brew that is perfect for the crisp bite of fall weather (and football season).

Photo of greybeardloon
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

bottled on July 19, 2011

A: Reddish brown with a thick white head. Substantial lacing.

S: A subdued nose. Some sweet malt and herbal hops.

T: Somewhat sweet malt with very subtle hints of chocolate and nuts but no noticeable roast. The herbal hops are noticeable but not prominent. The flavor is pretty gentle and balanced. The finish is clean, but there is a lingering metallic note from the hops. The taste isn't bad, but I look for a more robust flavor profile in a brown ale.

M: Thin and bubbly.

O: A bottled brown ale by Sierra Nevada. Unfortunately, I want to like this beer much more than I actually do.

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

A- Dark brown, clear, with a one finger head that moved down to a standard lacing

S - The first inhale brought a smell of chicory, brown sugar, and dark fruit.

T - The taste has hints of chocolate, malt, faint hints of smoke and maple, some biscuit-bread qualities

M - carbonation is decent, slightly prickly but chewy as it gets warmer

O - A good brown, not overly complex in the taste department, but worthy of sampling.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle

A: Pours a red/orange color with about a fingers worth of head that dies fairly quickly

S: Some nice malts up front, followed by some nuttiness and slight butter

T: A full, smooth maltiness at first, followed shortly by a faint nuttiness that goes on into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down nice and smooth with very little residual aftertaste

O: A simple yet delicious american brown that does the style justice. You can always count on SN for that

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark iced tea color with a 1 inch puffy light brown head that settles to a thin cap. Nice rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, slight caramel, and some spices. Taste is of toasted bread, burnt caramel, and a spicy flavor on the finish. There is a bitter spice taste that lingers on the back of the tongue after each sip. The carbonation level on this one is good with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good brown ale that is very appropriate for a Fall beer. The toasty malt smells and flavors remind me very much of the season.

Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After being impressd by Ovila on tap and a huge fan of British Browns I figured I'd try some other SN. This beer looks good nice head with lacing. The smell is toast, caramel, and almost a cross between a german dunkel and a nut brown. The taste is not bad, and the hop used are an interesting twist on the style. I guess that is the explaination for an "American" Brown Ale (american hops). Seemed a bit over carbonated. The beer kind of explodes in your mouth. I prefer more mellow carbonation for the style.

Photo of tastybeer
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the way this beer looks. Big fluffy head, tan colored, and it leaves attractive looking lace behind. The beer itself is a warm reddish brown color and clear, letting light pass through casually. Aroma is wholesomely malty and comforting. Kind of like freshly baked pumpkin bread minus the pumpkin. It is also a little bit buttery, with decomposing leaves, and apple cider. Nice mix of scents. Taste is malty and a little darker than the scent. More leafiness, some dank bitter hops, with both nuttiness and woodiness. This beer is fitting of its name. The body is medium, with moderate to mellow carbonation. Somewhat slick texture with an added grittiness. Overall a solid brown ale, fitting of the fall season. Also rather sessionable making the 12 pack a good choice.

Photo of Chyren
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Off-white 1-finger head that falls to a thin layer of foam. Dark clear brown color. Mild lacing.

S: Malty, sweet and rich, like whole wheat biscuits and fresh baked bread. A slight cider scent, very mildly buttery. Smells homey and comfortable, relaxing like a calm living room fire.

T: Caramel and malt all the way with a hint of nuttiness. It has some of that cider tang. A bitterness in the end that seems suggestive of both certain malts as well as hop presence.

M: Somewhat thin at first but the body builds as you sip. Seems strange, but it does. Carbonation is a bit harsh for the laid back richness of the flavor.

O: A not disappointing beer but not as outright satisfying as some of SN’s other offerings. I think it would be a much nicer ale if it were bottle-conditioned and/or offered on nitro.

Photo of Tballz420
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale is a very dark brown, almost black, cola colored brew. When held to the light you'll notice the body is mostly dormant, I just saw a lone carbonation bubble rise up. Topping the beer is a large, pillowy, tan colored head, with a lot of lace left in its wake. The nose has a lot going one, caramel and chocolate malt, a bit of smoke, some spice and cinnamon, maybe a touch of coffee and some nut tones as well. The taste is kinda like your classic nut brown ale, but they did a great job moving it beyond that. Starts with a toasted caramel malt front, a bit of chocolate, fairly bitter from the hop, some well blended spices, a touch of cinnamon, nutty, a bit of fruitiness from the yeast, just a touch of brown sugar. Medium bodied and fairly sharp on the tongue.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome little brown ale from one of the best craft breweries in the US. Nice head and malty taste. This beer is perfect for all year long to me but I can see an all fall drinking beer. Great beer to watch football. This is not your normal brown ale. I will be buying more before the end of fall.

Photo of DavidST
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, bottled on date of July 12, 2011.

This pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head with good retention and a nice lacing. The smell is more of roasted malts than I expected, a little coffee, a little brown sugar. Feel is medium. Taste is pretty good, I get some brown sugar, caramel, roasted nuts, with a bitter roasted malt / hop finish. Overall this is a pretty fine brown ale, I actually got it expecting it would be sweeter and I could give it to friends when they come over, I don't see them liking it though so I'll just have to drink the whole thing (its good so that shouldn't' be a problem). Another fine beer from a brewery which seldom disappoints.

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

12 pack at HEB in Round Rock for 13.99

Dark brown pour, very nice frothy head that stuck around, leaving lovely lacing for the duration.

A pretty subtle scent...able to pick up a bit of sweet malt...maybe a bit of cinammon?

A nice change of pace from SN...rich toated malt, some sweet carmel, and a bitter, dry finish of hops. Certainly a nice fall brew. The dryness left me wanting more after each sip. Pretty smooth and very easy drinkin as te 5.5 just goes down like water.

SN did it again. Another affordable beer with a lot of good flavor that could prove to be a gateway for folks just getting into trying craft brews.

Photo of bpw28
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me just say, this could be my favorite label I've ran into yet in a beer. Moving on...

Look: Massive four finger brownish/white shaving cream head, great retention, deep reddish/brown (about a 28 SRM), very nice lacing, lots of little carb bubbles.

Smell: Nice medium roasted malt forward, floral hop back, light coffee notes, light smoky, burnt sugar, earthy/wet wood.

Taste: Clean medium malt, floral hop returns, fire roasted nuts (has a slight smoky nuttiness), a floral bitter finish that has coffee undertones to it, a little light on body, carb is on point. It's very balanced for a brown.

Final Thoughts: A really great brew for fall. It's a pretty perfect standby for the season. I very much enjoyed and will be returning to this one.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Sierra Nevada brown bottle poured into a SN 'hop imperial tumbler' tulip style pint glass that just came in the mail.
A - Look was good. chestnut in color. Nice chunky white looking head once poured. Good creamy lace as well.
S - Some molasses with some faint spices. It was just an average smelling brew IMO. Seemed to be missing something, but still decent.
T - Nicely balanced with a somewhat roasted flavor. Some nuts and sweet molasses. Nice malty flavor through and through. I wanted more of these great flavors though...
M - It was a smooth brew to drink that was easy to down. Alc % was about right for this style of brew. Clean tasting ingredients like most Sierra Nevada brews I've experienced.
O - I used to LOVE Brown ales. With experiencing other styles this has pushed the brown a bit further back on my list. However, I'm talking English Browns.. This is an American Brown and when it comes to ABA, I havent much experience. This is a good tasting brew, but IMO needs to have a little more of the killer flavors it has. More flavor and it'd have been an A+ brew to me.

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,073 ratings.