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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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2,727 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,727
Reviews: 1,027
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 52
Gots: 118 | 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 cpl78


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

Nice smooth brown ale, not too hoppy and plenty of flavor. Much smoother on the mixed gas. This is the third sierra nevada to impress me, after not liking the Pale Ale. This is a great beer to add to Sierra's growning brand across the U.S. I cant wait to get my hands on more.

09-10-2010 02:51:38 | More by cpl78
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1%

2010 bottle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of toasted and roasted malts, caramel malts, earthy malts, wheat, coffee, and bread.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, bready malts, light coffee, and roasted malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice brown ale. Lots of toasted malts in the smell and taste, I feel like this would be a great one to drink in the fall, as intended. Would drink again.

09-09-2010 23:15:14 | More by mdfb79
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

24oz bottle

a - pours a deep burgundy color, one-inch frothy ivory head, great retention and lacing, light haze

s - nice nutty and caramel aroma with ligher notes of earthy hops and biscuit, subtle soy sauce note as well

t - roasted nuts and caramel up front with a moderate earthy hop bitterness, bread and biscuit on the midpalate along with more nuts, finish is mildly sweet with more nuttiness, caramel and toast along with some smoky notes, alcohol is well-hidden, pretty smooth tasting stuff

m - medium-bodied with higher carbonation, mildly sweet finish, not much alcohol warming

d - pretty drinkable, flavors are smooth, moderately complex and easy on the palate, alcohol is not an issue, refreshing cooler weather beer

Good, solid stuff in every respect. I would definitely buy this again.

09-09-2010 23:08:03 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of jkdrummer


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Finally found some of this seasonal, really looked forward to Sierra's take on a rather bland ale style. Poured great, nice foamy tan colored head, it dies but leaves a creamy lace. Not much for aroma, kind of light roasted malt or bread odor. Texture reminds me of a lager. Taste is almost hazel nut like. Very mellow roast, nothing too strong here. A better brown for sure, recommended.

09-09-2010 22:41:58 | More by jkdrummer
Photo of Lolli1315


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

A- A medium to dark brown color that leaves less than a finger of tan head. Head holds decently as lacing is noticeable around the glass.

S- Toasted malts with hints of caramel and toffee waft towards the nose most dominantly. Nutty profile emerges from the toasted malt towards the middle of the beer to help round out the smell.

T- The toasted malt is once again the most prominent, and a delicious take on this brown ale. Toasted malt is accompanied by a slight amount of biscuit and caramel. A slight nutty flavor is noticeable before a bitterness ends the beer leaving you refreshed.

M- Medium mouthfeel, relatively clean with decent carbonation.

D- This seems like a great beer for autumn. Not my favorite brown ale, but one I would certainly get again.

09-09-2010 19:12:15 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of bundy462


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

A: Leathery brown with a tan frothy head. The head has almost an orange hue to it. Good retention and lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie like spice hits the nose first followed by a roasted malt and slight hop touch. There is a smoked like quality in the finish.

T: Surprising hop bite all the way through. Nothing overwhelming, but you sure know it's there. The base is very clean, somewhat disappointing considering the nose. What happened to the spiciness?

M: Thin and highly carbonated yet smooth. Crisp.

O: OK seasonal. You can drink a few easily if you wanted to, but I would become bored with the flavor.

09-09-2010 18:45:31 | More by bundy462
Photo of scaliasux


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

Appearance - Cola brown. Appears more or less clear. Medium tall off-white head.

Smell - Mainly sweet toasted malts. A little nut.

Taste - Nice rich dark malt. Fades into a lingering nuttiness. Hops are pretty subtle, but sufficient to provide balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Drinkability - Sierra Nevada is a very dependable and usually pretty easy to find brand. That counts for a lot. The Tumbler bottle, however, looks a little like a Thomas Kinkade painting. That counts for less.

09-09-2010 02:08:06 | More by scaliasux
Photo of NODAK


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Aroma here is mostly of roasted malts...a smattering of hops....and there's also somewhat of a metallic smell.

Initial taste is of roasted malts that aren't extremely assertive nor muted...sort of medium in intensity. There's a pretty solid hop backbone here as well, with floral hoppiness leading into the finish....which showcases a bit of coffee and sweeter caramel malt that gives this beer somewhat of a nice, sweet finish to it.

All in all, it certainly isn't bad. It probably won't knock anybody over, but brown ales rarely do.

09-09-2010 01:28:07 | More by NODAK
Photo of BlackBearForge


4/5  rDev +4.2%

I've wanted to try a brown ale from Sierra Nevada for quite some time, brown ales used to be a favorite of mine when I first got into craft beers. Tumbler pours a nice deep brown, ruby tinted only when backlit with a great creamy head that leaves scads of lacing.

The nose is full of a fresh toasted malt aroma with a hint of cocoa.

The flavor is all about the lovely fresh toasted malts, lightly caramel up front with that hint of cocoa detected in the aroma. A subdued hop bitterness keeps things in check and providing a nice spicey resinous flavor. The beer finishes as clean as an ale can be.

The mouthfeel is medium but on the light side, smooth, slick and slightly creamy form the carbonation that seems dialed in to perfection.

I have to say at first I wasn't sure what to make of Tumbler as I am used to more assertive SN brews. Also, due to the fact I haven't been drinking browns in quite some time, I may have forgotten how to appreciate them. Tumbler is a very drinkable and good beer and brings back the appreciation I once had for this often overlooked style!

09-09-2010 00:19:45 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of lordofthewiens


4/5  rDev +4.2%

In a pint glass, the beer was a medium brown color with a thin tan head. No lacing.
It had a nice roasted malt aroma, with a little bit of caramel.
Sweet caramel taste, a little nutty, with some late hops.
A very satisfying autumn beer, definitely reminiscent of the fall season.

09-08-2010 22:11:30 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

09-08-2010 01:13:14 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of aubuc1


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

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 !

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


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

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.


09-07-2010 15:33:04 | More by HarleyRider
Photo of JToad


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

09-07-2010 15:26:28 | More by JToad
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

09-07-2010 05:34:03 | More by hoppyhampy
Photo of dimitrius


3.15/5  rDev -18%

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.

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


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

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!

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


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

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

09-07-2010 00:30:01 | More by rawthar
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

09-06-2010 23:54:36 | More by eclaycamp
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

09-06-2010 23:30:08 | More by hoplover82
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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