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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3,075 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,075
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 71
Gots: 188 | 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 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.

Photo of beerstallion
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Very dark brown with reddish tints when held up to the light. Not much light coming through. Fluffy light-tan head with good retention and medium lacing.

S: Starting off with molasses, roasted malt, and some spiciness. Finishes with a bit of floral hops.

T:Nutty and biscuit malts with a bit of spice and bitter hop at the end. Its hard to name any one flavor that dominates...this beer is very well balanced.

M: A lot of carbonation, maybe too much but otherwise full bodied with some creaminess.

O: If this were year round it would definitely replace the Newcastle in the fridge. A great nut-brown with just the right amount of spice to it.

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

A solid brown ale. Had this on tap on City Tap House. Served to me with no head in a standard pint glass but I could easily imagine you get some sort of tan foamy head. Appears brown in color with reddish amber highlights. Very malt forward in aroma & taste. Light roast notes in aroma. Somewhat nutty in taste with flashes of caramel, light cocoa, maybe a little vanilla, some chocolate. Light in mouthfeel with nice even bitterness. Better as it warms - please don't drink cold as it was served to me. A very solid beer overall.

Photo of airforbes1
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with shades of red that appear when held to the light. Taking a sniff, I smell a lot of spices that remind me of a pumpkin ale. Maybe some cinnamon or allspice. Not as much nuttiness as I'd expect.

It's difficult for me to name one thing that predominates with the taste. I get a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar at first, followed by a touch of generic brown ale nuttiness. The balance between those flavors is impeccable. This beer definitely puts more emphasis on malt over hops.

This another exceptional offering by Sierra Nevada, and if it became a regular offering I'd consider making it my go-to brown ale.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, nearly opaque brown with some reddish hues towards the outer edges of the glass. A fluffy light tan colored head appears at the top of the pour with some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Molasses is the first scent picked up by the nose, followed by roasted malts and some mossy earthiness.

T: Sweetness of honey and molasses bursts onto the tongue at the outset followed by intense roasted malts in the middle of the sip. Some sweetness and slight bitterness follows in the finish.

M: This is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation.

Overall, this is a good brown ale. The roasted malts are balanced nicely by the sweetness and slight bitterness. The beer has a nice complexity which makes it a good choice for the fall season.

Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown colored with burnished copper highlights. Thick head of tightly bubbled foam that lingers long. Low ara of toasted malt, hints of coffee and smoke. Flavors of toasted medium dark malts, caramel and oak bark, some brown sugar, dried leaves and leather. Mild bitterness. Firm mouthfeel, full and creamy. Very tasty and drinkable beer.

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

Nice brown and copper color with a finger and a half off white head and decent lacing.

Smell is of lightly roasted sweet malts, caramel and a touch of hops, smells like fall!

Taste is of rich malts, roasted caramel and the end gives you a bit of hops to balance it all out. Mouthfeel is medium body with low carbonation and is slightly creamy.

Very good fall beer, watch the leaves fall and enjoy.

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

From 8/11/11 tasting notes.

Enjoyed this on tap at the State Fair

A) A deep brown, with an inch and a half of tan, slightly rocky looking head. There was decent retention and adequate lacing.

S) Roasted malt and mixed nuts, slight aroma of coffee and chocolate.

T) Much like the smell. It starts out with a toffee sweetness, moving onto coffee and bitter dark chocolate. There is a mild hop finish.

M) Medium body, good carbonation, very pleasing to my palate.

O) This is a very good brown ale, and it is certainly worthy of a six pack pickup for the upcoming football season.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ba Review #34
Served On: 8/14/2011
Glassware: Tumbler Glass

Picked this one up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD. I love this place; they always seem to get in the best seasonals from some of my favorite breweries. I think I paid around $13.99 for a 12 pack - not bad.

Look: Poured a very dark brown, but with good clarity. Some red tinges were detected when swirling the glass. Carbonation level wasn’t real high. Head was about 3 fingers of thick off-white foam.

Smell: A roasted character basically defined the aroma. There also was some bitter dark chocolate and hints of toffee. Spicy hops also came through – as expected with anything from Sierra Nevada.

Taste: The taste was of strong roasted malts that seemed to lend themselves to the smokiness. Dark chocolate appeared in the middle and faded into a smoky bitter aftertaste. This beer is reminiscent of a toned-down Dogfish Head Rison D’etra without the alcohol warmth or the Belgian yeast notes. The mouth feel was of a smooth ‘red wine’ quality.

This was a top-notch brown. I would have expected nothing less from such a phenomenal brewery like Sierra Nevada.

Photo of bubseymour
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice dark brown/purple look with frothy 2-3 finger head.

Smell - some sweetness and maltiness but very faint.

Taste - nutty, roasty, but slightly off balanced towards the hop side. end. A nice mild Brown Ale for fall. Could use some more nutty, roasty, maltiness flavorings to help balance the hops, but its still pretty good.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and hearty

Overall - Not my favority brown ale for fall but its still a decent beer. I guess I was expecting a little more from Sierra Neveda since they usually are top notch for me.

Photo of Brewski4Drewski
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Abita pint glass.
A: Pours light brown with 2-3 finger light tan head that sticks around for a while. Pretty good lacing for a brown ale methinks.

S: Light, toasted malts... a little nutty maybe.

T: Similar to smell, light toasty malts with a hop presence and a little nutty.

M: Lightly coats mouth with flavors and a mild body.

O: Another good brew from the cats at Sierra Nevada. Great session beer in my opinion, I could drink them year round. I am looking to buy the property that is pictured on the label. Props to gator breath down in Fiji for bringing this offering to the table at a nice price.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect Pint glass

A: Cola brown, a two finger head that whittled itself down to a one finger; crazy lacing all down the glass. Excellent label.

S: Malty and yeasty; begs one to tip the glass

T: This is a malt bomb! Excellent, complex taste featuring caramel and coffee with a dark chocolate finish that reminds me of a porter.

M: Medium to heavy. Great carbonation

O: A tasty brown ale. Too bad it's only around for a short time. Could drink it year 'round. Pairs well with sharp cheddar on a Ritz cracker.

Photo of tito42
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled July 12, 2011.

A: Excellent cocoa head with great retention and lacing. Deep ruby with a touch of unfiltered particulate and active carbonation.

S: Nuts, chocolate, coffee, and bready yeast. Roasted malt.

T: A very strong malt presence throughout. Coffee and caramel, with a slight plum taste at the finish as the brew warms. A hops note at the finish.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, with a drying bite at the finish. A bit much of an alcohol presence on the back end.

O: A very good brown ale. Looks outstanding in the glass. A touch too much malt for my taste, almost like a roasted maibock.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a pint glass

A: pours a very nice medium brown color with a thick head of foam that is light tan and lingers nicely, brew pours entirely clear, leaves a very nice amount of lacing
S: nice deep roasted malt notes, coffee comes directly to the forefront backed slightly by caramel
T: great taste, coffee malts finishes with a nice mild sweetness
M: drinks thin across the palate, very slight carbonation, leaves a nice silkiness on the palate
O: really loved the taste of this brew, drinks light but with deep flavor, i can see where this would be a phenomenal brew on a crisp fall night, i looked forward to those nights now because of this brew

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

On tap. Pours a dark mahogany color with over an inch of frothy tan head. Very little lacing. Aroma is nutty, malty and sweet. Hints of caramel and maybe a tiny bit of coffee. Flavor is much like the aroma. Sweet, malty, and nutty. Somewhat of a hazelnut taste to it. Creamy mouthfeel. This is a solid Autumn beer. Overall, worth grabbing in the Autumn months for sure.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown with some reddish tinge. Big frothy head, 3.5 fingers, light brown tinge to it.

S: Sweet, nutty and some malt.

T: Roasted nut taste, milk chocolate notes, bread and malt mixed in.

M: Very smooth, mild to moderate carbonation, medium body

Overall: Very nice flavor. One of the better browns I have had. Its flavorful, not bitter and less watered down than many browns out there.

Photo of Thads324
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An autumn beer on August first...seriously this is getting crazy. summer is only half over. I only bought it because I knew it would be super fresh and I loved last years.

A : pours a very dark brown that you can barely see through. A nice off white head that is thick and laces well

S : a bit of nut aroma and a hint of chocolate malt. A slight musty smell either comes from earthy hops or just rounded from the nutty aromas. All quite subtle but nice.

T : starts thick and sweet with slightly roasted malt and a nice toasted flavor. Nutty and biscuity all in one, finishing with a little bit of bitter hops and some more of the nut flavor. Very nice indeed.

M : full bodied yet very drinkable. well carbed and very easy going.

A great brown ale that I would love all year round. Much less hop than you'd think from a sierra, but they are still there more than in most. A very good brown indeed and an excellent early autumn beer, which will be right around the celebration release right?

Photo of jondeelee
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tumbler smells rich and malty, ripe with yeasty bread notes reminiscent of fresh baguettes, and full of sugary fruits, including orange, apricot, and berry. A thin hint of clove and brown sugar rounds out the nose, bringing fall aromas to the forefront.

On the tongue, the beer brings, first and foremost, a nutty pecan flavor, which moves almost immediately into thick wheat and cereal grains. Light fruit esters--apricot, peach, white grape--play in the background, but are generally overtaken by toasted grains. A good addition of hops brings a citrus tingle to the soft palate, and offsets the sugars. Late in the mouthful the hops gain extra strength, imparting a notable bitterness. The aftertaste is mainly light wheat and hops, and fades fairly quickly. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-heavy.

Overall, this is a great autumn brown, heavy with grain flavors and perfect to celebrate the coming of fall. Only the slight over-bitterness of the hops mars what is otherwise a fantastic brew.

Photo of davey101
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing like cracking an autumn seasonal on a hot july day...12 oz stubby bottle into a pint glass. I saw these come in off the truck so its pretty damn fresh.

A - Clear brown body, light khaki head. Solid lacing and retention.

S - Nutty. Sweet malts and some caramel. A hint of rubber and some savory aromas towards the end.

T - Nice carbonation and a medium to light mouthfeel. Taste is malty, nutty, and lightly spiced. Some bitterness from the roasted malts. Nothing really stands out.

O - A nice autumn session beer. I could see myself throwing back a few of these during a fall bonfire. However, its 85 degrees out. Why do seasonals keep coming out earlier and earlier! Still a solid offering at a great price.

Photo of seanyfo
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into my Celebrator chalice.

BBE 27/07/2011

A- 2 finger creamy solid head sits on top a mahogany body with good clarity. Head retention and lacing are very good.

S- malt- touch of chocolate and toasted notes albeit very subtle. Perhaps a hint of smoke.No hop presence detected

T- Malt foward with chocolate noticeable, a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Overall its balanced but all flavours are subdued.

M- Moderate carbonation, light to medium body with a clean finish.

D- Its a nice easy drinker definitely. The flavour strength and profile just isnt prominent enough for me. Sessionable but just not interesting enough.

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear looking brown color with a decent looking head on to. The lacing was minimal and the head faded kind face. the smell of the beer was roasted and a little nutty. The flavor of the beer is pretty good, it's got a little bit of autumn spice to it with the roasted nuts and malts. There isn't a lot of hops in this one. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and is almost medium bodied. Overall it's not a bad brown ale. It's worth trying if you like this brewery or this style.

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

A brown to amber color with a light beige colored head a half inch high settled on the glass. Malt is the strength of the aroma, with cracked grain and touch caramel, along with a sugary syrup scent. A hearty malt flavor with a dark bread and cracked flavors in there as well. It finishes with a mild grassy bitterness that counters the sweetness. A watery thin feel at the front of each taste, then it grow to become more of medium bodied feel that lasts till the end. It finishes with a light dryness on the back of the palate. This beer is a classic American Brown Ale with the malt being the back bone and the most prevalent characteristic found in the aroma and taste. It stays the line in the style very, very drinkable.

Photo of AEK
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml brown bottle (2010) poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Chestnut coloured ale with an ever so slightly tanned foamy head.

S. Grilled steak, plum fruit and a whiff of hops.

T. Prunes, dates, barbecued sausages and a nice hoppy finish.

M. Medium and lightly carbonated.

D. Classy beer, one of Sierra Nevada's better offerings for me personally. Very enjoyable.

Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada is a great brewery for the pale variety, so I'm happy to see that Tumbler is an overall success.

A- Pours a rich chocolate brown with a moderate head. Promises a touch of richness.

S- Deep chocolate and cinnamon hints give a spiciness to the malt aroma.

T- A lush, malty brown ale with chocolate sweetness and just a hint of spice to make this a great autumn brew. Simple, but nicely laid out sweetness that can use a hint more hop bitter to round it out.

M- Mildly thick but not overwhelmingly so. Exceptionally smooth, and not challenging at all!

O- A solid brown ale, great when you're in the mood for something rich without being weighty or thick.

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