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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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3,086 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,086
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 71
Gots: 196 | 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 greybeardloon
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
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
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
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
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
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
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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
3.83/5  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
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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
3.83/5  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.

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 3,086 ratings.