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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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2,764 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,764
Reviews: 1,028
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 55
Gots: 130 | FT: 2
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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3.88/5  rDev +1%

Poured dark brown to ruby color, with off white head.

Aroma could be smelled as I was pouring the beer into my glass. Roasted malt, and nuttiness.

Taste moderate sweetness up front with nuttines and toast malt throughout, with a slight sweet finish. Toffee like flavors are faintly present.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium.

Overall this is a great American Brown Ale! Probably the second best I have had, next to Rogues Hazelnut Brown Nectar. But it is still an American Brown Ale...not a whole lot to get excited about here, but a nice easy drinking fall beer nonetheless.

09-16-2010 04:58:35 | More by webbcreative
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Head pours large and fluffy, white with a slight tan hue, beer is rich brown color with amber highlights, good clarity even with brown color

S: Not too much, crisp malt with noticeable roast, but nothing over the top, mostly just pretty mild crisp dark malt

T: Definitely stands out above aroma, big roasted flavors, not a light mild brown ale, roast boarders on lightish coffee but doesn't quite get there, hints of sweetness and chocolate too, nice full flavors for a brown ale that doesn't feel heavy, decent hop balance too, enhances the bitter roast, but not super flavorful, keeps it crisp, like most SN a tad hoppier than the style average, but it works well here

M: Relatively light with medium carbonation, makes the roastiness that much more refreshing

D: High, the nice mouthfeel helps make the full flavor easy to drink

Notes: A nice brown ale from SN. At first I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew it would be decently hoppy, but I wasn't sure how it would compare to other hoppy brown ales. It ends up being along the lines of DFH India Brown. Hoppy, but with a lot of roastiness too.

09-16-2010 04:57:59 | More by dpodratsky3
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a stubby 12oz bottle into a pint.

Appearance is a deep, clear mahogany with a foamy tan head. Head recedes slowly leaving some nice lacing. Aroma is malty, chocolaty and toasty. Taste is more of the same with a nice, and unexpected, hop bit that pops up in the middle. The roasty malty character up front was as good as expected and the hops really set this apart from your run of the mill brown ale. Mouthfeel and carbonation are about what you would expect for the style. Drikability is pretty high with this one too. Bought this on a whim at the last minute and am real glad I did.

09-16-2010 01:39:32 | More by alli4051
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Beviewing two very different beers tonight. One a light summer beer from the ubiquitous Anheuser-Busch (Bud Light Lime), the other a darker autumn beer from the well-known Sierra Nevada. This beer is the latter, Sierra Nevada's 2010 Tumbler (Autumn Brown Ale).

Nice bottle--Sierra Nevada often does a good job with that. Poured into a standard pint glass--nice brown color with a burnt umber tint. Not much head, no lacing.

Smells nice--a bit of caramel.

Taste is disappointing. Overly malty. I can't say it's bad, but it's not something I'll buy again. It's so bitter, and a bit sour. There's a nuttiness and a hint of caramel. These aren't enough to save it.

Mouthfeel is nice. Foamy and creamy. Would get a higher score, but the beer is so bitter and sour that I can't keep it in my mouth for too long.

I give this a low score on drinkability, which probably drops the grade half a letter. I don't want to drink much of this.

09-16-2010 00:50:22 | More by Kooz
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2.98/5  rDev -22.4%

Beautiful beer in the glass. Nice orange tinted red/brown when held to the light with a two finger, tan, creamy head.

Smell is a slight lactic sourness. I don't know if I got an off bottle, but I talk to some others who had this beer from a different distributor who got the same thing. Not much of a nose on it at all.

Not a great deal of flavor to the beer either. Finishes very dry. You expect a brown ale to bring malt that hangs around on the palet, but this beer washes away imediatly.

I don't know that I'll drink this again, which is upsetting because I wanted to love this beer.

09-15-2010 23:52:02 | More by jculler82
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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Clear Autumn brown with hints of red with medium tan foamy/frothy head with good retention and lacing. Crisp floral hop and roasted nut aroma. Smooth nutty and roasted malt flavor with light hop bittering which progresses as the glass empties. Moderate to low carbonation with fine easy feel.

This is not a "let's knock back a case of these" amber. It's more of a "sit and sip" amber. A great tasting beer that's perfect for when you want something flavorful without all the ABV. I really can't imagine drinking more than two in a sitting. There's something about it that fills you up and doesn't leave you wanting a whole lot more.

09-15-2010 23:32:01 | More by Bfarr


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

12oz bottle into pint glass
A: Tumbles from a might pour, and a cream colored head foams nicely leaving a good layer for the beers entirety. Layers of lace are left from each sip. The body is a deep brown, but still slightly transparent.
S: Compared to the overall flavors, feel that it is not completely in the nose of this brown.
M/T: Great balance of malts, nice roasted on the front, with a smooth woody body. Chocolate on the finish as it all washes away. The hop seeks in on the linger taste, a bit of subtle bitterness.
D: Good brew, I think that this could be a great session choice for an alternative to the autumn regulars.

09-15-2010 18:07:29 | More by GDBEERMAN
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3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

The body's deep brown but clear with a tan head.

Smells of nuts, bread and caramel.

Again, it's nutty and very malty with a twinge of coffee. There's something sweeter than caramel, maybe dark fruit. It found a niche and stuck to it, but in the end forfeited complexity for straight definition. All in all I find it too tame.

Very toasted texture throughout with the right carbonation, it's consistent and medium bodied.

09-15-2010 08:11:22 | More by pants678
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

Easy to drink and pretty tasty. This beer pours a nice medium brown that looks fairly dark in a sufficiently thick glass. The head is beige and creamy and readily sticks to the side of the glass. The aroma is mild piney/floral hops mixed with nutty, caramel malt. Taste is a bit sweet with some gentle hop bitterness and more touches of chocolatey malt than I got from the aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich for the abv. Tumbler hits the notes that I'm looking for in a brown stout. It's easy-drinking with a nutty malt flavor and not too much hops. That said, I'd prefer even less hop flavor/bitterness and more nuttiness relative to caramel, and I'm not really sure that I'd order a second glass. I like the sweetness, but it's probably a bit much for some. Good beer but perhaps a little forgettable.

09-15-2010 06:14:46 | More by popery
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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

While autumn is only a week away, I have a beer that tells me to enjoy on an autumn afternoon. Is a late summer evening okay? On to the beer:

Leather brown with ruby brown hues blossoms, topped by a thick rocky head with a creamy lace describe the sight in my glass. Yep, it has the aroma of a brown ale, though with less intensity to the nostrils. Toffee crisp, hazelnut, espresso, roasted (but not burnt) malt.

The flavor is sensible. Given the hoppy nature of SN beers, this is a swell change of pace. Sure, I'm not blown off my feet, but I like the toffee crisp flavor, the hint of peat, the light brush of the hops, and the fact it's enjoyable to put in my belly without getting my palate ripped. Just keep drinking...

Tumbler, welcome to the SN seasonals. A servicable beer that fills the gap in SN's portfolio of beers finely.

09-15-2010 03:59:53 | More by DoubleJ
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3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

Grabbed one of these to try it... Served in a pint glass.
Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a nice reddish brown color with a rocky 3 fingered tan head.

Smells a little like cola. Some dark chocolate and crystal malts and a surprisingly hoppy kick at the back end. Not the normal Sierra Nevada hops, more of a floral bite to this one.

Lacing is looking pretty nice after a few sips.

Taste has a chocolate soda kind of vibe-- which I found a little odd, but not unpleasant. Finish has a yeast note that kind of hurts the drinkability for me. The yeast makes it too spicy.

The beer is smooth: good medium/full body with a creamy feel from a carbonation level. The only real complaint is that yeast spice on the finish. It doesn't seem to fit in a brown ale to me. It is almost a bit too harsh.

09-15-2010 03:32:44 | More by AleWatcher
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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