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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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very good

2,685 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,685
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 49
Gots: 102 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 07-25-2010)
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Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a deep mahogany color with a 2 inch thick head of off-white foam.

S - Earthy with slight herbal notes. Malty with slight hints of dark roast coffee.

T - Malty and well balanced. Biscuity with hints of coffee and a slightly bitter medicinal hop finish.

MF&D - Went down nicely. Slightly sweet lip feel with decent carbonation. A nice fall session Brown.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 16:41:05 | More by nasty15108
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler.

Pours a reddish brown, with a one finger light tan head that takes a minute or so to dissipate to a thin ring. Leaves only a slight bit of lacing behind.

Smell gives off bready malts mostly, with some toasted grains and a hint of coffee. No hop presence to speak of in the aroma.

Taste is better than the aroma. Once again consists primarily of toasted grains and some bread, but the coffee notes are a bit more noticeable, yet still subdued. There is a tiny underlying hop presence here that was not noticeable in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 13:35:59 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rich mahogany color with ruby spectrums. Produced a pillowy 2 finger, off-white head that slowly settles to about a 1/4 finger head. Moderate lacing.

The aroma is a sweet malt delight. Sweet caramel, syrup/molasses, toffee, biscuity hints, slight dark chocolate, nutty, with a little flair of spiciness.

Taste: sweet caramel/toffee, bready notes, a hint of dark chocolate, nuttiness.. Towards the end you get spice notes, then finishes with a wood & pine kick. The pine taste was bold for this beer. Kind of surprised me.

MF: medium-bodied with light carbonation makes for a smooth/creamy texture.

Very approachable & drinkable. Definitely makes for a nice autumn beer.

EDIT: I originally gave the drinkability a 4.0, but upon further drinking it got harder & harder to drink. I bought a six pack thinking it would make a decent session beer.. But I was wrong.. After about 2, it gets boring and bland.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 04:21:58 | More by aval89
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 03:31:39 | More by adam42381
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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: very dark brown, great head and lacing.

smell: caramel, sublte choclate from sweet malts

taste: not overly complex but pretty balanced. Not a malt bomb, and the hop bitterness was lower than expected from SN. very sublte smoke

mouthfeel: medium and light for a dark beer

drinkability: They took an avg style and perfected it. Nice job. Could have used more hop presence but well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 02:22:35 | More by CampusCrew
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice caremel brown translucent color. Small off white colored head.

S- Caramel malt, maple, some slight cinnamon spice. Definitely has that classic 'brown ale' aroma.

T- Along with smell, caramel/toasted malt nose, slight toffee middle, and small hint of cinnamon and slight bitter finish. Fairly flavorful and complex.

M- Very thin body, medium carbonation. Watery texture.

D- Great brew overall, not a favorite style of mine.. I don't care much for the thin body waterness. However, the flavors here are very welcoming.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 02:02:15 | More by Yesac
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Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in to Duvel tulip
B/O July 22/10

A - Dark brown colour, somewhat transparent with one finger of thick creamy cream-coloured head.

S - Very light nose with some lightly roasted malts, some caramel sweetness and a little bit of hop bitterness.

T - Predominantly light roasted malts with toasted nuts. There is a also a slight bitterness to this beer and the sweetness from the nose doesn't really translate in to the palate.

M - Light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D - An enjoyable beer but far from memorable. Not one that I would seek out every fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 01:24:53 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 8/30/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a solid cola/toffee brown with some light ruby highlights; starts with a full 2 finger light tan fluffy head and very tight retention; head eventually fades to a full and uneven skim with thicker swaths floating in the center; body is very clear and shows strong and quick carbonation; lots of thick and foamy lacing is left behind.

Smell: A nice robust roast maltiness and a bit of a charred burnt malt scent that is actually almost smokey. Pretty potent nose that's enjoyable and pretty much tells you what's coming in the mouth with no surprises.

Taste: The burnt and near smokey/roasty maltiness is right up front and is followed by a bit of raw graininess... that's actually about it. It's really quite alright, but also really kind of plain.

Mouthfeel: Body is fairly thin and light and it makes the carbonation extra prickly; a thin and fairly moist stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth and the finish is quite moist at the end.

Drinkability: Definitely easy enough to drink with really no weight to it and a pretty minimal ABV -- kind of boring, but certainly solid enough

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 00:32:52 | More by bamadog
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Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle served in a tumbler (how fitting). Bottle code 0 190 110 47 printed on the label. Pours a semi-translucent chestnut brown with a loose, half-inch, tan-colored head. Head eventually dissipates into a fairly consistent skim. Some spatters and swaths of lacing exposed during the tasting. Great nose - caramel malt, a little nutty and roasty and the faintest of hop aromas to cut some of the malty sweetness. Taste follows nose; however, there's also a bit of a roasted coffee character in the mix. All and all a nice well-rounded body with a light hops profile to even out the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an lively carbonation that tickles that palate without being prickly. A very good American Brown that drinks easy and can be sessioned. It actually reminds me a little bit of Surly Bender.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 00:26:55 | More by Jwale73
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours dark reddish amber with ample fluff on top. it looks enticing

smells of buttery, nutty brown malts. it has a hint of a hop profile, that, while not too strong, is still very much Sierra Nevada.

the taste has a good bit of toffee, roasted nutty brown malts, and a crisp floral hop bite. it's a little bit hard to love this, though, because it tastes like every other brown ale but with a Sierra Nevada hop profile, which isn't strong, but distinct. bitterness medium for a brown ale. nearly nonexistent for a Sierra Nevada beer. it's on the good side of average for this style.

mouthfeel creamy, with the perfect amount of carbonation.

it's an easy drinking beer. one that non-craft drinking friends can enjoy. i would definitely drink this beer over most other brown ales

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 19:23:50 | More by vdread
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3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is about the most boring beer I've ever had. Period.

Big off white head on this one, brown and clear, moderate carbonation a surprisingly low amount of lacing.

Aroma is weak overall, malt and maybe a little roast.

Well, its highly drinkable in the sense that its completely unoffensive and boring. Its mildly hoppy, mildly roasty, mild medium body, mild mildness, smooth. Its like drinking watered down beer I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 19:09:29 | More by drabmuh
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, goblet, SN bottling code: 0217114.

The pour is an embodiment of gold, while the glass full of this beer is maple syrup colored. When poured hard, a large, fluffy brown sugar cream head is roused.

Yeast and subdued smoke are detected in the aroma. Burnt caramel, or simply a savory caramel, milk chocolate, peat, and diacetyl.

Initially there is a sour and brown sugar or caramel sweet uptake, followed by an impressively deep smoky, nutty, and woody finish. The finish is also tannic and lightly ashy after half a glass. Some borderline citric hops linger, with maybe lime rind as the dominant bitterness. While not the most flavorfully explosive or exciting beer, this is a top notch American Brown Ale with some nice complexities in my opinion. Who expected this to be one of the aforementioned things that this beer is not, anyway?

I still find mouthfeel to be the hardest category to differentiate and pin down. This beer seems to have moderate body without too much prickle. It does come across as quite dry.

This is quite pleasant and even a little intriguing to one who doesn't imbibe brown ales very often. The smoke adds depth without overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 16:16:19 | More by brewerburgundy
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New York

2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm usually a big fan of Sierra Nevada beers. But there's something funky about this one. Although it clearly states on the bottle that this is an Autumn Brown Ale, I fear that the IPA-hoppiness that SN is known for has 'hopped' in and undone the Brown Ale part from the inside out.

A: The color on this beer is rich in the center and tapers out towards the ends. There is almost no leg on this beer. It reminds me a bit of a tea and honey-like mixture. Tree sap also comes to mind. It's really quite lovely.

S: There's a slight metallic hint at the very front of this drink. It eventually opens up into a caramel, oak, rosemary butter and wet woods kind of smell. But the combination of these things never gels into a memorable event. It's right there in front of me, but I just don't think it's punchy enough...especially for a beer with the SN label on it.

T: The taste of this beer leaves something to be desired. It's too acidic and bitter for a brown ale, in my opinion. On top of that, there's a hint of something hoppish, but it feels more like a mistake than anything else. And for some reason, all of the sensations from the smell seem lost on the taste. It's like I'm smelling one beer and tasting another.

M: Although the texture isn't harsh necessarily, it's not exactly pleasant. The carbonation, though not heavy handed, doesn't really feel all that great. This beer has an uncanny ability to dry out every corner of my mouth. And worst of all, both of those downsides linger long after the sip has been swallowed. For that reason alone, mf gets my lowest score.

D: After only one, my mouth is so dry that the prospect of having another seems similar to funneling handfuls of sand into my mouth. This beer is less than refreshing in most respects. That being said, someone who's a SN fan might find the silver lining in this beer, but I think I'd be done with one.

This could be one of the most disappointing SN beers I've ever had. In fact, I'd be hard-pressed to name a SN beer I disliked as much as this beer. While I think it's fair to say 'bad' for SN is still far better than some beers out there...I think fans of SN will be less than impressed by this beer...as will fans of Brown Ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 07:31:29 | More by TheBeerLovesYou
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New York

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint.
***Served at cellar temp., or even a little warmer. Maybe 60 degrees.

A--Dark brown--almost russet or ruby, verging on something opaque--body with a perfect two finger creamy off-white head that holds well and laces beautifully. A little dark but who's counting?

S--Deep and roasty: brown sugar, toffee, damp earth, some lower molasses notes. A symphony of darker malts. Maybe some woodsmoke and maple sryup? Lovely.

T--Even better than the nose. Tasting this confirms what the nose suggests--namely, that there's some smoke going on her. Not much, toward the back, but there's some faint bacon/beef jerky hanging out that I really like. It combines perfectly on the finish with the woody, earthy hops. It almost tastes like the first fire in your fireplace, and reminds me that autumn is a dry, crispy season. The malt is also in full effect at the onset and middle of the flavor profile--more toffee, brown sugar, and honeyed whole wheat breadcrust. Very fresh breadiness going on, so so comforting.

M&D--Both are spot on. Mouthfeel is creamy and gently carbonated, just how I like it. At 5.5 I could throw back plenty of these and not get bored or spinning.

Kind of a cross between Smutty's Old Brown Dog (in its hoppiness), Geary's Autumn (in its malt profile), and Weyerbacher Fireside (in its level of smoke). All three are great beers if you ask me, and Tumbler is greater than the sum of its parts. Plus you can't beat the price point.

Highly recommended, though not very nutty (the hops eat up the parts of the profile where those flavors would go, I feel). If you like nuttier browns this may not be the one for you.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 01:17:04 | More by TheycallmeTim
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice clear brown/amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely as it fades slowly.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of brown sugar, coffee, slightly nutty and a nice faint earthy finish to it.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some deeper roasted malts, nice flavors of brown sugar, coffee, some sweeter nuts, and finishes with a nice crisp hop finish.
M: Very crisp, clean, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this is actually crisp like a fall breeze, not a whole lot of alcohol - really well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 00:34:09 | More by erosier
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4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An attractive ruby-hued brown with a picture-perfect head. Smell is a lovely mixture of coffee, brown sugar, and biscuits. They nailed the texture on this one. That strikes me before the flavor even. It's just amazingly soft, like a nitrogen-infused beer. I'm pretty sure their porter has this exceptional quality too. On to the flavor... It's just solid, from start to finish, and it doesn't hit you over the head with any one flavor. There's just a light roast and light brown sugar sweetness that hit the right amount together. It feels like a light stout, but in no way feels thin on flavor. I really do think I could enjoy this as a session beer. It definitely screams 'fall', as much as I'm trying not to romanticize it. Another top-knotch beer from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 00:10:20 | More by JEdmund
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3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color (maybe like coke) with a two finger head light tan head. Leaves some cool lacing on the way down. Smells roasty-malty-nutty, you can smell it, but it isn't a strong smell. Taste is similar, starts off sweeter and finished more bitter. As the beer warms the taste becomes exponentially more potent. Mildly carbonated with a medium body. Its not a bad beer, but its not one of my favorites, maybe i'm just not a big fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 22:59:49 | More by gkunkle
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3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new offering from Sierra Nevada, one of the most consistent breweries out there. Pours a nice mahogany color, nice nutty smell to it... nice looking beer on our hands. Taste is medium bodied, nice mouthfeel to it. Taste has some good maltiness to it, slight bit of hop backbone.. a bit boring overall of a taste though to be honest. Could have used some more nut/caramel type of flavors in there, finish is a bit underwhelming too. Definitely an above average brown ale, but I thought SN could have done a tad bit better.. still pretty damn good though.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 22:17:29 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Prime 16, New Haven CT

A: Pours "nut brown", sudsy off white head. Good lacing and head retention, drops off into a cap.

S: A bit weak. Nutty malt, lacking presence.

T: Deep roasted caramel malt, sharply contrasted by the typical Sierra Nevada hop sting. Finishes bready and hop bitter, woody tannic presence on the back of the tongue.

M: Medium mf, prickly carbonation.

D: Drinkability is pretty good. Generally unoffensive, but also barely keeping me interested.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 21:34:20 | More by zoolzoo
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass
Iced tea/cola in color, with a nice, two-inch head of off-white foam
Aroma-Toasted malts
Taste-Nutty, toasted malt,caramel notes, creamy and smooth with a nice little hop bite.
A smooth and sessionable American Brown.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 14:39:51 | More by hosehead83
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> american pint

Wowzer, plenty of carbonation on initial pour. Learned my lesson and poured slowly the rest the of the time and things worked out just fine.

Pours a deep brown that shines hazelnut behind the light. A nice thick oft white head hangs around until the final sip. Thick cliffs of lace line my glass. (This is my 3rd/4th beers in this glass)

Nose: Roasted Malt no hops that i can smell.

Mouthfeel is thick creamy and dry. Initial sweet caramel and roasted malts give way to light timid nuttiness with touches of toffee. Finishes dry with a nice mellow balancing bitterness. The finish is short lived and clean with a light dose of floral hops. I was expecting more of a hoppy flavor, and it is present, but dances lightly in the backgound. Kudos to Sierra Nevada for not making this an over the top hoppy brown as has come to be expected from the style American Brown.

First I heard of this beer was today while I was perusing Save on Beer in Cranberry. Went with it as Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints. The beer is easy to drink and has the making of a great fall session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 02:12:18 | More by beerphan
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South Carolina

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

it's a brown ale, so if you are in tune with newcastle brown, then this is a great alternative from the western hemisphere...then again, it's a lot better than newcastle brown.

poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
appears brown. it looks good, nothing surprising. decent head that leaves plenty of trace in the glass.

smells roasty with a typical sierra nevada hop flare.

taste is balanced. nothing special, but i would say it is good.

mouthfeel could stand some more hop oil and alcohol roundness. decent, but not special.

drinkability is tumbler's strongest suit. you could session this one with an ease...sit back and wait for the leaves to change.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 01:55:44 | More by unskinnyhop09
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown in color with a massive 2 finger foamy tan head that dissipated rather slowly leaving a cloud like head that eased down the glass; spotty lacing that slid down the glass very slowly leaving a trail of foam as it goes.

Smells like roasted grains, sweet malt, yeast, wet bread, burnt nuts, light caramel, coffee or toffee, and other earthy notes from grass and/or hay. Surprisingly no hint of hops, which is normally the signature Sierra Nevada aroma, and is replaced by nutty and grainy odors.

Tastes of sweet roasted malt, syrup, caramel, brown sugar, light toasted grains, coffee, smoked or charred wood. There is a slight citrus hop taste at the end which leads to the semi-dry finish. Definitely a good brown ale with a nice combo of toasted grains, sweet nuttiness and some faint hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and on the light side, with very little carbonation and a medium chewy body. It's an interesting beer, and one that went down easy and also got better tasting as it warmed.

High drinkability with no sign of the alcohol present, I was able to drink 3 of the 6 with such ease that I had to stop myself from drinking the rest this evening. Another fine Sierra Nevada product.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 01:49:37 | More by CHickman
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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Winking Lizard in a 16 oz nonic glass. As always, the WL pours too cold and doesn't provide an aggressive enough head.

Pours the color of coca-cola, with an ivory head that gives nice lacing.

Smell is minimal, some straw and malt.

Taste has some barley, malt, with a slight coffee bitter. The taste opens up as it warms.

Thinish mouthfeel, typical for the style.

Drinkable enough as a session beer that you can ignore as you BS with friends.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 01:33:16 | More by TheHoppiest
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New York

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

600th review, 8-29-10.

A: Poured from the bottle into a SN Anniversary Ale pint glass. Body is clear, dark chestnut-brown with a 1/2-finger tan head. No real lace other than the occasional splotchy "legs" on the side of the glass.

S: Toasted wheat bread, caramel malt and a touch of nuttiness. Some butterscotch or toffee as it warms.

T: This is a solid version of an American Brown Ale. Starts out with toasty malt, followed up by sweet malt - i.e., caramel, a bit of toffee. Finishes with a piney bitterness, however, that cuts through any sweetness and leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste. That finish puts the emphasis on "American" rather than "Brown Ale." As it warms, the sweeter malt profile jumps out a bit more.

M: Carbonation feels pretty active, but relatively fine. Body is somewhere between light and medium, closer to light.

D: Highly quaffable. I would thoroughly enjoy a couple of these while sitting around a late summer/early fall firepit or campfire.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 01:14:07 | More by Kendo
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 2,685 ratings.