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

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown AleSierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

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2,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 2631
Reviews: 1022
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%

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 hopsputin


4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: dark ruby red with some hints of purple and brown. large 4 finger tan rocky head. very fluffy

s: strong aroma, i smelled it as soon as it was poured. smells real nice. loads of sweet malt up front. that moves into a nice roasted malt aroma with some light coffee bean and wood. ends with sweet toffee. hint of smoke

t: not as sweet as the nose indicated. there is some caramel malt at the front of the tongue. but that quickly fades into roasted and toasted malt, milk chocolate, and some burnt bread and some slight bitter that comes from the dark chocolate/roasted malt flavors. there is something earthy in here as well.

m: fuller side of medium, mild carbonation

o: on the bottle it says "perfect for an autumn afternoon" and i couldn't agree more. the style itself isn't the most complex, but i really enjoy brown ales anyway. this one plays a little more to the roasty/chocolaty qualities than the malt sweetness, but it works so well!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 20:37:03 | More by hopsputin
Photo of artoolemomo


3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that looks to have pretty good retention at the moment. The head is a a very light beige while the body is a mixture of garnet and maroon and glows a maroonish dark amber when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Aroma is slightly stronger from the bottle but the glass seems more nuanced. Definite roasted malts, caramel, and raisins from both. The glass seems to show minor hints of molasses and brown sugar. There are some bready to cereal notes after I swirl the glass.

Taste- Raisins around the edges while there is caramel, hop bitterness, bread, and cereal in the middle. The hops have some pine and resin, even a little spice which is shown on the finish. Roast malts with hints of coffee bitterness start to override the hops bitterness making this a much more enjoyable brew. Perhaps the caramel on the finish is a little too sweet but pretty good for a style I generally don't appreciate. Some sweetness of orange and other citrus on the front of the flavor profile as well. Malt bill is well rounded but doesn't make up for the fact that this is a style that often bores me. Above average, solid beer but nothing about it really compels to get more.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied. Light hints of syrup in the texture. A little bit too much carbonation for me.

Drinkability- Easygoing. Price, as with almost all of Sierra Nevada's products, is good. No real issues in this department.

Overall- Solid beer. It isn't amazing. If you like brown ales, you should give this a try. If not, you aren't missing much but you still might want to give it a try. A good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 00:14:08 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of canudoa9


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

The packaging gets me every time...Its just so beautiful, it does a number on my brain, gets me psyched for the chilliness and Autumn nights. I still can't fully put to words how I feel about this beer. Its definitely not one of my favorites, but there's an overall aesthetic that is immensely appealing. It affects me.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 20:03:24 | More by canudoa9
Photo of austin_page

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To me, brown ales are one of the fine signatures of fall. This one is good and kind of skunky smelling. It has a bronze-ish brown color. This one reminded me of a brown ale from Bear Republic. A dark brown ale is always a better brown ale, as far as taste, but this one is different than a lot of brown ales I've tried. Sierra Nevada is usually a little hoppy for my taste, but this one goes down real nice and should be everyone's go-to beer for the fall season, but watch out, it tastes totally different out of the tap at a bar!!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 04:06:23 | More by austin_page
Photo of dar482

New York

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours in a light chocolate brown color.

The aroma is really nutty with toasty bready malt.

The flavor has herbal resiny hops and then its combined with a light to medium toasty malt profile of brown sugar, roasted nuts, and caramel. The finish has a lots of drying. The body is clean and light .

This is a very hoppy brew with a good amount of toasty malt. This is a really flavorful beer at its ABV. I highly recommend this beer for beginners as its has a good assertive hop profile, but also that malt to back it up.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2013 18:37:47 | More by dar482
Photo of WanderingFool


4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tumbler pours a clear dark brown with a moderate sized, creamy, light tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving lots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of brown sugar, molasses, toasted malt and a little fruit.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy, soft with moderate carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, malty with brown sugar, toasted malt, molasses, chocolate and a little fruit. There may be a touch of spice in there too, but I may be imaging a cinnamon flavor. It finishes somewhat dry and slightly bitter. Once gone the brown sugar and molasses lingers on the palate.

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer. Very smooth and flavorful. Great for a cool autumn evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 21:58:01 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer


3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Apperance: Pours dark with two fingers of frothy tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Only a little lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: Brown sugar, yeasty, alcohol, bananas. Enticing aroma that reminds of of dogfish head's indian brown ale and then some.

Taste: Kind of weak/bland to begin with. Cream, brown sugar, hint of roasty malts, slight bite of hop bitterness. As the beer warms not much more flavor comes through but the feel does improve.

Feel: Medium to medium light bodied. Easy drinking but I think the body is just a tad bit too light, not allowing all the flavors to sink in. Carbonation sticks and tingles the tongue but doesnt bring through a great deal of flavor. Mouthfeel gets creamier and thicker as the beer warms which is nice.

Overall: Easy drinking but not a whole lot of flavor. Weakness is disappointing as the aroma was very nice but not a lot of flavor coming through in this beer. Not bad but not great. Just not a lot of flavor or complexity coming through at all. There are a lot of better browns out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 02:49:57 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
Photo of jawlessbody


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint, and has a nice foamy head.

Smell: Definitely a nutty, roasted malt character to the scent, but with a very prominent hoppy character as well.

Taste: This beer has a very warm, nutty backbone with hints of spices from the hops. Hints of crusty bread are also present, as well as some sweeter chocolatey flavors with the body of a lightly roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, pretty smooth, but had a bit more carbonation than I would have liked. This is the only part of the beer that's lacking for me.

Overall: As my friend said when he first had this beer "This tastes exactly how brown should taste." This is an excellent offering from a brewing company that tends to be hit or miss for me. I definitely will be picking this up in the falls to come.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 03:01:06 | More by jawlessbody
Photo of beeragent


3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a light brown, appearing ruby when held to the light. 1/4 inch off-white head with light lace.

S - Toasted malt. Not very strong aroma.

T - Bready, hint of chocolate, with some bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - I have to buy a sixer of this every season as it signals fall is approaching and the 100 degree Texas days are numbered! I'm not a fan of brown ales as they are usually very lacking in flavor to me. This is one exception. It's still not mind blowing, but I find it to be a good example of what the style should be. I can definetly enjoy a sixer of this, but only one a year.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 23:08:51 | More by beeragent
Photo of dave10mm


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always enjoy this.. As it remimds me of fall.. Aka hunting season.. Typically the first beer i drink on opening day as a fall tradition.. Roasted malts and great aroma sets the mood just right for opening day out in the woods looking for a trophy buck to put on my wall and share with my family

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 06:53:30 | More by dave10mm
Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark. Black. Only shows some brownish red where the light peers through. Thick foamy head.
Smell: Toasted, lightly smoked, and biscuity.
Taste: Biscuit, nuts, chocolate, very very light bitter aftertaste. Oily?
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation.

This is very good. It's one of my lesser-liked SN brews, but still always worth getting. I look forward to having it again as it gets colder. I will get it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 02:46:20 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of archyquaffer


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce longneck into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about one inch of creamy white head that never quite goes away. The beer is a deep reddish brown with moderate carbonation.

I detect all kinds of biscuity aromas and flavors, along with some caramel and a good bit of nuttiness. The nut flavors and the hop bitterness combine to provide a bit of a roasted acorn aftertaste to balance out the sweetness. The lingering head helps to provide a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a solid seasonal brown that reminds me of approaching autumn...

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 02:20:30 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of Jonada

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with one finger of an off white head. Some light carbonation streams throughout the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt, nutty, just a hint of smokiness.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Light malt sweetness upfront, but balanced by some nice roasty notes. More flavors of chocolate, bread, with some very light hints of smoke and earth. Really well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Drinkability is high.

Overall: I don't think I've ever had a bad beer from Sierra Nevada and this is no exception. This is a really good brown ale, and one of my go to beers during the fall months.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 05:10:04 | More by Jonada
Photo of Mikecap


3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with a thin cream colored head that fades quickly, leaving nice chunky lacing on the sides of my goblet.

Smell: Roasted malt, smoke, and some nuttiness. a bit of coffee as well. Nice smelling brown ale.

Taste: Smoke up front with some bitter coffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. A nice earthy pine taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth, with a nice creamy texture. Very good beer for a cool autumn afternoon.

Overall: Finally tried this, very fresh, and I'm glad I did. A great fall seasonal and for me, a better fall beer than many oktoberfests. Definitely a must try.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:16:45 | More by Mikecap
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Appearance: Clear. Deep russet/mahogany brown. Very nice full head of creamy dark tan. Retention is quite good, and it leaves cragged rings of lace about the glass.

Smell: Gently roasty, nutty, and darkly caramelish. Notes of cocoa.

Taste: Fuller than the aroma suggests with more cocoa and some dark chocolate. Hops are relegated to a background role, allowing the malt to shine. What is there is gently spicy, leafy, grassy, and lightly floral. It's nicely balanced giving a light bit of sugary sweetness amidst the dark maltiness upfront, more golden caramel sweetness across the middle, and darker notes and hop flavors and bitterness at the swallow. It lingers gently, for a good bit, steadily fading away into dull bitterness and roastiness with just a drop of molasses and brown sugar left behind.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a median carbonation that gently tickles the palate.

Overall: Quite a nice brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 20:43:52 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of BeerWizard


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love seeing this come out every year. It's kind of become my kickoff beer for fall, football season, and the holidays for me. Poured into a tall goblet, nice head, dark brown ale that has a reddish tinge when held to light. Aroma is nutty, coffee, light caramel, molasses. Taste is very malty with the aforementioned aromas present in the flavor. Nicely balanced by hops. Appropriately carbonated and well structured, and a lot of flavor packed into this 5.5 abv brew. As I said, I welcome its arrival each year with the autumn seasonals, and recommend!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 02:21:14 | More by BeerWizard
Photo of jaffers

New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the more refreshing, hoppier browns I've had, most are bready and heavy. Nice balance and lingering flavor. Earthy aroma and some brown sugar, but not overly sweet and very drinkable. Nice transition beer from pale ale to porter, two of my all-time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 22:16:17 | More by jaffers
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi transparent brownish red with an off white head.

The smell is nuts, tabbaco smoke, earth and coffee.

The taste is toffee,caramel, rasins and earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation.

A slightly above average beer, was alright but doubt I'll buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 00:48:38 | More by Dave1999
Photo of DeFaz


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a great beer to transition from summer to autumn as it's fairly light for the style. It smells of roasted malt, brown sugar, and nuts. The taste is sweet, a bit too sweet I feel, but there are some nice flavors here, specifically brown sugar, bread, and nut. I couldn't taste the hops but I'm sure they're there somewhere. The mouthfeel is light but satisfying, and for as sweet as this is, it's not sticky. Overall, I like this, but it would work better as maybe a dessert beer, say, with some pumpkin pie. As it is, it's a little too sweet but otherwise quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 01:09:44 | More by DeFaz
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass
standard SN super-secret bottling date code

A: Pours a translucent dark brown with faint reddish hues when held to light. Just under 2 fingers width of tan colored head hangs around for a bit before dissipating down to a thin film. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Malts, roasty, vanilla, herbaceous. Smells like fall!

T: Dark malts, very mild hop bitterness, roasty, caramel malts.

M/D: Lower side of medium bodied, heavier carbonation, drinkability is good.

O: Nothing spectacular but well above average for the style. It does remind me of an Autumn afternoon, so bonus points there! I wouldn't seek it out but I would drink it again if offered.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 23:26:00 | More by zac16125
Photo of TheMarkE


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper brown with lots of foam and lots of lacing.

Smell: Brown sugar, toasted grains, and a touch of nuttiness.

Taste: Toasted grains, caramel, nuts, and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

The Verdict: Good beer. Nothing great or earth-shattering, just another good solid brew from Sierra Nevada. I’m still waiting for this winter’s Celebration Ale, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 21:12:15 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of justintcoons


4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Mahogany with 2 fingers of off-white head. Good retention and excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Caramelized brown sugar, peanut butter and hazelnut.

Caramelized brown sugar, candy sugar, peanut butter and hazelnut. Touches of milk chocolate and roasted malts.

Medium bodied, silky and smooth.

This tastes like autumn. Absolutely perfect for the season and one of the best Browns I've had in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 22:51:45 | More by justintcoons
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District of Columbia

3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: brown, dark to the point of not letting light through. Some head, mild retention, no lacing
S: couldn't pick up much of anything, little malt and coffee maybe
T/M: pretty much dead on for what I want in a nut brown. Taste of malt sweetness coats the mouth, and lingers with a light hint of cocoa and coffee. In the middle is a little bitterness mixed in with the coffee/chocolate "brown" malt flavor.
O: for a nut brown, almost dead on. Maybe a little bitter in the middle and lacking nose.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 22:36:09 | More by cjgiant
Photo of mlichens

New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good, solid American Brown Ale. A sweet, maple smell to the bottle, some good hops that give it an unsweetened dark chocolate taste. Very drinkable, not too heavy. Exactly what you want from a brown ale.

All in all, this is one of the beers that makes me look forward to fall. Dear Sierra Nevada: make it year round!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 23:34:34 | More by mlichens
Photo of JackMcAwesome


3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

It seems a bit early for an autumn ale, but I couldn't resist a go at it.

Look: It pours dark, with a one finger head that disappeared so fast I don't remember it leaving. It left a solid ring that provides an alright amount of lacing. I wish the head would have lasted a bit longer, but at least the brew is a beautiful dark brown with red highlights.

Smell: I'm not picking up any of the hops at all. It's complete malty goodness that I'm picking up. Chocolate at first when the beer was still a bit cold, but as it warmed up, I started getting the caramel and a hint of the smokiness.

Taste: I'm having kind of a weird experience with this one. Normally the malt kicks in at the end, but it's right up front for me. Or at least, I'm identifying it as such. I'm detecting the hops at the end. I'm going to pay close attention to the rest of the six pack, to see if it plays out like this, because this is the first beer I've had where it did something like that. But anyway, the chocolate notes are definitely prevalent. Cocoa might be more accurate. As like the nose, as it got warmer, the smoke note became more and more pronounced.

Feel: Wonderful texture. It was really hot outside and almost reached for my usual lighter selections, and said "Why not?" to this one. It's still a light feeling beer that makes it's early release make a bit more sense. I'd still prefer a bit of chill in the air with a beer like this, but the balance in the carbonation and malts makes it a great beer to have even if it's still HOT out. I was very surprised and happy by this.

Overall: Not much left to say but I'll reiterate that even for a "Autumn" beer, it still has a place in the terrible heat of July. I'll probably find myself getting it a couple of more times this season.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 17:38:56 | More by JackMcAwesome
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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