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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3,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,074
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 71
Gots: 187 | 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 patreely12
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy reddish amber with noticeable carbonation. thin tan head and sticky lacing.

S - earthy roasted malts and yeast.

T/M - sharp roasted malt up front. smoothes out with some nice spice and citrus notes. medium bodied and carbonated. crisp, clean finish with slightly dry aftertaste.

D - an ideal autumn beer. would enjoy tasting this again.

Photo of Treyliff
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with very little head, barely enough to cover the top. Smells of roasted malts, slight hint of chocolate and caramel, hops also coming through. Taste is very smooth, good balance between the malt and hops initially, with a sweet chocolate taste on the back end. Nothing to complain about on the mouth feel either. Drinkable beer, not the greatest, but very good.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-brown color. Minimal tan head; mostly leaves a film with some visible carbonation.

Smell: Not much to the aroma; some roasted notes, and some grain too.

Taste: Good roasted malts, lots of caramel, some spices, and a bit of hops. There's some hints of apple or pear in there as well. A tad spicier than your typical brown ale. Aftertaste is a bit too sweet & fruity.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied with some light but solid tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Good ABV and easy to drink.

This one is alright, but I know Sierra Nevada can (and does) do better.

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber, with 2 big foamy fingers of light tan colored head. This retains with a thick finger of stiff creamy froth, which coats the sides of the glass with robust swathes of heavy lacing. The aroma smells green and floral, with some light notes of nuts and roast. The back portion of the nose is sticky sweet with some more malty character of cocoa and caramel.

The taste is bitter and earthy up front (but actually runs the whole way through the profile), while the some crunchy roast shores up the middle, and the backend is all sweet malts while giving off an almost butterscotch flavor here before fading into a finish of dry pithy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy feel throughout, but does prickle the tongue with more of a crisper feel as you swallow as well.

This was interesting. The flavors of roast, earth, and sweetness all had a fall flair to them but I just don't know if the overall package here really ended up coming together for me. Perhaps this is one that works on you over the course of a few bottles. I'd be willing to investigate this again come next fall.

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

Pours a very dark, almost black, chestnut. The head is rather large and sticks to the glass like concrete. Whiffs of dark roasted malts in the aroma, complimented by a generous helping of hops. Tastes full and heavy, with a hint of almond nuttyness and spice (cinnamon or cloves or both). Very well balanced- the hops keep it from tasting too thick. The flavors linger for a while after the beer has been swallowed.

My girlfriend gave me a sip of this a few months ago and I immediately fell in love with it. Within a few weeks it was already gone from shelves though, and I thought I'd missed my opportunity till I spied it on a recent supermarket visit and swept it up. This beer paris well with all kinds of hearty food and stands well on its own. Definitely going to become a fall staple for me.

Photo of WCBCFrank
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tumbler pours a perfect dark brown smellign of roasted malt and nutty goodness. First sip is a mix of hops and chocolate, caramel deliciousness. Nice malt backbone and easy going down. Nice drinkable brown ale for session drinking. Certainly worth your money and time to enjoy.

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

On tap at the Bull & Castle, Dublin.

Pours chocolate brown with russet highlights and a dense creamy eggshell head. Roasted almond, chocolate cake and earth on the nose. Dark sweet malts and tingly hops, like Coca-Cola spice flavors. Minty linger. Medium, lively, crisp with some cling.

Much brighter and tastier on tap. Goes down easy.

(3.3; 3.50 3.50 3.00 3.50 3.50)
Pours ruby brown with a thin taupe head. Kola and toast on the nose. Milk chocolate and brown sugar malts, a bit of band aid phenols and slight pine resin and mint hops. Tingly, slightly chewy and medium.
This is a pleasant but thin and indistinct ale that should really be called an English Brown, not American.
The low rating, though, is based on expectations: SN on the label should mean it brings the hops, and this just doesn't. At all. Maybe that's not fair, but would this be an average of B+ if it was from some small anonymous brewer?
Understated to a fault.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a brown color with amber hues. The head is a massive two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice sticky lacing. The aroma is of caramel, and some faint herbal hops. The taste is like the aroma, but lighter. It is almost watery. The mouthfeel is on the ligher side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer is quite lacking. I can't see myself drinking this again.

Photo of JizackFH
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice dark brown that has decent clarity to it. It has a 1 1/2-finger off-white head. The head left pretty good lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of roasted malts, and it has a nutty scent to it as well. I am also getting notes of caramel and a touch of hops.

T - I am getting a good amount of hops up front. There is also some nuttiness, caramel, light breadiness, and a touch of alcohol present. The finish is quick and crisp.

M - This one has a light body and medium carbonation. Also, it is smooth and crisp.

D - The drinkability is awesome. This is a very nice brown ale. It is smooth and goes down very easy. It is quite refreshing, and I would definitely buy this one again. If you haven't had it yet, give it a try.

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

Here's a brew that has much going for it. Seems these days, most of the brewers, especially the better ones in the mainstream don't have a brown ale in their portfolio.
This West Coast beauty has the right goods. Deep mahogany brown, though perhaps a bit "clean" looking for a proper brown ale, this is a brew that has copious malting and just a hint of hopping; ah but what beautiful hopping it is. It is a slightly warming brew that will not overwhelm you with alpha acids. Well balanced with a nice roasted chicory flavor and a slightly sweet marshmallow aftertaste, this is a welcome addition to the Sierra family and one I would like to see more ofter produced by other talented brewers. Great effort!

Photo of LuthersMug
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown, bordering on black. Creamy tan 1/2 inch head that lasted well. Pleasant lacing that lingered on the glassware.

S - Roasted nuts, slight hint of cranberries

T - Roasted malts dominate this brew, hints of chocolate, bread. Hops seemed just a tad bit off.

M - Malts were roasted and good.

D - Good brew.

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

12oz (355ml) bottle from Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, Michigan. Pours dark brown with a faint ruby tinge, one finger of bubbly, beige foam, and sheets of lace on the nonic glass. Smell is nutty, bready, and doughy malts, earthy and floral hops, touch of cream, and some tree bark. Flavour is light chocolate, grainy and roasted malts, slight sweetness, biscuit, brown sugar, and a balancing hop bitterness with fruity and grassy undertones. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp spiciness upfront, brief flash of astringency, quick and toasty finish with very little aftertaste. The palate thins out significantly as the beer warms and the nose is pretty restrained, but aside from these flaws, this is one of the better brown ales that I've tried.

Photo of Reidrover
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single from Fred Meyer, S.Salem. Poured unfortunatlly with a huge billowing head..tan in colour..can make out the clear brown ale underneath Aroma i found lacking, mostly bready, cereal and some weak chocolate. Taste is mellow, semi-sweet and welcoming.Coffee and milk chocolate with some hazelnuts thrown in. Nice. Nice smooth palate makes this a drinkable enough brown ale..though not exceptional in any way.

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

A - crystal clear, flashes red in the light, big creamy light tan head persists, lots of clingy lace

S - caramel nuttiness, with some spicy hop aromas, clean, light breadiness

T - fair bit of spicy hops up front, gives way to some carmel and bready notes, finish is quick, aftertaste is biscuits and nuts

M - med light body, med carbonation, smooth, but crisp, no alcohol presence,

D - this is a pretty rockin brown ale, straight up & easy to drink, what more do you want?

Brown ale by definition is rather tame, and typically not my favourite style. However, Sierra Nevada does it justice with their version. Fairly hoppy, but not so much as to push the boundaries of the style. I like the super clean character, it brings the malts into focus. Can't really complain about anything here, about as good as a brown ale gets. Not my first choice at the store or a bar, but I sure wouldn't turn one down either.

Photo of jlandis
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy deep chocolate brown that hints at amber along the edges. Huge fluffy white head that leaves perfect lacing along the edges of the glass.

An interesting combination of crisp american hops along with subtle roasted malts. There is also a pleasant malty sweetness.

Bitter roasted malts right up front with an eathy hop presence. There is something about this beer that reminds me of a sourdough bread or other baked good. Interesting flavors, but every other sip I'm back and forth on if I like it or not. Definite english esb or special bitter characteristics.

Thin to moderate mouthfeel with subtle carbonation.

This is definitely interesting to see coming from Sierra Nevada. Not their characteristic hoppy IPA or PA. I'm still a little back and forth on whether or not I like this beer. There is something about the aftertaste that I just can't place that leaves a funny slickness / off flavor.

Photo of jhammel01
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, nice and clear. Thick white head that retains and laces down. Head actually goes a little bit past the glass top. Very nice.

Hop aroma, plenty of malt background. The scent could carry itself across the room!

Taste is filled with spicey hops, dark malt, roasted nut and some caramel. Very well balanced and very good.

Never a disappointment with Sierra Nevada. A very good beer!

Photo of taylocd
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into nonic glass.

A - deep brown with some red hue in the light; ~3/4" foamy tan head that lasted for most of the beer and left impressive lacing

S - there was no particularly strong aroma or notable distinct scent at all

T - some coffee bitterness to go along with burnt caramel and roasted nut flavor

M - the beer was smooth, but as with the aroma, there was nothing remarkable - positive or negative - about the beer feel and texture

D - though the overall feel was ordinary, the smooth texture and great taste make this an easy and enjoyable drinker

Photo of jjboesen
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently tried a bottle of this SN Brown Ale. It pours a head that quickly dissipates. The semi-translucent body is of a dark copper color; within there is a minimum of carbonation bubbles. There is no lacing.

The nose is somwehat reminiscent of a watery maple syrup concoction while the palate gets a few pinches of brown sugar backed in a chewy mouthfeel and a toasty finish. Not a real complex one, to say the least.

In all honesty, the brown ale has never been a favorite style - if I had a "go to" brand, it would be Newcastle Brown. Still, this one is done reasonably well.

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

$7.95 sixer @ Liquor Outlet, Boonton.

Light brown body, amber highlights, good clarity, topped by a big fluffy head of light beige rocky froth. Very good lacing.

Toasty aroma. Nutty. Caramel. Bit of chocolate. Coffee. Fresh bread baking. Delightful mix.

Toast. Caramel. Semi-sweet dark chocolate. Earthy hops. More toast. Great balance.

Smooth medium-light mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable.

A fine brown ale, and a terrific "autumnly" ale, more Octoberfestish than the ales labels as such. Have one, or more, in front of a fire on a cool evening. Recommended.

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

Picked up a single in early October from Total Wine for $1.49.

Beer poured brown with a tan bubbly head that is lasting farily well.

Nose is malty with hints of chocolate.

Taste is well balanced, chocolate malts blend well with light finishing bittering hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Drinkability is good. This is a very decent representation of the style and a beer I would serve for a tailgate session!

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

from some notes.

Dark brown, very fluffy head that lasts a long time and leaves good lacing.

Smells nutty and chocolate-y.

Taste is largely the same. Pretty robust in flavor for a brown ale--somewhat porter-esque. Finishes with a hint of fruity/floral flavors, but this is very much a strong brown.

Mouthfeel is smooth without being too thick at all. Carbonation is kind of light.

This is one of better browns that come to mind, for sure. Sierra Nevada rarely goes wrong.

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

Poured from a large bottle into a standard bar glass

This is pretty nice. I don't see me sessioning this, but I could. I'm using it as a palate cleanser before Thanksgiving dinner in an hour or so. Again, it's nice.

Pours a deep, dark, auburn with a thin, tan head. Smell is pretty malty, kinda bready (maybe nutty) with a little hops thrown in there. Taste is more of the same. It's simple, but in the best way possible. It's thin, but not TOO thin, with a dryness throughout the sip. Drinkability is ok. There's a slight bite from the carbonation, and in conjunction with the hops taste I don't see me drinking multiple bottles in a row.

Such a pleasant beer for a pleasant afternoon. Happy Thanksgiving, BA.

Photo of zoso1967
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tumbler pours a deep dark mahogany color and has a light tan head. The head has wonderful staying power and leaves average lace as I imbibe this beverage.

The aroma is full of rich toffee, nuttiness, caramel and malt sweetness. I am also detecting just a touch of earthy coffee like character, and even a touch of char.

The flavor is quite nice with a bit more fruitiness than the aroma. The dominant components are still toffee, caramel and toasty nut flavors, but there is a bit of cherry like round sweetness that is also present. There is just enough bitterness in this beer to keep it from being considered truly malty, and as the flavors develop I pick up some floral hop character, as well as a bit of bitter cocoa.

For me, the mouthfeel on this beer is pretty killer. Medium body, smooth but still well carbonated, balanced finish and wonderful lingering notes of toffee and caramel on the palate. I tend to like my brown ales more drinkable, yet not too wimpy, so I am really digging this.

This is a super drinkable and sessionable brown ale and a great addition to the SN seasonal lineup. This one is still drinking wonderfully, even into the winter months.

Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a reddish brown hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and some subtle lacing,the smell is very roasty with hints of roasted malts,toffee and some earthy hops too,the mouthfeel is a little under medium bodied which really suits it and has tastes of roasted malts,toffee,molasses and is finished off with a earthy hop bitterness which is quite bitter,overall im not suprised its a decent drop that is very drinkable from this fine brewery and to be honest could quite easily drink more than two of these if it was a regular to our shores.

Photo of Blakaeris
2.45/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours bronze-mahogany with copper highlights. Head is initially thick and creamy, slowly reducing to a thin sheen.

Aroma is caramel, with hints of toffee and mild fruit. A slightly strange medicinal note.

Taste is what the nose suggested. Caramel malt sweetness up front. Apricot and a touch of raisin. Finishes with a dry earthy and hop bitterness and a lingering metallic quality and a funky yeast character that turns medicinal as it warms.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

Overall an unusual brown ale. The weird medicinal thing is throwing me off. Not my favorite.

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 3,074 ratings.