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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,843 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,843
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 62
Gots: 145 | 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 MirkoCroCough
4/5  rDev +4.2%

2010 Tumbler poured into Great Lakes pint glass.

A very clear dusky, orange, amber color. Pretty.

Sweet and malty with some earth/soil.

Malty with the right amount of sweetness that isn't over the top. Very clean tasting.

Very smooth, slight carbonation with a creamy finish.

Very drinkable and not filling.
This a a great beer for the fall season. SN has the best labels too. It would be great to be in a nice stone cabin on a stream in autumn drinking this beer.

MirkoCroCough, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of malty
4/5  rDev +4.2%

24 oz. 2010 vintage bottle.

Poured into my stemmed Ayinger tulip style glass with a brilliantly clear handsome dark copper/chestnut color and a loose & fluffy 1/2" light beige settled head. Moderate amount of fine visible uprising carbonation. Nice broken rings of lace sporadically down the glass.

The scent is utterly CLEAN, bright yet rounded with anticipation of a malty good forthcoming flavor. For now I'm delighting my nostrils in walnutty goodness. A little vanilla nougat and and (again) clean mineralness.

Leather right out of the gate. Leather again with a welcomed dry/bitter/slightly acrid woody element with is definitely the outcome of beautifully balanced hops and roasted malts. THe walnut come through in the flavor as well. Bitter walnuts so vivid I can almost feel the walnut skins between my teeth. The hop component of this ale is long lingering in the feel and texture, but very quick and transient in flavor. They give a fast blast of 'treble' to the otherwise 'bass' that is the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a perfect amount of finely building carbonation. The very chalky and somewhat bitter finish is graceful and a little punchy.

Drinkability is great. I'm going to let the remaining half of this bottle warm a bit just to see what other flavors emerge.

Overall a splendid West Coast rendition of a deeply traditional English Brown Ale. The hops give this an added dimension of brilliance without corrupting the tradition of the style. I adore the leather flavor. A bit of tabacco flavor creeps out as this ale is starting to warm towards room temp. I'm very pleased with the complexity of this ale. Great job Sierra Nevada ad thank you.

malty, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of neenerzig
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my new Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale pint glass. This beer pours a clear, medium to dark brown color with amber highlights. Slightly tan, creamy looking head is about a 2/3 inch thick when poured and eventually settles to solid 1/4 inch thick head. Very good retention. I let this one sit for awhile after pouring before sipping it. Good lacing. Aromas of roasted malt is really it for the smell, couldn't detect anything else here. Nice roasted malt flavor with some caramel and hints of maple. Not very complex, but pretty tasty. The taste does remind me of fall. Has a crisp, smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied mouth feel, and moderate carbonation. Has a dry after taste that coats the palate, like and Irish Dry Stout. Unexpected for this style of beer. Easy to drink. A good beer all around, but nothing spectacular.

Eric

neenerzig, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of sk8man121
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12 oz bottle poured into Allagash fluted chalice.

A: Pours like any other brown ale; deep, rich brown with copper highlights. Two finger head, leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. It looks nice.

S: I smell autumn leaves, roasted barley, caramel and a slight hoppy presence. Smells like a cross between a brown ale and a marzen lager.

T: Quite rich and malty, with a slightly metallic aftertaste. There's really not a lot going on here, and the taste is rather thin with a lack of complexity.

M: The mouthfeel is actually quite nice; carbonation is quick upfront and transitions into a creamy finish. This goes down quite nicely.

D: Although I've had far better brown ales, I can't help but admit that the drinkabiity of this through the roof. What this means, however, is that it goes down easy, mainly as a result of its nice mouthfeel and lack of complexity. There are better browns out there and this is far from being my favorite Sierra Nevada offering, but it's by no means bad.

A decent session beer, but nothing to write home about.

sk8man121, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Served in a nonic pint glass at ChurchKey.

I was worried I wouldn't be able to find a single bottle of this guy (call me a commit-a-phobe, but I don't wanna commit to a sixer (or more) if I'm undecided on the brew itself, as in this situation). Luckily, the fine folks at the CK had my back on this one. It pours a clear russet topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, nutmeg, light maple syrup, and a slight tinge of flowers. The taste holds notes of nutmeg, walnuts, flowers, and some light maple syrup. Simple, but effective. The body is a rather light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a nearly dry finish. Overall, a tasty, straightforward brown, a nice bit o' autumnal goodness.

TMoney2591, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

A- Has a nice dark brown look. Medium head with a nice lace.

S- Smell of caramel and chocolate notes.

T- Very mild malty taste.Little hop trace in the sip. hints of caramel and chocolate are present.

M- Very smooth and creamy.

D- Well this is not my favorite SN beer. Kind of hurt.Not worth another taste.

SamuelJackson45, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a rich dark brown with cherry highlights when backlit. A light tan head forms, somewhere between two and three fingers in height, and holds it's ground for a minute before fading away. Lacing is decent, but nothing spectacular. Nose is more caramel/biscuit than more roasted aromas like chocolate or coffee, and there's a bit of hop aroma at the end (one of the nobles if I had to guess, not sure which though). Taste profile is an exact duplicate for Tumbler, heavy on the caramel and light on the roast (for a brown ale at least) with a little floral hop flourish and no real bitterness to speak of. At first I was bothered by a certain perceived thinness of body with Tumbler, but I'm mostly past it and realize that it's appropriate for a relatively restrained brew. Carbonation is nice and low, spot on for the type of brew SN was shooting for. As one might expect, for such a traditional and well executed brown ale Tumbler is very drinkable, in the time it took me to type this review up my glass is almost empty. A great new offering from Sierra Nevada and one I'll definitely come back to this fall.

axeman9182, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of tweeder263
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured out a medium dark amber brew with a nice fluffy head . Has moderate carbonation. Smells like it has a nice malty backbone. Taste is of a dry beer, mildly smoky ,no noticeable hops. Not a ton of flavor, but what is present i like.Very mild session beer.Not a big fan of brown ales , but this one is very tolerable.

tweeder263, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of mnrider
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

12 oz. Brown bottle.

A: Pours a dark amber, with a medium amount of fluffy off white head. Carbonation moves outlandishly to the top. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Nice balanced smell. Roasted malts and sweet something.

T/M: Nice sweet roasted malts with a somewhat burnt aftertaste. An almost mocha like taste. Hops are more noticeable in the smell. However their is a small amount of bitterness which I think comes from the hops. Smooth going down.

D: Very good brew from SN. I enjoyed it very much. Not sure if it's a perfect example of a brown ale. Still good none the less.

Cheers!!

mnrider, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of nboris827
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Dark and clear. Not much head, and that fades rather quickly.

S: Not much in terms of smell.

T: Slightly sweet for a brown ale with a nice smokiness.

M: Lightly carbonated. Gently coats the mouth.

D: Great way to transition from sweet summer ales to autumn beers. This would be great on tap as well!

nboris827, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of rmolledo
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%

A: Dark Clear Mahogany with a frothy lively off white head. Excellent Lacing as head slowly dies.

S: Smokey, Roasted Malts. Aroma is pretty faint. chocolate.

T: Sweet malty start. Roasted Barley. Nice toffy and caramel flavors in there. Pretty Mellow flavor wise. For an American Brown Ale the hops are pretty well hidden. Flavors open up as it warms. Hops start to come out more along with the roasted malts.

MF: slick, creamy goodness. low/moderate carbonation. moderately thick body.

D: A great Fall/Winter Brown ale. Session worthy but a little on the heavy side. I could drink this again.

rmolledo, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

A: Pours a deep, slightly hazy reddish-chestnut color. The tall, densely frothy head has an attractive tan color. Retention is very good, and plenty of sticky, foamy lacing adheres to the glass.

S: Sweet, toffeeish maltiness up front. Some light hints of bread and chocolate, with firmer notes of nuttiness. A mild leafy/piney hop character is also noticeable.

T: Malty and sweet up front. Toffee is prominent, along with minor nutty and chocolatey notes. Lightly roasty. A definite pecan pie flavor as others have noted. Hop bitterness is moderate for the style, with a clean piney and leafy flavor.

M: A touch fuller than medium in body. Carbonation adds a slight perkiness, but is smooth overall. A bit dry into the finish.

D: A very enjoyable, easy-drinking brown ale from Sierra Nevada. Well-rounded and refined, as you'd expect from this brewery. It manages to be both sweeter and hoppier than many American brown ale. It's down to 80 here today in DC, which seems positively autumnal after July and August, and this is a welcome fall seasonal for 2010.

Clydesdale, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale has a thick, beige head and a clear amber-brown appearance. Carbonation is medium. The aroma is sharp, but not strong, with a spiciness to it. Taste is mild, but the deep-roasted barley flavor, with a nice hop bite underneath, is pleasant. Mouth-feel is light. Sierra Nevada Tumbler finishes satisfying and refreshing. Although, there is really nothing new here as per brown ale, I found the full, dark-roasted coffee taste to be a winner. I would highly recommend this one.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of TommyW
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

A- Dark brown/amber with a medium, white head that clings a bit.

S- Bready malts, nutty with a touch of smoke.

T- A nice malt base with lots of nutty and slightly toasted flavors coming through. A solid smokey flavor comes out towards the middle. Hop presence is minimal, leaving a clean bitterness that bring balance and a cleaner finish.

M- Medium feel with a medium to assertive carbonation.

D- Really nice brown ale; lots of nice nutty and smokey flavors but still balanced to be easily sessionable.

TommyW, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of JosiahS
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

glass: nonix

a: Nice large 3-finger tan head. Clear dark tree bark color. Very little noticeable CO2 bubbles. Lacing is excellent.

s: Light on the aroma compared to other brown's. Caramel, cherry, date based. Light hints of toast, chocolate and coffee. As the beer warmed, i got some really roasted malt or smoked wood, much like coffee beans, minus the chocolate. It may be a combination of the hops and malt that give off that smell.

m: Smooth and light, low-medium CO2.

t: Caramel a definite. A little medicinal, the same way an amber would be. It has that dark fruity, caramel base. Lots of toast bread. Searching for chocolate or coffee.. I'm getting some nuts/butter towards the end. Nice floral/citrus hop flavor throughout. slightly dry all the way through.

d: right in the middle of light and medium in body so naturally, the drinkability is pretty good. IMO, it lacks a more robust chocolate/coffee/hazelnut flavor that i've come to expect in most browns. Good beer overall.

JosiahS, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Glass - Nonix

A - A nice clear brown with a bit ruby in there, some C02 can be seen. It produced a 2-3 finger head that held quite well. It left broken, splashy lacing but allot of it.

S - Very nutty with hints of roasted notes and toast bread. A bit of caramel with soft floral and herbal hop notes.

T - Nuttiness and caramel upfront with a bit of molasses and toasted bread. Herbal hops come in towards the finish with a touch of lemon citrus. Bitterness isn't strong and balances the profile out well, very balanced between malts and hops, also not too sweet either. As it warmed the hop flavors & bitterness became a bit more dominant.

M - A little thin but with a smooth feel to it, around moderate carbonation and lite-medium body.

D - I really enjoyed the feel of this beer, it offers a smooth almost creamy texture while still being on the lighter side of medium bodied, which makes it extremely quaff-able to me. I could sit and enjoy 4-5 Pints of this brew! Very good with a decent price, I'll definitely buy this one again, very tasty and I recommend it. Cheers!

PintOHops, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Lerxst
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

A-Pours a light brown with a one inch off white head that has good retention and leaves quite a bit of sticky lace.

S-Roasted malt with a slightly sweet aroma, a bit smoky and woody as well, also an earthy hop aroma lingering in the back.

T-Roasted, bready malt with just a hint of sweetness, the earthy hops in the nose are noticed here but become a bit more pronounced in a pleasantly bitter finish.

M-On the light side of medium body, crisp and clean.

D-Goes down very easily. Several of these in one sitting is not a problem at all.

Its not "world class," but its another solid beer from the fine folks at SN.

Lerxst, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: caramel and a bit of earthiness and nuttiness.

Taste: caramel, toffee, lightly roasted nuts, earthiness, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is mild and short lived.

Drinkability: this is a very easy to quaff beer and for me could be a nice session beer for an afternoon.

Gavage, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of jpro
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Excited about trying this new brown ale from Sierra Nevada...

A: Poured a tawny amber with a creamy, almond head. Lots of nice checkerboard lace gets left on the glass (in typical Sierra Nevada fashion).

S: Caramel malt, toast, pecans. A great nose on this one... I really like it.

T: This is where, IMO, this beer falters. I love the malty (hazel) nuttiness in this one - there are some faint touches of lightly roasted malts, too. But something seems like it's missing. Maybe a little chocolate malt? Or even more of the aforementioned nuttiness? Or perhaps a signature Sierra Nevada hop kick? There are some light grassy / earthy hops there, and their levels do well to keep the beer balanced - but coming from SN, I just expected something with a little more bite.

M: Medium bodied and creamy; good carbonation and sweet on the finish.

D: A great fall brew, I'll likely have it again once it starts getting cooler.

jpro, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale
12 oz brown bottle
#019720624
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a chestnut brown that looks likes freshly brewed tea towards the bottom of the glass. Solid trails of lacings.

A pleasant nose with whiffs of malts and hops.

Soft mouthfeel for starters and a nice caramel malt sweetness. A tad nutty, like a peanut with a big malt backbone. Biting hop snap on the finish.

A good brown ale from SN. Can't wait for the Fall to arrive here in New England.

Hibernator, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of ozzyCobblepot
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

A: Dark maple color, almost like cola, with a robust, sand-toned head, lots of bubble action on first pour and on closer inspection good carbonation rising up.
S: Caramel and roasted malt, actually dominated by malt with hints of dark fruit, not much of a nutty tone.
T: Very much malt-inclined, with a touch of that roasted flavor and dry grain lingering on the soft palate. Touch of caramel and semisweet chocolate supplanted by bitterness from the hops. Presentation is subtle, a little too subtle for my taste.
M: Smooth and moderate bodied, good carbonation.
D: An easy autumn brew, but the flavor of roasted malt leaves your mouth feeling a bit dry. Coupled with the overall subdued character of this beer, I find myself wanting something more flavorful and refreshing. Maybe it's still too early in the year.

ozzyCobblepot, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Appears a deep reddish brown with an offwhite head - good lacing.

In the nose is sweet malt and a meaty nut aroma, backed by some piney hops.

Sweet malt and nut flavors up front with a balanced fullness, bitterness from the hops in the back. A very good Brown Ale.

Chickenhawk9932, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of LacquerHead
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%

It poured a maple syrup brown with an light tan head.

S: not much to it.

T: the malt profile was decent. I didn't pick up on coffee or anything too robust. It had a nutty extract flavor. There was a slight malty sweetness. For the most part it tasted rather bland.

D: I had a 6pk of this and after beer no. 3 I was getting board with it.

Overall, I was not too impressed with this one. This hasn't been my favorite brown ale, but it wasn't the worst. It was worth a try, and I may give this one another chance before the year is out.

LacquerHead, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Kaiser777
4.3/5  rDev +12%

A- Very dark robust color, with a caramel white head and it had a wonderful fizz when first poured into the glass which surprised me, almost to dark to see the tiny bubbles slowly rising to the top to meet the thick caramel white colored foam which is about a 1/4 inch thick.

S- It has a sweet candy smell, light hoppy aroma, and a blast of malt with a hint of smoked wood and I want to say chestnut, call me crazy but it's definitely chest nut.

T- Very malty smokey flavor, sweet and very delicious with a few different nutty combination's, I would say chest nuts, & almonds cooked on a open fire, a slight coffee & coco combination as well very satisfying, a perfect beer to enjoy outside raking all those Autumn leaves off the earths floor.

MF- Coats the mouth well, & leaves a wonderful after taste that says Autumn all over it, light to no carbonation, sets on the taste buds for a while which I enjoyed a lot.

D- Not to filling & after the first you cant help but want more, very satisfying & a wonderful beer to kick of fall, which was the first we got at a bar I work at, & could not wait to try it, & now that I did I'm very happy with this beer, great job to one of my favorite brewery's.

Kaiser777, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

a brown using freshly roasted malts

a: tyranena pint, big sandy colored head, full and frothy with high retention, over a deep maple-amber body

s: simple toasty, nutty body, woody roast, just a touch of caramel sugar, earthy hops with some glimpses of pine in the back

m: carbonation on the high end of moderate, body lighter but not thin, edging towards medium

t: a light bodied brown with lots of roasted barley flavor, nicely toasted and nutty, hops earthy and providing a crisp moderate bitterness, roasts linger long with a brushing of chocolate

d: the light body, flavorful toastiness, and crisp hop finish make for a nicely drinking brown

single from Whole Foods, Vienna, VA

blackie, Sep 02, 2010
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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