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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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3,094 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,094
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 73
Gots: 201 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 07-25-2010

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

Poured a nice clear ruby color with a smallish off white head.This had a musty, earthy moldy kinda scent to it.Taste is dominated by these flavors and lots of roasted malt. Overall while pleasant i found this to be kind of bland. I didn't taste that much in the hops department, i know the IBUs were supposedly at 35. Feel is kinda light and drying.

Photo of grittybrews
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark chestnut (excellent clarity) into a pint glass with a finger of quick-fading off-white head. Mild and slightly sweet malt aroma with a trace of hops.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Bready caramel malt up front followed by some hop presence and a nice toasty finish.

Decent, easy-drinking, but not too memorable (especially when compared to Sierra Nevada's many other excellent offerings).

Photo of liamt07
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of TheSevenDuffs, via an unsolicited box. Cheers Marcus, served in a pint glass. Bottled on 020310605, translated to July 22, 2010.

Pours a translucent nut brown, hints to some orange-red around the edges when held to the light. Finger or so of white head, fades to a thin layer and bubbles. Leaves some moderate lace. Nose is fairly tame, light notes of nuttiness and molasses, maybe a hint of chocolate. Taste is in the same boat, light notes of chocolate, nuttiness and a prominent malt. Medium carbonation and a relatively light body, quite good drinkability and surely sessionable. Not sure if I'd go out and pick up a whole bunch of this though, a bit tame, unexciting and restrained altogether.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. The beer is dark yet clear, colored brown and has some streams of tiny carbonation bubbles rising upwards. The head is the hue of egg shells. It is made up of many different sized bubbles and is about two fingers in height. As I've types this, it has settled slightly, but is still significant.

The beer has a dark caramel malt aroma. Some brown sugar sweetness is present, but I wouldn't classify it as a sweet smelling beer. There are a few grass hops present, but it is unlike many other Sierra Nevada beers in that it is not full of hoppy bitterness.

A dark malty flavor define the Tumbler. There is a bit of alcohol, a bit of toffee sweetness and a hint of chocolate. Some grassy and piney hops are present, but they aren't the focus; they compliment, not define the flavor. This is a dark, warming fall beer, not a spiced seasonal. I like it!

A medium body lets the above average levels of carbonation be apparent. The bubbles tickle my tongue. There isn't too much coat, but what is left behind retains a good bit of flavor.

This beer drinks very easily. I could work my way through most of a six pack easily. It is unlike other beers from Sierra Nevada, but still worth your attnetion.

Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted barley and earthy caramel, with copper hops and a little citrus and bready yeast.
T: It tasted like roasted barley and copper hops, with some earthy caramel and citrus hops and a little bready yeast. It had a mild bitter aftertaste that was a bit dirty.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Too bubbly.
D: This was not bitter or sweet - surprisingly dull for Sierra Nevada. The body wasn't great either, but at least it was easy to drink. One of the least interesting or enjoyable beers I've had from this brewery.

Photo of kneeland
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at the Lighthouse Beer Festival here in NC. I asked what it tasted like, and they said it was like fall in a bottle. I took a sip, and it tasted like fall in a bottle!

The color was a nice orangish brown, with a nice head on it. Foam disappeared too quickly, but not a big deal.

Seemed more like a marzen, and I guess they didn't want to call it their octoberfest since everyone has one these days.

Photo of bfields4
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with a creamy off white brown head.

Nutty malt driven smells. Just really nail the soft sweet caramel nutty aroma.

Toasted malt. The nuttiness comes through again. All the great malt driven flavors of a brown ale are done very well. A nice bitter balance. Just one of those beers that does all the little things right.

I'm not the biggest fan of brown ales, but this one does so much right. I could not find anything to complain about. Really well crafted, and I would for sure look for this guy again.

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

Pours a clear but dark brown colour, with a good frothy and very serious-looking head of beige foam. Lacing is sudsy. Minimal streaming carbonation. Looks very decent.

Nose is pleasantly and lightly roasted, with some sweeter notes of brown sugar or maple syrup. Dried apricots come through along with something slightly sudsy. There's a very distinctive candy character to it as well - orange sherbert, perhaps. In any case there's something sweet and pleasant amongst the roastiness. It's very nice.

Taste is pretty good too, although the sweet characters are missing. Roasty, with a definite Sierra Nevada (or perhaps West Coast generally) bitterness on the back. No roast bitterness, just enough grain character to give it depth. Feel is light and pleasant.

It's a really good beer, very tasty and really well balanced. It's different enough to give some oomph to a beer line up though. Lovely.

Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass for a 12 oz. bottle. The Tumbler pours a clear 'light' brown with cranberry notes in the light. Half inch of head caps the pour and bubbles away in moderate fashion, keeping a surface film and tossing random lace. Rather light in color overall.

Nose is straightforward with a nutty malt profile. Touch of hops in the background remain subtle. A Classic profile and not far from an English Brown. Bit of smokiness with warming.

Flavor is a bit sweet up front with a return of a nutty cocoa flavor. Pleasant feel and finish without the paparazzi, the girl next door.

Photo of jkrich
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful clear, brown with ruby highlights. The attractive, creamy off-white head lingered as I drank from the pint glass.

The aroma was rather restrained with a very nice, consistant malt aroma

This is a very clean tasting brown ale. Despite the malt forward flavor, the ale remains very refreshing. There is some good roasty character as well as a hint of molassas and cocoa; everything is balanced.

The body is medium with a clean, sweet mouthfeel. The carbonation helps keep this one refreshing.

This an interesting, very drinkable American brown ale. Earlier today I enjoyed an English brewed brown ale. Both were excellent examples - the English being rather earthy, exotic with lots of subtle flavors; the American being clean,vibrant and straight forward.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a rusty amber with a two finger off white head that laces thickly.

Aroma is of nutty malt, roasty and clean with a sweet molasses aroma. Finishes with a light touch of grassy hop.

Flavor is dark roasted grain up front with a rider of creaminess. Middle brings nuts and grainy malt. Slightly sweet with a touch of vanilla and cream. Finishes slightly sweet until this is cut with a light hit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is lush, creamy and smooth. Carbonation is perfect.

Very drinkable and tasty brown, a great sessionable beer.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft in the home bar from a sixtel.

Pours with a healthy 3F of creamy, tan head over a deep amber body. Plenty of lacing.

Simply awesome aromas of thick toffee, burnt brown sugar, and milk chocolate.

Very creamy up front, with flavors of burnt toffee, dark chocolate, toasted whole wheat, and lightly cleansing hop bitterness near the finish. Good nutty quality in the aftertaste.

Really nice on the mouthfeel for the style - not too watery like many brown ales can be, but not overpowering or thick like some imperial american varieties. Finishes quite clean.

Drinkability is large - with more flavor than the avg ABA, but low alcohol level, this is a winner. And an AWESOME value, too.

Photo of WJVII
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice dark brown cola color with a 1 finger light brown head with moderate carbonation. The aroma was of burnt caramel, sweet malts, and a mild hop balance. The taste starts off with a sweet brown sugar taste but settles with a finish of slight bitter hops. I have had a few and the more I try this brew the more the subtle flavors become complex. This is really well made and balanced brew. Good carbonation, good flavor and good balance makes this worth a try for sure.

Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep brown color with a solid, medium-sized tan head. Sparse, webby lace. Toasted nutty malt aroma...light coffee bean, toffee, and earthy hops. Roasted malt flavor, nutty like the aroma. Slightly sweet, with a decent hop presence and some mild bitter chocolate. Medium bodied with a moderate bitterness and dry-ish finish. Solid and appropriate for the season...

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, light brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and and big nuttiness

Taste: hints of chocolate, toasted malt, small hops at the end, and a big nutty taste throughout

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: Even for a brewery I like as much as S.N., this is one of their best offerings. Nothing too complex but very very tasty. Very clean, I could easily do a six.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a fine caramel amber pour. Lots of sticky light mocha head, two fingers at least. Puts up lots of weaving lace patterns on the glass.

Aroma - light powdery roast to the malt. Slightly sweet with a fading hint of coffee.

Taste - tasty toasted grains, lightly sweet, pretty much on par with the smell. A nice note of coffee on the swallow. Just a trace of bitterness on the aftertaste. Pleasant finish of toasty grain and coffee.

Mouthfeel - good glide for a brown ale, it goes down quite smoothly. Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability - a great session beer for fall/winter. This sixer was gone in a flash.

Photo of Sam21
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle brewed in September.

Appearance - Ruby brown body with perfect clarity. Sticky tan head with good retention. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell - Clean with roasted malt and some earthiness. Mellow.

Taste - Light roasted malt up front with some subtle chocolate sweetness and breadiness. Moderate citrus hop bitterness in the finish that lingers amongst some residual malt sweetness. Simple and tasty.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with very fluffy carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability - This is a very easy drinking brown ale that is simple, but not boring in that respect. Very well crafted and balanced. A beer I would always welcome.

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

Pours a nice brown color with a decent fluffy light tan head that falls slow and laces well, on aggressive pour.

Aroma is some nice toasted malts, decent nutty notes even hints of liquid smoke in this one.

Taste is nice toasted malts nice nutty notes even hints of earthy peat maybe. Finish is nice hoppy for a brown nice medicine like herbal notes with a decent kick of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is decent medium nice carbonation lightly peppy maybe but smooth.

Drinkability is good, favorable tasty treat with nothing to complain about. Not a big brown ale fan but this one is quite enjoyable.

Photo of uustal
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/amber with a foamy white head. Pretty good lacing and head retention. Aroma of roasted nuts, coco and some citrus hops, not too strong overall. Flavor basically follows the nose. Toasted nuttiness (almonds?) starts the flavor off. Hint of roasted chocolate follows as a bit of sweetness shine through in the malt. Pretty hoppy for the style as the beer finishes with a good rush of citrus and floral hops. Different, but nice flavor. Medium bodied, above average carbonation.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours dark amber with red highlights, good 2 fingers worth of off white head. Head settles to a nice spotty layer with very nice lacing.

S: Sweet toasted malt, nutty with a faint floral hops.

T: Right up front I'm getting toasted malt and nuts... then a strong flush of floral bitter hops... The overall feel is roasted and toasted, the finish is a little on the bitter side. Pretty balanced.

M: Medium bodied with sharp carbonation... Finish is slightly oily.

D: Good ABV and very good flavors.. Very drinkable brew.... Good fall beer with it is getting a little cooler outside. I think it is the toasted & roasted part. Worth looking for.

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

2010 edition.

A: Pours a rich brown color with a thin head.

S: Smells of light coffee with some light chocolate and caramel malt.

T: The taste follows the smell. Starts out with coffee then finishes with some chocolate and caramel malt that is joined by some light citrus hops. Finish is a bit smokey and roasty.

M: Medium and a good amount of carbonation.

D: High.

This is a good fall beer and another good one from Sierra Nevada.

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

A - Poured a brown color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with some nuttiness

T - Follows the nose roasted malt upfront then the nuttiness comes through finishes with a touch of hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very enjoyable beer thats going great with the cooler nights that are happening it has a good taste thats easy to drink its worth picking up a six pack to give it a try

Photo of SpdKilz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single picked up from Total Wine.

Appearance - Pours a chocolate brown into my SA Perfect Pint with about a finger of quickly dissipating tan head that leaves little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Whole grains, crackers, nuttiness, oats, and sweet malts. In other words, smells like a perfect Autumn beer.

Taste - Sweet malts up front, but despite my not smelling this in the nose, there is a definite hop bite that makes itself known. Nutty and caramel/toffee notes are heavily present, along with toasty malts in the back. A very tasty brown ale.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, slight creamy Mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - Glad I picked up this single. I'm not the biggest brown ale fan, but this is most certainly a great Autumn beer. Easily quaffable and enjoyable on this cool Autumn night.

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

This is a very nice, characterful brown ale, fairly well-rounded, very toasty, and a bit woody.

Deep but clear, bright reddish brown, it has a big pale tan head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving some lace, something Sierra Nevada often does pretty well.

Aroma is strong toasted barley, clean, clear, bright and very nice, with light chocolate, light winey fruitiness, dry bread crust (lightly caramelly) with some light earthiness. It is very pleasant with a good, solid, well-rounded character.

Taste is strong toasted barley (faintly caramelly) and clean, clear bread crust. A leafy-peppery-faintly woody hop bitterness just dominates the light sweetness, especially in the finish and lingering in the aftertaste. If warmer, it has a more winey-juicy and zesty-lively character and the bitterness is less sharp. If drunk too cold, the bitterness is a little too sharp. It is not very complex, but it is solid and well-rounded, the flavours clean, firm, clear, and it is pretty well balanced. Feel is solid and firm. As noted, it is more lively if warmer.

Photo of zhanson88
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark nut brown color. Two fingers of off white head that reduces down to some very nice, open lacing.

Smell: Smells of slight roasted malts and nuttiness. Nothing real special in this one.

Taste: Roasted malts and nuttiness are very prevalent. A touch of hops at the end to balance it out. This is a nice take on the style, nothing flashy. Just a nice, solid brown ale.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Just a hair under medium bodied, with pretty nice carbonation. A bit light for my taste. This is a very drinkable beer, one that I would buy again in the future.

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