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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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2,677 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,677
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 49
Gots: 100 | 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 halo21

New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer was enjoyed in my Duvel tulip glass. I poured hard to give this a thick tan head at the top, followed by a dark brown liquid. Not too much light coming through, but not opaque.

Smell: A pleasant dry malt smell; earthy with subtle hints of coffee and nut.

Taste: Solid malt flavors of coffee and smoked malts, followed by a nice amount of hops; not too much, but you know they are there. As it warms and are onto the last 1/3, it opens up more with some yeast esters and a bit more breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; I think most American Brown ales fall short in the mouthfeel. Often they are too thin or too carbonated. I think this one hit the nail on the head.

Drinkability/Palitability: Medium to high.

Notes: As the cooler weather rolls in, the drinkability will go up to high. This is a great new seasonal beer that I look forward to drinking more of as we come into the best month: October.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 19:53:01 | More by halo21
Photo of siradmiralnelson


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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pint.

A. 2 finger head. Good retention. Some lacing. A dark brown color.

S. Smell is all about malt. Caramel and roasted malt primarily. Gives it a sweet smell. Fruity, nutty smell. A little bit of spice that is hard to pin down.

T. Taste is a blend of caramel, biscuity, nutty malt flavors. Im not a big brown ale fan, but this is good. Smooth flavor. Has a bit of a roastiness to it that adds some depth. Little bit of sweetness.

M. Medim bodied. Medium carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

D. Easy drinking. Good session beer. Nice take on an autumn ale. Can you really expect Sierra Nevada to not put out a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 18:48:45 | More by siradmiralnelson
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice dark auburn-ish brown with an even nicer solid creamy beige head. big on lace and very rich looking. unbroken drippy rings form after each sip and the foam remains intact once it settles down to 1/4in just floating over the brew and making more rings.

S- lemony herbal hop aroma runs wild with a bit of sour orange. toasty and semi sweet malt flavors sing back up with a touch of caramel and burnt sugar and toffee but the nose is hop dominated at this point.

T- sweet and toasty at first, then balanced out by plenty of hop flavor. roasty, wood, burnt caramel, prazil nuts, brown sugar, coffee, a touch of smoke and cocoa, as a matter of fact it's very woodsy, like elm and oak bark, earthy and soil. after the first taste of a sip the sweetness drops off. there's a smooth transition into citrus herbal and somewhat piney hoppy finish that is more focused on flavor than bitterness. it's still bitter for a brown ale, but the battle between sweet and anti-sweet keep things in check and allow that good earthy flavor to pull through. finishes dry, toasty, hoppy, and kinda tart.

MF- feels earthy, toasty and woodsy, grainy and malty. their website states that they used the malt hastily after roasting, and i believe that is evident in the feel more than anything. the feel almost has a taste of its own. it feels like rustic grainy bread with a dollop of hop resin. carbonation is extremely tight and softly prickly and my cheeks are left coated with a thin grainy film.

D- ah, those west coast hop guys. this is another great brew to go along with recent additions kellerweiss, torpedo, and glissade (the latter being my least favorite). i'm not a brown ale lover but this one has the right balance of hops that i would expect from the dub-c and still enough toasty earthiness to keep it from being sickly sweet. much different than british versions but drinkable on it's own, and this one will be perfect when fall actually gets here.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 18:01:14 | More by hustlesworth
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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear medium brown with thick tan head and some lacing lines.

Smell: Caramel and smoke predominantly, with a touch of roasted malt. Not sure where the sulfur comments are coming from, as it smells like smoke, more like a Scotch Ale, albeit a little mild.

Taste: Nice mix of caramel, roasted malt and smoke. Turns slightly bitter toward the end but a nice unusual sweetness also comes through.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body but slightly thin. Somewhat smooth with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice autumn seasonal with characteristics of an English Brown Ale, a Porter and a Scotch Ale. I may have liked the Anniversary Ale a tinge better, but I am a sucker for IPAs, so I realize that this is probably the better beer, and certainly better as a fall seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 14:51:01 | More by bsp77
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New Jersey

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 2010 labeling at the top of the bottle.

Pours a deep brown with ruby red hints. Medium amount of white foam. Lacing observed.

Pleasant aroma of nuttiness, with malt, coffee, chocolate. Taste is similar with a pronounced roastiness. Very smooth and evenly carbonated. Nice hop at the finish - enough to give this some real definition (American Brown vs English Brown) without being overwhelming. The close has a very west coast feel, almost like some Pale Ale has been blended in.

Very drinkable, quite tasty - a touch early for the fall seasonals, but excited to grab a sixer off the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 11:18:39 | More by KTCamm
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3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, first fall beer of the new year,

A: Pours brown with a firm medium white head, good retention. Nice lace.

S: Fair amount of hop character with some roasted malt, coffee, toast.

T: Lightly sweet with brown malt upfront. Some caramel and toast flavours. Noticably hoppy, but mild for a Sierra Nevada beer.

M: Medium-bodied, soft but lightly crispy carbonation. Fairly bitter aftertaste.

D: A solid brew. Weird to see a fall seasonal in mid-August, but that's how it goes. Well made, but not super interesting, not as good as the brown ale they made a few years back.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 00:48:15 | More by Halcyondays
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle a semi-transparent golden light maple syrup brown to a sun king shaped pint glass with a full finger big bubbled frothy head leaving nice retention.

aroma of malty sweetness, brown sugar, and light toffee.

nice blend of flavors, but nothing is really stepping out in front. medium roastiness, mild chocolates, toffee, nutty brown.

medium carbonation, very sweet and smooth on the tongue.

very drinkable - as it should be @ 5.5abv.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 20:49:27 | More by robwestcott
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West Virginia

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

Pours a dark ruby brown hue with highlights when held up toward to the light. Mocha tan head forms thick with fine even lacing. Big chunky sporadic clumps of laced stick to the glass. Served a bit warm is perfect all kind of malt and hop nose going on here for me to describe. Light coffee dark chocolate roasted malt character with a touch of toasted nut, a bit green and vinous with the hop nose well interwoven with the darker malts. Hops herbal mint with the malts providing a refreshing mix of dark caramel/chocolate/and mild coffee accents. Mouthfeel is medium bodied soft carbonation going on, I guess Sierra Nevada really wants to make a brown ale. Drinkable especially as the beer warms up, I can't wait to settle in with a 12 pack of this as the weather cools off.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 14:35:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear maple syrup color with a clingy tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and bit of earthiness.

Tastes of some roasted malt sweetness with hop finish. Mostly toffee with some chocolate notes rounded out with a dry earthiness. Slight sour twang on the end with some hops to it. Not much bitterness. A good amount of brown sugar and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 02:35:56 | More by ocelot2500
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New York

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

2ooth review yahhh!

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a pint glass. pours a deep chestnut brown with some nice big 2 fingers of off white head. great retention and some nice sticky lace. good clarity. looks delicious.

not a huge aroma, but it has some good smelling malts at the forefront. nutty chocolate metallic malts. maybe even a little roast.

again, nothing really huge in the taste, but for what it is, its pretty good. a good amount of that nutty, chocolate, and metallic malts going on. the backend is a little bland other than a little bit of some hop flavors. has a touch of a hop flavor, as well as some bitterness at the finish that balances things out a bit.

mouthfeel is good, nice light body makes this an easy drinker. a little bit too much carb, but its not bad. makes for a crisp beer.

a really nice beer to session, a little refreshing as well. goes down quick and easy. theres not much here that i really dont like. a simple beer made very well. i would buy this again, and for the cheap price, its definatly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 01:43:51 | More by dogfishandi
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer for what it was. It is a really nice brown mellow flavor with some mellow taste.

I had a couple of these and poured into a tulip style glass.

This brew will not blow you away but if you are looking for a nice brown ale at a reasonable price this is not a bad choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 01:26:44 | More by Casey10
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3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a nice nutty brown, nothing amazing - but its a nice drinking brew.

pours dark brown with a slight head and plenty of lacing.

smell is pretty lacking, and what is present isn't nice, a little skunky, a bit metallic blah.

taste is smooth, with plenty of nut character, aong with some light caramel malts - drinkability is nice as well - this is a drinkable, somewhat refreshing ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 01:20:57 | More by benclimbs
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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada: Tumber, Autumn Brown Ale (0201) (Tasted 08/13/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a dimple mug.

Appearance: Lovely looking brown beer, hints of amber around the edges, fuzzy cream colored head that leaves massive amounts of lacing and retains very well.
Odor: In front, a whole smorgasboard of malt aroma, from lightly toasted chestnuts, bakers chocolate and freshly baked wheat bread. Undertones of fruity esters, bolstered by a subtle fruity hop aroma.
Consistency: Medium/high carbonation that doesn't so much bite at the palate as it seems to give this beer an overly smooth, gassy feel. Behind the carbonation, malt contributes a dry, nutty feel.
Flavor: Mirrors the aroma, chestnuts, and toasted bready malt sweetness and chocolate, with a ghostly smokiness (almost phenolic) that rides low throughout the sip. Hop bitterness is mellow and clean, showing itself and providing a bit of balance, but not much, malt rules this beer. This beer cleans up well, leaving a mild hop bitterness and roasted malt and toffee flavor on the tongue.

This beer is great, straddling the line between an American and English brown, without overdoing the unique aspects of either. The malt character of this beer is admirable, as others have noted, almost pushing into porter territory as far as intensity goes.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 01:10:18 | More by Walken
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My mom picked this up for me about a week ago.

Appearance- brownish color, thick foamy head

Smell- sweet malt

Taste- sweet malt, nuttiness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was really good. Very good brown ale. I will have more of it. They did a great job with this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 20:05:54 | More by jeffjeff1
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, roasty aroma. Slightly biscuity, with a presence of chocolate. Deep malty, comforting aroma. Deep amber color with subtle red cast. Light, cream colored lacy foam. Moderate carbonation. no hop presence in aroma or taste. Dryer malty taste, with dry finish. Simple and drinkable. Aftertaste clears the mouth quickly. Sweet beginning with biscuity tones throughout. Good fall addition to Sierra nevadas line up

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 16:33:35 | More by despainmakesbeer
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4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Brown with reddish hint pour, ample light tan head when poured into the Bell's snifter. Quite good for a brown ale.

Aroma has malt, caramel, toasted malt, hints of chocolate. Light tea, tobacco.

Malt, peat, tea, hazelnut, hints of caramel, tobacco and citrus hops to balance. A hint of roast also balances, caramel, molasses in the finish.

Drinkable light side of medium. Almost creamy, goes down easy. I was surprised by this one.

Better than any brown ale I've had from a smaller brewer in recent history. The best from Sierra since the anniversary stout. If you are down on this, you just don't like the style, which is fine of coarse.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 02:44:25 | More by Bung
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2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours perfectly... to be frank. 2 fingers fits perfectly into my pint glass. dark burnt amber color. Head clings to the side as it slowly slowly dissipates.

smells of nice roasted caramel malts... actually has a ting of lager smell on it, that distinct lager smell... from the yeast... then nothing.

well, the taste is clean, crisp... not that that is a flavor, but not much happening here for me. a bit of the roasted malts, but otherwise, this is pretty bland and boring. Easy to sit and drink a few of these as the night goes on, but would switch to it later in the night as my tastebuds are falling asleep.


Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 22:42:18 | More by crusian
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North Carolina

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

A: A chestnut brown color with light leather edges. A foamy tan head deposits a thick collar of lace and retains very nicely. Certainly an above average appearance for a brown ale.

S: Sweet gently toasted malts, a note of maple and brown sugar. Some biscuit-like malt, but not very noticeable. Simple and enjoyable, but not especially noteworthy.

T&M: Gentle sweetness showcasing toasted brown sugar flavors leads into a dry nut-like flavor. Light dustings reminiscent of unsweetened chocolate shavings emerge later, along with a slight twinge of grassy hop flavor. Body is light to medium with a thin feel that's to style.

D: Tumbler is a simple brown ale that drinks well, but nothing really jumps out about it. Given the price, it's a great alternative to other commonly available brown ales like Newcastle, but I likely wouldn't choose it over the several other more interesting session brown ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 18:01:32 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear chestnut-brown body capped by a finger and a half of fluffy cream-colored lacing that recedes very slowly and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: A mix of roasty medium malt, earthy hops, and something a little spicy.

Flavor: Nutty, roasty, and chocolaty malt dominates, with mild earthy hops in the background to keep everything from being too sweet. Again, there's a shade of non-descript spiciness reminiscent of Anchor Christmas. Roasty and somewhat grainy malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with medium carbonation and neutral finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, I can see this being a welcome companion on a cool fall evening.

Verdict: A tasty little brew and solid Brown Ale (though sometimes it feels more like a Porter), Tumbler is a welcome addition to the Sierra Nevada seasonal family. However, I'm not yet quite convinced this was worth the axing of the very tasty Anniversary Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 01:28:57 | More by BeanBone
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4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice deep brown color with some nice head, although very little lacing. Excellent deep scent with wonderfully roasted malt grain aromas; very dark and rich. Great flavor, huge deep grain flavors; a nice roastiness; some nice hops at the end, but just to even it out; a wonderful Ent-draught! Goes down very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 01:17:43 | More by JamesS
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 24oz bottle.

A- pours a very dark brown with hints of red/orange; decent size head with good retention and good lacing

S-some spice including cinnamon, clove, maybe a little ginger; i get a graham cracker type aroma with a toasted and slightly spicy finish

T-a nice toasted nut flavor, caramel and some spice at the end; not a lot of hop bitterness which I prefer; not overly dry and not overly malty and sweet

M-perhaps a bit thinner than I was expecting in comparison to other SN beers; the aftertaste is pleasant, but its not as full as I'm used to

D-overall a low alcohol, easy to drink and balanced brown ale; I've had other brown ales that tend to be on the hoppy end or too dry, but this wasn't bad at all; I'll definitely be seeking this out later in the season as it will be a great alternative to pumpkin and oktoberfest beers in the autumn nights

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 00:43:03 | More by scottyb88
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another surprise from D. Kurtz. Hey lets try the new "Tumbler". "OK". Poured into Sam Adams glass, Dark translucent brown. 1 inch receding bubbly head. Not much aroma, maybe a little roasted malt. Taste of roasted malt for sure, and a hint of chocolate on the back. This reminds my of an English Brown. Not as full bodied or Malty as some American versions. Dry roasty, subtle hop finish. I can drink the hell out of this beer. Probably go as far as saying a "Session".

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 22:40:57 | More by beergod1
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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear-ish deep brown. Ugh. Man, I just do not like the look of brown beers. Gimme gold, orange, red, pink, amber, just something other than brown. But, I guess for what it is, looks decent enough. Maybe half an inch of off-white foam.

Smells strangely chocolate-y with a surprising roasted tone to it. I have to admit, my first thought upon smelling this was: isn't this a porter?

Taste is, again, like a porter-brown ale hybrid. Which means I like it better than I do most brown ales. Roasted malt, a bit of burnt toffee, some chocolate, a bit of a dry, nutty, earthy quality. Decent flavor tones. Nothing too earth shattering.

Mouthfeel a bit thin. Not my favorite from Sierra Nevada, but it's certainly better than their anniversary series (which I have always hated, and am glad they retired).

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 19:10:07 | More by Overlord
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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: clear, deep amber-brown hue with a clear body. Head poured a pretty sizable three fingers and seems to have pretty good staying power. It's foamy in nature and a rich ivory in color. Good stuff!

Smell: a little bit of chocolate malt aroma but there's a grainy/sourish/almost skunky quality here of which I'm not a fan. Man, I don't know what it is but I just cannot get around it. Sad!

Taste: whatever that is in the aroma that I don't like, it's blessedly not present in the flavor. Nutty, slightly biscuity malt provides a very nice autumnal flavor. Hops are earthy and relatively light; they complement the malt well. There's a moderate and balanced bitterness toward the end; overall, this reminds me of a dark mild ale with a bit more oomph. If only this brew smelled as good as it tastes!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation yields a pretty desirable and creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff!

Drinkability: man, if I hold my nose before it goes down the hatch it's pretty darn good stuff. I think this might be one of the first times I've had a beer that is much better out of the bottle than out of the glass -- you don't get as much smell.

I was drinking these the other night at my poker game as well, and don't recall this off-smell; of course, that was straight outta the bottle. Perhaps I shall have to sample this again later in the season.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 01:22:27 | More by flagmantho
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2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle a brown-red hue with an attractive couple fingers of off-white head. Retention is decent for the style. I'm smelling rubbery grain and sulphur notes that I definitely wouldn't have expected. I'm guessing the hops contribute to this quality, but it's still a little weird though not awful by any means. It actually reminds me a little of a Euro lager of some sort... a helles, mostly.

In my first sip, and then throughout subsequent ones, a nice buttery biscuit note fades in and out. Mostly, though, the grain flavor is weak. The same earthy European hops (I was close... Yakima Goldings were used) that I smelled also coat the mouth and comprise the most dominant flavor. For a fall brown ale (even in spite of its August release), I'd hoped for a little more malty goodness out of Tumbler, but I can't knock the flavor too much.

Mouthfeel is thin and unexciting; there's not a lot of lasting flavor or body. All of these factors just serve to make Tumbler a miss as far as what I expect from a Sierra Nevada brown ale, especially after enjoying their porter and stout so much.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 00:30:29 | More by Riccymon
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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