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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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very good

3,085 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,085
Reviews: 1,064
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 71
Gots: 196 | 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:
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 jkrich
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -0.5%
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 +12.8%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.9%
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 +4.4%
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 +5.5%
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 +5.2%
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 +4.4%
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 +1.3%
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 -5.2%
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 +3.1%
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 -5.2%
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 -2.1%
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 +4.4%
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 -3.1%
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.

Photo of dfillius
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 2.5 fingers of tan head with great retention. Crystal clear liquid is brown with red highlights. Very nice. Darn near perfect appearance.

S: Clean biscuit malt with some caramel. Slight citrus hop seems little enough that this could be an English Brown. Nice and straight forward, not terribly complex

T: American Brown bitterness comes through here. Nice mellow smooth malt followed by bitterness. Malt becomes more dominant as the pint progresses - which is a good thing. If the bitterness was not around, it would be better.

M: Odd slightly green banana and metallic feel. Not terribly pleasant. Smooth otherwise.

D: I would order a second and probably buy next year again. A pretty good brown, but not stellar

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful mahogany color with a moderate head. Light stringy lace all over.

Flavor and aroma have a nice toasted malt character with a touch of char. Hops lend an almost perfect balance, cutting the sweetness, but not overdone. Finishes dry with a mild lingering bitterness.

Carbonation levels are perfect. Medium body.

A great Fall beer. Very drinkable.

Photo of number1bum
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium hued brown color, dark copper almost, with an inch of beige head. Really only keeps a thin lace without much stick.

Smell has a floral, earthy hop aroma with some dark caramel and a nutty, lightly roasted quality.

Taste also has a good caramel and lightly roasted, slightly nutty malt base, with some earthy hops and a modest bitterness. It's smooth, straightforward and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth and clean, with good carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

This is a nice brown ale, pretty simple but with plenty of flavor. A nice, drinkable fall beer.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a barely translucent hue of deep mahogany-brown. The off-white froth recedes to wisps fairly quick, but copious sheets of lace remain.

S - The aroma is vaguely roasty and nutty with the smallest hint of cocoa.

T - The roast is there, but the most prominent flavor is a strange lime-lemon. Tastes pretty good.

M - Good enough, refreshing and lighter than medium-bodied.

D - Not bad, not preferred by any means either.

Photo of scottfrie
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with a thick light tan head that receded into a thin film that left a few spot of soapy lace down the glass.
S: Smells of warm grains and fresh malt. Hints of leafy hops come out near the finish.
T: Follows the nose with a big natural toasted grain taste and sweet caramel and molasses. Aftertaste is sweet with a touch of tobacco.
M: Medium-low carbonation with a medium body and slightly greasy mouthfeel.
D: Great flavor. Not syrupy or overly caramely or sweet. I prefer hops, but if I'm going to go malt then this is very drinkable brew.

Photo of Beaver13
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours pours ruby brown with a big pillowy light tan head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted nutty malts and some molasses / maple and chocolate.

The flavor is a bit subdued - roasted nutty malts with a light dry bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, one of the better browns I've had in a while. It's a bit subdued and watery though.

Photo of Soneast
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with amber highlights. Grows a thick, creamy, light brown colored head that hangs aorund forever, depositing large pillows of lace on the glass with each sip.

Aroma is nice and malty, sweet maltose sugars combine with a low acid coffee and some mild fruity esters in the way of green raisins.

The flavor definitely follows through with the malt-centric theme. Malted milk ball flavor hits first, with some toasted malt character lending a touch of nuttiness and some unsweetened caramel. The finish is just great, not sweet, not bitter, perfectly balanced leaving a semi-sweet malty flavor on the palate.

The carbonation is pretty low in this beer, which lends to a very nice mouthfeel, velvety smooth. Tumbler definitely highlights the increasingly rare malt flavors that can be found in beers, but SN doesn't forget their hop-centric roots, and have created arguably one of the more balanced browns I've tasted. SN can cross brown ale off their list of "perfected beer styles."

Photo of MirImage
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: A lovely deep brown with slightly redding hues. A white head that dissipates too quickly with alright lacing.

Smell: There are not very strong smells coming from this one. I can get some spices and dark candies but really not much. What I can smell is good though.

Taste: Sweet on the front of the tongue with a slightly hoppy-bitter finish. Reminds me of a spice bread without the "bready notes"

Mouthfeel: Smooth as silk.

Drinkability: I could find myself drinking this all day without getting bored or overpowered.

Photo of Agold
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Tumbler pours with about 2 fingers of fluffy just off white dense head which leaves nice lacing on the glass. The beer has a distinctly nutty smell with a roasted malt smell and a bit of sweet or caramel smell under that. It has a lot of nutty flavor as well along with a little bit of coffee, and a little bit, but not much, bitterness. It has lively carbonation with a good bite, but maybe a bit light on the mouthfeel for me. Very drinkable. Good cheap early fall beer.

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 3,085 ratings.