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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

2,974 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,974
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 66
Gots: 171 | 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 augustgarage
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Auburn liquid, clear with reddish/chestnut highlights, and powdered with a half finger of beige foam. Decent lacing and retention.

Roasted malt, light caramel, faint coffee, toast, and smokey cedar in the nose. Nutty and gentle.

Pale malt intermingles with the roast, diluting its impact. Vaguely burnt pop-corn (smoked malt?), kettle carmelization, and mild English-stylel hops round out the flavor profile which changes little in the moderately dry finish.

Somewhat thin mouthfeel, though the carbonation is adequate.

Something of a Northern English Brown, though I'm left wanting more flavor. More of an Indian Summer ale than a more substantive offering for the arrival of Fall. Rather a poor value too (I paid $10 for the sixer).

augustgarage, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of nataku00
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown with a single finger of tan head. Head disappears fairly quickly though with minimum lacing.

Nose is roasted and caramel malt, with some light brown sugar. A little hops as well, but very light.

Taste is nice caramel malts with just enough hops to balance the sweetness. Fairly medium body beer is decently creamy and easy to drink.

nataku00, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of seand
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark but not quite opaque brown, with several fingers of thick light tan head. Retention is pretty good, and it leaves lots of lacing.

S: Molasses with a background of grassy hops. A hint of brown sugar.

T: Mild malty sweetness, with a touch of hops on the finish to balance it out. Not bad, but it's also not doing anything special. It does seem like a reasonable interpretation of an "autumn brown ale".

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, fairly smooth overall, some slight chewiness.

D: Very drinkable, a solid choice for a session beer.

seand, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Pahn
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two and a half inch fluffy white head that dissipates slowly leaving thick rings. Pours a dark reddish brown and leaves short lived streaks and spots of lacing.

Smell: Smoke and roasted malt. Lots of spice, and a good amount of herbal hops sort of underpinning everything (gives it a real airy character). Sweet malt smells.

Taste: Good mix of sweet, malty brown ale flavors with smoke and roasted malt. Tastes like it smells, but not as spicy and hoppy (leans more toward the savory, smoky character of the aroma), though there's a nice hop bitterness at the end. Finish is, again, mildly bitter and very bready. Aftertaste is like white bread.

Malt is the star here, as it should be. In reviewing this beer, I wish I had a lot of homebrew experience, because there's lots of strong, clear malt characteristics to the flavor that I suspect would be easy to name if one is familiar with the ingredients. I can say that it's a solid brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied. Juicy. Pretty carbonated (too much for me, but it goes fine with the flavor).

Drinkability: While I respect that it's a good example of the style, I wasn't really wowed by this beer. It's a little too savory for me I think, or perhaps these flavors just aren't what I was in the mood for tonight. Either way, I'd have one if a friend bought a 6pk of Tumbler, but I probably won't buy any more myself.

If you're looking for a nice clean brown ale with not too much sweetness, not too much smoke, lots of balance, and lots of malt, Tumbler delivers. It wasn't really to my tastes, but it wasn't bad either.

Pahn, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of cavedave
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful clear brown with reddish cast topped by a one finger beige head that begs to have no puctuation in its written description

Smell is a nice assemblage of malt aromas, caramel, toffee, a little hint of coffee in there, dark bread, just a hint of hops, some floral.

Nice to taste a well made brown, a style which really needs to be refreshing first, delicious second, complex last. It starts with all the malts of the nose, led by caramel, and eases into some hoppy and herbal aspects. Nice slow motion light burn of bitter at the end. Just a bit aspirin bitter, but the finish is the milder side of dry, some herbal in there. As it warms the herbal aspects attain a sort of root beer and earthy aspect that is quite good in the mix. Not your average brown fersure.

Mouthfeel is a bit viscous for the style, but it works in this mix. I really like that this is well carb.'d and has a resiny aspect.

Drinkability sort of suffers at the feet of this beer's major assets. Many browns want you to quench and appreciate, this is a brown that's a sipper and savor. I could drink Pete Brown Tribute all night, prob. max out with Tumbler.

Impression: Sierra Nevada. Another fine beer from the original and still best innovator. Get this. Drink this.

cavedave, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass
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Pours a body the color of Mr. Pibb. Medium-dark brown w/ plenty of red inflected throughout. Two fingers of soft, soapy white head form on top w/ more than adequate spindles of lace. Very nice.

Disappointing aroma. I'm getting almost nothing from the nose. There's a chalky sort of browned malt note along with a twinge of hops. That's it, though. It seems to smell good on one of every ten whiffs. That's not good enough.

Tumbler tastes much better, however. A nice, uncomplicated nutty malt flavor - brown sugar and spice cake, too - mix well with an assertive, clear & bitter hop presence. Not too terribly imbalanced. Tastes good regardless.

Nice, solid motuhfeel. I say this because I don't notice it much. The carbonation level is active but not assertive. Body is medium-light; seems appropriate. It goes down very smoothly and the ABV% is more than agreeable.

I'm not much a brown ale person. This is one of the nicer ones I've come across for my tastes. Recommended.

Reaper16, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of GrandeDrip
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Fairly vigorous pour gave me a thick sturdy head.
Pleasantly cloudy, has a nutty brown appearance that fulfills expectations.

S - Not getting a lot on the nose for some reason, probably because I just brewed a brown ale today and have been smelling it for hours. Fainty worty sweetness with a bit of green crispness.

T - sweet cream followed quickly by crisp hop zing. Surprisingly easy on the palate and thirst-quenching. Roasted malt (chocolate?) adds a little lingering astringency. Tastes like a robust pale ale but with a mildly charred mid-palate and biting, dry finish. Nice.

M/D - Best mouthfeel I've experienced in a brown ale, personally. No oiliness, totally quenching, but that roasty touch makes you want another gulp.

Really impressed, overall. I won't have a Newky for a long time, thats for sure.

GrandeDrip, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light amber with a good two inches off white head with excellent retention and sticky lacing

S - Nose is roasted malts, a bit of caramel and toasted bread; feint hints of some earthy hops

T&M - Malty and just a hint of nutty with some balancing earthy and herbal hops. Bready and bits of toasted crust. Finish gives a good dose of the hops, which makes things really interesting, as the initial hit is malt forward.

D - Lot's of flavor, great balance, interesting profile for a brown ale and a reasonable ABV. I'd grab more, but it's all sold out in my neck of the woods until next year.

ZeroSignal, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a mug.

The color is a clear dark brown with a reddish hue. There a nice large, two fingers of brownish foamy head ans some nice lacing.

The smell is a little hoppy with a nice sweet malt undertone. Some nice toffee flavor with a little of butterscotch and a slight touch of peanut butter.

The taste is a little roasty with a bit of bitterness. It has a nice nutty flavor that was not too strong but just right. The is a nice maple flavor in the background and even has the slight chocolate flavor.

The feel is pretty smooth with a medium body and is well balanced with the right amount of bitterness. A fantastic fall, beer this may be my favorite brown ale.

Duhast500, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of garuda
2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Clear ruby brown with a thick white head that has excellent retention and fairly decent lacing.

S - Not a whole lt of depth with some roasted malts, with only a touch of some earthy pine hops.

T - Roasted/toasted malts dominate taste, then there's some off-putting metallic tastes toward the back end of the palate and through the aftertaste.

M - Thin, a bit watery, moderate carbonation with a sloppy finish leaving my mouth feeling rather gross.

D - Fairly disappointed with this offering, as I had high hopes for it. The nasty metallic taste was thoroughly off-putting and ruined the rest of the drink. I'll drink the rest of the 6-pack, but only after my palate's already destroyed.

garuda, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of ChugsMugs
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep copper brown, some ruby red when held to light. Very nice 1-2 finger creamy tan head that retains nicely and provides some lacing.

S- Not much stands out here. Very subtle sweetess, mostly a presence of hops similar but more subtle than their Pale Ale. Slight earthiness, leaves, smokey, cloves(?).

T- The first word that came to mind was aggressive. Presence of bitterness from the moment it hits the tongue to the final aftertaste. Little sweetness from malts but strong smokiness. Again possible clove within the smokey taste. The most notable taste is in the bitterness, almost like licking a battery but in a subtle enough way to be pleasant.

M- Thinner than expected. Not overly carbonated but enough airy play on the tongue to energize the face.

D- A great sunset/evening beer especially as the sun sets earlier each day. In my opinion a bit too thin and airy to be a bedtime hour beer on chilly nights, but all in all a solid product.

ChugsMugs, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a nice full rocky tan head. Decent retention and foam from the head sticks a bit to the glass. A few rings as well.

Close your eyes and you'd swear this is SN Pale Ale. Malt and light hops, but no typical brown ale depth in the aroma.

Toasted malt, showing some bitterness, plus some bitter hops up front that tend to dominate as the palate clears. Some earthiness to this, but limited. Lingering bitter finish, some mineral/metallic notes. Not a hint of sweetness in this at all. Decent, but nothing really special.

Medium body and good carbonation. Spot on.

A fairly drinkable brew. Lacks some character and complexity. I could have a couple, because it is fairly smooth, but nothing I'd load up on either. Still, this is probably pretty good with end of the year BBQ fare, blackened meat, comfort foods, etc. Probably great with a hot sandwich (pastrami, etc). And because of this, it get a bump to 3.5.

OtherShoe2, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of jera1350
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coppery brown color with a big thick and creamy light tan head that produces a little lace.

Earthy and roasty malt is the main component here. A bit of spice as well.

Very Oktoberfest tasting. Quite roasty with earthy characters and some spice. Not getting much of the brown ale part of this beer. Like mentioned earlier, this seems to taste more like an Oktoberfest beer.

Nicely frothy carbonation, quite creamy. Medium bodied.

I could do a couple of these. A really nice autumn beer for sure. Doesn't seem like a brown ale to me, not that it really matters. Worth a shot if you're looking for a fall brew.

jera1350, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of azorie
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured into mug at 40F, nice tall 2 inch brown tan head, with only some slight lacing left over after 3 minutes or so. dark clear body.

s: very rich earthly malt, with some toasted bread hitting the nose. Average to light hops detected.

t: rich dark chocolate, toasted nuts, toasted bread, some citrus like hops flavors, very complex and nice blend. fanatic stuff. Sweet and bitter were very nicely balanced.

m: medium creamy body with some light carbonation

d: easy to drink, in fact I had 2 6 packs and i loved every minute of it, just not all in 1 day. LOL

I feel this beer is right on style while not the top of the heap brown ale wise, its damn good and the price was right.

azorie, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tumbler pours a deep chestnut brown color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A little over a finger's width of white head pops up off the top of the beer and hangs around for a while, eventually leaving some nice lacing down the glass as it fades.

I have to search for the aroma a bit... this kinda takes away from the score for me. I really like being able to smell a beer without digging my schnauz deep into it. This isn't that extreme, but I'd like it a bit more fragrant. Still, I can smell some nuts and a bit of light coffee, maybe a bit of toasted malt as well.

The flavor is good... a light, buttery nut flavor mixes with some toasted malts and a bit of earthiness. It could be a bit more complex but that's just being picky, it's pretty tasty overall.

I like the mouthfeel, too. Smooth, with a medium body and not a lot of carbonation to speak of, which adds to the certain creaminess the beer has.

Tumbler is a pretty decent beer, overall. Dogfish Head probably has the best fall seasonal in Punkin that I've had so far. Still, this is pretty good and it's pretty drinkable.

feelmefoam, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Tee76
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a light tan head.

S: smokey and malty yet spicy with a hint of caramel or maple syrup.

T: The taste is just like the smell, has a mild sweetness to it as well though.

Ml: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

D: A smooth, very tasty and easy beer to drink. This is slowly becoming my go to "Fall beer" Highly Recommended!

Tee76, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of CHADMC3
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep walnut brown with a frothy, lively light tan head that leaves a pale and loose lacing behind.

Aroma includes generous roasted malt, brown sugar, spices, and maple.

The flavor is very similar with focus on the roasted malt and maple. In addition there are bread and biscuit like flavors as well as some subtle spice.

Nice smooth beer with medium body and carbonation and quite palatable.

A tasty brew, but nothing too complex. It does stand out amongst the autumn seasonal releases as being something pleasantly different.

CHADMC3, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a deep mahogany with tan head, good lacing

Smell - cocoa, caramel, malts, molasses, almonds

taste - flavor is richer than the aroma, cocoa, caramel, malts, maybe a bit of maple syrup in the finish, roasted coffee

Mouthfeel - medium bodied beverage, good carbonation, slightly sweet finish, but not overpowering

drinkability - this is a really good Brown ale, got this sixer for $6.99 and I'm glad I picked this up and tried it.

keithmurray, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of tr4nc3d
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12fl oz bottle poured into my stange

Appearance is a mix of medium brown with bits of violet going on. It has a red glowing/ruby hue. Slightly tan two inch head that subsides on average with bits amount of lacing.

Aroma comes off with light chocolate, cocoa powder, tobacco, a little bit of vanilla, and a noticeable amount of slightly smoked malts. For a minute if I take a good big whiff a scent of bacon is also detectable.

Taste is a bit subdued and not as complex as the aroma. I got an upfront taste of light chocolate that actually taste more like cocoa powder. Following midway is a bit of roasted malts that have a slight smokiness flavor to them. Finishing the taste was just a bit of barley and a dry coffee bitterness that was really mild.

On the verge between light and medium bodied with average carbonation.

Not to fond of this beer actually overall but I give it credit for what its worth

tr4nc3d, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of weller1js
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours an dark amber-brown that is only slightly transparent, moderate carbonation with a light brown foam that remains consistent leaving thick lacing.

smell: caramel scent with toasted undertones and accented with a slight spicy aroma.

taste: caramel-semisweet malts predominant with light hops presenting themselves late at the start, transforming into a more-bitter-than-spicy flavor throughout the middle, leaving a surprisingly clean finish.

drinkability: for a brown ale, its characteristics stand out more than expected, the slight bitter spiciness combined with a clean finish give it a slight edge.

weller1js, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of sweethome
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I rate this high for brown ales - it would not be up there with some of my other beers at this score as brown ales are low on my list. This is very nice brown.

Had it on tap at Oak Park Octoberfest on 9/18. Nice dark brown with creamy tan head. Rich nutty malts. Spicey hop backing, not bitter, but a nice spicy hop flavor is there - subtle.

Bring on fall, sausages and football!

sweethome, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of baldycmu
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid brown ale that pours a coopery amber color. 1 finger of white head with a limited bit of lacing hanging around the glass. Nice caramel malt flavor with a finish that kind of sits on the back of your tongue. Has a bit of alcohol that I was not expecting from a brown at 5.5% but all in all a solid beer.

baldycmu, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of busternuggz
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pretty nice amberish-brown color with a 1/2" light brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer but comes back with a swirl.
I smell roasty pecans and brown sugar, a touch of maple syrup. A very pleasant malty brownness, in general. I know that's pretty lazy but it just fits, it smells malty and brown and pleasant.
Nice roastiness up front, rolls over the tongue with nuttiness, brown sugar, a little cocoa, and a hint of smoke that comes out more as it warms. A little sweet at times, well balanced. Ends pretty clean with a slight roasty aftertaste.
Medium bodied and smooth, very easy drinking.
It's not a mind-blowing beer but it's pleasant. There's something that just seems comforting about it. Maybe it's the pastoral picture and autumn colors on the six pack, I dunno, but it works for me.

busternuggz, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Amber maple syrup body. Clean. Solid finger of dense, dirty beige head. Very nice lacing and retention. Nose shows some mildly sweet cookie dough malt, toasted nuts, light smokiness, and a bit of earthy brown sugar.

Toasted grains and a little tannic bitterness up front. Caramel and cookie dough malts mid-palate. Light sweetness and some woodiness. Flinty, smokiness near the finish joined by some woody, herbal hop bitterness. Lingering caramel. Moderate body with a lively feel (wouldn't mind it being a bit creamier).

alexgash, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of BigBlacke
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark hazy brown with a half inch head that dissipates slowly and steadily. It smells of dark roasted malts with a sweetness. You can immediately taste the roasted malt and hints of sweetness. I almost wanna say there is a slight cocoa hint in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nothing extraordinary, it is smooth and creamy with carbonation on the light side. Drinkability is quite high. Goes down easy and is perfectly balanced. I know it says so on the label, but I could definitely see myself having a few of these on a nice chilly fall day. Sierra Nevada has never let me down. Try one.

BigBlacke, Sep 21, 2010
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 2,974 ratings.