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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
87
very good

3,042 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,042
Reviews: 1,058
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 68
Gots: 181 | 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 megahurts4
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Tumbler

Appearance: Light brown, medium head, and little lacing.

Smell: Malts, spices, leaves, and slight brown sugar.

Taste: Spices, possible squash, and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light.

Overall:
Not bad at all. This would make a great session beer. The flavor isn't powerful, but is plentiful, good, and smooth.

megahurts4, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of wcudwight
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a dark brown. A mix between mahogany and chestnut. Creamy colored head rises to a couple inches and quickly fades. Spotty lacing.
Sweet caramel aroma with some nuttiness.
Delicious beer. Very well balanced and easy to drink. This could be my fall go to beer. I'm not saying it's the perfect brown, but it's just the way I like my brown. Sweet caramel malts with a hint of toffee and some nutty flavors. Hop bitterness is more to balance the beer than to add to the complexity. Medium bodied.

wcudwight, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unlike other browns ales, Sierra Nevada Tumbler has that crisp hoppy flavor SN is famous for upfront. The hops are assertive, but don't interfere with enjoyment of the malts. As you swallow, your tongue gets the chance to start tasting the lightly roasted malt and caramel sweetness. It tastes faintly chocolately with just a bit of nuttiness that combines well with the grapefruit hop flavor. This can be a complex beer if you want to drink it slowly and pick it apart, but it's also well balanced and easy to enjoy without thinking too hard.

Soonami, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
2.2/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this 24oz squatty bottle for $2.79 at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski VT. Code 023820827. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A moderate pour gives a lovely swirling froth that generates a dense 1" of light brown head from this clear brown brew. All the look lacks is some lace. The smell it throws up is heavy with earthy hops and starchy raw grain. Feel has a sharp tingling carbonation and a thin dry body. Taste is mainly a muddy semi-skunky high-alpha hop. The fizzy feel overpowers any malt that may be present, so all I taste is the unappealing hop.

In a bit of desperation, I swirled the hell out of it for a few minutes in order to get the carbo to calm down. The hop is still pretty funky, but at least now some malt and brown sugar is there alongside it.

Not impressed, completely lack-luster. The hop is really bleh.

BeerNinja007, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of brewdub17
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A strong dark amber is mixed beautifully with hints of transparent browns. Good two inch head leaves a light lacing.

Smell: Mostly spicy notes mixed with light alcohol traces. The sweet malty characteristics are mixed well with the spicyness.

Taste: A great spicy kick mixes well the undertone of malt. Bittering hops seem to be in almost complete absence except for in the spicy tones. A small nuttiness is noted as well Good combination for a fall day.

Moutfeel: Not many explosive flavors are present to give a strong mouthfeel, but that in turn creates a calm balance that is pleasant.

Drinkability: Overall this beer is very drinkable since it lacks any overpowering flavors. The brew seems to be intended for crisp fall evenings. Excellent for this time of year.

brewdub17, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of mooseisloose
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this strolling through the supermarket isle, and how I like the good things, I jump in it. 2010 edition, premiere year? Last six-er they had left on the shelf, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. Pours into a trusty ale receptacle to a dark root beer colour, with a foamy multi-sized bubble head. Taste first preceded by a notable mouthfeel, carbonated and with substantial density. The taste then kicks in with a very roasted and smoky maltiness, the smoke is as fresh as if you are standing next to a bonfire. After the malt belt there is a noble bitterness that is more chaulky and dry than bitter. The bitterness then increases and lingers in the aftertaste. A good brew with flavor belt with a relatively clean finish on the end. This as all of SNB brews is unique in itself and highly drinkable. I see new beer from SNB, I jump in it, without hesitation.

mooseisloose, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Hill Farmstead Wine glass.

Pours a deep dark almost black color with lots of nice deep ruby brown hints when held to the light, theres a very thin light brown head that gives way to some light lacing. Nose is a bit malty and sweet, it seems to have a bit of iron to it which seems common for the style.

I'm generally not a fan of the American Brown Ale, however this is pretty tasty, it's extremely well balanced, I find many to be far too sweet, this has a very good balance of sweetness while still having a light hop bitterness to it. A bit of toffee and grains, it's good. Mouthfeel is phenomenal, rich and creamy it's quite thick and chewy without going over the top. Nice autumn beer.

kingcrowing, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a light-to-medium brown, clean and clear, with a thin tan head that low retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly neutral, being predominately sweet malts with a hint of hops. The was very similar, malty sweet with just a tingle hops.

The body was very nice, smooth, full, well-rounded and easy. Drinkability was also good the beer went down easily. Overall, a decent beer, if nothing special. The biggest surprise was that SN restrained themselves from making yet another hop bomb, like most of their brews. Worth a shot if you see it.

beertunes, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown ale as advertised, ruby gleam to it, good head. Aroma was wood and nuts.

Taste, very smooth, still has that Chico yeast taste to it (as well as what I suspect is the Cascade hop), the ever slightest hop tinge. Tons of caramel, roasted even darker. Little bit of brown sugar, ample yet balanced bitterness. Not really sure how this is any different than their brown ale. Can't wait to drink this one on turkey day, seems made for it.

Not heavy at all, don't let the color fool you, this one will pair fine with eating 6 lbs of food at Thanksgiving.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Il Vicino in Santa Fe as their house beers were unavailable due to reconstruction of their brewery. Turns out this beer is spot on for a Fall seasonal and very food friendly. Lovely dark brown colour with highlights and a caramel nose with hops in the mix. This is a big brown ale with a rounded mouthfeel and a long finish. SN should just keep this in their lineup as a brown ale year round.

canucklehead, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of biggerboat88
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've found myself drinking a lot of this one since it's release in August. Tumbler pours into a glass a brownish auburn color with an off white layer of head which has pretty good retention and light lacing. It has a very nice aroma with all of the roasted malts making themselves known along with some cocoa and nutty scents evident as well. The taste is much of the same. The roasted malt qualities come through upfront with slightly bitter-chocolate notes which are followed by a smooth and caramel finish. This is a really well balanced brew with a hint of sweetness at the end and I find it to be delightfully drinkable. It leaves a lingering creaminess on the tongue that begs for another glassful, maybe I should buy a case of this one. Not surprised that Sierra Nevada has another winner on their hands here, perfect for the kind of weather the label suggests.

biggerboat88, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of swooshjtb
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer for the first time last week, and I was rather impressed. I am not sure why, though, because I am usually impressed by everything that Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has to offer.

The beer itself was like most brown ales. It is pours dark with a good head. I noticed the nutty and roasted malts on the first taste. However, there is also distinct caramel note that lingers.

All in all, I would and will continue to purchase Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale as long as it is in stores.

swooshjtb, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Tumbler is a walnut shade of brown with a solid white head. Pretty good retention for the style.

S: Toasted and caramel malts, touch of vanilla and some earthy hops. Starts out a little stagnant, but malts come on with a little warming.

T: Strong roasted character is most the distinguishing feature, along with a pretty noticeable Cascade hop flavor as expected from SN. Also a little nutty, but mainly just roasted malt flavors. Hops are fairly heavy for my preference, even for the style. Not quite enough malt and I'd like to see a little more caramel sweetness in here.

M: Good full body that clings to the mouth. Carbonation is about medium.

Was enthusiastic about this newer beer as I am both a fan of the brewery and the style. It really wasn't my favorite interpretation of the style but was still enjoyable and a good beer for a crisp fall night with some playoff baseball and chili.

GeezLynn, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since Kellerweis came out, I've been looking forward to anything new from Sierra Nevada. This doesn't disappoint. I'm reminded of Surly Bender and Ithaca Nut Brown for the tasty drinkability. The aroma is a bit like a light coffee roast with toffee and cherries. There's a mix of roasted grains, cocoa, smoke, nutty malts, and a touch of caramel candy in the flavor. The finish has mild citrus rind taste with a clean bitterness that matches nicely with roasted grains. The mouthfeel is on the lighter end for the style and I like that, it's sessionable when so many brown ales are heavy and filling.

tempest, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of John1985
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ale pours a solid brown with quarter inch head and nice lacing down the pint glass.

Toasty malt aroma with chocolate. Full toasted to roasted malt flavor with hop bitterness in finish to balance. Medium to full bodied but a creamy texture makes this drinkable. I prefer this style over Octoberfest.

John1985, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte on 9/23/10. Review is from notes. Came out a dark amber rusty color with a finger-width creamy off-white head. Decent lacing. The scent was much more hoppy than I'd thought, some minor floral tones. Roasted notes that I would expect from an autumn Brown were absent.

The flavor was much hoppier than expected as well. But, given the fact that this is from SN, that's not all that surprising. Light caramel notes. Finish was faintly bitter and earthy. The mouth was moderately full. Good carbonation. Easily drinkable pint. I could have a couple of these.

Onenote81, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Irish Style pint

**note: this being the last bottle of a six pack, it was sitting in my fridge for about a month and a half.

A - Pours a 4-5 finger crowning light tan head. Consistency is lots of big soapy bubbles, mixed with a creamy pillowy froth. Pouring this beer into a glass does cause the bubbles to "tumble" but not quite like a Guinness. The head slowly dissipates, but nice lacing is left on the glass. Slight effervesence, with bubbles clinging to the bottom and sides of the glass.

S - The aroma is lots of chocolate, caramel, and smokey dark malts. A bit nutty too. Very very nice smell!!!

T - The taste is almost exactly how it smells, strangely enough. Lots of chocolate notes up front, with a caramel sweetness on the finish. The roasted nutty malts linger on the surface of the tongue, bit is no way unpleasant. The taste is not faint, but not too "in your face" either. Very well balanced taste. Alcohol is hardly noticable.

M - The head on this beer gives a very creamy mouthfeel. But as for th beer itself, it is rather on the thin side. It is no way watery, just not as thick as lets a stout. The complexion of this beer is a little sticky tho, which makes up for the slight thinness in the body.

D - The drinkabilty on this beer is very high, although I would not call this a sessionable beer by any means. Maybe one or two, but any more than that might be a little rough on the stomache.

Final Thoughts: Two Thumbs Up!!! Would certainly buy another 6 pack of this is I can find it. Very nice fall/winter beer!! Cheers to Sierra Nevada, definitely one of the best in their line-up!!

WinthrHOPHEAD89, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is grain with some toffee notes, but it is fairly faint and certainly less than I would like. The flavor is more of the same with notes of toffee, caramel, chocolate and some earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle, year 2010 on the neck label.

Chunky lacing from a well formed head, tawny with a mild haze. Toasty sweet aroma with a kiss of oily hop and nutty yeast. Very smooth, moderate sized body. Toasted malt runs as far as unsweetened chocolate and chicory with some mild biscuity flavors as a base. Modest hopping for this brewery but more than enough bitterness to balance. Quick flash of brown sugar. Clean throughout, drying toasted finish.

A great switch up for SN, they just broadened their range ... A solid brown for sure.

Jason, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of TheMadJack
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1pt. 8oz. Bottle into Imperial.

Pours a nice, warm brown that is almost exactly the same shade as the bottle. Tawny and copper hints in the light and a fluffy buff head that laces fully and evenly.

Smells of caramel, maple, yeast, coffee, steamed milk and walnuts. Nose is subtle and understated, with the yeast, nuts and coffee fore. First taste is medium roasted coffee beans and nuttiness, some sweetness, with a slight milky finish. A nice overall dryness, but lacking a good portion of the complexity of the nose. The flavors warm and become deeper, a touch more robust, alongside the warming of the brew, but I don't notice any new flavors emerging.

It's odd that the milky qualities would be those that carried across the whole beer. The mouthfeel of this brew has the weight of milk, tempered by a mild astringency that peaks in the middle of a draught and fades out at the end to let sweetness and nuts handle the finish. Feels good to drink and I had no trouble putting this one away. I've always been partial to brown ales and I may make a habit of this one.

TheMadJack, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured with no head to speak of. It is a dark brown with some amber/mahogany hues. It was actually a little darker than I expected.

S-Malts actually dominated which also surprised me. Its kind of nutty with some hops creeping in.

T-Malts play the lead here with some bready and nutty notes followed with some hop bitterness. Really delicious. It tastes like Fall.

M-About right for the style, not to thin or carbonated.

D-This is a true session beer.

Overall, this beer didn't disappoint. I thought it would be much hoppier, but Sierra Nevada did their best to stay true to the style and created what I consider a gem. I definitely recommend this beer and hope to enjoy it again in the near future.

thegodfather2701, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of goldbot
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany appearance, tan head and plenty of lacing. Roasted malt aroma, earthy with a touch of hop character. Tastes of more roasted malt, slight caramel, and a lingering smoke flavor. A great brown ale, superb maltiness; a great one for just about any meal.

goldbot, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle procured in dirty Jersey, poured into a pint glass.

Tumbler (i like the name) is a light brown color resembling a brown ale, that was simple enough. On top a tan head arose than diminished into some sparse bubbles. A bit of stickage to the sides. Smell is toasted malts, nuts, toasted qualities and not alot of hopping, just some earthiness in the back. Taste is a light brown, pretty simple, toast and the like with nuts and some small sugar sweetness, not all that large. Caramel. Feel is thin and approaching watery but not quite there. Carb is on the low side, not very lively on the mouth. Im not a brown ale type of guy but this remains drinkable, I could have two or so. A simple style from a brewery who knows how to nail down a style. A good one to give to somebody new to craft beer.

BARFLYB, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of yankiac
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A dark brown with a reddish hue, somewhat reminiscent of Autumn leaves.

S - Smells of roasted malts... not overly exciting

T - Roasted Malts, Roasted Malts, and Roasted Malts... I think that pretty much covers it. This beer is terribly unbalanced and goes overboard on the roasted malts.

M - Medium body ... just average

D - It's drinkable, the real question is whether or not you want to drink it.

Notes: Disappointing showing for Sam Adams. The balance on this beer was all out of wack.

yankiac, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was surprised I hadn't seen this beer before. I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at Rattle n Hum, who were featuring this brewer during New York Craft Beer Week. I'm not a big fan of brown ales and I wasn't crazy about this either. A little more carbonated than I expected and a little light on flavor and aroma. If you like brown ales I think you'll like this one but I'm the wrong person to ask.

david18, Oct 04, 2010
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,042 ratings.