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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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3,099 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,099
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 75
Gots: 202 | 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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Ratings: 3,099 | Reviews: 1,065
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.

Photo of dfillius
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +4.9%
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 +3.4%
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 -6.8%
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 +2.1%
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 -20.6%
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 +11.5%
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 +14.8%
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 +8.6%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, red-brown color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of browned whole grains, toasted crackers, wholesome toasted oats fresh from the oven as well as grape nuts cereal, all of which are accentuated by a toasted grain husk character. The aroma of this beer is all about the characterful malts used to make this beer.

Sweetish tasting up front with a caramelized character that quickly becomes toasted and just lightly roasted towards the finish. There is a very soft, slightly herbal and bitter hop character in the finish of this beer. Perhaps a hint of a metallic note also comes out at times in the flavor. Perhaps a touch of non-descript fruitiness is found up front in the flavors; like this was lightly accented by some sort of berries, though very subtly. The toasted grain character isn't nearly as expressive in the flavor, but it is still here and plays a major role; it accentuates flavors of toasted nuts, toothsome dark whole grain bread, light notes of coffee (like toasted coffee beans only brought to the brown stage, before first crack). Fairly light bodied, it is nicely quaffable, but has enough viscousness to be a beer to be drinking during the cooler months of the year too.

Not a bad brown ale from Sierra Nevada. This fits nicely in with the porter and pale ale (though I really wish they would get rid of or revamp the Stout). This definitely hits the spot when I have a hankering for a nicely malt focused Brown ale, though there is a touch of hop character here as well.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a mug. Very cryptic date/batch code. It's probably very fresh though because my work's been out for a few weeks and this is the first time I've seen it since.

Appearance: A deep brown with hints of red. Pours with a fingers head with nice retention. Nothing extraordinary, but a good-looking beer nonetheless.

Smell: Sweet malts and spices.

Taste: I unfortunately made the mistake of opening up my night with an IPA and followed it up immediately with this, so my taste buds are just a bit blasted. Either way, I can tell this is a great beer. The malts are just sublime here, perfectly roasted and very fresh tasting. The spices and just a hint of hops do a good job at rounding this one out. A great fall seasonal, I'm glad I was able to find some before Celebration hit early this year.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy while still having just a touch of fall lightness. A good in-between.

Drinkability: An easy drinker for a darker beer. Probably great to session on a crisp Fall evening ... the kind that Florida doesn't get.

This is another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. Can they do anything wrong?

Photo of bernardus1212
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz's in a chimay glass. Pours a deep amber brown. nose was pretty exciting. Of course the honey and the toasty malts, but I encountered some smokiness, as well as some spice, clove to be exact. I picked this up for my brother-in-laws Bday. We paired it with some oxtail and potatoes. Excellent pairing! I was surprised at the drinkability. Had like 3 or 4 no problem. Definitley pick this up for dinner.

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

12oz brown bottle into a SA sensory glass. Pours a clear amber brown color with almost 3 fingers of lightly tanned creamy head that slowly receeds leaving patches of lace on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is roasty malt that comes across with some toasted character minorly reminescent of chocolate or coffee. There is a pretty significant hop contribution that is quite fruity citrus smelling and a background scent that has a mineral quality about it.

The taste is roasted maltiness equally met by citrus hoppiness. The toasted malt character imparts a bit of sweetness that is partially chocolate like before the citrus hops bring it back in check with some light bitterness. As this brew warms, there is a fruity hop aftertaste left lingering in the mouth that is quite pleasant. I am going to go out on a limb here and state that for the record the flavor of the hops actually dominates what I would be expecting for this autum seasonal brown ale. Enjoyable yes dont get me wrong, but it is just packed full of fruity citrus hop flavor leaving the normal brown ale character in the background. Some yeasty quality a bit of nuttiness is an afterthought in this brew.

This is a medium to light bodied offering with a moderate level of carbonation. Quite easy drinking but a bit unbalanced with the favoring of the hops running wild. Regardless, no problems finishing the glass.

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

12 oz bottle. Date code on side of label.

Pours a nice & clear tea-brown. Looks a lot better than most brown ales, IMO. A thin & wispy, tan head leaves lace around the glass. Smell is a little muted; roasted malts and a bit of mineral funk. Taste is better, though. A mellow toasty malt turns nutty and blends oh-so-well with a tart, hoppy background. Very nice. Fell is nicely carbonated and very smooth, but dry at the same time. Drinkability is good - a fine brown ale by SN.

Photo of cbutova
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always nice to review a new Sierra Nevada beer.

A- Pours out... brown with a light tan cap. The head retention is pretty good. A creamy pillow stays atop the ale as a nice coat of thick lace sticks to the glass.

S- Nice roast malt up front which also has a nutty and toasty aspect to it. Some cocoa notes as well. Just a bit of earthy hops to balance it.

T- Very close to a stout but still distinguished. The roast malt shines along with raisin hints and big, bready finish. Nutty and caramel notes come into play as you would expect in the style. Earthy, pine hops are laced throughout the flavor.

MF- Moderately thick, creamy body with high carbonation. Bitterness coats the palate in the finish.

DB- Another solid, inexpensive beer by Sierra Nevada. Lots of great malt flavors exist here in one of the better Brown Ales I can think of. Definitely worth getting a sixer of.

Photo of afordney
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark reddish brown, an off-white head that remained as a thin little ring throughout.

smelled of spices and brown sugar

an excellent malty sweetness with toasted hops in the finish

had a good malty mouthfeel, deep flavors without being thick and syrupy.

Great interpretation of the Brown ale style, Sierra nevada is always a winner.

Photo of heebes
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear hazel brown. Nice thick head and good carbonation.

Sort of an earthy malt smell, roasty & sweet. Distant aroma of fruit and yeast. Citrusy hops.

Awww, heres the most important part. The taste is great, a kick to the palette to start, piney malts are strong. Finishes a semi bitter hop ending. Mouthfeel is moderate, some heaviness there.

Overall this is a fantastic autumn brown ale. Highly drinkable in that i could have an entire 6 pack at any given time. A wonderful introduction to Sierra Nevada.

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

24 oz bomber for $2.50? Ok

A: Deep transparent ruby color with a massive billowy head. Retention is awesome, just not as dark as I expected.

S: Lots of nuts, caramel malts, toasty aromas. Light dose of hops. Pretty subtle in general, but very refreshing

T: Mellow but powerful. Excellent balance of hops, malts, and sweetness. Also a nice nutty flavor. Malts do a lot, and the hop schedule is near perfect.

MF/D: Smooth, light, kind of creamy feel. Carbonation is pretty good, a great fall beer

Notes: for a $2.50 bomber, this is well worth it. Definitely a good beer

Photo of bigdeuce
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a ruby red/brown color with a nice head, a bit soapy, that sticks around for awhile. Scents of toasted hazelnuts, walnuts, etc shine through. Medium body with a roasty toasty, good flavor. Nutty palate, some coffee, and sweetness but not overly, and a good shot of hops balance the maltiness out. Pretty easy drinker here, but what else is new. Sierra Nevada is always a great starter beer for the novice in all styles.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from a Chimay Chalice.

A: This has a very thin soapy head, and is dark brow - ruby in color. It has a few carbonation bubbles floating to the top of the glass.

S: By the smell you can tell this is a malt-forward beer. I pick up some dark fruits, and a little sweetness.

T: No dark fruit on the palate when drinking, as the smell had suggested. I get a lot of nice, herbal and earthly flavors with a tad of bitterness on the finish.

M: This beer feels thin, which I didn't expect based on it's color and smell. It has moderate carbonation which is nice for cleansing the palate.

D: Tumbler drinks really easy, the moderate alcohol makes this easily sessionable and quite enjoyable.

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