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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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3,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,081
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 71
Gots: 197 | 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 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.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I dont know what's happening to these guys...reasonable beers? A brown ale seasonal? My goodness!

a beautiful brown, like the color of a healthy poop, only much more fluid. in fact, it's very liquid.

slightly sweet, little bit of floral hop aroma to it, and a bit hm, of roast?

the taste is nice, a bit of hops, some sweet malty goodness, probably crystal malts and a bit of chocolate there, very well balanced.

overall, quite pleasing, a nice brown ale. i very much like the floral/chocolate combo.

Photo of BeastofWotan
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perhaps the best part of this beer. Great deep reddish brown color, with an impressive three-finger head. Made me thirstier just looking at it.

Smell: Bit dull in this category. There is a slight hoppy floral scent.

Taste: Malty at first, with a slight hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Not a very complex flavor, but good.

Mouthfeel: Not very thick. Lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, would make a decent session brew.

This isn't my favorite brown ale by far, but I would drink it again.

Photo of FredTheSeal
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours with a tan fizzy but billowy head that sticks around longer than most and leaves some lacing as it dissipates. Crystal clear deep brown/red in color.

S - Sweet & malty with a floral hop fragrance.

T - Delicious. Malty and roasted followed immediately by a slightly floral hop flavor and then bitterness. The flavor hangs around for a while.

M - High carbonation, medium body.

D - Very drinkable. The flavor is bold but not too bold. I could easily put away 6 of these in a session!

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

Appearance: Clear brown, good head.

Smell: Toast, some floral notes.

Taste: Molasses, a little barbeque flavor, smoky. More like a smoked porter?

Drinkability: SN has a great price point and I liked the flavor.

Picked up a single to try this one from Sierra Nevada. I don't usually go for brown ales, this one was a pleasant surprise in that it looked like a typical brown but had more of a smoked porter flavor--more muted than a straight smoked porter, but more than the usual brown toast flavors. Interesting to try.

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, bubbly, foamy off white head, clear dark chesnut color.

s- hopped up brown ale, light roast some biscuit.

t- nice brown ale, slight hop edge (it is after all sierra nevada), slight sweetness, not overly roast/toasty, light chocolate, very drinkable.

m- smooth, creamy, medium.

d- nice, this is yet again a tasty offering from sierra nevada. this is worth trying, i would drink this again.

Photo of burnerfinger
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought a single 12 oz bottle at the supermarket, mostly to mark the start of Autumn and the end of another texas summer. (bleh)

A poured into my new belgium goblet: nice show on the pour: at least 2 full fingers of head. dark tan brew that is clear but nearly opaque. must be held against a bright light to see any color.

S: sweet malty backbone (not bad but understated)

T: the hops take a backseat on this one: nice mapley toffee style sweetness and just a note of hoppy bitterness at the back end

M: appreciate the full body - abv is well hidden.
cabonation is a bit over-generous

D super drinkable.

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

Clear brown body with moderate head.

Smells of brown sugar and toffee.

This is a pretty damn good brown ale. There's a slight hop bite to it. It's predominantly brown sugar, nutty, and toasty malts.

Soft and smooth mouthfeel, yet crisp.

Very high drinkability. This is the epitome of an autumn beverage.

Photo of megahurts4
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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

Photo of wcudwight
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Soonami
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of BeerNinja007
2.24/5  rDev -41.7%
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.

Photo of brewdub17
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of biggerboat88
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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