1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown AleSierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,852 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,852
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 63
Gots: 148 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,852 | Reviews: 1,035 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle served in a tumbler (how fitting). Bottle code 0 190 110 47 printed on the label. Pours a semi-translucent chestnut brown with a loose, half-inch, tan-colored head. Head eventually dissipates into a fairly consistent skim. Some spatters and swaths of lacing exposed during the tasting. Great nose - caramel malt, a little nutty and roasty and the faintest of hop aromas to cut some of the malty sweetness. Taste follows nose; however, there's also a bit of a roasted coffee character in the mix. All and all a nice well-rounded body with a light hops profile to even out the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an lively carbonation that tickles that palate without being prickly. A very good American Brown that drinks easy and can be sessioned. It actually reminds me a little bit of Surly Bender.

Jwale73, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of vdread
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours dark reddish amber with ample fluff on top. it looks enticing

smells of buttery, nutty brown malts. it has a hint of a hop profile, that, while not too strong, is still very much Sierra Nevada.

the taste has a good bit of toffee, roasted nutty brown malts, and a crisp floral hop bite. it's a little bit hard to love this, though, because it tastes like every other brown ale but with a Sierra Nevada hop profile, which isn't strong, but distinct. bitterness medium for a brown ale. nearly nonexistent for a Sierra Nevada beer. it's on the good side of average for this style.

mouthfeel creamy, with the perfect amount of carbonation.

it's an easy drinking beer. one that non-craft drinking friends can enjoy. i would definitely drink this beer over most other brown ales

vdread, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is about the most boring beer I've ever had. Period.

Big off white head on this one, brown and clear, moderate carbonation a surprisingly low amount of lacing.

Aroma is weak overall, malt and maybe a little roast.

Well, its highly drinkable in the sense that its completely unoffensive and boring. Its mildly hoppy, mildly roasty, mild medium body, mild mildness, smooth. Its like drinking watered down beer I guess.

drabmuh, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, goblet, SN bottling code: 0217114.

The pour is an embodiment of gold, while the glass full of this beer is maple syrup colored. When poured hard, a large, fluffy brown sugar cream head is roused.

Yeast and subdued smoke are detected in the aroma. Burnt caramel, or simply a savory caramel, milk chocolate, peat, and diacetyl.

Initially there is a sour and brown sugar or caramel sweet uptake, followed by an impressively deep smoky, nutty, and woody finish. The finish is also tannic and lightly ashy after half a glass. Some borderline citric hops linger, with maybe lime rind as the dominant bitterness. While not the most flavorfully explosive or exciting beer, this is a top notch American Brown Ale with some nice complexities in my opinion. Who expected this to be one of the aforementioned things that this beer is not, anyway?

I still find mouthfeel to be the hardest category to differentiate and pin down. This beer seems to have moderate body without too much prickle. It does come across as quite dry.

This is quite pleasant and even a little intriguing to one who doesn't imbibe brown ales very often. The smoke adds depth without overpowering.

brewerburgundy, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of TheBeerLovesYou
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm usually a big fan of Sierra Nevada beers. But there's something funky about this one. Although it clearly states on the bottle that this is an Autumn Brown Ale, I fear that the IPA-hoppiness that SN is known for has 'hopped' in and undone the Brown Ale part from the inside out.

A: The color on this beer is rich in the center and tapers out towards the ends. There is almost no leg on this beer. It reminds me a bit of a tea and honey-like mixture. Tree sap also comes to mind. It's really quite lovely.

S: There's a slight metallic hint at the very front of this drink. It eventually opens up into a caramel, oak, rosemary butter and wet woods kind of smell. But the combination of these things never gels into a memorable event. It's right there in front of me, but I just don't think it's punchy enough...especially for a beer with the SN label on it.

T: The taste of this beer leaves something to be desired. It's too acidic and bitter for a brown ale, in my opinion. On top of that, there's a hint of something hoppish, but it feels more like a mistake than anything else. And for some reason, all of the sensations from the smell seem lost on the taste. It's like I'm smelling one beer and tasting another.

M: Although the texture isn't harsh necessarily, it's not exactly pleasant. The carbonation, though not heavy handed, doesn't really feel all that great. This beer has an uncanny ability to dry out every corner of my mouth. And worst of all, both of those downsides linger long after the sip has been swallowed. For that reason alone, mf gets my lowest score.

D: After only one, my mouth is so dry that the prospect of having another seems similar to funneling handfuls of sand into my mouth. This beer is less than refreshing in most respects. That being said, someone who's a SN fan might find the silver lining in this beer, but I think I'd be done with one.

This could be one of the most disappointing SN beers I've ever had. In fact, I'd be hard-pressed to name a SN beer I disliked as much as this beer. While I think it's fair to say 'bad' for SN is still far better than some beers out there...I think fans of SN will be less than impressed by this beer...as will fans of Brown Ales.

TheBeerLovesYou, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint.
***Served at cellar temp., or even a little warmer. Maybe 60 degrees.

A--Dark brown--almost russet or ruby, verging on something opaque--body with a perfect two finger creamy off-white head that holds well and laces beautifully. A little dark but who's counting?

S--Deep and roasty: brown sugar, toffee, damp earth, some lower molasses notes. A symphony of darker malts. Maybe some woodsmoke and maple sryup? Lovely.

T--Even better than the nose. Tasting this confirms what the nose suggests--namely, that there's some smoke going on her. Not much, toward the back, but there's some faint bacon/beef jerky hanging out that I really like. It combines perfectly on the finish with the woody, earthy hops. It almost tastes like the first fire in your fireplace, and reminds me that autumn is a dry, crispy season. The malt is also in full effect at the onset and middle of the flavor profile--more toffee, brown sugar, and honeyed whole wheat breadcrust. Very fresh breadiness going on, so so comforting.

M&D--Both are spot on. Mouthfeel is creamy and gently carbonated, just how I like it. At 5.5 I could throw back plenty of these and not get bored or spinning.

Kind of a cross between Smutty's Old Brown Dog (in its hoppiness), Geary's Autumn (in its malt profile), and Weyerbacher Fireside (in its level of smoke). All three are great beers if you ask me, and Tumbler is greater than the sum of its parts. Plus you can't beat the price point.

Highly recommended, though not very nutty (the hops eat up the parts of the profile where those flavors would go, I feel). If you like nuttier browns this may not be the one for you.

TheycallmeTim, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of erosier
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice clear brown/amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely as it fades slowly.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of brown sugar, coffee, slightly nutty and a nice faint earthy finish to it.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some deeper roasted malts, nice flavors of brown sugar, coffee, some sweeter nuts, and finishes with a nice crisp hop finish.
M: Very crisp, clean, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this is actually crisp like a fall breeze, not a whole lot of alcohol - really well done.

erosier, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of JEdmund
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An attractive ruby-hued brown with a picture-perfect head. Smell is a lovely mixture of coffee, brown sugar, and biscuits. They nailed the texture on this one. That strikes me before the flavor even. It's just amazingly soft, like a nitrogen-infused beer. I'm pretty sure their porter has this exceptional quality too. On to the flavor... It's just solid, from start to finish, and it doesn't hit you over the head with any one flavor. There's just a light roast and light brown sugar sweetness that hit the right amount together. It feels like a light stout, but in no way feels thin on flavor. I really do think I could enjoy this as a session beer. It definitely screams 'fall', as much as I'm trying not to romanticize it. Another top-knotch beer from Sierra Nevada.

JEdmund, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of gkunkle
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color (maybe like coke) with a two finger head light tan head. Leaves some cool lacing on the way down. Smells roasty-malty-nutty, you can smell it, but it isn't a strong smell. Taste is similar, starts off sweeter and finished more bitter. As the beer warms the taste becomes exponentially more potent. Mildly carbonated with a medium body. Its not a bad beer, but its not one of my favorites, maybe i'm just not a big fan of the style.

gkunkle, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new offering from Sierra Nevada, one of the most consistent breweries out there. Pours a nice mahogany color, nice nutty smell to it... nice looking beer on our hands. Taste is medium bodied, nice mouthfeel to it. Taste has some good maltiness to it, slight bit of hop backbone.. a bit boring overall of a taste though to be honest. Could have used some more nut/caramel type of flavors in there, finish is a bit underwhelming too. Definitely an above average brown ale, but I thought SN could have done a tad bit better.. still pretty damn good though.

oriolesfan4, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of zoolzoo
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Prime 16, New Haven CT

A: Pours "nut brown", sudsy off white head. Good lacing and head retention, drops off into a cap.

S: A bit weak. Nutty malt, lacking presence.

T: Deep roasted caramel malt, sharply contrasted by the typical Sierra Nevada hop sting. Finishes bready and hop bitter, woody tannic presence on the back of the tongue.

M: Medium mf, prickly carbonation.

D: Drinkability is pretty good. Generally unoffensive, but also barely keeping me interested.

zoolzoo, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass
Iced tea/cola in color, with a nice, two-inch head of off-white foam
Aroma-Toasted malts
Taste-Nutty, toasted malt,caramel notes, creamy and smooth with a nice little hop bite.
A smooth and sessionable American Brown.

hosehead83, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of beerphan
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> american pint

Wowzer, plenty of carbonation on initial pour. Learned my lesson and poured slowly the rest the of the time and things worked out just fine.

Pours a deep brown that shines hazelnut behind the light. A nice thick oft white head hangs around until the final sip. Thick cliffs of lace line my glass. (This is my 3rd/4th beers in this glass)

Nose: Roasted Malt no hops that i can smell.

Mouthfeel is thick creamy and dry. Initial sweet caramel and roasted malts give way to light timid nuttiness with touches of toffee. Finishes dry with a nice mellow balancing bitterness. The finish is short lived and clean with a light dose of floral hops. I was expecting more of a hoppy flavor, and it is present, but dances lightly in the backgound. Kudos to Sierra Nevada for not making this an over the top hoppy brown as has come to be expected from the style American Brown.

First I heard of this beer was today while I was perusing Save on Beer in Cranberry. Went with it as Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints. The beer is easy to drink and has the making of a great fall session beer.

beerphan, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of unskinnyhop09
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it's a brown ale, so if you are in tune with newcastle brown, then this is a great alternative from the western hemisphere...then again, it's a lot better than newcastle brown.

poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
appears brown. it looks good, nothing surprising. decent head that leaves plenty of trace in the glass.

smells roasty with a typical sierra nevada hop flare.

taste is balanced. nothing special, but i would say it is good.

mouthfeel could stand some more hop oil and alcohol roundness. decent, but not special.

drinkability is tumbler's strongest suit. you could session this one with an ease...sit back and wait for the leaves to change.

unskinnyhop09, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of CHickman
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown in color with a massive 2 finger foamy tan head that dissipated rather slowly leaving a cloud like head that eased down the glass; spotty lacing that slid down the glass very slowly leaving a trail of foam as it goes.

Smells like roasted grains, sweet malt, yeast, wet bread, burnt nuts, light caramel, coffee or toffee, and other earthy notes from grass and/or hay. Surprisingly no hint of hops, which is normally the signature Sierra Nevada aroma, and is replaced by nutty and grainy odors.

Tastes of sweet roasted malt, syrup, caramel, brown sugar, light toasted grains, coffee, smoked or charred wood. There is a slight citrus hop taste at the end which leads to the semi-dry finish. Definitely a good brown ale with a nice combo of toasted grains, sweet nuttiness and some faint hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and on the light side, with very little carbonation and a medium chewy body. It's an interesting beer, and one that went down easy and also got better tasting as it warmed.

High drinkability with no sign of the alcohol present, I was able to drink 3 of the 6 with such ease that I had to stop myself from drinking the rest this evening. Another fine Sierra Nevada product.

CHickman, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Winking Lizard in a 16 oz nonic glass. As always, the WL pours too cold and doesn't provide an aggressive enough head.

Pours the color of coca-cola, with an ivory head that gives nice lacing.

Smell is minimal, some straw and malt.

Taste has some barley, malt, with a slight coffee bitter. The taste opens up as it warms.

Thinish mouthfeel, typical for the style.

Drinkable enough as a session beer that you can ignore as you BS with friends.

TheHoppiest, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

600th review, 8-29-10.

A: Poured from the bottle into a SN Anniversary Ale pint glass. Body is clear, dark chestnut-brown with a 1/2-finger tan head. No real lace other than the occasional splotchy "legs" on the side of the glass.

S: Toasted wheat bread, caramel malt and a touch of nuttiness. Some butterscotch or toffee as it warms.

T: This is a solid version of an American Brown Ale. Starts out with toasty malt, followed up by sweet malt - i.e., caramel, a bit of toffee. Finishes with a piney bitterness, however, that cuts through any sweetness and leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste. That finish puts the emphasis on "American" rather than "Brown Ale." As it warms, the sweeter malt profile jumps out a bit more.

M: Carbonation feels pretty active, but relatively fine. Body is somewhere between light and medium, closer to light.

D: Highly quaffable. I would thoroughly enjoy a couple of these while sitting around a late summer/early fall firepit or campfire.

Kendo, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of beveritt
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is classic Sierra Nevada layout with an autumn scene. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly, eventually dropping to a thin yet complete coating of foam and leaving behind significant lacing. The beer itself is a clear medium brown with the slightest hint of red. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with slight hints of smoke and a mild vegetal undertone.

Taste: Slightly sweet caramel malt upfront with a medium smokiness. Long lingering hop bitterness in the finish with just a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation. Body is good, not great, but good.

Drinkability: A flavorful and infinitely drinkable beer.

beveritt, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - dark brown color with a tan head that left a good amount of lacing as it settled.
S - earthy malt aroma.
T - starts out kind of earthy before some malty sweetness comes in the picture but then it returns to an earthy finish with a slight bitterness.
F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.
D - easy enough to drink but I'm not a big fan of this one.

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep and dark amber color with a 2" fluffy and lively head, good retention, fresh, healthy look.

green herbals, garden greens in the hops, sweet malty root beer aroma with roastie barley and some nuttiness after that.

The first sip is amazingly clean and crisp, a snappy light bodied feel which quickly mutates into a malty wonder withsome gentle root beer like sweetness and then roastie barley, herbs and earthiness for some really nice balance. There's a nice but very subtle earthy hop bite for SN, which is great and right on style-wise it seems. The malt copmlexity is really good, but still in-balance enough to keep it easy to drink which i sometimes find as a challange with some brown ale's. the feels quickly becomes heftier as the malt rides in, a solid medium bodied feel in the long run. There's some soft spices and and more malty sweetness in the finish.

This is a clean and rightous brown ale which i find easier to drink a bit more complex than most Brown's I've had.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large head that subsides with large bubbles and webby lace. The color is dark amber/light brown where light does penetrate. Appears clear.

Quite mild to the nose: some chocolate notes and light hop.

High on the hop bitterness scale for the style, which I like and have come to expect from SN. The initial flavor, although shortlived, features a sweet, mildly caramelized crystal malt. Long lasting bitter hop aftertaste. The body is thinner than I would expect, but it isn't much of a distraction. Overall, an easy beer to enjoy.

smcolw, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was very excited to see this when I was at the store today! Poured into a pint glass.

A: pours much lighter than most browns, appears a deep mahogany with striking clarity, foamy white head that has decent retention

S: the smell is full of deep roasted barley and other malty notes, reminds me a bit of a dry stout, some nuttiness along with a bit of sweetness towards the end. This has quite a unique aroma which I am really digging.

T: The front features the roasted grains that I picked up on the nose, and then it gives way to a bit of sweetness along with a swift dash of hops. The complexity of this brew has taken me a bit by surprise, but I must say it is in a good way.

MF: a bit thin, light body, medium to high carbonation

D: another winner from Sierra Nevada. This brown ale features an array of wonderfully balanced flavors and is a welcome addition to the seasonal lineup.

homebrew311, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep brown with a short beige cap. Lots of lacing, good head retention. Lots of malt in the aroma, a bit of caramel, toast, a little nutty with a hint of roast. Fairly sweet with low to moderate bitterness. Plenty of caramel and toffee, nuts and faint roast, a little citrus in the finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, decent texture. Not bad at all -- a serviceable brown ale.

DrJay, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bronw bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. 6-pack purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.49.

A: Dark amber syrup brown with substantial 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Raw malt aromas are strong with cereal and dark grains with light earthy hoppiness that is inobtrusive but accentuates a mellow malty nose.

T: The maltiness continues to be raw and robust with a pretty complex malt profile with cardboard, breadiness, maple, and coarser dark malt acridness just creeping in. Hops are more substantial in the flavor and combine a light citrus and earthy quality to the beer.

M: Slightly less than medium body with mid-range carbonation and a earthy malt aftertaste.

D: A nice addition to the SN cupboard - not a world-beater by any stretch, but just a mellow malty brown ale, lightly hopped, with an unassuming but unique flavor. This will be a nice session ale this next 6 months around my house. A malty beer my wife and I will both enjoy.

argock, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of daliandragon
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The latest from SN to appear in area stores. They do so many hoppy, IPA clones (almost all of them very good by the way) that this just seems out of character and makes me slightly wary. Still, a sixer for $7.29 is nothing to sneeze at these days.

Pours a beautiful chestnut color and an even more impressive full finger of wet, cream colored head now passing its eighth minute with minimal deterioration. The lace is also outstanding. The nose is less powerful, but improving as it warms; caramel and slight citrus.

As one might expect with SN, the hops are punching above their weight but don't quite make it to the forefront. Classic dark and crystal malts with roasted and caramel flavors hold the high ground but are well tempered with west coast hop pine and citrus (go figure).

Improves considerably as it warms and the flavors really come out. Could maybe do with a touch less carbonation but slides down the gullet with ease. Excellent choice for fall evenings with some football or a good book.

daliandragon, Aug 29, 2010
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 2,852 ratings.