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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 swooshjtb
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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.

Photo of John1985
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

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.

Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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!!

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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.

Photo of TheMadJack
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of yankiac
2.74/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

SN's latest seasonal - this is a 12 oz. bottle poured NOT to a tumbler, but to a pint glass. '2010' on the neck label, an annual release (fingers crossed), but I hope that folks won't decide to cellar a 5.5% brown ale just because there's a 'vintage' on the bottle.

A: Deep sienna, more ruddy than the label's milk chocolate coloring, perfectly 'autumn'-like. Clear when lifted toward light, small bubbles ascend steadily. Good head, a pile of near-white fluff, sturdy and sticky bands of lace.

S: Fairly strong aroma of toasted bread crust and nuts and char, light spicing and sweeter wafting caramel.

T: Roasted nuts, plenty of dark grain, some smoky hints. Good hop balance, green herbs with a subtle tart twist. Ashy dryness in the finish. A busy, flavor-rich brown ale.

M: Zesty feel, crisp carbonation and a sharp, mouth-watering tang. Maybe a little overly sharp (lasting tinny bitterness), medium body that smooths out after a few sips. Gassy in the gut.

D: Really tasty and wildly sessionable. A fine follow-up to new seasonals from Sierra Nevada (Kellerweis? Torpedo? now this?) plus a bounty of excellent 30th Anniversary beers...I'm noticing what's going on down in Chico and I like it a lot. Already have polished off a couple six-packs in the last month and guarantee more will meet the same fate. Recommended.

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

From a 12 oz bottle marked "2010" into a pint glass. Dark reddish brown clear color with some bubbles. Large, pillowy brown head slowly fades leaving good lacing. Nice looking head. Nose is malty with some coffee and powdery cocoa. In the mouth, it's bitter with burnt malt, hints of powdery chocolate, coffee, and a nice dry, biting finish. Mouth is smooth and slightly bubbly, very quenching. Drinkability is very good; I can easily see myself having several of these.

A pretty typical brown ale, quite enjoyable within its context. I would have again.

Photo of Bouleboubier
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Man, I was hoping for so much more in SN's brown (why? i dunno...). It's not like the bottle was old or stored improperly because, for a second, I thought this thing may have been spoiled - the head fizzed loudly almost immediately and collapsed to next to nothing in a flash. Wasn't picking up any off smells, so I went in for it.

Aside from the lousy head, I'll add that it was on the dark side for a brown - tiny touch of mahogany highlights, and the lacing was actually decent.

If the smell was any indicator of how it was going to taste - and it often is - it wasn't getting me remotely excited. A distinctly SN character emanated from the top, with a quite unappealing bitter and stale toast mix - the bitter maybe coming from the toasted grain or perhaps from the hops used - an essence that I pick up in their pale ale and others as well (not always a turn off). Maybe the water? In total, smell comes off as "neutral" - not smelling like much at all but burntness. I let it warm up over at least 25 min, too, and nothing better came of it.

Taste? Feel? Wasn't a whole lot to write home about. No caramel. No chocolate. No subtle fruitiness. Some thin malt and a dull acrid bitterness was all I picked up here. Hardly a shred of depth to the flavor or feel. Looking at the full name of the beer now, "Autumn" gives me the feeling that all I was drinking here was dead leaves, bark, and a touch of campfire ash. I've had quite a few bitter, dry brown ales, and this did not compare favorably.

While this wasn't heaveable, it was hardly good. Took a little work getting it all down (and I only started off with a half-pint). I'd consider trying this again, but only on tap at happy hour.

Photo of Sleestak
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't know about this one till I saw it on sale at the local Rite-Aid for $13.99 a twelve pack. I love their pale ale, it was my first craft brew that I ever had, so I thought I'd give this one a whirl. Brownish amber with a soapy whitish head. Leaves some decent lacing. Smells of burnt caramel and toast. Lots of roasted malts, caramel and a good deal of hops on the taste. It has that Sierra Nevada taste. Good medium mouthfeel and a good sessionable bear. I'll definately look for this one next fall.

Photo of gregshead
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Two fingers of head, dark brown. Very foamy head.

S: Sweet caramel and some pale ale like hops.

T: Caramel/Toffee taste and some bitter hops (cascade I think). Hoppier than I expected. Lots of sweet bready malts that allow it to be a brown style.

M: Thicker syrupy feel than other brown ales I've had.

D: Fits nicely in the Sierra Nevada family of brews. Has qualities that are similar to their Torpedo & Pale Ale. A great seasonal release and great addition to the brown ales available in CA.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.61/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a perfect shade or brown, with an inch of tan head. Lots of lacing on the side of my pilsner glass.
Nose is a bit lackluster, very clean for an ale, its almost like smelling a lager.
The taste makes up for the nose. Lots of caramelized sugar, and toffee, with a slight hint of hops in the back.
Nice mid bodied mouth-feel. Goes down nicely, but at 5.5% that's about what i would expect. So glad to see a nice, low abv, beer that's tasty without being hoppy enough to melt you teeth(not that there anything wrong with hop bombs.) This is the best brown ale i have had, and one of the best beers period. Kudos to you Sierra Nevada.

Photo of PhiloPsych
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is rich, medium brown in the glass, with a head that dissipates fairly quickly. The smell is toasted bread and the taste is also predominantly toasted grain. The mouthfeel is medium-light and the finish is a nice balance of crisp and dry. For me this is another instance of Sierra Nevada taking a style of beer and doing it noticeably better than the "standard." Among not-yet-super-serious beer aficionados, Newcastle is the standard brown ale. Tumbler is clearly better than Newcastle.

Photo of soupyman10
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sixer of these cause Sierra Nevada rarely goes wrong. This was a solid brown. Lots of standard caramel maltiness with a fruity hop presence as well. Nuts and slight earthiness. A touch of roastiness, but not a stout-knock-off. Body is medium, light, with fairly high carbonation. Highly drinkable, could be a session brew. One I'd grab again, a good example of the style.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw that this came out for the fall and never had it before. Like most Sierra Nevada Beers, I was excited for this but I have to admit that this was a bit of a letdown. Not a bad brew, but with all the Brown Ales out there, this one didn't stand out from the others very much.

Of course, the pour was the best aspect of this, like so many other beers in the SN portfolio. A nice head, subdued brown hue,and a decent amount of lacing could easily be discerned and the carbonation was just enough to cause the lacing, without overpowering the flavor. This didn't have the caramel and sugary sweetness that so many other beers in this style had but rather, it was quite malty with just a hint of the trademakr hoppiness in the aftertaste. Went down pretty easy but there wasn't a lot to think about as I had this, which tends to be the case in most of the Brown Ales that I've had over the years.

5.50%? Only on the bottle. It's there but you'll hardly feel it as one of these gets popped open and enjoyed during the changing of the leaves. I can't say not to try this but if there are a lot of Fall and Octoberfest beers available where this is found, then you might want to see what else is out there. This can only be recommended for the die-hard SN fan.

Photo of BogleHill
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good-looking medium brown brew with a frothy light tan head and good carbonation. Aroma is light an nutty. Flavor is deep and malty, probably more so than I expected. Well done. A very fine quality brown ale. I have had better, and I have had worse, but this is fairly drinkable with a light fizzy finish.

Photo of jjh19
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Fairly bright brown.
Smell: Not a ton of nose.
Taste: Sharp initial bite, not particularly balanced but okay. Wish it had more flavor.
Mouthfeel: Decent smooth mouthfeel, not enough malts for my taste buds. Very dry.
Drinkability: This one is fine, but definitely not an all-time favorite from Sierra Nevada.
Cool label, great Autumn vibe.

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