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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

3,038 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,038
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 ChugsMugs
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep copper brown, some ruby red when held to light. Very nice 1-2 finger creamy tan head that retains nicely and provides some lacing.

S- Not much stands out here. Very subtle sweetess, mostly a presence of hops similar but more subtle than their Pale Ale. Slight earthiness, leaves, smokey, cloves(?).

T- The first word that came to mind was aggressive. Presence of bitterness from the moment it hits the tongue to the final aftertaste. Little sweetness from malts but strong smokiness. Again possible clove within the smokey taste. The most notable taste is in the bitterness, almost like licking a battery but in a subtle enough way to be pleasant.

M- Thinner than expected. Not overly carbonated but enough airy play on the tongue to energize the face.

D- A great sunset/evening beer especially as the sun sets earlier each day. In my opinion a bit too thin and airy to be a bedtime hour beer on chilly nights, but all in all a solid product.

ChugsMugs, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a nice full rocky tan head. Decent retention and foam from the head sticks a bit to the glass. A few rings as well.

Close your eyes and you'd swear this is SN Pale Ale. Malt and light hops, but no typical brown ale depth in the aroma.

Toasted malt, showing some bitterness, plus some bitter hops up front that tend to dominate as the palate clears. Some earthiness to this, but limited. Lingering bitter finish, some mineral/metallic notes. Not a hint of sweetness in this at all. Decent, but nothing really special.

Medium body and good carbonation. Spot on.

A fairly drinkable brew. Lacks some character and complexity. I could have a couple, because it is fairly smooth, but nothing I'd load up on either. Still, this is probably pretty good with end of the year BBQ fare, blackened meat, comfort foods, etc. Probably great with a hot sandwich (pastrami, etc). And because of this, it get a bump to 3.5.

OtherShoe2, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of jera1350
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coppery brown color with a big thick and creamy light tan head that produces a little lace.

Earthy and roasty malt is the main component here. A bit of spice as well.

Very Oktoberfest tasting. Quite roasty with earthy characters and some spice. Not getting much of the brown ale part of this beer. Like mentioned earlier, this seems to taste more like an Oktoberfest beer.

Nicely frothy carbonation, quite creamy. Medium bodied.

I could do a couple of these. A really nice autumn beer for sure. Doesn't seem like a brown ale to me, not that it really matters. Worth a shot if you're looking for a fall brew.

jera1350, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of azorie
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured into mug at 40F, nice tall 2 inch brown tan head, with only some slight lacing left over after 3 minutes or so. dark clear body.

s: very rich earthly malt, with some toasted bread hitting the nose. Average to light hops detected.

t: rich dark chocolate, toasted nuts, toasted bread, some citrus like hops flavors, very complex and nice blend. fanatic stuff. Sweet and bitter were very nicely balanced.

m: medium creamy body with some light carbonation

d: easy to drink, in fact I had 2 6 packs and i loved every minute of it, just not all in 1 day. LOL

I feel this beer is right on style while not the top of the heap brown ale wise, its damn good and the price was right.

azorie, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tumbler pours a deep chestnut brown color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A little over a finger's width of white head pops up off the top of the beer and hangs around for a while, eventually leaving some nice lacing down the glass as it fades.

I have to search for the aroma a bit... this kinda takes away from the score for me. I really like being able to smell a beer without digging my schnauz deep into it. This isn't that extreme, but I'd like it a bit more fragrant. Still, I can smell some nuts and a bit of light coffee, maybe a bit of toasted malt as well.

The flavor is good... a light, buttery nut flavor mixes with some toasted malts and a bit of earthiness. It could be a bit more complex but that's just being picky, it's pretty tasty overall.

I like the mouthfeel, too. Smooth, with a medium body and not a lot of carbonation to speak of, which adds to the certain creaminess the beer has.

Tumbler is a pretty decent beer, overall. Dogfish Head probably has the best fall seasonal in Punkin that I've had so far. Still, this is pretty good and it's pretty drinkable.

feelmefoam, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Tee76
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a light tan head.

S: smokey and malty yet spicy with a hint of caramel or maple syrup.

T: The taste is just like the smell, has a mild sweetness to it as well though.

Ml: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

D: A smooth, very tasty and easy beer to drink. This is slowly becoming my go to "Fall beer" Highly Recommended!

Tee76, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of CHADMC3
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep walnut brown with a frothy, lively light tan head that leaves a pale and loose lacing behind.

Aroma includes generous roasted malt, brown sugar, spices, and maple.

The flavor is very similar with focus on the roasted malt and maple. In addition there are bread and biscuit like flavors as well as some subtle spice.

Nice smooth beer with medium body and carbonation and quite palatable.

A tasty brew, but nothing too complex. It does stand out amongst the autumn seasonal releases as being something pleasantly different.

CHADMC3, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a deep mahogany with tan head, good lacing

Smell - cocoa, caramel, malts, molasses, almonds

taste - flavor is richer than the aroma, cocoa, caramel, malts, maybe a bit of maple syrup in the finish, roasted coffee

Mouthfeel - medium bodied beverage, good carbonation, slightly sweet finish, but not overpowering

drinkability - this is a really good Brown ale, got this sixer for $6.99 and I'm glad I picked this up and tried it.

keithmurray, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of tr4nc3d
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12fl oz bottle poured into my stange

Appearance is a mix of medium brown with bits of violet going on. It has a red glowing/ruby hue. Slightly tan two inch head that subsides on average with bits amount of lacing.

Aroma comes off with light chocolate, cocoa powder, tobacco, a little bit of vanilla, and a noticeable amount of slightly smoked malts. For a minute if I take a good big whiff a scent of bacon is also detectable.

Taste is a bit subdued and not as complex as the aroma. I got an upfront taste of light chocolate that actually taste more like cocoa powder. Following midway is a bit of roasted malts that have a slight smokiness flavor to them. Finishing the taste was just a bit of barley and a dry coffee bitterness that was really mild.

On the verge between light and medium bodied with average carbonation.

Not to fond of this beer actually overall but I give it credit for what its worth

tr4nc3d, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of weller1js
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours an dark amber-brown that is only slightly transparent, moderate carbonation with a light brown foam that remains consistent leaving thick lacing.

smell: caramel scent with toasted undertones and accented with a slight spicy aroma.

taste: caramel-semisweet malts predominant with light hops presenting themselves late at the start, transforming into a more-bitter-than-spicy flavor throughout the middle, leaving a surprisingly clean finish.

drinkability: for a brown ale, its characteristics stand out more than expected, the slight bitter spiciness combined with a clean finish give it a slight edge.

weller1js, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of sweethome
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I rate this high for brown ales - it would not be up there with some of my other beers at this score as brown ales are low on my list. This is very nice brown.

Had it on tap at Oak Park Octoberfest on 9/18. Nice dark brown with creamy tan head. Rich nutty malts. Spicey hop backing, not bitter, but a nice spicy hop flavor is there - subtle.

Bring on fall, sausages and football!

sweethome, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of baldycmu
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid brown ale that pours a coopery amber color. 1 finger of white head with a limited bit of lacing hanging around the glass. Nice caramel malt flavor with a finish that kind of sits on the back of your tongue. Has a bit of alcohol that I was not expecting from a brown at 5.5% but all in all a solid beer.

baldycmu, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of busternuggz
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pretty nice amberish-brown color with a 1/2" light brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer but comes back with a swirl.
I smell roasty pecans and brown sugar, a touch of maple syrup. A very pleasant malty brownness, in general. I know that's pretty lazy but it just fits, it smells malty and brown and pleasant.
Nice roastiness up front, rolls over the tongue with nuttiness, brown sugar, a little cocoa, and a hint of smoke that comes out more as it warms. A little sweet at times, well balanced. Ends pretty clean with a slight roasty aftertaste.
Medium bodied and smooth, very easy drinking.
It's not a mind-blowing beer but it's pleasant. There's something that just seems comforting about it. Maybe it's the pastoral picture and autumn colors on the six pack, I dunno, but it works for me.

busternuggz, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Amber maple syrup body. Clean. Solid finger of dense, dirty beige head. Very nice lacing and retention. Nose shows some mildly sweet cookie dough malt, toasted nuts, light smokiness, and a bit of earthy brown sugar.

Toasted grains and a little tannic bitterness up front. Caramel and cookie dough malts mid-palate. Light sweetness and some woodiness. Flinty, smokiness near the finish joined by some woody, herbal hop bitterness. Lingering caramel. Moderate body with a lively feel (wouldn't mind it being a bit creamier).

alexgash, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of BigBlacke
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark hazy brown with a half inch head that dissipates slowly and steadily. It smells of dark roasted malts with a sweetness. You can immediately taste the roasted malt and hints of sweetness. I almost wanna say there is a slight cocoa hint in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nothing extraordinary, it is smooth and creamy with carbonation on the light side. Drinkability is quite high. Goes down easy and is perfectly balanced. I know it says so on the label, but I could definitely see myself having a few of these on a nice chilly fall day. Sierra Nevada has never let me down. Try one.

BigBlacke, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A tasty fall/winter warmer type of beer.

Pours a deep amber brown with a very nice head and huge curtains of lacing. The aroma is earthy and physical with a high note of chocolately malt. The flavor is chocolately and slightly smokey, all malt here. There is dark caramel and cherry, like sitting around a warm fire with a pipe of rich tobacco. The mouthfeel is creamy and solid.

Seanibus, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of lester619
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown boardering on black. Mostly opaque with just the faintest hint of red when held to the light. Modest half inch of light brown head. Looks very much like a porter or stout. Very nice clean, dry toasted malt smell. The taste is also clean and malty. A touch of nutty sweetness with a little bit of a smokey note. Finishes with a very modest hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little watery. I'm convinced that it is imposible for Seirra Nevada to make a bad beer. This didn't blow my mind to say the least, but it is still a pretty tasty offering. Good flavor, drinks easy and captures the season well. Not a masterpiece, but good.

lester619, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in mid-town Tulsa, looks we finally got a beer before western Missouri for a change!

Pours brown/walnut with 1 finger+ of fluffy tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Toasty Malt & some nuttyness

T: Follows the nose, along with woody hop bitterness up front. Slight grainy bitterness lurks in the background as this warms, along with more nuttyness & toasty/roasted malt. Finishes nutty, toasty & with just a hint of grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, just a nice malty backbone to this one..

Drinks really easy, I will have to look at my review & see how this compares to the old harvest brown (or whatever it was called), but at first blush, I'd say I like this better, seems to have deeper malt backbone. Just looked, I'm wrong, still a keeper IMO

russpowell, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of fo5s
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my trusty Sam Adams glass. No specific date but the bottle clearly shows this is the 2010 (and inaugural bottled) edition so there's no doubt about freshness.

A- pours with a perfect 2 finger head that lingers quite well. Deep brown with a shade of ruby.

S- Nose is all malt - not a hop to speak of. Roasty and sweet, but a touch muted.

T- Roasted malts. Sweet but not sticky. I'm trying to get some brown sugar but am struggling in that department.

M- Slick body with medium carbonation - spot on, noticeably additive.

D- Fairly high. The sweetness without any lingering stickiness aids this.

Overall a solid rendition of the style. I'd want something with a little more brown sugar on the aftertaste, but Sierra Nevada has done well here.

fo5s, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of CBOLAND17
4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am a big fan of Sierra Nevada and this one didnt disappoint. A good brown ale is perfect for autumn so i think they hit the nail on the head with this one. Not only is this beer perfect for the season its also a great brown ale in general. It isnt as heavy as a DFH Indian Brown Ale or Palo Santo Marron or a Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale and also isnt as high in alcohol content which makes it very drinkable yet maintaining all of that great maltiness that we love about brown ales. This is a great beer to kick back on a patio or deck and watch the leaves come down.

CBOLAND17, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of ZacHart
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A moderate head dissipates almost completely, producing the aroma of roasted malts followed by hops. The beer nicely balances flavors of roasted malts, faint and slightly sweet chocolate, and a healthy dose of hops. The beer is light on the palate and is overall a highly drinkable session beer. Great for Fall tailgating or any cool-weather festivities.

ZacHart, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of BeerPhan86
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big SN fan and I have heard nothing but good things about this seasonal. I am glad to see them trying something new, so long as Celebration remains the winter seasonal. Being a big fan of brown ales, I'm going into this one with high hopes.

A - Pours a clear deep mahogany brown with a one finger light brown head.

S - Plenty of roasted toasted malt with a hint of earthy hops at the end. There is some chocolate in the head as well but for the most part the aroma is very tame.

T - Bittersweet chocolate with roasted grains. Slightly spicy with a bit of coffee, then plenty of bitter earthy hops at the end. Very well balanced.

M - Light mouthfeel and low carbonation which works really well for this style. Feels a bit too thin, though.

D - Very easy to drink. Flavor is not as intense as I was expecting. This is a perfect bar/sipping beer for me.

Overall this is a very good, balanced brown ale that is quite hoppier than most other browns that I have tried. Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar remains #1 for me but this is still very good and worth seeking out this fall.

BeerPhan86, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of babaracas
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with foamy two finger off-white head, fades to a quarter inch leaving a nice sheet of lace. Smell: toasty, nutty, brown sugar, yeasty bread, hops are green and earthy but quite faint. Taste: toasty, nutty, really mild roast towards the end of the sip, (a sizable) earthy hopping. Hops and yeast flavors come together in a somewhat tangy, mildly bitter finish. Feel is a bit thin. A fairly laid back brown ale, not my preference, but enjoyable nonetheless. Bottled 8/26/10.

babaracas, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Pooter
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not that familiar with the American Brown Ale, this beer reminds me a lot of the Sierra Nevada Porter which I'll have to try again soon to contrast. My suspicion is there is a similar roasted malt in both. Has a nice head which dissipates, not much lacing, good dark amber coloration. Nicely carbonated with a hoppy then smooth finish. I like this beer more with each sip; overall, another solid effort from SN. Thanks!

Pooter, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of RJLarse
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack of Tumbler in a grocery store. $6.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a walnut brown color with red hues, and is clear. Creamy off-white head caps the beer and leaves a little lace on the glass.

The smell is earthy, a roasted gran aroma, with some chocolate notes.

Taste is semi-sweet, smokey cereal flavors, coffee and chocolate. A bitter aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel is thin and clean.

Drinkable, but a little more bitter, coffee and chocolate like for the style. I think it is a lot like a watery porter rather than a brown. I make it an ordinary fall seasonal.

RJLarse, Sep 20, 2010
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 3,038 ratings.