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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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3,072 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,072
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 70
Gots: 185 | 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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful dry, roasted malt scent with a touch of caramel sweetness and a moderate hop nose. The taste is great. It has a bitter hop bite up front with plenty of roasted malt flavor to balance. It goes down smooth and dry with a bit of caramel sweetness in the finish. The hop character is exceptional. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good brown ale. It's damn near a perfect American brown.

Photo of aquaderek
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this beer into a pint glass. The beer is looks like the autumn brown ale it is, think fall maple leafs and you get the color. A nice head lacing sits a top the brown nectar. The nose is bouquet of malty spiciness (chocolate, hazelnut, ect, ect). The taste and mouthfeel are above average, I think the real thing that sets this beer apart is the wonderful balance. The drinkablility of this beer is exceptional+. I am usually not a fan of the brown ale, but this is an exception.

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

Appearance: Pours a deep brown-colored body with a medium-sized, light beige head.

Smell: Malty aroma of toast, coffee-scented roast, powdered chocolate, and even oven-toasted nuts. Underlying earthiness. Very, very distant hint of pine.

Taste: Toasted breadcrusts with some burnt edges and liberally dusted with cocoa powder. Light chestnut and dark caramel hints. Medium sweetness. Restrained hop profile, though soft touches of pine bark and dried herbs are duly noted, as is a relatively light bitterness. Slightly drying in its final moments. Brief, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A smooth, pleasant, easily drinkable brown ale. For the record, I've purchased two 6-packs to date, and anticipate a third one this week.

Photo of culver501
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark reddish brown, light brown head

S-really nice roasted malt, fresh dark bread, a hint of molasses,

T-really nice roasted or even toasted malt flavors, dark toffee, molasses, coffee, It's not that complex but i feel like the quality and depth of the roasted flavor is really first class

M-pretty full-bodied, little carbonation to speak of

D-not a session beer but I could see consuming quite a bit of this during the fall season (if we had a fall season in this god forsaken state of Arizona, but I imagine it looks like the cute little picture on the bottle)

Photo of GreenCard
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: chestnut brown, great clarity; big layer of tan spongey foam that slowly collapses, getting rocky as it goes; some bits of lace

Aroma: caramelly malt, hazelnuts

Flavor: medium malt sweetness with hints of leather, nut shells, and a suggestion of smoke; finishes semisweet with a lingering walnut bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, smooth

Other comments: Pretty exemplary brown ale. Just not my favorite kind of beer.

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

Reddish brown color, nice frothy head with good lacing.
Great session brown ale. This beer does not have the most flavor but, is a nice malty brown ale without being overly sweet. The mouthfeel is a little thin and lacking enough carbonation. It has that SN house flavor that there beers have. There is no doubt it is a SN beer. I would prefer DFH Indian Brown Ale to this for a brown with more flavor, but this beer is pretty good.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours a nice darkish shade of brown...almost a dark orange. One finger tan head, nice and puffy. Lacing is fine

S- that cola, nutty goodness...yummy yummy. Pretty standard for a brown ale, but its a good smell

T- a little bland. Getting the nuttiness...maybe some cinnamon? Mild, nonoffensive...whatever.

M- paper thin, low carbonation. Disappointing.

D- if I'm gonna go for a fall beer, I'm gonna want something with a little more flavor...this is a little light for my tastes

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

12 oz. bottle from local grocery store poured into pint glass.

One finger off-white/almost light tan head, quick dissipation with a substantial layer of head retained on top of amber brown clear body, numerous trails of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Pretty complex malty nose, roast, a bit fruity, and a wee bit of smoke. Taste mirrors the nose, with added attributes of grassy and floral hops, not much bitterness, pretty smooth. Mouthfeel is medium full, pretty good effervescence. While this isn't my favorite style, I do recognize its smoothness and high drinkability. A finely crafted beer for an cool autumn evening.

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

12oz single, paired with some college football and some homemade wings (mango curry and thyme jerk)

appearance: nice rustic fall label design, served in a tyranena pint - mahogany-amber body with a rich tan cream head

smell: rye loaf, bready malts, some earthy hops.

taste: This is really good - earthy and rustic with rye and biscuit, toasted malts, a little spicy, caramel, earthy hops, nutty

mouthfeel: really nice - creamy and rich, spicy undertones

drinkability: good

Photo of magine
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams new style pint glass.

Pours a clear brown with a thick off white head. Head is thick and creamy. Head settles to a lace island and rings the glass with lace and leaves decent lacing. Good looking brew for the style.

Brews smells of roasted malts; woodsy hops, nutty, almost coffee. Good smell.

Brew is smooth; roasted malts, nutty, almost smokey as well. Coffee beans flavor maybe even. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Easy drinking brew that tastes good.

The thin mouthfeel is a bit of a let down when looking at the brews appearance. It is an easy drinking very sessionable brown that will not offend at all. Good brew though.

Photo of jmich24
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep rich dark amber. One finger off white head.
S: Malty goodness, sweet carmel, nice nuttiness maybe a bit of earthy hops.
T: Very similar to smell, in a good way. Nice crisp bitterness at the ednd which I wasnt expecting.
M: Smooth, crisp, medium body.
D: This one is very drinkable exspecially on a cool fall day.

Great Seasonable offering, will look forward to purchasing every fall. A can't miss Brown Ale!

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

Wanted to try this anyway, but at $5.99/6-pack I couldn't turn it down.
Very attractive beer. Full thick and rich head that settles leaving plenty o lacing. Nice clear dark amber with reds and oranges mixing to create a brown.
Initially rich toasting aroma with hint so chocolate. Mild yeast character and very subdued hops.
Nice brown ale flavors with some drying even up front. Toasty almost roasty, mild nuttiness with a hint of sweetness. Hop flavors blend and compliment rather than enhance. Bitterness is blending too and prevents undue sweetness. Hints of chocolate again.
Moderate body and a rich feel without excess, but enough to slow down the drinking. Even a tad of warmth, although I don't necessarily think it's that big. Exceptionally fine carbonation.
As I get into my second trial this seems a good fit for autumn and it's just big enough to help with the nip in the air. I expected a bigger hop profile, especially considering its a SN beer, but this will do just fine.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours brilliantly clear medium brown with ruby-copper highlights and a clingy off-white head. The aroma is medium-high malt -- nutty and sweet with hints of chocolate and just a bit of roast. The flavor is moderately malty and a bit sweet -- quite nutty and some biscuit flavor. The swallow brings a balancing hop bitterness accented by a slightly dry finish. The carbonation and body are both medium. Overall a flavorful malty beer with a pleasantly dry finish and very drinkable.

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

Appearance....as brown as the bottle

Smell...malty sweetness

Flavor...sweet and bitter, malty and hoppy. The emphasis is on the malt. Another excellent beer from Sierra Nevada. There is something dangerously drinkable about this beer and it takes more self control than what I've got to make a 6er last very long.
Priced very reasonably at about $7 for 6.

Photo of JRed
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown with everlasting off-white head. Malty aroma of hops, slight mint, cocoa, some ash and sweets. Cocoa sweetness leads to hop backbone, malty, toffee, slight spice, cinnamon, dry subtle choco notes come through at the finish. Medium bodied brew with medium carb that tickles the palate. Another classic offering from Nevad. A fall sessionable beer that I will be grabbing more than once.

Photo of Goliath
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown color with a large two inch light brown head. There is great retention as well.

The aroma is ok. A bit of grain, lightly sweet, and a bit of cereal.

The taste is decent. Cereal, raw grain, and caramel all play a part.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice dose of soft carbonation.

Drinkability is relatively high. The beer is sessionable, and the flavor profile is appealing enough to consume with ease yet not require much thinking from the drinker. Seems like a solid beer to me.

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