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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
86
very good

2,981 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,981
Reviews: 1,048
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 66
Gots: 173 | 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 david131
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A clear brown liquid with some orange highlights. The light brown head is creamy and has some pretty good retention.

S- Toasted malts, caramel, oats, and some nuttiness. Smells very fall-like.

T- Caramel, oats, and some nuttiness. Roasted up front then some sweetness comes in at the end.

M- Pretty carbonated with some lasting flavors.

D- A good fall beer. Not a stand out by any means, but a welcome addition to the Sierra Nevada lineup.

david131, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of rawthar
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brunt copper where the light finds its way through, some spiraling activity in the center of the glass, and a two-and-a-half finger sand and seafoam head in no hurry to dissolve.

S- Caramel, some roastiness, sticky sugars, earth, piny hops as a back stop and a yeast that is reminiscent of low-grav Belgian darks.

T- Smoke and tree bark with a surprisingly dry hop pellet backbone, dried leaves, kolsh-like subtleties, and some coffee grinds as it warms up

M- Very smooth and unoffensive

D- Perfectly appropriate for the slight chill of the autumn evening, I call this one a winner

rawthar, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of eclaycamp
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce stubby bottle. Say what you want about Sierra Nevada, but it's nice to see the company not rest on their laurels in terms of the seasonals and other offerings. This is the first time I can recall them taking a swing at a brown ale. Pours a deep brown with dark ruby undertones that comes out a little bit lighter than the color of Coca Cola. Large bubbly head that goes at least a half inch if not a little bit higher. Moderate lacing. Aroma is all roasted malt, almost bordering on smokey. There's some dark chocolate fudge notes as well. Smells like a smoked chocolate chip cookie. Light and creamy mouthfeel, almost like a cream stout. Beer is fairly assertive, bitterness levels are relatively high for the style. Taste is almost all roasted and toasted malt. Kind of has a sourdough toast or toasted English muffin type of taste to it. There's no real hop character, save maybe some light orange hops in the finish which play well off the chocolate flavors throughout the body of the beer. Solidly constructed, almost like drinking a porter. I like this one quite a bit, and it will be a great autumn drink if and when it finally cools down outside.

eclaycamp, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of hoplover82
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear deep ruby color with notes of brown. Has an off white creamy, medium sized head that has very good retention and lacing.

S-Has a light toasted biscuit maltiness with undertones of roasted and caramel malt.

T-The flavor is much of the same with strong notes of roasty, sweet caramel, sweet toasted biscuit malts. Along side of all that, there is some earthy hop flavor and earthy bitterness that lingers so well in the finish.

M-The mouthfeel is creamy and full with a bittersweet hop finish. Very clean so you know it's an american brown and not an english brown ale.

D-Very very drinkable. I'm so glad I bought a sixer of this.

hoplover82, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark chestnut brown with an amber tint. Has a massive cream colored head that has wonderful retention and better than average lacing. The only thing that I can say that would improve this beers look is a few more carbonation bubbles.

S - Some nice roasted malts here. There are hints of caramel, toffee and chocolate.

T - Nice nutty malty taste upfront. Gives way to strong notes of caramel, toffee, a very slight chocolate. A slightly bitter after taste. Very good.

M - A little more thin than I would like with a little lack of carbonation. Really the only component of this beer that has something left to be desired.

D - A great session beer and great for just sitting out on the porch enjoying one. Take your pick. You can't go wrong here.

LairdChisholm, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of y2jrock60
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light orangery brown with a light tan head that laces nicely till the last drop.

S- A very prominent nutty roasted aroma that reminds me of a light stout. The hop aroma is overpowered by the malt.

T- The sweetness of the malt hits up front followed by a nutty taste. The hop bitterness only becomes apparent after drinking a few. This is a little different than Brooklyn Brown Ale which is bitter from the first sip.

M- Light-medium bodied.

D- Drink-ability is average. I can drink 3-4 of these before becoming sick of the taste.

A decent brew for those who like brown ales. Personally, I don't care that much for brown ales so I probably didn't appreciate it as much as a brown ale connoisseur would.

y2jrock60, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown in color, filtered. Has a HUGE frothy offwhite head that sticks around for a while.

A smokey, roasty malt smell comes wafting from the glass. Bits of molasses and chocolate are also present.

Not surprisingly, the taste mirrors the smell. You can taste the smokey, roasty flavors. The bittersweet chocolate makes a brief cameo.

It's got a strong, manly mouthfeel to it. Feels like a man's beer. There's moderate sweetness initially but it quickly gives way to a smokey feel before the bitter takes over in the swallow.

After several minutes, there is still a tiny head and great lacing. Like most selections from Sierra Nevada, this is easy to drink. It packs a lot of flavor, and while they're strong, they're not obnoxious or overbearing. Alcohol is moderate making this very drinkable.

RickS95, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark maple-brown color with a medium amount of head. The smell on this beer is kinda nutty and malty. I'm picking up very faint hops, but nothing much. A little wood as well along with very little chocolate. There is nothing bland about the taste this beer has. I'm having a hard time pinpointing certain flavors I'm getting, but this just isn't watered down at all. I'm getting some chocolate notes, some nuttiness, a little roastiness, and a bit of sweet malts. My palate is not very advanced on brown ales, so I'm not really sure what these flavors are that I'm picking up. All I know is that it tastes pretty damn good. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and the drinkability is not bad.

DovaliHops, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on a whim for the fall season. 12oz bottle, 2010...

A: Super transparent brown with a thick off white head that fades slowly. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Good.

S: Some malty bitter brown sugar blended with some hints of spicy apples. Not much else going on. Decent.

T: You know, the weird thing about this brew is I kind of feel like this really fits the autumn season. It reminds me of colored leaves and being outdoors in the nice brisk breeze. Follows the nose. Bitter brown sugar with some caramel apple blended on the backend. Hints of earthiness in the middle. Good.

M: High carbonation with a nice medium body. Leaves a good autumn type flavor on your palate, if you can picture what that means, hehe. Good.

D: This goes down nice and easy. Very good.

All in all, this is one of those rare brews that definitely seems to be as it claims. This claims to be an autumn brew and when I take a sip, it reminds me so, so much of the taste of autumn, if that had a taste. Good to try at least once if you like the autumn brews.

steve8robin, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of coachdonovan
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This looks almost red when held up to the light but in the glass it appears a dark mahogany. Both aroma and taste are 100% roasty, but not in a coffee or smoky way, and there is a nice earthy sweetness. The hops have enough of a presence to distinguish this brown ale from the more malt-forward Octoberfests of the season. That added balance kicks up the drinkability for me. Sierra Nevada has nailed it again.

coachdonovan, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of mjrod2142
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been a big Sierra Nevada fan for years, but I've never seen Tumbler until this season. It's labeled an "Autumn Brown Ale" and that's exactly what it is.

The beer produces a creamy head and has a beautiful deep brown, almost cloudy color. There's a very nice coffee/mocha/chocolate aroma. The taste reminds me of the old Pilgrim Nutbrown, which was on of my favorites many years ago. There's great nuttiness with just enough bite of hops on the finish. You can even have a few of these without feeling heavy or full. A great beer for the fall season.

mjrod2142, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Portertime
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time seeing this brew. I thouroghly enjoy Sierra Nevada's brews. This one poured a cloudy iced tea color. The nose was dominated buy fresh brewed coffee and a little cocoa power. The taste was refreshing of roasted malts and mocha coffee like highlights with a fine balance of hops and some walnut. A perfect autumn brew to enjoy with a nice turkey dinner and a roaring fire (except not in Florida where we probably won't need a fire!)

Portertime, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a mostly clear dark amber color with a 1 finger beige head..smell is roasted malts and toffee with hops in the background..taste is roasted toffee/malts some spice hops are present.mouth feel is medium + this is a autumn brown ale with earth notes SN makes great brews this is no exception is the best brown? no it is not.but its drinkable.affordable and just plain good

gatornation, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of MirkoCroCough
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Tumbler poured into Great Lakes pint glass.

A very clear dusky, orange, amber color. Pretty.

Sweet and malty with some earth/soil.

Malty with the right amount of sweetness that isn't over the top. Very clean tasting.

Very smooth, slight carbonation with a creamy finish.

Very drinkable and not filling.
This a a great beer for the fall season. SN has the best labels too. It would be great to be in a nice stone cabin on a stream in autumn drinking this beer.

MirkoCroCough, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of malty
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz. 2010 vintage bottle.

Poured into my stemmed Ayinger tulip style glass with a brilliantly clear handsome dark copper/chestnut color and a loose & fluffy 1/2" light beige settled head. Moderate amount of fine visible uprising carbonation. Nice broken rings of lace sporadically down the glass.

The scent is utterly CLEAN, bright yet rounded with anticipation of a malty good forthcoming flavor. For now I'm delighting my nostrils in walnutty goodness. A little vanilla nougat and and (again) clean mineralness.

Leather right out of the gate. Leather again with a welcomed dry/bitter/slightly acrid woody element with is definitely the outcome of beautifully balanced hops and roasted malts. THe walnut come through in the flavor as well. Bitter walnuts so vivid I can almost feel the walnut skins between my teeth. The hop component of this ale is long lingering in the feel and texture, but very quick and transient in flavor. They give a fast blast of 'treble' to the otherwise 'bass' that is the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a perfect amount of finely building carbonation. The very chalky and somewhat bitter finish is graceful and a little punchy.

Drinkability is great. I'm going to let the remaining half of this bottle warm a bit just to see what other flavors emerge.

Overall a splendid West Coast rendition of a deeply traditional English Brown Ale. The hops give this an added dimension of brilliance without corrupting the tradition of the style. I adore the leather flavor. A bit of tabacco flavor creeps out as this ale is starting to warm towards room temp. I'm very pleased with the complexity of this ale. Great job Sierra Nevada ad thank you.

malty, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of neenerzig
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my new Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale pint glass. This beer pours a clear, medium to dark brown color with amber highlights. Slightly tan, creamy looking head is about a 2/3 inch thick when poured and eventually settles to solid 1/4 inch thick head. Very good retention. I let this one sit for awhile after pouring before sipping it. Good lacing. Aromas of roasted malt is really it for the smell, couldn't detect anything else here. Nice roasted malt flavor with some caramel and hints of maple. Not very complex, but pretty tasty. The taste does remind me of fall. Has a crisp, smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied mouth feel, and moderate carbonation. Has a dry after taste that coats the palate, like and Irish Dry Stout. Unexpected for this style of beer. Easy to drink. A good beer all around, but nothing spectacular.

Eric

neenerzig, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of sk8man121
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Allagash fluted chalice.

A: Pours like any other brown ale; deep, rich brown with copper highlights. Two finger head, leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. It looks nice.

S: I smell autumn leaves, roasted barley, caramel and a slight hoppy presence. Smells like a cross between a brown ale and a marzen lager.

T: Quite rich and malty, with a slightly metallic aftertaste. There's really not a lot going on here, and the taste is rather thin with a lack of complexity.

M: The mouthfeel is actually quite nice; carbonation is quick upfront and transitions into a creamy finish. This goes down quite nicely.

D: Although I've had far better brown ales, I can't help but admit that the drinkabiity of this through the roof. What this means, however, is that it goes down easy, mainly as a result of its nice mouthfeel and lack of complexity. There are better browns out there and this is far from being my favorite Sierra Nevada offering, but it's by no means bad.

A decent session beer, but nothing to write home about.

sk8man121, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass at ChurchKey.

I was worried I wouldn't be able to find a single bottle of this guy (call me a commit-a-phobe, but I don't wanna commit to a sixer (or more) if I'm undecided on the brew itself, as in this situation). Luckily, the fine folks at the CK had my back on this one. It pours a clear russet topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, nutmeg, light maple syrup, and a slight tinge of flowers. The taste holds notes of nutmeg, walnuts, flowers, and some light maple syrup. Simple, but effective. The body is a rather light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a nearly dry finish. Overall, a tasty, straightforward brown, a nice bit o' autumnal goodness.

TMoney2591, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Has a nice dark brown look. Medium head with a nice lace.

S- Smell of caramel and chocolate notes.

T- Very mild malty taste.Little hop trace in the sip. hints of caramel and chocolate are present.

M- Very smooth and creamy.

D- Well this is not my favorite SN beer. Kind of hurt.Not worth another taste.

SamuelJackson45, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a rich dark brown with cherry highlights when backlit. A light tan head forms, somewhere between two and three fingers in height, and holds it's ground for a minute before fading away. Lacing is decent, but nothing spectacular. Nose is more caramel/biscuit than more roasted aromas like chocolate or coffee, and there's a bit of hop aroma at the end (one of the nobles if I had to guess, not sure which though). Taste profile is an exact duplicate for Tumbler, heavy on the caramel and light on the roast (for a brown ale at least) with a little floral hop flourish and no real bitterness to speak of. At first I was bothered by a certain perceived thinness of body with Tumbler, but I'm mostly past it and realize that it's appropriate for a relatively restrained brew. Carbonation is nice and low, spot on for the type of brew SN was shooting for. As one might expect, for such a traditional and well executed brown ale Tumbler is very drinkable, in the time it took me to type this review up my glass is almost empty. A great new offering from Sierra Nevada and one I'll definitely come back to this fall.

axeman9182, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of tweeder263
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a medium dark amber brew with a nice fluffy head . Has moderate carbonation. Smells like it has a nice malty backbone. Taste is of a dry beer, mildly smoky ,no noticeable hops. Not a ton of flavor, but what is present i like.Very mild session beer.Not a big fan of brown ales , but this one is very tolerable.

tweeder263, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of mnrider
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Brown bottle.

A: Pours a dark amber, with a medium amount of fluffy off white head. Carbonation moves outlandishly to the top. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Nice balanced smell. Roasted malts and sweet something.

T/M: Nice sweet roasted malts with a somewhat burnt aftertaste. An almost mocha like taste. Hops are more noticeable in the smell. However their is a small amount of bitterness which I think comes from the hops. Smooth going down.

D: Very good brew from SN. I enjoyed it very much. Not sure if it's a perfect example of a brown ale. Still good none the less.

Cheers!!

mnrider, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of nboris827
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark and clear. Not much head, and that fades rather quickly.

S: Not much in terms of smell.

T: Slightly sweet for a brown ale with a nice smokiness.

M: Lightly carbonated. Gently coats the mouth.

D: Great way to transition from sweet summer ales to autumn beers. This would be great on tap as well!

nboris827, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of rmolledo
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Clear Mahogany with a frothy lively off white head. Excellent Lacing as head slowly dies.

S: Smokey, Roasted Malts. Aroma is pretty faint. chocolate.

T: Sweet malty start. Roasted Barley. Nice toffy and caramel flavors in there. Pretty Mellow flavor wise. For an American Brown Ale the hops are pretty well hidden. Flavors open up as it warms. Hops start to come out more along with the roasted malts.

MF: slick, creamy goodness. low/moderate carbonation. moderately thick body.

D: A great Fall/Winter Brown ale. Session worthy but a little on the heavy side. I could drink this again.

rmolledo, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, slightly hazy reddish-chestnut color. The tall, densely frothy head has an attractive tan color. Retention is very good, and plenty of sticky, foamy lacing adheres to the glass.

S: Sweet, toffeeish maltiness up front. Some light hints of bread and chocolate, with firmer notes of nuttiness. A mild leafy/piney hop character is also noticeable.

T: Malty and sweet up front. Toffee is prominent, along with minor nutty and chocolatey notes. Lightly roasty. A definite pecan pie flavor as others have noted. Hop bitterness is moderate for the style, with a clean piney and leafy flavor.

M: A touch fuller than medium in body. Carbonation adds a slight perkiness, but is smooth overall. A bit dry into the finish.

D: A very enjoyable, easy-drinking brown ale from Sierra Nevada. Well-rounded and refined, as you'd expect from this brewery. It manages to be both sweeter and hoppier than many American brown ale. It's down to 80 here today in DC, which seems positively autumnal after July and August, and this is a welcome fall seasonal for 2010.

Clydesdale, Sep 04, 2010
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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