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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1,059 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,059
Hads: 3,120
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 79
Gots: 221 | FT: 0
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 Jadjunk
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

"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, roasted bread and a hint of smoke. Tumbler is the ultimate autumn beer. Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale features roasted malt used straight from the kiln to give it a gracefully smooth malt character perfect for an autumn afternoon." Sierra Nevada's Fall seasonal for many years, commonly available in 6 packs and 12 packs. No bottle date.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Served above 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a light frothy tan-white head over a mahogany-brown body with ample carbonation. Mild sediment is visible through the glass. Retention is slightly above average and the lacing is thin and streaked. 3.5

(Smell) Malt includes medium roasted caramel, a hint of chocolate and some earthy hop notes with a mild nutty bitterness. It's a generally clean aroma, slightly acidic with a light biscuity yeast profile, and a very subtle touch of fall spices as well, notably cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Potency is mild and there is limited depth to the aroma. While there's nothing upsetting about the aroma, it doesn't particularly carry enthusiastic appeal nor depth. 3.25

(Taste) Bold yet mostly clean roasted caramel malt presence- a touch of caramel husk with a bit of earthy hop bitterness. Bitter baking chocolate powder exists in small amounts, and a nutty bitterness makes for a dry, tart finish. Despite most of my brown ale experiences settling on the sweet side of things, The bitterness component in this beer prevails and makes for a better rounded, highly drinkable brown ale. Despite being a thinner-bodied and less sweet beer than the rest of the competition, the flavor of this beer certainly isn't a letdown. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Light airy crisp carbonation compliments the bitterness of the hop and tart malt characteristics. The body is light/medium for the style and medium amongst all beers. Alcohol is nicely concealed. A bit more lively carbonation than usual for Brown Ales, but works due to the exemption of the more roasty, sweet brown ale notes. 4.25

(Overall) Amongst Sierra Nevada's immensely popular seasonal options, Tumbler stands alone in an increasing market of Oktoberfest Lagers and Pumpkin Ales, but offers a decent balance and high drinkability in it's own regard. It's a lightly flavored Brown Ale, but it's good to know that there are some with a decent balance of hop character that avoid the malt bomb trap of Brown Ales. Even if you have shut out the sweet, syrupy cliché of Brown Ales, I'd recommend trying this beer for a change of opinion, especially if you haven't already, as it may change your opinion on what a Brown Ale is capable of. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale
3.69/5.00 (2,865 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: 2013 label, "3192219:19" stamped on bottle, late summer/early fall release
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Tumbler is an enjoyable brown ale that manages to blend modest roasted and caramel malt characters with pleasant English hops for a flavorful, yet overall subtle beer. Pleasant and perhaps most suitable for autumn, this would be one to return to if it continues to be available without too much searching.

Pours a 2cm tall head of dark beige colored foam, retention slightly above average, lasting about one-and-a-half minutes in a decline to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is excellent, a complex, rather heavy collection of patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Beer is a dark brown color with reddish highlights, light bringing out fairly clean brown with slight copper-orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma of fresh, English-type herbal hops (though also somewhat Germanic) with milder chocolate, coffee, and caramel scents.

Taste is of caramel-like sweetness with dried leaves, cocoa, occasional coffee, and mildly herbal and bitter English-type hops.
Front of palate detects toasted bread with caramel-like sugar sweetness with roasted malt-induced mild cocoa and English-type herbal hops. Mid-palate of pleasant cocoa with caramel-like malt sweetness, mild bitterness, dried leaves, and equally mild English-type herbal hops. Back of palate finds roasted malt contributing cocoa and slight coffee, combined with balanced caramel-like sweetness, dried leaves, and moderate hop bitterness. Aftertaste is of pleasant, mild roasted malt contributing mild charred toast, cocoa, and acridity, which pairs well with the modest residual bitterness from the hops that also continue to yield a slight herbal note.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium to medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a slightly foamy, smooth mouthfeel that also makes the beer feel a bit thicker than it is. Closes dry, with moderate to high stickiness remaining on the lips and palate. (2,109 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 7/3/2013. Pours lightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, nuttiness, brown bread, floral, light pepper, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes with moderate earthy hops; and good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, brown bread, nuttiness, floral, light pepper, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, floral, light pepper, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of dark/toasted malt flavors with a moderate earthy hop balance; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent brown ale. All around great balance and complexity of malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,324 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the 2013 seasonal release poured into a Founders snifter today 10/2/2013.

Pours a deep brown body with an effervescent offwhite head that dissipates over the course of a few minutes, leaving thick lacing. Doesn't illuminate much. The lacing sticks a bit as the beer drinks down, but nothing too special.

Smell is pretty ordinary to be honest. It smells just like SNPA but without hops.. its probably that Chico yeast scent. A bit of toffee and bread, some of that spicy Chico yeast flavour. Not a whole lot else, not particularly strong or even anything-forward.

The flavour profile is solid. The toffee and caramel sweetness nicely balances out the mild piney bitterness on the backend. The yeast's spicy flavour persists throughout, creating a nice blend of different flavours. Very drinkable.

A bit thin, watery but not too much so for the style. It's not too dry, pretty refreshing actually. Carbonation is solid, and its very drinkable. Thats all I can really say about this beer.

Its a decent brown ale. I've had better brown ales, but this isn't the worst brown ale out there, especially at the typical Sierra Nevada price point. This feels kind of SNPA without the hops.. I would definitely take Surly Bender or DFH Indian Brown over this any day. (1,278 characters)

Photo of Chessmaster
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a medium brown with a half to one inch head that quickly dissipated. Carbonation seems almost soda like in appearance but does not taste that way in the mouth, fortunately.

Taste is crisp and clean malt, almost overshadowed by hop bitterness - yet the hops are balanced - just barely.

Smell is primarily piney hops.

Overall a refreshing and tasty brew, balancing on the edge of a delicate hop/ malt balance. Not my favorite, but quite nice nonetheless (461 characters)

Photo of FlyingBull
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this beer in a 6 at a local market.

This beer poured a clear very dark amber to ruby brown, with 2' of light tan head that settled down to less than an inch after about 10 minutes. Good lacing down the sides as I drank it. The aroma was a strong spicy smell with pine. There was some sweet caramel malt in the background. Upfront, there was a nice spicy and piney hop flavor balanced nicely by malt and light caramel sweetness. The bitterness was balanced and both the malt flavor and hop flavor lingered for a few minutes. The mouth feel was medium bodied with a nice pleasant carbonation.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer and liked it very much. I found it balanced, very easy to drink, and very tastie. I'm looking forward to my next one. (755 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Cisco Imperial pint glass. Bottled July 3, 2013.

A - Pours a deep, dark copper color with about a finger of sustained, off-white head. The head is extremely dense, creamy, and shows great retention. Tiered lacing paints the glass.

S - Rich, malty aroma full of caramel, toffee, and wet grains. Sweet without much hop presence at all. Slightly roasty with mild coffee bean aromas.

T - Very malty form start to finish. Toasted almond, caramel, and faint chocolate give way to subtle floral hops on the finish. Nice nutty linger.

M - Medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

O - I figured I better review this one before it goes into retirement. It is one fo the more flavorful beers I have come across at this low an ABV. Rich aroma and flavor full of nutty caramel malts. Just a hint of hops. Perfect for a crisp fall evening. I like to grab this at least a few times each year, so it will definitely be missed. (946 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was looking forward to trying this because I like SN Torpedo, Hoptimum, Pale Ale and SH Harvest,.and I like good brown ales.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint.

a: Deep clear red/brown with a huge two inch tan head which dissipated to thin surface foam and considerable stringy lacing.

s: Nothing special detectable.

t: Nice body but little distinctive taste. Very drinkable, but not really savorable.

m: Medium. Quite smooth.

o: A good dinner drink. Not really a sipper, not as much malt evident as I like in my browns. Not quite getting why so many seem to be upset that this one is in its last offering. It's just not as special as other SNs I have tried. However it is above average for a "mainstream craft" brown. (751 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome brown ale from Sierra Nevada. Not sure if this is my favorite offering from SN, but if it's not it's very close. The smokey deep brown flavor is great for fall, colder weather, or maybe after dinner. There's a sweetness to it that's outrageously smooth, flows right down the back of your throat. (303 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Kudos to Sierra Nevada with some pretty rad artwork on the label.

A: Surprisingly, it's a brown brown ale. A little reddish hue thrown in there. Good lacing.

S: Hello, earthiness. smell some sweetness and roasted malts.

T: Yes, this tastes of autumn. It's got the same sweetness in the middle as the SN porter. The nutty quality is nice but I wish it had more roasted malts.

M : Would like a more full-bodied brown ale to welcome Fall but this is medium bodied. The sweetness in the middle fades to a dry finish which I like.

O: Gonna be sad to see this gone and replaced by Flipside next year. It isn't my favorite brown ale, but by golly it hits the spot. I'll have to buy another sixer before its gone. (751 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A -Pours a perfectly transparent root beer brown with beautiful ruby highlights when held to the light. Plenty of carbonation streams to the three-finger, tan, off-white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a substantial wall of lacing on the bottom half of the glass.

S - Nice strong nose of caramel malt, brown sugar and chocolate and earthy hop notes upon opening the bottle. A little bit more diminished in the glass, but still impressive

T - Chocolate and caramel malt upfront. The body is an almost perfect balance of rich and dark toasted pumpernickel and caramel with hints of chocolate and nutty hops. Hops turn a bit more aggressive and earthy as the beer passes over the back of the tongue and leads to a bitter dark chocolate, caramel and bread finish.

M - Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation to keep the beer lively and creamy, but not overbearing. Very well done.

I remember when I bought the six pack of this beer almost a year ago in Las Alamos before meeting with some scientists at LANL. I drove the back roads in my freshly washed and waxed 328i and then thought I might as well get some beers well I read some papers for my pending candidacy exam as I pulled into town. The only think open was a slightly sketchy gas station, which is where I obtained this gem.

I now remember having two that night even though I had an important meeting early the next day since they were so good. Even after cellering for a year, this remains my favorite brown ale I've yet to try. The body is so well balanced and complex, yet completely drinkable. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy for incredible drinkability, yet has enough character to hold ones interest and complement the complex flavor profile. Tumber claims to be the ultimate autumn beer and i'd have to agree. I feel fortunate to have this beer associated with one of the defining moments in my life. (1,963 characters)

Photo of evanforbeer
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle on a crisp northeast early autumn/late summer eve. pours a deep reddish brown with a slight off-white head

aroma- robust gas station coffee and roasted grains, wood. slight hop presence

taste- surprising prickly citrusy hops interspersed with the arrayed roasted palate of toasted squaw bread, chocolate, coffee bean, vanilla. finishes roasty and slightly hoppy-citrus

feel- nicely medium-bodied, light carbonation, perfectly drinkable for taking down on cool sunny fall days

I read and hear a good amount of guff about this beer. I have been a fan for a few years, I think this is a solid beer in a few regards.
1. It's a great brown ale. I'm not a huge fan of the style (other than maybe Port Board Meeting), but this is a great beer with a relatively strong hop presence and robust roasted character--to me it honestly seems like it could be Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with roasted/dark malt.
2. Fall seasonals. Let's be honest, how many "oktoberfests" and pumpkin ales do we need? They're everywhere. For those like me who don't get too jazzed on the sweet maltiness of oktoberfests or the "pumpkin"/over-spiced fall ales, a crisp brown ale with some hopsiness and robust roastiness is a great way to welcome the cooling of the air, the change of colors, and the weekends of football.
3. Cheers to you Sierra Nevada for continuing to offer the world your pioneering artisanal skills and offering a different expression of your hoppy-goodness prowess; and again, thank you for a refreshing interpretation of a fall season drinker. (1,557 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: dark ruby red with some hints of purple and brown. large 4 finger tan rocky head. very fluffy

s: strong aroma, i smelled it as soon as it was poured. smells real nice. loads of sweet malt up front. that moves into a nice roasted malt aroma with some light coffee bean and wood. ends with sweet toffee. hint of smoke

t: not as sweet as the nose indicated. there is some caramel malt at the front of the tongue. but that quickly fades into roasted and toasted malt, milk chocolate, and some burnt bread and some slight bitter that comes from the dark chocolate/roasted malt flavors. there is something earthy in here as well.

m: fuller side of medium, mild carbonation

o: on the bottle it says "perfect for an autumn afternoon" and i couldn't agree more. the style itself isn't the most complex, but i really enjoy brown ales anyway. this one plays a little more to the roasty/chocolaty qualities than the malt sweetness, but it works so well! (948 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that looks to have pretty good retention at the moment. The head is a a very light beige while the body is a mixture of garnet and maroon and glows a maroonish dark amber when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Aroma is slightly stronger from the bottle but the glass seems more nuanced. Definite roasted malts, caramel, and raisins from both. The glass seems to show minor hints of molasses and brown sugar. There are some bready to cereal notes after I swirl the glass.

Taste- Raisins around the edges while there is caramel, hop bitterness, bread, and cereal in the middle. The hops have some pine and resin, even a little spice which is shown on the finish. Roast malts with hints of coffee bitterness start to override the hops bitterness making this a much more enjoyable brew. Perhaps the caramel on the finish is a little too sweet but pretty good for a style I generally don't appreciate. Some sweetness of orange and other citrus on the front of the flavor profile as well. Malt bill is well rounded but doesn't make up for the fact that this is a style that often bores me. Above average, solid beer but nothing about it really compels to get more.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied. Light hints of syrup in the texture. A little bit too much carbonation for me.

Drinkability- Easygoing. Price, as with almost all of Sierra Nevada's products, is good. No real issues in this department.

Overall- Solid beer. It isn't amazing. If you like brown ales, you should give this a try. If not, you aren't missing much but you still might want to give it a try. A good representation of the style. (1,681 characters)

Photo of canudoa9
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

The packaging gets me every time...Its just so beautiful, it does a number on my brain, gets me psyched for the chilliness and Autumn nights. I still can't fully put to words how I feel about this beer. Its definitely not one of my favorites, but there's an overall aesthetic that is immensely appealing. It affects me. (319 characters)

Photo of austin_page
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To me, brown ales are one of the fine signatures of fall. This one is good and kind of skunky smelling. It has a bronze-ish brown color. This one reminded me of a brown ale from Bear Republic. A dark brown ale is always a better brown ale, as far as taste, but this one is different than a lot of brown ales I've tried. Sierra Nevada is usually a little hoppy for my taste, but this one goes down real nice and should be everyone's go-to beer for the fall season, but watch out, it tastes totally different out of the tap at a bar!! (532 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours in a light chocolate brown color.

The aroma is really nutty with toasty bready malt.

The flavor has herbal resiny hops and then its combined with a light to medium toasty malt profile of brown sugar, roasted nuts, and caramel. The finish has a lots of drying. The body is clean and light .

This is a very hoppy brew with a good amount of toasty malt. This is a really flavorful beer at its ABV. I highly recommend this beer for beginners as its has a good assertive hop profile, but also that malt to back it up. (531 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tumbler pours a clear dark brown with a moderate sized, creamy, light tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving lots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of brown sugar, molasses, toasted malt and a little fruit.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy, soft with moderate carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, malty with brown sugar, toasted malt, molasses, chocolate and a little fruit. There may be a touch of spice in there too, but I may be imaging a cinnamon flavor. It finishes somewhat dry and slightly bitter. Once gone the brown sugar and molasses lingers on the palate.

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer. Very smooth and flavorful. Great for a cool autumn evening. (720 characters)

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Apperance: Pours dark with two fingers of frothy tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Only a little lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: Brown sugar, yeasty, alcohol, bananas. Enticing aroma that reminds of of dogfish head's indian brown ale and then some.

Taste: Kind of weak/bland to begin with. Cream, brown sugar, hint of roasty malts, slight bite of hop bitterness. As the beer warms not much more flavor comes through but the feel does improve.

Feel: Medium to medium light bodied. Easy drinking but I think the body is just a tad bit too light, not allowing all the flavors to sink in. Carbonation sticks and tingles the tongue but doesnt bring through a great deal of flavor. Mouthfeel gets creamier and thicker as the beer warms which is nice.

Overall: Easy drinking but not a whole lot of flavor. Weakness is disappointing as the aroma was very nice but not a lot of flavor coming through in this beer. Not bad but not great. Just not a lot of flavor or complexity coming through at all. There are a lot of better browns out there. (1,047 characters)

Photo of jawlessbody
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint, and has a nice foamy head.

Smell: Definitely a nutty, roasted malt character to the scent, but with a very prominent hoppy character as well.

Taste: This beer has a very warm, nutty backbone with hints of spices from the hops. Hints of crusty bread are also present, as well as some sweeter chocolatey flavors with the body of a lightly roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, pretty smooth, but had a bit more carbonation than I would have liked. This is the only part of the beer that's lacking for me.

Overall: As my friend said when he first had this beer "This tastes exactly how brown should taste." This is an excellent offering from a brewing company that tends to be hit or miss for me. I definitely will be picking this up in the falls to come. (856 characters)

Photo of beeragent
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a light brown, appearing ruby when held to the light. 1/4 inch off-white head with light lace.

S - Toasted malt. Not very strong aroma.

T - Bready, hint of chocolate, with some bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - I have to buy a sixer of this every season as it signals fall is approaching and the 100 degree Texas days are numbered! I'm not a fan of brown ales as they are usually very lacking in flavor to me. This is one exception. It's still not mind blowing, but I find it to be a good example of what the style should be. I can definetly enjoy a sixer of this, but only one a year. (696 characters)

Photo of dave10mm
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always enjoy this.. As it remimds me of fall.. Aka hunting season.. Typically the first beer i drink on opening day as a fall tradition.. Roasted malts and great aroma sets the mood just right for opening day out in the woods looking for a trophy buck to put on my wall and share with my family (294 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark. Black. Only shows some brownish red where the light peers through. Thick foamy head.
Smell: Toasted, lightly smoked, and biscuity.
Taste: Biscuit, nuts, chocolate, very very light bitter aftertaste. Oily?
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation.

This is very good. It's one of my lesser-liked SN brews, but still always worth getting. I look forward to having it again as it gets colder. I will get it again. (424 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce longneck into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about one inch of creamy white head that never quite goes away. The beer is a deep reddish brown with moderate carbonation.

I detect all kinds of biscuity aromas and flavors, along with some caramel and a good bit of nuttiness. The nut flavors and the hop bitterness combine to provide a bit of a roasted acorn aftertaste to balance out the sweetness. The lingering head helps to provide a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a solid seasonal brown that reminds me of approaching autumn...

I'm amending this brew, mainly for score. I obtained three bottles of this excellent beer as part of a seasonal 12 pack- sadly, the only way to obtain it now. This brew is nutty, a little buttery, rich, and has great balance. One of the best browns out there. (824 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with one finger of an off white head. Some light carbonation streams throughout the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt, nutty, just a hint of smokiness.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Light malt sweetness upfront, but balanced by some nice roasty notes. More flavors of chocolate, bread, with some very light hints of smoke and earth. Really well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Drinkability is high.

Overall: I don't think I've ever had a bad beer from Sierra Nevada and this is no exception. This is a really good brown ale, and one of my go to beers during the fall months. (675 characters)

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.