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

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown AleSierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

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very good

2,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 2631
Reviews: 1022
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 07-25-2010)
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Photo of jeranbrews


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

A - creamy rich beige head that clings like webbing to the glass. Nice rich but maybe slightly too high clairity mahogany hue.

S - sweet nutty malty. Like the small of spent malt husks from spent mash, if you've ever home brewed.

T - hoppy but not overly so. Very balanced from beginning to aftertaste.

M - smooth and syrupy. Nice. Slight tingle of the foam.

D - not bad another respectable performance from Sierra Nevada

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 02:24:40 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium chestnut; big frothy tan head, long lasting; excellent lacing

Aroma: Malty; roasted grains; dark bread; nutty

Taste: Hoppy bite right up front; malty mouthfeel; hops and juicy malt in the mid with a nutty, semi-sweet finish; pretty tasty overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:36:49 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada ' Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale' @ 5.5% , 2012 edition served from a 6pack of 330 ml bottles purchased for $17

A-pour is a very dark amber , very murky , with a medium size tan head leaving a streaky lace ring along the pint glass

S-harvest time

T-mild tasting even for a brown ale , no wow factor

MF-medium body , medium carbonation , tad dull

Ov-ok beer , it was an impulse buy , lesson learned

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 04:56:33 | More by LampertLand
Photo of Segelstrom


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

good flavor but the carbonation, like most Sierra Nevada beers, is a little harsh. I prefer a more smooth carbonation. Poured to a nice clear dark amber with slight head. Smell was not overly hoppy and seemed to have a little lingering yeast smell. That's all.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 22:30:16 | More by Segelstrom
Photo of SmashPants


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: reasonable 355mL brown bottle with an original and decent label.

Appearance: clear but solid brown throughout, with a two-finger head with good staying power. Sporadic lacing.

Aroma: an interesting combination of brown sugar and bread malts, with some earthy and nutty qualities backing up. Not mind-blowing, but solid.

Taste: follows the nose fairly closely, but with a smooth, roasted grain as well. A hint of forest pine and those earthy qualities remind one of the smell of the forest floor.

Aftertaste: dissipates very quickly, which on the one hand is fine as it is a good throwback beer, but bad due to the price.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a limited, fine carbonation. Dry on the finish.

Overall: a good quality American Brown Ale. Note sure I'd want to pay this much all the time though. I'd like to stop getting ripped off in Australia so we can actually enjoy this sort of stuff at a reasonable price.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:20:44 | More by SmashPants
Photo of WoodBrew


3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had the Tumbler before....i guess I just never rated it. The beer pours a deep brown with creamy slightly offwhite head which is leaving a nice lace. The smell has some rich sweet malt with hints of nyut meg. The taste has good bready/biscuity foundation with bitter hops to balance. The mouthfeel was a medium to light brown ale...the carbonation is a bit strong and detracting from teh taste. Overall its a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:27:30 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of StaveHooks


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured in a Great Divide shape pint
2012 vintage

A - Pours a clear dark brown with 2 fingers of off-white that has quality staying power. Very impressive lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Sharp toasted grains, brown sugar, earthy, nutty, dried grass, nice fall aromas.

T - Roasted grains, sweet dark bread, mild spicy hops blend in, has a sweet nutty characteristic, earthy berry fruit, nutty tea like bitterness on the finish.

M - Light body, firm carbonation, wet middle with a drying finish.

I can't believe I've passed this up every year for so long. One of the best all around brown ale's that I've had the pleasure of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 20:26:30 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very dark copper with a two-finger sticky slight off-white head. Left a good amount of lacing.

S - Some nuttiness and caramel malt. That's about it.

T - Some sweet candy and an ever so slight chocolate and citrus hop type deal going on up front followed a very small amount of nuttiness and toffee.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, It was good but Sierra Nevada is far better at making IPA's and they should invest their time in that.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 18:45:20 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: confident pour into a nonic pint produced a nice looking brown ale of the the medium amber-brown variety, with some appropriately autumnal orange highlightlights and a full head of tan foam that had a moussy look and feel; scattered lace all the way down

S: mild toasty malt aromas, some brown sugary notes

T: crisp and toasty malty brownness, lightly nutty and slightly suggestive of maple and brown sugar sweetness

M: fresh, light, and easy-drinking, brisk, light body, nice carbonation level

O: I'm not a big brown ale drinker, as the style often leaves me feeling kinda "meh" but I really enjoyed this ale - it was quaffed quickly and with gusto - it had a brisker, crisper, lighter feel than other brown ales I 've had, and I liked it. Perhaps the things most people look for in a brown were missing, hence its middling reviews, but for me it may have been these very factors that elevated it above others for me in particular. Absolutely worth a try, as Sierra Nevada has firmly established themselves as a reliable brewer of great craft ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 01:21:09 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of tone77


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

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is a bit nutty, some hops. Taste is malts, nuts, some hops, a bit of caramel, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 00:57:41 | More by tone77
Photo of mactrail


3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lovely golden brown pour in the tall Stella glass. Frothy with a nice carbonation that is less sharp and more rounded.

Warm roasted malt is the main taste. Nutty flavors are quite pleasant. A little buttery and even a hint of cocoa. Just a little scrape of hops, but it's not overly sweet. A hint of bitter walnut shells. It is hard to find fault with yet another well-made SN brew, and I know this bottle has been around for a few months.

Overall, a more flavorful Brown Ale, but within the style guidelines which seem to consist of "do no harm." A very gently malty experience. From the 22 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 05:09:43 | More by mactrail
Photo of Scutt

4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great taste and color! a worth while try for sure. I found this at kroger of all places in the make your own 6 pack section. a must add to that 6 pack. This is a shinning example of an autum beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 01:27:58 | More by Scutt
Photo of DrDemento456


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

Next to Serra Nevada's pale ale I am surprised I haven't ticked this yet. Found an old 2012 bottle at a shop I frequent for 2 bucks.

A - Looks amazing well over a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head atop of some dark brown red hue colored beer. Mild sediment at the base due to age.

S - Caramel and toasted almond smell next to some fairly good chocolate and coffee roast. Much better than most I have smelled.

T - Taste is fairly balance with no flavor really getting out of control. Quite a good starter brown except for a bit of herbal bitterness from the hops. Brown malt, toffee, caramel, and cheap coffee highlight. Not bad but not great.

M - Light to medium in body. Easy drinking.

Overall not a bad brown ale at all yet I don't think I could session more than one. Quite a good staple for this above average company.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:05:47 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Dope


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A; A clear deep brown pour. Huge, ridiculous tan head. Monstrous island of foam persists constantly. Good lacework remains behind.

S: Caramel, brown sugar and maple syrup. Sweet and malty.

T: Caramel and toffee up front. Toasted malt and brown sugar in the middle. Finishes dry with a little maple and toffee. A little hoppiness to boot, grassy maybe?

M: Medium bodied and simple. Bit drying on the back end.

O: Decent brown ale. Smells better than it tastes. A mildly hoppy and plain brown ale. Not as much toastiness and nuttiness as I'm used to.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 06:41:37 | More by Dope
Photo of mpedara429


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown in color. It is a little hazy with two fingers of off white head with a good amount of lacing

S: Nothing huge, but there are roasted malts and some breadiness.

T: Again, the roasted malts are prominent with some hop bitterness. there are some nutty sort of hazelnut type flavors along with some bittersweet dark chocolate.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body. This beer is a tad oily and creamy.

O: Another great Sierra Nevada brew. It's not super heavy or robust, but it is a perfect option for throwing back a few while watching a football game on a Fall day.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 05:03:54 | More by mpedara429
Photo of Weli


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with a fine off white head, subsiding to thin white lacing

S-Hints of cocoa with bready malt

T- Malty, slightly fruity, with a dry american hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, with a slightly dry and bitter finish

O-Not the best brown ale, Not bad, but seems lacking when compared to other commerical examples that have more intense flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 01:22:48 | More by Weli
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance- The beer is poured a deep brown color with some mahogany highlights shining through. With the pour there is a big cream colored head that has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to give a fantastic level of lacing.

Smell- The aroma is heaviest of roasted malt, coffee and some aroma of a herbal and earthy hop smell Mixed with these smells are lighter notes of a chocolate and caramel smell.

Taste –The flavor starts out with a nice blend of roasted malt and some sweeter caramel and toffee flavors. The roasted taste remains constant with some hop flavors coming to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste A stronger chocolate and nut flavor as well as a light earthy hop flavor come to the tongue more toward the end of the and when mixed with the roasted flavors it leaves a nice crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is a little above average for a brown beer. The creamier of the beer is rather nice for the roasted flavors but the carbonation level may be a bit high.

Overall –A tasty brew being rather crisp for a brown beer without being overly sweet, and yet still maintaining some nice roasty and cocoa flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:22:17 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottling. Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. A gentle pour unleashes a massive foamy head resting atop a clear, dark brow beer with ruby highlights. On the nose I get some toast, nuts, and faint floral hops.

Nice medium body and firm feel. The taste is all about the malt. Nice sweet toast and biscuit like flavors arrive first. At mid-palate, a perfect amount of balancing hops adds just the right amount of spice to the malt. The finish is slightly dry and leaves a faint, lingering smokey flavor.

Overall, an excellent brown ale. Like Autumn in a bottle. Can't believe it took me this long to get around to trying it.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 00:47:11 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of thlayli87

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep translucent brown with a beautiful creamy 3 finger head. Excellent lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted malt and herbal hop aromas.

T - Rich roasty malt flavors up front, with some coffee notes, and a hint of smoke. Assertive hop bite on the back end. Nice lingering herbal hop bitterness. Some warming alcohol as well.

M - Medium body with a nice texture. A little bit creamy. Really wakes up the taste buds.

O - Has everything a great fall beer should. Perfect brew for kicking back after a day of raking leaves, or sipping by a backyard firepit. Tastes like fall.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 21:51:03 | More by thlayli87
Photo of socon67

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown pour with slight carbonation and patchy lacing. Bubbling foam retains fairly well.

S - Scents of caramel and dry roasted coffee. A dash of earthy spice is present as well. Very pleasant combination.

T - Has a robust taste that begins with an initial sweetness of sugary caramel candy. There is some dry malt present and some mild coffee notes. Finish is slightly bitter.

M - Easy drinking brown. Great pub beer to have a few with good conversation.

O - Just a solid american brown by SN. Not going to standout among the craft varieties of the style, but uts accessibility and quality make this a nice go-to beer in the fall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 17:07:59 | More by socon67
Photo of NuclearDolphin


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

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Clear Dark Crimson color and a very voluminous fluffy 4 finger head with a dirty white color. Head retention is quite excellent and stays put for a long time.

Smell - Floral Hops, Chocolate, Caramel Malts, Yeast and Barley.

Taste - Chocolate, Floral Hops, Yeast, Coffee and Caramel. Flavor is nicely balance and even a bit sweet, not bad!

Mouthfeel - Light Body and Light on Carbonation. Not crisp feeling but easy to drink nonetheless

Overall - Solid Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada. Nothing special but pretty good!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 05:25:52 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of Schwerzpunkt

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: Poured a ery dark brown with a thick, brownish cream-colored head. The head disappeared fairly quickly and their was very little lacing.

Smell: A fairly weak aroma, very much dominated by malts. Slight hop notes were present.

Taste: Again, very much dominated by the malts. Biscuity, wheat-like taste with slight sweetness. This was excellently balanced by hints of hop bitterness. Left a slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderately bodied (a bit on the light side) with medium carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable, enjoyable brew. Not overly aromatic or flavorful, but nice and refreshing. Perfect for easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 01:00:45 | More by Schwerzpunkt
Photo of openmind


3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer, as Sierra is top-notch.

However, i was not impressed. The nose is off - in a way that the industrial beers are. The body is thin for a brown. And the bitterness is out of place here.

There are better browns out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 22:31:29 | More by openmind
Photo of burns1066


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

Pours a beautiful, rich caramel color with a nice head. The head takes a bit to dissipate and leaves nice lacing. Rich, malty flavors dominate; some nice light hopping balances the considerable sweetness of the malt. A feel-good brew for when the weather starts to turn colder.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 04:56:24 | More by burns1066
Photo of AmitC


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. About one finger thick tan colored head that quickly disappears into almost nothing. Moderate number of bubbles. Clear in the glass. Almost non-existent lacing.

Aroma: Very porter like. Reminded me of Guinness draught (extra stout). Roasted malts, somewhat burnt. Strong malt and low hop presence in the nose.

Sweet malt with some after taste roasted, burnt flavor. Slight hop presence provides some balance. Semi-dry finish.

Mouth feel :Medium bodied. Slightly high carbonation leads to some astringency. Drinks very much like a porter.

Blind tasting would certainly have me failed. It is an out and out porter for me.

Note: Towards the end it felt more like a brown ale than a porter.

Style Rate: 3.75
Personal Rate: 3.5

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 23:22:05 | More by AmitC
Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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