Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Tumbler Autumn Brown AleTumbler Autumn Brown Ale
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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #176
Ranked #20,873
3.86 | pDev: 11.4%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Tumbler Autumn Brown AleTumbler Autumn Brown Ale
Notes: 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)
Reviews: 1,144 | Ratings: 3,459 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Bluecrow from New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-clear, brown bottle pour with a thin foam cap that dissipates quickly and a sweet malt aroma.
The flavor is caramel forward with woody hop notes.
The finish is clean

This is a pleasing brew. I hope it is brewed seasonally again.

May 29, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355 ml bottle, in Nevada City. Reddish brown colour, off-white head. Malty and nutty aroma and flavour, with notes of burnt caramel. Moderate hops in the finish. I’m sorry, but brown ales like this one rarely make me ecstatic. This one is no exception, even though it is made by the capable brewers of Sierra Nevada. Nothing wrong with it, just not my favourite style.

May 10, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old, undated notes. Had this on draft.

Nice head which quickly disspates.

Decent lacing.

Rich brown appearance, but see-through.

Maple syrup nose.

Coffee flavor, hop profile very present.

Perhaps a bit too carbonated, but a fine fall brown.

Nov 10, 2019
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent brown ale. Slightly both bitter and sweet. Well rounded, snappy, somewhat spicy taste with a hint of coffee and chocolate. At only 5.5% ABV its a very good beer.

Dec 22, 2018
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Impressive looking pour! Pours a very dark brown with some red hues, with a bold light brown sticky head that shows good retention and and superior side glass lace.
AROMA: Toasty bread malts, scents of burnt chocolate.
TASTE: Roasted malts, burnt chocolate, a touch of nuts, some sweetness up front. Dry at the finish.

Nov 22, 2018
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with thin head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Lightly toasty, pale chocolate. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter with a light, resiny hop aftertaste.

Nov 22, 2018
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: It's the exact dark brown/maroon of shade on this bag of All Dressed chips I'm staring at right now...glossy with a light and sweet coffee colored head.

S: A hint of smoky-sweet charred meats: brown sugar-ancho rub. Birch bark, sarsaparilla, and cocoa. Lemongrass; mango black tea. They have this smelling like a lightly hopped coffee porter.

M: Approaches a medium body. Smooth feel, fine carbonation, drier finish.

T: Hazelnut coffee creamer (not necessarily straight up). Wet dog, dank, catty papaya (in the best way possible). Roasted malt, tea like nuances, baker's chocolate, and toffee finish. I like it, or maybe I'm a sucker for smoked anything.

Nov 22, 2018
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RyanK252 from California

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Tumbler pint glass

A: Pours chestnut brown with a frothy tan head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Roasty toasty malt, cocoa powder, coffee, nutty, earthy, faint spice, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

T: Roasty toasty malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nutty, earthy, faint spice, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

M: A touch on the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, somewhat dry finish.

O: Loved this one back in the day. Glad to see it come around again at least in the Fall Pack.

Nov 21, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada put out a really nice nut brown...

The beer poured out surprisingly black, I mean, black. It also poured out a nice looking head, thick, foamy, and with good lacing down the glass. The smell was nutty and malty, more so than others, but not overly expressive, which I can say the same about the taste. There were hints of nuts, some pine, and even some malt - all blending quite well. Mouthfeel was carbonated lightly, medium- to light-bodied, and even had a spicy after-feel. Overall, this was a solid nut brown ale, relatively full of flavor, and something I'll be glad to enjoy (seeing that I have a few more to go through.)

Nov 17, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage poured in 2018, so 5 years old. Poured from fridge temp. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose is clove oil, peppermint, cinnamon, and toffee. Maybe a touch of fig. Taste is sweet, brown sugar, clove oil, caramal, herbal notes, tree trunk, slight bitterness, malts, bread, nuts, cinnamon, and a bit of maple. Mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied. Overall, a great beer that has aged well.

Nov 16, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown with an orange hint among the ruby when held to the light. The pour produces a tight, frothy, 3 inch tan head which leaves rings & webs of lacing. Aroma is coffee/chocolate, caramel, molasses, spice, roasted nuts, toasted dark bread and a hint of smoke. Taste is bready dark, burnt malts: chocolate, caramel & molasses hints with roasted nuts & a little dark fruit. A floral hint rides in the back. Aftertaste is malty, slightly sour, bitter it develops a deep astringency late. Mouthfeel is moderate-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, silky & creamy but quite prickly with a chalky aftertaste.

Nov 04, 2018
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DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. Definitely a lot on the nose with chocolate, toffee, and caramel coming through. Taste is very up-front with the same chocolate and toffee with roasted coffee and barley malts as well. Very drinkable and definitely one of the better brown ales out there.

Oct 27, 2018
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks dark almost stout like, when held to the light it is a dark,deep, cinnamon red color. Nice fluffy creamy head.Much lacing. Smells like hops, fireplace, toasted cacao. Taste is very unlike any other brown ale I have had< Starting with Newcastle.Feels creamy,velvety smooth, nice carbonation throughout, as well as head retention. Overall a complex beer with many positives. Great take on their first attempt at an American brown ale. Sierra Nevada is rarely disappointing.

Oct 12, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a Sierra Nevada Fall Pack. The back label has a marking in white stating "PKGD 07/10/18 1826"

Appearance: The beer has a dark brown body that borders on black. In the light it has a black walnut color. Although it is very dark it has good visible clarity. The head is large, thick, and frothy with a light tan to off-white color. It's picture perfect.

Aroma: There is a nice, light bit of spicy aroma that borders on allspice. It has a bit of char on the nose as well. Sniffing the glass a little longer reveals a faint bit of caramel.

Taste: There is a light bit of coffee flavor to the beer, a touch of carbon, and a bit of an earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It is very smooth and it washes across the palate like a gentle foam. The body is on the lower side of medium and it has a nice medium-sized bitterness. It has a clean finish and it is easy to drink.

Overall: This is a good, simple, enjoyable Brown Ale. If you are looking for a nice Brown Ale to enjoy, this will certainly satisfy your palate. I would drink it again and I would recommend it, even if you have another favorite Brown Ale. Give this one a shot and see how it stacks up. This would be worth buying a sixer of, if they sold it in that format.

Oct 07, 2018
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theBubba from New York

3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured with a great head that stood up. Nice lace that lingered. Except I don't want to look at a beer, I want to drink it. With enjoyment I should note. This one starts with a bit of sourness and finishes with a burnt bitterness. Not a smooth drinking brown ale by any account. There are much better choices out there.

Sep 30, 2018
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into IPA glass. No date.
Nice cloudy mahogany look. Roasted malt smell Taste follows nose. Light easy feel. Overall a very good fall beer.

Sep 28, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Almost black, with very dark brown edges. The head is small, beige, with decent retention and lacing.

S: Dark and milk chocolate, toffee, toasted brown bread, cocoa powder, cola, roasted cashews, and a hint of smoke.

T: Cola, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, toasted brown bread, caramel, toffee, hints of coffee, roasted nuts, and a smoky, lightly roasted finish. A touch of earthy, roasted bitterness, but pretty balanced.

F: Medium, slight prickly carbonation, slightly sticky.

O: An excellent brown ale! Complex and delicious.

Sep 28, 2018
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TTAmod from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 7/10/18 into a pint glass.

L: Clear, dark amber with a one finger off white head that sticks around for a bit. Sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

N: Lots of toasted malts and chocolate on the nose. Very nice, strong smell.

T: A whisper of smoke up front yields to some hazelnut, cocoa, coffee. It finishes really long and roasty. Very dry and roasty flavor, which is exactly what I’m looking for in this style.

M: Great medium bodied ale that really helps the roastiness linger for a long while after the drink goes down.

O: A classic brown ale from SN that never disappoints and is a prime example of the style.

Sep 25, 2018
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DoghouseReilly3946 from Kentucky

2.72/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Brown Ale - 5.5% ABV - 31 IBUs
Date: 07/31/18, tasted on 09/17/18.
Aroma: This one is right out of the fridge, but even so, the nose is very subdued. There is some caramel, maple syrup, and chocolate, but none of these stick out at all. There might be a slight nuttiness also.
Taste: Roasted malts and some bitter chocolate are all that is apparent on the first taste. This one seems to be seriously lacking in flavor. One positive thing I can say is that thankfully Tumbler isn't very sweet. Very mild coffee notes come out as it warms, though it is still very bland overall.
Biased comments: Well, its not too sweet and it has great bottle art and that is all I can say for this one. I had high hopes coming from Sierra Nevada, however this was just bland, uninteresting, and hardly worth the calories.

Sep 18, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark mahogany brown with thick tan head and lots of lacing.

Aroma - Roasted malts, sweet caramel, bread, little bit of milk chocolate.

Taste - Nice chocolate up front along with some roasted malts, caramel and toffee burnt brown sugar.

Feel - Medium bodied nice carbonation slightly dry finish.

Overall - Well done brown ale, nice flavors rich easy drinking.

Sep 14, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Veers pretty heavy for a brown ale - lots of chocolate malt, mild coffee ground and a latent smoke flavor make this pretty hefty. If you like those stronger notes you may get more mileage out of it, I enjoyed it but wasn’t blown away

Sep 11, 2018
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz. bottle poured moderately into a 16-oz. mug creates a finger sized beige head with great retention and lots of lacing. A cap lasted to the end.
Clear deep dark brown, appears amber-red in front of light.
Smells of roasted malt and nuts, light hop aroma, faint alcohol.
Taste starts sweet and earthy then becomes bitter from the abundance of roasted malts and light, bitter hops. The finish is nutty and bready like pumpernickel, yet semi-dry with a clean finish. Slight smokiness gives it a Porter-like taste.
On the lighter side of medium bodied with lower than average carbonation, the balanced sweet and roasted malts seems to richen things up a bit.
Not as hoppy as some American Browns, this one makes up for that with the rich malt backbone.
Semi-dry overall, alcohol is hidden in the taste.

Sep 05, 2018
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottled
1" beige head on a good looking clean mahogany brown ale. Very good retention and a nice lace left behind.
Light roasted malts, earth, cocoa. Light coffee. Spicy hops and a minerality in the nose.
Roasty malts, chalky, light but dry cocoa powder flavor. Definitely has a good hop presence but the malts run it here.
Medium body and medium carbonation. Dry finish bit LONG finish.
Really good, probably the best brown ale I've had in my opinion.

Sep 02, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - brown cola colored with a large foam head and lots of lacing on glass
Smell - Not a super strong aroma...get the malt, caramel, pumpernickel bread, milk chocolate, brown sugar
Taste - sort of a mix between Guinness stout and Newcastle Brown. Rich roasted and charred malt, Smoky coffee beans, dark chocolate, and sweet caramel swirl. Carbonation is medium-low as is typical for Sierra Nevada.

Overall, good solid beer. Sweet as is most brown ales but there is a nice offsetting bitterness from roast malt.
I like their IPA's better but this beer is a good take on the style, i will give it an A-

Aug 31, 2018
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pores in opaque, dark brown with a thin, fluffy off white head.
Smells of roasty nut, carmel malt, sweet mollasses, baking chocolate, black licorice. Coul smell immediately after opening.
Tastes of roasted nut and coffee up front. Malted varmel with a spicy black licorice. Finishes with bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin.
I really like this one!

Aug 29, 2018
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