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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

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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)

Added by Mebuzzard on 07-25-2010

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Reviews: 1,108 | Ratings: 3,357
Photo of TLWalsh
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep tawny brown with a quickly dissipating frothy head. Aroma is somewhat muted but slightly chocolatey. Has a slightly burnt nutty maltiness on your lounge, a little bit on the thin side. Yet another fine brew from SN. CHEERS!

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfect look; deep khaki head leaving lots of lacing. Colour is a deep brown with amber around the edges when held to the light.

Body is... malty but given a definite burnt flavor, with weird pine overtones. Not terrible but certainly leaving room for improvement.

Mouthfeel is more or less spot on. Slightly too carbonated but not by much.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best of Sierra Nevada's fall pack for sure.

A nice clear, reddish brown color. Smells malty and slightly chocolatey/coffee-like, like a porter or stout. Tastes sweet and roasted, very malty and a hint of nut and hop bitterness. Feel is surprisingly light and sessionable. I think this is my favorite SN brew of this fall, as I don't like the Oktoberfest as much as I did last year.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear ruby-brown body, soapy light tan head and thick layers of lace that suggest high alpha acids. Nose displays roasted nuttiness alongside roasted malt, with a fair to strong amount of earthy and piney hops. The hops and maltiness are nearly on a 1:1 ratio. The flavor is also split between chocolate, roasty maltiness, and bittering piney hops- not being much into 'hoppy' styles of beers, this is too much for me. It's pretty dry, and between the char and the hops it is solidly bitter and robust. Mouthfeel has far too much bite for my preference in brown ales. It also has a sticky quality to it, probably from gooey hops and not from residual sugars.
If it wasn't so hoppy it would probably be one of my favorite brown ales, as is it has one of the best malt bases of the "hoppy-take-on-a-________" style beers out there. The flavors were genius, until the piney hop finish blanketed these wonderful gustatory impressions. The mark of true genius, however, is being able to win one over with a style they don't enjoy, and so once again Sierra Nevada proves to me their mastery of the brewing arts.

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Photo of Riff
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 Fall Pack. Pours a clear dark brown with a thick tan head that takes a while to dissipate. Smells primarily of malts and a little chocolate. Tastes fairly balanced, malt throughout, nutty up front with a bitter hops taste late. Easy drinker and pleasant. One of the better brown ales I've had.

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Photo of leantom
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly decent offering from SN. It's very well balanced, if anything. Here goes:

A: Clear but dark brown. Has an OK tan head but leaves a lot of lacing. Appetizing.

S: Nuts, nutmeg, brown sugar, coffee, and some dark, bitter chocolate. Mostly malt.

T: Initial nuttiness and bitter chocolate supplanted by hop bitterness at the back of the palate. Lots of nuts and brown sugary spice w/ a hoppy, slightly bitter aftertaste. Very well balanced and not overpowering. Good.

F: Little too light, somewhat watery.

O: Good beer. Crushable.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into snifter bottled on 8/1

A: Nice caramel wood color with a fizzy creamy head that settles slowly. Head is a slight off white.

S: Light caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, lightly roasted malts and a little floral hops.

T: Light roasted malts, slight nuttiness, fairly bitter hops presence with a floral earthiness.

M: Lighter more carbonated than expected a little prickly.

O: Its an average brown ale, you aren't going to be impressed by it, but you won't be offended by it either.

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Photo of ricke49
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sessionable ale with outstanding malt character. Gladly acquired in fall mixed pack. Lighter in taste and feel than most European Browns. Always a fall favorite.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Creamy looking head with good lacing. Dark reddish brown color.

S: Sweet malt and caramel.

T: Sweet malt flavor just like the nose, followed by dark chocolate. A little bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish.

F: Creamy with a little bit of carbonation.

O: Pretty decent brown ale.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brown ale pours a chocolate brown color with a faint red tint and a medium foamy white tan head. The scent is very mild, but there is a faint hint of roasted grains and maybe a little bit of chocolate. The flavor similarly has roasted grains and chocolate as the primary flavors although they are much bolder than the scent suggested. There is also some nuttiness and roasted bitterness in the finish. I am all for a balanced brown ale, but I think that the hops are a little more than is ideal for the style, but not ruinously so. The body is medium and the finish is pretty smooth. A pretty solid brown ale with some good flavors.

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Photo of FBarber
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear crisp auburn color with a thin tan head. Head is thin, but sticks around.

Smell has notes roasted malts, caramel, a slight nutty aroma, with a touch of cocoa.

Taste has notes of chocolate, roasted nuts, nice malty backbone with some lighter cracker malts coming through. Nice mild smoke flavor on the finish.

Feel is appropriate for the style. Medium carbonation, east drinking.

Overall a really nice brown ale. Love the mild smoky character - this beer was meant for drinking around an open campfire in the autumn.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

First review in a long while, but this long time favorite of mine gave me some inspiration. As brown as a brown ale should be, with a nice dark mahogany body and creamy tan head. Notes of caramel and biscuit on the nose. Opens up a bit more on the palate with a semi-sweet chocolate flavor. A little thin on the body, but I can easily get past that.

Overall impressions haven't changed over the years. This is a classic autumnal ale in my book, but I would happily drink this year round. I really wish Sierra Nevada would go back to distributing this beer on it's own and not just in the mix packs. It's a good mix this year, but I would love to buy 12 packs of all this roasty-toasty goodness.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Dark reddish brown, with a big fluffy beige head that died down a ring that leaves moderate lacing.

S: Toasted brown bread, toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, hints of coffee, bitter cacao, peanuts, and raisins.

T: Rich toasty brown bread, caramelized burnt sugar, toffee, milk chocolate, some bitter baking cocoa/lightly-roasted coffee near the finish, with lingering earthy hops and chocolaty malt balance.

F: Medium-light, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy in the middle, but finishes somewhat thin.

O: One of the better American brown ales I've had thus far. Quite enjoyable. I would buy it in six-packs if it came that way.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a very deep brown almost black in color with a foamy head and decent lacing. Smell is of mild chocolate, smokey malt, and some nuttiness. Taste is full of dark chocolate and a smokey malt that gives this beer a lighter feel for a dark beer. Very clean and refreshing finish with a lingering chocolate smoothness. Very fine beer, great for early fall days and cool evenings around fire pit, well done Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of MACrist
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich brown in color, ruby bulb up to the light. Finger + of tan creamy head that very slowly settles down and leaves a mild lacing down the glass. Aroma is a little roasty, smoky, earthy, and nutty. Chocolate is there and really works with the mild smokiness. Taste is slightly less satisfying than the aroma. I really appreciate how subtle all the components are with this brew. Nothing is overpowering. Just a great blend of that smoke, chocolate, toast, earthiness, and roasted nuts. Feel is medium thin body, dry on finish, and good carbonation, (poured slowly, at an angle). For the style, i think this is very good.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes in brown just as they say. Has that red edge to it, an aroma that was octoberfest like nutty, woody and lightly sweet.

Taste is a smooth ride, lots of unsweetened caramel, good roast that doesn't create any acrid bitterness. Light amounts of brown malt, chocolate malt and even a hint of fall char.

It takes a lot to get a near 4 score out of me for a brown ale. This one is above average in every way, affordable, consistent and just a very good representation of a no frills style.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice ruby brown, mostly clear with lots of fine chunks. Head is a perfect tan, very light and fluffy, great retention and decent lacing. Smells nutty and sweet, with toffee and brown sugar. Definitely a Brown but in some ways reminiscent of a Cream Stout. Not overly sweet on the palate, however. Smoke and tobacco throughout, but still sugary tartness to it. Toasted bread and dried leaves in the finish. Herbal, leafy hops noticeable. Peppery alcohol burn breathing out. Seems a little boozy for its lower ABV. Lower end of medium in body, watery, sloshy, and smooth. Carbonation is subtle, astringency is mild. Refreshing for a brown, but flavor is not watered down at all.

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Photo of A_bit_of_the_Sacrament
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great rich brown color and pours with ample head. Certainly malty but with enough hop to balance it out. A little thin in terms of feel for a brown ale but not so thin that it is a detractor. Not entirely a home run but a solid brew as most Sierra Nevada products are.

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Photo of Davidstan
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like this brew but not enough to buy a 12er. Nice head with medium lacing, carbonation SN classically heavy in a good way. Taste of heavy malts up front and hop slap on the finish. Overall a great beer in a variety pack.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful roasted ale, with just a little bit of a hint of malts at the very end. It has a little bit of a syrupy texture to it. Very nice, and very refreshing.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Last bottle of this one from the fall variety pack; bottling date is July 20th, 2015.

Pours slightly lighter brown than a Coke or other soda; once in the glass it settles into a much darker brown color, with slightly lighter brown around the edges. If held up to the light it's a reddish-brown, and I can see the rising bubbles constantly coming up from the bottom. Pretty big head of foam on top (almost completely filled my pint glass!), off-white and very thick and fluffy. Audibly fizzes at first but quiets down after it's shrank to about half its original size, at which point the rate of shrinking slows down a good bit too. Halfway through the glass, there's still a coating on top and a thicker ring around the outside, and the foam has left huge swaths of lacing behind as it went. Starting around the 1/3 mark I can see a few rings showing exactly how much beer my sips took out of the glass, even.

Smell is definitely malty. I'm thinking roasted/toasted malts for sure, has a bit of a "stout/porter-like" roastedness to the smell. A bit of something a little sweeter in there at the end, too; maybe a caramel-y sort of thing? After drinking a bit and taking another few sniffs, I'm also picking up a faint bit of something that reminds me of woodsmoke, like from people burning wood in stoves to heat their houses. Nothing really strikes me as a "hoppy" smell here, so I suppose this one's not the "hoppy brown ale" subset of the American Brown Ale style.

Flavors, like the smell, are very malt-focused. Not getting anything obviously hoppy here at all, so I'm guessing the hops are mostly here for bittering rather than flavor. Roasty, a little toasty, a little nutty, occasionally a slight bit of caramel in there. A bit woody too, and after a little over a third of the glass I'm starting to pick up a bit of that slight smokiness in the flavor too, though it comes across a little different here than in the smell. Aftertaste is near-nonexistant at first, but gradually starts to build up a sweetish bready-caramely, sometimes a tiny bit smoky thing over time; the bready/caramel-y thing thing seems to stick around the longest. Interestingly, this beer doesn't really come across as sweet at all right away, it's only later (and mostly in the aftertaste) where sweetness comes in a bit. Toward the last third of the glass this seems to change -- a slight bit of leafy bitterness is starting to hang around in the aftertaste for a while (sometimes outlasting the sweet/bready, sometimes not), the first obvious sign of hops so far. I think I preferred the bready/caramely thing, though the hops being present isn't so bad either. Interestingly, I get a more chocolatey flavor when I drink small amounts of this one at a time rather than full-sized sips/gulps -- the last few drops from the bottom of the bottle definitely gave me a more chocolatey impression than what was in my glass, for example.

Feel might be the weakest point here. It's not bad -- at first when there's a lot of the foam on top it's very nice, actually, and I was thinking this would be one of the high points -- but after the foam has shrunk away to just a thin layer on top, it comes across as a little more thin and prickly than I was expecting. I'm not sure what it is exactly, but there's something about the feel of the carbonation that just doesn't quite sit right with my mouth.

Overall -- this was a pretty nice beer, but I think I liked it a bit more the first time I had it than I did this time around... and I'm not sure why, aside from the issues with mouthfeel, which I don't remember noticing as a problem the first time around. Maybe my taste buds just weren't quite in the mood for it today. I'm actually considering getting a second Fall Pack when I have the money since the Pale Ale is always a "go-to" beer of mine and Flipside and the Vienna Lager were pretty great beers that I'd like to have more of, so I suppose I may find out. But anyway... this was probably the weakest of the Fall Pack beers for me, but still definitely a beer that's worth trying a couple times -- as I've said before, going by my experience with them so far I don't think Sierra Nevada makes a single legitimately BAD beer.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful dark brown color. Transparent near the edges of the glass, and very dark in the middle. Nice khaki colored head rests atop. Sierra Nevada beers always seem to leave the best lacings.

The aroma is very grainy. Not as appealing as I expected it to be.

Flavor is hoppy and bitter up front, followed quickly by something more bitter.... before eventually smoothing out (somewhat) from the malts. Its a bit toasty, a bit grainy, but mostly somewhat bitter. It doesn't taste like a lot of other brown ales.

Excellent mouthfeel. Even better carbonation.

I have mixed opinions about this beer, but the more I get into it, the more I think the good outweighs the bad.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Dark, medium brown in the light, and not much of that light is getting through the brown void. Pours with gorgeous 1 finger head that's very dense and has excellent retention.

Smell - Not terribly pungent but reminiscent of roasty and toasty grains and cocoa notes, a little fruity/sweet character hits home and vaguely reminds one of chocolate covered fruit. Some spicy hops mingle gently in the background.

Taste - Tastes pretty much exactly how it smells, but you get so much more of the toasty/roasty bread and cocoa action followed by notes of earth and fruit. The hops are much more prevalent than noted in the smell, and they follow through with touches of spicy herb and a little pine. The hops don't overpower and only serve to balance wonderfully. A dry beer pretty much all the way through, this one finishes with some light roasty malts and a slight drying hop bitterness.

Feel - Starts out with a good amount of very promising dense, fluffy carb, which makes the medium body very light and drinkable; however, I thought the carb/body balance kind of "died" towards the finish, a little like going flat. Still, downright refreshing for a brown ale.

Overall - This very well may be the definition of an American brown ale, and definitely rivals Moose Drool, one of my all-time favorites. So toasty and malty, nice hit of hops to balance, so refreshing... Mmmm. This is a great beer, and I'm so stoked SN brought it back so I could give it a shot. It's no wonder a bunch of people freaked out when they first discontinued it!

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Photo of dacrza1
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: October 3, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Hop Devil nonick... OCCASION: a whole day in due to a cold rain--it calls for a brown ale... APPEARANCE: frothy, thick, two-finger off-white head that clings to the glass, producing attractive cloud-like lacing; body is dark amber and autumnal in color... AROMA: robust toasted malts mingle with soft cocoa to invite the first sip; definite caramel in strength; butter, lactic hints are present as well; some odd yeastiness... PALATE: lively and expressive--for a brown, audacious--and medium-bodied, making the beer sippable but significant; flavorful, lingering aftertaste... TASTE: surprisingly chocolaty at the start; smoky malts and earthy peat build a sweet, robust profile; the label suggests hops, but a blanketing maltiness allows only a faint window of that trademark West Coast spruce and citrus... OVERALL: as I remembered it from last year--formidable on its own, suitable pairing for the autumn weather --and a great part of the fall mix pack (though no Oktoberfest is disputable)... as browns go, demanding of attention and distinguished in it chocolate character...

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep mahogany color and only a slight bit of light will seep through when held up to a light. There's a fingernail of beige resting on top. Moderate to heavy lacing. Luscious aroma of caramel and chocolate with a hint of black patent malt and smoke. The taste is chocolate, caramel, a touch of black malt and a hint of smoke. The mouth shows a light chewiness and finishes dry. This is fall in a glass.

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