Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Tumbler Autumn Brown AleTumbler Autumn Brown Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #178
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,986
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 11.4%
Reviews:
1,142
Ratings:
3,457
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  362
SCORE
87
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: 1,142 | Ratings: 3,457 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by jnjander:
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jnjander from Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sep 30, 2012
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utopiajane from New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown and dark with hues of copper, fire from copper and golden hues to catch the light as well. Head is creamy tan and persists a long time leaving streaks and rings of lace. Nose is taosty malt. Smells like toast that just popped up out of the toaster. A light ribbon of caramel underscores the beer. No real hops presence on the nose but there is a subtle hint of chocolate. Not too sweet more like bakers chocolate. Drinks just like that. Smooth rich and light enough to not be porter. That means the mouthfeel never went over fully to caramel or to a thicker mouthfeel Scrumptious and does not finish with a mammoth hops presence. A light breath of herbal and no real bitterness move this one to the finish gracefully.

Sep 06, 2015
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Kubishark from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Oct 08, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.07/5  rDev +5.4%

Served in my Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Appearance (4.25) : 4 fingers of bubbly, foamy head, beige in color. Body is a beautiful honey brown color and I wouldn't change a thing about it. 40% opacity.

Aroma (3.75) : Hop aroma comes out immediately, with ginger and graham notes faintly tailing. There's some bourbon notes, some honey notes, and some barrel aged wheat going on too. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4) : Definite hop flavor first, but then a wonderful malt bomb comes and evens everything out like a California earthquake. In case you didn't know, I like malty beers. In the swim of it is cookie, rice, hop leaves, chestnut, and dirty honey. It is very easy drinking, and I think it tastes great.

Mouthfeel (4) : A perfect dash of carbonation sits above a creamy mouthfeel to balance everything out. It really is a great combination for this brown ale.

Overall (4.07) : Would I buy this again? OH YEAH! I'd buy it in a sixer and drink it over the course of a month. It's a very tasty, easy drinking, flavorful brown ale and I'm sorry I waited so long to try it. Good job, Sierra Nevada, this ale is a winner!

Nov 30, 2014
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass, from the Fall Pack. Bottled on '07/12/18 13:42'.
Clear, ruby brown colored body, with mahogany highlights when backlit. Fluffy, very light tan head (about two fingers) upon pouring recedes to thick, bubbly cap. Leaves behind scattered webs of lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts with chocolate, which is a perfect autumn reminder.
Taste introduces some mild smoke into the flavors of chocolaty malts, and what appears to be floral hops. Very nice balance of flavors. Bitterness is kept to a minimum. A little bit of red grape adds another nuance. Slightly sweet above the roast.
Smooth, slightly creamy mouth feel, with medium body. Slightly dry in the finish.
Well done for a style that does not allow for extreme expression, and thus will have medium level review numbers. This beer is a perfect reminder of the crisp days of fall.

Aug 19, 2018
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TheSSG from Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a soft, frothy, off-white head. Soft, toasted malt aroma with a touch of spicy hops. Clear, burnt umber color. Starts with a crisp, medium hop bitterness with toasted malt. The hop bitterness lingers a bit while the toasted acidity builds. Finish is lingering hop bitterness on top of toasted malt.

This is a bit too hoppy for my preferences for the style, but that seems par for the course for anything from out West. Not bad, but it wouldn't be my first choice by a long shot if I had a hankerin' for a brown ale.

Sep 17, 2015
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afdempse from Alabama

3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Translucent dark copper-brown color. Head dwindles to a thin sheet on top and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Aromas of dark toasted biscuits, slight toffee/molasses as well. Hint of hops.

Toasted malt, roasted barley, mild caramel sweetness. Slightly acrid as it warms; the bitter edge of the hops seems to increase the sensation of astringency.

Creamy mouthfeel, but a bit thin. I could go for a touch more body, increased dextrins. Also, the bitterness in the finish is a bit too edgy, and detracts from overall drinkability.

Overall, a decent brown ale, but too rough around the edges. Not in my top 10 for the style.

Nov 12, 2011
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y2jrock60 from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 06, 2010
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EdFed from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Oct 10, 2014
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agomega from Ohio

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

2011 bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber brown with an inch tall light tan head. Good lacing.

Smell: A sweet malty smell dominates with a slight yeast smell in the background.

Taste: The taste of malt dominates. There is some oak chips flavor in the background along with the taste of yeast. Finish is a good balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-heavy carbonation.

Overall: A tasty well-balanced beer. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Sep 03, 2011
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RunForYourBeer from Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 edition.

A: Pours a rich brown color with a thin head.

S: Smells of light coffee with some light chocolate and caramel malt.

T: The taste follows the smell. Starts out with coffee then finishes with some chocolate and caramel malt that is joined by some light citrus hops. Finish is a bit smokey and roasty.

M: Medium and a good amount of carbonation.

D: High.

This is a good fall beer and another good one from Sierra Nevada.

Oct 19, 2010
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jewellrunner from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Sep 21, 2012
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UnderPressure from South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is marked 2012. A medium dark brown beer. Tall, fluffy white head lasts forever.

Sweet, grainy and roasted malt aroma. No hop aroma to speak of.

Not extremely strong flavored when cold. But, it gets nicer as it warms up. A nice, roasted malty sweetness. Significant spicy hop bitterness on the tongue. Slight smoky wood flavor.

Medium heavy bodied mouthfeel. Hops create lasting dry sensation on the tongue.

Decent brew. Don't drink it really cold. I would buy this beer again, but probably not this year.

Sep 23, 2012
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Goldfishman from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jan 30, 2012
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kingslotty from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Jul 05, 2012
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rwats12

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Nov 17, 2012
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Morakaton from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Sep 02, 2014
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glinnebur from Arizona

2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sep 08, 2015
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Silke_Neryn from Sweden

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

Feb 05, 2015
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RJLarse from Washington

3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack of Tumbler in a grocery store. $6.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a walnut brown color with red hues, and is clear. Creamy off-white head caps the beer and leaves a little lace on the glass.

The smell is earthy, a roasted gran aroma, with some chocolate notes.

Taste is semi-sweet, smokey cereal flavors, coffee and chocolate. A bitter aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel is thin and clean.

Drinkable, but a little more bitter, coffee and chocolate like for the style. I think it is a lot like a watery porter rather than a brown. I make it an ordinary fall seasonal.

Sep 20, 2010
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Shakerman from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Nov 03, 2012
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mjw06 from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark brown leaving little light through with a frothy and creamy light tan head that last the whole glass, though didnt leave much lacing.

Wonderfully balanced nose of cascade hops and fall spice, with a subtle candied pecan and hazelnut body.

The taste mimics the smell, though the spice is much more subtly if even noticeable on the tongue than it is the nose.

Full-bodied feel that enters the palate wide, giving you different tastes on all sides of the tongue. Carbonation that seems to compliment the taste perfectly.

Didn't know what to expect at purchase, but Sierra Nevada really perfected this seasonal. This is stays amazingly true to the brewery's style why also staying true to season. I look forward to enjoying many more of these while they're here, maybe even storing some.

Sep 08, 2010
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Retsinis from Arizona

3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle,quickly two inches of off white head rose, slowly settled, and left some sticky lace. the beer is a hazy ruby brown color.

S: Touch of almond, caramel, light malt, with very mild hop notes.

T: Mostly mirrors the nose, with a balance of caramel malt, mild hops, and a light nut note. Also has a dry Mineral quality on the finish.

M: Medium to high carbonation, thin, semi-crisp.

O: Decent. It's balanced, but as a result nothing really stands out to me. Wish for more caramel, brown sugar and almond notes in a brown ale, hence the grade. I preferred this more last year, though I'm sure it's the same recipe, and my palate has changed.

Oct 19, 2011
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dcook11 from California

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Two finger off white head. Light brown body with tinges of read when held up to the light. Medium carbonation. Good lacing.

S- Maple syrup, malt, slight metalic note, touch of brown sugar slight coffee smell, rosted malt. Oddly enough...a touch of belgian yeast.

T- Hoppier than the smell. Hops, malt, nutty, hints of coffee, roasted malt, belgian yeast. Nice mesh of flavors.

M- Light approaching medium bodied.

o- Fantastic brown ale. One of my favorite fall seasonals.

Sep 15, 2011
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DruC4 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sep 12, 2012
Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 3457 ratings