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

very good
3,377 Ratings
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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Photo of HillsdaleHops
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Roasted malt character dominates this beautiful brown ale.

Dark brown color with red-umber highlights. Lots of white lacing on the glass.

Nose is toasted bread, mild toffee and some vegetal hop character.

Taste leans to dry, toasty malt, with a thirst-quenching bitter finish. Not a lot of hop aroma.

Satisfying impression overall. Drinkable American Brown.

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Photo of ppvora
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cold 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
Dark brown color, two fingers of head, mild aeration.
Aroma: malt, malt, malt, chocolate at the end. No sign of what's upcoming...
Taste: smoky chipotle, malt, sea salt (background), peat. Some minor sweetness. Gorgeous flavor!
Mouthfeel: Feels a bit chewy at the end, some lingering taste not in a bad way.

Loved this beer and will definitely acquire more.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A:crystal clear; deep amber in color - a brownish ruby; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: sweet malt, roasted grain; a hint of spice;

T: all malt up front; very nice roasted grain; some caramel; finish is mild to moderately bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: easy drinking; very enjoyable;

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 12-pack $14.99 Foodland
Dark brown color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Toasty malt, chocolate, creamy taste
Overall a good beer for the season. Nice to have as part of a variety pack.

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Photo of hman43
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours brown with a full tan head that does produce some lacing.

Smell: There are aromas of nuts, roast, a slight bit of smoke, and slight fruit.

Taste: It has flavors that feature a bit of smoke, nuts, roast, and a bit of plum.

Feel: It has a fairly light body with a somewhat smooth finish.

Overall, a nutty, smoky brew that is complimented by the roast and plums.

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