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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Ratings: 3,386 |  Reviews: 1,117
Photo of ThirstyHrothgar
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Jsteez
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a dimpled mug.

A-Straight brown in color. Frothy, foamy, bubbly, and tan 2-finger head! Beautiful! Thick lace on glass throughout consumption. Nice foamy film on the surface of the beer.

S-Bready, malty, and a touch of brown sugar. The smell was the only weak side to this beer. The smell seemed a little flat. I gave it some time to warm up a bit and it still didn't produce the type of aroma I was looking for.

T-Toasty malt, brown crunchy toast, smokey malt, brown sugar, butter nuts, bready, and a hint of dry spice. The aftertaste was sweet and slightly smokey. Nice balance of flavors on my palate.

M-Smooth, clean, crisp, and medium to full-bodied. Perfect amount of carbonation for this style of brew.

Overall-Perfect autumn seasonal! Every time I sipped it I looked outside and saw a crisp, cool, fall evening with multi-colored leaves surrounding the area. Drinking this beer brought intense feelings of nostalgia. I eventually stepped out onto my patio and I could smell wood burning stoves filling the autumn air. Great beer and very sessionable! Throw back a couple! I think this beer should be available throughout the winter, too. It is not just a great brew to sip while watching th leaves change, it is a great brew to sip on a cold winter's eve watching the snow fall (if snow will ever fall in the Mountain West!) I think global warming is upon us, my friends.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep chestnut color with about a finger of off-white head and some spotty lacing.

S: Strong notes of roasted malt that distinctly remind me of fresh ground coffee beans. Maybe just a hint of floral hops. Maybe.

T: All the roasty flavor I want from a brown ale! Coffee is the prominent flavor for me, with a little smokiness in the finish. Touches of spice, baked bread, and caramel also come through and the finish is just mildly bitter.

M: On the lighter side of medium - maybe a touch too light, but not really anything to be overly concerned about.

D: A great drinking brown ale that is perfect for the fall. Well done Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of GMB
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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

Appearance- deep brown, nice foamy head with decent retention and lacing

Smell- toasted malt, caramel, toffee, Pine.

Taste- caramel, a bit doughy, pine hops present on the back end.

Mouthfeel- a bit thin, average carbonation

Overall- simple beer, real drinkable. Good, but a bit over hyped in my opinion.

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Photo of DJoe
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12fl oz bottle poured into my stange

Appearance is a mix of medium brown with bits of violet going on. It has a red glowing/ruby hue. Slightly tan two inch head that subsides on average with bits amount of lacing.

Aroma comes off with light chocolate, cocoa powder, tobacco, a little bit of vanilla, and a noticeable amount of slightly smoked malts. For a minute if I take a good big whiff a scent of bacon is also detectable.

Taste is a bit subdued and not as complex as the aroma. I got an upfront taste of light chocolate that actually taste more like cocoa powder. Following midway is a bit of roasted malts that have a slight smokiness flavor to them. Finishing the taste was just a bit of barley and a dry coffee bitterness that was really mild.

On the verge between light and medium bodied with average carbonation.

Not to fond of this beer actually overall but I give it credit for what its worth

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Photo of domnalbrecc
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Samputnam14
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jstewart1130
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UnderPressure
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of melza
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of jbierling
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I sampled this beer along with two other similar choices (Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat and Dundee Oktoberfest) and it seemed wholly average. It was dark brown in color and tasted earthy. It matched my average expectations. I didn't expect much and I didn't get much.

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Photo of TCMike
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- 2 finger beige head. The beer was a mahogany color.

Smell-bicuity malts, and a little earthiness.

Taste- medium mouth-feel, an upper/low carbonation. Tastes of malts, a hint of caramel, and coffee. Hops just barely noticeable on the end of drink.

This is a very drinkable brown. Quite tasty!

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Photo of GeoCait
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The depth of this brewery continues to amaze me. While they are best known for their fresh, hoppy profiles, Tumbler provides are maltier one with just a touch of hops to balance. It's a smooth, foamy brown. Biscuity malts are in the foreground with a trace of nuts. A wonderful autumn seasonal.

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Photo of ZepHead80
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Professor_Yeesh
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of porters4life
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clemtig76
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the classic stubby SN bottle. Mahogany brown color with copper highlights. Thick head of with a nice lacing. Faint aroma of toasted malt with hints of coffee and smoke. Flavors of toasted medium dark malts, caramel and brown sugar. Mild bitterness. Firm mouthfeel, full and creamy. Very tasty and drinkable beer. What a great beer for a fall football tailgating weekend! Go Tigers!

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light amber with a good two inches off white head with excellent retention and sticky lacing

S - Nose is roasted malts, a bit of caramel and toasted bread; feint hints of some earthy hops

T&M - Malty and just a hint of nutty with some balancing earthy and herbal hops. Bready and bits of toasted crust. Finish gives a good dose of the hops, which makes things really interesting, as the initial hit is malt forward.

D - Lot's of flavor, great balance, interesting profile for a brown ale and a reasonable ABV. I'd grab more, but it's all sold out in my neck of the woods until next year.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark mahogany color. There is a bubbly, light tan head with moderate retention.

S: A good deal of biscuity aroma. Some toasted notes followed by a little nuttiness.

T: More roasted notes than the nose let on. Maybe even some light coffee flavor. Fairly sweet, with toffee and caramel. A dry, nutty and roasted flavor with a touch of pine makes up the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a little bit stickiness. Medium-low carbonation.

O: This beer is a little drier and bitterer than your average brown ale, which I do appreciate. Fairly easy drinking and enjoyable, but nothing special. Don't know if I will be buying this again though.

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Photo of ohyayitstrey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Polasiuss
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rph97
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,386 ratings
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