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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Photo of Wiffler27
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours an amber brown with a solid white head.

smells like reserved hop, a roasted/nutty hop. plenty of bready malt as well.

tastes like a nutty sweet biscuit. some coffee/chocolate and banana flavors as well. tastes like stouts i've had as well.

mouthfeel is very smooth, goes down easy but leaves a slight flavor at the end.

good beer but nothing spectacular. there are brown ales i prefer strongly to this but it isn't a bad beer. a very inoffensive brown ale, if you like Newcastle then you'll love this! I prefer DFH Indian Brown, i know that's a hybrid brown ale but it offers a lot more complexity. not something I would buy a 6pack of but I would drink this again if given it!

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Photo of Strat58cat
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From the Sierra Nevada Fall Variety pack, instead of their Oktoberfest joint venture with the German brewer, apparently. Interesting choice to make a brown ale. Sierra Nevada is roaming far and wide.

As advertised, Tumbler pours mahogany into the glass, foaming up a head immediately, sustaining, and lacing.

The smell is that brown ale smell of grains and chocolate in an indefinable mix. The hops are just around the edges - the dank hops that Sierra Nevada likes. There's no Lagunitas grape fruit to be found here folks. This is old school. Compared to a Newcastle, the smell is sublime - beyond a 5. We live in a new world, including from Sierra Nevada, though.

The taste is very good. It's a sweet-sour mix of malt and hops. The IBU of 37 is the same as pale ale, but the substantial malt counters it, creating actually a very neutral-tasting drink with a very malty character. Although Tumbler is an ale, it reminds me a whole lot of Guinnes Stout. Tumbler at other moments reminds me of a malted shake with the nutty flavors. Then, the hops can emerge unexpectedly and lend a bitter edge to the flavor. There's plenty of hops in here to counter the rich malt. There's never a feeling of too much malt or that the ale is cloying. Sierra Nevada keeps this ale clean.

The feel of Tumbler is a strong suit. It's got a very thick, malted feeling. The carbonation may be somewhat low, but the head is very long-lasting. This ale's not too heavy for the flavors and appearance. It's right for the style.

Overall, Tumbler is a very enjoyable ale. It's miles beyond the European imports.

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Photo of puck1225
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually not a big brown ale fan but I like this. Very malty, nice roasted coffee taste, a bit chocolate tastes. A beautiful dark brown color. I enjoyed it very much. I like the fall variety pack this year from Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of timfelix
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a great brown ale, full flavored with rich malts and very nice hops (which complement rather than overpower other flavors) Tough to beat this one; Dogfish makes a great one also.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.14/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Alpha309
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pours a dark red to brown color. Clean looking and slightly transparent. About 1 finger of a very fine head. Strong head retention.

Smells very sweet, almost sugary. Some earthy undertones, but hard to place them.

Tastes very molasses like. Bitter on the aftertaste. Hard to detect what is underneath the sweetness.

Very light in body compared to what was expected with the color. A little syrupy going down.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of gr0g
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from the 2015 Fall Variety Pack. Deep brown with mahogany highlights. Very good head retention plus nice lacing. Toasty-smelling with some bittersweet, dark chocolate notes.

Full-flavored with nice touches of roasted malt. Hop bitterness is assertive -- enough to warrant the American brown ale moniker, but it doesn't overshadow the malt backbone. Tumbler is a very good American brown -- rich and malty with a hop bite that keeps the palate from lapsing into boredom.

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Photo of frozyn
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L -- Brown ruby, if that makes sense -- I guess mahogany? No, a little too much red for that. Tan, frothy head that sticks around a bit in my tulip, eventually degrading into a thin film in the center and a thicker ring around the edge. Lacing is pretty consistent on the back side of the glass.

S -- Roasted malts revealing a nutty breadiness. A very slight piney scent, along with a slight nudge of cocoa.

T -- The toasty malt puts the nut in the background and moves headstrong into cocoa and coffee flavors. Mid-palate starts to bely a bit of acidity in a very small dose that persists through the end, where it's met by a roasted/burnt note. I notice a distinct sweetness in the aftertaste that presents mostly as sugar, but also slightly of milk chocolate.

F -- Full body, very smooth. At first, it had a bit more carbonation than I expected, but that mellowed with time and a few swirls.

O -- A very good beer that is a perfect fit for fall drinking. The flavors are diverse, but none of them overpower and they meld together well. Great value for the price and if they distributed in 12 packs, I could see myself grabbing one or two each fall.

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Photo of ChuckHardslab
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a beautifully transparent reddish brown with a pillowy cream colored head. Leaves decent amounts of lacing.
Aroma: Toasty malts with toffee and caramel. Nutty grain. Faint whiffs of cocoa.
Taste: Follows the nose with a warm malty opening. A nice nutty and roasted cereal flavor mid-palate and slightly bitter hops/burnt grain finish.
Mouth feel is medium bodied with soft, style appropriate carbonation.

Overall this is really good example of the style and it make me look forward to autumn when I can get my hands on some!

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Photo of maedhros09
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark brown with huge rocky tan head that leaves a bunch of lacing
Smell: roasty, nutty
Taste: lightly roasty and very nutty with some background hoppy acidity. finishes with nutty herbal moderately bitter finish
Feel: medium body with average carbonation

Overall: A nicely crafted brown ale, with a signature nuttiness. Initially it seemed kind of odd that they would call it an "autumn ale" but it definitely tastes like fall. Well done, SN.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a rich mahogany brown with a reasonable head. The aromas of toast, chocolate, and tea swirls up from the glass. The flavor leads with an off dry nuttiness, followed by a round roast flavor, and hint of chocolate, cream, clove, and oak round out the flavor. The mouthfeel is luxurious but not thick. This is simply an excellent brown ale, on the richer side, but perfect to just slip into.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is a reddish brown with a thin head.

Aroma is roasted malt and a bit of coffee.

Taste is bitter hops with a roasted malt and a thin body,

Great Fall drinker.

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Photo of BeerisGod
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a bottle, cola/coffee colored with a nice khaki colored head. Bit of a nutty malty smell with a slight hop aroma. Roasted malt flavor up front with hints of coffee and chocolate. Nice finish and mouth feel. Very good autumn brown ale, will taste better once football starts.

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Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine/snifter/tulip glass from a 12oz bottle

A - A deep dark brown almost completely opaque, two finger off-white (almost) tan thick/bubbly head and some sticky lacing

S - First thing that comes to mind is the end of summer through Thanksgiving -- it's really nice when a beer/ale can bring things like that to the forefront of your mind from nothing but a smell, lovely. Dark chocolate, sugar, red/brown earth notes, oak, baking yeast, slight hint of mulling spices, freshly roasted grains, vanilla, holiday baking spices, huge malt, earthy hop and a hint of toasted tobacco.

T - earthy maybe even floral hop, dark chocolate, very malty, roasted/toasted grains, vanilla pipe tobacco, baking spices, fresh baked nut bread, caramel, dry wood and a huge malt bite at the end.

M - Full bodied, medium minus acidity, medium minus carbonation, well balanced, nice complexity and from start to finish the essence of Autumn.

D/O - Very refreshing, full bodied but goes down smooth, very tasty and perfect for anytime of day or year. Just an all around great beer. Flavors galore but not overwhelming in anyway. Very well done and per usual with Sierra Nevada.

Final thoughts - The perfect beer for the end of Summer/Fall on those hot days and cool evenings. A 5.5% ABV is perfect to have one or a few. Price isn't bad either at $8-9 a six pack.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA.

Chestnut brown coloring, with ruby edges, under a slim, white head.

Aroma: soft, slightly sweet, malty and nutty. Bit o' cocoa, too.

Taste: There it is, all those sweetish and warm malty flavors have come together on the tongue. Medium bodied, low bitterness, semi-sweet finish. A tasty brown ale that hits all the right notes, and delivers everything it ought to.

I don't reach for a brown ale often, but I don't mind reaching for this one.

hey, is there gobbledygook on the label? Something to tell me why it's called "Tumbler", of all things? "Tumbler features freshly roasted malt straight from the kiln to give it a gracefully smooth malt character perfect for an autumn afternoon." What about the back of the label? "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 brew."

Ah! I get it! Tumble=fall=autumn! Ha, good one. Kinda.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A clear dark dark brown with a thick beige head and laces on the glass all the way down.

Smell: Malty with a hint of chocolate, not very strong

Taste: Malty with some hops, chocolate, and nutty hints.

Mouthfeel: So smooth, almost like cream. Well carbonated.

Overall: One of my favorites from Sierra Nevada, would have it again

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Photo of Catracho5
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown with a vanilla colored head, head is creamy, clear, not seeing a whole lot of carbonation, looks a little thin.

A: Slight coffee, roasted malts, hint of dry chocolate, smells like a strong porter.

T: Like the nose, a hint of coffee, roasted malts, hint of chocolate, slight bitterness, some grassy, earthy notes, very good.

M: Less than medium mouthfeel, dry finish, good balanced carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this, tastes more like a porter than a brown ale to me, some complexity, depth, lots going on, very good, I'm glad this was included in the Fall Pack.

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Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12 oz bottle, part of our 'Build Your Own 6 pack'.
Pours a clear, dark tan color with a light brown head. Foam settles but never disappears leaving thin lace rings.
Smell is of toasted caramel malt.
Taste is of toasted bread, some chocolate, touch of bitterness at the end. As it warms, a bit of smoke character also comes through.
Good level of carbonation, crisp finish, medium body.
Overall, a nicely made brown ale. Fit for the cool weather outside.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%

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!

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Photo of MorgothBauglir
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Probably my favorite Brown Ale to date. Malty & sweet, but well balanced by Sierra Nevada's liberal hopping practices. Deep rich brown in color. I agree it goes quite well with a brisk fall day... What a Brown Ale should be & a standard for others to look up to!

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

Appearance - 3.5/5
Pours a fairly clear dark red-orange-brown. About two fingers of head. Can see a bunch of tiny particles in the beer, and a little bit of carbonation.

Smell - 3.75/5
Roasty, nutty malts. Some other earthy smells, maybe a tiny hint of hops.

Taste - 3.75/5
Fairly hoppy (fresh, resinous, slighty piney hops), roasty malts. A little disappointed by the taste. I kind of expected the hops considering Sierra Nevada brews tend to always be pretty hoppy. But I expected more of the roasty, nutty flavor I got in the smell. Not a bad brew, just wish the hops were toned down a slight bit, and the roasty/nutty malts were made a lot more prominent.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium body, average amount of medium-high intensity carbonation.

Overall - 3.75/5
This is a good brew. Probably not my favorite brown ale, but still good.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, packaged date 7-15-14.

APPEARANCE: pours a dark brown color with 1 finger tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin broken layer of bubbles, there was some lacing on the glass, there are fine sediments suspended within, medium carbonation.

SMELL: roasted malt, sweet caramel, bread, very understated.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel, roasted malt and bread, this is a malt forward beer for sure, mild hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation, smooth.

OVERALL: this is a very drinkable beer, it is not too roasted and is not overly sweet either, I am not a huge fan of the brown ale style but I enjoyed having something different, SN is one of my favorite brewers, they never disappoint.

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Photo of Mikus
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 1/2 fingers of creamy head over a mahogany body... looked great in the snifter. Aromas of roasted malt, light but crisp aromas. Very nice malt presence, roasted grains, clean and balanced overall. Classic SN body... might like it a bit heavier for the brown ale. Still one of the better ones that I have tried (despite the fact that my case was a little bit old). Glad than SN brought this one back.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

*Reviewed in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.*

A- Has a very pillowy, fothy, white head. It had a nice tall pollop of sour cream look in the middle of it. It died to a nice 1 finger head that never went away. Moderate amount of lacing. Body of the beer is a very dark copper color. When held up to the light, the beer shows lots of small sediment particles. I notice that in lots of Sierra Nevada beers.

S- Caramal and toffee sweetness. Has a toasted quality to the malt. Brown bread for sure. Light amount of hop spice. Very faint earthy, piney hop scent.

T- Toffee sweetness right upfront. There is also a molasses type sweetness in here. It has the toasted maltiness about it. This is much more of a bitter taste than the smell lets on. It is rather on the piney side. The beer has the unmistakable whole cone Sierra Nevada hop charater to it. The hops do a good job of rounding out the sweetness. The yest has a brown bread, bicuty type note to it. The finish has a cofee type flavor. It's just a very earthy and malty brown ale.

M- Medium. This beer is farily carbinated. It does have a moderate amount of oily type slickness from the sweetness. But it's nothing too difficult in the drinkability.

Overall this is pretty nice brown ale. I cannot complain here as for as brown ales are concerned. The only flaw, if any, is the bitterness is a little out of place stylistically. But this a fine beer from Sierra Nevada.

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