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

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3,380 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 Hessian257
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap recently at Mad Mex in State College, PA.

Garnet brown in color with striking ruby hues in the light. Pour produces a creamy and fluffy head -- almost looks like it was poured from a nitro tap -- but there is no lacing to be found. Hints of peaty smoke, earthy hops and yeast, along with light fruity esters. Overall, well balanced and flavorful, but the complexity falls short as the smokey notes take over the beer. Creamy and thin and smooth on the palate. Decent brown ale, but not top-notch.

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Photo of Innocentexile
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle to 20oz. Stone pint glass.

A-clear brown color. foamy head for a while then disappears.

S-nutty aroma. uh, yeah.

T/M--nutty malty taste. theres also some bready taste with a wee bit of hoppyness to balance flavor. pretty smooth on the tongue without a lot of carbonation

O-pretty enjoyable for my first Brown Ale

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Photo of Chico1985
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours mostly translucent brown with amber highlights, a bit of haze. Big ol beige head eventually falls to a finger, lots of lacing left. Textbook brown ale appearance.

Smell takes a long time to reveal itself, winds up being decent but bland. Caramel, slight cocoa, grainy notes, light fruity notes.

Starts off very bitter with strong grassy, herbal hops, maybe some citrus hops too, pretty hoppy for a brown ale. The malt is just not cutting it though and seems to be an afterthought...some nutty and roasted malts with toasty malts in the finish. Only slight hints of the caramel and cocoa found in the nose. Not much going on, kind of a struggle finding flavors here.

Not a bad mouthfeel, but big hops and roastiness is distracting. Carbonation's a bit high.

I'm not sure what other people see in this beer...browns are definitely not my favorite style but this one didn't have much redeeming qualities. A rare miss from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Cresant
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. 2011 Vintage. The body was dried tobacco leaf brown, clear and bright. The head was a light tan and left some freckles of lace.

The smell was rich and malty. Mildly walnut-like. Dried leaves and as it warmed rotting leaves.

The taste was smooth sweetness that turns to crisp, raspy hops in the finish. I generally don't care for brown ales that much but not surprisingly S.N. hops this one highly enough for me to find it interesting. I'd say it is still within the style, but just with some bright hops notes.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of afdempse
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of codfeast
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle to pint.

A: Clear mahogany, big tan head fades to island then to ring. Lots of lacing.

S: Roasted malt and hops, hints of chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, then a nice hoppy bitter finish. keep picking up hints of bitter chocolate in the finish.

M: A bit fizzy, high carbinaton that "burns" the tounge some.

O: It's fine. like the high amount of hops, dislike the high amount of carbination. P.S. had one tonight with roasted chicken,fingerling potato and gravey. The flavors of the beer really came into play while drank with the roast dinner. Reveiw was based on a clean palate.

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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Liquor Locker Green River Rd location in Evansville, IN. 2011 vintage.

A - Dark amber color with an abundant cream colored head which leaves extensive lacing.

S - Mainly biscuit and malt aromas with a good amount of spice character.

T - Bready malt flavor with the same spice found in the aroma. Minimal hops component. Blends nicely.

M - Smooth medium body with a gentle carbonation.

Liked it better than I thought I would. Very nice blend. Easy drinking. Will have some every fall from now on.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About a half inch of slowly settling cream-colored head sits atop an almost clear brown beer - sort of looks like a glass of cream soda. Excellent lace that sticks.

Moderate amount of sweet caramel malt in the nose. Toasty. The flavor has lots of that malt; it's bready and toasty with a vaguely smokey character. Very lightly hopped with low bitterness. Tasty and mild.

Lively carbonation with a crisp, clean finish. Very easy drinking. Not a big flavored beer by any means, just a pleasant and refreshing brown ale. Toasty caramel malt and very mild smoke were the predominant characteristics for me.

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Photo of drtth
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer has a 1/8” off-white head covering a brown liquid with a touch of gold throughout. The head soon recedes to a ring around the glass with a thin island of foam in the middle. Sipping leaves some scattered patches of lacing and a sheet of foam that quickly recedes back into the liquid.

Smell: The aroma, although faint, is clean and fresh with touches of caramel, light chocolate and some sort of nut. The hops are hard to detect here but seem a bit grassy and earthy.

Taste: The flavors include some roasted malt sweetness, a bit of brown bread and some earthy, nutty bitterness in the background. While not overly complex the flavor blend and balance is quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and the carbonation is light but prickly for most of the beer. The finish starts in the sweetness of the malt but gradually turns into a nicely bittered ending that leaves a nice dryness that invites another sip.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I through this a quite enjoyable brown ale and enjoyed sipping my way through both the first and the second one. My overall impression is that this beer is a good solid brown that well made quite good even if not among the best. This would be a good beer for an evening of dinner and conversation with friends.

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

This is just a solid tasty beer. Everything about it is enjoyable.
It pours a chestnut brown with a frothy tan head. The head clings to the side of the glass all the way to the bottom.
The aroma is a little on the weak side but what I smell is very good. Sweet caramel.
The taste starts like the smell with the malt up front and a bit of bitter hops in the finish. Probably more hops that the normal Brown Ale.
The head has creamy milkshake feel to it.
This a fantastic fall beer, and the price is fantastic. I will definitely buy more of this beer.

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Photo of stewart124
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby red with a nice tan head. Lacing forms along the glass as I drink.

Tons of malt in nose with a nice toastiness. Pleasant amount of bread/toasted characters and some Vanilla and caramel. This picks up breadiness with more and more caramel and a bit of chocolate. A good amount of spicy hops and oil to go with a great melanoidan character overall.

Nice and easy to drink. Sierra Nevada got it right again

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was reddish brown. Lots of head, maybe 1 ½ inches. Caramel lacing. Slight film on the sides.

Smelled of roasty malts first. Also some nutty chocolate and caramel.

Tasted roasty malts up front, followed by a smooth, creamy finish. Roasty and nutty feel on the tongue after.

Medium body. Average-to-lively carbonation. Pretty smooth and consistent throughout.

Pretty good beer overall. Smooth and roasty rules the day.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear mahogany brown, with a finger high tan head building. The head dissipates fast, but leaves good lacing on the glass.
The smell is of malt and little else, and that not very strong.
Tasting the beer, much more flavors are noticeable.
Up front there are the sweet notes of caramel and brown sugar. The malty flavors are more in the middle, being balanced by some mild hop at the end.
A really good brown ale, I am glad I had picked it up.

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

Picked this up at the Mondial Bier Fest in Strasbourg, France. Clear mahogany pour with one finger head with good retention and lacing. Very nutty, toasty, malty, nose with hints of caramel, and just a touch of coffee and metal. Roasty malts dominate the taste along with an earthy nuttiness with hints of chocolate, toffee, caramel, and just a bit of hoppy bitterness and metal. Very nice balance between the bitter hops and sweet malt. Too many times these types of beers are sickly sweet. Slightly thick mouthfeel with a nice dry, stout-like finish. Another great beer from one of my all-time favorite breweries.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy dark brown with a few finger off white head that leaves rocky foam and slivers of lace.

S - Toasty grains, slightly nutty, hints of coffee.

T - Nutty with light toasted malts, light caramel and toffee, fair amount of bitter slightly citrus hops in the finish. Much hoppier than I remember it the several times I had it on tap last year.

M - Medium body with medium to high carbonation and a lasting dry finish.

D - On the hoppy side but a very nice, easy drinking brown ale.

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Photo of atr2605
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark brown with a frothy tan head with average retention
S-caramel, nuts, and sweet malt. Low hop aroma
T-caramel and and roasted sweet malt flavor, with just enough hops to provide balance without contributing alot of flavor keeping the focus on the malt profile.
M-medium bodied
O-Fantastic beer, perfect for the fall. Isn't too big that you can't have a few, but still lots of flavor so that it remains delicious each glass. Well crafted

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 3,380 ratings.
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