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
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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 stewart124
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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 +2.9%
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%
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 +4.2%
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%
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 +15.1%
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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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: light brown head, reddish brown body, lacing tried to cling to pint glass

S: roasted malts coming through in a smoky way, some light oak barrel woodiness to it, slight hops

T: sweet, smoky, roasty through previously mentioned flavors

M: light to medium, fairly sessionable, smoky aftertaste and a dry finish

O: good for the style, and good to me.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic-shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a nice tan colored head; one finger in size; small layered lacing forms around the side of the glass; head is frothy in appearance; beer is dark in color but has a deep red colored hue around the edge of the glass

S - Ginger and autumn scented spice; nutmeg and tough of allspice; touch of roasted malt nose; brown nut scent; toasted biscuit nose

T - Bitter-nut taste; bitterness hits your taste buds immediately, followed up with a mellow malt taste on the rest of the tongue; hint of brown sugar

M - Smooth taste; slightly effervescent; creamy; slight lingering bitter taste, but washes away very quickly; dark malt taste stays on your tongue for a while after drinking

D - Good beer; easy to drink; I really thought that this was a good beer; brewers could have done more though to separate themselves from the usual brown nut ale taste

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Photo of TXGenX
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown. largely opaque but lighter brown and slightly translucent where the glass is narrower. Slight creamy head reduces quickly.

S: Hardly any aroma. Some hoppyness.

T: Classic toasted biscuit.

M: Moderate thickness. A little on the fizzy side.

O: tasty but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, rich brown color. Pours 3-4 inches of thick off-white head that fades very slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Malty, nutty, piney hops, roasted malt.

Taste: roasted malt, nutty, toast, piney hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, light carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: A very good nut brown ale. The hops and roasted malt are in perfect balance. Very drinkable.

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Photo of rarbring
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown or deep amber, clear, has a tan head that leaves some lacing and some curtains.

Smells vaguely of nuts and apples, grass and a bit dusty.

The taste is malty, brown bread, nuts and orange marmalade.

Little carbonation, soft with small bubbles and a good body.

A very nice and sessionable brown ale.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a stable tan head.

Smells like sweet roasted malt, agave nectar and a cloves and some whole hops.

Taste is full of sweet toasty malts and maple sweetness. A touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich but very drinkable.

Great fall beer!

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

Pours a nice brown with nice head and really generous lacing.

Smell is roast and green apple; maple and sweet malt. Sierra Nevada's house yeast? (hop? malt?) smell.

Taste is more maple and green apple with some roast.

Mouthfeel is nice, generally creamy, perhaps a bit thin. Decent carb, nice bitter ending.

A nice subtle Sierra Nevada offering.

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Photo of king75
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Chocolate brown in color, a quickly dissipating head that is cream colored. Little carbonation, almost seems flat.

S-Wow the malt smell punches you in the face. Picking up a slight chestnut aroma, with a trace of hops. I think I smell yeast as well.

T- Has an amazing malt flavor, a chewy full body. A very bready taste, a slight nutty flavor. A light amount of hops dispersed throughout. Full bodied, flavorful, smooth, with just enough bite at the end.

This is by far one of the best brown ales that I have ever had. Look forward to drinking this one every year. Great flavor, great smell, I absolutely love a brown ale that I can practically chew.

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Photo of smbslt
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint creating a 1 finger coarse light brown head. Nice reddish brown hue, clear with moderate, fine carbonation which transformed head into a creamy layer that laced delicately and lasted until it was finished.

Roasted malt had smokey hints - not going to say burning leaves just because they're calling it an autumn brown ale.

Tasted smokey as well with maybe an oak barrel sensation in the finish

Good feel - carbonation added body without over expanding the mouthful.

Not a bad beer but a bit strange. Not as mellow as I would expect.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus tan head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is sweet, malty, with lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some very nice caramel notes. Medium Body, with a nice crisp finish. This is a very nice American Brown Ale.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – roast, dark malts
A-semi-clear, nice 2-fingers or head that persists through the entire glass.
M-med carbonation
T-a bit strong on the roast when cool, but semi-sweet chocolate comes out as the beer warms
O-A bit astringent on the roast to be my favorite brown, but very nice in colder weather.

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Photo of Dave128
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 edition poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue snifter.

A - A mild pour yields a finger and a half or so off slightly offwhite head. The body is a ruby brown color. Laces nicely.

S - Dark malts and evident hops.

T - Sticky and sweet up front with a mild bitterness on the finish. Definitely an Autumn type beer.

M - Medium to light bodied. Average carbonation.

O - A classic fall beer that never disappoints. The flavors are clean and both warming and refreshing for that fall transitional period.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice ruby red brown ale with a huge 3 finger head and great lacing. really one of the best looking brown ales I have seen.

S- Almond nuttiness with a little malt and maybe some caramel and some faint hops. Very earthy feeling.

T- Nice roasted nuttiness with the malt and subtle hop bite. Almost takes on a chocolate flavor. Also has a bit of sweetness to it. Pretty decent finish. Lingers just enough to draw you back. Not a very bitter aftertaste at all.

M- Smooth med body. Very clean on the palate. Great finish.

O- this is a nice beer. Great taste. Perfect representation of fall. Loved it.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Nuts and toasted sesame seeds. Marzen-like in some ways, but very mild. I had to sniff a bit to get these notes. Sort of a quiet nose.

Nice medium-bodied and tingly/carbonated feel goes well with the richer -though muddled- malty sweets and the "autumn-like" spicey tones.

Not a whole lot to say. A solid brew for the season but not my fave. Maybe it's this batch, but it's lacking in a bit of flavor and body -bought a bunch though, so I will review again.

Edit: Made "Black and Tans" (sort of) with Smutty Robust Porters. They didn't have the classic BnT look, but they tasted great.

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

Appearance is a dark translucent brown. Head is off white, small. Good lacing. Smells of roasted coffee and malts. Tiny bit of brown sugar and earthiness. Taste is coffee, caramel, bread, malty and finishes with some crisp hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, yet gives some bite on the tongue. Overall this is one of my favorite autumn browns. It feels and looks like fall.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large mug.

A: Clear dark brown with red hues and lots of tiny little bubbles. Two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a while. Very nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt, nutty, and some caramel.

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Rich roasted malt. Toasted nutty finish. Very good.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth.

O: I wasn't sure what to expect from an autumn brown ale, but this was really good. Perfect in a mug and when it's cold outside.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours brown with dark red highlights and a two finger offwhite head that dies down to a ring and leaves spotty lace. On the nose there is caramel and musty pine, maybe some chocolate much deeper down. In the mouth the caramel and chocolate malts mix together with some bitterness, be it from the hops or maybe some measure of bitter chocolate. Is there smoke here, maybe? The body is medium, not as luscious as I like a brown to be.

Overall, this is a decent brew, but not the best brown I've had, and certainly not the best beer from this brewery.

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Photo of match1112
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark brown with some ruby highlights. two and a half fingers of off white head quickly settle to a frothy cap leaving ring after ring of lacing in it's wake.

s: roasted malts, nuts and a slight toffee smell.

t: sweeter than i expected. lots of roastieness from the malts and nuts. a little more hop flavor than expected also, should of known better when drinking a s.n. beer.

m: smooth and creamy with a lighter body than one would expect.

o: pretty good beer, not as good as other browns, but this holds it's own.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at a fine dining establishment last night, and my waiter swore that it would pair well with the italian dinner. So I ordered it with his guarantee.

It turned out to be a very pleasant brown. It looked good off the pour in coloring, carbonation, and in the head. I liked the smell of the Tumbler with caramel notes and some malts.

The autumn flavor is really good. The flavor reminds me of fall. I get the caramel and malt in the flavor as well.

I enjoyed this beer, and I will probably pick up a six pack next time I'm at the store.

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