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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Ratings: 3,390 |  Reviews: 1,117
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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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark Brown with a white head that disappears quickly. Slight lacing.

S- Dark malts, smells crisp like the fall.

T- Pretty good balance of malt and hops with virtually no sweetness. Perhaps a bit more roasty than a standard brown ale, but overall crisp and refreshing like most Sierra Nevada beers are.

M- Light carbonation, medium-light body, refreshing.

O- Pretty good offering, good take on a non marzen or pumpkin fall beer.

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

A: dark brown pour with amber highlights. This pours with a 1 inch head and it keeps a 1 mm head and 2 mm edge for the glass.

S: sweet malt, some darker malt smell, and a bit of spiciness.

T: tastes quite like a darker oktoberfest beer. It has the big malt profile, and some of that is darker, giving it more complex flavor. Pretty good stuff, never had a beer like this.

M: medium body with crisp carbonation equals this beer being quite balanced.

O: very good beer, it's definitely fall-like. I wish it had a touch more spice of sorts, but that's all.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 12 oz to a Guinness Tumbler glass.

Pours a cherry chestnut brown, almost cola looking, with a 1 finger head and minimal visible carbonation. Slight coffee/toffee notes on the nose, sweet malts, almost an extract type scent thrown in as well. Sweet malts fill the palate, slight nuts, and toffee swirl around, and hint of bittering from the hops. Light on the body, easy to drink, sweet and bitter. Overall this is an easy to drink brown ale with alot of character, def worth trying out.

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Photo of chilly460
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice clear brown with honey highlights, crips light tan head. Great retention.

S - The nose is heavy on the roasted malts and some faint floral notes from the hops.

T - There is some nuttiness at first then hit with some roasted malt flavor. A bit of roasted malts comes in at the end. Not as much hop profile as expected from SN, just a nice herbal finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Just a nice clean tasting Brown. Not over-hopped like some American browns, not overly malted as well. Nice sessionable beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours the color of cola. Large off-white head. Head retains. Leaves thin lacing at times, and chunky lacing too. Seems to be transparent.

S-All about the malt here. Caramel, brown sugar, light cocoa, and some nuttiness. Roasty too. Light hoppiness in the background.

T-Lighter flavor than I was expecting, but I actually enjoy this more I was expecting too. Has all the components found in the nose but just plays out differently on the palate. Higher bitterness than I expected too. Pretty easy drinking for a Brown. Roasted nuts and chocolate/toffee.

M-Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Not very heavy. Light, lasting bitterness.

O/D-Not on par with a Celebration Ale as a seasonal. But I think I like it better than their Summer and Spring seasonal. Solid. Good for Autumn of course.

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

Served ice cold on tap. Poured a glorious ruddy amber topped with a finger of thick white foam. Not a whole lot of aroma. As it warms the flavor comes through but the aroma stays muted. It has a pleasing, sweet malt flavor, very agreeable. Nice carbonation, great finish, just an all-around enjoyable beer. For me to praise a brown ale it better be good!

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Photo of TheElusiveAlexT
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - An extremely dark brown beer, almost black. No light passes through, can't even see the carbonation. The head is an off-white yellow color thick in the initial pour and then thins out to a little collar. A good amount of lacing and retention.

Smell - Surprisingly fruity and sweet. Toffee and brown sugar come to the nose. A toasted nut smell comes through with a sip.

Taste - A little nutty and malty. I was surprised as I expected it to be sweeter and it was more bitter. Not a fan of the after-taste, while I like beers that are more bitter I don't like it in a brown ale.

Mouthfeel - Disappointingly light and watery. A beer like this should be on the robust side but in your mouth its almost like a Coors.

Overall - I was glad I tried it and I really liked it at first but by the finish I didn't find it as charming as I first thought or as others described. Not a bad beer though but nothing special for a brown ale.

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Photo of cmq103
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from freshly tapped 1/6th keg into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost stout like, with a 1/2" frothy tan head. Lacing became quick friends with the head and didn't mind hanging out for a while.

Smell: Nutty, roasted maltiness, mildly sweet nose typical of the brown ale style. Mild chocolate was also present

Taste: Very similar to the nose: Nutty, with hazelnut coming to mind, with moderate roasty malt, almost mild stout-like with its lightly bitter chocolate finish. The classic Sierra Nevada hoppiness is there, but easily tamed by the nutty, slightly sweet tongue.

Mouthfeel: Dry, moderate carbonation allows this to be an easy drinking session beer. Although a litter watery for a 5.5% ABV, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Overall: Another great offering in the form of a brown ale from the Sierra Nevada lineup. I found a new addition to my autumn selection. I took a gamble committing to a 1/6th keg without trying it first, but Sierra Nevada hasn't failed me yet. If you like Brown Ales, give it a try.

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

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a one finger head that dissipates to a nice lacing.

S - A light coffee and chocolate with a very upfront wood smell, almost a little smoky. Probably from the roasted malts.

T - Caramel and the roasted malts starts the flavor as it melds into a mild coffee. A faint bitterness from the hops with a mild chocolate rounds the end out. A very light sweetness that doesn't ruin the flavor.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation. Goes well with the flavor.

O - A good fall beer that has great characteristics that all go together. No flavor overpowers the others, and the medley of tastes flow into each other well.

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Photo of ckollias
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz beer out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with blonde highlights and a huge 3-finger white head that lasts for awhile before leaving a persistent lace.

S: Aroma of brown sugar and toffee.

T: Very smooth with flavors of toasted malts and toffee. It has a slightly bitter taste.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Excellent brown ale. Very smooth, well balanced, and enjoyable.

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Aroma: very subtle aroma, hints of chocolate, caramel and lightly toasty.

Appearance: awesome, deep amber, amazing clarity, light colored head that disappears quickly.

Flavor: brown malt, toasty, nutty, light chocolate, very smooth with balance towards malt, mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body, very drinkable, medium carbonation.

Overall: solid American brown ale, great for fall drinking. well balanced. both flavor and aroma improve as it warms up.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into an oversized wine glass:

A- Dark autumn brown with a creamy whitish head

S- Smells of toasted malt and coffee. Carmel is also present.

T- Very roasted taste, a bit of coffee and a light sweetness. Light bitterness on the finish

M- Carbonated with a medium body. Sweet aftertaste

O- Quite yummy autumn ale. Malty goodness.

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Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice head, dark amber color. Transparent.

S: Faint hop scents. Toasted malts. Walnuts.

T: Nutty flavor. Roasted malts. Toffee. Light hop flavors at the end with some bitterness.

M: Carbonated, but easy to drink.

Overall: This is a decent brown ale. Definitely worth trying, though there are definitely better brown ales out there.

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Photo of Ilovesuds
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany color with a sticky foam like head. Nice lacing and malt nose. The flavor is predominantly coffee, malt with a slight bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is excellent with finely crafted carbonation. This is a terrific fall seasonal without the sweetness that most breweries pump out this time of year.

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

On tap at O’Brien’s Pub

*Notes from 10-20-11

A: Tumbler pours a deep dark chestnut brown color with good clarity and some streaming bubbles. A dark mahogany like brown. Thin khaki cap of foam left waves of lace upon the glass with each sip.

S: Smells nutty and rich with toasted grains and some roast coffee bean notes. Sweet caramelized malts dominate the nose.

T: Tastes nutty and rich as well with complex roasted malts. A toffee like sweetness and nice light hop bitterness come together really well here. There is just a hint of smoky malts with some accompanying pine and spice notes. This is a solid brown ale all around.

M: Light body and great carbonation provide a nice creamy texture. Dry crisp finish.

D: Really nice balance of flavors and a very refreshing brown ale. Creamy mouthfeel and dry crisp finish that I love in a brown. Very smooth, rich, and flavorful.

More true to the English style browns. Not as hoppy as I would have liked Sierra to do here but overall exceeded my expectations. Will definitely be picking up some bottles.

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Photo of DocDownUnder
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml into a dimpled stein.

A-Pours brownish red with a quickly fading khaki head. Minimal retention even after a hard pour.

S-Strong roasty nose, with softer bread malt sweetness

T-Prominent roast, with a bit of dark bitterness (not hops), with a bread like sweet finish. Hops come through in the end after everything else has faded.

M-Well carbonated with a fairly light body. I wouldn't call it light but it's on the low end of medium-bodied.

O-Good for rainy fall days and the cooling transition from Summer to Fall. The light body keeps it from needing a cold-weather complement, but its strong roast and mild bitterness kill the chill.

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Photo of fields336
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Newcastle pint.
12 oz bottle, julian dated July 19,2011

A: pours a dark brownish, auburn, red colored beer. A creamy, massive, 3 finger head sits atop. nice carbonation, the head dissipates slowly

S: Brown sugar, toffee, dark caramel, chocolate, slight coffee notes, definite earthy tones, maybe some leathery notes

T: Chocolate, roasted, caramel, coffee, toffee, slight hop bitterness that lingers on the front of the tongue. This is a really balanced beer.

M: carbonated, easily drinkable, could put back a couple of these easily. Refreshing and delicious

O: Another solid offering from SN. I love this brewery. $8.99 6-er great value here.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. 2011 vintage poured into a pint glass. Pours a rich mahogany brown with a substantial, billowing head of 3+fingers of head that results in ample lacing on the glass.

Smell is of roasted malt, some caramel, but primarily lots of roasted, toasted malt. A little bit of a grassy aroma as well indicating some hop presence.

Nose translates well to the taste--deep, dark, roasted malts up front with some caramel sweetness. Hints of roasted nuts and dark wheat bread. Oily hop bitterness in the dry finish, but primarily a malt-forward beer that really delivers in the roasted malt department. Maybe some dark chocolate bitterness in there as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Perfect for lingering in the mouth to savor the malt flavors.

Overall, an excellent fall seasonal. Perfect for cooler autumn weather. Really delivers in the rich, dark, roasted malt department.

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Photo of devilben02
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark, red-tinted chestnut color, with a thick, foamy, sand-colored head. The aroma is a muddled combination of sweet caramel, toast, a bit of nuttiness, and a slight musty hop character. The flavor is more pronounced, with a nutty malt profile that is reminiscent of a nice seeded wheat bread, but there is also some roasted nut flavors, and a little bit of grassy hop balance. The texture is a little light, which along with a soft carbonation helps this one to drink smoothly enough.

Overall, this beer is both somewhat light and drinkable yet layered and flavorful. Although there is a varied flavor profile, however, each characteristic is a bit thin, making this somehow not as satisfying as it could be.

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Photo of Flux
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured straight from fridge into pint glass.

A- dark amber to brown. foamy almond colored head. Lacing persists. beautiful beer.

S- toasted malts, almonds, cheerio-like. mild hops in the background.

T- bitterness from malts and hops. Toast/bread crust flavors upfront with hop bittering that lingers afterwards. Some residual sweetness.

M- medium to high carbonation. crisp.

Overall it's a good beer. I was hoping to find something that tasted a bit "warmer" for a brown ale. The toastyness of the beer was good but for a brown ale this seemed a tad more on the hoppy side.

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

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle,quickly two inches of off white head rose, slowly settled, and left some sticky lace. the beer is a hazy ruby brown color.

S: Touch of almond, caramel, light malt, with very mild hop notes.

T: Mostly mirrors the nose, with a balance of caramel malt, mild hops, and a light nut note. Also has a dry Mineral quality on the finish.

M: Medium to high carbonation, thin, semi-crisp.

O: Decent. It's balanced, but as a result nothing really stands out to me. Wish for more caramel, brown sugar and almond notes in a brown ale, hence the grade. I preferred this more last year, though I'm sure it's the same recipe, and my palate has changed.

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,390 ratings