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 TheElusiveAlexT
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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%
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 +4.4%
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 +6.5%
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 +2.1%
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 -2.1%
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 -4.4%
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 +12.8%
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 +1.3%
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 +3.7%
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 +13.6%
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 +12.3%
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 -3.1%
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 +3.1%
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 -13.8%
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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Photo of brewcore
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Cork in Chas, SC into a pint glass.

A: Pours a one finger off-white head that quickly disipates to a ring. No lacing to speak of. Dark brown with beautiful copper hues. I really good looking brown ale

S: Sweet and roasted alts with a slight hint of sweet apricot lingers.

T: Malts and more malts. Just like the nose, primarily sweet with roasted coming in second. Not much hops going on, but they are there. (Suprised at the tameness on the hops coming from Sierra.) Interesting milk-chocolatelike finish; a flavor I have never picked up in a brown ale. Interesting in a good way.

M: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation.

O: This is a really good brown to which I plan on returning. Really could be more than a seasonal.

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Photo of beer348
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It stayed in the bottle so I didn't see the beer itself. I like the bottle and label. Great design.

S: Smelled good before got to the last few ounces. Then it just smelled okay.

T: Tasted great, nice bitterness.

M : Perfect texture, crisp.

O : Excellent

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Photo of witster18
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nose is caramel/lime

first sip is similar to the nose, but a little choco and a little earthy graininess.

that's pretty much it.

not a lot to this one, and I must say that I'm a bit disappointed in the simplicity and blandness of this one considering the great brewing company Sierra.

A little erathy hop backbone saves the day, but it isn't enough to make me seek this one out again....


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Photo of zimm421
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Appears a nice brown color with two fingers of off-white head. Great head retention, leaves some lacing.

Nose is all roasted malts. Pretty sweet. A little bit of earthy hops, but pretty malt forward. Taste is just what you'd expect from a brown ale. Roasted malts, nuts and earthy hops. Friendly finishes pretty sweet, but not over the top.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, less carbonation than you'd expect from the pour and pretty smooth. Overall, a great fall beer. Great for watching football and relaxing. Will probably be picking up a case of this in the near future.

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Photo of BeerBoss
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite breweries in the great beer and "green" production methods.

A: A nice deep, rich caramel color with an attractive, plentifull head.

S: Nice sublte notes of brown sugar and caramel.

T: Well balanced sweet notes of brown sugar, caramel and perhaps even some maple. Clean, semibitter finish.

M: Smooth on the tounge.

O: One of my favorite brown ales. Very sessionable.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty tasty brown ale

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Brown range Sierra Nevada seal label, with brewing vegetation and a mountain scenery around an autumnal scene. Brief neck label describing the composition, and intent of the brew. Notes Alc. by Vol. (5.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Clear brown pour, nice early frothy head with medium retention, little surface memory with a consistent ring, and good touches of lacing.

S - Sweet malty nose with a nutty touch.

T - Syrup flows in toasted touches with a chestnut hint and a faint bitter dash.

M - Medium-thin body with medium carbonation and a fair smooth flow.

O - Pretty good flow in what is a pleasing brown ale.

Notes: I guess it was time to try it, but did not feel inclined to get into the sixer… I confess that I´m rarely enticed by an American Brown Ale. Grabbing the single revealed a pleasing and quality quaff. One could have it again socially without much fanfare.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is dark brown with maroon highlights when held to light. The generous tan head is long lasting and leaves lots of lacing. Roasted malts are noted in the smell, with a hint of citrus. The taste is primarily roasted malt, caramelly and nutty, with some herbal hop taste in the finish. Nicely balanced, and a beer fitting for autumn.

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

Clear mahogany colour with a thick, fluffy, light tan head. Good head retention.

Bready, slightly biscuity malt with a touch of hops. Light sweetness. Not as hoppy as an American Brown should be.

Smooth, nutty, toasty malt with some light earthy hops. Moderately-light bitterness. Not all that exciting.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A decent, workhorse Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada. It lacks a bit of a hop kick to really make it work though.

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Photo of Brutmasta
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown with a reddish hue, looks exactly how you think it should with a name like autumn brown ale.

S-Very inviting, at the very beginning I get nuts, followed by some toffee and brown sugar. The hop smell is surprisingly strong here too.

T-Best part of this beer, smoky malts followed by an excellent hoppy aftertaste!

M-Average, not to think, not to creamy, and average carbonation.

O-Overall a really solid brown ale, I could absolutley have more than one of these at a time!

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Photo of Suds
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a moderately dark, reddish-brown ale, transparent, with a fizzy, short-lived head. The aroma is very inviting...malt and nut, earthy and slightly smokey, a little toast, and a fleeting touch of fruit. Some slight hop scents as well. The taste is moderate in its intensity, with a malt-centric bend. Fairly low in carbonation, and a little lighter in body than I would have preferred. The bottom line is that this is a fairly good and drinkable beer...but not exceptional or really remarkable.

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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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