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

A: Dark brown beer with a light brown head. Thick 1 inch head. Nice lacing.

S: Nice dark roasted malt smell. Earthy.

T: Well balanced malt flavor. Easy to drink. Not much aftertaste. Tastes how a brown ale should in my opinion.

M: Minimal carbonation. Soft and smooth.

O: Overall this is a pretty good beer. Nothing really jumps out at me, but I did drink it pretty quickly, so I must have liked it!

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

From notes...

A - Pours a dark brown colour with a reddish hue, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Surprisingly sweet with caramel and brown sugar dominating and a touch of leafy hops.

T - The caramel and toffee notes dominate, brown sugar, coffee and espresso come through on the finish.Touch of earthiness and a light bitter finish leave your palette in flavour heaven.

M - Perfect in this department, easily drinkable and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - A very solid brown ale and certainly a surprising treat. Wish I had brought a bottle back with me from my visit.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a nice solid brown color with a head that remains for the entire experience, which personally is a big plus on any beer.

The smells is of chocolate and roasted malt with a little bit of caramel sweetness.

The beer is nice a malty with a well rounded taste of toast and toffee with a nice roasted finish.

The mouthfeel is solid and well bodied with a little bit of silkiness.

Overall this is a good beer, I am just not all the in to brown ales.

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Photo of jifigz
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A beautiful head appeared on the pour that lasted for minutes. The head was a great tawny off-white and the beer was a deep, dark brown. The head and beer left great lacing all over the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet with a mild nutty and roasted porter type smell. There was a faint aroma of hops.

T: The initial flavor was mildly sweet with a strong burnt grain characteristic taking over. The aftertaste was mildly coffee-like and a little chocolatey.

M: The MF is creamy and has great texture. It is not overly heavy or light in the mouth.

O: This beer is a very good brown ale and a perfect Autumn beer. It is tasty, rich, and wonderfully satisfying.

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

Bottle poured into mug.

A: Transparent dark copper color with 2 fingers of off-white head. Good frothy head retention.

S: Toasted grain, bready malt, hints of sweet milk chocolate.

T: Toasted grain up front with a decent bready malt flavor. The chocolate flavor is more of a bitter dark chocolate than the aroma led me to think. Grassy herbal hops mixing in the finish.

M: Medium body, slightly higher carbonation than I would have preferred, finishes just a bit dry.

O: Pretty good ale, it's a nice change from the watered down oktoberfest fall selection. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small stein. I like the color scheme and the graphics on the bottle. It's pleasant and really looks like a fall version of the standard Sierra Nevada graphic scheme. Well done. The beer pours with an exciting frothiness that builds into an off-white head with some large bubbles that persist far into the drinking experience. Decent head retention, some nice lacing. The beer itself is a really pleasant dark brown with hints of garnet. When held to the light it turns a deep amber. It's nice to look at and really looks like what you would expect based on the bottle. Somebody did a good job with that!

S - The aroma for me is mostly biscuity, bready - a lot of malt character. It's not a very complex aroma, but it's pleasant. Something about the aroma reminds me of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Call me crazy.

T - The taste is very pleasant. Biscuity with hints of chocolate. Almost reminds me of a doppelbock or a dark lager (even though it's an American Brown Ale). It's not overly sweet, so the bitterness is well balanced. Tastes like Autumn!

M - Not quite as smooth as I'd like from an ale aimed at the fall, some astringency. But, it's not bad. Relatively smooth on the tongue. Kind of dry as it lingers.

O - I like this beer and have had it many times. I think this is an EXTREMELY ACCESSIBLE craft beer. If you're trying to get someone to step outside their BMC comfort zone and discover what real flavor is... this could be an excellent first step. That being said, this is also a very enjoyable beer for the more "sophisticated" drinker. Put it this way - if you LOVE beer but not everyone you know is as enthusiastic as you are, this is what you should bring to Thanksgiving. Everyone will love it, including you. It's not perfect, but it's got something for everyone. Recommended.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with ruby highlights and a large, lasting head.
Nose shows nutty and chocolate malt along with soft caramel. Nice but faint.
Similar flavours, but more of a roasty character. Still shows the nutty malt and the same faint chocolate. Finishes very dry with some spicy hops and a faint vegetal note.
Too much carbonation.

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

This pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Fluffy beige head that drops quickly.

Unfortunately the first aroma I picked up was a slight bit of wet dog. It morphs into a more nutty aroma but it's still slightly offputting. As that blows of I get a bit of milk chocolate.

Thankfully I get nothing like it on the palate just more nuts and chocolate. Some breadiness too. Hops are there but just enough to balance it out.

Quite high carbonation but the mouthfeel is a bit thin.

It was ok but not something that I'll be rushing out to have again.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tumbler: Sierra Nevada’s fall offering. I gotta say, I absolutely love these labels; classy. Let’s see how the beer holds up.

A: Thick and dark reddish-brown, like the fallen leaves of Autumn. I like it. The head is sticky enough to leave good lacing, but not enough to stick around for more than a minute. The off-white bubbliness is gone quickly.

S: Very grainy, very earthy. The earthy brown aromas of cinnamon and pumpkin spice combine with a malty, slightly-maple cream; nice and smooth. Unexpectedly, however, there are some dull macro-lager-style yeasts; but they’re on the tail end, and they don’t come off too bad. Roast and a hint of piney hops come through at the very end, rounding it off with a very Sierra Nevada finish.

T: Medium vanilla cream sits first on the tongue, followed by a roasty earthen texture that I can only attribute to leafy malts. Bread crust and spicy herbs across the board, with the lager yeasts coming up fast in between. There’s a bit of tartness from the hops, leading into an aftertaste of dryness and caramel cream. Not a very complex beer; mostly grainy and spiced, but enjoyable.

M: Characteristically effervescent, popping around in the mouth with enthusiasm. A bit thin underneath, though the bubbles do well to hide it. In all, I feel a beer like this deserves to be thicker; that being said, the palate isn’t thick enough to match.

O: Sierra Nevada makes some simple, yet remarkable beers. This one, however, is just simple. It has good flavor, sure, but it’s lacking in a few key areas. A pleasant drink, but nothing more.

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

This has a huge foamy light tan head that leaves a ton of lacing. Dark brownish red color. Nice malty scent.

The Tumbler has a very strong almost grape malt taste to it. It's quite smooth with just a slight bit of carbonated tingle to it. I've never been a huge fan of brown ales, but this has a refreshingly sweet taste. In the back of the mouth there's a slight burnt almost porter feel.

Very good complexity but not overly done.

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Photo of Celt44
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a 12 pack of this up at Wegman's - seemed like the right thing to do in October.

Appearance - Pours an amberish-brown with a nice frothy head. Creamy lacing last throughout. Nice-looking beer.

Aroma - Bursting with caramel and chocolate. Hints of malt and hops finish it off.

Taste - Sweet coffee with a bit o'honey. Sweeter than I expected. A hint of hop and malt.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth.

Overall a nice fall Brown Ale - the aroma was no where near what I experienced for taste. Definitely the biggest difference I've experienced there. Nice autumn session beer and definiely a good alternative to the flooded Octoberfest market.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a twelve pack of Sierra Nevada's Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale for $11.99 at Meijers. I missed out on this beer last year so when I saw a bunch of twelve packs on the shelf I figured I should give it a try, Sierra Nevada hasn't let me down yet, so lets see how this brew goes. No visible bottling date but it's a fall seasonal so I know it's fresh. Poured from a short 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- This bottle looks pretty good, it't got a nice autumn scene in the background that lets you know this is a fall beer. It poured a nice dark brown color with a nice ruby hue when held to the light, it also had two fingers worth of creamy tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some very nice lacing. This is one great looking Brown Ale.

S- I pick up lots of slightly sweet medium roasted malts that impart some caramel and chocolate aromas along with slight bit of nuts. I also pick up a mild dark fruit aroma and a mild amount of floral and earthy hops.

T- The flavor starts off with those loads of medium roasted malts that aren't as sweet as they were in the aroma. The malts impart some nice flavors like caramel, nuts, and a slight amount of chocolate that gives this beer a pretty nice roasty taste for a Brown Ale. The hops are very mild in this beer and they start to show up towards the end and are more earthy then floral. The finish had barely any bitterness to it and was medium dry.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a good amount of medium carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good American Brown Ale. Everything about this beer was pretty good with nothing seeming off or out of place about it and the drinkability was really good, it just had the right combination of flavor and smoothness that made them go down quicker then expected, a six pack during a nice fall bonfire would for sure hit the spot. What I like most about this beer was the appearance, it looked exactly how I would want a Brown Ale to look, and the nice flavor was also very noteworthy. If I had to choose something I liked the least about this beer it would have to be the aroma, it was good, but the sweet dark fruits seems a little weird, but that really wasn't a big deal at all. I would for sure buy this beer again, there's a good chance I will be getting another twelve pack before it disappears for the year. I would recommend this beer to just about anyone, and if Brown Ales are your thing then they don't get much more drinkable then this. This beer makes my top three Brown Ale list but I still think Indian Brown is my favorite. This was another good beer from Sierra Nevada, every style I try from them always seem like a good drinkable representation of the style and this beer is no different, thanks for sending your quality brews to Michigan Sierra Nevada.

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

A - One finger of light tan creamy head. Dark-red brown body. Sheet lacing.

S - Roasted grain malts, coffee and smoke.

T - As with the nose - coffee and smoke, but with some citrusy hops and soft caramel backing.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O - Good, solid brown ale. You dont get any shit beers from these guys.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

perfect for the season. pours a mahogany brown color, ruby red when held up to the setting sun. big creamy tan head that only reduces slightly as it sits. has a fantastic rich roasted flavor with just a hint of booze coming through as it warms. i think its lighter body is a double edged sword... it doesnt all the way stand up to the chilly wind outside because its light in my belly, but at the same time, i could put a 6pack of these away no problem. delicious!

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Photo of Minkybut
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice coca cola colored beer. It poured a nice fluffy tan head that had a great malty smell to it. The beer was smooth with a slight caramel taste. This is a really great tasting beer and I will certainly buy again.

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Photo of slyke
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tumbler pours a lovely brown color with a pillowy tan head. The smell is faint with notes of caramel. The taste is toasty with nice notes of caramel and grain. The mouthfeel is smooth to the point of being silky. There is a nice roasted aftertaste. Overall this is a very tasty beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Pickled Pig

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was a very deep brown color with a small off-white head on top. Not much head retention or lacing.

S: Some toasted malt and caramel right away as well as some nuts. There is a very faint fruity aroma near the end.

T: Starts off with some caramel, a little bit of maple, some nuts, and some bready malt. There is a slight hop presence and a bit of sweet fruit.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and crisp. Medium carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty brown ale. Has a nice fruit component that most do not have and is very easy drinking. Not my favorite brown, but better than most.

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Photo of 57md
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown with orange tints and more than a finger's worth of head. The smell is a delightful combination of roasted malts and maple syrup. The taste is hearty and dominated by malt up front. The finish is pleasantly bitter. Traditional browns can often be disappointingly weak and thin, but this one is the exact opposite.

Update: I sampled the 2014 version in the fall variety pack and thought it was slightly less hearty and rich than previous versions. I'm not sure if this is due to a slight change in the recipe or a cloudy memory on my part. Nevertheless, I thought it was relevant to mention it as an addendum.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a nice dark brown with caramel tones where the line shines through. Three fingers of dense, cappuccino-like head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy lacing.

Smell: Toasted caramel, but it is very faint. The smell that really grabs my attention is the hop citrus; I cannot gauge whether or not it is grapefruit or something else. I can pick up a little coffee and chocolate, and the smoked malts mentioned on the beer’s webpage are also noticeable, but, overall, the aroma is very unassertive.

Taste: The mouthfeel is incredible. Very thick, rich, and buttery. The taste is reminiscent of the smell, but much bolder. The smoked malts create the backbone, offering a nice, smoky bitterness. It supports caramel, chocolate, a little coffee, and maybe a hint of the hop bitterness I got a whiff of in the smell.

Drinkability: The taste makes up for everything the smell lacks; it is very bold and aggressive. I am really impressed and eager to have another.

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Photo of gpogo
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark brown body, through thinner areas of the glass I can see the body is nice and clear. Head was of a respectable size and stuck around. Cream colored head.

A- Bready light chocolate malt aroma. Caramel and toffee.

T- Upfront bitterness followed by a bready chocolate malt flavor. The bitterness is almost overwhelming(for a brown). Sweet caramel and light bitter finish.

M- Medium body. Moderate-high carbonation. Smooth, but crisp body.

D- Aside from the slightly more bitter taste than I would like I found this beer to be very enjoyable. One of my favorite browns. Pick this up every fall if you can.

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Photo of manitouman84
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with moderate turbidity as a deep copper brown. Gives way to a thick, three finger, almond brown head, with good retention and wonderful lacing plastered all over the walls of the glass. Toasty almonds and caramel on the nose, very faint hop aromas, simple but delightful. The flavor is malty and nutty, toasted almonds again, toffee, caramel, cocoa and milk chocolate linger in the shadows. Very nice finish, mouthfeel is creamy and balanced, velvety and slightly sweet, very sessionable. This beer is not complex, just an excellent example of what a brown should be. Sometimes its nice to drink something simple and just plain good.

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Photo of isualum12
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer at GABF. I really enjoyed stopping by Sierra Nevada booth. Loved the VW and loved the taster books.

A- Cooper brown color with not a lot head on it.
S-Well there was some burnt aroma rolling off early with a carmel finish. I didn't get the smoke that others got.

T- Bitterness was really unexpected and just a disappointment. The bitter taste hit early and often. Not a brown taste I was looking for.

M- Just not creamy or smooth like I was looking for from their brown.

As much as I really like most from Sierra Nevada this was not one of them for me.

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Photo of pvsob
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Brown/cola color with a one inch tan head that has great retention and sticky lacing.

S- Roasted malt, grassy hops, burnt bread crust, and as it warms some toffee, chocolate, and a hint of smoke.

T- The bitterness muddles some of the above aroma characteristics, but this is still a tasty Brown.

M- Thin to medium feel with a nice prickly carbonation.

D/O- Classic Sierra Nevada. Easy to find, cheap, and worth a try. Cheers.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a nice dark brown with a cram colored head that maintains itself nicely throughout consumption.

Smells a bit sweet, caramely, a small bit of hops.

It tastes a bit nuttier than it smells. It also has a bit more hops than I like in a brown ale, but I'm a traditionalist when it comes to that style.

It has a pretty full mouthfeeland it's very velvety.

Overall this is a good beer for the fall at an affordable price. Not sure I'll buy it again this year, but I'll probably look for it again next year.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Really surprising pour, in my 8oz tulip tasting glass I got a beautiful little cascade and a huge head with great lace and retention. Color is a rich chestnut with highlights of cranberry.

S- Very light smell. Slightly nutty smell with hints of sweetness like a mild brown sugar.

T- Really nice mellow taste. Notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of smoke, but with a full malty body. There is a slight herbal bitterness to the front end that lasts throughout the profile but mellows out at the end.

M- Mouthfeel is light but pleasant; could be a little more full bodied. Smooth, with nice carbonation.

O- Great drinkability, nice autumn/fall beer. Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints.

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 3,376 ratings.
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