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 brewcore
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +14.8%
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 -13.3%
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 +10.2%
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 +8.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -1.6%
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 -7.3%
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 -4.9%
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 -11.5%
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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Color is deep, deep mahogany, like a dark ruby red. Head is a one-inch thick fluffy, creamy pillow of froth. The head dissipates to an even film of bubbles across the top. Pretty decent sticky lacing. This beer tastes solid, a more richly flavored brown ale. Toffee, caramel, and roasty malts are present. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, but really nice, this beer doesn't feel watered down. Overall, this is a fine Autumn beer. It's easily sessionable. It's along the same lines as a Breckenridge Autumn Ale, for comparison. Great for a chilly evening, I'd recommend trying this one if you like Autumn Ales.

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Photo of scootny
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A perfectly clear amberish brown with a huge head and chunky lacing. Smell is sweet with faint molasses and brown bread. Hops are evident with an earthy body and mildly sharp edge. Taste is exceptional. Rich malty body with a clean earthed hops finish. English style mineral undertone firms up the dryness while leaving a lovely toasted brown bread in the finish. A bit of butter and sweet mild molasses. Feel is crisp and lightly creamy with a lovely suppleness to the light medium weight. This is super drinkable and goes with pizza as well as traditional hearty fall fare. A great American brown. Stock up on tis one.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A pretty brown with a tan head.

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, you are hit with some roasted malt flavor with some hints of coffee. There is also a little bit of dark chocolate flavor towards the end of each sip.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - This is a great Fall beer. It is really drinkable and has a well-balanced and subtle flavor profile. I could definitely drink a couple of these in a single session and be very happy.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a clear dark copper to medium brown with a short beige diminishing head good lacing on the glass.

S. Earthy and toasted malts, carmel, and bready.

T. Carmel, brown sugar, woody earthy hoppiness, vanillia and chocolate hints,

M. Nice balance, heavy carbonation, decent duration.

O. A Good fall seaonal brew. The balance was good and the biterness lingers on the tongue.

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Photo of gratefuld
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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 +4.2%
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 +1.6%
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 +12.8%
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 -0.3%
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 -8.6%
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 -10.2%
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 -13.3%
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 -4.4%
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 +4.9%
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 +4.2%
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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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,390 ratings