Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,380 Ratings
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: 3,380 |  Reviews: 1,115
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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Photo of AdamBear
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown, not quite opaque, but close. thick light tan head that stays. good lacing.

S-nutty and creamy malts. smells slightly spoiled. some hints of chocolate and woodiness

T-comes in with a great roasted chestnut flavor. its a crisp and high quality flavor. there's a slight toffee and chocolate flavor that starts and lasts for awhile. this is really good. the after-taste is good and lasting.

M-great creamy carbonation with a crisp finish. its actually perfect.

O-this is good. real good. i remember having this a long time ago and feeling indifferent about it, but this time it just hit the spot. this so easy to drink. i'm very proud of my self for going with the 6-pack. although i'd love to know what Sierra Nevada could come up with for a pumpkin beer or oktoberfest, but i appreciate the originality with this one. good job SN!

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Photo of lstokes
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark but not opaque chestnut brown with a nice nutty smell. Small off-white head with a surprising amount of lacing. Caramel, toasted nuts, some coffee, some pine hops and a drying character on the back of the tongue--almost too drying! Overall a pretty tasty beer, especially with the right food pairing.

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Photo of philbe311
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of perfectly level to start (turning a bit rocky once it settles a bit) slightly fizzy khaki colored head... Excellent retention... Loaded with small bubbled slow to moderate paced carbonation... A medium to dark brown color... Translucent with light coming in at all angles...

S - Fairly subdued... Dark brown sugars... Some bready crusts... A tad bit nutty... A light earthiness... Perhaps some very faint caramel... Malty, but not sweet...

T - Lots of dark bread malts... Some light roasted malts... English toffee... Light caramel... A touch of smoke... Faint coffee... Good character and good complexity...

M - Medium bodied... A bit creamy to start... Lightly carbonation, but with a good bite... Clean... Crisp... Satisfying... Goes down easy sip after sip...

D - A very solid very respectable brown ale... All the parts work together to create a wonderful harmony... More than the sum of its parts... An excellent fall seasonal offering...

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Photo of Paincane
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown pour into pint glass produces two and a half finger creamy tan head. Phenomenal retention and beautfiul lace.
S: Malt dominates aroma.
T: Sweet malt with a touch of hop bitterness to balance it out.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
O: Very enjoyable to look at and taste. Will definitely have more.

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Photo of tzieser
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

a: crystal clear deep mahogany color with a huge two finger white head that slowly settles into a thick lacing. darker than expected, but nice.

s: minimal smell. no hop aroma (obviously) with very subtle notes of caramel malt and a bit of toffee.

t: big malt flavor. sweet flavors of toffee, caramel and maybe a hint of molasses. subltle (and i mean very subtle) hint of earthy hops is there to keep this brew from becoming a sweet mess. well balanced and pretty yummy.

m: creamy smooth mouthfeel.

a good stab at the style and worth trying. not worth going out of your way for but definitely give it a shot if you see it.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great clouds of clingy creme! The dark brown and brandy booze looks ready to go...
Smells of three heavy hitters; coffee, cocoa, and caramel. Bounces off the tongue reminiscent of the smell. Cocoa, dark burnt malts smoothly glides with a medium body, just a hint of sweet marshmallow reminds one its autumn again. Overall a solid seasonal, one that makes me very excited for the colder seasons as those are just as good here in CO as are the warm ones

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep shiny chestnut brown, finger head, wonderful lacing

S: light nuts, caramel, malt, toffee. mild bread

T: sweet toffee, nuts, light malt, light bitter roasted finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry crisp mouth

O: Very nice, but still don't know why
so many people put Sierra Nevada as a world
class brewery. They are just fine and solid.
This beer is worth picking up.


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

Poured from their 12oz bottle into my 12oz beer glass...

Appearance - Poured a quick 2 fingers of tan head, small tight bubbles, lots of tiny bubbles within the beer, color is a clear, rich brown red color.

Smell - Roasted grains, fresh baked pumpernickel bread, touch of molasses and raisins.

Taste - Starts with pumpernickel fruitcake made with dark fruits, molasses at the center, finishes with malty breadcrust, and a wonderful flavor of meadowy hops and a whiff of black coffee after the sip.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth beer, medium carb adds a nice crispness and creates a slight mineral taste, which I found very pleasant and a nice addition to the complexity here. Medium mouthfeel and just enough hops to ask you to take the next sip.

Overall - What a nicely balanced and complex brown ale. Complex with all of the flavors playing equal parts. Not overly sweet at all, very thirst quenching. Enjoying my first one during Monday Night Football, you should too - highly recommend, and a very good representative of the style.

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

Bought a 12 FL OZ. bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $2.49. Poured from the 2011 labeled and leaf covered bottle into a 16oz iTap Passport Club Pint Glass. Has 1224 112 64 on the side of the bottle.

Aroma- Good hops used here with a caramel and roasty nose finish. Sweet malts are in here as well. Very easy going on the nose.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger, frothy head that keeps. Has a dark copper/brown color body that has good clarity. Huge lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Medium malt flavor and then a ton of maple syrup taste but not thick. Hops are evident but very mild in this one.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and has a small amount of bitterness/hops on the finish with the roastiness.

Overall Impression- A very drinkable brown ale. I would categorize this one as an English Brown but no worries. Sierra Nevada is known for their hops and strength. This one I just had to try. Probably won't be going back to it but wouldn't pursaude anyone to not to try it.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown with a large white head that disappears quickly

S: Touch of roast, a hint of malty sweetness, some nuttiness, little touch of some earthy hops at the end

T: At first, a hint of nuttiness and smooth creaminess, then a bit of a malty sweetness, finished with a smooth, earthy hoppiness. Not bad.

O: This one is pretty good. Picked it up with a mix a six and it's pretty good.

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Photo of Jayli
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a ruddy, reddish, brown color with a one finger of khaki color head. Head recedes to a film that seems to retain for the length of the beer. Minor wisps of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is caramel malt, light chocolate notes and a touch of grassy hop.

T: Taste starts with the sweetness of caramel malts. A nice roasted malt with underlaying chocolate notes fill out the middle. Finish has a bit of smokiness to with mingled with a hop bite that hits the back of the throat.

M: Medium body, higher carbonation, crisp and prickly, with a slightly oily sticky finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is a nice autumn beer; very easy to throw back a few.

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

I poured this 12 oz. beer into a nonic pint glass. I am reviewing the 2011 beer.

A: clear deep russet color, the dark tan head falls into a nice creamy cap with stucco-like lacing.

S: roasty/toasty aromas dominate, with a velvet lining of vanilla, light caramel, a whisper of dark chocolate, and a delicate but noticeable herbal/earthy hop aroma.

T: toffee, burnt sugar, some coffee, roasted nuts, caramel sweetness, vanilla/oak, the hop finish is dry and nicely balances the sweetness and harmoniously blends with the roasted character of the beer. Very well put together beer, which hardly surprises me coming from Sierra Nevada.

M: medium-bodied, satiny smooth texture, and moderate carbonation that is enhanced by the bitter hop presence.

O: yet another exceptional beer from our good friends at Sierra Nevada. Now I want a Celebration Ale...

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Brown with a good finger of dirty-white head.
Oh boy. The smell is amazing. Lots of spice: nutmeg and coriander come through the most. A hint of milk chocolate too.
Super smooth tasting, almost no bitterness. A moderate malt character but not to the point of being sweet. Just a solid, balanced flavor.
Soft and creamy body... almost perfect.
Overall an incredible brown ale. Find some and drink it.

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Photo of patpbr
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into pint glass with a little less then 1 inch head, slow moving carbonation bubbles show through the brown hue.
S- malt and coffee
T- Malt, chocolate, and a little smokey
M- mild aftertaste that lingers, not that heavy
O - maybe I got an old one it was picked up as a single. Its worth trying. overall nice brown ale

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 3" beige head. Clear dark burnt umber brown body. Smells very mildly of malt and even after warmed not much smell. Taste is also very mild, mainly malt, and with some imagination the slightest hint of cocoa butter, but all in all mild. Not hoppy. Although a decent drinkable beer I just don't find anything too remarkable about it.

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Photo of clemtig76
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the classic stubby SN bottle. Mahogany brown color with copper highlights. Thick head of with a nice lacing. Faint aroma of toasted malt with hints of coffee and smoke. Flavors of toasted medium dark malts, caramel and brown sugar. Mild bitterness. Firm mouthfeel, full and creamy. Very tasty and drinkable beer. What a great beer for a fall football tailgating weekend! Go Tigers!

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

A: Poured form a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Deep, rich, mahogany-brown with an off-white, 2-finger head and a touch of lacing.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some nuts, and a touch of marzipan.

T: Toasted malts and molasses up-front, with a smoky, smooth, crisp finish. Flavors of chocolate malts, toasted nuts, used coffee grounds, mature cherries, and raisins. There is a dryness to the swallow that fits well, as it reminds one of dead leaves. It adds a nice balance to the maltiness of traditional brown ales.

M: Simple, middle-of-the-road feel that neither adds, nor detracts from the quality of the beer. A touch heavier than your typical brown, but this is a good thing.

O: For a seasonal brown ale, this is quite tasty. I'm not a huge fan of many autumn offerings, and this is certainly above-par. That being said, when judged independent of its season, this beer is nothing too special.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice rich brown color, with a good taupe head that hangs around for awhile. Nice aromas of roasted nuts, good milk chocolate and maybe a little lightly roasted malt. Somewhat dry on the palate, with some roasted malt, chocolate and a late bitterness. Pretty solid. Really a let down on tap.

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Photo of MNJR
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A perfect beer to kick off fall, especially when you tire of Festbier/Octoberfest offerings. Color is deep, clear reddish-brown with a tan, thick head on top that sticks around. Foamy, rich lacing all the way down the glass. Nutty flavors, mild malt balanced by mellow hops and some raisin flavored sweetness. Good body, not an overly thick mouthfeel, but this is a rich beer overall. The alcohol kicks a bit, but this is cool weather warmer, and it fills that role perfectly. Quite drinkable for a heavier style beer. Recommended highly.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2011 date) poured into a shaker pint glass. Date/batch stamp was 119520604.

Appearance: Clear dark copper-brown beer. Persistent 1/16" very light tan colored but dense head. Persistent strands and sheets of lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Roasted malt with some citrus hops thrown in. Not complex but smells great.

Taste: Nice roasted malt moving smoothly into a bitter hoppy finish. The bitter finish is part pine, part citrus, and part black coffee that sat on the burner too long. The coffee flavor goes away though as the beer warms to room temp. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, otherwise nothing special. Tiny bit of hop oil cling to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable - gone in almost no time at all. A nice balanced brown ale with strong hop and malt flavors. A very nice fall offering and I could easily have another one. I like the combination of malt and hops with this one - well balanced and the two compliment each other well.

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

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale pours a dark tannin from a brown glass 12oz bottle with a pry off cap.

Head, tan in color, went to over 2 fingers of fine frothy foam with lots of lacing.

Nose is of dark roasted malts, with some burnt component. Some Mission fig poke through as well.

Palate is creamy smooth, with bitter hops up front, and moving to soft sweet malts. Bitter hops and dried fruit, first and foremost, make up the flavor profile.

Soft and creamy, pleasant nose, and it’s beer, what’s not to like!

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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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