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

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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Photo of BeerBob
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep reddish-brown color with a big foamy brownish head. Head sicks around and good lacing.

S- Lots of malt comes through in this one. A little bit of hops on the nose. Mainly a light, sweet, nutty aroma.

T- Starts off malty, then comes a few different tastes. Somewhat of a sweet, burnt, chocolatey flavor, shortly followed subtle hops bitterness. More hops than I anticipated, but it works with this one. Aftertaste of a little bit of brown sugar.

M- Somewhat light, but not quite watery. Thick foamy head helps to increase weight on palate. Despite not being really light, still very drinkable.

Overall, I'm going to have to get a few more bottles of this. It's a good beer for the fall, so they didn't even miss on the name. In the end, a very satisfying brew.

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Photo of weizenbob
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a style I enjoy brown ale, and I haven't had a bad beer yet from Sierra Nevada. This sounds like a win-win. This 12 ounce bottle was purchased at Tilley's in Traverse City, MI. It was bottled on August 12, 2011. I poured the bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

A standard pour yields a nice three fingers of foamy, mocha colored head. Retention is fantastic. Lacing slowly replaces the head as it fades. The brew is adequately brown with enough translucence to show you that it is indeed brown and not darker as in say, a porter or stout. In short, it is text book brown ale with extra points for the amazing head.

The aroma is kind of alcoholic. The label says this is 5.5% abv but my nose is telling me otherwise. Unfortunately, there is not much else going on in the aroma. It smells kind of sterile with a mild lingering sweetness.

Fortunately, the flavor picks up the slack. A rich malt profile greets the tongue with a surprising complexity for such a standard style. Nice carmelized malts dance in the tongue. Alcohol is well-hidden. There has to be some chocolate malt in there as there is a flavor is that is quite literally reminiscent of cocoa. A good earthy/roasty presence manifests on the backend. My one gripe is that there is a minor cooked veggie flavor popping up toward the finish; but this is otherwise a nice tasting, well rounded brew. The bulk of the brew is fairly sweet (as with licorice or molasses) with the finish being mildly bitter in its hoppiness. It is a pleasant balance.

The mouthfeel is neither impressive, nor offensive. It feels a bit heavy for the style, which is a good trait in my book. Regardless, it is still on the light side of medium bodied. The carbonation level is low to medium and compliments the beer nicely. It feels as a good brown should: no more and no less.

As with nearly all beers in the Sierra Nevada lineup, Tumbler represents a solid brew and a great value. As they are one of the largest "craft" breweries in the country their availability is solid as well. Add this to my list of sturdy standbys when I don't see anything else that is fitting my fancy. This will certainly please the brown ale fan in me.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for Tumbler.

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Photo of fx20736
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Gorgeous Burnt Umber beer with Garnet highlights and and a 1 finger desert sand head tha t leaves diaphonous scarves of lace.

Aroma of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is soft.

Taste: Caramel, roasted malt starts out, followed by a rich bittersweet chocolate, whisked by a wild brushy hoppiness.

Notes: Beautiful looking, very tasty beer. A nice Brown Ale and a real marker into the world of cooler weather and darker beers. Nice, a keeper.

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Photo of breakofdawn
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not an avid Brown Ale drinker, but if more brews shared the same characteristics as SN Tumbler, then it would be a true favorite of mine.

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Dark brown color. Smells of roasted nuts (chestnut?) brown sugar and a hint of chocolate. Some malts for taste, with (again) a hint of chocolate and sugar. This would be excellant on a cool night (its currently 75 and humid).

Dry without being overly so. Warrants another sip.

Compared to Long Trail's Harvest Ale (my other favorite Brown Ale) this is the true winner. A fall classic. Well done, Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Crundy
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cream colored head that dissipates quickly, dark reddish brown, mahogany body.

Smell: fairly week aroma in general (though I am battling a cold), nuttiness, roasted malt, barely discernable hop

Taste: nutty, roasted malt, coffee, slight hop taste, chocolate on the finish

Mouth feel: medium body, very smooth, great tasting beer

Overall: Good beer, very drinkable, not to bitter and not too sweet. Good balanced beer. I like this beer and would definitely buy this again, another Sierra Nevada quality beer.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sierra Nevada Pint Glass

Appearance-Brown body with a very creamy light brown head. Very nice retention and pretty nice lacing.

Smell-Chocolate and Roasted malts, light hops and some nuts.

Taste-Lots of roasted malts. Chocolate, Bready and Nutty. Very nicely balanced with a nice amount of hops, which I really like in a brown. Very nice throughout.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, easy to drink. Perfect carbonation, so easy to drink.

Overall-Sierra Nevada just does it right. Impressive on so many levels. Every beer they put out is solid. While other breweries are brewing beers w/ Bacon, Quadrupal IPAs, Stouts aged in Tequilla; Sierra Nevada is just making quality beer after quality beer. Well Done.

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

served in pint glass at Taco Mac.

Pours a dark reddish mahogany with a short, and short-lived light tan head. Clear. Leaves some lacing despite scant head.

Somewhat weak aroma, but spicy hops are present with the expected malts. The aroma improves a little with warming. The malt balance seems a bit darker than usual; this becomes more obvious in tasting. Nicely nutty.
Nice dark roasted malt finish with a gentle and subtle hop presence.

O - a nice ABA and seasonal brew.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm about halfway through my second case of this beer this year. Really really liking it. Easily my favorite offering of this season.

Poured into my go to pint glass. It's a dark copper ruby color, but it's very clear. Lacing can be good if your glass is perfectly clean (which mine was not tonight).

Smells amazing. nice roasted malts, biscuit in there, caramel as well.

Taste is more of the same, with a bit of a grassy hop presence at the very end to sort of send you on you way.

Medium mouthfeel, cause you definitely want this one hanging around.

Overall I would say this is probably the barometer for an american brown. Terrific malt backbone, and just a kiss of hops in there to differentiate it from it's english counterpart. Will definitely be getting more of this before the season is over. Aside from the hemisphere beers that SN does, this is right up there with my favorites.

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Photo of Brunite
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A nice brown color with tan top.

S: Hmmm...some floral notes...some nutty....some malt.

T: Bitter. More than I would expect from a brown ale.

M: Thin to medium

O: Dissapointing. I really wanted another cheap go-to brown. This failed. To much hop bitterness for my brown tastes.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a medium brown with quite a bit of red shining through. Two finger soapy head with big bubbles. Leaves good lace.

S- Toasted toffee and graininess, pretty strong, smells pretty good, just not much going on

T- Lots of cereal graininess, biscuit, very watery, some toffee, roasted coffee, finishes with a kind of burnt caramel bitter finish.

M-Highly carbonated on the front, but finishes kind of flat

O- Way too watery. This beer was kind of a mess, did not blend together well. Drinkable, sure; a disappointment from Sierra Nevada though, definitely.

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Photo of Gatch
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep brown-amber color with a fluffy, off-white head that settles slowly.

S - Roasted malt, charred meat, not much else.

T - Heavy on the roasted, toasted, dark malts. Slight hop presence. A bit of alcohol in the finish as the beer warms towards room temperature.

M - Very little carbonation with a pleasant smoky taste that lingers on the palate.

Solid Brown Ale that I'd like to try from the tap.

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

2011 batch, from notes

A: Finger's width of fluffy, off-white head. Pretty slow to dissipate, and leaves behind a lot of lacing. The beer itself is a deep, rich brown color. It's nice and clear and just shy of being totally opaque.

S: Smells really strongly of roasted malts, with a nutty aroma as well. Basically smells like autumn in a glass.

T: The taste closely reflects the smell of the beer. Deeply roasted malts bring a hefty hit of sweetness and nuttiness. The finish has a nice bitterness to it. Really a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness.

M: medium body and carbonation and leaves the mouth feeling quite dry afterwards.

O: A nice, rich, sweet beer. The overall impression is not one of cloying sweetness, but actually balance with the the hops and the dry finish. Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of BeerBuggy
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It came in a brown bottle. It gave a two finger rootbeer like head. The color is dark brown with inviting red highlights. I could see almost nothing through the mug. There was some transluscence but the beer borders on the opaque.The head maintained for a few minutes more then half its initial thickness. There is a moderate amount of carbonation bubling apparent. It smells hoppy and yeasty to me. The malty sweetness is quite evident without beeing overpowering. The thickness is moderate. There is light to moderate short bunchy-lined lacing. There is a nutty chocalatey taste. After becoming acclimatized to more hoppy beers I can tell the hops are there but the bitterness is more ballanced. It seems well buit. There is a pleasant stickiness left on the roof of my mouth. I could drink another and would if i could right now. I'm not used to drinking brown ales so this is sort of an introduction for me.

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Photo of tko741
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, maroon-ruby in the glass with a creamy, cratery head that leaves lots of lace speckles and dissipates to a consistent half-finger cover over the beer. Smells of autumn spice and soft caramel with hints of chimney and a fleeting floral fragrance.

Initially robust in maltiness which subsides to tantalize you with velvety allspice, subtle clove, and perfectly balanced smokiness. Rye bread, light sugar, almond and some delicate hops pop in and out. Mouthfeel is like a beer pillow: airy, smooth, and gentle.

This stuff is great. Very drinkable and an excellent example of a warming fall beer.

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Photo of corylew
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose of malt and co2. Flavor is malty with slight hop bitterness twinge. The big selling point for this beer has to be the toasty brown flavor it brings forward without adding a heavy finish. Good gateway beer for your non "beer drinker" friends and nice for kicking back a few pints. Certainly not an incredible piece of beer artistry though.

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Photo of hiku7
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a well-balanced, moderately hopped, very drinkable brown ale. I will buy it again when fall rolls around next year.

Pours clear dark ruby brown with a light tan head. Nice rings of lacing.

After an initial slightly tart sourdough like smell, the smell is dominated by caramel malt. The taste is toasted and caramel malt with an earthy hop backbone. The slight tartness from the yeast is also present in the finish. The finish also has a prickly spicy hoppiness and tastes slightly metallic.

The beer is medium bodied with a sudsy foamy moderate carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.

Good offering from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of mattsdenney
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear brown with a thick bubbly off-white head.

S: Nutty, malty with coffee bean and toffee undertones.

T: Malt, yeast, and walnut. Chocolate and maple syrup linger in the aftertaste.

M: creamy and smooth. Light carbonation, leaves a slight coating in the mouth.

O: very drinkable. Smooth, great tasting brown ale. Perfect mix of malt and sweetness.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 2 Oct 2010. Served in the Sierra Nevada shaker pint.

Large fluffly light brown head. Minimally carbonated. Clear deep russet brown color. Sweetly nutty and lightly toasted malt aromas. Similar taste, toasty almonds and hazelnuts. Mild bitterness. Whole grain breadiness. Finish and aftertaste become slightly astringent. Light body, medium ethanol.

I liked this one a bit more than A.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Maroon/brown body topped by a two-finger head of dark white frothy foam, which dwindles to a full cap of foam. Slightly hazy but very effervescent body with carbonation racing to the top of the glass. Head leaves behind some sticky and splotchy lacing. A great looking brown ale.

Aroma: Roasted malt smells with toffee and caramel in the mix as well. There's also a very slight nutty and chocolate note as well. Earthy and herbal hops cut through the sweetness for balance. Very malt-forward beer, much different than most SN beers. Definitely smells like fall!

Taste: Nice notes of roasted malt on the forefront of the tongue, with caramel and a slight nutty flavor working their ways in on the middle of the palate. Some earthy/herbal, slightly astringent hops finish out before a chocolatey flavor, with a flash of baked bread, finishes out the beer. Some smokey notes emerge in the finish as the beer warms. Very well-balanced and wonderfully crafted. Excellent stuff.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with soft carbonation, like most beers by Sierra Nevada. Leaves a lingering finish of chocolate sweetness and some smoke. Very smooth beer, perfect for sessions. (I think so, anyway...)

Overall: A fantastic fall seasonal. For a "standard" beer category, Sierra Nevada does a great job staying within guidelines while not compromising on flavor. Definitely find this beer if you like more malt-forward brown ales. Smooth, drinkable, and relaxed. Great for autumn afternoons and evenings.

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Photo of yankeej13
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a tasting and figured it was time to rate it.

A- Pours out a real nice dark browish color. Medium head of foam with a little amount of carbonation.

S- Has a real nice strong robust smell. Almost a light coffee or roasted malts.

T- A nice rich roasted malts. Has a nice balance between floral hops and the roasted malts, barley. Has the body of almost a stout with a coffee finish.

M- Real rich mildly creamy. Real bold flavor, good drinkability and very smooth.

Overall- Another successful beer from SN. Really enjoyed it. Cheers

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

Pours brown, thick head. Aroma is of toasted malts, some hops.

Taste is much like the scent..very toasty and malty, somewhat nutty, and a slight hop profile. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and is fairly drinkable.

Could easily have a few. Good example of the style

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Photo of jiggahertz
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark brown beer, cappucino 2 finger head with lacing that sticks around forever.

S: Nutty malts come through, some faint cocoa.

T: Burnt roasted malts, coffee, finish is long and dry.

M: Low carbonation, sticky finish substantial beer.

O: Great fall offering from sierra, finish makes it a solid beer.

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Photo of goatsgo2hell
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours out a medium-dark color that's not quite as dark as most browns, and it has a nice head on it that takes a while to dissipate. It has a pleasant malty smell that's got light chocolate and nutty tones to it. It's not a heavy brown ale. Tumbler goes down nice and smooth, a thick and malty beverage that's very bread-like without a whole lot of bite. It's a great beer for the Fall season.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. 2011 "vintage" Tumbler. Bottle on day 186 of 2011 (July 5th?).

Appearance: First things first, a beautiful package. Hats off to SN for the best label artwork in the business. Pours a cola amber-brown with a thick toffee head.

Smell: A heavy roasted malt forward aroma. A slight coffee smell.

Taste: Strong and spicy, bordering on a porter or stout. Definitely full flavored.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and full mouthfeel, unlike many brown ales which tend to come off weak and watery.

Overall: Not my favorite style by far, but another winner from SN. A great beer!

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 70.1% out of 100 with 3,381 ratings
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