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 Guden
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Beer is a dark amber brown, a bit dark but okay. A small off white head has moderate retention and just a little lacing.

S- Lots of nuts and toast with hints of earthy and herbal spice.

T- Starts strong with walnut and brown sugar and a bit of earthy hops with a little of bitterness on the end rounding out the flavor. There is also a mint flavor that I find a bit off putting.

M- Feels a bit thin for the style with decent carbonation, it actually ends up coming off as a bit creamy despite the thinness so it works well and fills the mouth with all the toast, nuts and hops.

D- Not a bad beer but the lingering taste of mint throughout has me not enjoying it too much and I wouldn't mind just a little more hops or alcohol in the mix.

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Photo of Jenkster4
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a staple brown ale should. Nice fluffy head on the topside with mostly large bubbles. A pretty brown ale indeed.

Nose: You do get a good dose of nuts, with some toffee , and slight caramel. Very dominant roasted nutty aroma.

Taste & Mouth-feel : Creamy on the palate, rather simple, but tasty. You get the characters you pick on on the nose, with some cinnamon as well. A very balanced and subtle blend. Slight bitterness on the tip and back of the tongue for me, but it really doesn't leave that much of an aftertaste. It left my palate with a nice creamy reminisce.

Overall: In my opinion this is a very nice brown ale. It's not my favorite style, but this is one of the better ones that I've tried. Perfect beer to kick of the cool weather. I will be frequenting this one for sure.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy reddish-brown. The head is 1/4 inch foamy beige head with big bubbles and light lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts. Toffee. Cocoa and coffee bean. Seeped black tea. Barley malt. low grassy and earthy hops.

Taste: cereal grains. Earth hops. Nuts, especially walnut. dry. Not to bitter.

Mouthfeel: Biscuity and dry. Somewhat hearty. On the malt side. Pleasing, palate cleansing. Would be good with a pastry or desert.

Overall: Has some interesting qualities especially the malts but I find the balance off and it isn't entirely drinkable unless you specific like a coarser heavier malt brown ale.

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Photo of fank2788
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass
After the pour this one is a great deep mahogany brown with a nice and thick light khaki head. Great ruby red highlights when held up to the light, just a touch shy of clear. The smell is of beautiful roasty malts. Nice caramels and a bit of toffee with a touch of west coast hop and some light yeasty ester. The taste reminds you that this is an american brown without overdoing it. Sure there are some west coast citrus and pine hops in there but the focus remains the malt and the balance lies a touch to the malt side. Granted this beer has way more hop than an english leaning brown ale but there it is clear it's a brown ale. The mouthfeel too is pretty good. A moderate body and and medium levels of carbonation with a finish that is slightly drying with a lingering roast malt character. Overall this is a very solid brown ale. The low alcohol and great taste make it good for a session. I've always been a big brown ale fan and I look forward to this one every Autumn.

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

Brewed July 27 2011

A - deep brown with red edges and a marvelous offwhite head.

S - light roast, dark fruit, caramel and toffee, bit nutty. nice stuff

T - Sweet dark fruit up front is a little off putting at first, but the roasted and nutty malt flavors come to save the day quickly. You get a very nice taste here. Nice roast and sweetness balance each other well.

M - smooth, medium body. Just fine.

O - yeah, this is a good beer. Sierra Nevada always does a good job.

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Photo of mweso2000
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 2 finger head with a lace that clings to the glass. Dark mocha brown in appearance. Smells of sweet malt, molasses,with a hint of brown sugar. Tastes of sweet toasted malt yeast and oats. Touch of hop bitterness near the end. This is the only brown ale besides Dogfish that I have had that I like. While not quite up to the level of DF it is probably a better representation of the style. I find most brown ales to be too sweet, but this one gets it right. Sweet but not overly so.

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Photo of harrymel
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This seasons batch. 2011

A: Pours a brown ale with a single finger of peanut head which depresses down to a sheet of the same with lingering larger pubbles. The foam hugs the rim. Near excellent clarity with cherry hues where available.

S: Roasty, nutty and herbal. I'm not particularly interested in trying to identify any further on this one. The smell is pleasant.

T: Taste is somewhat oaty for me, a little reminiscent of the smell of livestock feed. Not bad, but pretty specific for my palate. I like the memories it elicits.

M: Medium on velvet for the body with greatly subdued yet effective carbonation.

O: Good beer, not my fav, but good.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Heady Topper pint glass. 2011 bottling.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy dirty white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear brownish-amber. Lacing is stringly and thick with good cling. A good looking beer.

Nose is nutty with some nutmeg, twig, and brown sugar. Moderately aromatic and very clean and crisp.

Opens nutty with some brown sugar, dried leaves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sweetens a touch towards the middle and end. Some yeastiness comes through right before a nutty finish. Aftertaste is nutmeg and unsweet brown sugar. Refreshing and like the nose, very clean.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Smooth and crisp in the mouth and lively and abrasive going down. Finishes messy with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable.

A really simple and clean offering from SN, the Tumbler is a great example of what it takes to be a solid example of the brown ale style. Pronounced but simple nuttiness. Great light body and super sessionable. Worth picking up a sixer for sure.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, rich mahogany with two finger of off-white, almost tan head..lots of texture. Leaves behind a frothy film with large bubbles and lots of sticky lacing. Excellent.

S: Nutty and toasted is what I get most out of Tumbler. There may be a hint of chocolate and coffee here. Nice, subtle smelling beer.

T: Not the most prominent taste, but right away you can tell this is a Sierra Nevada creation from the yeast taste. Toasted, bready malts, nutty, a hint of chocolate with bittering hops at the end. Has somewhat of a dark tea quality to this. I like it.

M: Medium bodied with fairly dry finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer and would be approachable to folks who don't normally drink craft beer. Sierra Nevada rarely misses and Tumbler is no exception.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance-Chestnut brown with a slight reddish hue and good clairity. Dense, creamy head is ivory and has good retention with some nice lacing.

Aroma-Sweet, toasted malt, with light caramel, bready malt, and a hint of chocolate. Hop character is negligible. Malt dominates the profile, which is rather clean, lacking any esters or yeast character.

Flavor-Malty sweet up front, with light roasted malt, toast, and chocolate. Light nuttiness. Finish has moderately low hop bitterness, but it is rather dry from the roasted malt. Finishes lightly roasty with a toasted/grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with soft, moderate carbonation. Extremely smooth.

A smooth malty brown ale, with some nice, nuanced malt flavors, but I with it had a bit more to offer-maybe some hop character in the aroma and flavor. Easy drinking and nice for this time of year.

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

2011 bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium amber brown with an inch tall light tan head. Good lacing.

Smell: A sweet malty smell dominates with a slight yeast smell in the background.

Taste: The taste of malt dominates. There is some oak chips flavor in the background along with the taste of yeast. Finish is a good balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-heavy carbonation.

Overall: A tasty well-balanced beer. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest

Poured a dark brown with 1/2" of thick brownish head. The nose is malty and sweet; caramel and bread notes. Taste is nutty and biscuity up front with rich, smooth caramel malts to finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied; goes down easily.

This is a solid beer. Sierra Nevada's second best seasonal. Second only to my beloved Celebration Ale.

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Photo of slassy
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a medium-sized head that dissipates rather quickly. Dark, cholately-brown color almost reminiscent of Coca-Cola.

S: Extremely malty scent, in a blind test I might have thought I was about to drink a stout. Earthy tones as well.

T: Very carbonated (a little too much). Starts off just like it smells- very malty, followed by a roasted and yeast-heavy aftertaste. Very strong flavors but not overbearing in the least.

M: Again very carbonated. Chewy, 'liquid bread'-like feel.

O: Bought this to kick off the football season as well as the autumn weather. Exactly what I was looking in a fall seasonal- flavorful with a thick body yet the ability to drink multiple in a sitting. Very nice packaging, too, fits the brew perfectly.

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

A. Dark copper colour, clear, with a very pale tan head. Lots of lace and the head sticks around right to the bottom of the pint.

S. Mostly malt, medium roast, a touch of higher roast bitterness, slightly sweet, it smells... creamy. And I don't mean it smells like cream.

T. There's an underlying brown ale sweetness that's held in check by some nice roasted flavours and a subtle hop bitterness. Well done to SN for holding back on the hops with this one. Still quite bitter in the finish though. No complaints from me there.

M. Medium bodied, very easy to drink, doesn't lay heavy on the stomach.

O. Brown Ale is far from being one of my favourite beer styles but I've come to look forward to Tumbler season. It's just a little high on the ABV to be considered a true session beer but I wouldn't supping this all evening.

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

A ~ A great Pour yields chestnut brown with crystal clarity, but quite a bit of character. Tannish head with Good lacing for a brown ale.

S ~ Nuts & Malt...touch of sweetness

T ~ Toasty malt & Bread pudding dominate...wood chips, pecans & grassy hops on the finish. Nice and spice-driven with a delicate balance. Pretty hoppy for a brown ale as well.

M ~ Slightly grassy. Fantastic mouthfeel from the large amount of malt, with a dry finish from the hops.

D ~ Great beer, will be even better when It cools down a bit over here. Not my favorite of Sierra Nevada's lineup, but extremely delectable.

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Photo of cosmo4u
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark brown color with ruby hints and a 3 finger soapy light tan head. Good lacing. Smell: Burnt malt with just a hint of caramel. Taste: Smoky roasted malt up front followed by sweet caramel in the middle and mildly bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is both smoky and bitter. Flavor, like the aroma, is a bit subdued. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Tingles a little on the tongue. Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a few of these without any trouble. Overall: Solid beer overall and a good representation of the style. Very solid choice for a crisp autumn day.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It poured a beautiful three finger head that is somewhere between off-white and khaki colored. It is very sudsy with craters forming at the top of the cap. The beer has a burnt sienna body with orange highlights; can look clear through the glass.

Smell:It has biscuit malts and herbal notes on the sniff. It is very slight however, and needs to be a bit bigger.

Taste: Tumbler has a distinct bread malt flavor, but instead of a caramel malt sweetness, there is a roasted malt flavor. Just a little bit of spice shows up in the drink as it warms. It adds a nice dimension to an otherwise straight forward brown.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied, but the carbonation is too much. It prevents it from being chewy and really smooth, which this beer would benefit from.

Overall: Tumbler is one of the better brown ales available as a seasonal. The flavor profile could be bolder, and less carbonation would sure help the mouth feel of this one.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a translucent, dark copper-orange color with 1/2 finger of tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt aromas with a bit of roasted character.

T: Leads with a light roasted flavor that quickly is joined by some nice, mild pine hoppiness. There's also a bit of smoky flavor in there that's subtle. After a while, a little menthol joins the finish.

M: Not too heavy, good carbonation and smooth going down.

O: Uncomplicated and straightforward, a good beer for a fall weekend after raking the leaves or during the big game. Pretty sure I'll be buying this again before the season is over.

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

22oz on tap at Pizza Rock in Sacramento.

I ordered this on recommendation from staff. Not bad at all. Very malty. Typical Brown Ale style in my opinion. Not too boozy for me. Dark in color. I don't drink brown ales too often but I think this is a great style. Almost similar to stouts or porters I would think. Overall, I'd order this again.

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Photo of pBRale
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes on 8-23-11

Appearance: Ruby brown beer (~25 SRM) with a fluffy off-white head that slowly settles and leaves a substantial lacing.

Smell: Malty and nutty aromas. Surprisingly, I'm not picking up on much more.

Taste: A refreshingly sweet caramel taste followed by toasted malts and nutty, woody tastes ending with a dry, bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied brew that drinks very easily and smoothly.

Overall: Full flavored, refreshing, smooth, drinkable autumn brew that is perfect for the crisp bite of fall weather (and football season).

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

bottled on July 19, 2011

A: Reddish brown with a thick white head. Substantial lacing.

S: A subdued nose. Some sweet malt and herbal hops.

T: Somewhat sweet malt with very subtle hints of chocolate and nuts but no noticeable roast. The herbal hops are noticeable but not prominent. The flavor is pretty gentle and balanced. The finish is clean, but there is a lingering metallic note from the hops. The taste isn't bad, but I look for a more robust flavor profile in a brown ale.

M: Thin and bubbly.

O: A bottled brown ale by Sierra Nevada. Unfortunately, I want to like this beer much more than I actually do.

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

A- Dark brown, clear, with a one finger head that moved down to a standard lacing

S - The first inhale brought a smell of chicory, brown sugar, and dark fruit.

T - The taste has hints of chocolate, malt, faint hints of smoke and maple, some biscuit-bread qualities

M - carbonation is decent, slightly prickly but chewy as it gets warmer

O - A good brown, not overly complex in the taste department, but worthy of sampling.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle

A: Pours a red/orange color with about a fingers worth of head that dies fairly quickly

S: Some nice malts up front, followed by some nuttiness and slight butter

T: A full, smooth maltiness at first, followed shortly by a faint nuttiness that goes on into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down nice and smooth with very little residual aftertaste

O: A simple yet delicious american brown that does the style justice. You can always count on SN for that

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark iced tea color with a 1 inch puffy light brown head that settles to a thin cap. Nice rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, slight caramel, and some spices. Taste is of toasted bread, burnt caramel, and a spicy flavor on the finish. There is a bitter spice taste that lingers on the back of the tongue after each sip. The carbonation level on this one is good with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good brown ale that is very appropriate for a Fall beer. The toasty malt smells and flavors remind me very much of the season.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After being impressd by Ovila on tap and a huge fan of British Browns I figured I'd try some other SN. This beer looks good nice head with lacing. The smell is toast, caramel, and almost a cross between a german dunkel and a nut brown. The taste is not bad, and the hop used are an interesting twist on the style. I guess that is the explaination for an "American" Brown Ale (american hops). Seemed a bit over carbonated. The beer kind of explodes in your mouth. I prefer more mellow carbonation for the style.

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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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