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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Reviews: 1,113 | Ratings: 3,377
Photo of tugdriver7
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malt. Dark, rich roasted and--well, I'm getting ahead of myself. Poured rich and dark like coffee, with a very nice tan head that stayed through the first half. Hint of roasted and caramel (sweet, in this case) in the nose, with none of the expected smoky stout-like flavor. Initial taste was a tad sweet, rich and malty and well rounded with a mild hop bitterness. Sweetened as you went along, but no negatives in the flavor department. Might get a little rich after awhile, but these are very (emphasize very) drinkable. Could put them down easily and love every minute. Even the last few drops tasted good. Nice job.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$8.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright brown body topped with a big tight heady of fantastic retention. Ample lacing and a thick creamy cover.

S: Light bready aroma, and slightly sweet. Subtle caramel aroma. Very subdued floral hop aroma in the distant background. Nothing spectacular, but it gets the job done.

T: Bready malt backbone, and hopped just enough to balance the sweetness. Very simple flavor profile, but very pleasant. Some minor bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Very smooth on the tongue.

D: Goes down very easy, and doesn't dominate the palate in any sense. Great beer to enjoy on a calm cool evening, and compliments grilled meat wonderfully.

O: Very solid selection from Sierra Nevada. I would expect nothing less.

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Photo of TK5150
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours dark brown with an off-white/beige head. The beer leaves decent lacing on the glass. Lighter brown edges/highlights when held up to the light.

S- Toasted malts, toffee, caramel. Not much else going on, but smells ok.

T- Toasted malts, caramel, and some herb-like hoppiness. Smokiness appears. A little spice lingers in the does hints of chocolate. Well balanced with the malts and bitterness.

M- Medium bodied. Carbonation feels sharp in the mouth.

D- Easy to drink, but nothing particularly special.

Overall, not a bad brown ale. A good beer to drink while watching football, but not the best brown ale in the world. A decent beer for the fall season.

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

pours a dark brown color one or two finger head depending on the pour good head retention and a spotty lace to the finish. faint nutty smell with slightly nutty big toasted malt taste thats light and smooth and slightly dry no hops noted here in my opinion the way a brown ale should taste. a good simple straight foreword dark easy to drink beer.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Tumbler is a clear, red-brown ale with a bubbly light khaki head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a dry, wooden aroma with a green, botanical note. It's medium bodied, soft and smooth with a dry, crisp finish that leaves the mouth a little chalky. It tastes well balanced, resiny and nutty with a green, leafy bitterness. It's very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Rayek
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep chestnut brown with a slight chill haze. A dense cream head slowly falls to a thin film. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Bittersweet baking chocolate dominates. A light roasted grain aroma, plus a very mild coffee scent add interest. A bit of lemon is in the background.

T: Very malty. The chocolate and roasted grain from the nose come on to dominate the flavor. Bitterness is quite low and adds just a hint of pepper and lemon to the mix. Finishes with lingering molasses and roasted grain flavors.

M: The medium body is slightly syrupy and has the right level of fizz.

D: This is a very nice autumn offering from SN. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of jduffy21
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a nice 1 finger head that hangs around all the way down. Smell of malty nutty goodness. Taste Malts and nuttiness, very little hop flavor. Medium mouth feel. These go down pretty good, I could have more than a few of these on a night.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with a one finger tan head. Nice retention and lot of laceing. Aroma is of spices,and bready malts,and brown sugar. Throw in a touch of hops too.Body is on the lighter side of medium, with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is of roasted malts and grain. Nice touch of hops in the finish. I'm not big on this style,but if you are you will like this one.

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

Finally out in my region, anxiously awaited this beer.

Off a semi rigorous pour a very generous tan head forms. Pillowy light sea foam consistent head is formed. Head provides a nice show, receding to a dollop in the center with sticky, but thin full coverage lace.
Color is a light brown, mildly transparent with redish copper hues while holding to light.

Aroma is rich with cereal grains, a mild roasty character, special B like, along with honey and a bit of malt.

Taste is strongly resembling flavors, very nut brown like, although with more sweet caramel honey and a touch of hay like hops.
Feel is crisp and light.

Overall a great fall beer, or all year beer that provides nice flavor and is easy to sip on.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Big thick head, near 1", lots of spotty lace and reduces to full disk head. Clear amber/claret color.

S - Simple deep malt and bitter friend.

T - Porter like taste, nice brown light dark, some hops to challenge the malt.

M - Thin, like carb, fair balance.

D - Very easy to drink. Hot or cold day, this one goes down easy.

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

Serving type - bottle

Appearance - Dark brown, tannish brown

Smell - Some spices, pumpkin, mollasses and malts

Taste - On first drink i got a carboard sort of taste, and knowing that this was a fresh batch its either the way the beer is or the distribitor let the beer get into some sunlight. Ive sammpled this beer again and same deal.
Its a good autumn brown ale but nothing special. Its what id call a safe brew. Nothing overpowering or unique, just enough to be solid

Mouthfeel - Its very easy to drink, the pumpkin spice gives you a dry semi sweet covering of the pallette. Theres a little molasses kick to stimulate the tastebuds.

Drinkabilty - Its not bad. Its a above average beer. To be honest its not on par with sierras' other great beers. Seems like this is a safe attempt at a brown ale. I would drink again, but i surely wouldnt pick up anymore 6-packs

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Photo of bruachan
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

good froth to start but declined to some ocular suds. lacing ok to start, but doesn't sustain. nice dark cherry color

airy pinetree hops. browned malt

good enough mouthfeel: judiciously distributes sweet toasty-roastiess. tastes like brown! (which means almost no esters). bitterness is strong but hops aroma and flavor are subtle. dry and very easy drinkin

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a huge amount of foamy/creamy head, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A pleasant, malty, nutty aroma.

T: Tasted of roasted malt and that brown ale nuttiness up front, with a little hops in the finish. As browns go, this one is pretty tasty.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: One of the better brown ales I've tried. Drinkable.

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Photo of speter
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent chestnut brown with a thick, foamy three-finger head that never quite went away. Impressive lacing.

S: Rich roast malt with quite a bit of chocolate character and more than your average whiff of hops.

T: The sweetness of the malt dominates the front and the roast starts to shine in the center. The finish is quite bitter, a combination of the roast and a good amount of hops. The aftertaste is similar to the finish.

M: Very smooth and creamy.

D: The complexity and balance make this a very sessionable beer.

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

Definitely better when consumed warm or only slightly chilled, to bring out the full flavor.

A= nice dark chestnut, decent head, plentiful rimming & lacing.

S= faint when first poured cold, but as it warms the dark roasted malts become more evident, and some toffee, plus hops florals. Cold = 3, Warm = 4.

T= dark roasted malts, occasional rushes of creamy toffee. I had to let it sit and warm to 68 degrees F before I found it truly rich, and with nice malt thickness. Nice hops varieties although there's a very noticeable tinny bite at times, either from a small amount of a very bitter hop or from burnt malts that is a bit annoying at times.

M= some astringency on the tongue, the malts continue to sparkle with the tingle of carbonation and that odd bite hiding in the mix.

D= rather nice, sessionable unless the odd bite gets to you.

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Photo of Jiggamyte
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: A reddish, brown color with an off white, foamy head that quickly retreats to a quarter inch of lacing that hangs around for a while.

S: Caramel malts and oat. Slight bit of hoppiness as the beer warms.

T: This beer really needs to warm to get the full effect. Caramel, toasted malts, nuttiness, and a little hop bitterness.

M: Medium in body. Nice carbonation and a slight warming from alcohol as the beer warms.

D: A very drinkable beer.

Overall, this was a very good offering from Sierra Nevada. I enjoy their beers and this is another seasonal that I can get behind and have a few in a sitting.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Pours a deep dark brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to minimal quickly. There was nice lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt and a nutty note. The flavor was of roasted malt, pine, and an earthy character. It was light on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was not very appealing as there was not a lot going on in this one really. The flavors were very muted throughout. This one needs a little more of everything to make it enjoyable for myself in my opinion.

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Photo of Dose
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very drinkable solid brown ale. I would be very happy with this result at home and since one can find Sierra Nevada nearly everywhere this is an excellent choice when you can't get to your favorite beer shop. However, as measured by the ever rising bar of the craft beer the "Tumbler" is lacking that wow factor. Still, a good tasting ale perfectly suited for fall quaffing.

A: Color is well within range for the style. Nice half head that hung out for a few minutes.
S: Mostly malt in the aroma but with some fresh hop presence too.
T: Nice mix of caramel sweetness and roasted malt. This beer tips more towards the American vs. the British brown ales with more malt and hop flavor.
M: Medium body and carbonation.
D: Yummy. I would order this beer again and recommend it to friends.

The Tumbler is solid drive right up the middle. Mild applause from the gallery.

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

This poured a dark amberish-brown. Could have standed to be a little darker with more dark malts in my opinion. Definitely on the sweeter side. Lots or caramel, with malt and a little roasted flavor. Could use a little more roasted flavors so they weren't so in the background. It's good but almost too well balanced. I like my brown ales to have a little more roast and less caramel. Hops were quite noticeable as with most SN beers. A good drinking beer but not up to par with some of the better brown ales out there

edit: had this again recently and it impressed more. Still malt heavy but noticed some smoke and it was a prefect Autumn beer for a cool night.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: syrup colored brown ale; one-finger head; nice carbonation
S: sweet; hint of caramel; light aroma overall
T: borders between a hoppy and copper taste, no doubt part of its roasted profile. That hoppy aspect accounts for its bitterness and its proximity to a pale ale.

Overall, this is a good seasonal offering from Sierra Nevada, certainly worth bringing to a party that has both beer snobs and beer-phobes.

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

A solid Fall offering (is it Fall already?). Sturdy malt body, with abundant caramel notes and a touch of chocolate. No malt bomb here, however, as well-rounded hops follow in quick-step to balance the flavor profile. Much more personality than the run-of-the-mill brown ale -nicely done.

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Photo of BigIrishman
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours brownish but with a lot of ruby streaks, big fluffy white head that craters and leaves lace all over the place.

Smell: Nutty and sweet with a bit of a sweet chocolate flavor on the end. Some biscuity/bready background.

Taste: Almost tastes like a mellowed out (less sweet) almond joy. Big nutty character with a bready sweet body and a sweet finish. Flavor is pretty relaxed and not overdone (falls on the lighter english brown rather than the american porter side of things).

Mouthfeel: Super creamy but smooth and easily drinkable.

Drinkability: I'm starting to really dig these newer brown ales (definitely a style that's been neglected in the past few years). This one goes down smooth, mixes well with most robust food flavors and finishes nicely. I can definitely drink these all night long especially come the cooler (maybe not cold, thats imperial stout time) weather.

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

A good example of how evolved the SN portfolio has become. Instead of their usual (and majority) hop-obsessed offerings, Tumbler is a study in malts, brown ale style. Especially the use of smoked malt, which gives this a dry dark chocolate profile. Unexpectedly good. The contrast between the dark brown color and the white foam, make this a beautiful ale glass presentation. Smooth with chocolate-mocha notes presents similarities to Schwarz bier. A surprise, and a good one. I can also foresee cooking possibilities. Slightly sweet, but finishes smoky dry, with Challenger hops instead of Cascade.

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Photo of velkyal
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sight - dark cooper, slight red tinge, topped with a light tan.

Smell - tobacco, like an old man pub (love it, need more of them in my world), slightly chocolatey cocoa notes.

Taste - some caramel and biscuit, ever such a slight touch of citrus.

Sweet - 3/5

Bitter - 3/5

A very light, crisp beer, nice carbonation and beautifully balanced, definitely a beer to drink all night.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a medium brown with a nice tan head that lasted a while. Nice lacing.
This one was not nearly as dark as I expected.
Caramel malts, slight metallic twinge and a smell of freshly baked bread/yeast.
Hints of roasted malts. A tick of molassis.
Finished with a slightly bitter bite from the hops no doubt.
Mouthfeel was very nice.

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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 3,377 ratings.
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