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 | website

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: 1,103 | Ratings: 3,326
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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Photo of Kelly88
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my flipdaddys pint glass.

A- pours a very dark ruby color that almost reminds me of a Dr. Pepper. A nice two finger light khaki head that settles to a nice cap that encompasses the whole top of the beer. Sporadic lacing is sticking around after every sip.

S- smell is a generic smell of roasted malts and a smell i can best describe as hops covered in dirt.

T- first thing that comes to mind is bland. A hoppy interpretation of the style that doesnt work. The hops taste earthy and the malts are there but just offer a toasty bitterness to accompany the hops.

M- pretty good. medium carbonation that is good. a slightly medium mouthfeel seems about right for the style.

D- a low abv beer but seems heavy on my stomach. Filling and just not very good tasting make this hard to drink for me

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft at Delaney's. Serviceable brown. Very dark brown, almost opaque. 3/8 inch of white foamy head. Some lace. Neutral aroma. Served a little on the cold side. Very drinkable, on the sweet side. The head looked a little unusual pattern, like mould spores.A tad below average mouthfeel.

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

To me its a little early to drink autumn beers,even more so now living in hot NC,but I wanted a outdoor grilling beer and this fit the bill.Poured into a standard pint glass a brilliant chesnut brown with a light tannish colored one finger head that settled into a creamy mass.Aromas are lightly roasted with a fair amount of nut,some caramel sweetness as well,almost like a faint pecan pie element to it.Well rounded on the palate,some caramel and lightly roasted nuttiness along with some roast, a real nice shot of pine in the finish.Its a great blend of roasty and sweetish malt and earthy,piney hop,one of the best brown ales I have had,well done again from SN.

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Photo of atsprings
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp copper with a nice frothy khaki head that slowly diminishes and leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is slight caramel malts with a hint of pine hops, not much there. The taste is crisp caramel malts with mild pine hops, no where near as hoppy as the bottle I had about a week before this one. The beer is enjoyable, and like I said in my bottle review, a fresh batch of this could be great in the actual Fall.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pretty chestnut colored ale, crystal clear with a nice tan head. I got two finger's worth with an aggressive pour, and it fades slowly leaving little lacing.

Roasty and earthy malts with caramel notes in the aroma. Maybe a touch of hop spice sneaking in there, but hearty malt is what this beer seems to be all about. Taste has some roasted malt, some burnt sugar/caramel. Not much hop flavor or bitterness, as this finishes quickly with only a mild bitterness and dry alcohol evident in the end.

Nice body on this beer, visibly viscous when swirled. Smooth and slick feel. This is a great fall beer from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Quick 6 in West York, PA. Poured from the stubby 12oz chilled into a tulip pint.

A - The color is chestnut brown with reddish tinges and translucent clarity. The cream is pale tan with a rocky cap and the bead is very fine. The lace clings moderately well - an attractive looking brown ale.

S - The smell is the best part - all that fresh malted barley is evident in the aroma - both toasty and mild nutty hints with a slight element of stone fruit and light spice - the mild cocoa accent in the nose is pleasant with a gentle roast coffee note

M - The feel is very good with both malt roasted texture and hop spice working in tandem for a layered and balanced effect. The mild sweetness and slight toasted bready quality works well here.

T - The flavor has a nice level of complexity with both roasted barley and mild fruity elements from the yeast with a light spice from the hops. There are nutty and light coffee like notes with a gentle cocoa element mild caramel sweetness and a light tropical nut creamy flavor w/ toasted bread crumbs and mellow herbal minty clean element w/ light biscuit and spice as the ale finishes with a nice balance of mild sweetness and hop bitterness - the semi dry finish is very pleasant

D - An all around well crafted ale in my book, the malt is full on and the balance is there without neglecting the flavor in any sense - I would happily have this as a go-to , one of the best browns out there - the fresh malt is notable

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

Thanks again to the Market of choice for stocking this beer. Drank from a Highland Hollows pint glass. Pours a medium brown. Very roasty with a very malty backbone. Smells like late-September if that's possible. Hints of hops hit the palate very lightly while staying true to the maltiness.

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Photo of SamN
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Tumbler pours a deep, rich chestnut brown with amber highlights. Streaks of reddish hues sum up an excellent color profile. Huge foam head, loose and bubbly. Leaves lots of chunky lacing down the glass. Dirt brown color. Very autumn-y, great looks.

S- Metallic malt odors, slightly nutty, toasty caramel malts, lightly porter-esque. Faint smells, sadly.

T- Mostly a balance between the heavier and roastier malt flavors and the pronounced hops buffer. More hops than I expected, but then again, this IS a Sierra Nevada brew. The grains lend a sweetness to counter the bittered finish. Good balance, but nothing outstanding here. Solidly decent.

M- Slightly more body here, a little more heft to it. Easy carbonation for the most part, some slight burn on the lips when drawing in.

D- Pretty good, a solid autumn session beer. Not too strong at 5.5%, good flavors, a solid seasonal brew from the mighty SN.

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Photo of horshack7
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Out of a twelve ounce bottle and into a pint glass is a nice dark brown with amber hues around the edges. The head is thick upon thinning out it does leave behind thick white lacing.

Aroma: Lots of malty grain notes of brown bread. The hops present themselves as floral and a little bit dry in the nose.

Taste: Well this one is malty straight out of the gate nicely robust. Brown bread with roasted hops in the tail end. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a little hop bite.

Notes: It's a well rounded beer a good offering from Sierra Nevada. Cheers.

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Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. It poured a caramel brown color with a full and frothy off-white head. Pretty decent head retention and very nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma shows a nutty and caramel malt flavor to it. It comes across pretty flavorful and balanced overall.

The taste has a malty and nutty flavor to it with some sweet caramel and roasted, bitter coffee coming through. I really liked the coffee and roasted flavors it had to it and they mixed very well with the sweet caramel malty flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, I thought it had some great flavors for the style. I wasn't really expecting the coffee and roasty flavors but they really added to the depth of the flavor and the balance for me. Very nice brown ale overall.

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