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

although its still a bit early for fall beers, wanted to try the new sn release. pours up quite nice, deep amber or ruby when held to the light. had a decent sized creamy head of khaki foam, but it's gone quite quickly.
smell is somewhat north english brown ale mixed with fall seasonal lager. almost a touch of smoke in there. wood burned.
flavor is pretty dry, nutty, earthy and dirty, with a quick hop kick at the end. not very sierra nevada like, and much different from their former brown ale.
i like the flavor well enough, but it's tough to distinguish between nutty, earthy, smoky/coffee flavor as the main taste. it's definitely not a sweet brown ale, but it's not a crazy hopped brown like terrapin or dfh, either.
medium bodied, less carbonation than many sn beers, but enough to give a bit of a burp.
i would call this more of a northern england brown ale, without any hints of sweetness. another decent and different brown ale to add to the mix.


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Photo of bobhits
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

n. a very impressive toast finish, the first thing that caught my attention. A weak malty start, but it's hard to place it with that toast aroma. I think there's a bit of american hop to go with that toffee chocolate malt, but it all blends together a bit much for me to really pull anything special out of it

a. Much darker brown than most brown ales, almost going black. A good head forms but quickly goes back to a nice white top.

T. Light chocolate/toffee malt start, fades back to a kiss of hops mixed with pretty strong almost burnt toast flavor.

m. A good mouth feel to this beer, but nothing to write home about. I was hoping for a bit more of a summer meets fall beer, but this is on it's way to a winter sipper.

d. I don't see me myself drinking too many of these in a night. Certainly nothing wrong but nothing special here.

I suppose what you would expect from Sierra, nothing bad but nothing that's above average. All around an average beer, but average for this style is pretty darn good.

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Photo of Mit
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a-pours a nice dark reddish brown colour. No real head to speak of...possibly some soap residue on my glasses.

s-Def some roasted malts on the bouquet. A little bit of the trademark SN hoppy smells...a real little bit.

t-the roasted malt is first on the palate followed by a kinda unpleasant taste I wasn't able to put my finger on. Mouthfull is rounded out by a little finishing bitterness.

m-average for the strength of beer. I woulda thought that it might have had a little more thickness on the tongue though.

d-It's kinda unoffensive...I really found that it was fairly average. Having said that I could finish lots of these in a night.

Sad that Anniversary was shelved for this.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown hues with amber at the edges, capped off with a bubbly finger's worth of beige head. Where do I begin to describe the aromas? I don't think any version of "roasty" will suffice. It definitely exceeds any proper description, "supremely roasty" will have to do for now. It's a comforting blend of chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a tad smoky. There's an acidity in there that offers little balance, but I'm not complaining. Flavors are also intensely roasty, featuring the same characteristics I described in the aroma. Milk chocolate and coffee, light and sweet. There is also a huge nutty character, which lingers pretty nicely on the palate. The hops offer little to my description. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, translating to a gorgeously made and easily drinkable brown ale. I should note that the flavors really only held up their intensity for a little while before they started to dwindle a bit. A minor cap of head retains, and there is lacing all over.

Yum. I need more of this beer.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfortunately, this is nothing special from SN. After really enjoying everything I have had from them I am disapointed. Its just a average brown ale. Has a nice little malt toasty flavor with a little bit of that SN hops at the end. But nothing stands out. Its certainly easy to drink and can be a nice session brew, but its not up to the standards of SN.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a crystal-clear amber-brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted caramel malts with hints of toastiness. As it warms very slight amounts of nutty aromas waft out as well.

Tastes more robust than it smells. Moderately sweet caramel malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by more heavily caramelized toasted malts. Midway through the sip the flavor profile turns slightly bitter as the only semblance of hops come out, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I think the best way to describe this beer is "inoffensive". There's not a whole lot about this beer that I would foresee BMC and non-BMC drinkers complaining about, and perhaps that is what SN is going for with their revamped marketing. Not worth seeking out, but a solid beer that's worth trying if it pops up.

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Photo of silentjay
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly translucent reddish brown with a decent off-white head that retains and laces well.

aroma is of an average english brown ale. minerally, bready malts and some earthy hops. a tiny bit of nuttiness and light caramel.

flavor is a bit better than the aroma, but not much. similar to an amber or english pale ale. the roasted nutty malts don't present themselves the way I'd like. hops are present and are grassy and earthy. some maple syrup and caramel. nothing special here. I would like more chocolaty, nutty, and roasty flavors.

almost medium bodied, but finishes watery with some lingering bitterness and some syrupy sweetness.

drinks ok. nothing repulsive, but nothing attractive either. I have had many better beers from Sierra Nevada and have had many better browns. I would rather an "above average" IPA (their anniversary ale) than this any day. I'll finish the 24oz bottle, but probably won't buy another.

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Photo of monkeylovebeer
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada has made some interesting choices over the last year or so. I kind of understood their decision to trade the delicious E.S.B. (Early Spring Beer) for their Glissade Golden Bock (which taught me once and for all that I do not like bocks); perhaps bocks are underrepresented when considered against the bitter and they wanted to branch out and turn people onto what Germans drink while dancing around the maypole. Whatever.

The latest favorite to be benched was their incredible Anniversary Ale. Sierra made the case that they were swimming in hoppy beers; Torpedo, Chico Estate Harvest, Southern Hemisphere Harvest ... OK, I get their point. Once again, however, an old favorite has been replaced by ... well, meh.

I vaguely remember Sierra putting out a brown a few years back, and come to think of it, I haven't seen it around. Stepping into the breach, Tumbler fills that niche solidly, but not spectacularly. It pours, as you might imagine, a nice autumn brown with good head retention and decent lacing.

Upon first smell, I get some harsh mineral notes that obscure the hop profile and the roasted malt. On first sip, though, it's all good. This is a textbook brown, no more, no less. The requisite toffee and chocolate notes are there, and there is a slight grassy hop finish. The Tumbler's body is a little thin, perhaps the coach has it doing too much time on the mat.

With some real outstanding American-style browns on the market these days (I'm thinking Lost Coast's Downtown Brown, Bear Republic's Pete's Brown, Big Sky's Moose Drool), Sierra really had to distinguish itself here with something special ... and didn't.

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

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a wonderfully puffy khaki head that is slowly settling. The aroma has some mineral aspects to it, brown bread and general nuttiness. The taste is of brown bread, light brown sugar with a hint of toffee. There is some tea and lemon flavors which add some dry flavors and there is a fairly minimal grassy bitterness in the end. I also pick up some roasted malt as well. The ale has a moderate to full body and tingly carbonation which gives an almost creamy feel. Starts off sweet but the roasted and hoppy bitterness come in to balance everything out. Finishes a bit dry and slightly astringent. A very solid brown ale, some nice malty flavor.

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

Appearance-Pours a straight brown into the glass with slight ruby highlights, a finger and a half of white head rises and leaves dabs of lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma-Spot on for a brown ale, I smell nutty and toasty lightly browned malt all the way through as well as a hint of fruit on the finish.

Taste-Follows the nose with the lightly browned and toasty malts taking center stage with flavors of nuts, unsweetened chocolate, light caramel and the aforementioned lightly browned malt character. Not as much fruit on the back end as in the aroma but it really doesn't need it.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body with medium light carbonation; standard.

Drinkability-Good, straight up easy drinking; perfect for what it is.

Notes-This is quite simply a quality brown ale, nothing stands out in particular but I feel that is in a way its strength as it rounds together all the necessities of a brown ale and does them each equally well. Perfect for session drinking in my book.

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