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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Photo of barnzy78
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, PKGD 07/03/14
A 3.75 - copper-brown colored ale with a fluffy beige head that slowly fades to a foam
S 3.5 - caramel, bread, toffee, earthy & spicy hops, chocolaty brown malts, faint roasted barley
T 4 - nicely balanced blend of bread crust, caramel, toffee, chocolate, roasted barley, and earthy hops
M 3.75 - medium body, moderate carbonation, prickly & spicy semi-bitter finish
O 3.75 - a fall staple. I'm glad they figured out a way to keep this on the shelves in the fall, even if it's part of a mixed 12 pack.

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Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -21.7%

09/05/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Although touted as an ale I find this leaning more to the porter side. As I'm not a pronounced hops fan I'd prefer a bit more subtlety. Flavor galore but just not to my taste.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +11%

I am pretty sure I have drank this beer in the past. I was on a brown ale kick for a while then it kind of went into all different directions for me. I honestly didn't know what I wanted back then. I have educated myself since and in a way I have come back to the old guys to see if they were as good as I remembered them to be. Some have been others have been horrible. This one. Its really damn good. I may dig into more brown ales after this one, but I am not sure they would all be as good as this one.

Pours nutty brown almost an iced tea color. Its like earthy but not too dark you can definitely see through it. Keeps a nice head retention, but not too much in either direction.

Aroma is bourbon, nutty, caramel and malts. But I think there are some hops in there, not much but enough to make it interesting.

Taste: Bourbon, chocolate malts, smooth with a bit of sweetness, but also a nice bite in there.

Overall: This is a well made beer people, its not too sweet, not to bitter, not to thin but not super thick in the mouthfeel department, It really is one of the the best brown ales I have had for sure.

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Photo of Yancey82
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Enjoying a 2013 vintage. Poured into a pint glass with an enormous frothy head. Nothing says autumn like a Tumbler. Everything a fall seasonal should be. Super malty with toasted nut flavors. Well done Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle as part of the Fall Pack. Wasn't expecting much from this beer and ended up being wowed. Nice brown color with a large white head. Good retention and lacing. The aroma is outstanding. Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and smoke... it's all there. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Drinkability is high.

What a complex brew. Possibly the best brown ale I've ever had. Paired it with some aged gouda and they matched perfectly. Get some!

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Photo of Zraly
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium brown with some clarity in addition to the off white head. Soft smoke note upfront. Chocolate, white bread, mixed nuts, and brown sugar, with a hint of smoke. A bit of nuttiness -- almost like a chocolate covered nut (of non-descript origin) toward the end. Very smooth, a bit creamy, and has a medium dry finish. Medium body. Delicious autumn ale. I love that is has a lot of flavor but a low abv. I'm not a cigar person, but if you were looking for something "lighter" to enjoy with your smoke, this could be it. I could see this with meaty stew or, for a different route, some spicy jambalaya. The spice would round out the sweetness of the beer nicely.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear maple brown with an eggshell film for a head, retains well.

Smells of brown sugar and buttered biscuit malts.

Flavor of brown sugar, toasted biscuit, hazelnut, and a light woodiness.

Medium body with a tingling carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Nice brown ale with good flavor and aroma, worth a try and easy to enjoy. Beyond that, nothing exceptional.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev +4.4%

This was the first brown ale I fell in love with. I've had better brown ales since, but this is still a good, very drinkable beer. Safety drink when in a NYC bar during the fall.

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Photo of Wobbly
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Fairly clear, light caramel-brown color. Soft, fluffy bloom that lingers. Definite lacing.

S: Nutty (malts), floral (hops) aromas develop into an almost flowery bouquet.

T: Fairly complex flavor profile with very good malt to hop balance. Nutty but not overly so. Good, toasted bread-like flavors.

M: More carbonated than many brown ales, although not to the point of disrupting what this style is known for. Fairly smooth.

O: A solid interpretation of a classic (and often ignored) style.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +4.4%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Nut brown with a one-finger head
S: Lots of toasted malt along with nutty and caramel notes
T: Matches the nose adding just a touch of bitterness from the hops
M: Medium-bodied
O: Enjoyable with the cooler fall weather that just moved in

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Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev +4.4%

A: Pours a clear copperbrown with two fingers of off-white head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Caramel and chocolate malt aromas with a lot of nutty aromas and a bit of vanilla.

T: Caramel and chocolate malt flavors here as well with lots of nutty flavors, some hearty bread, and a little hop bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is nicely carbonated and drinkable.

O: A good brown ale, overall. Not terribly complex, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a lovely deep, dark ruby brown with a tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves substantial lacing down the glass.
The aroma is dark and sweet: caramel, brown sugar and a hint of sweet chocolate.
What a great taste: toffee and caramel and dark fruit with a pleasant, lingering bitter.
The moutfeel is maybe the best part of this beer; creamy and luscious.
Overall just soooo good. Wish it were around all the time!

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Photo of Roguer
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful, huge beige head, with fantastic retention and lacing. Brew is a dark, nut brown, with purplish-red highlights, and very, very clear.

Toasty caramel greets the nose, with bright, tart fruit (grapes), brown sugar, and grains. Balanced aroma with earthy, slight pine-and-citrus hops. Great aroma.

Surprisingly sweet and fruity, with a nicely bitter roasty background. Caramel and toffee; grapes and raisins; thick, dark bread; roasty coffee and cacao in the background (very light); and balanced with pine and citrus hops and bitterness.

Slightly light mouthfeel, a little too syrupy and smooth, but easy drinking, fairly lively, with no sting. Again, if anything, it's a hair too smooth.

I realize brown ales aren't a favorite here, but this is a superbly balanced, extremely drinkable low ABV beer. I think it's straight up outstanding; an excellent example of the style, and a great accompaniment with food.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark brown, mahogany, and a red amber hue. Pours a one finger white colored head.

Aroma- Sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Taste- For the most part this follows the nose closely. Sweet malts dominate this beer, but the hops provide enough of a presence to make this perfectly balanced. On the front end big caramel malts flavors burst on the tongue followed by a slight citrus hop presence. At the end the caramel malt is accompanied by cinnamon and spice that glaze the tongue. Slight roasted nut flavors give balance to the sweetness as well.

Feel- Crisp snap of carbonation on the front end, and creamy smoothness throughout.

Overall- I can see why people miss this beer, but I wasn't expecting to love this one. Easily the best brown ale I've had with amazing balance and flavor. Literally the perfect amount of sweetness I'd like in a beer. Definitely a must try for the Fall beer list.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

I go to Sierra Nevada when I want a beer done right. SN brews staples. This is a staple Brown Ale. Smooth, sweet, smokey, and nutty. With hints of vanilla and toffee. Great brown ale, great beer altogether.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into a can-shaped glass. Makes sense right?

Big head on Tumbler and very creamy in color and appearance. The head from the side is simple thousands of air bubbles compacted upon each other. The body looks like maple syrup, dark brown with slightly light hues. The head persists for what seems like an hour.

Caramel dominates the nose. Put there's subtle vanilla and slight floral hops. There's a slight hint of coffee too.

There's a nutty quality to the flavors here. But it's also sweet and has toffee, vanilla and caramel flavors. It gets slightly floral towards the finish. Lingering coffee leaves a pleasant taste to enjoy for quite some time.

Creamy, on the lighter side of medium-bodied, and only offering a touch of bitterness.

This beer is just smooth, creamy and easy-drinking but with great flavors. Great beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled tonight on 6/26/14. Found this bottle in the back of the cooler so it is a good year old I am guess BUT there isn't a expiration date anyone on the bottle and this brew is now RETIRED and no longer brewed. But opened it and it was fine. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 14 ounce glass 'Texas style " boot.

Pours a clear dark brown in color with a good 3-finger off-white head! Good carbonation with some sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is of roasted malts, hazel nut and brown sugar. Very nice! The taste is close to the aroma but not as strong BUT pretty good overall with all the flavors mentioned above coming through lots of the hazelnut 'nut' flavor in the mix. A slight dry smoke finish but still good.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

reviewed from notes

Pours clear dark brown with 1 inch off white head, smells awesome! aromas of malts and nuttiness, hazelnut aroma pronounced and rich, also some brown sugar on the nose. medium high carbonation. taste is very nutty, not hazelnut or sweet but more like dry roasted nuts, was hoping for more sweet malty flavor in the taste, slightly smokey aftertaste as it warms!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Impressive head over a dark brown, mostly opaque brew. Good lacing.

S - This might be the age, but not much more than some harsh malt notes with a bit of bread.

T - Surprisingly good. Some nice malt, roasted grains. Some bitterness on the close, but very easy to drink.

M - Lively and crisp, which shocked me, given the age.

O - This was a beer well beyond its standard drink by period, which actually speaks well of it, because it held up surprisingly well. When I saw it on the shelf, I knew I had to try it, because it was something I might never see again. I'm glad I did, because it was an impressive brew, even with the age on it. Hope it comes around again.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle from Beers of Europe website (£2.09):
Deep caramel with a thumb sized, foamy beige head that holds very well, leaving some lacing too.

Earthy hops and a little bit of caramel sweetness, there is some toasted bitterness that follows this and some nutty notes as well. The aroma seems well balanced and a few darker malts feature as well.

Sweet caramel malts and earthy hops that is followed later on by some bitterness and a touch of grain. I could detect some very faint chocolate and some light roasted malts too.

Well carbonated and quite crisp with mouthfeel and a smooth sort of dry finish. The body is medium and quite filling with a great balance and a smoky, moderately bitter finish.

Frighteningly easy to drink, very smooth throughout and with a crisp, bitter finish; I was looking forward to this one and again Sierra Nevada doesn't disappoint. Whilst not the very best from the brewery that I've tried this one is certainly a good one.

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Photo of Emnmarko
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- looks like a burnt pumpkin. Dark orange tint. Loads of sediment floating around. Wispy, soapy head that quits quickly and quietly.

S- Toasted bread dipped in chocolate. Slightly watered down? Mello malt aroma.

T- To shake this beers hand and encounter a weak girly grip is disappointing. Has a light feel I wasn't expecting. The bottle declares perfect for an autumn afternoon but I'm thinking summer evening. More like an amber ale to me.

M- Nice and easy, not overly dramatic. Nice carbonation

O- Not a bad ale by any means. Interesting flavors are present but it lacks the smoothness that I associate with an above average brown ale. I would drink it again but won't seek it out.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very, very dark mahogany brown, with a half of a finger of off-white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of wispy clouds of foam that covered almost the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty, bready, slightly sweet. I get notes of freshly baked bread, molasses, and some floral notes of pine and clover.

Taste: This is a great malt bomb! Very malty, very bready, followed by some subtle sweetness, finished with some good hoppy bitterness. There are hints of chocolate, molasses, and a good nuttiness too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.5%, there’s practically no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, and it hadn't been retired, I would definitely get it again. Oh well...

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Photo of watermelon
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A: Murky brown body with an off white 2 finger head. excellent retention and decent lacing.

S: Malt sweetness in the nose with a bit of smokiness.

T: Malty flavors as well as some hop bitterness on the end.

M: Really great mouthfeel on this, very thick, while still being crisp and refreshing.

O: Pretty good brown ale. Its discontinued now so i'll probably never drink it again, but I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of Omnium
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Clear brown with a finger of off white sudsy head medium spotty lacing.
S - Nice earthy light hop scents mixed with a good toasted grain and roasted malt base, some lighter toffee and hazelnut as well.
T - Much more nutty in flavor, you also get a nice balance of earthy hop bitterness, but its not pronounced, a little toffee sweetness.
M - Medium feel, coats your palate with a delicate sweet roasty flavor.
O - Its a shame SN didnt see it fit to brew this after this year, this has been a staple autumn brown ale. I know everyone has been all geared up on hops in more recent times, I'm one of those people, but there's great beers in other styles (like this one) that suffer due to demand of other product. Maybe one day it will return, for now, so long old friend...

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Photo of DMEsquire
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I love a good brown, and this is no exception. Many brown ales are too sweet/malty, but this one is nicely balanced with a pleasant (but not overdone) hoppiness. The fall (especially in Mississippi) is still a bit warm for stouts and porter IMO, and browns like this a great choice between pilsner season and stout season. Not only do I think Sierra Nevada made a mistake discontinuing this seasonal, I think they should make it year-round. They need a good brown or amber to go with their regular line-up. But I guess, they know their business...

Anyway, if you are lucky enough to find this, don't miss a chance to try it. Cheers!

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