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
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,103
Ratings:
3,328
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
20.1%
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
318
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,103 | Ratings: 3,328
Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

I was pissed when I heard they were discontinuing tumbler. Back in April a rep told me they were going to bring it back in the fall pack. Same coffee, chocolate, and smoky malt notes that I love in the aftertaste. Bring this back as a stand alone.....please...

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Photo of BubbleChamber
4.25/5  rDev +11%

From bottles dated 07/15/14, part of 'Fall Pack Seasonal Sampler' 12-pack: Notes of mild chocolate and roasted grain; rather sweet malt; little hop presence. Drying finish with a slight tang of hop spiciness. Flavour reminds me of some chocolate stouts, but with a thin body; I'm imagining this is what a sweet and mildly chocolately Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale would resemble. And it does have an earthy flavour of what I imagine autumn leaves to taste like (in a good way). While I haven't been enamoured with Brown Ales in general (I think it is often the burnt-sugar taste that puts me off), this is one of the most palatable I've had. —Reviewed 26 October 2014

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Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: 2+" frothy cream colored head, mostly clear dark reddish-brown with tons of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: yeasty bread dough, a bit of smoke, some floral and citrus, a bit of toffee and raisin.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, somewhat slick, with a dry finish.

Flavor: rich roasted malts, some citrus rind and floral hops, a bit coffee and raisin, a lingering smokey finish.

Overall: I really enjoy brown ales, but am not a fan of smokey flavors. I can't really criticize the beer, but it not to my particular tastes due to the smoke. I would probably rate it much higher without the smoked malts.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Great brown color gives off a chocolatey cardboard aroma. The scent is a touch chalky, toasted and nutty. The flavor is dry chocolate malt, smoky, shoe leather, toasted, nutty and a bit of graham cracker. Overall, not the best brown but still tasty enough.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Tastes much better than I remember. Mmm... bitter and chocolatey, with a touch of tobacco. Almost like a porter, but lighter of course. Somewhat dry and spicy; not sweet like you would expect. Well rounded and super drinkable. Now I wish they would bring this back in six packs!

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Photo of corywalston
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A. Regular poor 1 ½ inch white/yellow soapy/thick head. Very light carbonation. Color is delicious amber with shadows of brown. 3.75
S. Carmel, Smokey, and as the bottle says toasted bread. 3.5
T. Same as it smells. The alcohol is very evident. Warm in my chest. After taste is alcohol. 3.5
M. Watery and warm alcohol. 4.25
O. Just a typical Brown ale nothing special, but still good. Give it a try. Hard buzz for 5.5% ABV. 3.25

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Photo of timontheroad
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a very dark brown, with two fingers of beige head that settled to about a quarter of an inch and stayed to the end. The aroma is sweet roasty malt, caramel, and just a slight hint of grassy hops. The taste is dark roasted malt, with just a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly light for such a dark beer, with a good bit of carbonation to add a nice feel on the palate. Overall, this is not one of my favorite styles, but one I may have to look into more often.

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Photo of Premo88
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into mug
(7/16/14 packaged date)

L: amber, clear, big fluffy, sticky 1-inch head of thick tan foam ... fantastic sticking and good lacing; decent amount of bubbles coming up column considering it's an ale and in a wide glass

S: sour grain; sourdough bread

T: burnt hops ... roasted malt, almost smoked wood ... very char-oak flavor; has a little of the burnt-hop black IPA flavor, much more American than standard English brown ale; semisweet chocolate, black coffee

F: very solid ... good carbonation despite hard pour

O: glad I finally got to try it after missing out last season, but it's more Americanized than I'd hoped (though I'm not surprised). it misses the lighter toasted notes and buttery goodness of the English brown ale, but it is very nice in the vein of the black IPA -- loaded with hops that are tamed considerably by the darker malt

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Photo of BWED
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip

A- Deep brown, showing some lighter brown hues. Light off white head has decent retention and lacing.

S- Sweet malt, caramel notes, brown sugar.

T- Bread, caramel, burnt toast. A nice sweetness to this. I could drink this with pancakes, or make a syrup out of it.

M- Rather light in body. Very smooth, with just a little bite in the end. Perfect feel for the turn of the season.

O- I really enjoy this one. It's really perfect for the transition from summer to fall. Great for those warm days cool nights.

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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 WesMantooth
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A chestnut brown color. It doesnt produce a real large head, but the tan cap that is there lasts a long time.

Smells really malty. There is a dark bread, caramel/toffee, an almost smoking wood like aroma, and some chocolate.

Tastes like rye bread dough, caramel, almond, cocoa powder, and a touch of tobacco and smoke. A noticeable bitterness that lingers awhile. The smoke aroma and flavor both kick it up a notch as it warms.

Body is much more creamy than watery like many browns.

In my opinion, one of the better brown ales out there. My biggest knock is that it is a bit too hoppy. Not a Dogfish Head Indian Brown level, but it would be world class for me if it were dialed back a bit. I wish it would find it's way back to 6 packs

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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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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 3,328 ratings.
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