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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
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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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Ratings: 3,386 |  Reviews: 1,117
Photo of Kubishark
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best of Sierra Nevada's fall pack for sure.

A nice clear, reddish brown color. Smells malty and slightly chocolatey/coffee-like, like a porter or stout. Tastes sweet and roasted, very malty and a hint of nut and hop bitterness. Feel is surprisingly light and sessionable. I think this is my favorite SN brew of this fall, as I don't like the Oktoberfest as much as I did last year.

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Photo of hegg4345
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevehagy
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear ruby-brown body, soapy light tan head and thick layers of lace that suggest high alpha acids. Nose displays roasted nuttiness alongside roasted malt, with a fair to strong amount of earthy and piney hops. The hops and maltiness are nearly on a 1:1 ratio. The flavor is also split between chocolate, roasty maltiness, and bittering piney hops- not being much into 'hoppy' styles of beers, this is too much for me. It's pretty dry, and between the char and the hops it is solidly bitter and robust. Mouthfeel has far too much bite for my preference in brown ales. It also has a sticky quality to it, probably from gooey hops and not from residual sugars.
If it wasn't so hoppy it would probably be one of my favorite brown ales, as is it has one of the best malt bases of the "hoppy-take-on-a-________" style beers out there. The flavors were genius, until the piney hop finish blanketed these wonderful gustatory impressions. The mark of true genius, however, is being able to win one over with a style they don't enjoy, and so once again Sierra Nevada proves to me their mastery of the brewing arts.

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Photo of curtisjoseph
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaktcc
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Miami66
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JGebers
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Riff
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 Fall Pack. Pours a clear dark brown with a thick tan head that takes a while to dissipate. Smells primarily of malts and a little chocolate. Tastes fairly balanced, malt throughout, nutty up front with a bitter hops taste late. Easy drinker and pleasant. One of the better brown ales I've had.

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Photo of porters4life
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PMarcy78
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dmecca
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leantom
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly decent offering from SN. It's very well balanced, if anything. Here goes:

A: Clear but dark brown. Has an OK tan head but leaves a lot of lacing. Appetizing.

S: Nuts, nutmeg, brown sugar, coffee, and some dark, bitter chocolate. Mostly malt.

T: Initial nuttiness and bitter chocolate supplanted by hop bitterness at the back of the palate. Lots of nuts and brown sugary spice w/ a hoppy, slightly bitter aftertaste. Very well balanced and not overpowering. Good.

F: Little too light, somewhat watery.

O: Good beer. Crushable.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into snifter bottled on 8/1

A: Nice caramel wood color with a fizzy creamy head that settles slowly. Head is a slight off white.

S: Light caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, lightly roasted malts and a little floral hops.

T: Light roasted malts, slight nuttiness, fairly bitter hops presence with a floral earthiness.

M: Lighter more carbonated than expected a little prickly.

O: Its an average brown ale, you aren't going to be impressed by it, but you won't be offended by it either.

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Photo of ricke49
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sessionable ale with outstanding malt character. Gladly acquired in fall mixed pack. Lighter in taste and feel than most European Browns. Always a fall favorite.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Creamy looking head with good lacing. Dark reddish brown color.

S: Sweet malt and caramel.

T: Sweet malt flavor just like the nose, followed by dark chocolate. A little bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish.

F: Creamy with a little bit of carbonation.

O: Pretty decent brown ale.

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Photo of nobledust
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of valkyre65
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucnifter
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brown ale pours a chocolate brown color with a faint red tint and a medium foamy white tan head. The scent is very mild, but there is a faint hint of roasted grains and maybe a little bit of chocolate. The flavor similarly has roasted grains and chocolate as the primary flavors although they are much bolder than the scent suggested. There is also some nuttiness and roasted bitterness in the finish. I am all for a balanced brown ale, but I think that the hops are a little more than is ideal for the style, but not ruinously so. The body is medium and the finish is pretty smooth. A pretty solid brown ale with some good flavors.

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Photo of FBarber
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear crisp auburn color with a thin tan head. Head is thin, but sticks around.

Smell has notes roasted malts, caramel, a slight nutty aroma, with a touch of cocoa.

Taste has notes of chocolate, roasted nuts, nice malty backbone with some lighter cracker malts coming through. Nice mild smoke flavor on the finish.

Feel is appropriate for the style. Medium carbonation, east drinking.

Overall a really nice brown ale. Love the mild smoky character - this beer was meant for drinking around an open campfire in the autumn.

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Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,386 ratings
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