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Beer Pick: Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif.

$8.99/six-pack at metro area beverage stores

Profile: The newest addition to the Sierra Nevada portfolio of seasonal beers, Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale conjures falling leaves and cooler weather. But even as temperatures hover in the 90s, this malty brew offers a welcome contrast to the flood of IPAs and hopped-up hybrid beers around now.

Made with freshly roasted chocolate and smoked malts, Tumbler has a profusion of dark cocoa and coffee notes, balanced by mildly spicy and fruity aromas and flavors and some hop bitterness.

Pair with: Tumbler’s roasted malt flavors and smoky notes make it a natural for grilled, roasted or braised meats, especially steak or short ribs. But try it with spicy pork barbecue, smoked chicken wings or robust cheeses, such as aged cheddar, Stilton or Gorgonzola.

Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer paper distributed throughout the South:

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WCBias Sports and Beer Fan

August 16th, 2010
4:53 am

Good stuff. I already love this one by Sierra Nevada. How about pairing it with a fall brown trout, roasted on a campfire somewhere high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. That’s what I’m talking about.

Here’s my review on Sierra Nevada’s latest edition:

Enjoy your blog and will have to subscribe. Keep up the good work.


August 17th, 2010
1:33 pm

Finally picked up a six pack last night. A very nice and flavorful brown ale.


September 3rd, 2010
5:41 am

Sierra Tumbler is a pleasant enough beer; however, for an autumn ale it still has a bit too much hop bitterness. Sierra Nevada has a great tradition with its Pale Ale, Porter and Bigfoot Barley Wine, but it seems like the brewers there can’t help but over-hop beers that shouldn’t be. An autumn ale should have JUST enough hop to dry out the maltiness; it should NOT be noticeably bitter. Even Sierra’s Glissade May Bock had too much hop flavor. They should stick to the beers that are SUPPOSED to be hoppy, like pale ales and IPA’s.


September 10th, 2010
8:44 pm

Sierra Nevada TUMBLER is a little piece of Heavan, couldnt of done a better job. Goes well with a good cigar.