Brew Review: Sierra Nevada Tumbler

by Kelli H. on October 16, 2012

Beer: Sierra Nevada Tumbler
Date: 10-10-12
Location: Chico, CA
Type: Autum Brown Ale
Availability: Seasonal
Alcohol: 5.5%
IBU’s: 37

Aroma: Bread, Chocolate, and smokey

Appearance: Very dark brown. Held into the light you can see a hint of amber/red. Creamy light brown head.

Body & Texture: Slight bite upon first sip. Medium-full bodied. Goes down very smooth.

Aftertaste: Malty, smokey, and a light chocolate taste.

Overall Impression:
This is the perfect fall beer. I think lots of new beer drinkers are sometimes put off by the appearance of a beer. If you judge this beer by the way it looks then you might never try it. I definitely used to look at dark beers and think to myself “Oh, I wouldn’t like that”, so I wouldn’t try it. I don’t have much experience with brown ales, but I’m finding out the more I try them, the more I like them. Tumbler would be a great beer to try if you’re just starting to dabble in brown ales. This is really the ultimate fall beer. Right now I can’t think of a beer I’d rather drink. It’s so smooth and velvety, and has such a delicious full flavor. I love that from one I can’t really feel any effect of alcohol. My mom, brother, David, and David’s mom have all tried it in my presence and everyone was very surprised and happy with this beer. I totally recommend Tumbler for your fall festivities this season!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Janine Ryan October 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Oooo this looks amazing. And I have to say, your beer photography is also amazing! I love the leaf in the pic! Perfect for fall! I’ll be picking this one up as soon as my SoberOctober challenge is over!!! Thanks for linking up in my DrinkUpLinkUp!


sonia the mexigarian November 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Yep, I am one of those that looks at a dark beer and say “eh…. no”. but, I have found some dark beers that I do like. slowly but surely. going to have to hunt this one down for sure. i like those with the chocolate aftertaste. the coffee ones are a little off putting for me… though it’s because i’m not a big coffee drinker.

quick question, i noticed you change your glasses from beer to beer. are there certain glasses one should use per style of beer?


Made in Sonoma November 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

There are different glasses to use for specific types of beers. I’ve heard pint glasses are really not the best glasses for beer. I don’t know when to specifically use different glasses, but this site is helpful:
I really love this glass though. David will even drink some out of wine glasses.


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