Sierra Nevada Tumbler
Sierra Nevada Tumbler – Autumn Brown Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Chico, CA
Information: Site – “As the nights grow cool, the leaves on the valley oaks begin to turn and fall. In honor of this yearly dance, we bring you Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale and invite you to enjoy the show. We use malt within days of roasting at the peak of its flavor to give Tumbler a gracefully smooth malt character. So pour a glass, and grab a window seat to watch as the leaves come tumbling down.”
Ah, Autumn… thank God you’re here. I’m so tired of the searing Summer heat and that damn ball of fire in the sky. Don’t get me wrong, there have been some very fine Summer Seasonal beers this year, but Fall and Winter are my times of year for the best (in my humble opinion) beers of the year. Thicker, heavier, darker, more robust… and far less fruity. I’ve had my fill of orange peel this and strawberry that… let’s get some rich porters and brown ales. Like right now, for instance.
The pour of this Sierra Nevada special is a super deep, very nutty-like brown that immediately reminds you of the fallen leaves and the deepening hues of the season. How’s that for poetry? The head is a nice inch-thick mass of lacing beauty that slowly drops into a tight crown. The nose is ripe with deep malts and roasted barley and smells not unlike -believe it or not- a really nice waffle. Excellent
The first sip is very reminiscent of toasted nuts and a clear appearance of honey and malts. Making up for the clear lack of any kind of IPA-like bitterness (not at all surprising) is a deep, rich, and quite wheat-like -though not ‘wheaty [if you know what I mean]- yet full of bright, Autumn flavors. There are a few backing flavors that make themselves known after a few swallows. You can notice oats, cooked rice, and even cereal. It really is an interesting collection of all the components one expects to find in a classic Brown Ale, not entirely unlike the classic Newcastle. And trust me, this is a damn fine thing, indeed. Long live Fall. Oh, and oddly, this beer would be really tasty with a plain, sour cream donut. Trust me.
Rating: * * * 1/2
A Brown Ale just ready for a drink on a chill Fall evening.