Review: Tumbler, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. — Chico, CA

• Style: Brown Ale
• Bitterness: 37 IBU
• ABV: 5.5%
• OG: 3.5 P
• Malts: Two-row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate & Smoked
• Hops: Challenger & Yakima Goldings
• Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description: “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.”— Sierra Nevada

Random thoughts:  This is the second of my fall seasonal reviews.  I sampled this shortly after I tasted Redhook's Autumn Ale.  Since Labor Day is over, I need to get working on the Fall seasonals.  It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

The tasting:  Color is medium-dark brown, but translucent. Aroma is nice, the malts come through.   The flavors and body remind me more of a darker amber than of a brown ale.  It's hearty, but without the heaviness.  There's not a lot of hops in taste or aroma.  It's much more drinkable than a porter.  I think this would be a great beer to sip on a fall afternoon—or evening!

Rating:  3 star. Good. I'd drink this again if someone gave it to me.  If you want a darker beer, without the stomach filling heaviness of a stout or porter, give Tumbler a try.

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