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Beer culture is coming of age. At any store, restaurant, bar, or friend's house you can now find at least a few good brews. In fact, there seem to be so many new beers, breweries and bars it's difficult to separate the good, the bad, and the mediocre.

If you're going spend $10 on one beer, what should you buy? If you're going to drive 2 hours to check out a brewery, what's worth your time? If you're going to plan a Friday night, what has a good selection and friendly atmosphere? We're here to help you answer these questions.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


 Tumbler is an American Brown Ale by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company of Chico, CA. Brown ales are a popular English style. The American Brown arose from the homebrew world where UK ingredients were replaced with American. Brown ales are meant to be flavorful, but subtle enough to be sessionable.

I bought this in a 12 pack at Raley's Market in Sacramento. It has an ABV of 5.5%

The beer pours a dark brown with a thin slightly off-white head. Leaves little lacings. The aroma is sublte with sweet roasted hops and a slight fruit tartness. The taste is smooth with roasted malt through out with hints of chocolate and biscuit malts. There is some nice hop subtle fruit, spice hop flavors. The mouthfeel is meidum bodied, lower carbonation, and smooth finish.

I like this beer, you should Try It. It has some good flavors, very drinkable, smooth and a decent ABV. Sierra Nevada is really branching out from West cost hop beers. This subtle use of hops to create a flagship American Brown Ale, is impressive. That said, it doesn't necessarily distinguish itself from the other good American Browns available. However, you're bound to find a good deal on Tumbler at the local market. If you want to introduce your non-beer geek friends to a new style, try Tumbler.

1 comment:

  1. Agreed. A very well made brown ale. It's great on tap.