From sip to swallow, the Tumbler transforms on the palate, keeping your taste buds engaged by the spectrum of flavor. The medium-bodied beer starts crisp and sweet, but the longer the brew hangs on the tongue, the more bitter and sharp the flavor becomes. Upon swallowing, the beverage has a leathery, drying finish and a sour flavor like grapefruit or San Francisco's famous sourdough bread. Enjoy this quintessential autumnal beer while tailgating outdoors with friends or sipped by the fireside while camping in the woods.
Like a fine Cabernet, there's a lot to love about beers on the darker side; however, brown ales can seem a lot more intimidating (and grizzly) than a bottle of robust red. I'm hoping to dispel those myths, starting with Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale ($8 for pack of 6). The brew welcomes you with a friendly and familiar mocha latte scent. There's no doubt about it, this beer actually smells of roasted coffee and chocolate, arguably some of the most comforting comestibles in a woman's life.