Sweet Magnolia Brown Ale - Big River Grille & Brewing Works

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Sweet Magnolia Brown Ale
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Big River Grille & Brewing Works visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.18% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerManDan on 05-11-2003

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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.81/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from notes from my trip to Florida.

#2 of the night. Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Deep amber. Just a touch of creamy head with average retention and some lacing.

2.5 S: Incredibly boring. Just a bit of breadiness and some caramel. Maybe some spicy hops.

2.5 T: More of the same. Boring with light caramel and a little breadiness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant creaminess. Easily the best part of this one.

3.0 D: Too boring for me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerluvr
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrived with a light tan head settling over clear deep brown liquid. A nice delicate flowery fragrance with a light coffee aroma fills the nose. The taste is roasted barley with an underlying malt sweetness once the above average (for a brown ale) bitterness fades out. The beer finished up dry and very appetizing, another well-made brew from this brewpub.

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the best beer I had here. The one I had weighed in at5.3% abv.

Poured brown/chestnut with a bout 3/4" of off-white head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: some hints of chocolate & roasted malt

T: Hints of cocoa & roasted malt up front. Slight nuttyness & toastyness as this warms. A dry slightly chocolatey finish

MF: Medium bodied, slightly over-carbonated. Balanced pretty good.

Drank really easy, nothing earth-shattering, but a nice brown none the less

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color with an off-white head.
Aroma of sweet malts.

Good taste. Sweet malts provide varying flavor notes; slightly roasty, chocolate, slight nut, slight caramel. Floral hops to balance.

good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability. I enjoyed this one.

Overall, a good brown ale. This and the Rocket Red Ale were their best 2 beers IMO.

Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A vibrant medium brown color... A big fluffy slightly off white head... Excellent retention ultimatley fades away leaving little or no lacing and just a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass... Moderate carbonation...

S - Sweet malts... Cocoa... Dark breads... Brown sugar... A hint of raisins... Toffee... Caramel...

T - Loaded with malty goodness... Toffee... Caramel... A slight nuttiness... Perhaps a hint of cocoa...

M - Light bodied and fluffy... Highly quaffable... Goes down very smooth leavaing wanting to take another sip before your glass hits the table...

D - My favorite offering from Big River... A very easy drinking and sessionable brown ale that is big on flavor and real easy going down...

Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly chil-hazed brown with some deep red highlights. edium sized tan head develops that doesn't really deposit any lace.
Aroma of caramel, some honey or molasses and some tart fruits.
Flavors of hexnuts, caramel, hint of bubblgum and some brown sugar shone through.
Mouthfeel was highly carbonated, almost soda-like, detracted from the beer somewhat. Transitions between flavors were distinct and whole combo did not work for some reason.
Drinkability was OK, agan overcarbonation was a distraction and as the beer warmed it settled down a bit and produced a little more balanced flavor but nothing incredibly special.

Photo of weeare138
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark, ruby toned brown with a fluffy cap of tan that resists fading. Tons of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is a mix of toasted malt, citrusy hops, and lime with some notes of caramel, and toffee climbing to the top.
Taste is of the same aromas highlighting the caramel, and toasted malts.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, bitey, semi-dry with sweetness found up front.

Photo of Loki
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with a decent sized white head, yet no lacing to speak of, which is why I scored the appearance a bit lower.

Aromas of yeast, malt, semi-sweet chocolate, nuts, and some hints of toffee.

The taste started with roasted malt and semi-sweet, almost bitter chocolate; and then moved to a hoppy middle that provided very good balance. A medium bodied brew that finishes fairly cleanly. One of their better offerings.

Photo of hooligan
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin lacy head that slides back down the glass as you go.

Clean toffee and pepper in the nose.

Big, fairly complex (for 5.3%) flavor, a savory fruitiness, like pomegranate without the pith... some chocolate, malt, and a pepper/clove hop finish.

Slight fizz on the tongue, with a medium body.

I thought this beer was very good, out of the few I sampled it was the best I thought.

Photo of aracauna
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body is a nice mahagony brown color and is topped by a nice, but reserved head. The aroma is slightly vinuous with an interesting smokiness that I wasn't expecting. The hopping is very reserved, but still manages to be a surprisingly complex brown. A bit of chocolate but not a big part of the profile.

Photo of hopdog
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Disney World Board Walk location.

Poured a darker brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate (stronger in the aroma), nuts, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, toasted nuttiness (more tan the aromas), and some caramel. Lively body.

Photo of JayQue
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this one with lunch at the Big River Brew Pub in Disney World. Pours a dark brown with a lot of light coming through. Medium off white head. Average retention and lacing. Mild roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Taste is the same - fairly mild, some bready and roasted malt, very little bitterness and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin. Overall a pretty average Brown ALe.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown but clear look that has a minimal head and little lace effect. The nose is decent enough with roasted malts notable and a little sense of nuttiness. The flavor is cleanly roasted malt and a touch of light toffee. The feel is thin and too watery for my taste. Easily drinkable, but brews will likely get the nod.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When poured from the tap, it was a dark reddish brown and had light tan foam and some retention from top to bottom while drinking the brown ale. The smell of roasted malts filled the nose. The taste was also of roasted malts with a nice balance of hops. Just that the flavor was lack luster and had no body. There was not much flavor retention in the after taste and was lacking in depth.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a browned copper color with a hearty ring of head over top. The nose was slightly nutty and slightly coffee. I liked the smell. The flavor was much the same as the nose. The coffee starts first moving towards nutty and finishing again with a small blast of coffee bitterness. The feel was moderate to thick with a healthy carbonation. I thought this was a well built beer. The flavor was nice and the feel was very nice as well.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Big River on the Boardwalk.

A - Poured a ruby brown. Had about a one inch off white head that that settled down fairly quickly Not much lacing.

S - Bit of a flowery smell. Definite caramel hints. Little bit of sweetness.

T - Started out with just a little bit of sweetness. Not overpowering. Slight roasty flavor as well. Just a tiny amount of bitterness that balances it out quite nicely.

M - Good carbonation. Very clean on the palate.

D - Very drinkable. Long day ay Disney? Here is a good remedy. Enjoy.

Photo of LuckySevens82
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a nice off white/tan head.
Smell is caramel, chocolate malts, and maple syrup. Very sweet smelling.
Taste is definitely sweet as well. Chocolate, caramel are up front, followed by maple syrup and just a slight bit of spicy hops.
Mouthfeel is pretty darn good...very mild carbonation, coats the tongue, and goes down silky smooth.
MUCH better on cask than on draft. I could sit at this place and have this all day. Very easy drinking.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a sampler: Pours a dark brown color with a medium off-white head. Light lacing. Aroma is light malt along with a nutty aspect. Medium-bodied with malt, brown sugar and hops flavors all present. Finish is equal parts malt and chocolate. Pretty good.

Photo of SexKitten7734
4.82/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could marry a beer... it would be this one :) I'm a huge fan of Newcastle, so I decieded to try this when we were there. All I can say is that we were supposed to only grab a beer and go to a club...but after the first taste, we canceled all plans and just drank this yummy goodness.

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Sweet Magnolia Brown Ale from Big River Grille & Brewing Works
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