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Sweet Magnolia Brown - Big River Grille & Brewing Works

Sweet Magnolia Brown
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 21.05%

Brewed by:
Big River Grille & Brewing Works visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
British Crystal and Chocolate malts give this ale a medium body and rich, sweet aroma. Mount Hood hops add a spicy and floral nose. This smooth, malty brew was a Gold Medal
winner in the American Brown Ale category at the 1998 Great American Beer Festival.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2005)
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 5 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by JoLight:
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was a medium clear dark brown with an off-white head that left quite a bit of lacing all the way till the end of the brew.

The smell is slightly sweet, roasted malts. Some hops, maybe.

As far as taste goes, it's slightly hoppy, very smooth, dry, clean, with a nice roasted hint to it.

It's yummy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 04:03:01 | More by JoLight
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This was brown in color which was to be expected. The flavor was bland and boring. The worst part about this beer was that it smelled like a wet dog. I am not making that up it seriously stunk. I wish I could say something redeeming about this beer but it had too many problems to begin with. Wet dog, I was surprised.

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2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
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Sweet Magnolia Brown from Big River Grille & Brewing Works
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