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House Brand IPA - Big River Grille & Brewing Works

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big River Grille & Brewing Works visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This classic copper colored ale has a pronounced hop aroma and assertive bitterness. American-grown Galena and Cascade hops are the star of this fragrant and citrusy dry-hopped masterpiece.

55 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2006)
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by thesyko56:
Photo of thesyko56
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden color slightly darker than a pilsner one finer head.

S: Average floral smell with hints of honey.

T: A decent taste but nothing real special. Citrus and hops are present but not over powering.

M: Decent amount of carbonation but light mouthfeel.

D: Very easily drinkable. A good session beer.

Big River is definitely worth the stop.

thesyko56, Sep 10, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of markallmon
3.5/5  rDev +2%

markallmon, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of haddon
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

after a few trips to this brew pub in Chattanooga, IMHO this is easily the best beer in their lineup.

pours a golden translucent color with big frothy white head. good lacing down the pint glass.

hops bring a nice citrus bouquet of smells... pineapple, orange & slightly floral.

nice well balanced flavors. starts orange peel and gives way to a malty backbone with an ever so slightly bitterness mixed in. they didn't over punt their coverage... just produced a middle of the road IPA that is clean and refreshing even for a hot summer day.

medium body with ample carbonation. even comes across a bit creamy. very nice.

like I said, it's the best beer Big River puts out. my wife enjoys it too which is always a bonus.

haddon, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of seedsofchaos
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap pint at their Nashville location.

Clover honey amber with touches of tea in color. Little to no head with barely any lacing to speak of.

Nose is of an amber with primary notes of heavy caramel malt and corn husk followed by light floral hops.

Corn husk carries through in the taste but is relieved by a quick bittering and floral and citrus hops. A little bit of rice and sugar exist as well.

Mouthfeel is average and sessionability is high. Definitely a crossover beer at best.

seedsofchaos, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of maleman
4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my fave microbrewery stops and this is the best beer they make, IMHO. As the guy stated below, it's a little lite on aroma, but more than makes up for it in taste. I asked if they'd fill up a milk jug of it for me. The waitress politely declined. :^(

If you're ever in 'Nooga, you owe yourself a pint of this beer!

maleman, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
3/5  rDev -12.5%

PhillyStyle, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of rondufresne
3/5  rDev -12.5%

rondufresne, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

tommy5, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Wegs
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Wegs, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3/5  rDev -12.5%

jerefreakinmiah, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev +16.6%

fmccormi, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of sansho
3.5/5  rDev +2%

sansho, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Enola
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the beer I chose for my growler from Big River. There was a unmistakable hop presence and the brew was sweet. I like sweeter hoppy beers and this one was good. I would certainly reccomend this beer. The placemat states this beer uses one type of hops, Fuggle. I reveiwed this beer from notes but I am still working on the growler several days later and the beer is still good.

Enola, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of Steflovesbeer
2.52/5  rDev -26.5%

Steflovesbeer, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Justinbshelton
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Justinbshelton, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of MaseFace
3.5/5  rDev +2%

MaseFace, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of probert
3.5/5  rDev +2%

probert, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of JoLight
4.68/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: a light copper color, with a slightly off-white head and lots of bubbles sticking to and streaming up the glass.

Aroma: Sweet hops (as I would describe it, a gummy-worm taste-smell), and very piney. I detect a tad bit of malt.

Taste: Dry, piney and floral hops at the front, some nice maltiness in the quick middle, and then a super-dry and piney hop kick at the end.

Body: typical fluffy ale body, with a malty undertone.

Finish: dry

Overall: Very well balanced with the hops. Not too bitter; not too sissy for an IPA. As somone who enjoys IPAs but who prefers malt-heavy beers, I have to say that this beer strikes the best balance given the other IPAs I've had in the past. Yet, it isn't too watery or subdued, as is the case with SweetWater IPA.

JoLight, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +16.6%

jaidenjb, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of projectflam86
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

64oz growler. Served in a 16oz tulip.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a very thin head that doesn't leave much lace.

S- Some faint floral hops and light caramel aromas. Clean but not particularly hoppy.

T- Some bitterness upfront with some floral and pine flavors. A touch of caramel sweetness in the finish. Not quite up to par hop wise. Seems more like a pale ale.

M- Very flat and watery. The growler is about two days old and it made the trip back home so that could be part of the reason.

O- Overall a below average IPA. I have to believe that everything else would have been better if there was more carbonation. I guess I just have to try this again if I make the trip back to Nashville.

projectflam86, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -12.5%

oldp0rt, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of ndekke39
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on-tap at the downtown Chattanooga branch. This turned out to be one of my favorites of theirs. Poured a clear copper with no head. Flavors and aromas of caramel, honey, citrusy hops. A tad briny, but overall nicely balanced. Medium bodied, which I like in an IPA - I hate when they're too watery, but this worked well. Pretty easy to drink as it's less than 6% ABV, but a nice one to sip nonetheless.

ndekke39, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.63/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I typically start with a stein of this whenever I'm in the Big River Grille, no matter which season. This is a great beer. It has a deep orangish color, slightly cloudy. Great hop aroma that is not too flowery. Great sweetness on the palate, with a bitter finish bridged by a thick mouthfeel. It's a good winter warmer in cold weather, yet moderately refreshing in the summer, though a slightly lighter pale ale would be better on the hottest days.

jushoppy2beer, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Nuke77
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice refreshing IPA that has filled many growlers for this household. It has a nice light amber color and pours a good head out of the growler into a pint glass. There is good hoppiness and piney flavors integrated with some nice maltiness. Not earth shaking but I am sure glad it is readily available for filling growlers. It has made for some great Sunday afternoons.

Nuke77, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of StoutishDan
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

StoutishDan, Apr 06, 2012
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House Brand IPA from Big River Grille & Brewing Works
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