Sweet Magnolia Brown | Big River Grille & Brewing Works

20 Ratings

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2005

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by nshorvath:
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BRG in Chattanooga; revisited at same location in November 2016.
Dark but very clear amber-brown body with copper-orange highlights at the edges. Semi-durable tan head and a little lacing.
Fine aroma with toffee and brown bread.

Flavor: very lightly sweet; caramel and medium roast malts with faint hops.

The body is smooth and near medium.

O: solid and unflawed version of style.

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Photo of dsauter
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Enola
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a darker color and there was no head. The beer had a taste that resembled a porter or stout. There was a light amount of hop taste and there was also a caramel aftertaste. A drinkable beer that was one of my favorites from Big River. The placemat states this beer won a gold medal at the 1998 GABF in Denver.

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Photo of Washuffizi98
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of JoLight
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of jaidenjb
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of brasher503
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of ndekke39
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this on-tap at the downtown Chattanooga restaurant. Pours a cloudy brown with a white head. Good retention. Smells of warm malts, nuts, and like root beer. Flavor begins with caramel, but then fades into nothing. Kinda disappointing. Light-bodied. Nice brown ale, but I've had much better.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep dark caramel brown, served in an imperial pint glass, boasts a slight head with good lacing. A sweet caramel malt nose greets the embiber, and is followed by a malty well-carbonated smoothness on the palate, ending up in a slight hop finish. Very drinkable, with a mouthfeel that is full but not thick. A very nice year-round all-occasion beer.

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Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of fishguyac
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArrogantB
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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Photo of uncleotis
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of psmith161
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZinFanDave
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of AltimusPrime
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Sweet Magnolia Brown from Big River Grille & Brewing Works
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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