House Brand IPA | Big River Grille & Brewing Works

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House Brand IPAHouse Brand IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2006

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 62
Reviews by thesyko56:
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3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of hijinx
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markallmon
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at BRG in Chattanooga while #1 Clemson is beating SC.

Appearance: amber colored body with good clarity. Very durable off-white head leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Floral and herbal aroma with ample strength for style.

Flavor: moderately bitter at first, but high bitterness by mid-taste; some hints of baked bread but mainly hops and more hops.

Medium body is smooth; near medium carbonation.

O: solid but too much dominance by bitter grapefruit.

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Photo of haddon
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Snow81
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of maleman
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Wegs
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Enola
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Steflovesbeer
2.52/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Justinbshelton
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of probert
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of JoLight
4.69/5  rDev +25.1%
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 bit of malt.

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

Body: typical fluffy ale body.

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.

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Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of projectflam86
2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

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House Brand IPA from Big River Grille & Brewing Works
3.75 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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