Big Cypress Brown | Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Magnolia Pub & Brewery
California, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by chugamugofsud on 05-15-2004

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 25
Photo of rastaman
2.33/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[email protected] Pub and brewery, San Fransisco- pretty sweet and thin, some toffee and nuts, grainy texture. Not a big fan of this one, and really can't say too much more about it. Its a shame i didn't likem the beers here, coz the brewpub was quite nice and friendly.

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Photo of clickpush
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour: draught to pint glass. The beer's a very dark brown with a small off-white head that doesn't leave much behind in the way of lacings.

Nose: Very heavily roasted malts. The smell almost seems like the malts have been overcooked and has an abrasive quality to it that I don’t' like.

Mouth: A lot like the smell, only in the mouth it's worse. Flavors of roasted nuts and an unpleasant smokiness up front with a burnt toast swallow and aftertaste. Weak mf and pretty boring, if not unpleasant.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chestnut color with a thin off-white head, poor retention, and modest lacing. Smelled of nuts, toffee, and earthiness. The taste...and feel...was on the thin side, with some caramel, toffee, leaves, and nuts all apparent, and leading to a somewhat earthy/nutty finish. Modest carbonation and, again, very thin. Possibly thin enough to session, but the aura of leaves was too distracting for me.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the brewpub. This batch weighs in at 3.7% - served in a nonic.

Auburn body, very dark but with ruby highlights. Bright finely carbonated ghost white head leaves a thin skin and a thick collar.

Smoked speck, gristle, faint diacetyl, roast malt, and vague coffee notes in the nose.

Light roast malt, coffee, chicory, and cherry pits on the palate. Hints of lactic tartness perhaps. Smooth bread crust finish...I was waiting for a nut flavor to emerge but it never did.

A nice enough but somewhat bland session ale, which compares poorly to some of their other offerings.

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Photo of baiser
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A mild brown ale from Magnolia. On cask in a 20 oz pint glass. Nice roasty aroma, coffee, sweet malt and slight hoppiness. Nice light, fluffy mouthfeel. Alot of flavour for a light beer. Only downside is the slight sour after taste that lingers. Overall, a pretty drinkable brown.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a smooth ale with really excellent earthy and malty brown ale tones. They're not all up in my face, but they're subtle and provide nice accents. The feel of this beer is extremely smooth with what seems like virtually no noticeable carbonation. Which makes for an unusual kind of elixir feel, I want to say.

It's a nice ale, though I feel like it would have been better with food. (I'm drinking it after my meal.) But with such a low abv and a nice profile, you can't go wrong.

P.S. Without looking at the BA profile, I'm wondering if this would be classified as an English brown ale. (I was writing this on my phone.)

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Photo of derekrick420
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The batch that I had came in at 3.7 ABV.

A: was very dark for brown ale (my brother thought it was a stout)

S: Smell was very nutty, had that classic toffee smell

T: I have had alot of brown ales lately and this one had a nice finish to it in comparison to some of the other recent pours I have had

M: The feel was exactly what I wanted from a brown ale, it was light and yet held enough of the flavor to be a very pleasant sensation

O: Overall, this is a good session beer

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Magnolia brewpub. The color was chocolate brown with a nice tan head. The aroma is mostly chocolate and roasted malts, and the flavor was dominated by chocolate. Good carbonation and mouthfeel, I think this was better than most American Brown Ales. Like a chocolate beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Magnolia. 3.7% ABV.

Appearance: Imperial pint. Dark brown with slight clarity. With a low level carbonation, the small head settles down to a thin film pretty quickly.

Smell: Nice toasty melanoidin malt character with notes of butterscotch and stewed fruits from the yeast. Only mildly sweet, but nice and aromatic for a low ABV beer.

Taste & mouthfeel: A pleasant mix of butterscotch and toasted malt on the palate. The yeast character is very English, contributing buttery and fruity flavors along with a bit of green apple. Noticeable diacetyl, but it suits this style of beer quite well. Light bodied, verging on thin but not quite there. Finishes with toasted, lightly roasted malt bitterness but little in the way of hops. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours with a malty dark caramel color. There’s a sharp, roasty note on it. Each sip opens up with a slight malty sweetness balanced by a sharp roast. It’s lightly bodied, and a surprisingly delicate brown ale. One of the better brown ales I’ve had.

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Photo of Tone
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight sweet malt, slight caramel malt, English hops, yeast, and hop oils. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of slight sweet malt, slight caramel malt, English hops, yeast, and hop oils. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and great feel.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Magnolia.

A: Deep brown with a faint red hue. The head is a finger of cream.

S: Baked bread and biscuit with a light sweetness. Big nut profile and a light earthiness.

T: Nutty with toasted biscuit and a faint butteriness. Malt is complex and rich. The finish is smooth and nutty.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky.

Overall: An awesome English brown. Highly recommended if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering is an American-style brown ale with special English brown malts. The beer is a deep brown with a small, dark frothy head when it comes out. It smells of chocolate, caramel and smoked/roasted malt. The taste is supberb, this beer gives subtle hints of caramel, chocolate, deep malt and the right measure of bitterness. This beer reminds me a lot of Bell's Best Brown Ale and is one of my favorites both at Magnolia and out of the brown ales I have had. Every swallow is very drinkable and deep in taste, I simply loved it. Big Cypress has English finishing hops in it to add "an earthy aroma and flavor." A great effort.

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Big Cypress Brown from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
3.76 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
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