KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nashville. Pretty! Smells good! Fairly hoppy, but not as metallic as the rest of their beers (but still kinda).
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in Nashville. A nice red color. Smooth mouthfeel with a light hoppyness and an additional citrus bite to it. It had that same metallic aftertaste that all of their beers had tonight. When the bartender foudn out I was on Ratebeer, he brought out an additional sampler of this from "the engine" instead of the tap. That second sampler was much nicer, with a hugely smoother and creamier quality, and none of that metallic taste.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy auburn topped with a good white head. Carmel malt aromas mostly, with some hops thrown in. Starts off pretty sweet with strong malts and a good balance of flowery hops. Long, bitter finish. Pretty good.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. Itís slighlty sweet and malty but bitter and hoppy with a nice piney note. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry.
PuckLSHS (101) - USA - APR 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I liked it, but it did not blow my socks off. It was a bit hoppy, which was much nicer than most of the ambers out there. I enjoyed the balance in the beer. If you are an amber fan, this is definitely one of the better oneís out there.
Tmoney99 (9650) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark amber color with a medium white head that diminished slowly. Aroma was complex hops and a roasted tone. Flavor was medium hops and malt with medium sweet finish with a small citrus tone. Very drinkable.
ElGaucho (2120) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hint of hops in the nose. Some sweet malt evident as well. Promising. Nice amber/red color. Nice lace. Hops! Now I know why itís the 2nd highest rated Big River brew and the 11th highest in the state of TN. Still, there could be more flavor here. Needs to be sweeter to balance the Cascades.
freekyp (1452) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 Disney Boardwalk. On Tap. Everything a red should be, this is smooth silky version with ample hops (perhaps more than usual for the style) and a nice spicy quality. Malt is slightly sweet but backs off quickly towards the finish. The nose is full of caramel malt. Great with a burger.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
-Aroma: Nice soft, fruity aroma
-Appearance: Deep amber in color with a good head
-Flavor: Well balanced between fruity sweetness and hoppy bitterness
-Palate: Creamy and Smooth
-Overall: Refreshingly good
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 Wow I found me some lost beer notes so here it goes... A dark amber color with a large head. Flavor is quite hoppy especially for a beer labeled an amber ale. A nice malt profile that makes this a very well balanced beer. Overall a good beer and itís what a good session ale should taste like.
Earlier Rating: 8/24/2003 Total Score: 3.6
Appearance is amber as you would expect. Aroma is somewhat hoppy with a load of malt. Flavor is fairly complex with the malt and hop flavor balancing out well. Refreshing out in the 100 degree heat. Another good beer from Big River.