arojewski (72) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
Beautiful deep brown pour with a thick lacy head. An excellent blend of a brown ale, with that bitter hoppiness of an India style ale. Tried first at a brew festival, then purchased in a 650mL bottle. Love it more and more with each tasting! monsterc (13) - Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Hints of roastiness to the palate. Clean with slight maltiness. Pours a very nice dark brown. Nice aroma of C hops. Hops well balanced with light malt backbone. This is a very good IBA. DoublEE (781) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Light roast malt, firm herbal bitterness (almost like dandelion), black tea, tobacco leaf, a slightly floral impression, with dried citrus peel. Simple and straightforward with moderate hop bitterness. The resiny dry aftertaste sticks with you long after each quaff. Body is lighter with medium carbonation, not filling at all and overall pretty easy drinking. jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2011
22oz bomber from Pick’s poured into a shaker. Pours a dark nut brown with about half a finger of tan head. Sprucy hops mixed with a little sweet malt make for quite the pleasant aroma. Taste is medium bitter and lightly sour. Very suprising for an IPA considering how dark this is. I expected more sweet malt but I think the brewer nailed it perfectly. Medium-light bodied with a slick and oily texture. Soft carbonation with a long bitter finish. Overall, this is a damn good beer, especially at 4 bucks a bottle. A value buy that actually has some nice substance. By far the best beer by this company. Something I will definitely buy again. emerge077 (73) - RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2011
On tap at Kindling in Carterville, IL. Described as an "India Brown Ale".
Served in a tall footed glass. Review from notes.
Color is dark brown, lighter around the edges, with tan foam. A delicate crown of lacing forms, and the head settles to a wispy skim after the first couple sips. Rapid trails of rising carbonation visible along the edges.
Aroma was light and almost nondescript (possibly served too cold) mostly mild roast and an initial grassy hop note.
Light roast malt, firm herbal bitterness (almost like dandelion), black tea, tobacco leaf, a slightly floral impression, with dried citrus peel. Simple and straightforward with moderate hop bitterness. The resiny dry aftertaste sticks with you long after each quaff. Body is lighter with medium carbonation, not filling at all and overall pretty easy drinking.
Big Muddy Monster is a departure from the basic three lineup from BMB, which are geared more to the craft-novice crossover crowd just getting into craft beer. Glad to see they are trying out some different styles and getting creative. Nice work!
wxman (1848) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2011
On draft at the Global Brew in Edwardsville, Illinois. Wow, this was really good! Pours a russet brown with a very respectable off white head with plenty of lace. Taste is rich and warm with primary notes of sweet roasted malt and caramel. Hoppiness is quite pronounced yet soft and inoffensive. It doesn’t dominate the malt, but rather enhances and balances it. The best way to describe this brew is think of your favorite brown ale mixed with an excellent IPA. Truly remarkable effort for a small micro. csaso (2321) - Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Bottle - small foamy head, very dark amber/brown color, nice citrus hop aroma and flavor, with a strong nutty roasted malt backbone, very nice balance