Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co.
Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale
Brown ales and I have a mixed history. I like them well enough, but for every great one like Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown or Stone TBA, you get 10 New Belgium Fat Tires. That’s not to say Fat Tire is bad by any means – it’s one of the most solid examples of the style and a great gateway beer – but standard brown ales seem pedestrian to brown ales such as the aforementioned ones, which take a solid base beer and giving it a bit more of a kick.
That’s why I was excited when a friend bequeathed to me a bottle of Lazy Magnolia‘s Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale, which is made with whole roasted pecans. I’d heard the Mississippi-made brew was one of the better year-round browns out there.
The pour is very clear for a brown. It almost looks like a kind of deep sweet tea color, very fitting for a beer made in the South. It’s very thin with half a finger of head that’s gone quickly, barely any lacing and very thin alcohol legs.
There’s definitely a sweet nuttiness on the nose. That classic malty bready nut-brown note is the base, but it’s got this almost syrupy sweet pecan pie note on top of it. Not enough to really make anything stand out, though.
There’s a very slight hop bite on the tip of the tongue followed with a surprising wash of carbonation, and the mouthfeel is fairly rich given the thinness of the beer. Taste wise, it’s unmistakably a brown, but it’s covered by that pecan taste. You get a very small bit of the roasted note on the back and it ends with a bready, sweet flavor that sits on the back of the tongue. Sadly, neither the pecan or the roasted notes stand out at all. It tastes like a standard brown with a little bit of pecan flavoring.
All of the hype didn’t end up doing this one any justice. It’s not bad by any means, but I was really hopping for a big blast of pecan flavor, which I can see complimenting a beer of this style well. (I’m a Southerner; I love me some pecans.) However, while it didn’t quite live up to the hype, I’d say it’s still one worth trying.