The ESB is a clear amber color with a creamy head and mouthfeel, medium body, nice malt/hop flavor balance, and clean finish. The Amber is a clear amber color, well carbonated, offering a full body, creamy mouthfeel, and nice hop over malt flavor. The Irish Mild Ale is amber in color with hops throughout the aroma and flavor where an underlying malt tries to poke through the medium-bodied brew. The English Mountain IPA is more of a dark gold with hops leading in the aroma, malt carrying the flavor and then hops rising in the finish. The Brown Ale is a clear ruby red color with a nutty/malty flavor, accompanying hops, all combined in a creamy body. The Gay Strasse Alt is a dark amber color, topped by a creamy white head; the flavor starts very dry then the hops build before finishing abruptly. The Schwarzbier is opaque, with a medium body, very smooth mouthfeel, and nice light roasted flavor. A great combination!
Joining the great beers are the tasty food dishes. The menu boasts Soups, Salads, Starters, Sandwiches, Fajitas, and Chef's Selections (steak and shrimp). House Favorites run $8 to $13 with offerings covering chicken, steak, pork, and shrimp. "Great Starters" range from $3 to $9 and include Chips & Salsa, Ribs, Tacos, Quesadillas, Wings, and Skins. "Great Finishes" round out the offerings and a kids menu is also available. Take a break from BBQ and enjoy the food, brews and friendly but smoky environment at the heart of Knoxville inside Great Southern Brewing.
Great Southern Brewing Company
424 S. Gay Street
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - May, 1997
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