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Arbor Brewing Buzzsaw Ale - Arbor Brewing Company

Arbor Brewing Buzzsaw AleArbor Brewing Buzzsaw Ale

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GRPunk on 09-23-2012)
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Photo of Flopjack


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale orange, gold, about 1 finger white head.

Smell - Pungent pine, resin, grapefruit and slight pineapple.

Taste - Flavor of pine, grapefruit, good balance between bitter and tart. Slight ground pepper spiciness. Light malts with a subtle roastiness, dried out piny bitterness at the end that lingers as the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, refreshing.

Overall - Good beer. With this brewed year round you can't go wrong trying it. Lots of hoppy character that is sure to grab your attention right off the bat.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 05:28:41 | More by Flopjack
Photo of lochef81


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This ipa pours a hazy brownish amber color with a nice cream colored head that gives way to a thick off white film and lacing. The aroma is very hoppy with lots of resin and grassy notes. There is grapefruit and a little malt as well. The mouthfeel is very smooth with just the slightest coating. The flavor is very hop forward and refreshing. All the notes ffound in the nose make themselves present in the taste. This is a solid ipa; not the greatest, but damn good.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 05:44:39 | More by lochef81
Photo of jbaker67


3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Burnished golden color with a small white slick for a head. Citrus hop nose with lots of orange peel. This IPA is a big citrus bomb, with tons of orange zest, red grapefruit, apricot jam and tangerines. This finish brings out some pine notes. There is enough malt to provide a balance, but this is all about the hops. Actually a pretty good, big hoppy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 16:38:43 | More by jbaker67
Photo of Beric


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap, 4oz sampler
Served: 17 June 2013

Appearance: Exactly what you would expect from an IPA- a nice deep golden color with a big white head (even one that sticks around in the small sampler size due to the hops in the beer), that laces down the side. You can see the carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass, which makes this beer look pretty great.

Smell: You can definitely smell an assertive hop presence in the nose that really drowns out everything else. Definitely floral, rather than citrusy, in my opinion.

Taste: A really great beer. One that the hops take center stage and really hit you with nice floral notes. Good in the sampler for sure, and I wonder how a pint would be. The taste is really great for a micro-brewery's IPA, which always tend to be lacking a bit towards the hop extremes most craft beer people like, but this one is one of the best micro-brew IPAs I've had.

Mouthfeel: Feels nice and full-bodied on the tongue, rather than watery like some other micro-beer IPAs. Good carbonation.

Overall: A really great beer, and one I would certainly order again if I was feeling in the mood for a hoppy beer (which, if you can believe it, isn't always). Would certainly recommend this to those who like hops.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2013 03:09:22 | More by Beric
Photo of SportsandJorts


4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: a lighter shade of orange. Very hazy. Two fingers worth of an off white head that slowly fades

Smell: strong hops. Citrusy, but more than just plain citrus hops.

Taste: big and bold and juicy hops. Strong juicy citrus flavor. Not complex but just really tasty

Mouthfeel: strong bitterness. Juiciness leaves a sweet refreshing taste to go with the bitterness

Overall: another one of my favorites from arbor brewing. The juiciness of the hops is just unbeatable. I usually like a more dimensional ipa but I loved this one

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 14:40:09 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of MrMcGibblets


1.81/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

this is in substandard condition, i think, but i'm reviewing it in said condition as i blame the brewer for using clear glass growlers. had i bought it, i'd have known to keep it away from light. however, a friend bought this for me and it may have sat on her counter for an unkown period of time. if the brewer is going to sell beer in clear growlers i feel it's incumbent upon them to make sure their customers are aware. not every random person knows what light does to beer in clear bottles.
a: marking this down for an ugly clear growler. the beer itself looks good-golden, clear with decent white head and lace. but just thinking about that clear growler makes me feel like waking up hungover next to a fat girl.
s: hops are skunked to hell. this is my first craft beer that smells like heineken. bleah.
t: this could have been nice, but the nose follows through on the taste, making this what i'd imagine a double/imperial heineken would taste like.
m: mouthfeel is just under medium bodied, with a bit of residual sugars and a lingering bitterness that reminds me of, wait for it, heineken.
o: if this brewery is going to try to appeal to the uninformed masses with clear growlers, maybe they could ensure that these same uninformed masses should keep these goddamn clear growlers away from all light, kept cold, etc. i had no idea craft brewers sold clear growlers so didn't think to tell my friend about ideal storage. i'm thrifty but had to drain pour this. this abomination of a clear growler is headed to the recycling bin so that it can't ruin any more beer for some unsuspecting victim.

Serving type: growler

05-31-2013 01:13:55 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of TheBrewo


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

We crack the top and pour a brew of pale golden orange coloring into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a two finger head of white soapy bubbles, leaving slow patterned lacing after a beautiful retention that never quite finishes. A chill haze permeates the clarity, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is beautifully juicy with hops that shout of bright grapefruit, pine, and floral nectars. To balance are notes of lightly toasted pale malts, dried apricot, pear, pineapple, lemon zest bitterness, honey, and flashes of white sugar sweetness. With warmth comes some phenolic plastics, fusel booze, and softer cereal grain. Our first impression is that the hops steal the show, with big lemon and soap, pushing the balance to more generalized bitterness. As we sip, the flavor opens with those aromatic pale and toasty malts, robustly bittered soapy hops, rose stems, bittered booziness, lemon pulp, and more amber malt smoothness. The middle peaks with bite of peppery alcohol, tannic black tea, salted pretzels, and further hop kick of resiny pine, soaps, and bittered citric rind. The finish gives creamy vanilla sweetness, sweeter alcohol, juicy coconut and mango fruitiness, sweet pale malts, chemical airs, and herbal hoppiness, with mint, dill, and lightly phenolic clove. The aftertaste breathes of herbed Thanksgiving stuffing, herbal and more floral hop airs, white sugar sweetness, grapefruit fleshiness, black pepper booze, mineral, and cement. The body is medium, and the carbonation is high. Each sip gives soft slurp, smack, cream, froth, and sip, while the mouth is nicely coated and cooled. The hops afford eventual bittering pucker, and astringency stretched down the length of the hard palate and tongue. The abv is fine, and drinkability is great.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its taste and general drinkability. The nose starts things off nicely, giving good fruitiness and hoppiness to start. The sip, however, is where the action is. The hops morph into this amazingly juicy, fruity, biting, sweet, and drying amalgamation of freshness, leaving you wanting more and more after each sip. While some might find it a bit bitter, this is the best, most exciting local beer we’ve found after moving to Michigan, and it will certainly become a staple as a summer porch beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 02:34:58 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Gigantis


3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

I wish I could grade the bottle. I bought this beer because the picture is cool. Also, I suspected that this was a DIPA because of the graphics, the name and, largely, the prohibitive price. I read on the six pack when I got home that this is an America IPA and I tried to judge it accordingly.

A - Pretty nice looking beer. A bright, dark molten-orange color and an off-white head. The head dissipated very quickly but laced well on the glass. Very small amount of visible carbonation.

S - The beer's best quality is the aroma. A burst of hops; lots of fresh citrus and grapefruit with a nutty grain scent to follow. Hints of tobacco and leather. The scent was very powerful when I first opened the beer and poured it into a tulip glass. It was truly glorious, but also fleeting.

T - Grapefruit and mango with hints of earthy caramel. A very nice floral component and very complimentary of the way this brew smells. Good hoppy finish.

M - A little watery actually. I was expecting more. On a positive note, the carbonation is just right. I felt like this should have had at least a medium bodied feel to it but it has the mouthfeel of a session IPA at best and a Bud at worst.

IT's pretty good though not the best example of the style. I would have appreciated more boldness and more hop character. Good looking and again it was one of the better smelling beers I've had in a while but if I am every confronted with that cool logo again (mutant warrior in a cornfield?) I will have to remind myself that this beer just didn't satisfy me as much as it should have. Overall a nice IPA but not worth the price of admission.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 22:18:45 | More by Gigantis
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very murky copper with a two finger slight off-white head. Left a decent amount of lacing.

S - Starts off with grapefruit rind and mango, followed by some lemon grass and lemons. Caramel malts come through as well along with some blood oranges.

T - Starts with a pelthora of pine and banana, followed by some slight grapefruit and soap.

M - Medium slightly creamy body with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, another solid beer out of ABC. It's definitely sessionable, although the flavor could have been a bit cleaner.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 05:06:55 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of andrewjraab


3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had a nice lengthy review on this one, but somehow the webpage booted me when I went to save it so hear goes the cliffs notes version,...

Good looking beer with nice camouflage like webbing. Clean and fresh hops in the nose. Nice hop / malt balance with a nice juicy hop presence.

Overall, I really enjoyed this brew and would definitely try it again. The flavor borders on a DIPA - lets call this a 1.5 IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 00:10:55 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of buschbeer


3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - This offering is amber in color with golden highlights. One inch of head caps it.

S - It has a nice citrus aroma. I get fresh oranges and grapefruit.

T - It starts out with a little mango. Then I get more citrus flavors. Finishing with some grapefruit and juniper.

M - Moderate

O - This is an easy drinking IPA. I prefer it to ABC's Sacred Cow. One of the better beers that I have had from Arbor Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 21:00:50 | More by buschbeer
Photo of StoutHunter


3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Arbor Brewing's Buzzsaw Ale last week for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. I have tried this beer a couple times at some beer festivals, I thought it was good and since Arbor decided to start bottling this I decided I needed to revisit it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's fairly eye catching and it had a cool comic book look to it. It poured a hazy golden color that took on a nice bright orange hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of sticky lacing behind. This is a very nice looking IPA, there's not a single thing wrong with the way it looks.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a grainy and very bread like aroma along with a noticeable bread crust aroma. After that comes the hops which are on the citrus side and impart some citrus rind, along with some mango, grapefruit and some light pineapple aromas. The aroma was nice, but it seemed like the bready malts stuck out a little too much.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness and lots of malts that impart a grainy, stale malt, bread and bread crust like aroma that were more dominant than it should be. Up next comes the hops which are still on the citrus side, but only impart a light citrus flavor that is very similar to citrus rinds and there was also a slight floral hops taste. On the finish there was a higher amount of bitterness with a really grainy and slightly citrusy aftertaste. This was a pretty average tasting American IPA. the malts were just too dominate and the hops only imparted a very light citrus flavor with more bitterness than hop flavors.

M- Not that smooth, dry, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but it could have been smoother.

Overall this beer wasn't as good as I remembered and I thought that it was an average example of the style, the malts really showed up in this beer making it pretty bready tasting and the hops had the bitterness to balance out the malts but not the flavors to balance them out which made it not well balanced. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't that smooth and the flavors didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, i'm not interested in following this up with another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it was very good and pretty true to style, there wasn't a single thing wrong with the way it looks. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and the drinkability, and they were disappointing and they both weren't what I expected from this style or the brewery. I wouldn't buy bottles of this again, it's not hard to find a much better bottled American IPA, but I would give it another try on draft to see if it's any different, I wouldn't recommend this to my friends as a good American IPA, there are much better ones out there. All in I was let down with this beer just like I was with their other new bottled offering, it just wasn't as good as I remembered and the malts were too dominant for the style, it would have been nice if the hops imparted some more citrus flavors to go with all that bitterness. Nice try guys, but this one didn't work out that well, it needs a lot of work, better luck next time, this doesn't remind of the Buzzsaw Ale that one best of show at the beer festival, I think something went wrong here.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 20:10:02 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of superspak


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big mango, pineapple, orange, caramel, floral, strawberry, pine, grass, and herbal. Very nice and unique aromas, with good hop complexity and balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, caramel, floral, bread, grass, light mango, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, caramel, bread, floral, grass, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice hop flavor balance with a good bitterness/sweetness balance as well; zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Nice hop flavor profile and very smooth to sip on. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 06:06:25 | More by superspak
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
7.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks for bringing this one back for me Chris!

"Where's Buzzsaw?" "He had to split."

A - Buzzsaw's tall head lingers around for what seems like forever, making it quite hard to stuff my nose in the glass for a whiff. Thick gobs of lace remain stuck to the pint as the whipped head collapses to a plateau. The golden beer pours totally hazy and looks like a hefe in the pint.

S - This beer doesn't have quite the ferociousness I was expecting from the label's depiction. Instead, Buzzsaw shows restraint with the hops on the aroma as light pine and blended citrus barely rise above the caramel malt aroma.

T - Homebrew-like flavor seems to stem from plenty of yeast in the beer (again, totally hazed) with fruity esters I can't quite put my finger on. Grapefruit and mango hoppiness do seem to flourish a little more in flavor than the aroma lets on but, this beer is powerfully malty with a sweet caramel and base pale background.

M - Very smooth across the palate, Buzzsaw almost has a creamy, full feel to it. Medium-bodied, this beer's high point is the nice dry bitterness that lingers along the back end which still seems quite low for an American IPA of this high alcohol content.

O - Buzzsaw keeps me laughing about The Running Man which I suppose is it's best trait. Over all, I find it a fairly weak American IPA. Not because there aren't enough hops in it but rather because I think it's too balanced by all the malt (and plenty of yeast). This beer would be very passable as a (strong - alcohol-wise) Pale Ale but I just think the malt bill needs to be lessened to let the hops shine through. The building blocks for a good IPA are here but this beer doesn't quite hit the mark.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 00:14:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of sennin


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- This beer looks very average, there really isn't a whole lot to add other than that. It basically looks like any other IPA.

S- Smell is a completely different story, this beer has a rather unique smell to it. I am picking up oranges, lemons- lot's of citrus notes. But there is a slight, almost strawberry like scent to the beer as a well, and it works very very well. More than that I can even smell a very sweet scent of mango and guava, not overpowering but incredibly pleasant, smell is not overpowering either, near perfect. Very nice.

T- Doesn't really follow the smell too much. But you do get a lot of an orange taste in here, which I think could be coming from the citra hops. Lots of grapefruit up front- relatively bitter. Citrus tastes of lemon zest present themselves on the back end. I'm also picking up something like blood oranges throughout the drinking session.

M- Syrupy as it warms, slight carbonation but not overpowering. Silky on tongue, consistency is caramel like.

Overall, this is a very good beer. Much better than Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale in my opinion. It is also rather easy drinking. Arbor Brewing Company is usually not all that great, but this one definitely impressed me a good amount. A quality brew for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:31:00 | More by sennin
Photo of tophers


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma on this beer was very good. Not a big fan of mango aroma or flavor (which this beer had some of) but I thought the overall aroma was more than pleasant for an IPA. I was expecting a little more citrus flavor based on the aroma, but what I got was mostly resinous. I thought the beer flavor was well balanced but could have used a bit more malt. Enjoyed this single and will likely buy a six pack!

a: Thin, slightly off-white head. Cloudy. Straw colored.
s: Aroma is predominately hops which are mango, orange, and grapefruit in nature. Slightly floral and piney hop aroma too. No esters. No malt aroma. No strong alcoholic notes
t: Strong forward hop bitterness. Bitterness pretty much plows over an hop flavor, but the hop flavor seems to be predominantly resinous with some citrus noticed at the end with mango seeming to be the dominant flavor. Slight malt sweetness that supports the strong bitterness. Finishes dry. Bitter aftertaste but no harshenss. No diacetyl.
m: Medium body, moderately-high carbonations. Some alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 22:06:51 | More by tophers
Photo of GRPunk


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- A normal pour creates a 1-finger, light tan head that drops to a light foam and leaves really good sticky spots on the glass. Hazed, golden-orange body with light carbonation.

S- Very fresh hops with the crack of the cap. Lots of grapefruit at first. A little leathery with the pour. Tropical fruit (big fan of that). More complex with warmth. Tobacco leaf, grainy malts.

T- Bold. Very much on the hop side of the spectrum at first. Grapefruit, grassy. Lighter, cracker-like malts (water cracker). On the edge of assertive. Tobacco leaf, leather. Smooth alcohol. Light tropical fruit. Malt gets a little grainy. Dry finish.

M- Medium body. A little chewy. Moderate carbonation.

O- Awesome sipper. They get every ounce of flavor out of the 7.5% ABV. Nearing DIPA or barley wine territory in terms of flavor and aroma. Cool label art.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 20:22:21 | More by GRPunk
Arbor Brewing Buzzsaw Ale from Arbor Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.