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Arbor Brewing Buzzsaw Ale - Arbor Brewing Company

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Arbor Brewing Buzzsaw AleArbor Brewing Buzzsaw Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

22 Reviews
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Reviews: 22
Hads: 150
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 25.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GRPunk on 09-23-2012

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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 150
Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
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3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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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.

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A- Opens well and pours a 2" high white head that lasts for 2mins before film out. Very dark gold colour and unfiltered

S- Nice sour character. After that the standard high sweetness heavy malt starts to shine through

T- Nice blend of bitter and sweet. Nothing outrageous but it's all there in malt, yeast and hops.

M- Nice and dry with a great tartness that almost stings at times which is why the extra quarter point isn't there

O- Nice brew. Has a pleasant sipping nature that won't overpower you with sweetness or bitterness. Good for a nice fall cool night

Food Pairing

This rather good brew went very well with...... Hot sausage, egg, onion, rice and butter stir fry. Pretty easy to use up some leftovers quick


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Arbor Brewing Buzzsaw Ale from Arbor Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.