Arbor Brewing Buzzsaw Ale - Arbor Brewing Company

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: GRPunk on 09-23-2012)
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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

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.16/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Arbor Brewing Buzzsaw Ale from Arbor Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.