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Buzzsaw Brown - Deschutes Brewery

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137 Ratings

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

28 IBU

(Beer added by: Thrasher on 04-09-2006)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

GRG1313, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jakecattleco, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very small off white to light tan head quickly dies to a thin lacing above a clear dark almost burnt caramel colored beer.

The aroma is slightly nutty with some chocolate and light caramel coming through as well.

Light caramel roasted malts with some roasted nuts and sweet chocolates in the taste of this brown.

This medium bodied beer has a slightly dryish aftertaste with some pleasing malt tastes sticking around.

Another pretty good beer from the guys at Deschutes.

LXIXME, Oct 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

leedorham, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

piclee, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

shelby415, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Huffaroma, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Dunkelhund, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

vince4953529, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a moderate brown with a slight bit of murkiness. Good head and lacing. The nose brings forward some caramel, toffee, light nuts, and some mild fruit. The taste is bready with a bit of caramel and toffee. Good body and carbonation, this is a pretty nice brown ale and quite sessionable as well.

Thorpe429, Nov 09, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Buzzsaw Brown is Deschutes's spring seasonal; they were a step ahead, knowing that this year brown is the new black. This beer pays homage to the pine sawmills from 1915 in the Bend, OR area.

The brownish amber color shows a slight haze when put up to the light. Outstanding head retention as it drops a trail of web-like lace on the glass. Husky toasted grain aroma with a twang of yeast and hops. Heavy toasted malt flavor displays a hint of sweetness and lots of bready characteristics. Fruity middle with suggestions of cherries and pears; proportional hop bitter- ness and malt flavor. A bit of spice and mineral with some yeast backing. Slowly drying finish opens layers of fermented malt complexities which offers a pleasing aftertaste.

American session ale is written all over this beer--so why is it only a seasonal? This should be a year-round beer, since there are simply not enough American-brewed session ales out there. For accompaniment, all that comes to mind are a couple of warm, freshly baked, pub-style pretzels with spicy mustard following a few rounds of slop cricket.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber, with several fingers of poofy light mocha colored head. Thin yet frothy look, leaving some big foamy swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is toffee and biscuits, which pretty much dominates the nose with a rich stickiness in the nostrils. Floral and citric hops hang on the outer edges, giving this a fresh pop.

The hops show themselves much more in the taste, with an earthy and green tangy feel that is maybe controlling the flavor profile a bit too much. Toffee and toasted bread spread out from the middle in a sweet flush. The finish is surprisingly clean, with just a touch of lingering dryness. The mouthfeel is mostly medium bodied, with an overall creamier feel to the carbonation, which then prickles up more on the tip of the tongue.

Wow, I can't believe how strongly the hops still showed themselves in this, considering that this bottle was probably a late Winter '09 release. Just really dominant hop character here, with just enough sweeter notes coming out to make this Brown Ale work. I'm really interested in finding out just how much more "American" this is fresh.

Kegatron, Nov 27, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark with a caramel head. Head disappeared right away.

Smell - Chocolate, caramel, nutty smell.

Taste - nutty caramel flavor. Seemed a little bland.

Mouthfeel/Drink - Decent, lacked something. But overall was decent. Fairly easy to drink.

Admittedly not my favorite style and this bottle was an older bottle so probably not a completely fair assessment. Very drinkable beer, just not something I would seek out usually.

yuriruley, Nov 16, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown, cola like body, off white head runs to disk fast. Some cling lace.

S - Dull, muted. Some malt shines through, but not much.

T - Sweet malt, light albeit. Some bitter to finish. A light one for sure.

M - Light bodied for a brown, good carb, nice balance fair coating.

D - Would tire fast, just not terribly interesting IMO.

srandycarter, Oct 06, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery amber color with 1+ fingers of foamy tan head into a pint glass. OK retention leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of toasted grains, nuts, caramel, chocolate, earth, buttered biscuits, and fruit. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, apple, lemon zest, nuts, buttered toast, light coffee, and earth. Medium to medium light in body with OK carbonation. A bit thin, but nice overall feel. A pleasant balance with a lite bitter finish. Very easy to drink, pretty sessionable. Not my favorite choice from Deschutes, but a decent brown ale nevertheless.

HopDerek, May 28, 2009
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty average brown ale to be honest. Nothing astonishing or anything in particular that makes it stand out. Somewhat bland malty biscuit taste. A little hoppy metallic twang on the back end. No problem downing a few of these, but I was expecting a little more from this, considering the source.

Trappissed, May 21, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 0z bottle poured into a Stone Brewery pint glass.

A - Poures a darkish amber color with an one finger light beige head. Head dissipates farily quickly. Good amount of carbonation bubbles.

S - This one does not have a very pronounced smell. Actually, it is very mild and hard to pick up much from it. I get a sweet sugar smell with maybe a hint of citrus.

T - Taste is alot better than the smell. There is definitely a sweet tone to this one. Maybe brown sugar or carmamel. Also I get a nice balanced taste of hops.

M - Pretty watery for my likes. Decent amount of carbonation. Light-medium/bodied.

D - This is a good tasting beer. The abv is what kills the drinkability for me though. Drank this one as a breakfast beer, hungover from the night before, and absolutely nothing in my stomach. Despite this, I still had no sign of a head change. I am working on a fourth one right now, still on a empty stomach, and i'm finally starting to catch a small buzz.

Overall this is a decent brown, but I guess I was expecting a little more from Deschutes. Glad I tried it, but I probably wont be buying it again.


comfortablynumb1, May 16, 2009
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

One of the most generous traders out there sent me this bottle, BitterBill. Thanks, Bill! Buzzsaw Brown has a chestnut brown body with excellent clarity. Mahogany highlights light up the body when backlit. A creamy two finger off white head slowly settles over a few minutes to a thin cap that leaves impressive sheet lacing down the glass.

The nose shows off toasty grains as the main force behind this brown with nuttiness being the main accompaniment. Mildly roasted coffee shows up in the middle of the toastiness with a floral hoppiness I didn't expect to find. The floral quality makes this beer stand out from the other browns on the market. When this one warms up the maltiness grows, unfortunately there's a bit of metallic twang that I'm not so fond of.

Coffee stands out a bit more in the flavor than in the aroma. The toasty maltiness is rich across the tongue and a mild perfumey hoppiness seems to coat the mouth on the finish and last throughout the swallow. A touch of hazelnut and clean booziness float ghost-like through the backend. Again, the floral hoppiness makes this beer unique.

The body has a moderate density to it while the carbonation has a soft feel up front but grows as it works its way through. It's fairly simple but also fits the style of this beer.

This is an easy drinking brown. It's nothing exciting but is a solid example of the style that would be easy to put a few away in a sitting.

Buzzsaw Brown is an interesting brew simply for the mild floral hoppiness. It's a solid example of the style and another good sessionable brew from Deschutes. Thanks for the new Deschutes Bill!

joe1510, May 13, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle I got in a package from Wetpaperbag today. Thanks, man! Served up in a Terrapin pint glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice and solid brown color. When the light hits it, it really bursts with some nice ruby highlights just pouring forth. The head was minimal and white. Sadly, no real head retention at all. I mean nothing. This puppy is just beer now. Very lazy carbonation moving around in there. Pretty average when it comes to brown ales.

S: Perking up a bit. This smell is very subtle but very pleasant. Getting some nice biscuity malt in here that is very mild. Got some caramel sweetness hiding in there. There is a little bit of woodsy earthiness in here that is just really nice. I imagine the hops are the culprit here. Smells very clean and not at all sweet.

T: Taste is very nice. Getting a really good amount of biscuity malt with just a bit buttery creaminess in here. The caramel is very slight but adds just a touch of sweetness in here. Yet again, a really beautiful earthiness in here that is just great. Really grassy and woodsy. Slight touch of almonds coming out on the finish.

M: Actually a really nice medium in body that has a medium carbonation. This baby is nice and smooth, just slides across the palate. ABV is perfectly no existent. Finishes nice and wet, not at all drying. Very quenching. Aftertaste is a touch of bread and almonds.

D: This is a very nice and sessionable brown ale. I mean it goes down so easily and the beer is nicely balanced in most categories. It just works nicely. Sure, it doesn't have a huge wow factor in any category, but its a really good and workable simplicity. If this was available here, it would absolutely be a staple in my beer diet. The look is my only gripe, otherwise really good.

everetends, Apr 29, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby and amber hues and about a finger of beige head. Bubbly and ring retention with decent lacing. Not "brown" at all, really.
S: Big aromas of caramel malty sweetness and biscuits. Toasted, but refreshing aromas.
T/M: Surprising chocolate malty sweetness that I did not notice on the nose. Caramel undertones as well. Burnt notes are really pleasing. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, crisp, and smooth. Bitter finish, but I'm not sure if it's from the hops of the chocolate malts.
D: Surprising. Smooth. I can have a number of these brews, especially with a pizza.

washburnkid, Apr 26, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour into a 19-ounce chalice yields a three-finger light-tan rocky head over a slightly chill-hazed mahogany-leather body. Head fades slowly, leaving loads of lacing. Really pretty beer.

Smell is malty-sour, crackers and biscuits, yeasty and buttery. There's a not of grass and hay: in these notes, it almost reminds me of a Dunkelweizen.

Taste is crisp and bright, with cracker malt and biscuit malt up front followed by mild floral hops. Tastes good!

Mouthfeel is spot on for an American Brown: crisp and bright, plenty of crisp carbonation.

Really fine drinkability. Indeed, this is sessionable, which is what an American Brown should be.

Overall, a rather pleasant surprise. I'll get more of this.

ColoradoBobs, Apr 23, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice looking dark and dusky red liquid with a good off-white head and lots of lacing.

S: Very pleasant. Brown ales sometimes feel forced, but this beer has an extremely natural scent. The flavors work in concert, rather than separately. The aroma has a lot of malt with a great nutty background.

T: Very good beer. Light and nutty flavor. It's a good brown ale, if not a highly complex one. Every beer doesn't have to be a jigsaw puzzle and this beer works definitely accomplishes its goals.

M: A bit thin, perhaps. There's nothing really wrong the feel given the abv. At any rate, it's a welcome version of a brown ale.

D: A very sessionable beer. Unlike most brown ales, I would very much enjoy a night filled with bottles of Buzzsaw Brown.

popery, Apr 17, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at the New York Hotel (Ketchikan Coffee Company) in Ketchikan, AK. This beer pours a dark amber-brown color with a thin and lasting beige head. Stringy lacing on the glass. Roasted malt and nuts in the nose, along with some fruit. Medium-bodied with flavors of roasted nuts, malt, chocolate and a bit of hops. The finish is sweet and malty with a lingering hops and fruit aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

Dogbrick, Apr 16, 2009
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light, amberish brown. Small white foam head. Fairly translucent beer.

Smells earthy with dough and yeast, and a bit of hoppy pine. Taste is okay. Brown ales aren't my thing, but this was pleasant enough. Doughy, yeasty, with a bit of bitter nutty/earthiness to it.

Mouthfeel way too thin, but still a drinkable brew. This is the case of a beer adding up to more than the sum of its score components.

Overlord, Apr 15, 2009
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Buzzsaw Brown from Deschutes Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.