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Burly Brown - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 17.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wheatyweiss on 04-09-2009

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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 99
Reviews by terrabyte:
Photo of terrabyte
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sparkling clear, medium-brown color. A large cream-colored head recedes quickly to a small head. Tall columns of lacing is left behind as I drink this first beer of the night a little too quickly.

Aroma has a light toasted nuttiness, but unfortunately not much else.

Flavor contains a mellow nuttiness, some toffee and caramel. It's a bit weak, which seems to be the theme with all the beers I've had from this brewer.

Mouthfeel is light but solid. If the flavor is disappointingly consistent with each beer from this brewer, the mouthfeel is also consistent, but positively.

Drinkability is very easy. This is a beer that could be drunk all night long. Unfortunately, I think the flavor falls a little short, and wouldn't be my choice to drink every night.

More User Reviews:
Photo of skybluewater
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby brown color. Smells of caramel and toffee. Not much lacing. The taste is a caramel, toffeeish nuttyness, quite nice (I'm going to have to start drinking more browns!). This isn't a bad brew at all. I could easily drink two or three of these in one sitting.

Photo of generallee
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label is light on info as there is no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: The body has a nice russet brown/red brown color with good clarity and visible carbonation. Its head is a little on the thin side at only about ½ an inch from an aggressive pour. This small head slowly fades to a wisp thin layer that holds on well and even makes some thin lacing.

Smell: In the nose I pick up sweet malty notes of caramel and brown sugar with lighter hop earthy hop notes in the background.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there is a medium bodied malty character with a solid base of bready sweet flavor. In it I pick up notes of caramel and roasted malt, brown sugar and a very slight hint of maple like sweetness. Hop flavor is subtle and only offers a slight herbal/earthy flavor and light bitterness for balance. The texture is light and easy going with wet well carbonated feel.

Notes: Overall it's just a nice easy drinking Brown Ale.

Photo of Billolick
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating to be had. Pours Hazelnut brown, off white head without any lacing left behind. Nose of some maple syrup. fairly sweet brown ale, nothing all that "Burly" about this one. Finishes fairly watery and a tad prickly on the tongue.

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a nice leathery brown with a white head, which dissipated quickly after pouring it from the bottle.

S: Smelled of rich malty flavor, with a hint of chocolate.

T: Overall, it tasted fairly earthy, and fairly dark for how light it is in comparison to actual dark beers.

M: Fairly smooth, but for some reason felt watery.

D: Good drinkability, and for the price I paid, not horrible.

Overall, decent beer, not my favorite, but none the less, Cheers.

Photo of deebo
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear brown with red tint, tight tan foam that sticks around for half a bottle's pour.
S-Sweet malt is dominant, a slight toasted aroma also present. It does have a bit of corn adjunct aroma which I do not care for.
T-Toasted malt character (nutty, caramel) is strongest taste present. Hops are quiet but help give a nice finish with just a hint of resiny bite.
M-Smooth with moderate carbonation. Crisp, quick finish.
D-Very smooth, good for style.
O-A smooth brown that is nicely done-nothing stands out with this one but very easy to drink with a nice righ toasted malt flavor. A nice brown ale.

Photo of ADR
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its local for me now, so I've had a few of the Page products...the Brown is their best offering, in my opinion...nice and bold, non-agressive in chewiness but with an impressive clove-like finish in the back of the throat...color is dull, aroma muted...Browns are not high on my list but James Page Burly is pretty good...

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.12/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a lovely ruby highlighted brown hue with an light khaki off white head forming thick and dwindling quick for a beer that labels itself as burly. Smells of light nutty accents with caramel undertones in the malt department. No real cereal grains apparent maybe some kind of caramel concentrated addition to give color seems low on specialty grains. Flavor is metallic with a sidecar of syrupy nut brown sweetness arriving to try and rescue the mineral laiden experience. Well, it's too little to late this is a mess of a beer that again gives craft brews a bad name. This is a large regional brewery that is aiming at the mass produced beer drinking audience that is making craft style labels/beer styles without adhering to the actual craft in this case traditional brewing methods. Mouthfeel is of syrupy additions in carbonated water it's a weird experience. I'm with the all or none theory and I give this brewery absolutely no street credentials. Drinkability is poor a shell of what a brown ale is supposed to taste like much more in line to compete with Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown Ale than Bell's Best Brown Ale.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a mug)

A- This beer has an amber brown body that is crystal clear. There is thick light tan head that fades pretty quickly.

S- The smell of pot caramel and light noble hops is soft.

T- The faint pot caramel note and a light brown malt hint finish with a green hop bitterness that hangs on the tongue. As it warms there is a light tang in the finish that is a bit odd.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- There is malt and hops in this beer but neither have much character of depth. Just taste like another brown ale.

Photo of Brenden
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a medium brown color with a dark orange-red hue to it. The head forms at under a finger and slightly fizzy, but manages to stick around a bit. Lacing is light but just enough to push the appearance over average for me.
The nose is difficult. Aromas are very light, but I get a malt backbone with a smoky note and very, very light hints of nuts. Perhaps there's a touch of caramel in there.
The taste is likewise a little soft, but the flavors are nice. Lightly smoky and mildly nutty with roasted malts, there's a touch of wood in here. With a bit more strength, this could be a better brown since it manages to avoid the harsh astringency and charred notes that some browns are prone to.
The mouthfeel is kind of bland, not having any real activity to it. While I don't expect any crispness to it, there's also not much smoothness. Carbonation is light and the body is medium.
That's two Stevens Point brews thus far, and thus far it seems like this is a brewery not to seek out but also not to avoid.

Photo of dacrza1
3.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Situation: An end of the week relaxer...
Glassware: Kisatsky pint glass...
Appearance: dark transparent body with an off-white two-finger head that settles well--looks like a hearty ale...
Aroma: some warming. roasted notes--some buttery, some nutty elements as well--welcoming...
Palate: smooth, medium-bodied with a rankle of activity in the throat--creamy and effervescent..
Taste: subtle flavors of hops, sugary sweetness with some floral yeasts--in general, a mix of beer elements that form a well-rounded taste...
Overall: no complaints about this beer, but aside from the newness of the purchase, I am not sure I would seek this out again, as some browns are demonstratively more profound or more available...

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, a bit weak and a bit odd. There's a nice mild dry bitterness, but a lack of nutty or chocolate malt flavors. Where's the brown? Not bad for a cheaper micro, but its really something I have at other people's houses. I'm happy to drink it, but it lacks the proper flavor and complexity for me to ever buy it myself.

Photo of DerekP
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A six-pack of various brews from the wife for our 2nd anniversary and I pull out Stevens Point's Burly Brown first. Labeled as an American brown ale, the brew pours dark brown with mahogany-red spots towards the bottom.

Slightly transparent for a dark brown beer; noticeably carbonated. Slim head, but a nice rim grips the edges.

Smells of caramel with traces of diacetyl; buttery. A smidget of booziness in the nose as it warms up. Tastes brown! Attenuated, but for the purpose of rendering this brew sessionable. Hops to balance. Give this one a try. On tap anyone?

Thanks, Bay.

Photo of russpowell
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an effervescent caramel/brown with a thumb of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing, sadly the best part of this beer..

S: Not much aroma, a touch of caramel & leafy hops when very warm

T: Astringency & tannins up front, like drinking tea filtered through oak bark with some dryness as well. Herbal hops, tannins & a whisper of caramel as this warms. Finishes dry with a touch of toffee swimming through 2 day old, unsweetened ice tea

MF: light/medium bodied with soft carbonation, but rough balance

Drinks on the verge of drain-pour. If you stumble across this, let it warm the hell up & even then you might still be depressed. Off style, by a country mile...

Photo of jackndan
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Burly Brown Ale: Brown, duh. Nice head, rock, not white, but not too far from white. Malty aroma, and very heavy malt tastes, almost a little too sweet. Not really my style, I’ve never been a big fan of brown beers, they always seemed a little cloying sweet, with the hops buried down a little to deep. Not to bad, but not my style.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed August 22, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Slightly hazed, ruddy brown. Topped with a nice soapy off-white head. Light aroma of strong caramel, toffee, dusted with a hint of dry cocoa powder and raspberry seeds. Bittered nutty finish, backed with watery diacetlys and buttescotch. A hint of roasted coffee and chocolate. Finish is a little rough and unsettling, with an overwhelming presence of sugary hop resions that bite. A tinge of fruit. Dryish.

Photo of beveritt
2.23/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 12 brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The label is different than that one currently displayed on BA. Mine has a large bear reaching towards what looks like a jumping salmon. No discernible freshness date, this one is described as having "Deep brown color and creamy smooth taste."

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 3 fingers og very light head, almost white. This big bubbled foam settles quickly, leaving no lacing and dropping to a quarter inch layer. The beer itslef is a medium to dark brown, but by no means "deep brown."

Smell: Slightly sweet malt, with hints of adjuncts. A strong, almost sweet tomato smell. I swear this smells like I am sniffing pasta sauce.

Taste: Syrupy and sweet. Like drinking sugar water, with little to no malt backbone. Alittle hint of hop flavor int he finish, if you force your tongue against the roof of your mouth and try to squeeze it out of the brew.

Mouthfeel: Very low on carbonation. Body is average.

Drinkability: This tastes like somewhat bitter cough syrup with none of the typical flavors associated with a brown ale. Probably a drain pour.

Taste:

Photo of morimech
2.74/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown with a large white head that had decent retention. The head eventually falls away to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is very weak. Just a hint of malt. The flavor is also rather mediocre. Watery malt flavor is about the only thing I can come up with. Nothing special here. The body is also a bit watery but has nice carbontion. Overall a very unremarkable beer. Nothing undrinkable but their are so many better browns to spend money on.

Photo of dhannes
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A=Looked like Coca-Cola at first, but then held up to the light to reveal a reddish brown hue. Creamy, eggshell color, 3 finger head that lasted over a minute.

S=Syrupy sweet...like molasses and maple syrup.

T=A brown sugar sweetness, with a bourbon backdrop and you can taste the alcohol, too. Cola flavoring, with somewhat of a nutty presence...almonds and cashews, perhaps. The alcohol and bourbon dominate, however.

M=Slightly above average...a tad lighter than I expected. Sweetness and above average carbonation prevent this from being a session beer.

O=This beer grew on me a bit, but I found it too sweet...if it were for hops, you'd swear you were drinking a flat cola.

Photo of Honisbygonis
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

App: straight brown color, with average - moderate head, and mild aroma

Entree: initial nice taste / mouthful

Dessert: taste lingers with mild-moderate lingering aftertaste, that leaves me "indifferent"

Having drank Cabin Fever brown ale from New Holland prior to, just not desirable flavorwise.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with some amber hues and a 1 inch head. Smell is of caramel and malts. Taste is a bit nutty, hops and caramel. A well balanced beer. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.05/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Always looking for a really drinkable beer (with some character), this one fits the bill. Pours brown (coke brown) in the glass, a tad transparent, with a bit of bubbles showing. Nice foamy head that laced the glass all the way down. All roasted malt in the nose. Taste was first malt, then a hint of bitterness with some residual roasting, followed by a hint of sweetness. Nothing else. No amazing complexity, just straightforward good taste that went down very easily. Perhaps too easily, given the moderate to light body. In any case, definitely one worth having in the fridge when you want more than one of something.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.01/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. twist-off bottle poured into a Nonic
5% ABV

A - An aggressive pour unleashes a tall light khaki head on this beer which lasts and lasts, covering the pint above the gorgeous clear crimson copper-colored beer with thick lace.

S - Burley Brown combines the dry, mildly astringent aroma of toasted malt and biscuit character with subtle caramel and toffee sweetness for a balanced and inviting smelling brown.

T - Mild earthy hops cut through this brown's malt base of toasted wheat bread crust and suggestions of caramel and toffee for a balanced brown finish.

M - Burley Brown is anything but burley as this light-bodied beer crosses the palate with lasting, faintly metallic dryness and a smooth finish.

O - One of Points more balanced and thorough beers, Burley Brown does a good job of having different malt nuances such as toasted dryness and caramel sweetness play off one another for a very easy drinking brown ale.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light brown or dark amber in color. Very faint traces of prickle and little to no head. The nose is predominantly malty, which type of malt is tough to say, but its malty. The attack is refreshing with a balanced flavor of pronounced hops and rich malt. Both the hops and the malt stand strong, but they are in harmony. Some bite to the flavor which was unexpected for a brown, but relatively clean upon finish so its okay.

Photo of supercolter
4.12/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 3rd installment from the sampler pack.appearance is a bit lacking. Some head and decent lacing but more 7-up fizz than anything. Smell and taste are similar with a strong dry malt and just a hint of spice and hops.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are right on par for the style.

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Burly Brown from Stevens Point Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.