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Burly Brown - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wheatyweiss on 04-09-2009)
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1/5  rDev -69.3%

10-21-2012 12:35:40 | More by Zonian1
Photo of DeepSacks


1.15/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought this beer in a variety pack which means I will drink anything. Not impressed that it smells like stinkbait. I've never eaten stinkbait so dont know if the smell follows into the taste. Not recommended for anyone. The other beers by Stevens Point Brewery are great and this one needs to be left out of the next sampler.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 21:47:02 | More by DeepSacks
Photo of StoutHunter


1.48/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I picked up a single of Stevens Point Burly Brown a few days ago at The Lager Mill for $1.19. I wanted to try a beer from a brewery I have never heard of so when I saw this beer on the shelf I figured I would take a chance on this brewery and see how their Brown Ale stacks up. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label on this beer looks pretty good, I like the drawing of a brown bear trying to catch a trout in a stream. The label made this beer a little difficult to look up, it said James Page brewery on it but it's made by Stevens Point, its a little confusing, you would think they would want you to easily know they were the ones who made it. It poured a deep copper/amber color that was bordering on being brown with two and a half fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end.

S- This beer has hardly any aroma and what little aroma that is there is just a light amount of lightly toasted malts and some malty sweetness, nothing else seemed to show up at all. This has to be the lightest aroma I have encountered in a Brown Ale, pretty disappointing.

T- I was hoping the flavor of this beer would have more life in it then the aroma had, but that wasn't the case at all. This beer basically tastes like slightly malted water. The only thing I get in the taste is a really slight glimpse of some lightly toasted malts that hardly show up and that's pretty much all the flavor I got out of this beer. There was no hops or any other types of flavor in this beer, this tasted more watery then a Bud Select 55, I didn't even think that was possible.

M- Watery, medium light bodied, with a good medium amount of carbonation that makes this beer a little fizzy.

Overall I was pretty disappointed with this beer, I thought this beer was pretty bad and it's the worst Brown Ale I have had to date. This beer is nothing like what a good Brown Ale should be like, it hardly had any flavor and it was very watery, there was nothing there to hold my attention. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance, it was a little light for its style, but it was still the best thing about this beer. The thing I liked the least about this beer was the taste, as dull as the aroma was, the taste was even duller, nowhere near what a Brown Ale should be like. This beer is light and flavorless so it could be chugged down pretty fast, but with so little flavor I have no motivation to want to session this beer. I will not be buying this again and I am pretty sure I would turn this down if offered one. I don't recommend this beer to anyone, it's a very poor representation of the style and miles away from what it should be. I don't see how any brewery can taste this, put their name on it, and call it a Brown Ale, in my opinion that's a disgrace to the style, the brewers at Stevens Point need to drink a Tumbler so they can see what a real Brown Ale tasted like. After finding out this beer is from Stevens Point instead of James Page I have noticed that I tried their 2012 Black Ale and that was much closer to Brown Ale then this beer was, they should just drop this beer all together and stick with the 2012 Black Ale cause this beer isn't cutting it. After trying this beer I will be thinking twice before buying another beer from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 03:30:24 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of OWSLEY069


1.63/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet nuttiness and some lager like undertones. In the taste, sweet nuttiness and quite lagery with Saaz hops. A small bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry nuttiness and a lager like aftertaste. Quite lager like, thin and watery.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 20:38:36 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of gonger


1.68/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into pint tumbler.

A-Deep brown (not black.) Nice pancake of creamy looking head remains.

S-Weak. Mostly malt, chocolate, a little yeast, musty, faint citrus.

T-Watery. Some weak roasted malt and hop bitterness in the front and middle is quickly washed away. No real finish.

M-Some creaminess, but too thin. Unsatisfying.

Brown ale is one of my favorite styles, but this brew is just disappointing. I won't recommend it, or drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 22:32:39 | More by gonger
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2/5  rDev -38.7%

01-04-2014 20:18:55 | More by kschm628
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West Virginia

2.1/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 04:44:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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2.2/5  rDev -32.5%
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.


Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 20:03:34 | More by beveritt
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2.42/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle into a clean pint glass. A: Reasonable brown color for the style, but a noticable lack of a head. A thin white layer, perhaps 1/4 in height, which disappated very quickly, w/in 1 minute. S: smell OK, was "off" but nothing remarkable. T: Seemed thin, watery. M: Again, thin. The lack of carbonation made this flat. D: I had several, thinking perhaps the first was a bad bottle. All were the same. Overall, disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 01:39:41 | More by douglasmoran
Photo of bigbeers84


2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

02-01-2012 09:57:00 | More by bigbeers84
Photo of A60sburnout


2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

01-24-2013 20:54:07 | More by A60sburnout
Photo of p-wagz


2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

12-05-2013 03:10:16 | More by p-wagz
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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

03-13-2013 14:06:53 | More by Herky21
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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

01-16-2012 06:25:19 | More by Sarunas7
Photo of PokerGod


2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip glass

Appearance- Nice color: Dark Chocolate brown, similar to cola. But, very little head which dissipates quickly. Also leaves little to no lacework.

Smell- Nice, chocolate, nutty, coffee, sweet aroma. a little too subtle, however, I like a much more forward smell.

Taste- A nice brown ale that has a very nutty taste. There does however seem to be a lingering aftertaste that isn't quite as pleasant as the front. almost a soapy aftertaste.

Overall- Still a decent beer, but I would prefer others from this style. See Bell's Best Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 04:32:57 | More by PokerGod
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2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2002 20:28:26 | More by jackndan
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2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 05:31:40 | More by russpowell
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2.63/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stevens Point Burly Brown

Pours a cola brown, small head forms and doesn't stick around long. Aroma is alittle nutty, roasted. In the taste, some caramel, toasted malt, notion of hop but not very discernable. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, carbonation a bit low and also a little watery. Overall its an below average American brown, good gateway beer at least to macro drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 17:35:31 | More by Stinkypuss
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2.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, light amber, with some head, lace. I think Michelob Amberbock is darker than this. I expected a richer look, considering the name.

S: Some light grains. Thats about it.

T: Bitter, almost a burnt grain taste. Some sweetness mingles in. Again, not impressed at all, considering the name.

M: Light, some bitterness.

D: Almost a drain pour. There is NOTHING Burly about it, and, barely even brown. It's like a nut brown ale "light".

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 23:20:28 | More by KI9A
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2.73/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 23:37:27 | More by morimech
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

12-09-2013 02:43:28 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

01-25-2013 06:30:51 | More by GRG1313
Photo of ZPB


2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

01-29-2013 20:34:28 | More by ZPB
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

12-23-2013 04:34:48 | More by sparx1100
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

06-07-2013 03:56:43 | More by Nihilistkid
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Burly Brown from Stevens Point Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.