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Burly Brown - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 17.54%
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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Photo of dstc


3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper brown with a decent tan head. Head falls slow to a minimal one. Thin lace.

Sweet, roasted malt aroma.

Taste is a bit thin and watery. While it does have a decent roasted flavor it just does not deliver.

Thin to medium bodied and average carbonation.

Very average but why not give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 12:17:41 | More by dstc
Photo of gonger


1.68/5  rDev -48.3%
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
Photo of ZAP


2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My first impression of this after tasting it was not good but it is growing on me a little as I dig deeper into bottle #2.

The first impression is thinnish, acidic, fizzy, dumbed down...

But as it settles I get more of the following:

-Medium brown color....nice creamy tan head...

-Light aroma of caramel

-Taste offers the caramel and a nice dusting of chocolate...

-Still feels too thin even for this style but overall this has a little flavor and is drinkable. Not close to good for this style though.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 19:50:10 | More by ZAP
Photo of Wasatch


3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a slight hint of chocolate, and lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, a hint of chocolate. Medium body, the finish is dry/bitter. Drinkable, another tasty brew from SPB.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 00:56:35 | More by Wasatch
Photo of beerwolf77


4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark red brown. The light khaki head head fills a solid three fingers of my glass. After receding a very thin layer of lace is left.

The aroma is nice roast malt. It has a solid nuttiness for sure. A touch of hops but just a touch. Very solid brown nose.

The flavor is similar to the nose. Much more carmel and light coffee comes through in the taste. Super smooth.

Medium body, light carbonation.

Overall a great brown. Super drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 22:30:00 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of katan


3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Deep brown, darker than a "straight brown". Very clear, lots of bubbling. Head formation is strong, 1mm, well retained.

S - A rather empty nose. A hint of caramel malts.

T - Starts off with some light caramel and toffee malt note. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly brown from the specialty malts. Mid-stream gets more bitter, balanced, but the overall flavors of this beer are light. Finishes with a little more grainy malt notes. Finishes clean.

M - A fairly thin body - carbonation bite is strong however. Leaves behind a little of a clinging oily texture.

D - Pretty drinkable. Flavors are very unoffensive. Not filling, despite its strong carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 04:02:24 | More by katan
Photo of Vancer


3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Burley mon pours a clear mahogany brown into my favorite beer glass, the Corsendonk tulip. Thin tan head pops ups for a short stay, then recedes, not leaving any lace.

Subtle notes of caramel and malt, no hop presence to write home about. Taste matched the aroma, perhaps with a bit of woody resin in the finish. Seems to be more English than American brown.

Decent,easy going brew - could use a bit more hops to be a better American brown, but this would work in the summer heat easily

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 20:27:38 | More by Vancer
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 04:54:16 | More by dacrza1
Photo of Tone


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

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of nut, sweet malt, slight yeast, and slight hop. Fits the style of an Amerian Brown Ale. Mouth feel is very smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight wateriness. Tastes of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, yeast, and slight hop. Overall, a rather average brown.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 20:15:59 | More by Tone
Photo of Redrover


3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck poured into my SA perfect pint glass. The beer is a medium brown with a tan head.

The aroma is of lightly roasted malts and brown sugar. Light pine is also noticeable.
The beer is more hoppy than I thought given the smell. It has some roasted malt, coco and brown sugar. The beer has a nice aftertaste of pine & citrus. I like the balance and interplay of flavor.

The mouth could be beefed up a bit, but it does make for a very sessionalbe beer. I would love to try this on tap!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 04:33:44 | More by Redrover
Photo of NicholasCasber


3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 01:31:14 | More by NicholasCasber
Photo of zeff80


3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper/amber color (didn't look like a brown ale) with a small, tan head of foam. It left some soapy lace.

S - It smelled a little earthy and grassy with biscuity malt aroma.

T - It tasted of burnt toast malt with a woody, tannin-like taste. A little unusual for a brown ale.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. It is a light bodied ale.

D - This is an okay beer. It just doesn't taste like or look like or smell like a brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 21:47:08 | More by zeff80
Photo of matty


3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is grainy.Taste is light caramel malts,bread and again grains.This is an OK beer that doesn't really have you wanting for more.I've had better and I've had worse.I would probably recommend to try at least once,as for me this is probably my first and last.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 18:38:44 | More by matty
Photo of russpowell


2.6/5  rDev -20%
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
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 16:19:21 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of KI9A


2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
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
Photo of cdkrenz


3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice light brown body with an amber hue when struck by light. The head is substantial at about an inch and a half. It's off white and frothy leaving a hummocky surface as it slowly fades away.

S - Pale malt aroma that has a soapiness to it.

T - The flavors of malt and hops ring true with this brown ale. The hoppy finish is not overwhelming but easy and laid back.

M - Wet beginning followed by a slightly coarse middle and a soft finish.

~ I'm not a big fan of brown ales but I have to admit I've found one worth drinking in the Burly Brown. The Point Brewing has done a very nice job. I recommend this brew to all beer lovers.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 19:11:52 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of garymuchow


3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkish amber that approaches brown, but it's more in the highlights. Poured aggressively and creates a nice dense head. Good appearance.
Seems to have a lager like aroma at times. In times it brings on some malt that holds some toast, slight sweetness and hints of chocolate. Not bad, but not that strong. Hints of hops at most.
Flavors round off better than aroma does, although still mild overall. Hops more present too with mild bitterness, some dryness and flavor of earthy and dry grass. Surprisingly long finish with hops present at some length.
Body is light and hold a lager like feel in it's thinness. Carbonated nicely.
Flavors tend to show forth more as warms showing greater characteristic of style.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 01:55:04 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Ragingbull


3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 04:52:50 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of ThickestHead


3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very below-average brown ale and it was a stretch to give it the 3's that it got.
The only burly thing about this brew is the odd sour taste/aftertaste to it.
Glad that I tried it, but I wouldn't get it again.

See other reviews for a more indepth analysis of this stuff ...

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 03:31:04 | More by ThickestHead
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is dark copper color with an off-white head wispy head. The aroma consists of slightly fermented grain, almost dank, but definitely not off putting.

Light and carbonated on the palate. A touch of caramel is noticeable upfront, and some husky grains bring it through to the finish. This finish is quiet, but a subtle bitterness does peek through. Not a bad brown ale. Drinkable and enjoyable, and it went well with the steak that I was eating.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 19:23:51 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Clear copper beer. Lightish tan head rises 2 cm off the pour and reduces splotchinly, relatively slowly to sparse bubbles.

S-Toasty grains, with just a hint of chocolate.

T-Overall, a pretty light-in-flavor beer. Toasty, slightly roasty grainy malt with a chocolate nuance. Bitterness makes this beer crisp, with no distinguishable hop flavor Finishes slightly bready/chocolatey, but otherwise dryish.

M-High carbonation bites too much for this style. Body feels flabby, but still medium bodied.

D-Drinkable in that it's very sessionable. Not an outstandingly deep or overly interesting beer, but I still enjoy it every time I come across it.

James Page use to be brewed in northeast Minneapolis, MN. As such, I still assign this brew some of my home state, drink local pride.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 21:08:19 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of dbtoe


4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint
This is a mild and fairly simple brown. Nothing very complex and is a really good beer to drink a few of. Have more than one at a time. I think it is probably their best beer but I really like browns.
Look is a nice brown with a cream colored head that did reduce to a nice cap.
Smell is malty and to me has that Point beer smell to it also.
Taste is mild a little roasty a hint of sweet and very tasty.
Feel is carbonated creamy and smooth
Drink this is a very drinkable beer. I think it even gets better the more you have. I think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 15:11:53 | More by dbtoe
Photo of wheatyweiss


3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with decent clarity and an immense two finger head that refuses to recede What little does recede leaves sticky lace.

Aroma is toastey malt and light hops.

Taste is toasted malt and steely hops. Hops are a little sour and astringent. Not much sweetness as apposed to most browns I've had; this may be what gives the low ABV. Not getting the usual fruitiness I'm used to with the Williamettes and Northern Brewers (Fuggle clones).

Mouthfeel is harboring on harsh. The carbonation would fit very well in a higher ABV beer where the sweetness would need a balance. Very crisp though and refreshing, not what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 01:14:10 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of kingothewoods


2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice golden copper color when poured from the bottle. The head stays with the beer as you drink it down in the glass .... good retention. This one smells like sweet malt and that is about it. Tastes very bitter and could be described as drinking a sour apple. Smooth mouthfeel going down but then your tongue perks a little from the bitterness. It's a so, so beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 02:53:30 | More by kingothewoods
Burly Brown from Stevens Point Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.