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Buzzsaw - Sequoia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 8
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 0
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Brewed by:
Sequoia Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BradBLR on 05-19-2006)
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Reviews by JDizzle:
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

JDizzle, Feb 26, 2013
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Photo of BradBLR
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the 2007 edition of this beer.

The beer poured from a growler poured a slightly dark amber color with the very slightest hint of red. The head was white and very thick, lasting the entire beer with an insane amount of lacing. I have only seen a head like this in Bear Republic beers, and I was very impressed. The smell was very strong floral/citrus smell that I could smell on the other side of the kitchen. A tart aroma of grapefruit with a floral component.

The taste was all hops, a very bitter beer with a off balance sweetness from the malt. But the off balance was nice because you could really get a strong hop flavor that was very good. Very bitter at the end with a fairly strong hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was very good, with the CO2 being perfect and the thickness being just right.

Such a difference for me from last years edition. This is a must try beer for any HopHead. If you are in the Fresno area, stop by and give it a try.

BradBLR, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of ReDave
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought this wonderful ale to a small party, and wish i had gotten two growlers.

First! this is a very strong beer. Seems slightly darker than the Mineral King IPA. When poured fast, it almost performs the "show" [the three layers of beer, swirling bubbles, and head, -like a nitro beer] incredibly sticky lace all the way down.
Hops that coat your tongue. But with a balanced malty flavor.
At 11% you can feel the alcohol heat at the back of your throat, but is a very drinkable double IPA. [everybody enjoyed this, more than i thought they would, and is why i had brought more]

I look forward to this every year, and wish i could get it more often.

ReDave, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of Dyerseve
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Dyerseve, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of nj111579
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is for the 2012 version. Been going to Sequoia Brewery since 2006 and this is the first I had heard of this beer. Apparently it has bee around since 2006 at least. This review speaks only to the current version.

Appearance: Dark gold color. Typical DIPA color.

Smell: Lots of hops. Typical DIPA hops smell

Taste: Claims 150 IBU's but really nothing more bitter than a Stone Ruination IPA. Not sure I believe the 150 IBU claim, but I am far from an expert. Really hoppy, lots of hop resin. Definite malt backbone, but I would like to see more sweetness. This is where I think this beer can really improve.

Mouthfeel: Heavy. At 11% this should not be a surprise. Full bodied is an understatement. Not as big as a Port Brewing Hop-15 but big none the less.

Overall: Can't taste the alcohol even at 11% and near room temperature. Overall a good attempt at a DIPA for a small brewery that really doesn't cater to the experimental/hop forward crowd. Not my favorite DIPA by a longshot, but I did buy a liter to go of this beer (mostly because it's not here year round and I need more bottle capacity for home brewing). Keep it up Sequoia.

nj111579, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled this at the Champlain & Perrin location back on June 2nd. Following review based on notes taken at that time. I don't review beers much anymore, but this was one of my personal white whales.

Served in an American pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber body with deep shades of red. A thin, off-white halo sits atop for the entire session, occasionally leaving splotchy lacing on the glass walls.

Smell: Fresh-cut pine (apropos), moist vegetation, caramel, and alcohol. Smells fine, but certainly lacks character.

Taste: Loads of pine and fusel alcohol, which strengthens as it warms. A thick layer of crystal malt doesn't add much in terms of flavor, but seems to give the beer a thicker feel. Little to no fruit in this flavor profile; it's all about the pine and earth. Tons of bitterness. Harsh.

Mouthfeel: Mildly sweet, very full, hot, dry, and bitter. Buckle up!

Overall: If you're looking for a real kick in the pants, this might be a good beer for you. Buzzsaw will cut straight through your tastebuds and warm your belly. Don't expect much in the ways of complexity or balance. Not impressed.

ThreeWiseMen, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of emeline
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just a sampler, so not sure I can do it justice.
Appearance: nice easy lacing with a light head, lively, golden color.
Aroma: subtle, floral and a little bit hoppy
Taste: tart bold, full of later but not the usual flavors. I need another try...
Mouth feel: tangy like IPA, but sweet too, like honey?
finish: mildly dry, but pleasant.

After a sampler, I know I would need a full pint to make a good decision.

emeline, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I went into this with so much excitement...had no idea they would have their DIPA on the menu. Pours a cloudy orangish-amber color with a very small white foam head. The smell is A TON of hops and very sweet! You also get some citrus notes as well. The taste is EXTREMELY bitter with hops (which I like), followed by a lot of candy sugar sweetness...but then trailed by A LOT of alcohol. The booziness just gets worse and worse as the beer warms up. I love booziness in certain beers (Imperial Stouts, anything barrel-aged), but not this much in my DIPAs. The alcohol overpowers all other flavors, and thats just not right. The mouthfeel is quite lovely, but I'm sad to say that I could probably only have one of these in a sitting. This beer isn't necessarily bad...it just doesn't stand up to other high ABV DIPAs (Younger, MaharJa, Dreadnaught, Hopslam). Good for an attempt from a local brewery from our shitty town though!

DovaliHops, Aug 04, 2010
Buzzsaw from Sequoia Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.