Buzzsaw Brown
Deschutes Brewery

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American Brown Ale
3.77 | pDev: 10.08%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Buzzsaw BrownBuzzsaw Brown
Notes: 28 IBU
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Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 138
Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of yuriruley
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Trappissed
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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.


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Photo of joe1510
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Photo of everetends
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of dlellis
4.95/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am still learning what makes a beer a good beer, so not sure how helpful this review will be for others. In my opinion Buzzsaw Brow by Deschutes is one of the better Brown Ales i have had in a long time. the Appearance is great, good head, good color. Taste is exceptional. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a brown ale with some decent flavour in the midbody. Slightly sweetish but well balanced this beer empathizes the caramel nature of the style but the hops are there and the beer stands up to many types of food. Nice offering from a brewery that has impressed in recent years

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Photo of bbothen
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown mahogony brown color with a bubbly 2 finger deep white colored head.
Lots of sticky & soapy lacing on glass.

Smells sweet, nutty, caramel, cola like, RC to be exact, faint hoppiness.

Toasted bready malts, caramel, roasted nuts, nice citrus hoppiness. Tastes great.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, lingering sweetness.

Highly drinkable. Your non craft beer friends will like this, as well as your more beer knowledgeable friends will. Which makes them cooler and more likeable. Just the way it is.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kudos to Deschutes for a crazy nutty brew!

Pours a dark brown color into my tulip glass, with a off white head, and plenty of lacing action on the glass. Nutty aroma greets the nose. The flavor is a fresh, highly nutty malt with a pecan-like character. Nothing really complex, just a lot of nutty malt goodness. The bitterness seems mostly from the roasted malt, very little hops presence to speak of. The brew has a decent mouth feel, and very smooth and pleasant for the style.

I've never had anything from Deschutes worse than "pretty good", and here is another winner from them.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 1/24/09
Deschutes Brewing CO.
Buzzsaw Brown
4.8% Alc.
12 oz. bottle
Best by 4/18/09 on label

Appearance= Vigorous pour into Frog and Peach pint glass yields a 2 finger tan head. Opaque, dark brown beer. Not much carbonation. Tan floaties in the head.

Smell= Smells like a brown. Not a whole lot going on. The slight nose that I do get is appealing. I smell a little banana? I dunno...

Taste= Tasty beer. Maltiness that mixes well with da hops. I like.

Mouthfeel= Very nice mouthfeel. Nothing is bad about it. It's not too thick or too thin.

Drinkability= Highly drinkable @ this alcohol level. Very tasty flavor. Highly sessionable beer. I dig it.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$6 six pack on sale (score). Brown-red in color and translucent. Short white head that relaxes into bubbles. Smells like a standard brown, malty. Tastes like an english beer, not bad at all. This is a pretty good beer but I am no expert when it comes to brown ales.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Davis Co-Op. Beautiful crimson brown color. Excellent clarity. Creamy off-white/tan head. Laces strongly. Smells of nice sweet clean malt, fresh grassy hops. Malty, almost fruity with distinct bing cherry notes. Slight biscuity quality on the finish. Mild bitterness. Like a flavorful Newcastle. Medium bodied. Drinks well, biscuity quality gets a bit tiresome, but not overly so.

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber brown color with a large tan head that dissipates at an average rate. Moderate lacing.
Caramel and toasted malt. Hint of cocoa.
Toasted malt and brown sugar. Finishes with a bit of earthy hops.
Light to medium body beer. Soft carbonation.
A very easy drinking smooth beer. A would like a bit more flavor. It is also a bit disjointed for me. The sweet malts and bitterness don't meld together well.
NOTES: BBCSD-0902-Carl

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Its brown! nice head and lacing clear but the color of maple sryup. looks pretty

S- Smells like maple good start nice and sweet.

T- smooth with some candy sugar in the back, an easy drinking brown

M- well carbonated with a medium body.

D- very easy to drink, a nice beer again by D.

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Buzzsaw Brown from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 138 ratings