Buzzsaw Brown | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
28 IBU

Added by Thrasher on 04-09-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 128
Reviews by RunDWP:
Photo of RunDWP
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a slightly glowing perfect brown in color with a nice head.

Smell – The nose is modest but appealing. The malts are pleasing and nicely-toasted with a wonderful brown sugar compliment.

Taste – The malts are meatier at the mouth with a light grainy aftertaste. The sugars are more of a sprinkle than a soaking.

Mouthfeel – This is shy of medium-bodied with a strange but small tanginess at the finish.

Drinkability – This is a good drinker though I think I’ll stop at one.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Beaver13
2.42/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a light brown with a creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet roasted grains and cola.

The flavor is sweet sugary nutty malts and cola, with some light acidic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little sharp carbonation.

Overall, I don't really care for the sweet nutty browns.

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes moved this seasonal from early spring to late winter. Deep and dark leather brown with ruby highlights, good clarity. The head brims the top of the pint tumbler and leaves a healthy trail of lace down the glass. Rustic twang aroma of fermented grain, husky with loads of toasted character and a back end of caramel sweetness. Super malty, heavy on the toasted side with hints of chicory, cocoa powder. Smooth with a moderate body. A malt sweetness sets in from middle to end, mild hop bitterness balances well. Light brown bread and caramel note with a vague fruitiness in the back. Finishes on the sweet side with burnt sugar and toasted grain.

This one has "session ale" written all over it. I highly recommend to serve this beer at cellar temperature ... it is so tasty. If you are into brown ales this one is a must.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beernut7 for this surprise from his trip out west...
Brown color turning copper with some natural light passing through...a full two fingers of tan head. Most fades after 5 minutes, leaves behind some lacing, but that too fades very quick.
A real nice aroma...sweet caramel malt, candied fruit, molasses and a roasted spice finish.
The taste is very refreshing...a hefty biscuity flavor with more of that roasted blend hitting the pallet. Starts sweet and finishes bitter with the addition of hops....mouthfeel is above average for the style and the carbonation is where I like it.
Another solid brew from Deschutes...not normally a fan of brown ales, but I would not grow bored with this one...very well done.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich burgundy with a puffy head. Little going on nose-wise; some malts and yeast show themselves but no hops to speak of. This carries over into the flavor, which is predominately sweet but not overbearingly so. Any hop flavors are seemingly undetectable, but a dryness/tautness washes across the tongue indicating some bitterness. It's well balanced by the malts. Mouthfeel is just about right, not too sticky and not much sharpness. The finish is quick and the beer vanishes without a trace. With a smoky brown sugar flavor, a relatively low abv, and the absence of some of the nuttier characteristics of brown ales, this may in fact be a good American interpretation of the uncommonly-seen mild ale.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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 IntriqKen
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Ok...this was an interesting brown.
Poured a beautiful dark amber with a single finger head that melted to a nice lacing.
Aroma was faintly sweet with hints of toasted malts and light coffee
Initial taste is of the toasted malt followed very quickly by a citrus peel bitter hop (I like) then fading to a slightly bitter toasted coffee.
Mouthfeel was nicely carbonated but somehow weak and watery.
Very drinkable ....dark yet quenching and low ABV makes it sessionable.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I remember having this a few years back and being happy with it. Lets see if it stands up to my more evolved palete.

Pours into a pint glass a beautiful redish amber brown color with great clarity and head. The head eventually fades but leaves excellent lacing on the glass. You really couldn't ask for a better looking brown ale.

Aroma is biscuity and sweet with a slight hoppiness to it.

Flavor is mild and sweet with great balance. Nice biscuit and roasted malt character with some good bittering hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, clean, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is excellent. This is one of the few beers out there that I feel I could have again and again throughout the evening and not end up bored or drunk. Great value too at only a buck a bottle.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: lovely, transparent caramel, golden color. Somewhat unique for a brown ale as I am used to deep dark browns. Has reddish hues throughout when held up to the light. A good pour lead to a quick cascading rush of bubbles to the top. Thus in turn formed a good foamy cream colored head and left webs of lace

S: softly roasted biscuit malts and grassy, earthy, and herbal hops

T: nice biscuit malts wedge into every sip you take, very mild toasted nuttiness, chocolates, and supple fruits. Hops make a showing after few sips in the finish and gather a comfortable spiciness on the tongue. It also still maintains a light earthiness throughout as well as a touch of burnt sugars for sweetness

D: rather light feel and finishes with toasted grain notes. Body is nicely suitable for a brown ale and compliments the well rounded taste nicely

D: It would seem that if you are into brown ales you better give this guy a try! A lot going on in a well balanced way. If I had to drink a few brown ales, I would pick this one out of the crowd, no hesitations.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with ruby light shining through. Good fluffy head. nose smells kind of wheaty. Taste is thin as hell and very lacking in the malt departement, and hops department for that matter. This is a thin brown ale. Almost a fruity sort of taste to it. wierd. Mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability is good though, very sessionable. It is good beer for sure, just not as meaty as I like my american browns. A decent pick for a session after youre palate is already compromised.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

March, 2008

From a single bottle purchased at Hi-Times. I've had a bunch more brown ales since the first time I had this. It's got a really nice balance between the nutty, caramel, and chocolate flavors. Really easy to drink, a potentially great session beer.

3/23/07 - bottle
On tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica.

Poured a pretty dark translucent brown with an egg-shell white head. Head retention was minimal. Not much of a nose on it, but I wouldn't expect tons of aroma to be radiating from a brown ale. The nutty taste is pretty strong in this one, and at the start very pleasant. Seems like towards the latter part of the pint the excessive nuttiness turns a little metallic- don't know if that is just me or what. The mouthfeel also seems a little heavier than other brown ales I've had. Still a nice beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 version let's see how it fares

Pours caramel with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Superior head retention & above average lacing

S: Toasty malt

T: Bready with some nutty notes up front. A little dryness & herbal hop bitterness along with just a little nuttyness as this warms. Finishes nutty, pretty toasty & with a hint of chocolate

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Good balance, but a little juicy for a brown

Very easy to drink, but not as complex as last year's IMO. Still a nice brown, this I like better than Beertown Brown

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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 MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is medium brown with ok carbonation. The head is one finger tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is good, a nice light roastyness ans caramel malt.

The taste follows, I like the taste, a very nice toasted caramel malt, not complex but quite enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is good, medium body and ok carbonation.

The drinkability is good, smooth, clean and enjoyable.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Jredner
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong with fruity notes and hearty malts. There is even a very mild chocolate malt element and some faint roasty notes. Body is a dark amber that approaches brown with a diminishing thumb thick tan head. Fore is quite chocolatey with mild roast notes, peanut skin, caramel and a dry very slightly bitter finish. Very sharp delinieation of flavor points and quite punchy overall flavor wise. A damn fine Brown Ale that is up there, imo, with the best of Brown Ales.

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Photo of Spikester
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $6.99 per six at a local grocery store. Found out later a couple of the bottes were Obsidian Stout so will review that later.

A- Dark amber color with a modest head. Carbonation just right. Good amount of lacings.

S- Nice aroma of hops and rich toasted malt. Small amount of citrus and pine. Smell improved as beer warmed.

T- Some slight hop bitterness with rich chocolate and coffee malt. Tasted more balanced as brew warmed a bit.

M- Mouthfeel was very good, smooth with a nice finish.

D- Not a session beer for me due to full body. Would enjoy two or three alone or probably one tall one with a meal.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body pours a nice reddish brown, with a thick, pockmarked beige/ecru head. Smell is faint and mellow, smooth caramel toffee notes and no hops. Taste is also smooth; lightly chocolatey and toasty, dry and a bit fizzy up front followed by a sustained sweetness in the aftertaste. Finishes just a tinge metallic. The texture is pleasantly light; maybe just a teeny tiny bit overcarbonated, but close to right on. Not so sweet as to be cloying; that, combined with the light body makes it quite a nice sippin' beer.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 Pack from La Bodega in Riverside, CA., purchased in February 2008 and tasted then and in March.

Pours a medium amber-brown with red highlights. A small off-white head starts at the pour, but not much reamins for long.

Aroma is very weak in my Piraat goblet, I recall it being stronger in a standard pint glass (when does that ever happen?). Bready, nutty, slightly sweet, and just a hint of hop sharpness.

Flavor has a stronger sharp bitterness overlying the decent bready, lightly carmelized malt profile. Actually, on second swallow, the moderately bitter ending is the strongest part of the flavor profile- that must be the buzzsaw part of the brown!

Moderate body and surpising carbonation on the tongue (in comparison to the lack of carobnation showing in the glass) make for a nice feel.

I like this one- can't say I'm convinced it's a new favorite, but I certainly don't mind having a six pack to work my way through!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.50.. poured into a shaker pint.. still listening to Pucifer.

Fairly aggressive pour produced a big tan head and sheets of lacing. Clear brown brew with pretty red highlites.

Clean toasted and brown malts dominate the nose over some slight American C hops.. low caramel as it warms.

Flavor is the same as aroma with a little bit more hop flavor and a touch of chocolate maltiness. .. Earthy hops and brown malts .. lite/litemedium body and good carbonation... very fresh tasting and a beer that I will buy again anytime I feel "American" but don't want an IPA.

Very drinkable .. I would peg this as an American take on a Session brown. I would assume by looking at the most recent reviews that, I reviewed the first of this years batch... This is not a cellarable or even ageable brew.... It's meant to be enjoyed fresh.

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

This is one of Deschutes' seasonals I haven't tried much. I don't go out of my way to drink brown ales, but so far I have appreciated this brewery's take on English styles of beer.

Color is a shiny amber/copper color. Not very brown, but attractive color. Toffee head leaves nice lacing.

Pleasant subtle aromas, sweet toasted malts, butterscotch, floral, nectar hops that remind me of the smell of clover. The nose definitely opens up with some warmth.

Sweet malty flavors, toasty sweet malts, raw sugar and butterscotch with just a bit of floral/bittering hops. Again, subtle and balanced. Not mind-blowing intensity but just straightforward and good. Feel is medium-light, which normally I'd be disappointed with, but it goes alright with this mild beer. Nicely crafted, Deschutes!

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

Pours a nice looking copper brown with a 1 finger off-white head that settles to just a bit of lacing.

Smells biscuity. Not much else here.

Taste is surprisingly nice. Delicate flavors here. Caramel malt, biscuits, and similar flavors. The malts taste high quality, and everything is nicely balanced. A better flavor profile than most browns I have had.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium body for the style with a good level of carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good.

Recommended. This is one of the better browns, and the beer itself is delicate and balanced. No, this won't blow you away, but I thought it was quite good for the style.

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Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy brown, slightly transparent. Head retention could be better.

Smell: Toasted malt, nuts, cereal grain, toffee. Simple and straight-forward but fairly nice.

Taste/mouthfeel: Toasty and nutty, mild caramel notes, fairly dry overall. Husky grain flavors toward the middle. Body is light. Gentle earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

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Buzzsaw Brown from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 138 ratings