Buzzsaw Brown | Deschutes Brewery

very good
138 Ratings
Buzzsaw BrownBuzzsaw Brown

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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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 Huffaroma
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of mashmstr2
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice reddish/Brown hue with moderate carbonation. Small lace on glass.

Aroma: Nice chocolate and toasted malt notes with some brown sugar (molasses?). Deep caramals. Little to no hop aroma.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel. Chocolate malt with toasted malt on the tongue. Sugary resin coats my mouth with a caramal toasty finish. Hops are slightly above the balanced range which is nice for style.

Overall: Very nice American Brown ale. The chocolate malt is slightly over the top, but the toastiness carries the chocolate through. More traditionally hopped conpare with other Deschute beers which lean to the over hopped side of tradional. Very drinkable!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
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 MiScusi
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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 ThreeWiseMen
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed by Wisemen Pete and Nick. Poured into a couple of pint glasses.

Appearance: Nice one finger, tight, sticky, khaki-colored head builds on top of a hazy mahogany body. Looks deeeelish. Head dies to a thin film after about a minute, leaving bits of lacing around the rim of the glass. P: 4.0; N: 4.5

Smell: Caramel, nuts, pine, biscuity malt, and fresh hops. Smells balanced and nice. P: 3.5; N: 4.0

Taste: Browned biscuits, caramel, hazelnuts (and other nuts), pine, and hops. I (Nick) love the balance; there's a little added hoppiness that seems to pull it all together. Some spiciness and citrus in there as well. P: 4.5; N: 4.5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a tad spicy. Carbonation provides an active feel. Malt and hops go well together. "Just the right amount of bitterness", claims Pete. Nick agrees. Very smooth. Finishes clean. P: 4.0; N: 4.0

Drinkability: True to the style and absolutely delicious. Deschutes continues to impress us time and time again. This one is well balanced, refreshing, and extremely enjoyable. P: 4.0; N: 5.0

Wiseman Peter: A- (4.10)
Wiseman Nick: A (4.40)

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Photo of PuckLSHS
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one in the beautiful Duvel glass that was feeling very lonely on the shelf tonight.

I was expecting a very light brown, but Buzzsaw poured a nice dark/chocolatey color with a rather nice 2-finger tannish head that dissipated and left a beatfil long-lasting lacing on the glass and film of beer.

The taste and smell was dark roasted malt. The malt was so brilliant, it became almost Porter-like and chocolatey. I do believe that this beer exceeded my expectations. Deschutes has been doing quite well with their beers.

Mouthfeel was nice. A very balanced amount of carbonation and the beer was very smooth and mellow.

This beer was incredibly good and I would pour another if I didn't only pick up one bottle. Curses! Foiled again!

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Photo of gdfan47
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - nice darkish amber with some white head and a litlte bit of lacing
S- Coffee, nuts, sugar, malt, a hop finish
T- The nuts and malt, a little molasses stick out first, then the malt, then the hops.. a little sweet but not too sweet
M- pretty high carbonation, very smooth and pleasant in my mouth
D- very low abv, a great session beer.... chalk r one up for deschutes

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Photo of Jredner
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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 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 goodbyeohio
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

another present from my most recent bif...

rich ruby with pumpkin orange light-drawn highlights. ring of viscous beer-matter peppered by constantly solid bubblage. spots of motion-adjusted foam cling vividly to the glass.

beautiful caramel-swirled biscuity aroma. slight toffee and sweet corn scents. really rich for a lighter brew.. even some nuttiness.. cashews.. arouse my nasal intellect. flavor introduces hops to this mix. nutty, earthy, and sweet.. all balanced in this delicate 4+% taste profile. a nice bready sweetness layers on top of earth-encrusted english hop leaves and bitter walnut skins.

a bit too fizzy but very light and drinkable. a real winner, and a terrific session beer. blows away the mediocre 'sweet georgia brown' i got in the same shipment. highly recommended for brown ale lovers for its impeccable balancing act.

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Photo of MLegendre
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutly love this beer, I think it may be my favorite from Deschutes so far. Sadly it's only released in the spring so it's going to be awhile before I get to enjoy this fine beer again.

A: A very dark brown. when held up to the light it gave more of a blood red color. Very nice tan inch thick head, disapates fairly slowly with white lacing that stuck to the glass for almost the whole duration of the drink. Small bubbles were noticable when held up to light.

S: Smell was slightly sweet with lots of toasted malt. Little to no hops apparent.

T: All I can say is this beer taste amazing. It's very hard to describe but I'll do my best. It is slightly porter like just not quite as strong, with a fair amount of hops. Midtaste was Somewhat like Tobacco (not in a bad way if that makes any sense) . Bitter coffee-like aftertaste.

M: Medium body, and a fair amount of Carbonation. Goes down very, very smooth.

D: This is an excellent anytime beer. If this was brewed year-round I think it would be my default choice. Very low ABV, making it a very tasty session drink. As it says on the bottle, "Very Rewarding after a hard day's work"

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Photo of dbalsock
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App: Poured a mahogany brown with 2 finger offwhite head. Laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Nutty with a hint of hops... i think northern brewer... i can definitely pick out some caramel.

Taste: The hops act in a supporting role to the malt mix, with the nutty caramel. I would say the balance is perfect for a brown ale, especially an american brown.

Mouthfeel: Not so bitter, but interesting due to the different malts and light hoppage.

Drinkability: Very sessionable, easy to drink and I would easily buy this multiple times just for myself.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Freakin Frog in Las Vegas, NV

A- brown w/ golden brown hues, two finger fluffy tan head, great retent and lacing

S- toasted malts, nutty, bready

T- toasted malts, biscuit, nutty, malt balanced, brown sugar, bready

M- medium body, smooth, leaves film on palatte

D- top notch brown ale, too bad its only a seasonal, highly recommended

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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 guitarmage
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: An inviting dark brown with a pale tan head that sticks and leaves a creamy lacing and rings around the glass.

Smell: Toasty malt, hints of black coffee, light leafy hop character, did I say toasty.

Taste: Again, toasty malt and black coffee, hops are very subtle but pleasant, a hint of molasses but not sweet, a little nutty flavor. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and good all the way to the bottom. Medium bodied, a pleasure every drink. Excellent on tap when I had it. Deschuttes brews consistantly impress me with their mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Excellent, I'll have this all summer if the opportunities present themselves. The best brown ale and one of my favorites. It's dark in color but so refreshing and actually a summer time brew in my opinion. Good on it's own or with any food, how about a T-bone.

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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 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 DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a recent trade with younger35. Thanks Dan!
Best by 4/25/08. Clear brown with a reddish hue and a thin cap of fine beige bubbles. Spotty lacing, good head retention. Sweet malty aroma, biscuity and brown sugar, with mild fruity hops. A bit doughy as it warmed too. Mild bitterness with a big malt presence. Very toasted with a hint of caramel and cocoa. Light fruit character throughout, but this became more prominent and tangy in the finish (along with more brown sugar). Medium bodied with fairly soft carbonation, nice texture. This is a great session beer, not too heavy and not too intense, but with a solid character. Good stuff.

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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 jbsteiny
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a much oranger color than I expected -- not too different from the color of their Twilight ale -- closer to an amber than a traditional brown ale. Very nice initial khaki head, but it dissipated to almost nothing -- a thin ring leaving some tiny sudsy bubbles on the glass but no lacing.

Smells really good, if faint. Caramel and toasted malts, with some diacetyl and grape. Almost vinous when it warms. Tastes good too -- I agree with the reviewer who wrote that it's reminscent of an English dark mild. Malt-heavy, without being heavy. Sweet light body, dry buttery finish. Another nice beer from Deschutes, and eminently sessionable, if you can find it. As I had to pay $2 for a bottle from The Liquor Collection, though, I guess I'm not going to be drinking this on the regular, though I'll keep an eye out for it at my regular haunts.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, deep leather brown with a steady stream of carbonation; creamy 3/4" head; leaves thick lacing; a truly gorgeous color on this one

Surprisingly fruity, with some sugariness mixing in; it immediately reminded me of Great Divide's Hibernation Ale

Taste & Mouthfeel
Complex and light--it starts off with some lively fruitiness that's present in the aroma, then lends way to some toasty malt notes and caramelized sugar; there's a hint of dried cranberries coming through; the body is a little thin, but it has softness to it as well; low level of carbonation, but that's just fine in this beer

I really enjoyed sampling this. I don't try a lot of brown ales, and this one was a lot different from the ones I have tried, namely in that it has such a fruity quality to it. This would be a good one to include with porters and stouts on a dark beer night to brighten things up a bit. It's really a tasty, balanced, and unique brew.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has moved to Deschutes late winter seasonal (used to come out in april-may). It's now released next after Jubelale, starting January 08.

Super dark brown, tree bark or tootsie roll in color.

Tall resiliant head with lacing that follows your progress down the glass, tenaciously hanging onto the sides of the glass from top to bottom.

Toasty caramel and nuts in the aroma. Malty!

Taste is similar, with a big malt profile and not a lot of hops, a departure for Deschutes.

Very smooth medium body, with really drinkable mouthfeel. Running through my head all of the possible food pairings, gave up after thinking up a few dozen entrees. The malt profile will really comliment a lot of cheeses, red meats, etc.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap pour (1/2 pint glass) at the Mountain Room of Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR (free samples given prior to the brewery tour!). This was the only seasonal beer they had on tap.

A: A rich mahogany brown with garnet tint, moderate carbonation. Frothy ivory head with a bit of lacing.

S: Fairly strong toasted malt & a cocoa sweet smell, barely detectable hops.

T: Pleasing caramel sweetness, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, moderate nuttiness with mild hop bitterness. A very likable balance of flavors.

M: Medium body, bittersweet finish. Slightly sharp and somewhat watery - I know these are part of the "brown ale" style.

D: Stronger and fuller flavors make this beer very enjoyable. A spring seasonal which I hope will be back next year. Very easy to drink, too easy in fact. the epitome of 'sessionable'

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Photo of Japerrault
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear dark red amber. Thin cream colored head that dissipates to a light skim.

S: Sweet caramel and toasted malt.

T: All malt, toasted grain and biscuit flavors. Lightly sweet with an overall dry finish. Very little bitterness present. No hops noticed.

M: Medium to light body with a nice overall texture. Good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. There is no real strong flavors or odd character to make this difficult, just a nice balanced beer. I like this one.

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Buzzsaw Brown from Deschutes Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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