Buzzsaw Brown | Deschutes Brewery

Buzzsaw BrownBuzzsaw Brown
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 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 Derek
2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Amber-brown, off-white head, very little retention, slight lacing.

S: Fruity esters (apple & pear?), cotton-candy, brown sugar.

T: Grainy bread & brown sugar with a bit of grainy astringency. The average brown ale has a lot more depth.

M: Thin & weak.

D: Definitely below average.

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Photo of StoutyMcHaggis
2.67/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice brown color with some red. Pours well, with little head.

Smell: Deceptively great smell of Northwest hops and darker malts.

Taste: This is where this beer falls flat. When compared to great browns like Moose Drool or Rogue's Hazelnut Brown. Tastes like a mediocre brwn with too much dark roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: I'm use to my browns having alot more body, far too clean and a little dry.

Drinkablity: Easy to drink, but the taste just makes this one not worth it.

Overall I was really dissapointed. I hope I just got a bad sixer. With that said I wont be going back to this one regardless. Its a porter trying to be a brown.

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Photo of Zorro
2.77/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish brown ale with a tall light brown head.

Smell is fruity and lightly sweet with a faint woody and smoky aroma. There are no real strong aromas here it is very subtle.

Taste is mildly sweet with a mild chocolate and coffee flavor in the first taste. Mildly bitter and herbal hop flavors show up after a while. A little bit of malt completes the flavor but this is a fairly under flavored beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK drinkable beer but not a great one. Nothing off tasting here but it doesn't really have that much taste or smell.

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Photo of rye726
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Average brown color with a decent beige head. The nose has some mild sweet malts. The taste is similar. Just some basic grains and light hops. A medium body is a bit hot on carbonation. Not a bad brown, just nothing special. It does go doen fairly well.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Deep mahogeny color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight metallic nose. Starts nutty/hoppy, more hops midway, slight bitter/hoppy aftertaste. $1.30 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

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Photo of variousartists
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very good light tan head, not much sticking to the glass. Nice dark brown color with nice consistency and clarity.

Smell: Roasted malt, wheat, and a sweet almost "sugary" smell. Not very appealing.

Taste: Almost like someone mixed APA and a Porter. Roasted malt, possibly my imagination but I think I taste some chocolate. This is only my second Brown Ale, so I'm not sure if its this beer or the style that doesn't suit my taste.

Mouthfeel: Good medium body. Bit of a tangy bite as it finishes.

Drinkability: Probably switch to something else after one or two.

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Photo of yeastsipper
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A bit of a mixed bag with this one.

This is not a pretty beer. There was very little head and tons of bubbles. Really looked like a Dr. Pepper more than a beer.

Sweet smell dominates, but not overdone. Notes of brown sugar and molasses, raisins, prunes and caramel.

Taste is very malty and biscuity. Not bad. It is not as sweet as the nose would indicate.

The finish is extremely light, almost watery. Not a fan. This does enhance the drinkability, however. One could have multiple in a sitting.

The bottle states that the beer goes down easy. This is true. However, I would rather have fewer beers, but good ones, than multiple mediocre beers. I love Deschutes, but with all their other offerings, I will not be going back to this one.

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Photo of SethB2
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours a deep brown color with a huge overflowing head. Very nice, inviting look to it. Smell is, to me, almost entirely toasted malts. Not much of a hop profile, nor sweet malts. Taste is OK. Bready, toasted flavor and a tad of bitterness. Mouth is very smooth, but also very watery. Drinkability is average.

This is a decent brew, but nothing that I would seek out.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beauty of an appearance, Tan head sits proudly atop a nice brown to dark copper color. Head is rich and leaves behind a steady rate of sticky lacing. Mild carbonation level.

Has some nice toasted malts with some bread laying underneath. Very small suggestion of chocolate and a partial drying at one point late in the pull. Has alot of porter characteristics just a bit lighter. Citrus is stronger in the nose than in the taste but it definately helps the mouthfeel a bit.

Notes: Not neccisarily a brew I would go out of my way for, it has its good side but overall I found it to be just slightly above average. Deschutes is a kickass brewery and they have such a wide variety of quality offerings, this just adds to the stable.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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 LilMatrix
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light copper color with a finger of off white head.

S - Light roast aroma, there is a brown ale smell for sure. Not the most aromatic beer.

T - Nice subtle malt sweetness and with some light hop flavors. Not overly complex, a satisfying brew.

M - Thin bodied, medium carbonation that is a bit stingy.

D - Nothing wrong with this beer. You could do much worse than this brown ale. Another solid beer from Deschutes.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served about cellar temp in a Boston Lager glass.

Light brown, slightly cloudy pour leaving a small head with almost no lacing.

Aroma is faintly beerish, no defects, nothing special. Where are the hops in this American brown?

Flavor is light, malty and nutty, reminiscent of typical English pale ales.

Mouthfeel is balanced, lightly carbonated (in a good way), low bitterness.

Drinkability is good, would make a fine session beer. Goes down really easy.

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Photo of isaac
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. to pint glass.

as much as i normally love deschutes' beers, this one just isn't really doing it for me in the same way.
buzzsaw pours what looks more like a red/amber than a "brown" - quite ruby with a small, quickly sinking to film, beige-colored head. smell is somewhat bland, mostly roasted malts, and a caramelly thing going on. taste is almost metalic, less sweet than i would have guessed and somewhat rough around the edges - it feels, for a second that it is about to get juicy/hoppy but then goes right back into the toasted grain/iron taste.... a bit thin bodied, which really emphasizes the twang of metal... not bad, i realize i wrote more about its negative aspects, but it really isn't awful, just straight down the line and kinda boring.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

The beer poured a classic, slightly opaque brown, about the color of the bottle. The beer featured a little more than a finger of head with big pillowy bubbles. The beer's nose is quite, features a touch of hazelnut scent along with a fine malty back bone. The flavor though, proved to be slightly disapointing. With a slightly, thin and slick feel on the tongue, the beer's flavor itself is quick and gone: a nice warm maltiness and slight nuttiness quickly comes and goes. No real hoppiness exists within it to speak of, but none was expected. The beer's flavor proves to be too thin, but still a highly drinkable brown with a semi-low abv to boot.

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Photo of rmfyeah
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from high end grocery store. I really like many of Deschutes offerings, and few I won't get again. This is one of them.

A- Nice dark amber color, slightly foggy. Color looks great. It's the lacking head that hurts. Less than one finger and disappears fast, and I tried twice.

S- Again, weak. Not very much there. Sweet fruity smell that disappears as you inhale.

T- O.K. up front. Raisin, Good amount of Toffee. I like it but it goes away to fast and ends with a sort wannabe micro lager taste much like their Cinder Cone.

M- Decent. Like everything else with this beer it doesn't linger long enough and disappears too fast.

D- I rather have a lot of other beers. This reminds me of Guiness Extra Stout. It all seems to be there at first but doesn't deliver in the end like similarly styled beers. Kind of a brown ale version of that. (I much rather have Guiness Stout, though, any day.)

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Photo of lhaqq
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Of the beers I've had from Deschutes, probably my least favorite. It is still a decent beer; I really enjoy most of their other stuff and this just isn't as good.
A: Pours a ruby-brown body with a small off-white head.
S: Not too much of a smell. Sweet malts and maybe some toffee, mainly the former.
T: The taste, like the smell, wasn't anything too interesting. Pretty strong malty flavor throughout. Finishes with a diacetyl aftertaste.
M: Good for a brown ale. Medium bodied, good both cool and warmed.
D: Not masking much abv. But noticed alcohol in the taste, which I wasn't expecting.

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Photo of rowew
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Best by date marked on the label. Descutes has great bottle/label designs - eye catching but not over the top.

Appearance: Reddish brown with a light haze, nice tan colored head. Fades to a nice lacing on the top and glass.

Smell: Lots of caramel malt, a bit of roasted aroma.

Taste: Nice mouthfeel, low carbonation seems to fit well with the style. Lots of caramel here too. Finish is just a bit off, but I can't identify what the off flavor is.

Overall impression: Not bad - if the finish was better this would have been one of my favorites.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the was my first try of this brown ale, buzzaw, not sure what to expect but my local grocery store does a great job a carrying unique beers like this for me to try. this not my favorite seasonal, and too be honest i am not the biggest brown fan, but it was tasty and i could see this being a quality beer to offer my guests during the winter.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the pour, one can tell that Deschutes is not a brewery that is in this business just to make money. They must love beer as well.
It's all very textbook. The head is about an inch high, the body a crimson brown. No lacing sadly.
Nose reminds me of mildew or a wet dog. I get similar notes from Fat Tire. If you like the way Fat Tire smells, you'll like this. I however, dont.
Taste is more of the Wet Dog/Mildew flavor. I'm not a big fan. However, there's a bit of mild brown sugar and hops to distract from the unpleasantness enough to warrant a higher rating.
I personally wouldn't buy this again, but I would imagine since there are a lot of people out there that love Fat Tire that there are a fair share that would love this too. I love the Deschutes brewery, but I don't love this brew.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a rich deep brown, not much foam. Smells biscuity and malty, not much of a hoppy aroma in there. Tastes of malt, carmel, some light spices, but overall the flavor is a bit thin. Strong carbonation, maybe even a bit too much. I seem to be getting more fizz than flavor on my palette. Anyway, not a bad beer, drinakable but nothing special.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
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 TEXTONE
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Size- 12oz Bottles with freshness date. Beer served in a pint glass.

Look- Head holds well and is creamy, with a slight brown color to it. Body is brown with amber around the edges. Vary nice looking beer.

Smell- Smells of fruity esters, with a slight hint of roasted malts.

Taste- Right off I get a sweet malt flavor and some roasted malt flavor mixed in. Has a medium Mouth feel is crisp and goes down smooth good session beer. The lacing reaches from top of the glass all the way to the bottom. This is a smooth and tasty seasonal beer by Deschutes.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber/mahogany color... thick creamy tan head settles very slowly. Very heavily carbonated. Very upfront with the malty nose, smells a bit yeasty too... Taste is very little hops, very much malty maybe a bit sour? Hmm... , Mouthfeel is thick, but not overwhelmingly so. Well.. I like it. I don't think i could drink more than a few though, the very thick mouthfeel kind of gets to me after a while... But it's a decent enough afternoon beer.

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Photo of woemad
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Label is stamped "Best By 05/02/08."

Poured a cola color into a shaker-style pintglass, with a 3/4" head of light tan foam. The head dropped fairly quickly, with a very small amount of spotty lace. When held up to direct light, it took on a ruby hue.

The nose is pretty mild. There's a caramelly maltiness, along with a slight roasty scent. Unspectacularly good smelling, I'd say.

The taste is pretty much like the smell. Complex, it ain't, with a mild, caramel sweetness combined with a faint, roasty flavor that keeps it from being OTT in the sweetness department. Extremely faint dryness at the swallow.

The mouthfeel was a little flat. It could use more carbonation, but it's not a deal breaker for the style.

While perfectly serviceable, it pretty much lacks all distinction. Your friend whose scared to try a dark beer might like it, but there's nothing in it that would make me come back for more.

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