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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy dark amber color with a sturdy head that splashes lace all over the pint glass

Smell: Although a waft of citrus overwhelms the chocolate malt, neither aroma is particularly pronounced and I think I can smell some of the Pacific NW timber in there, too

Taste: Opens with toast and cocoa flavor that builds to chocolate orange bread by mid-palate; after the swallow, the muted cocoa tones become more pronounced and blend nicely with the citrus

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I'm not a big fan of brown ales but this is one nice beer

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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 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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly foggy tawny with a small splash of coral red; a much more appealing color than one usually sees in a brown ale. The three finger cap is the color of butter toffee and sports an attractively rumpled upper surface and a penchant for lace deposition. This is the best looking brown that I've seen in many a moon.

Too bad the nose has gone into hiding. My hope is that it will open up with warming. Right now, I'm able to appreciate 'toasted brown bread' malt and a minor whiff of herbal hops. It smells like it'll be good beer, I just wish my nose didn't have to work so hard.

Given the ABV and (presumably) session beer intent of Buzzsaw Brown, I didn't expect the flavor to loudly buzzsaw its way through my taste buds, leaving quivering lumps of flesh in its wake. It's good beer, though, if a little too mild for my tastes. In fact, it reminds me of an English dark mild in some respects.

Lightly toasted brown bread dominates. Secondary flavors include caramel, cocoa, roasted peanuts and a fruity, herbal, even grassy, vibe from the hops. Everything is calm, cool and collected, with balance galore. Even though the beer is anything but bold, flavor delivery ramps up a few notches with warming.

I don't usually praise beer that is this light in the mouth (depending on style), but this one is so supple and hangs on so well through the finish that I have to give credit where credit is due. Add an ideal amount of gentle carbonation and the mouthfeel score is an easy call.

Deschutes continues to impress. Buzzsaw Brown isn't a beer that will earn them high praise from the beer geeks of the world (that's what The Abyss is for), but it is an enjoyable 'light brown' that deserves respect.

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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 Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - poured at 50 degrees from 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - Caramel brown or the color of whole wheat bread with a cream colored head. The lace sticks relatively well.

S - A nutty maple-like woody scent at first whiff. Sweet and aromatic w/ a hint of herbal hops.

M - Sweet and smooth with medium body and a justified amount of carbonation. A light dry finish with the malt playing a major role.

T - A malty brew, the flavor is pretty close to what the smell eluded to. Caramel malt and woody hops with herbal and spice hop accents. A pleasant nuttiness with a smooth dry taste that lingers on. Very much the flavor of a comfort beer. I consider this taste like the swiss army of beer flavors. It is nutty roasted, slightly sweet and interesting.

D - I like a good brown ale and this is a fine example of an American made brown in the English style. Nice toffee-ish flavors with woody dry hops. I would drink several at a time, very session worthy. I wish I had picked up the 12 pack for $9.99 it would have been put to good use.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05/22/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date stamped on the label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Deep amber/light brown pour. 1/4 inch head with a nice remaining frothy ring. Light lace patches left behind.

Smell- Mild roasted malt combines with a light chocolate dusting. Also a nice citrus hop nose with some bready aspects regarding the malt. Not super assertive though.

Taste- Deeper malt than expected. A bit smoky and burnt. Also a bit of a sweet caramel flavor. Maybe a bit of dark chocolate as well. Hops are present in the aftertaste. Also mildly nutty.

Mouthfeel- Nice average carbonation level with a short lasting bittert aftertaste.

Drinkability- Sessionable for sure. Another quality brew from Deschutes. Very good brown ale worth trying.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From town and Country, on to the beer:

Poured into a pint glass, it's brown in colro with a nice spongy looking head. Sweetness in the smell is mild with some buttery characteristics and hop leaf. Caramel and toffee are in the taste, which is complimented by an espresso and cream shot. There is a push of bitterness towards the end, wrapping it all up. A very pleasant brown ale, and one that isn't too expensive.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a small head that fades pretty quickly. Somewhat toasty with a nice hop presence from some citrusy hops. Gentle, with some biscuity malt both in the aroma and the taste. Fairly nice balance and a great session beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth, somewhat light, and a bit creamy. Hits the spot on a hot day. Nice to see such a low abv beer around for these kind of days.

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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 BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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 Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, brownish tinged, tan colored head, that is initially about two-fingers thick. The beer sits a dark brown color in the glass, but shows a brilliant ruby-hued color when held up to the light. The aroma is a nice mix of malt and hops; notes of berries, toasted grain, and a hint of citrus. The aroma is quite fruity smelling and all in all it is quite nice.

The taste is initially sharp and bitter up front. It quickly moves to a toasted malty finish. As my palate get used to the hops, the fruit character from the aroma becomes noticeable. A nice berry like fruit character is here. The carbonation and hop character creates a tingly, sharp sensation upon the tongue. The toasted malt note adds a bit of chalkiness to the finish, which helps to buffer the fruit character found up front. This is a thoroughly enjoyable beer. I have been enjoying these for the last week and they are certainly a great drinking beer.

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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 Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a small white head, solid retention, soapy lacing.

S: Sugar, molasses, caramel malt.

T: Tasty treacle sweet malt character is evident on the first sip. Well balanced by an earthy, hay hop note. Good flavour.

M: Smooth, light/medium bodied, off-dry finish, prickly carbonation.

D: A real nice brown from Deschutes. I've seen sixers of this as low as $5.49, so an excellent deal, even when it's at it's regular price. Simply a drinkable, inexpensive session beer, I'm glad it's around.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle(rom temp) a deep amber brown with a large head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving a fine layer that stayed for the entire session.

The smell is a nice roasted malt nose with a touch of nutiness.

The taste is a very nice semi sweet roasted malt with some nutiness and chocolate tones. Yumm...this is one good Brown Ale.

Bottom line: This is a very drinkable and flavourful Brown Ale that I can easily find and recommend. I think I'll stock up on it! ;^)

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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 DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from largadeer. Best before 04/10/08; poured into my pint glass

A: Pleasing with a deep amber/brown body and an off-white head that fills the rest of the space in the glass. Pretty effervescent. Good head retention to boot and surprising lacework too.

S: Light caramel sweetness with a mild earthy hop note in the back. Fairly simple but true to style

T: Good with some roasted malt, caramel and mild notes of biscuit and earthy hops. The finish is a little unexpected, a hair chalky almost but that's probably due to the fact that the beer's 2 months past due?

M: Light and flavorful with ample carbonation and a pleasing finish (apart from the aforementioned chalky-ness)

D: I could easily drink a ton of these - fresh

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Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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 markgugs
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass, thanks to tayner for the trade (best by 8/30/07, so this is a bit old)

A: Pours a very ruby/mahogany color, and is rather murky. Hundreds of tiny bubbles cling to the class and help produce a nice 1-finger off-white head, which diminishes fairly quickly but leaves a thin layer of foamy bubbles to stick around. Hardly any lacing to speak of.

S: Immediate scents of dough, mild brown sugar, and roasted, biscuity malts come through; probably the older bottle, but I detect no hops at all.

T/M: There is an initial snap of hops up front, but they quickly give way to a well-roasted & sweet maltiness in the middle, which in turn develops into a burnt baked goods finish. Beer is mildly drying and carbonated well for the style.

D: I'd love to try this fresh, as I'm sure it'd make for a great sessionable ale, at <5% ABV.

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Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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