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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
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 PuckLSHS
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
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 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 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 germaniac
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby tinged brown, with a decent amount of head.

All the smells I pick up are pretty earthy- roasted grains and malts, with a touch of nutty dark toffee.

Smooth and very crisp for a brown ale. Toasty at first, with a subtle hop profile. Deepens at warmer temps, I think. I'm not one to plan an evening around pints of Brown ale, but this beer might be a good choice for someone was.

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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 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 BDTyre
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


This doesn't look much like a brown ale. It is far to copper in colour, and comes off in appearance as either a red ale or a very dark ESB. Not dark enough to be a brown ale.

Smells like a generic brown. Malts, weak hops, traces of sugar. Very "thin" smell. Once I sip it however, I'm quite impressed by this beer. As with the other Deschutes beers I've had, this is flavourful but in this case a bit on the weak, watery side. Not nearly as mouthfilling as their porter or stout. Good, nutty malt flavour with a "lightly hopped" taste. A good session beer, but a little thin. I look forward to picking up some more from this brewery during my next foray to America.

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

An attractive brown coloured ( what else!) ale with a beautiful creamy, thick tan head. Smells mostly of caramel style malts,slightly roasty, and a tinge of hop. Nice smooth malty taste,slightly bitter, light cofeeish hints and a slight butteryness.Some hops near the end add a small "zing" and help overall. For me this beer has an odd sensation on the palate, it seems well carbonated but yet is smooth.odd yet nice. A very easy to drink. A good brown with slightly more hops than usual for the style.

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Photo of mashmstr2
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
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 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 RenoZymurgist
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich red color with a tan head that stuck around for a little bit, looks like a modestly carbonated brew from the c02 bubbles.
The smell is sweet and slightly toasty with a touch of fruity esters but the main aromatics are malt.
This is a very nice American Brown ale. It begins with quick bite of hop bitterness that is quickly overtaken by abold sweet/toasty malt flavor that finishes with a lingering hop bitterness on the tongue. Very malt centric yet the hops are noticeable and this is distinct from an english brown as it has a stronger hop character.
The mouthfeel is excellent as it has a lower level of c02 than most pale ales which lends this beer a smoothness as well as allowing the bitterness from the hops to be less bitey.
The flavor can be a bit intense for a session brew though the 4.8 makes this a quaffing and a nice ale to segue us into the lighter summer brews.

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