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Buzzsaw Brown | Deschutes Brewery

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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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Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 138
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 Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sitting down with the buzzsaw brown and Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

This beer pours a beautiful bark brown with light ring around the collar. Like a freshly varnished two by four wielded by Hacksaw to smack Andre the Giant.

Smell some dark roasted malts, and a little alcohol, like the breath of Hacksaw Jim Duggan when he was pulled over in NJ with a coked up Iron Shiek.

Tastes sweet, some roasted malts and hops thrown in. Like when Hacksaw and Sgt. Slaughter faced the Nasty Boys.

Thin sweet aftertaste with some carbonation. Like getting beat by Dino Bravo.

Not a bad beer, had better. None better than Hacksaw Jim Duggan though. U-S-A!

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Photo of MisterClean
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sac Brew.

A - Pours mahogany, with a 2 fingered off-white head, which dissipates moderately, but leaves nice lacing.

S/T - Honey, nuts, and lightly bitter.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, goes down smoothly like a good session beer should.

D - Good overall, will try again, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Beaver13
2.42/5  rDev -35.8%
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 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 bunnyhustle
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very good, but non-memorable beer from Deschutes. Pours dark brown but looks amber in light, thick off-white head with little retention or lacing. Smell is a nice dry malt with some toasted grain and touch of hop bitterness. Taste was wasnt terrible, just wasnt much to it. Strong malt presence, some caramel, burnt grain and thats all I got from it. Leaves a dry malt aftertaste. Mouthfeel was light and thin, almost a little watery. Overall this was an easy drinker and a good session beer, just was lacking a little flavor I thought.

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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 lhaqq
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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 yeastsipper
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
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 josiahschlender
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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 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 TEXTONE
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
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 LilMatrix
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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 illidurit
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour: 12 oz bottle to pint glass. Clear mahogany with nice red accents. Rocky beige head, no lacing.

Nose: Cocoa powder, toasted bread, caramel. Rather sweet aroma.

Mouth: Semisweet chocolate, toast, chicory, a little roast. Some piney hops impart a modest but noticeable bitterness in the finish. Light in body, and a bit light in flavor too. Definitely needs a bigger malt profile to keep from being watery.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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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Photo of yesyouam
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buzzsaw Brown is a deep tobacco sunburst, sparkling, with a nice creamy khaki head that has great retention and lacing. The aroma has coffee, chocolate and a dark malt flavor that comes off as a bit sour. In the mouth, it's medium-light, smooth and crisp. The flavor is chocolaty and sort of like cookies, but not sweet. There is a very mild bitterness that leans toward citrus. Most brown ales just leave me wanting a porter, but this one is good on it's own right. Well done.
(rated Aug 14, 2007)

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Photo of colts9016
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees

Appearance: A dark copper color with a one finger ivory head. The head has some retention to it and it is foamy. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: A rich maltiness with nutty and caramel aroma. There is a subtle fruit esters in the beer hard to discern what fruit though.

Taste: The beer has a rich maltiness with caramel flavor. The citrus hops is present but in the back ground.

Overall: The beer mouth feel is malty and a bit dry the body is thin. The head did have retention but the body lacked malt and hops. The beer is just okay had a better brown ale.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a clear brown color with a tan head which was quite retentive.

S: This beer was sweet smelling. Caramel was the predominant aroma.

T: The taste is much like the aroma. It is malty and sweet with highlights of caramel and toasted flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is medium/thin and seemed well suited for this beer.

D: This is an easy drinking, smooth brew. Would make a good choice for sessions.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 rye726
2.78/5  rDev -26.3%
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 DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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 gmcfarre
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

A - Pours a nice ruby brown with a solid 1 1/2 inch light tan head. Head is dense and frothy, lasting a good while before settling to a thin layer. Lacing is more than adequate for a brown ale.

S - Smell is predominately nutty (like a cashew) with a strong grainy biscuit scent. Somewhat fruity and smooth.

T - Smooth and lightly sweet at the start, with (as above) strong nutty and biscuity flavors. Mildly fruity. A bit of hoppy bitterness at the finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. A bit sticky, but generally smooth with some dryness at the finish.

D - A nice, easy drinking brown ale and another winner from Deschutes. Brown is not my favorite style, but I could see picking more of these up next time they come out.

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Photo of mhewes
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a nice brown with a creamy head. Good lacing.

S : Malts, some fruits also

T : Sweet malts with some grainy flavors. A little light on the flavors

M : Thin, crisp

D : It was ok, a little on the light side for a good brown ale. Could easily session it though.

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