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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 Overlord
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light, amberish brown. Small white foam head. Fairly translucent beer.

Smells earthy with dough and yeast, and a bit of hoppy pine. Taste is okay. Brown ales aren't my thing, but this was pleasant enough. Doughy, yeasty, with a bit of bitter nutty/earthiness to it.

Mouthfeel way too thin, but still a drinkable brew. This is the case of a beer adding up to more than the sum of its score components.

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Photo of dlellis
4.95/5  rDev +32%
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 canucklehead
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a brown ale with some decent flavour in the midbody. Slightly sweetish but well balanced this beer empathizes the caramel nature of the style but the hops are there and the beer stands up to many types of food. Nice offering from a brewery that has impressed in recent years

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

Pours a nice brown mahogony brown color with a bubbly 2 finger deep white colored head.
Lots of sticky & soapy lacing on glass.

Smells sweet, nutty, caramel, cola like, RC to be exact, faint hoppiness.

Toasted bready malts, caramel, roasted nuts, nice citrus hoppiness. Tastes great.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, lingering sweetness.

Highly drinkable. Your non craft beer friends will like this, as well as your more beer knowledgeable friends will. Which makes them cooler and more likeable. Just the way it is.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kudos to Deschutes for a crazy nutty brew!

Pours a dark brown color into my tulip glass, with a off white head, and plenty of lacing action on the glass. Nutty aroma greets the nose. The flavor is a fresh, highly nutty malt with a pecan-like character. Nothing really complex, just a lot of nutty malt goodness. The bitterness seems mostly from the roasted malt, very little hops presence to speak of. The brew has a decent mouth feel, and very smooth and pleasant for the style.

I've never had anything from Deschutes worse than "pretty good", and here is another winner from them.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 1/24/09
Deschutes Brewing CO.
Buzzsaw Brown
4.8% Alc.
12 oz. bottle
Best by 4/18/09 on label

Appearance= Vigorous pour into Frog and Peach pint glass yields a 2 finger tan head. Opaque, dark brown beer. Not much carbonation. Tan floaties in the head.

Smell= Smells like a brown. Not a whole lot going on. The slight nose that I do get is appealing. I smell a little banana? I dunno...

Taste= Tasty beer. Maltiness that mixes well with da hops. I like.

Mouthfeel= Very nice mouthfeel. Nothing is bad about it. It's not too thick or too thin.

Drinkability= Highly drinkable @ this alcohol level. Very tasty flavor. Highly sessionable beer. I dig it.

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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 aforbes10
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Davis Co-Op. Beautiful crimson brown color. Excellent clarity. Creamy off-white/tan head. Laces strongly. Smells of nice sweet clean malt, fresh grassy hops. Malty, almost fruity with distinct bing cherry notes. Slight biscuity quality on the finish. Mild bitterness. Like a flavorful Newcastle. Medium bodied. Drinks well, biscuity quality gets a bit tiresome, but not overly so.

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber brown color with a large tan head that dissipates at an average rate. Moderate lacing.
Caramel and toasted malt. Hint of cocoa.
Toasted malt and brown sugar. Finishes with a bit of earthy hops.
Light to medium body beer. Soft carbonation.
A very easy drinking smooth beer. A would like a bit more flavor. It is also a bit disjointed for me. The sweet malts and bitterness don't meld together well.
NOTES: BBCSD-0902-Carl

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

A- Its brown! nice head and lacing clear but the color of maple sryup. looks pretty

S- Smells like maple good start nice and sweet.

T- smooth with some candy sugar in the back, an easy drinking brown

M- well carbonated with a medium body.

D- very easy to drink, a nice beer again by D.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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 -6.7%
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 -0.5%
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 +2.7%
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 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 ThreeWiseMen
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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 -2.1%
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 +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 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 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 josiahschlender
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +15.7%
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 -9.1%
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 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 illidurit
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Buzzsaw Brown from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 138 ratings
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