Buzzsaw Brown | Deschutes Brewery

very good
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 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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Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Domingo
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have to say that I'm really becoming a fan of brown ales. There's just something nice about having a full-bodied malty ale that still goes down easy and isn't an alcohol monster.

This one pours a medium to light brown color. I actually happened to see it next to 2 other brown ales and it was the lightest one of the bunch. It does, however, have a ton of foamy head that most lack.

The smell is husky and malty, but with a little earthiness to it. It's a distinctive smell of something that's hearty, but not too much.

At first it tastes of caramel and cocoa, but you can definitely pick up a bread-like warmth in the middle. The finish has a hint of hops to keep the sweetness in check, but they're clearly playing a minor role in this one...which is ideal stylistically.

Goes down easy at first, but about 3/4 of the way down it actually starts to become boring. I've enjoyed several of these, but I've actually poured out the last little bit of a few of them. There's nothing wrong with it, but I think it's just missing a little zing to keep me interested.

ABV's ideal for a session beer, though.

Grab it while you still can as the season's drawing to a close.

I wish this was a Spring seasonal. To me, April/May is the perfect time for a brown ale.

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Photo of Derek
2.65/5  rDev -29.7%
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 JEdmund
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, deep leather brown with a steady stream of carbonation; creamy 3/4" head; leaves thick lacing; a truly gorgeous color on this one

Surprisingly fruity, with some sugariness mixing in; it immediately reminded me of Great Divide's Hibernation Ale

Taste & Mouthfeel
Complex and light--it starts off with some lively fruitiness that's present in the aroma, then lends way to some toasty malt notes and caramelized sugar; there's a hint of dried cranberries coming through; the body is a little thin, but it has softness to it as well; low level of carbonation, but that's just fine in this beer

I really enjoyed sampling this. I don't try a lot of brown ales, and this one was a lot different from the ones I have tried, namely in that it has such a fruity quality to it. This would be a good one to include with porters and stouts on a dark beer night to brighten things up a bit. It's really a tasty, balanced, and unique brew.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with ruby light shining through. Good fluffy head. nose smells kind of wheaty. Taste is thin as hell and very lacking in the malt departement, and hops department for that matter. This is a thin brown ale. Almost a fruity sort of taste to it. wierd. Mouthfeel is thin. Drinkability is good though, very sessionable. It is good beer for sure, just not as meaty as I like my american browns. A decent pick for a session after youre palate is already compromised.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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 SurlyDuff
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has moved to Deschutes late winter seasonal (used to come out in april-may). It's now released next after Jubelale, starting January 08.

Super dark brown, tree bark or tootsie roll in color.

Tall resiliant head with lacing that follows your progress down the glass, tenaciously hanging onto the sides of the glass from top to bottom.

Toasty caramel and nuts in the aroma. Malty!

Taste is similar, with a big malt profile and not a lot of hops, a departure for Deschutes.

Very smooth medium body, with really drinkable mouthfeel. Running through my head all of the possible food pairings, gave up after thinking up a few dozen entrees. The malt profile will really comliment a lot of cheeses, red meats, etc.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 Pack from La Bodega in Riverside, CA., purchased in February 2008 and tasted then and in March.

Pours a medium amber-brown with red highlights. A small off-white head starts at the pour, but not much reamins for long.

Aroma is very weak in my Piraat goblet, I recall it being stronger in a standard pint glass (when does that ever happen?). Bready, nutty, slightly sweet, and just a hint of hop sharpness.

Flavor has a stronger sharp bitterness overlying the decent bready, lightly carmelized malt profile. Actually, on second swallow, the moderately bitter ending is the strongest part of the flavor profile- that must be the buzzsaw part of the brown!

Moderate body and surpising carbonation on the tongue (in comparison to the lack of carobnation showing in the glass) make for a nice feel.

I like this one- can't say I'm convinced it's a new favorite, but I certainly don't mind having a six pack to work my way through!

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

A - 1" tan head - retains well at a dense 1/4" leaves nice lace. Dark brown and light brown towards bottom.

S - Chocolate, light roasted malt. Tangy fruit.

T - Mild coffee. Chocolate. Earthy , bready malt. Light hop bitterness.

M - A little thinner than medium bodied. Medium carb. Not too dry or sweet.

D - Great drinkability. Very flavorful brown ale.

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Photo of woemad
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is medium brown with ok carbonation. The head is one finger tan and leaves little lace.

The smell is good, a nice light roastyness ans caramel malt.

The taste follows, I like the taste, a very nice toasted caramel malt, not complex but quite enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is good, medium body and ok carbonation.

The drinkability is good, smooth, clean and enjoyable.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of StoutyMcHaggis
2.67/5  rDev -29.2%
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 PhxHorn
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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 chugamugofsud
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a little lighter than some browns, although retains the malty presence most think of with this style.

It has some nutty aromas with a relatively thin head and appearance. Pours out lighter than some browns but retains a reasonable amount of flavor. Because of the lightness, it is incredibly easy to drink without leaving the stomach wounded or being too thin and leaving the mouth puckered. Not my absolute favorite of the Deschutes line but a pretty good effort nonetheless.

One of their longer-running seasonals.

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Photo of SargeC
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber brew with a light tan head.

Smell: Solid malt aroma with a hint of grapefruit.

Taste: Slightly nutty with minor hints of apple and pear. Good malt presence throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Clean finish for an ale.

Drinkablity: An easy drinking brew. Tasty and simple.

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