Burly Brown | Stevens Point Brewery

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Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wheatyweiss on 04-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 97
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4/5  rDev +23.1%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of skybluewater
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby brown color. Smells of caramel and toffee. Not much lacing. The taste is a caramel, toffeeish nuttyness, quite nice (I'm going to have to start drinking more browns!). This isn't a bad brew at all. I could easily drink two or three of these in one sitting.

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of generallee
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label is light on info as there is no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: The body has a nice russet brown/red brown color with good clarity and visible carbonation. Its head is a little on the thin side at only about ½ an inch from an aggressive pour. This small head slowly fades to a wisp thin layer that holds on well and even makes some thin lacing.

Smell: In the nose I pick up sweet malty notes of caramel and brown sugar with lighter hop earthy hop notes in the background.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there is a medium bodied malty character with a solid base of bready sweet flavor. In it I pick up notes of caramel and roasted malt, brown sugar and a very slight hint of maple like sweetness. Hop flavor is subtle and only offers a slight herbal/earthy flavor and light bitterness for balance. The texture is light and easy going with wet well carbonated feel.

Notes: Overall it's just a nice easy drinking Brown Ale.

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Photo of Billolick
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating to be had. Pours Hazelnut brown, off white head without any lacing left behind. Nose of some maple syrup. fairly sweet brown ale, nothing all that "Burly" about this one. Finishes fairly watery and a tad prickly on the tongue.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a nice leathery brown with a white head, which dissipated quickly after pouring it from the bottle.

S: Smelled of rich malty flavor, with a hint of chocolate.

T: Overall, it tasted fairly earthy, and fairly dark for how light it is in comparison to actual dark beers.

M: Fairly smooth, but for some reason felt watery.

D: Good drinkability, and for the price I paid, not horrible.

Overall, decent beer, not my favorite, but none the less, Cheers.

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Photo of deebo
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear brown with red tint, tight tan foam that sticks around for half a bottle's pour.
S-Sweet malt is dominant, a slight toasted aroma also present. It does have a bit of corn adjunct aroma which I do not care for.
T-Toasted malt character (nutty, caramel) is strongest taste present. Hops are quiet but help give a nice finish with just a hint of resiny bite.
M-Smooth with moderate carbonation. Crisp, quick finish.
D-Very smooth, good for style.
O-A smooth brown that is nicely done-nothing stands out with this one but very easy to drink with a nice righ toasted malt flavor. A nice brown ale.

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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of ADR
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its local for me now, so I've had a few of the Page products...the Brown is their best offering, in my opinion...nice and bold, non-agressive in chewiness but with an impressive clove-like finish in the back of the throat...color is dull, aroma muted...Browns are not high on my list but James Page Burly is pretty good...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.12/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a lovely ruby highlighted brown hue with an light khaki off white head forming thick and dwindling quick for a beer that labels itself as burly. Smells of light nutty accents with caramel undertones in the malt department. No real cereal grains apparent maybe some kind of caramel concentrated addition to give color seems low on specialty grains. Flavor is metallic with a sidecar of syrupy nut brown sweetness arriving to try and rescue the mineral laiden experience. Well, it's too little to late this is a mess of a beer that again gives craft brews a bad name. This is a large regional brewery that is aiming at the mass produced beer drinking audience that is making craft style labels/beer styles without adhering to the actual craft in this case traditional brewing methods. Mouthfeel is of syrupy additions in carbonated water it's a weird experience. I'm with the all or none theory and I give this brewery absolutely no street credentials. Drinkability is poor a shell of what a brown ale is supposed to taste like much more in line to compete with Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown Ale than Bell's Best Brown Ale.

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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

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1/5  rDev -69.2%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a mug)

A- This beer has an amber brown body that is crystal clear. There is thick light tan head that fades pretty quickly.

S- The smell of pot caramel and light noble hops is soft.

T- The faint pot caramel note and a light brown malt hint finish with a green hop bitterness that hangs on the tongue. As it warms there is a light tang in the finish that is a bit odd.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- There is malt and hops in this beer but neither have much character of depth. Just taste like another brown ale.

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2/5  rDev -38.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Brenden
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a medium brown color with a dark orange-red hue to it. The head forms at under a finger and slightly fizzy, but manages to stick around a bit. Lacing is light but just enough to push the appearance over average for me.
The nose is difficult. Aromas are very light, but I get a malt backbone with a smoky note and very, very light hints of nuts. Perhaps there's a touch of caramel in there.
The taste is likewise a little soft, but the flavors are nice. Lightly smoky and mildly nutty with roasted malts, there's a touch of wood in here. With a bit more strength, this could be a better brown since it manages to avoid the harsh astringency and charred notes that some browns are prone to.
The mouthfeel is kind of bland, not having any real activity to it. While I don't expect any crispness to it, there's also not much smoothness. Carbonation is light and the body is medium.
That's two Stevens Point brews thus far, and thus far it seems like this is a brewery not to seek out but also not to avoid.

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Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dacrza1
3.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Situation: An end of the week relaxer...
Glassware: Kisatsky pint glass...
Appearance: dark transparent body with an off-white two-finger head that settles well--looks like a hearty ale...
Aroma: some warming. roasted notes--some buttery, some nutty elements as well--welcoming...
Palate: smooth, medium-bodied with a rankle of activity in the throat--creamy and effervescent..
Taste: subtle flavors of hops, sugary sweetness with some floral yeasts--in general, a mix of beer elements that form a well-rounded taste...
Overall: no complaints about this beer, but aside from the newness of the purchase, I am not sure I would seek this out again, as some browns are demonstratively more profound or more available...

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, a bit weak and a bit odd. There's a nice mild dry bitterness, but a lack of nutty or chocolate malt flavors. Where's the brown? Not bad for a cheaper micro, but its really something I have at other people's houses. I'm happy to drink it, but it lacks the proper flavor and complexity for me to ever buy it myself.

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Photo of DerekP
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A six-pack of various brews from the wife for our 2nd anniversary and I pull out Stevens Point's Burly Brown first. Labeled as an American brown ale, the brew pours dark brown with mahogany-red spots towards the bottom.

Slightly transparent for a dark brown beer; noticeably carbonated. Slim head, but a nice rim grips the edges.

Smells of caramel with traces of diacetyl; buttery. A smidget of booziness in the nose as it warms up. Tastes brown! Attenuated, but for the purpose of rendering this brew sessionable. Hops to balance. Give this one a try. On tap anyone?

Thanks, Bay.

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2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an effervescent caramel/brown with a thumb of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing, sadly the best part of this beer..

S: Not much aroma, a touch of caramel & leafy hops when very warm

T: Astringency & tannins up front, like drinking tea filtered through oak bark with some dryness as well. Herbal hops, tannins & a whisper of caramel as this warms. Finishes dry with a touch of toffee swimming through 2 day old, unsweetened ice tea

MF: light/medium bodied with soft carbonation, but rough balance

Drinks on the verge of drain-pour. If you stumble across this, let it warm the hell up & even then you might still be depressed. Off style, by a country mile...

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Burly Brown from Stevens Point Brewery
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