Burly Brown | Stevens Point Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
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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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
195
Reviews:
97
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
17.07%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
For Trade:
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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 97
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surpringly flavorful with a 'true' malt taste and refreshing dry finish, Burly Brown makes for a very enticing Brown Ale that has more in common with norther English Brown Ales than American.

While pouring the staple brown color, the beer carries deep amber highlights as well as a slightly off white froathy head that lingers the sessiona and leaves even pockets of foam behind with each sip. A firm and inviting Brown Ale.

Malty rich aromas of whipped cream, caramel, grain, and medium woods all yield a slight nutty and chocolate scent. Light butterscotch, but no real fruity ester profile or spiciness- the beer's aroma remains true to Browns by focusing on malt depth and little distraction elsewhere.

Firmly malted to taste as well as chocolate, nuts, medium toast, bread crust, and lightly caramelized sugars provide the bulk of the flavor matrix. Ligthly toasted woods, toffee and a slight grassy taste balances the sweeter malt base, but not with the zeal that's expected from American hops in American-style Brown Ales. Again, with a cleanly malted profile and just enough balance from hops, the beer remains void of the distraction of fruitiness or spiciness from yeast that would have muddled the waters.

Medium and almost full- the higher levels of carbonation seem to reinforce the notion of dryness and lightness, albeit releasing a carbonic bite that brings undue attention to the grainy mid palate. Lightly grassy and with a dry woody character the finish is lightly powdery, minty-cool, and overall refreshing.

Burly Brown seems more similar to Sam Smith's Nut Brown and Wychwood Hobgoblin than more appropriate American Brown Ales like Bell's Best Brown or Sierra Nevada's Tumbler. But it's an easy drinking and palatable Brown Ale regardless of the origins for style or influence of recipe.

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Photo of zeff80
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper/amber color (didn't look like a brown ale) with a small, tan head of foam. It left some soapy lace.

S - It smelled a little earthy and grassy with biscuity malt aroma.

T - It tasted of burnt toast malt with a woody, tannin-like taste. A little unusual for a brown ale.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. It is a light bodied ale.

D - This is an okay beer. It just doesn't taste like or look like or smell like a brown ale.

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of russpowell
2.61/5  rDev -20.4%
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange with butter rum edges. The peanut shell colored cap is whipped creamy and is currently filling half the glass after a high-altitude pour. In its wake, an average amount of melty lace sticks hesitantly to the glass. Even though (like a lot of brown ales) this one isn't brown, it's still a pretty good looking beer.

The nose is more toasted malty and earthy than it is roasted or cocoa-like. I suppose it's a valid aroma for the style, but it certainly isn't my preferred one. I hope the flavor is more burly than the nose because so far I'm not jumping out of my seat.

Burly Brown Ale is a relatively mild version of the style that favors caramel sweet over bitter and features a hint of diacetyl. Actually, it tastes as much like an Oktoberfest as it does a brown ale. It's hard to figure the malt bill (pale, chocolate and roasted) because there isn't much evidence of those last two. I guess the folks at James Paige and I don't see eye to eye on what constitutes a good brown.

The beer is incredibly easy to drink if you have sessioning in mind. In fact, it tastes and feels like it was built to be consumed in quantity. Too bad the quality isn't a little higher. The mouthfeel is light, yet still manages some amount of creaminess; not an easy thing to pull off.

As should be obvious by now, I'm not thrilled with Burly Brown. If brown ales are your favorite style (hard to imagine), give this one a try. Otherwise, spend your money on New Glarus Fat Squirrel or Tyranena Rocky's Revenge. As far as I'm concerned, those are the two best browns that Wisconsin has to offer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This created a huge, rocky, eggshell-white head with only mild retention. The color was a deep copper/light brown and the nose was moderately sweet with malt. The mouthfeel was medium, but I got a real sweetness in the mouth, like maple syrup. The finish had a chocolaty aspect to it, like a porter. I was looking for something other than my usual hop-driven beer that afternoon, and this really hit the spot! Much more like it, as my initial notes read.

It probably would not be too tasty, but this beer combined with a Surly Furious would make a Burly, Surly, and Furious, which might be just the thing if you were itching to start a bar fight.

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.12/5  rDev -35.4%
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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Photo of jgunther71
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
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 krome
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the winter variety pack:

Pours light to medium brown with a rather quickly vanishing head. Only a few dots of lacing stick.

The smell is of dark toffee, hint of nuts and slight roast.

The taste is of sweet toffee and a hint of subtle nuts, The sweetness is balanced by mild roast and a bitter-ish touch in the finish.

It is lighter in body than expected, could be creamier, but it is smooth and easy to drink.

A decent, though "forgettable" brown ale - it has a nice malty character - though not strong. I would say it is between a traditional English-style Brown and a less hoppy American brown. It's decent.

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Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of nut, sweet malt, slight yeast, and slight hop. Fits the style of an Amerian Brown Ale. Mouth feel is very smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight wateriness. Tastes of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, yeast, and slight hop. Overall, a rather average brown.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: color's a pale, rubyish brown, with red around the sides, and a sad, short dun-colored head swiftly blooms, then dies.
Aroma: hints of nuts and caramel, but largely empty. A peppery, cola-ish quality exists.
Taste: sticky-sweet, even treacly, rich in caramel notes, with light to non-existent hops, and moderate malt. Texture is terribly thin, carbonation feels too high, and could swear I'm having some sort of alco-pop.
Little body, nothing to enjoy. Drinkable, yeah, but absolutely no fun at all.
Sorry, James Page, not one of your good ones.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a slight hint of chocolate, and lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, a hint of chocolate. Medium body, the finish is dry/bitter. Drinkable, another tasty brew from SPB.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with some amber hues and a 1 inch head. Smell is of caramel and malts. Taste is a bit nutty, hops and caramel. A well balanced beer. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -3%
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 WesWes
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a metallic, pale, crystal, and roasted malt scent. It's dry and roasted with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. The taste is decent as well. It has a weak caramel malt flavor with only hints of roasted malt character. It goes down easy with a dry, metallic finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but there are plenty of better brown ales on the market.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stevens Point Burly Brown

Pours a cola brown, small head forms and doesn't stick around long. Aroma is alittle nutty, roasted. In the taste, some caramel, toasted malt, notion of hop but not very discernable. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, carbonation a bit low and also a little watery. Overall its an below average American brown, good gateway beer at least to macro drinkers.

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Burly Brown from Stevens Point Brewery
3.28 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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