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
Photo of russpowell
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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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4.05/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Always looking for a really drinkable beer (with some character), this one fits the bill. Pours brown (coke brown) in the glass, a tad transparent, with a bit of bubbles showing. Nice foamy head that laced the glass all the way down. All roasted malt in the nose. Taste was first malt, then a hint of bitterness with some residual roasting, followed by a hint of sweetness. Nothing else. No amazing complexity, just straightforward good taste that went down very easily. Perhaps too easily, given the moderate to light body. In any case, definitely one worth having in the fridge when you want more than one of something.

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Photo of KI9A
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, light amber, with some head, lace. I think Michelob Amberbock is darker than this. I expected a richer look, considering the name.

S: Some light grains. Thats about it.

T: Bitter, almost a burnt grain taste. Some sweetness mingles in. Again, not impressed at all, considering the name.

M: Light, some bitterness.

D: Almost a drain pour. There is NOTHING Burly about it, and, barely even brown. It's like a nut brown ale "light".

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.72/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice light brown body with an amber hue when struck by light. The head is substantial at about an inch and a half. It's off white and frothy leaving a hummocky surface as it slowly fades away.

S - Pale malt aroma that has a soapiness to it.

T - The flavors of malt and hops ring true with this brown ale. The hoppy finish is not overwhelming but easy and laid back.

M - Wet beginning followed by a slightly coarse middle and a soft finish.

~ I'm not a big fan of brown ales but I have to admit I've found one worth drinking in the Burly Brown. The Point Brewing has done a very nice job. I recommend this brew to all beer lovers.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkish amber that approaches brown, but it's more in the highlights. Poured aggressively and creates a nice dense head. Good appearance.
Seems to have a lager like aroma at times. In times it brings on some malt that holds some toast, slight sweetness and hints of chocolate. Not bad, but not that strong. Hints of hops at most.
Flavors round off better than aroma does, although still mild overall. Hops more present too with mild bitterness, some dryness and flavor of earthy and dry grass. Surprisingly long finish with hops present at some length.
Body is light and hold a lager like feel in it's thinness. Carbonated nicely.
Flavors tend to show forth more as warms showing greater characteristic of style.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light brown or dark amber in color. Very faint traces of prickle and little to no head. The nose is predominantly malty, which type of malt is tough to say, but its malty. The attack is refreshing with a balanced flavor of pronounced hops and rich malt. Both the hops and the malt stand strong, but they are in harmony. Some bite to the flavor which was unexpected for a brown, but relatively clean upon finish so its okay.

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Photo of ThickestHead
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very below-average brown ale and it was a stretch to give it the 3's that it got.
The only burly thing about this brew is the odd sour taste/aftertaste to it.
Glad that I tried it, but I wouldn't get it again.

See other reviews for a more indepth analysis of this stuff ...

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is dark copper color with an off-white head wispy head. The aroma consists of slightly fermented grain, almost dank, but definitely not off putting.

Light and carbonated on the palate. A touch of caramel is noticeable upfront, and some husky grains bring it through to the finish. This finish is quiet, but a subtle bitterness does peek through. Not a bad brown ale. Drinkable and enjoyable, and it went well with the steak that I was eating.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Clear copper beer. Lightish tan head rises 2 cm off the pour and reduces splotchinly, relatively slowly to sparse bubbles.

S-Toasty grains, with just a hint of chocolate.

T-Overall, a pretty light-in-flavor beer. Toasty, slightly roasty grainy malt with a chocolate nuance. Bitterness makes this beer crisp, with no distinguishable hop flavor Finishes slightly bready/chocolatey, but otherwise dryish.

M-High carbonation bites too much for this style. Body feels flabby, but still medium bodied.

D-Drinkable in that it's very sessionable. Not an outstandingly deep or overly interesting beer, but I still enjoy it every time I come across it.

James Page use to be brewed in northeast Minneapolis, MN. As such, I still assign this brew some of my home state, drink local pride.

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Photo of dbtoe
4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint
This is a mild and fairly simple brown. Nothing very complex and is a really good beer to drink a few of. Have more than one at a time. I think it is probably their best beer but I really like browns.
Look is a nice brown with a cream colored head that did reduce to a nice cap.
Smell is malty and to me has that Point beer smell to it also.
Taste is mild a little roasty a hint of sweet and very tasty.
Feel is carbonated creamy and smooth
Drink this is a very drinkable beer. I think it even gets better the more you have. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with decent clarity and an immense two finger head that refuses to recede What little does recede leaves sticky lace.

Aroma is toastey malt and light hops.

Taste is toasted malt and steely hops. Hops are a little sour and astringent. Not much sweetness as apposed to most browns I've had; this may be what gives the low ABV. Not getting the usual fruitiness I'm used to with the Williamettes and Northern Brewers (Fuggle clones).

Mouthfeel is harboring on harsh. The carbonation would fit very well in a higher ABV beer where the sweetness would need a balance. Very crisp though and refreshing, not what I expected.

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Photo of kingothewoods
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice golden copper color when poured from the bottle. The head stays with the beer as you drink it down in the glass .... good retention. This one smells like sweet malt and that is about it. Tastes very bitter and could be described as drinking a sour apple. Smooth mouthfeel going down but then your tongue perks a little from the bitterness. It's a so, so beer.

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Photo of morimech
2.74/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown with a large white head that had decent retention. The head eventually falls away to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is very weak. Just a hint of malt. The flavor is also rather mediocre. Watery malt flavor is about the only thing I can come up with. Nothing special here. The body is also a bit watery but has nice carbontion. Overall a very unremarkable beer. Nothing undrinkable but their are so many better browns to spend money on.

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Photo of keoki182
2.84/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brown poured a very watery and light brown, very thick white head. Smelled like beer-soaked aluminum. Flavor was pretty decent with a bitter roasted flavor. I didn't detect any chocolate, but I did pick up on pizza crust? Interesting take on a brown ale, but not really "burly" or very good at all. This would be a better red/amber ale than a brown.

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Photo of beveritt
2.23/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 12 brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The label is different than that one currently displayed on BA. Mine has a large bear reaching towards what looks like a jumping salmon. No discernible freshness date, this one is described as having "Deep brown color and creamy smooth taste."

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 3 fingers og very light head, almost white. This big bubbled foam settles quickly, leaving no lacing and dropping to a quarter inch layer. The beer itslef is a medium to dark brown, but by no means "deep brown."

Smell: Slightly sweet malt, with hints of adjuncts. A strong, almost sweet tomato smell. I swear this smells like I am sniffing pasta sauce.

Taste: Syrupy and sweet. Like drinking sugar water, with little to no malt backbone. Alittle hint of hop flavor int he finish, if you force your tongue against the roof of your mouth and try to squeeze it out of the brew.

Mouthfeel: Very low on carbonation. Body is average.

Drinkability: This tastes like somewhat bitter cough syrup with none of the typical flavors associated with a brown ale. Probably a drain pour.


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Photo of soupyman10
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one I got on a whim, cause I'd never heard of the brewery before and I for some reason determined that the lame bottle meant it might have a solid tasting beer inside. I was disappointed. Appearance was standard brown color, with a weak head and no lacing. Nose was grainy, mediocre, with some light spicy malt in there too. Flavor was likewise, uninteresting, with some rice flavors, grain, along with the more preferable spicy malt and light, odd hops. Feel was okay, good for the style. Overall, won't be getting it again, but it didn't kill me to drink it.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a mixed 12 pack of James Page brews. Got 3 each: Burly Brown, White Ox, Voyager Extra Pale Ale and Amber Lager. The Burly Brown poured a very light brown color and a loose foamy head forms and then settles quickly back to just about nothing.

The smell is light and clean, slight maltiness and with just a hint of toasted grain.

Taste: Clean, easy-drinking malty character. The flavor is very light, (NOT "burly" by any stretch...) I find the aftertaste a bit strange. Like a sour flavor that lingers.

The mouthfeel like the flavor is very light. I would prefer more depth and robust nature, like the name suggests.

Drinkability: Average all the way around.... a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of iacollector
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with more carbonation than average and could be considered “fizzy”. For a brown ale the head clears very quickly and had no lacing. The appearance is very clear, light brown and simple. This would appear to be a theme for the beer. The aroma is mildly malty and appealing but nothing that would excite the senses.

The taste is slightly nutty and there are no surprises. It taste like a brown ale but slightly muted. This is what I would consider a good introduction beer where it has more taste than a mass produced beer from a can but nothing that will be off putting. There is not the complexity or depth of flavor that I enjoy from some brown ales. The mouthfeel is rather thin but this contributes to making it very easy to drink.

All in all I consider it to be a decent beer, but not a great one by any means. I think I could serve this at a party where people might like something different but not appreciate a more complex (and/or more expensive) beer.

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Photo of douglasmoran
2.42/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle into a clean pint glass. A: Reasonable brown color for the style, but a noticable lack of a head. A thin white layer, perhaps 1/4 in height, which disappated very quickly, w/in 1 minute. S: smell OK, was "off" but nothing remarkable. T: Seemed thin, watery. M: Again, thin. The lack of carbonation made this flat. D: I had several, thinking perhaps the first was a bad bottle. All were the same. Overall, disappointing.

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Photo of WJVII
4.05/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When I purchased this beer I had no idea it was brewed right in my backyard. Stevens Point Brewery makes this wonderful brown ale.

Poured into a pint glass this this beer had a nice one inch thick creamy head that lasted quite a while with some lacing on the glass. The color is a dark carmel. It has a wonderful malty smell with hints of chocolate and roasted barley. Minimal carbonation is present and the taste is great, very smooth. This beer reminds me a lot of my favorite beer New Caslte. Who knew we brewed something like this right in Stevens Point, I sure didn't, but I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of supercolter
4.12/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 3rd installment from the sampler pack.appearance is a bit lacking. Some head and decent lacing but more 7-up fizz than anything. Smell and taste are similar with a strong dry malt and just a hint of spice and hops.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are right on par for the style.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sparkling clear, medium-brown color. A large cream-colored head recedes quickly to a small head. Tall columns of lacing is left behind as I drink this first beer of the night a little too quickly.

Aroma has a light toasted nuttiness, but unfortunately not much else.

Flavor contains a mellow nuttiness, some toffee and caramel. It's a bit weak, which seems to be the theme with all the beers I've had from this brewer.

Mouthfeel is light but solid. If the flavor is disappointingly consistent with each beer from this brewer, the mouthfeel is also consistent, but positively.

Drinkability is very easy. This is a beer that could be drunk all night long. Unfortunately, I think the flavor falls a little short, and wouldn't be my choice to drink every night.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a brownish-orange color with a slight red hue. There is a one-finger, slightly off-white, creamy looking head. Smell is primarily of sweet, toasted malts and a slight whiff of hops. Taste is like the nose, amber and toasted malts with more bittering hops present that balance out the malt nicely and finishes slightly dry and bitter. The mouthfeel is light in body and has a decent amount of creamy carbonation. This is a sessionable brown, pretty solid... nothing to write home about but solid.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
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 BeerBelcher
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this beer was drinkable, and a good value for the price ($0.99 for the bottle I bought at Murray's).

Poured a brown color, not quite sparkling, with lots of head. Aroma was lightly sweet caramel malt. Flavor was significantly sweet...a bit like an Oktoberfest might be. Mouthfeel was nothing exciting. This beer was rather drinkable.

Not bad, but I'm certainly not telling my friends to run out and buy it.

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Burly Brown from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 195 ratings
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