Burly Brown | Stevens Point Brewery

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Burly BrownBurly Brown

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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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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Photo of Jayhawk
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint glass. Nice brown ale color (similar to Newcastle in looks) but with a nice thick head. Decent head retention, too.

Scent is slightly nutty with a sweet maltiness to it. Also a slightly grassy scent (vaguely Fat Tire-ish but not as strong...please note, I really don't like Flat Tire).

Taste is nicely nutty with malt sweetness and very, very mild hop bitterness. Despite the way my brain says it should feel...it's way on the thin side. Leaves a nice nutty aftertaste but finishes a bit drier than I would like.

Overall, a decent American brown ale....about on par with Newcastle these days which I consider a decent British brown ale but a far cry from Samuel Smith's Brown Ales.

There are better American brown ales out there, but I'd have no problem drinking a few of these.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Ruby brown color with a large, thick, creamy, meringue like, sticky, slightly off-white colored head. Good retention leaving a thin lace.

S - Nutty, earthy malt with a bit of a cocoa aroma. Caramel malt and a slight hoppy aroma. Average nose.

T - Like the nose, there is some nutty and cocoa flavors. Caramel malt as well. Vague leafy hop in the background. Light on flavor.

M - Light body with average carbonation. Very thin.

D - It goes down easy, but I'm not wanting more. Thin and light flavor.

Notes: Average beer. A little too thin and a little light in flavors. Not bad but not really good. Average brown ale with some nutty flavor and cocoa (maybe some molasses). Meh.

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Photo of brewdub17
3.19/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear amber color with small traces of light brown. Head is thin and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Sweet, nutty, a backbone of fruitiness that blends pretty well with a tartness that is evident of dryness from the malts.

Taste: Sweet overall with a consistent feel of dryness that carries towards the finish. Nutty traces that can seem biscuitty towards the middle of the taste.

Mouthfeel: Very dry mouthfeel comes forth with a tart taste towards the back, which lingers throughout. Not exceedingly appealing but not entirely appalling either.

Drinkability: Decent amount of flavors are present but some are off-putting considering the expectations for the style .

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Photo of hosehead83
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear brown/amber in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint whiff of toasted malt, faint coffee note
Taste-Toasted malt, mild chocolate and coffee notes, faint caramel.
Overall, rather average, if not affordable. Would make a good entry-level Brown ale for a new craft beer drinker.

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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 mvanaskie13
2.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into standard pint glass, created a nice 1" thick creamy white head that stuck around on the top and clinged the glass nicely. Color is a nice translucent brown with amber highlights.

Smell is very mild, a feint hint of roasted, caramely malt with light touch of caramel and earthyness.

Taste is bland and flat, just mild malt sweetness, with touches of caramel and roasted malt, but underdone. It just needs a bit more, just a little thin.

Mouthfeel is decent, what flavor there is balanced through the tongue and cheeks and finish.

Somewhat drinkable, I actually like the aftertaste a bit more than the first taste, interesting.

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Photo of DeepSacks
1.18/5  rDev -64%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought this beer in a variety pack which means I will drink anything. Not impressed that it smells like stinkbait. I've never eaten stinkbait so dont know if the smell follows into the taste. Not recommended for anyone. The other beers by Stevens Point Brewery are great and this one needs to be left out of the next sampler.

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Photo of generallee
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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 climax
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The burly beer poured a chestnut brown, good clarity with orange highlights. The fizzy tan head faded quickly, but sustained a film atop the beer.

The nose had a lot of flavors going for it. Sweet notes of brown sugar, honey, and even cinnamon hit the sniffer first. All seemed to be sitting on a doughy bread backbone. Deeper in there, the roasty nutty character was evident, and well blended with a floral hop bill.

The flavor may not have had all of the subtleties as with the aroma, but it still boasted an ample bouquet of flavors for such a drinkable beer. A sweet and slightly tart beginning fades into a roasty/grassy finish which lingers until the next sip.

I thought of the feel as a bit on the light, perhaps watery, side at first. Not the case. As it explored the mouth it acquired a more viscous character. Carbonation was light, but plenty sharp. Extremely easy to drink, in good Brown Ale fashion.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle as pictured. No freshness date that I could find.

A: Pours a clear, dark brown color with reddish tint. Thin, light tan head with minimal lacing.

S: Malty, with lots of caramel. Some mild fruity hop aroma and chocolate.

T&M: Malty sweet with a hint of chocolate and caramel. Light to medium bodied. Finishes
semi-dry and the malty sweetness sticks throughout. Mild hop bitterness, but the malts definitely overpower.

Very drinkable, another tasty brew from SPB.

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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 Brenden
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
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 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 dstc
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper brown with a decent tan head. Head falls slow to a minimal one. Thin lace.

Sweet, roasted malt aroma.

Taste is a bit thin and watery. While it does have a decent roasted flavor it just does not deliver.

Thin to medium bodied and average carbonation.

Very average but why not give it a try.

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Photo of gonger
1.72/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into pint tumbler.

A-Deep brown (not black.) Nice pancake of creamy looking head remains.

S-Weak. Mostly malt, chocolate, a little yeast, musty, faint citrus.

T-Watery. Some weak roasted malt and hop bitterness in the front and middle is quickly washed away. No real finish.

M-Some creaminess, but too thin. Unsatisfying.

Brown ale is one of my favorite styles, but this brew is just disappointing. I won't recommend it, or drink it again.

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Photo of ZAP
2.86/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My first impression of this after tasting it was not good but it is growing on me a little as I dig deeper into bottle #2.

The first impression is thinnish, acidic, fizzy, dumbed down...

But as it settles I get more of the following:

-Medium brown color....nice creamy tan head...

-Light aroma of caramel

-Taste offers the caramel and a nice dusting of chocolate...

-Still feels too thin even for this style but overall this has a little flavor and is drinkable. Not close to good for this style though.

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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 beerwolf77
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark red brown. The light khaki head head fills a solid three fingers of my glass. After receding a very thin layer of lace is left.

The aroma is nice roast malt. It has a solid nuttiness for sure. A touch of hops but just a touch. Very solid brown nose.

The flavor is similar to the nose. Much more carmel and light coffee comes through in the taste. Super smooth.

Medium body, light carbonation.

Overall a great brown. Super drinkable.

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Photo of katan
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Deep brown, darker than a "straight brown". Very clear, lots of bubbling. Head formation is strong, 1mm, well retained.

S - A rather empty nose. A hint of caramel malts.

T - Starts off with some light caramel and toffee malt note. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly brown from the specialty malts. Mid-stream gets more bitter, balanced, but the overall flavors of this beer are light. Finishes with a little more grainy malt notes. Finishes clean.

M - A fairly thin body - carbonation bite is strong however. Leaves behind a little of a clinging oily texture.

D - Pretty drinkable. Flavors are very unoffensive. Not filling, despite its strong carbonation.

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Photo of Vancer
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Burley mon pours a clear mahogany brown into my favorite beer glass, the Corsendonk tulip. Thin tan head pops ups for a short stay, then recedes, not leaving any lace.

Subtle notes of caramel and malt, no hop presence to write home about. Taste matched the aroma, perhaps with a bit of woody resin in the finish. Seems to be more English than American brown.

Decent,easy going brew - could use a bit more hops to be a better American brown, but this would work in the summer heat easily

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Photo of dacrza1
3.87/5  rDev +18%
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 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 Redrover
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck poured into my SA perfect pint glass. The beer is a medium brown with a tan head.

The aroma is of lightly roasted malts and brown sugar. Light pine is also noticeable.
The beer is more hoppy than I thought given the smell. It has some roasted malt, coco and brown sugar. The beer has a nice aftertaste of pine & citrus. I like the balance and interplay of flavor.

The mouth could be beefed up a bit, but it does make for a very sessionalbe beer. I would love to try this on tap!

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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Burly Brown from Stevens Point Brewery
3.28 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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