|Also From This Brewery
One of the things Iíve always admired about Bend,
Oregonís Deschutes Brewery is the way they manage to pull off well-balanced
beers that tantalize the tastebuds without hitting you over the head with
malt and hops. This is all the more impressive in a region known for itís
aggressively hopped and at times mega malty beers.
Their Mirror Pond
Pale Ale is a perfect example of this, and really one of my all time
favorite beers. Another great example is their late spring summer offering
Buzzsaw Brown Ale, a brown ale in the English mild sense of the word,
and one that is perfectly suited to warming late spring days and still cool
nights in the Pacific Northwest.
I ordered up a pint of Buzzsaw at a pub while visiting Bothell, Washington.
Itís also available in bottles though I am not sure if the seasonals are as
widely distributed as Deschutes regular offerings in areas outside Oregon
and Washington where they sell their beer.
Buzzsaw has received a bit of criticism from dyed in the wool beer geeks on
some beer sites precisely for the reasons I laid out above. They say it has
too much malt, and not enough hops. For the American Brown style that might
be true; here, though I suspect that Deschutes was aiming at the mild style.
Either way, the result is a very drinkable and very enjoyable brew.
Buzzsaw Brown Ale pours a chestnut brownish color with a thick and creamy
head formation and a soft, fruity nutty nose. A fine layer of Brussels lace
clung to the sides of my pint glass as I sipped and the liquid descended.
The palate is gentle and not overpowering, with a slightly biscuity, nutty
maltiness, a little hazelnut, a hint of toffee and a touch of fruit. The
beer finishes with a very gentle hoppiness, just enough to balance the soft
malt, and a soft floral hop aroma.
Everything about this beer is soft in character, from the malt to the hops
to the yeasty fruit esters. That makes it a fantastic mild ale, and a true
session beer that you can easily sip all night.
This is a beer that will pare well with food, too. I found it a great
companion to a grilled steak as well, and suspect that the soft nutty malt
flavors should match up nicely with most red meats.