Buzzsaw Brown

12 oz bottle.
Pour is a standard color of deep amber, but lacks much head or retention. In that respect a touch disappointing.
Nose is also quite mute, with some malts coming through but overall the beer seems rather low-key.
A mouthfeel which is below average for me. It feels on the thin side and definitely lacks much presence or lively carbonation. Feels a bit flat.
Tastes have the standard malt backbone and some degree of light nuttiness but again it seems to lack punch.
For me this is an interesting beer because in the American versions of these beers we usually get much more hop presence. I am basically against that idea in a Brown Ale, in as much as I want them to be at the sweeter end of the spectrum with reserved hops and bigger malts. The problem here is that although the hops are muted (good), the malt and the mouthfeel fail to deliver the necessary body for me. It falls between two stools, and I would think that this would be a bit disappointing to both lovers of the American version of the style, and those that prefer the more traditional Brown Ale.
In the end, disappointing.

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08/22/2009
Format:
bottle
ABV: 4.8 %
Appearance: 3
Taste: 3
Mouthfeel: 3
Smell: 3
Overall: 3
Total: 3
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