Mighty Bison Brown Ale | Wildlife Brewing & Pizza

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Brewed by:
Wildlife Brewing & Pizza
Idaho, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Our Flagship Beer" A dark American Brown Ale that's malty and complex with a hoppy finish. This is a Brown with atttude!

Added by benito on 07-20-2006

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
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4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a pint of this at The Silver Dollar Bar in Jackson, WY last night. Following review composed from notes.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear, brown-amber body with a dense, off-white, creamy cap. Mighty Bison shows excellent head retention, and drags blankets of lace. Damn near flawless. I was very tempted to give this a 5.0 on appearance.

Smell: Nuts, brown malt, toffee, and faint, leafy hops. A touch of salt rounds things out.

Taste: Nuts, roasted malt, toffee/caramel, pine, and earth. Finishes bitter, from both the roasted malt (I'm assuming there's some in there) and hops. Fairly robust and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-light in body, finely carbonated, and prickly, with a fair amount of lingering bitterness. Smooth.

Overall: A solid brown ale that's certainly worth a try if you're in the Jackson Hole area. I think this is the only Wildlife beer that makes it out of Victor, ID, but it's also one of their best. Very sessionable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub in Victor.
Clear, dark red-brown body with an off-white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.
Aroma: roasted grains and brown bread.
Flavor: lightly sweet up front but moderately bitter in the surprisingly hoppy finish.
Feel: medium body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of shoretaxi
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the beautiful little pub in Victor Idaho.. Pours a standard brown.. very clear with a nice tannish head.

The nose shows mainly toasty malt and a little bit of nutty notes... some grassy hops help balance the malts..

Flavor mirrors the nose.... maybe a touch too sweet, but the brew's malt profile is pretty nice... light caramel.. dry toast... some sorta melanoidin presence in the background.

Body is definitely light given the big maltiness... carbonation is about medium..

Again... for this pub, the brews need to be dialed down, but they all show a lot of promise.


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Photo of TetonMike
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmitgang
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of outoffocus
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of KlayWey
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dannycohen62
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-opaque brown color with a small tan head of foam. It has a nice roasted aroma with a hint of biscuity malt. It has a mild bitter bite to go with sweet caramel and light chocolate flavors.

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Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Curt3
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of casapy
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sam3392
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of benito
2.34/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Victor, ID is a strange beer town. Grand Teton Brewing, just around the bend from Wildlife Brewing and Pizza, makes Bitch Creek ESB, a brown ale that masquerades as a bitter, and Wildlife makes Mighty Bison Brown, an ESB passing itself off as a brown. Maybe they should swap recipes...

I had this on tap at the 'brewpub' (it's really just a pizza parlor with brewing equipment. The taps are kept in back). It came a deep russet, somewhat cloudy, with no head or carbonation. The bouquet was a mix of salt and brown sugar--a very light impression overall that lacked the maltiness/breadiness or nuttiness that I like to see in my browns.

The flavor has a tea-like character and is very bitter early on. The aftertaste is of coffee, and again, the overall impression I got here was more of an ESB than a brown. Since fidelity to style is important (in my book), I can't really recommend this...even though it is mostly passable.

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Photo of danus
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at a restaurant in Jackson Hole.

Another reviewer commented on the beer's classification as a "Brown" being inaccurate...while I don't have the expertise to either confirm or deny this, I did thoroughly enjoy the beer.

While not quite as dark as you might be expecting for a brown, it had great drinkability and what I found to be a full, delicious flavor.

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Photo of stevoj
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at the Sandpiper in Pocatello. Brown, slightly muddy, small ring of head. Nice malty aroma, mildly sweet.Flavor adds some nutty notes. Decent brown, smooth, nice flavor.

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Photo of ToddKehoe
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Mighty Bison Brown Ale from Wildlife Brewing & Pizza
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 21 ratings