Mutton Buster | Payette Brewing

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Mutton BusterMutton Buster

Brewed by:
Payette Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Mutton Buster combines a roasty flavor with notes of chocolate and nuttiness that creates a full flavored brown ale. While it is malt focused, there is mild hop bitterness with an earthy hop flavor. The Mutton Buster may be dark in color and heavy on the malt flavors, but it is sessionable enough to have a few any time of the year.

25 IBU

Added by isualum12 on 12-31-2011

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Buddance
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8oz glass at the Payette tap takeover of YEGDT's Beer Revolution - lazy Sunday version, of course.

This beer appears a clear, medium orange-brick brown colour, with one skinny finger of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves a few instances of streaky Loch Ness monster lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, a lesser grainy toffee sweetness, some pithy bar-top nuts, a gentle generic bruised pome fruitiness, and very soft earthy, leafy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, a hint of free-range ashiness, ephemeral cafe-au-lait, some buttery nuttiness, overripe apples and pears, and more understated earthy, musty, and floral 'verdant' hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its basically perfunctory frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, nothing really getting all up in one's grill here. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel, nutty, and fruity esters presiding.

Overall, this is a well-made iteration of the style, definitely not too hoppy, but executed more on the nut brown ale side of things. Easy to drink, and enjoyable enough as a palate cleanser of sorts.

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Photo of dd53grif
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not designed to shock and awe you, this is just a well made, serviceable brown ale that drinks pretty easy despite being full flavored and round bodied, i liked this pretty well. frothy feeling and almost creamy, but also dry by the finish compared to many others, and well carbonated, this has a great feel for the style. i like all the chocolate notes in this, its sweet and bitter at various stages throughout, with a neat nuttiness in the malt as well, and a light cola and vanilla note that keeps it interesting enough for me. i like that there is a light hop finish to it as well, usually contrasting with chocolate malt on my palate, but not here, its fully compatible and a nice little wrinkle. this one and the rodeo rye were my first impressions of payette, and it seems like they know what they are doing, even if the recipes are a little bit on the safe side. that said, american craft brewing isnt on the edge of its seat for the next great brown ale, at least not as i view it, but this is pretty good, and a nicely done beer overall with high drinkability and a lot of flavor. i dug it.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Donkster46
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy slightly darker than medium reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint amber + burnt orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall slightly sudsy foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering almost the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of nutty + chocolate + roasted malts with a minimal amount of sweetness and a hint of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of nutty + chocolate + roasted malts with a minimal amount of sweetness. That is followed by a light flavor of earthy hops which contribute a hint of bitterness to the finish which does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Nothing overly interesting here but a solid American Brown Ale which is pretty easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark reddish brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving webs of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose along with hints of sweetness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is very malty but isn't as sweet as I would have expected it to be as there are faint hints of underlying malts. Hints of chocolate melts are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but nothing overly interesting stands out.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Tbone2131
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rclangk
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrsqc7
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My second beer from payette, my first was the rye pale ale so I am super stoked

Light abv. Light lacing. Mouthfeel is layered malts with hop so spiciness.

Another quality offering from payette. Recommended!

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Photo of Jwortheeman
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark reddish brown with a half finger light khaki head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of dark malt, milk chocolate and nuts; nice brown ale profile. Flavor is light toasted malt, nuts and a hint of milk chocolate with a mildly hoppy finish. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Quite nice nutty flavor with light chocolate and a good malt base. Somewhat light in flavor, particularly in the finish, but the flavor overall is well balanced with the best of brown ale elements. I particularly liked the nuttiness of this ale. Nothing stands out, but enjoyable and pleasant.

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Photo of gfasig
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Kind of bland brown ale, watery mouthfeel. Looks good, with nice creamy beige head on brown body. taste is sweet, but short, nothing lasts to remember it by. Easy to drink, but so is water. Re-rate 11/9/2015. I have a better grasp on the style now, and this is pretty good. Learning new things every day....

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Photo of nuebs
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chucker17
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpuetz
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dshansen1184
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark amber/lite brown pour with off white head; good lacing and carbonation. Semi sweet malt nose and flavor; didn't find the chocolate or earthy hops as advertised. Lite mouthfeel. Overall, a brown ale lite on flavor - ok easy drinker.

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Mutton Buster from Payette Brewing
Beer rating: 45.5% out of 100 with 55 ratings
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