Mutton Buster | Payette Brewing

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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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Reviews by evergreen_machine:
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3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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 nuebs
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Mutton Buster from Payette is a solid Brown Ale offering. The beer poured a clear brownish amber with thin white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is carries some dark bread tones with some maltiness. The taste was nice and even through the entire drink. Some of the caramel malt lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was quite taste and worth a try!!!!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured two fingers of head on an almost clear brown colored body.
The aroma is nice roasted malt with a touch of pine.
The taste has a good balance of roasted malt, milk cream and a moderate bitter finish.
The texture is soft and creamy with moderate carbonation.
A solid brown ale.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Mostly clear brown body with a nice white head. Leaves some good lacing. Kinda gushed out of the can when I opened it.

Smell - Nutty malt aroma. A little bit of chocolate and just a flash of hops in the back.

Taste - Chocolate is more pronounced, but it still a very nutty brown ale. Nothing harsh about it. Maybe could use a hop bite in the back to balance out the malt, but it's nice.

Mouthfeel - It gets just a touch thin in the mouthfeel. I'm also missing a hop bite that would make it feel a little more crisp. Easy drinking, though.

Overall - Hey, it's not bad. My first Idaho beer, too. Clean, but maybe lacking in some diversity of flavors.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Tbone2131
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fivetime
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of isualum12
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Payette's first crack @a brown that I know of. I had this on tap at their tap room and at partilla grill down in Hyde Park in Boise.

Look- classic brown look. Lighter in color than many browns I have seen. No sustaining head but a little lace.
Smell- no smell at all that I could get.
Taste- medium flavor of Carmel and chalk. There is a little butterscotch lacing in there.
Feel- dry with a light feel to it. Medium carbonization
Overall this is an alright beer. It wouldn't be my first local choice but it is anise change.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Impetuous
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Mutton Buster from Payette Brewing
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 58 ratings