Brute - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
4.97/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
750 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 7% ABV, Batch # E!010, tulip pictured on the glass, <40°, keep cool and serve chilled, contents under pressure, open with caution, point away from people.
Big thanks to Beerwolf77 sharing this amazing brew. It's fairly low on the top 100 but we all loved it!
A - Crystal clear golden yellow in color with a massive white head. Low retention from the lactic acid in this brew, but some awesome little fingers of lace creep up the glass.
S - Orgasmic aroma of lactic wild brett notes. Gorgeous horse blanket and barnyard funk just escapes out of this beer with power. Crystal malts add just a tiny touch of sweetness to the amazing aroma. I can't get enough of this smell! White grapes and a hint of champagne make their way in as well.
T - Light pale and crystal malts provide a backbone to the super funky barnyard, horse blanket-laden brew. Light sourness, it has more of a lactic finish. Lemony citrus on the finish blends with notes of champagne white grapes. Complex yet simple at the same time. MMM.
M - So carbonated, I'm surprised it didn't gush actually, it's crisp and light-bodied with a sour finish accompanied by a sharp tickle. Very nice going down. Dry and champagne-like but fantastic.
D - After the gasps and outcries from the aroma, I told the guys it's good I brought a change of diapers for us all cause I figured something like this might happen tonight. But seriously, Todd was right to say, "I should have been greedy with this and not shared it with you guys." I agree. I could polish off a bottle of this alone. I need to find me some asap.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2010 12:30:48 | More by BeerFMAndy
More User Reviews:
4.61/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Bottle shared by Curran at his tasting.
Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.
Smells fairly tart and funky, with lots of lemon, peach, and white grapes.
The taste is similar. This is slightly less sour than I was expecting, but still fairly puckering. There's a strong champagne taste, with lots of tart and sour fruits- oranges, green apples, lemons, grapes, peaches. There's a good amount of lactic acid that lingers on the lips throughout drinking this.
Light to medium bodied, crisp, tart, and dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Medium carbonation is lovely and keeps this refreshing.
A wonderfully dry sour, I wish Ithaca could still make beer like this.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2014 03:46:11 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.96/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
750mL bottle into a Teku
Batch # !010 (ie batch 1, bottled in 2008)
A huge thanks to dtmets84 for sending this one over in a trade. One of my top wants for a long time!
Beer review #521, and #95 out of the top 100 I set out to complete a couple years ago.
A: Pours an absolutely crystal clear pale golden yellow with 3 plus fingers width of white colored head. Head hangs around for a while before dissipating down to an outer ring. Leaves effectively zero lacing.
S: At first I get a big fruity aroma like apricots and peach, coupled with a white grape champagne dryness. There is also a citric and lactic tartness, and a subtle musty aroma. I then get barrel notes with oak and a bit of vanilla. Absolutely intoxicating aroma with a great combination of sweetness and tart sourness. I think this is the best aroma I have ever experienced in a sour ale.
T: Aggressive tartness up front, with lots of sour citrus notes. Subtle apple cider vinegar. Sour up front, with fruit flesh like peaches and apricot on the back end, then finishing up with a vanilla sweetness that lingers forever in the aftertaste. There are some funky Brett notes as well, that I can only describes as musty rather than barnyard. The sourness is puckering at times, in a really fantastic way. Wonderful balance; the sweetness on the finish pairing with the tartness up front, and just the perfect amount of funk. So complex, and so delicious.
M/D: There is a liveliness to the mouthfeel, with a huge effervescent bubbly carbonation. It has a medium body, and is drying on the finish. Drinkability is great, as I can't wait to take each sip.
O: Probably my favorite sour/wild ale to date and overall one of the best beers I have ever had.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2014 15:00:13 | More by zac16125
4.24/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Small head, hazy Orange(ish) color, beautiful lacing
S: Nice sourness presence and the presence of fruit, grape, cherry, melon, some brett & lemon, oak….great aroma
T: Similar to the smell: a calm sourness/funk/tartness, oak notes & brett, accompanied by the lemon, grapes, and melon
M: Fizzy/carbonated; usual suspects of the oak, sour, tart, and funk existence; light/medium-bodied
O: Quite a tasty product from Ithaca and a superb demonstration of the sour, funky, wild ale style
Serving type: on-tap
05-18-2014 23:52:52 | More by M-Fox24
Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.