Brute - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
4.28/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
APPEARANCE: Deep copper and very rich looking. Nice, big head with a lively, bubbly appearance. The Brute looks like a tough, strong ale.
SMELL: I've never said this about a beer before, but it almost smells a little cheesy. Oddly, this is not a bad thing. There also seems to be some red pepper, it's sort of pizza-like and I have absolutely not been eating pizza or anything like it tonight.
TASTE: I've tasted plenty of Wild Ales before, but nothing quite like this. It is not nearly as sour as most of the others and a sweet, tart flavor dominates while a million others all vie for attention from the palate. I'm still trying to sort them all out. Lemon certainly makes a strong showing, apricot and grapefruit seem to round out the heavy hitting fruits. Towards the end of the sip the grapefruit takes over and just a whiff of piney hops teases the palate before fading away with a nice, bitter aftertaste. The one thing that holds it all together is a general sense, feel and taste of funk. This is not James Brown, it's Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, George Clinton and Bootsy Collins all rolled into one beer.
MOUTHFEEL: Strong carbonation. This is how every beer should feel. Dry, refreshing and palate cleansing, but not so rough that it dries the palate out over the long haul.
OVERALL: This is a unique and excellent beer. Funky, funky. funky and certainly wild, but not so overly sour like so many other wilds. Once again, I have to say, Ithaca knows how to brew beer. By far my favorite brewery on the East Coast.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2011 05:06:13 | More by StoneTSR
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4.29/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY
A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness and oak are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has sourness with notes of oak, the latter of which stands out in the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is simple yet is pleasant to sip and savor. It is quite easy to drink and an excellent representation of the style.
Note: Batch E!027
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2013 12:15:03 | More by metter98
Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.