Brute - Ithaca Beer Company
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Reviews by zhanson88:
4.15/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a brilliant, clear golden color with a good amount of carbonation. About 1.5" of white head forms, which has extremely good retention and lacing. Great looking wild.
Smell: I get a lot of funk and brett right off the bat. Some white grape flavors and a bit of honey lend some sweetness. Lots of horseblanket and lemon tartness as well. Really nice smell that has some balance.
Taste: White grapes and other pale fruit character lends sweetness initially and remains present throughout. Funk, brett, and horseblanket hit the mid palate, and some lemon tartness finishes it. Not tons of tartness or sourness on the palate but plenty of funk. Good, but probably a bit sweeter throughout than I had anticipated.
Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with great carbonation. About perfect in that regard. Finish could be drier though. The sweetness retracts from that aspect. Overall, a very good wild. Really enjoyed it and would have again for sure.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2012 03:38:22 | More by zhanson88
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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.