1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brute - Ithaca Beer Company

Not Rated.
BruteBrute

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
98
world-class

802 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 802
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,131
Gots: 143 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with vintage (aged) local hops, barley, wheat, corn, aged in oak with Brett and finished with three types of champagne yeast.

(Beer added by: albern on 06-22-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 802 | Reviews: 389 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev -9.9%

klipper, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the American Craft Beer Fest and it was a very good change up from the preponderance of IPAs at the festival. They labeled this beer as an American Golden Sour Ale, which really doesn't exist as a separate style. It is a Farmhouse ale with all of its yeasty sourness. As to the availability, I have no idea of this beers frequency, so you'll have to seek it out on its own terms. This beer poured a fairly cloudy pale color with a stong nose of vinegar, florals, and yeast. The taste reminded me of some fig and/or Hibiscus Flowers. I also got a strong flavor of juniper and maybe some ginger. The farm house style isn't may favorite, the sourness is a bit yeasty, not nearly as sourly refreshing as say the Belgian Flemish reds, but I appreciated it as one of the few of its style at the festival.

albern, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Levitation
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Levitation, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Gushue3, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of monitorpop
4/5  rDev -9.9%

monitorpop, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev -9.9%

bluntedboywonder, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev -9.9%

claytong, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Faina
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Faina, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of johnhenryconway
4/5  rDev -9.9%

johnhenryconway, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of ptykozoon
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ridiculously tight cork eventually gives in, happily spraying Brute on me. Pours with a strong cloudy white head and good lacing.

Citrus, mostly orange notes, light lemon.

Moderately sour with a decent amount of yeastiness which I never approve of in wild ale's. No concrete fruit notes, with not a lot of complexity but an overall clean, refined, wine-like, refreshing, well polished taste.

Average mouthfeel, peppy, not subtle, not overpowering.

A strong wild ale with a pleasing taste, solid mouthfeel and great drinkability.

ptykozoon, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of nsheehan
4/5  rDev -9.9%

nsheehan, May 06, 2014
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap today at Capones. It was served in a 9 ounce snifter, turbid gold in color with a fizzy white head. Tart fruit dominate the nose. The flavors of green apples and oak dominate. The beer is tart, but not vinegary, and the finish is bone dry. For me this was a sipper that I am glad I got to try.

bonkers, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Brez07
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay glass. Batch E!027

A: Golden orange, cloudy. 1 finger fluffy white head. Good retention throughout the glass. No lace

S: Very gueze like, but there is a touch of sweetness. Dry, white grapes. Some barnyard funk

T: Again, similar to a gueze. Not quite as sour, but there is a definite tartness that hits you up front. There's definitely an acidic presence. Brett not as prevalent as expected but enough to add a nice funk

M: Light bodied. Lots of carbonation. Crisp, dry finish

D: Very tasty wild ale. Had sour and tart aspects without going crazy overboard. Easy to finish the bottle on my own. Will look to grab another one of these

Brez07, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of alano
4/5  rDev -9.9%

alano, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of BillHilly
4/5  rDev -9.9%

BillHilly, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of gory4d
4/5  rDev -9.9%

gory4d, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of vonnegut21
4/5  rDev -9.9%

vonnegut21, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of snpub540
4/5  rDev -9.9%

snpub540, May 12, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -9.9%

t0rin0, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of neorunner
4/5  rDev -9.9%

neorunner, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of GehenHerzog
4/5  rDev -9.9%

GehenHerzog, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Goldstar81
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Goldstar81, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of beast464
4/5  rDev -9.9%

beast464, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of mrsdrabmuh
4/5  rDev -9.9%

mrsdrabmuh, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of bennetj17
4/5  rDev -9.9%

bennetj17, Jun 30, 2013
Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.