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Brute - Ithaca Beer Company

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768 Ratings
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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.26%


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)
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly murky yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with an interesting Pez candy flavor in the mix. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite drinkable but smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:39:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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sukwonee

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very good looking beer. Huge head (at least 3 fingers) with lots of bubbles and lacing. Cloudy orange body.

S: Lemon, yeast, oak, funk

Taste: Lemon, tart and sour, I also taste some breadiness, earthy-ness, barnyard, very good. Sour and puckering.

M: It's perfect. Good amoung of carbonation, mouth puckering, dry.

O: Very glad I got to try this bottle. It's been one of my top wants for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 05:54:23 | More by sukwonee
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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!037

A - Pours a beautiful yellowish/orange with a huge off-white head. Great retention.

S - sour apples, oak, earthy malts, peach.

T - The taste follows the nose. Really exceptional and clean. Tons of tart lemony flavors along with a big Granny Smith apple puckering flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a playful champagne-like carbonation.

O - One of the best sours I've ever had. This easily stands up to any of the RR sours. I hope they brew this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 00:36:17 | More by SkiBum22
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared by Sammy, 2011 vintage - batch E!037. Into a tulip.

Hazy gold with a brilliant bubbly white head. Good retention and light lacing. Nose of tart apple, champagne yeast, a bit of sourness, lemon, a bit of funk and general fruitiness. Tastes quite tart, some lemon, a bit funky and yeast notes again. Effervescent mouthfeel, champagne yeast stands out. Tart, medium body, and no alcohol. A very drinkable brut, but not the best I've had in the style. Still very well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 01:39:03 | More by liamt07
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funky aroma. Golden coloured bodied and lacey. Bg mouthfeel. Strawberry and grape tartness, as well as lemon in the finish. Good drinkability for its sourish characteristics. Not as good as the hype, still a very interesting.
Thanks Tim for saving me one.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 20:20:47 | More by Sammy
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FosterJM

California

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1367th Review on BA
Bottle to Ithaca Excelsior! Tulip
750ml Cap/Cork

Batch E!037

Thanks to Mjtiernan for this one

App- When the cork pops a little bit of a champagne fizz came out. Expected yes! The color of a ripe peach with a good mix of oranges/yellows and golds in the glass. A good density for a sour. Nice coloring. Giant head that was quick to gizz with a nice pond layer of bubbles.

Smell- Just a ton going on in this sour. Amazingly straightfoward but utterly complex. I think the BA below said it best, "Can you smell fizzy?" This was fizzy, brett, citrus, funk and sour. Not overly done either way and close to amazing.

Taste- This was one hell of a sour. Most people wont give credit to the champagne yeast but really adds a wonderful depth of character with the brett bringing a stinging barnyard, funk and earthiness to it. The sour is crisp and biting and a wonderful amount of citrus ties it all together.

Mouth- While a tad thick for such a bubbly sour I found it worthwhile none the less. So bubbly with a light medium body while shouldve been a little lighter. A very high carbonation keeps everything prickly and nicely balanced. Nice residual Brett and funk.

Drink- Huge thanks to Matt for the trade and was glad to drink while my boy who is all of two days old slept next to me in his rocker. Would loe another bottle of this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 00:15:05 | More by FosterJM
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cosmicevan

New York

4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

surprised not to have a review for this one...must be in the backlog of notes? none-the-less opened E!037 and filled a russian river tulip.

a - brew poured a transparent yellow orange with visible champagne like carbonation. a massive bubbly head filled half the glass and slowly fizzled away leaving spotty but chunky lacing on the side of the glass. fairly frothy for all those bubbles.

s - wonderful tart. acidy citric peach and tropical fruit with a glaze of sour candy sweetness. you can almost smell the fizziness.

t - really well balanced and complex sour flavors. the perfect meld of fruitiness and sourness. the taste is really spot on. oaky. extremely refreshing. fruitiness is orange peel mixed with citrus with a hint of peaches and a tropical almost kiwi like splash to finish it off.

m - prickly carbonation. finishes a bit dry and bitter...just a BIT. easy drinker, light and thirst quenching...ideal for the current heat wave.

o - overall, i've always dug brute, but i forgot how great it is. this is truly one of the better sours out there. the balance is mind blowing. if you don't like over the top sours, but still enjoy sours, this is your beer. wonderful tropical fruit flavorings with a nice burst of sour. non offensive...really well crafted sour.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 00:45:15 | More by cosmicevan
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DovaliHops

California

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!037. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a large white, frothy head that takes some time to go down. Scent is a ton of sour notes with predominant Brett and lemon. Lovely oak aromas with aromas reminiscent to champagne. A good amount of citrus as well. Taste is amazing... perfect amount of sour for a beer that is very much like champagne. Lactic sourness with a ton of oak and some definitely funky, spicy flavors. Tons of lemon and citrus...great depth and complexity to this beer. Also get some lovely pear, green apple, and white grape flavors. A good amount of sour and funk to this with a good amount of oak. Mouthfeel is very dry and bubbly. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this was an amazing beer. So far, Ithaca has impressed me very much.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 07:23:30 | More by DovaliHops
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animortician

California

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light Golden with a little bit of haze. White head that stuck around and left some lacing.

S: Great aroma pouring off this beer, spicy, fruity, champagne like.

T: Clean, Crisp, fruity, hints of peaches. Great sour flavor but not to much bight. Great light finish, almost dry at the end.

M: Light, good carbonation. Feels very dry and open upon swallowing.

O: Very refreshing and enjoyable beer. Great sour ale with a lot of interesting flavors blended together really well.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 18:02:29 | More by animortician
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atr2605

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours hazy golden color with a slightly off white foamy head
S- citrus, green apple, subtle straw aroma.
T- tangy citrus that finishes tart with the oak coming through in the finish
M- light medium bodied with high carbonation
O- a really enjoyable sour and one of the better beers I have from ithaca beer company. Would definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 02:01:48 | More by atr2605
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xenjoiii

New York

4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml - Batch E!037

A: Poured a cloudy, and bright golden color with a two finger snow-white head.

S: Funk, acidity, citrus and a bit of oak.

T: The taste is by far the standout point of this beer. Mild to medium tartness upfront that evolves into a citrusy/oaky finish. Every sip is bright and refreshing.

M: Medium carbonation with a solid body.

O: Le Bleu minus the bleu. Brilliantly balanced, incredibly refreshing, and a taste that perpetually pulls you in for more. One of the best sours that I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 20:14:04 | More by xenjoiii
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brute
Thanks SourNotes for sharing a long time want.

Bubbly, very very bubbly. Clear golden color and big white head is inviting. Aroma is funky and leathery. Taste is dominated by acetic sourness but the (extremely) high carbonation keeps it alive... I am not a fan of vinegar in some Flanders style beers because it seems to settle on the palate but it works in Brute.

Very much champagne like as was expected... a simpler beer with great drinkability.

4.5, 4, 3.5, 4.5, 4

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 19:09:50 | More by tewaris
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite wild's. Finally decided to break down and write a review. Thanks to whoever brought this bottle to Imminent Liquidation II

A - Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small stringy lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lemons, granny smith apples, bready yeast, oak, some sweetness and a good amount of lactic sourness. Not as funky as others in the style, but that isn't a bad thing.

T - Starts off with a nice jolt of citric fruit tartness quickly being enveloped by the lactic sourness and hints of chewy grain, green apple and plenty of dry oak tannins. The dryness continues through the finish. Could use a tiny bit more funk but thats just me.

M - Tart, dry feel with a spritzy feel from the moderately high carbonation. The champagne yeast really works well for this one and it isn't overly sour like others in the style.

O - Easily one of the best wild's out there. If you are looking to get into the world of sour beers this is a good starting point. It isn't overly sour and it is easy to drink. Awesome stuff for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 15:48:08 | More by orangesol
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SLeffler27

New York

4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a tough bottle to open, but well worth it. A huge, dense, foamy, white head dominates over an almost clear, dark gold beer with explosions of streaming carbonation. The head lasts long after the session, leaving thick patches of lace on a Brasseurs DeGarde flute.

Opens with strong, sour apple notes and a light funkiness. There is some lemon with warmth. A touch grassy and the apples turn to peaches.

A strong, sharp tang of acid cuts the sweetness down. Some spiciness with apples following through. The flavors are strong, but not heavy or overpowering. There is a long, dry, sour finish. With warmth, earthy flavors like oak are released.

Slightly chalky and definitely dry, Brute has a medium to full body with vigorous, to say the least, carbonation.

This is a great example of the style and will go well with pungent, creamy cheeses. I am tempted to make mac-n-cheese with bleu cheese. This would also be a fine conversation beer during a party.

I have subsequently had this on draught, and while it was the highlight of my trip to Ithaca, the bottled version was better.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 13:07:59 | More by SLeffler27
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Holland

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear straw color with heavy carbonation and head of large bubbles.

S: sour apple, pear, and some earthy notes and light grain

T: taste is all funk - pear, apple, tartness/sourness, very fruity and dry but left room for a bit of sweetness.

M: highly carbonated and medium body makes for a crisp, dry feeling. At some points, there was a slight coating feeling of heavier malts, but it passed quickly.

O: more complex than my review can indicate. Great beer overall, thanks to vapodge for the taste!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:19:21 | More by Holland
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Sideswipe

California

4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. 2011 batch. I've received bottles of this from AleWatcher and Palmej1. Huge thanks to both!

An aggressive pour yields a huge four finger head which threatens to overflow my glass. The foam recedes leaving a white coaster floating atop the golden hued brew. The nose is fruity and sour, almost champagne like. Taste opens with notes of sour green apples and barnyard funk. Mid-palate there's a nice tartness which sets up a refreshingly dry finish. The beer is medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture. Brute is a wonderful example of an American Wild Ale. An almost perfect blend of tart, sour, funky flavors combined with an expertly crafted body make this brew a joy to imbibe. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 00:56:53 | More by Sideswipe
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jsanford

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Tulip Glass. Batch E!027

A - Poured a hazy gold with a foamy white head that settles to a slight haze and ring.
S - Big aromas of Brettanomyces yeast, citrus hops, Granny Smith apples, lemon zest, and grape skins. Funky and delicious!
T - Quite similar to the nose, citrusy and funky! Tart green apples, white grapes, lemon juice, and orange peel all wrapped up with earthy, funky Brett. Excellent level of sourness, perfectly balanced between the funk and the tart.
M - Light and spritzy with a medium-thin mouthfeel, very crisp carbonation, and a long, dry finish.
O - A superb American Wild Ale that really does something different and new. A perfect celebratory beer, or an excellent way to start a meal!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 15:24:28 | More by jsanford
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SDDanC

California

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been holding on to this for a while now. I am very happy to review it. Poured from bottle into this narrow snifter I have. Nice fluffy white head with incredible rushes of carbonation bubbles from the bottom. Hazy golden, yellow color. Nose is full of funkyness, tart, green apple, slight bananas, and dry yeast. On the tongue this is great. Lots of flavor from the funk apples. Champange bubbles really exercise the dry, farmhouse notes. A nice sour treat. Mouthfeel is fluffy, and bubbly, almost like a cider. Easily enjoyable and intensely drinkable. Very great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:56:23 | More by SDDanC
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birchstick

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks goes out to SamuelJackson45 for snagging some bottles of this for me at the release!

A - pours a yellow straw color with a nice white head sitting atop it

S - the nose is apples, sweet lemons, and a lot of champange like notes that sort of hover like a fog over the other aromas

T - sweet fruits open this one up - lemony flavors fade to softer fruits (apples, pears). Soon, however, some sweet champagne flavors from the yeast take over, but yield to some more of the sour, lemony flavors. This is really nice because the sourness isn't crazy intense, but more flavorful than anything; the champagne also keeps the sourness in check and adds a nice sweetness to everything.

M - wow, really soft mouthfeel - goes down great

D - solid American wild on display here. It sour but doesn't bite too hard, which works really well. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:59:22 | More by birchstick
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!037 into tulip

A- Dark orange pour with two finger bubbly white head. Drops to thin cap. Champagne is working overtime in the glass. Gobs of sticky lacing.

S- Lemon, grass and a touch of sweetness. There is a vanilla with a light floral hop.

T- Bright lemon tartness, slight vinegar acidity. Sour apples and grape skins.

M- Medium bodied, huge carbonation from the champagne yeast.

O- Wild ale and champagne hybrid. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 02:08:53 | More by korguy123
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # E!037

750ml bottle poured into a Deschutes Tulip glass.

A - Pours a golden, straw color with a huge off-white head. Great retention.

S - Belgian yeast, spice, green apples.

T - Champagne like, apples, slight funk.

D - Belgian tartness, tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Delicious, light and airy.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 02:34:19 | More by HuskyinPDX
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to MyIronLung for this one.

750ml into a duvel tulip

A - opaque golden yellow/orange body with a pure white frothy head two to three fingers deep. superb retention.

S - sour apples, oak, earthy malts, peach.

T - sugary sweetness sour apple cherry peach earthy malts. some lemon zest in there as well.

M - light to medium bodied with tons of carbonation. great tartness from this brew. strong but not overbearing.

O - a superb brew. maybe a little bit more laid back than i prefer for this style but still very very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 00:29:06 | More by celticfutblclub
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JordonHoltzman

New York

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first ever sour ale.

poured into a champagne flute, foams just like champagne, other than the fact that it is not filtered, it pours and looks like champagne. very bubbly, and instead of fizzling out quickly like most champagnes, this has strong head retention.

has the tart and sour citrus smell, characters that derive from the champagne yeast used in the bottle conditioning.

The sourness is an unknown and interesting taste for me since this is the first time i've had a beer of this style, but i like it a lot. It is not mouth puckering strong, which is a good thing. has notes of grapefruit and lemon too.

mouthfeel is like a champagne, as the bubbles are effervescent. made for great carbonation

I look forward to having this beer a second time as well as trying new sour/wilds. great beer

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 21:24:35 | More by JordonHoltzman
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!37

A-Cloudy yellow-orange, two finger head well carbonated but goes flat after a while.

S-Lemon, tartness with some wheat.

T-Lemon, wheat. Not overly sour more of a well balanced tartness.

M-Light an very carbonated at first, but it starts to go flat after a while.

O-A wonderful beer. Not extremely sour but tart borderline sour. The lemon and wheat flavor is great. Glad I went to the release.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 04:15:55 | More by rlee1390
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hippityhops85

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle poured into champagne flute

Pours an opaque orange/lemon peel color. Minimal head that forms a nice ring around the circumference of the glass

The nose is exceptional. Tons of lemon peel, citrus, bretty goodness. Granny Smith apples play a big role here as well.

The taste follows suit on the nose. Really exceptional and clean. Tons of tart lemony flavors along with a big Granny Smith apple puckering flavor. Very Dry. Yum.

The mouth feel is surprising but not expected. It is pretty aggressive on the carbonation but I feel that it adds to the tart characteristics of the beer rather that distract. Embraces the "Brute" label. Highly recommended. I hope this gets to see distribution again rather than a brewery release.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 18:52:10 | More by hippityhops85
Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.