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Brute - Ithaca Beer Company

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805 Ratings
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Ratings: 805
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)
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Ratings: 805 | Reviews: 389 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Sammy, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -9.9%

t0rin0, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +12.6%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bmanning for this bottle.

A: Pours a hazy barnyard yellow with an unbelievably large bone-white head that is completely cratered surfare of the moon style. Bubbles in the head slowly pop as it makes its way down the glass, leaving plenty of lacing.

S: The initial nose is tart, but not overly so. Some citrus, green apple, green grape, and a little bit of earthiness. There are some hints of slightly more tropical fruits, and perhaps the faintest touch of a honey-like sweetness.

T: A little bit of moistened barnyard funkiness along with some fruity tartness. Perhaps a little bit of lemongrass in there. Vague hints of oak. Quite good but not extreme enough--I'd like a little bit more of a sour kick, but all around quite tasty and worthy of its acclaim.

M: Moderately dry, yet quite wet at the same time--it's very intriguing. It feels like the back portion of my palate is getting quite a bit of acidic dryness while the front is feeling the sweetness--I've never had a beer so divide my taste buds before. The carbonation is good--high for a beer in general but definitely not too much for the style. A slight puckering effect, making this a much more sessionable wild than most. The use of champagne yeast is certainly evident.

D: With the low alcohol level, thin body, and agreeable amount of carbonation, this is one of the most drinkable sours that I've had, and I'll definitely be looking for some more of this.

Thorpe429, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -9.9%

acurtis, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
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

metter98, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Texasfan549, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a prodigious head that leaves a nice pattern

Smell: Tart and oaky, with lemon, green apple and Juicy Fruit notes

Taste: Tart and oaky right from the outset, with a developing fruity lemon/green apple character that adds a peppery element by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a hint of sweetness that enters to offset the wild and funky elements, but the finish is primarily, oaky and sour, with that Juicy Fruit flavor lingering to the very end

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Not the funkiest wild ale by any stretch but this is just how I like them - riding on the edge but not heading over the cliff

brentk56, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've got a crazy-good beer on my hands here. If you love Duvel but wish it had more artisinal Belgain character, then here it is.

The pour brings a very lively decant. Efforvescent foam billows from the liquid with a cotton-white color, great formation, very good retention, and a ton of lacing. Canary yellow and medium haze round out the appearance.

Strong vineous aromas of lemons, limes, under-rippenend berries and fruits, peaches, white grapes, pears, appricots, and granny smith apples leap out and attack the nose. Champagne-y wine notes combined with sharp citric acids, lactic notes, and oak for a well rounded, melded scent that steers away from vinegar. Peppery throughout.

Flavors are a direct transfer from the nose, with emphasis on the acidic fruits, grapefruits, and pepppery phenols that burst with juiciness. Hop flavor offers up dried grasses, lemon-grass, and sharp herbal tones. Very nice.

Astringent and sharp sensations hit the jawls and promote mouthwatering. After the initial shock, the maltiness is found with a softer pilsner malt base that remains crisp and dry. Dryness is the name of the game. Not much sweetness beyond the cracker-like malts. Instead, the acidic pang of lemons and grapefruit take the foreground while hop bitterness and light saltiness follow up in the finish.

This is a beer with a lot going on, yet is pretty simple and put together very well. It has the dryness and crispness of Duvel, but that Brett character helps to add the sour fruit notes to the dryness. Hop flavor and bitterness compound the effect of the Brett and other yeast blends to make the beer as arid, sharp, and acidic as possible without offending.

Thanks jampics2

BEERchitect, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4.75/5  rDev +7%

kjkinsey, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a quite large bubbly head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of sour notes with distinctive notes of oak with light green apple notes. Taste is also a very well balance notes between some oak with some sour notes and some light barnyard notes with a distinctive Brett dry finish. I must admit that this is one of the best American sour I have tasted to date and very close to some of the Belgian lambic. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well done and something I would buy again even considering the hefty price tag.

Phyl21ca, Jul 24, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

GRG1313, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best, if not the best American sour I have had. Simply amazing. 750ml bottle was served chilled and decanted into a pint glass. Consumed on 01/03/2009.

The pour was very nice. A rich golden amber with a light cloudiness to it that was very evident as soon as your poured it. Nice head of white reaches up to a height of around three inches before settling back down and leaving just a nice quarter inch layer across the top that stayed with it throughout the session, lots of carbonation streaming up as well throughout.

The aroma was to die for. Sour, tart fruit notes just ripping through the air. Not so heavy on the vinegar in the smell, more of a sour apple like nose with lots of funk. As it warmed like notes of oak coming through way in the back and a fresh grapefruit like hoppiness. The flavor was explosive. My tongue took a bath in rich sour notes here. Lotso f fruit all over the place, pears, apricot, lots of grapefruit, and then that funky brett just hits you and wipes it all away. Puckering, but yet subtle and sweet at the same time. Words escape me. The champagne yeast did a number here and the carbonation was light, fine, and absolutely spot on. I could not have asked for that to come off any better. Rediculously drinkable and just a privledge to drink, this is one of the best beers I have ever had.

Hands down, nothing else I can say to sell you on this one. I did not think this could have come off as good as it did. It was simply amazing. Please go get this if you can, and Beertruth, send me more!

mikesgroove, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -9.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Batch 1 courtesy of imperialking and opened to share at the PtY release on 2/5/10.

A: The pour is a cloudy light golden straw color with a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is not terribly complex nor funky, but has a very nice amount of lactic tartness. This provides a refreshing citrus and white grape aroma which I find very pleasing in wild ales. There is a slight touch of oak and Brett, to keep things in check.

T: This is not a terribly "funky" beer, but that does not bother me. The lemon, green apple, and grape notes go quite well with the dry and tannic feel of the beer from the wood and the Brett.

M: The body is a bit on the light side with a very high level of carbonation and a dry finish. The champagne yeast definitely provides a little something different here.

D: I've heard mixed reviews of this beer, but I found Batch 1 to be quite delicious at this point. I have a bottle of Batch 2 which I will be saving for some time as it appears this one gets better with age.

womencantsail, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a very nice clear yellow color with a foamy white head on top. The retention was light with a subtle lacing also. The smell of the beer has a nice amount of funk on the nose but it doesn't cancel out the base elements of the beer which I like. The taste of the beer is tart up front with a sharp funky citrus in there. The finish of the beer is interesting, there is an interesting sweetness in there that might be wheat or something like that coming through. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied, very drinkable and nicely carbonated. Overall, very good stuff. Really nice simple complexity in there , I liked it a lot.

Knapp85, Feb 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml kindly shared by dyan. Batch 1.

Appearance: Hazed gold with a great big white head, excellent retention and tons of lace.

Smell: Salty, sweaty, footy funk. Brett has done wonders to this one. Lemon, hay, farmyard, and the faintest hint of burnt rubber. No sweetness is present whatsoever - this one's all funk.

Taste & mouthfeel: Lemony sourness and loads of yeasty funk. Moderately acidic with great balancing dryness in the finish. Nice light crisp body, remarkably easy to drink.

largadeer, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Batch E!027. Heard some good things about this beer for over a year now, about time I got to see how true the statements have been. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises tart orange, light horse blanket, white wine, tart peach, and very light graham crackers. The taste brings in more of the same, though the horse blanket is diminished, and some tart white grape and somewhat sweet red grape is added to the mix. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very nice wild, one that doesn't go overboard on the Brett (good touch) and doesn't o'erwhelm with sourness. An enjoyable brew indeed.

TMoney2591, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beertooth for sharing this, review is from notes. Batch E!010

Pale and hazy unfiltered visibility, lemony apricot color, solid head of lasting foam. Initial aroma of wet stone and minerals, soft wheat and mild "clean" horseblanket. The funk is restrained and well incorporated. Fruity sweet & sour interplay, nice contrast, elements of white grape and peach pit. Champagne effervescence that scrubs the palate. Body is light, very quenching and clean.

The clean lactic sourness and funk character was similar to a Berliner Weisse and Calabaza Blanca. The slight grape sweetness really added a nice contrast to balance the sourness. Good stuff.

emerge077, Jun 13, 2009
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Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 805 ratings.