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Brute - Ithaca Beer Company

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790 Ratings
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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,135
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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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip.

A: Looks beautiful. Large, lasting, billowy white head. Decent lacing left behind from the head. The golden yellow body was so hazy that it rendered it completely opaque. Gorgeous.

S: Mostly bready malts with a bit of hay or straw. Lemony hops. The yeast was earthy and very funky.

T & M: White grape and green apples clobbered the palate. Additional flavors of pear and peach come through as well. Flavors are reminiscent of oak aged white wine. The mouthfeel was so sour & tart and completely stimulating. Despite the dry finish, this brew makes you salivate. The duration is long and the acidity is harsh. The effervescence of the Brute is so lively that it feels like the carbonation is cleaning your tongue. Your entire mouth is dominated by the concentrated flavor and extreme mouthfeel. Quite a memorable experience.

D: As with all beers of this nature, this one rates the highest on my personally altered drinkability scale. The Brute is a premier American wild ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2009 15:07:19 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL Batch 010 from 2008 tasted on 1/1/10 (Happy New Year!)

Pours beautiful gold with gigantic frothy white head that lingers. Champagne like effervescence lasts for many many mniutes. One of the most gorgeous beers I've ever seen. Lemon and grapefruit aroma. Barely some honey sweetness then an incredible tart lemon finish. Great carb but champagne bubbles make this one smooth sour. Definitely one of the best sours I've ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 01:51:57 | More by ChrisPro
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nzerbe

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7%

06-30-2013 18:25:04 | More by nzerbe
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dcloeren

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +7%

05-21-2013 20:57:32 | More by dcloeren
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into oversized wine glas. If I'm reading this correctly, it's batch# E!018.

Beautiful pour - 2F of thick, white head floating atop of an opaque golden body. Pretty heavenly when held to the light. Light carbonation showing at bottom.

Heavy musty smell, with vinegar cider, and a little lemon zest.

Flavor was of tart lemon hard candy, green apple skin, old white grapes, plenty of bretty funk, and more than just a little reminiscent of champagne flavor.

MF had a good bite to it, but not puckering sour. Pretty thin. Nice and dry.

I can't see dropping $25 on another one of these, but it would make for a good malternative to any situation that calls for white wine or champagne.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 17:49:21 | More by BeerImmediately
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

11-27-2012 22:07:57 | More by theminutemen
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Extremely careful pour still engulfs the glass with 4 fingers of head that camps out forever and leaves thick lacing. Murky golden straw color with some effervescent bubbles rising to the top.

Smell is faintly tart grapes, orange peel, tangerine, pineapple, a little sour twang, and traces of Brett.

The taste is an absolutely wonderful blast of citric fruit up front. Pineapple galore, brett funk, oranges, apples, lots of pear, white grapes. Sourness is fairly subdued but still noticeable mid palate. Not quite puckering, but still enough to add another flavor dimension. The taste of this beer is absolutely phenomenal, there is really no better way to describe it.

Mouthfeel is light with a truckload of prickly carbonation. Fairly normal for the style, but I would have a bit less prickle in a perfect world.

Drinkability is off the charts here. I almost want to chug this, and that is a rare occurance for a sour beer. The citrus component of this beer is insanely complex, and the subdued levels of funk and sourness may disappoint some people but I personally feel they are at perfectly fine for what this beer is trying to be. Bravo to Ithaca, I regret not trying this beer sooner.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 04:58:45 | More by alcstradamus
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drseamus

New York

4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice light straw body with a touch of white head. Good carbonation.

S: Light appley fruit on the nose. Somewhat typical for a wild ale.

T: Very light and restrained but with noticeable brett. A touch of dustiness but with great tartness.

M: Very light with not much body added by the tartness.

D: All day baby...very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 03:14:17 | More by drseamus
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

04-14-2013 21:07:54 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +2%
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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gueuzegossage

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

08-22-2013 16:41:41 | More by gueuzegossage
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Pahn

New York

4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch E!027, 2010. ABV: 7% this batch.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a three inch white head that dissipates steadily, leaving a few spots of lacing. Pours a hazy fulvous (I found this color 'fulvous' on wikipedia, and though it's more hilarious for me to just flatfootedly say 'fulvous', I leave this parenthetical note anyway). Doesn't leave much lacing to speak of.

Smell: At first it's effervescent and acetic, moving quickly to tart apple and peach, with some faint funk in the background. Freshly cut orange. While it stays effervescent, the acetic character pretty much drops out and the smell moves from tart fruit to sweet peach to citrus to a mild, creamy oak and vanilla to various berries. There's more happening (and more good happening) than I can meaningfully record.

Taste: So subtle and balanced, but so full-flavored. Tart but smooth, lots of fruit, with a big brett note in the finish. It tastes like it smells, but with a significantly larger brettanomyces influence at the end, more barnyard and musty than tangy. There's flavors reminiscent of champagne and white wine, and a persistent acetic character that keeps everything sour but never distracts from the beautiful fruit, wine, and funk.

Like the smell, there's too much happening here to describe it all, but what I can say is: the taste is flawless. I hate to give out 5s, but this really couldn't be better for what it is. It could be more sour, the oaky notes could be stronger, the brett (which is surprisingly big) could be bigger, but none of that is the point. Those flavors are all here (along with more), they're all distinct, they're all in harmony, they're all delicious. Drinking this beer is like listening to a brilliant symphony for the first time; you're picking out things you love, you're enjoying it thoroughly, but you know it has depths further than you can appreciate or understand in one listen.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Tart, but soft and creamy, with a dry finish. Fairly carbonated but not overboard. The feel is like the smell and the taste: all subtlety and class.

Drinkability: This beer is refreshing, complex, restrained, and delicious. I would drink this regularly. It's one of those beers such that, despite having a refrigerator full of world class beer, when its bottle is empty, I will be sad.

Honestly, I think Brute is flawless. It's a shame that it's relatively hard to get, because it would be a perfect gateway beer for wild ales. If these flavor profiles didn't make sense to you before, they would after having Ithaca Brute.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 02:25:59 | More by Pahn
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scootny

New York

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Capped and corked with some kind of foamy plastic. A sizable head with good retention and bits of lace here and there. Quite a bit of carbonation in the glass. Smell is like a deep dry white wine. Sour apples and grapes abound. Light malted grains and funky Brett. Taste is vinous with a healthy malt core A light fruitiness with a firm woody oak. Tart and juicy with a strong dry puckering sourness in the finish. A lingering taste of malted grains. Wonderfully subtle and complex. Feel is crisp and light with a velvety texture as it develops in the mouth. Quite drinkable and a great one to have around wine snobs. This has all the strong points of a great white with the added flavors of a superb fermented grain beverage.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 02:19:25 | More by scootny
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Rempo

Indiana

5/5  rDev +12.6%

11-20-2011 23:27:54 | More by Rempo
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E!018

A- Pours a light golden color with a touch of orange. A large frothy foam head appears and leaves nice lacing.

S- I'm getting tons of light citrus and fruit aromas. Mostly orange, lemon, apple, and peach. A bit of funk and leather as well.

T- Huge tart splash of fruit with a mouth puckering sour finish. Loads of lemon zest, orange peel, and green apple throughout. The Brett character is quite present. A bit of earth, musty hops, and funk in the finish.

M- A touch thin with plenty of carbonation.

D- Overall a very nice sour but a bit taxing if you want to drink the whole bottle alone.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 04:44:01 | More by projectflam86
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marine1975

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-13-2012 23:46:08 | More by marine1975
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BillHilly

Washington

4/5  rDev -9.9%

12-05-2012 02:39:34 | More by BillHilly
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rbrefbeerman

California

5/5  rDev +12.6%

11-18-2011 01:02:24 | More by rbrefbeerman
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klewis

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden with a huge foamy head. Great sustain and lacing.

A: Apricot with a spicy mint character and light Brett funk.

T: Moderately sour. Zesty citrus with a gentle funk. There's also a somewhat floral quality with soft oak notes.

M: Light-bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Clean finish with a quickly dissipating sourness.

D: Not quite as complex as a Russian River or Cantillon sour, but definitely outstanding nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 12:40:40 | More by klewis
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hwwty4

Missouri

5/5  rDev +12.6%

11-14-2011 17:12:06 | More by hwwty4
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drgonzo2k2

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

08-30-2013 02:41:48 | More by drgonzo2k2
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank goodness we got a really awesome American made wild ale in here. Sometimes I think that we are lacking in this style around here. Poured in to a Duvel tulip a cloudy golden color, with not much more than a white laced heading. Plenty of lactic acid and lemon qualities in the nose. Almost reminds me of lemonade. Not so much funky as just sour. Taste is more of the same; citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges, vinegar, bits of sweetness pull through from time to time. Body is light, no alcohol can be detected as far as I can tell. Drinkability is superb if you are in to sours. It is actually a really refreshing drink. I don't want to say that this is a perfect wild sour beer, but it comes close to the top of the ones I have tried. One of the mosr remarkable beers I have had in a while. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 23:16:20 | More by jamie2dope
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nataku00

California

4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, batch E'027, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden color with a big three finger white foamy head consisting of loose large bubbles. Head dissipates after a few minutes leaving light lacing to a half a finger. Carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sweet stone fruits, apricot and peaches, light lemon, lactic acid, light floral hops.

Taking a sip, light lactic acidity upfront, then stone fruits and fruity esters, lemon. Some earthy funk as the beer warms on the tongue, combined with floral flavors. Lingering acidity on the finish, with stone fruit sweetness balancing it out.

Light body and very carbonated, bubbles quickly scrubbing your tongue clean with each sip and swallow.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 07:59:16 | More by nataku00
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stealth

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +7%

02-09-2014 06:53:04 | More by stealth
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-06-2012 23:51:34 | More by DSlim71
Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.