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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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4/5  rDev -9.9%

01-03-2012 03:50:32 | More by leschkie
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District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

batch E!027 pours a hazy, glowing, (pink?)peach color with an off-white head that holds for a while before shrinking to a substantial film with a big collar. wow! nose!!! this beer is gorges. first thing i am reminded of is those sticks of candy that looked like a piece of chalk that you would dip in different flavors of flavored stuff. grapefruit comes through next, accompanied by apricot, peach, earth, hop?(thought they would have lost all their flavor before aging), the slightest tiniest bit of oak and a touch of wet-rock-cobweb-barn-funk. complex, but bright and playful. taste is a blast of citrus (and tropical fruit), tart and sweet with a lively level of prickliness that lifts everything off the palate to expose a really kind of like wet rock mountain spring thing that really gets the point across about why they call this Brute (brut). dry as a bone and citrusy sweet? nicely done. medium body that is relatively creamy underneath the zippy carbonation and zing of the wheat. something in the finish of this beer definitely says ithaca too, and i like that. accidentally started chugging my glass halfway through my first pour. 5 for drinkability. creative. unique.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 01:41:52 | More by timtim
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by Matt- Thanks dude!

From notes:

Pours a golden color with a slim one finger white head. Good carbonation, and almost zero lacing. Very cloudy in appearance. Smell is that of grass, some fruit, funk, and oak. Amazing nose. Taste is tart, w/ a nice funk vibe. Very smooth feel in spite of the tartness. Very easy going down. Feel is a carbonated tartness w/ a smoothness that balances it out. Overall, this is a great beer, and I'm happy I got a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 17:23:17 | More by jayhawk73
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

11-15-2011 05:02:20 | More by Gushue3
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

07-30-2012 00:20:15 | More by fehrminator
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4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch E!018. I shared my bottle in line at the Veritas 007 release yesterday. Gave myself a decent pour though

Poured a nice light golden color, similar to a plain lambic not fruited and what not. Nice thin head. No real lacing.

Aroma of tart lemons and a little of the Brett funk you would expect. Smells great.

Taste is exceptional. Very tart but not as tart as say La Folie but up there. A little dryer than say Isabelle and to me slightly more oaky than others. Nice tartness with a slight funk with a champaign finish. Very similar to a champaign flavor but the tartness is the main player in this beer for sure.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated like a champaign. Probably due to the champaign yeast. Dry taste that works.

Overall an awesome beer. Glad to have another I have put away for a while. Hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did.

Serving type: bottle

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

Bottle into New Belgium globe

Brute is a beautiful thing. It just fills the glass with bubbles upon the first pour. I can wait...it's well worth it. So much complexity in the smell and taste. It's just an experience. There's a tart bite, but it isn't overpowering. Some citrus notes are present in the taste.

The other American sours I've enjoyed most are from Russian River, but I believe this stacks right up with them.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 04:14:00 | More by chcfan
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08-26-2012 21:25:39 | More by Callmecoon
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New York

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

It pours a cloudy dark straw color, topped by a thick and massive light beige head. Sheets of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is a mixture of the full range of funk, lighter tart, and even some sweet. It is a strong bouquet, perfectly balanced, with layers of the smells creating enticement.

The taste doesn't disappoint. Like the nose it is strong, a mix of funkiness and lighter tart, a touch of sweet, with staggering complexity in the layers of flavor. As it warms the tart gains a bit, but never overbears, and the clean flavors stay sharp and delicious.

Mouthfeel is perfect, highly carb.'ed, but not overcarb.ed by any means, thick but easy drinking, and an epic finish that is just dry enough.

Drinkability is extremely high for the style.

Impression: The best wild ale I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch E!037.

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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got the last beer out of the keg last night at the end of the weekend of TJ's East Coast/West Coast Throwdown. What lucky break! Reviewing from my notes...

A: Pours a pale hazy orangey amber color with a nice cap of 1cm thick frothy head. Thin delicate laces appear on the sides of my tulip as I drink.

S: Completely devoid of horseblanket, this beer's aroma is big and funky. The sourness is incredible, and it makes my nostrils pucker as I enjoy the aroma. There are some wispy notes of citrus, but the sour dominates.

T: The funky sour tangy taste melds nicely with an almost oakey flavor. this is combined with the citrusy flavors of lemon and apricot.

M/D: The initial feeling is a tingly sour sensation that envelops the tongue and insides of my cheeks. Carbonation gives way to a dry, almost acidic finish. Very nicely textured, light but not thin. I wish there was a bit more fruity flavor to this to keep my going, but overall, this is a great beer. I wish there was more, but I will take my last glass and be happy. I would love to have this with a bit of age on it in my cellar, so I may be looking for a bottle soon.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2009 03:17:09 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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3/5  rDev -32.4%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Presentation: 750ml Bottle, capped with a black cork poured into my over-sized Duvel tulip - batch# E!010

Presenter: Newtonty - thanks a million, friend!

The cork came out with little struggling to a massive POP! 2 seconds after the pop, I got a couple tablespoons worth of white fizz gushing from the top.

Pours a highly viscous, cloudy golden orange with an aggressive 2-3 inch fizzy head due to the champagne yeasts. Bright white cap with compact and highly active bubbles. After the initial pour, the head settles leaving a fine amoeba-shaped halo swirl on the surface

Smells moderately of fresh and zesty oranges, some light lemon and a fair amount of funk. Relatively complex nose for a sour - if I had to chose a descriptive word for the funk - I'd have to say sweaty gym socks... (Why do I enjoy this style of beer again? ;) )

The taste is indicative of the nose... Moderate citrus flavors, like orange and lemons followed by a super light and lofty yeast presence and tailing with the expected FUNK... It amazes me how nicely crafted this one is... Overall, the flavor isn't over the top or overbearing - very smooth and enjoyable.

Light bodied, sour with high carbonation on the mouthfeel. Medium flavored.

Recommended... Get this one and try it if you are a fan of the funk.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 14:21:47 | More by beachbum1975
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New York

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

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: Pours a very nice medium yellow with plenty of character and a slight orange hue. pours with a nice finger of very active and fizzy head that dissipates quickly, leaves minimal lacing, has a solid amount of carbonation bubbles. very hazy throughout
S: sweetness, tart, raspberries and also something like white wine of white grape juice, stings the nostrils
T: great taste for the style, like white grape juice with more tartness and bite,
M: very strong on the carbonation from the second it hits the lips, smooths out towards the middle end and leaves and nice sweetness and awakened feeling in the mouth
O: sweet, sour, tart, bright, complex, its got everything, beautiful representation of the style, cant wait to see what this one does with a few years of aging under its belt

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 01:51:26 | More by BigPlay1824
Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
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