Brute - Ithaca Beer Company
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4.18/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
02-19-2012 13:07:59 | More by SLeffler27
4.35/5 rDev -2%
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!
02-09-2012 03:19:21 | More by Holland
4.72/5 rDev +6.3%
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
02-06-2012 00:56:53 | More by Sideswipe
Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.