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Brute - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,132
Gots: 142 | 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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MYSTIKPIZZA

California

4/5  rDev -9.9%

03-22-2012 05:10:04 | More by MYSTIKPIZZA
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superspak

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-22-2012 01:54:59 | More by superspak
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keanlacrosse

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-16-2012 13:11:01 | More by keanlacrosse
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beertardis

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +7%

03-09-2012 11:38:19 | More by beertardis
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Jules11788

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-28-2012 16:54:37 | More by Jules11788
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SLeffler27

New York

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
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bullywee

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-16-2012 11:28:10 | More by bullywee
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CarolinaKevin

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-16-2012 03:46:22 | More by CarolinaKevin
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -9.9%

02-15-2012 00:25:13 | More by GehenHerzog
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pitasoup

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-14-2012 08:14:04 | More by pitasoup
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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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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.9%

02-11-2012 01:34:44 | More by Tyrawlings
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

5/5  rDev +12.6%

02-09-2012 19:27:12 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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Holland

Illinois

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
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VAbdoyan

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-07-2012 03:45:51 | More by VAbdoyan
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-06-2012 23:51:34 | More by DSlim71
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sincereNc

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -9.9%

02-06-2012 07:31:49 | More by sincereNc
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Sideswipe

California

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
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heff316

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-05-2012 12:36:30 | More by heff316
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Vermont

4/5  rDev -9.9%

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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -9.9%

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Connecticut

5/5  rDev +12.6%

02-03-2012 19:20:41 | More by chrispoint
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

02-03-2012 06:19:21 | More by johnhenryconway
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-01-2012 03:27:17 | More by zchall23
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Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +12.6%

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Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.