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Brute - Ithaca Beer Company

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789 Ratings
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Ratings: 789
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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beast464

Maryland

4/5  rDev -9.9%

01-25-2012 20:26:06 | More by beast464
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Alpar

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-25-2012 05:55:08 | More by Alpar
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JohnQBeer

New York

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-19-2012 02:12:56 | More by JohnQBeer
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -9.9%

01-17-2012 20:55:28 | More by KAF
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Faina

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.9%

01-16-2012 02:56:25 | More by Faina
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Mielbeer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-15-2012 23:11:00 | More by Mielbeer
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jsanford

Georgia

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

750ml bottle into a Tulip Glass. Batch E!027

A - Poured a hazy gold with a foamy white head that settles to a slight haze and ring.
S - Big aromas of Brettanomyces yeast, citrus hops, Granny Smith apples, lemon zest, and grape skins. Funky and delicious!
T - Quite similar to the nose, citrusy and funky! Tart green apples, white grapes, lemon juice, and orange peel all wrapped up with earthy, funky Brett. Excellent level of sourness, perfectly balanced between the funk and the tart.
M - Light and spritzy with a medium-thin mouthfeel, very crisp carbonation, and a long, dry finish.
O - A superb American Wild Ale that really does something different and new. A perfect celebratory beer, or an excellent way to start a meal!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 15:24:28 | More by jsanford
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SDDanC

California

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

I have been holding on to this for a while now. I am very happy to review it. Poured from bottle into this narrow snifter I have. Nice fluffy white head with incredible rushes of carbonation bubbles from the bottom. Hazy golden, yellow color. Nose is full of funkyness, tart, green apple, slight bananas, and dry yeast. On the tongue this is great. Lots of flavor from the funk apples. Champange bubbles really exercise the dry, farmhouse notes. A nice sour treat. Mouthfeel is fluffy, and bubbly, almost like a cider. Easily enjoyable and intensely drinkable. Very great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:56:23 | More by SDDanC
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htrae2014

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-11-2012 15:17:02 | More by htrae2014
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-10-2012 17:27:28 | More by jsilva
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ThirstyHerf

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-10-2012 06:39:35 | More by ThirstyHerf
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ProudBeerSnob

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-10-2012 00:53:23 | More by ProudBeerSnob
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birchstick

Colorado

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

HUGE thanks goes out to SamuelJackson45 for snagging some bottles of this for me at the release!

A - pours a yellow straw color with a nice white head sitting atop it

S - the nose is apples, sweet lemons, and a lot of champange like notes that sort of hover like a fog over the other aromas

T - sweet fruits open this one up - lemony flavors fade to softer fruits (apples, pears). Soon, however, some sweet champagne flavors from the yeast take over, but yield to some more of the sour, lemony flavors. This is really nice because the sourness isn't crazy intense, but more flavorful than anything; the champagne also keeps the sourness in check and adds a nice sweetness to everything.

M - wow, really soft mouthfeel - goes down great

D - solid American wild on display here. It sour but doesn't bite too hard, which works really well. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:59:22 | More by birchstick
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-04-2012 23:31:04 | More by IdrinkGas
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fo1ksguitar

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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leschkie

California

4/5  rDev -9.9%

01-03-2012 03:50:32 | More by leschkie
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-02-2012 02:14:40 | More by waiting4lunch
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claaark13

Indiana

4/5  rDev -9.9%

01-02-2012 00:56:56 | More by claaark13
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dogfishandi

New York

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

on tap into a snifter at the blue monk in buffalo, ny.

comes to me with a billowy white head that eventually died to a thin ring atop a cloudy light golden color. not much lace, not the best head retention.

big brett funk, musty, barnyard, big lemony citrus, with some tart sour pie cherry.

follows the aroma, all about the brett. musty, barnyard funk, lemony citrus, tart sour pie cherry.

nice tart feel, good level of sourness, a little more than i remember out of the bottle. crisp, refreshing carbonation. dry finish. such an easy drinking sour. i easily wouldve had another had i not been driving.

ive always had lots of love for this beer. an easy sour to get into, yet pleasing to any geek out there. all about the brett with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 23:38:41 | More by dogfishandi
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BuffaloTapHugger

New York

4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw in color, nice thin layer of a white head, no lacing to be found. Head dissipates fast but still looks good with the high carbonation in the light.

S: Lemon juice concentrate, yeast.

T: Very sweet on the palate, lots of lemon in the front. Finishes on the dry side with some pucker in tow. Yeast and orange, tangerine, and lemon zest in the back. 5 star

M: Lots of carbonation with an after wash of saliva coming forward from the perkiness of the lemon and such. ABV detectable from the noticeable yeast, nothing overwhelming though.

O: If champagne and beer had an offspring, this would be it. Could easily substitute mimosas at a brunch. I seek this out... and with that...it definitely comes recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 06:01:33 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-29-2011 14:40:08 | More by greg4579
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hurfer

Indiana

5/5  rDev +12.6%

12-28-2011 03:59:58 | More by hurfer
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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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smithmd4

New York

5/5  rDev +12.6%

12-27-2011 05:32:01 | More by smithmd4
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bstyle

Indiana

4/5  rDev -9.9%

12-25-2011 04:07:19 | More by bstyle
Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 789 ratings.