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Brute - Ithaca Beer Company

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802 Ratings
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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,131
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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Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness and oak are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has sourness with notes of oak, the latter of which stands out in the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is simple yet is pleasant to sip and savor. It is quite easy to drink and an excellent representation of the style.

Note: Batch E!027

metter98, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

dubinsky, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Jeff for cracking this long time want of mine. A nice displace of gold, orange, and copper pours from the glass with a thick-bubbled and pretty fussy white head topping it off. It sounds and looks volatile, much like you'd expect from a wild ale. Within moments, the head is gone and the slightly hazy brew is left bare, with barely a trace of foam at the edge.

A good grouping of musty lemon and bubblegum-esque Belgian yeast attacks my nostrils up front, slowly followed up by a more acidic, tight cherry-skin sourness. Lacto notes left and right, opening up more and more with time. There's a good barrel presence in this one, too, with plenty of dry oak staves that mix with the mildly funky Brett notes like peanut butter and jelly.

Well, that's quite tart. Even more tart on the tongue than on the nose, I'd say. Brash lemon flesh and voluptuous amounts of pears and sour fruits. The tartness gradient grows from start to finish, and the back-end is downright sour as hell, puckering levels of lactic acid and mild vinegar notes will have your cheeks touching in no time.

Dry and woodsy, though I'm not picking up as much barrel on the palate as I thought I would. The acidity is at a nice level; enough to rip across your taste buds like nothing, but you probably won't be waking up in the middle of the night with a stomach ulcer, either. I love the slightly lactic and oaky, white wine grape finish, with just a hint of vine and tannin. Highly carbonated and effervescent, wafting mouth feel.

Well, well, well. What can I say, besides the fact that I'm disappointed I'll probably never have this beer again. It really is a shame that Ithica's head brewer left and therefore seized the production of this fine wild ale. Hopefully one day we'll see this beer brewed again, even if under a different moniker - it's far too tasty for the recipe to be laid to rest this soon.

tectactoe, Sep 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Shmeal, Aug 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

trxxpaxxs, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of joe1510
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch# E!010

Thanks goes out to Lum for this beauty, good choice! The 750 fills my glass with a hazy apricot liquid with carbonation shooting from every surface of the glass. There's enough haze to keep me from seeing through the body but the carbonation is highly visible. The head rose so quickly I had to slow the pour to a trickle. The fizzy white head eventually settles to a thick cap, which sticks around forever, and leaves strands of lacing in its wake.

Mustiness jumps out of the glass right away and dusts all the other aromas. A field of wildflowers, cobwebs and the faintest touch of damp wood make up the funkiness in the nose while fruitiness makes up the sweeter side. Muscat grapes leap from the glass and combine with musty peaches and apricots to form a pleasant yet mild sweet component that play off the funkiness. The apricots step forward as this beer warms. I could keep my nose in this glass all night long, it smells that good but now it's time to start drinking.

I'm happy to say the nose lead me in the right direction. Slightly sweet over ripe fruit snaps across the taste buds the second this beer hits the tip of my tongue. A slight pucker comes around mid palate with hints of tart grapes, unripe peaches, and unripe apricots. The mustiness pokes its head up here and there but manages to stay toward the back. The sweet and sour play off each other perfectly, switching from one to the other multiple times throughout each drink. One thing that is constant is the sourness on the finish, there's just enough there to feel it on my cheeks and sides of my tongue. Brute has a great depth of flavor.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be. The body has a moderate consistency but the crisp carbonation keeps the body snapping across the tongue and creates the feel of lighter bodied ale. The sourness invades the back of the tongue briefly to create a pucker and disappears just as quickly. After the swallow this beer dries you out and leaves me wanting more.

The drinkability is off the charts. The sweet and sour along with the dryness keep this beer flowing until the bottle is empty and then leaves me wishing there was more.

I've become a big fan of Ithaca and this beer puts them over the top. Nicely soured with enough sweetness to work off each other. Thanks for the bottle Paul, this stuff is delicious!

Reviewed: 9/28/08

joe1510, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of mrebeka
4.75/5  rDev +7%

mrebeka, Aug 19, 2013
Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.