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Brute - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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791 Ratings
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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,133
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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Arbitrator

California

4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Batch #E!018 on the bottle. Received in a trade from JayOh. Thanks Tim!

A: Pours an extremely murky straw color (with the milky look of an unfiltered hefeweizen) that thickens to golden in the center of the glass. Active effervescence up the sides signals that this beer is lively, but I already picked up on that from the huge, fluffy off-white head that filled most of the glass in a short pour. It subsided in a minute or so into a film on top of the brew. No lacing that sticks, but it does coat the glass nicely in bubbles whenever I sip.

S: Tart, with white wine grapes, green apples, lemon, leather, and earth. Very tantalizing.

T: Tart white grapes and lemon set the tone up front. They gradually give way to oak and green apple, with a noticeable undercurrent of leather and sweat. I'm guessing this is the brett contribution; not as much barnyard funk as I was expecting. Interesting development. Lactic sourness throughout, but it plays second fiddle to the tartness -- I'd love to see this stepped up. It's not very acetic, either. Oak and spice in the finish. It's nicely balanced; no flaws, very tasty.

M: Tart, lighly sour, with a semi-dry finish. Despite the fine bubbles, it rolls pleasantly across the palate without stinging. The overall effect is of a light white wine.

D: Not as much sourness as I had hoped, but it captures the right level of tartness and dryness that I enjoy. I don't plan to seek this out actively in the future, given that I can find some local sours that fit my preferences better. Nonetheless, I wouldn't turn it down in a future trade if I heard they made some tweaks while going along.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 01:51:49 | More by Arbitrator
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TheKingsOfHop

Massachusetts

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

Corked and capped 750ml. bottle, batch E!018.
Poured into our Portsmouth tulip glasses:

A: An opaque pale orange body with a once towering white head, that quickly vanished leaving just a lace covering the surface. There is a beautiful effervescent carbonation rising ever so fast bringing streams of bubbles to the top.

S: Lots of champagne yeast, with tart green apple, and orange peel. Hint of banana with a touch of oak.

T: White grapes, champagne yeast, banana, and unripened tree fruits like apricots, apples and pears make up this sour/sweet mesh. The Brute causes you to clench your jaw, as the sides of your tongue squirm salivating for more.

M: Light bodied and extremely carbonated from the champagne yeast. Very refreshing brew.

D: From the popping of the cork to the last drops in our glasses. The Brute had our full attention... Highly recommended.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 03:55:31 | More by TheKingsOfHop
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abecall98

California

4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle in a trade from newtonty, thanks!

A - golden pale with a thick creamy white head. Looks so soft, I want to lay in it.

S - very minmal. Light sour smell, but not much else.

T - starts off rather spur, then the sourness subdues. Taste turns sweet and hints of orange come through. Very pleasant taste and flavor profile.

M - very smooth, creamy, and a dry quick mouthfeel. The carbonation is medium and perfect. Mouthfeel is great.

D - this beer is very light compared to other wild Ales and the fact that it is in overly carbonated makes this a very drinkable beer. The flavor and mouthfeel comebine to make you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 04:32:33 | More by abecall98
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mbudner

Pennsylvania

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

Batch E!018 poured from bottle into a snifter

A- Looks like everything I want in an American Wild. Hazy golden in color with a puffy 3-finger white head that leaves a nice thick, splotchy lacing and doesn't recede too quickly.

S- Nice lemony, tart acidity. Some vinegar on the tail end. Mustiness from the oak. Smell of alcohol and white grapes that's not quite white wine. As it warms and with swirling, a distinct funk comes out from the brett, but this is definitely not the predominate aroma.

T- The acidic sourness hits my cheeks near the molars before I can taste anything, what I call the "smile receptors"...a good sour makes you smile (though this alone is not a definitive indication.) Generally, I get an amalgamation of tart fruits from american wilds, but this seems to be heavy on the lemony/citric sourness. I definitely get lemon peel as well (i.e. a slight bitterness) and maybe some faint orange peel. The oak definitely plays a part, I think I would almost call it a vanilla flavor (which I often get in oaked stouts, but not as much in oak-aged sours.) The sourness really flattens out/subsides as I keep drinking (which is obviously partly due to the havoc wreaked on the palate), but also giving way to a slight funk and then a rather simple, smooth finish. Also, I do get some green apple after sipping on it for awhile

M- Great carbonation (probably from the 3 strains of champagne yeast.) Nice and crisp on the tongue. Not too thin either.

D- A great sour. This is the third bottle I've been able to try and my favorite tasting of this beer so far. Not sure that it has gotten more sour yet, but sitting down with a bottle to review it definitely allowed me to realize things about this beer that I may have overlooked in the past. Not at all difficult to drink a 750mL by myself. A great beer to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 03:38:05 | More by mbudner
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

Batch # E!010, from Buckeyesox and enjoyed in his memory (you're missed Dev). From the label: "Brewed with vintage local hops, American barley, wheat, and corn, Brute is fermented on oak for many months with Brettanomyces, then finished with a blend of three champagne yeasts".

The beer is hazy, pale yellow color, with about 3+ fingers of white foam that retains for about forever. The aroma is tart and fruity, kind of like white wine but a little sweeter. The taste both meets my expectations and surprises me a little all at once. I expected a sour bite but was unprepared for the bracing tartness with which this beer presents itself. None of the sweetness from the aroma comes through, really this is so sour and puckering that it shocked me. I love this style of beer but this tasted less funky than what you might expect, none of the horseblanket or grass or musty whatnot, just all the sour turned to 11. A strong white wine might be the best descriptor after all, a bit dry and more bitter than sweet. Or maybe not bitter at all, just acidic.

Despite those descriptions this is really very good, a nice achievement in brewing. We're at a lucky time in American brewing, many craft breweries are now experimenting with Brett, it wasn't that long ago that you only had some Belgian breweries and maybe Russian River to go to for these flavors. Here's to hoping that even more breweries go for it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 22:16:36 | More by TurdFurgison
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NYCWheatFanSC

New York

4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and capped, batch E!018

A - hazy, indeed "turbid" light gold. 2 finger, quickly dissipating head with absolutely 0 lace. Perpetual carbonation.

S - hmmm, how do you describe a "sour" smell? strong odors of green apple skins, lemon, and fermentation.

T - matches the fantastic smell. strong green apple, lemon, and orange with a strong acidic bite accompanying the dry finish.

M - very nice and light gracias a the champagne yeast and high carbonation.

D - this is definitely a great sour, and one I will come back to. Not something made to drink all night, but excellent with food.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 22:10:14 | More by NYCWheatFanSC
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berkey

California

4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a long day at the office I decided it was time to open one of my 'special' bottles. 750 ml corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip. 2008 bottle received in a recent trade. From 11/05/09 notes.

Very hazy (verging on cloudy) pale yellow-orange body with a nice sized bright and fluffy white head that fades fairly quickly to small crown. Very good for the style, these aren't always the prettiest beers but this is an exception.

Aromas of tart apples, sour bread, light brett earthiness, oak, and a clean dry wine-like finish; all in fairly equal parts. Very nuanced and pleasantly balanced for the most part. I'm getting a somewhat cheesy old hop aroma in there as well, reminiscent of some vintage lambics I've tried.

Flavor profile not as sour or funky as expected. After some initial pungency this is pretty clean. Some musty earthiness and tart fruit cuts through mid sip though, followed by a very smooth dry aftertaste. As it warms gets a little more earthy and tart but it seems they were shooting for something much lighter and cleaner than many other American Wild Ales.

Body is light by design but might be a little too thin for my tastes. Fine carbonation is very nice though. Pretty easy drinking ale.

Overall this is an enjoyable and refreshing change of pace for the style. Brett is very subdued compared to my favorites of the style which drops it just slightly behind ales like RR Temptation or Allagash Confluence but still a very solid and unique beer. Might be a regular if it were more easily available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 18:13:21 | More by berkey
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TexIndy

Texas

4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many, many thanks as usual! Poured from a 750ml bottle with a yellow plastic cork (1st for that) under the crown. No date but batch E! 018 which just came out so it's fresh. It was a hazy golden yellow color with large amounts of carb streams. It had a massive fluffy white head that slowly settled to a constant foam fed by the carb. Quick sliding lace that didn't stick.

The aroma is amazingly good. Great brett slap in the face backed up with fruit and oak. A little more barnyard and this would be perfect. As is, it's a constant sniffer. The taste was exceptional. The sour is dominant but the fruit and oak also come through for a great balance. One of the best tasting wild ales out there. great tart bite from the start that finishes just shy of a pucker. Semi dry finish. Mouthfeel is crisp with carb and sour bites.

Overall, an outstanding wild ale that I highly recommend. Near perfect in all areas and worthy of the hype. I could drink this one anytime, anywhere. Now, I've just got to find some more! Rotation: not avail here - got in trade. If avail here would be heavy hitter. As is, need to find some more and/or roadtrip.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 03:05:37 | More by TexIndy
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. BAtch E!010, I have had this one about a year. The black artificial cork came out with a small pop. The huge head was crisp white and it lingered forever. Streaks of lace stuck to the sides. The body was bright golden and clear. On the second pour it became murkier.

Smell was of a damp basement. Powdery. Mildly yeasty. Aroma was not pronounced.

Taste was sweet lemony tartness. Nice big flavors. Peppercorns and drying woodiness. I love this character in a beer. Organic leafiness. Mild yeasts. Ginger. Juicy fruit. Green apple peel. Honeydew. Some sweetness remains in the aftertaste, however, the woody dryness is predominant. One of the best I've tasted!

Mouthfeel was prickly and effervescent. Medium in body but very light, evaporating-like texture. Very champagne-like. I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 16:45:48 | More by Cresant
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johnd513

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light hazy orange in color with a fizzy white head. Smells sour and citrusy. Tastes of lemon, citrus, funk and oak. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and tickles the taste buds. Drinkability is good, I had no trouble finishing the bottle. Overall top notch for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 01:28:39 | More by johnd513
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TheViolator666

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml corked bottle into pint glass.

Batch# E!010

This really is best served on the colder side, right out of the fridge. The sourness decreased as the temperature increased.

A: Pours a turbid golden hue with a nice big and fluffy white head that sparkles and fizzes as you pour it into your glass. The head thins down to a thin white cap and leaves no lacing.

S: You can smell how sour this one is! Notes of citrusy tartness.

T: Tastes incredibly sour. Pretty funky as well, truly tastes like what I'd imagine an American Lambic to taste like. Finishes pretty clean and and along with the tartness, leaves a citrusy lemon flavor as well as a tad bit of dryness. The Brettanomyces provides an excellent mouth puckering tartness that leaves your tongue craving more.

M/D: This one has the body of a wheat and the carbonation of a champagne thanks to the blend of three champagne yeasts as indicated on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 14:13:21 | More by TheViolator666
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ClevoPiwo

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch E!010

Pours a nice, and very hazy, deep yellow or golden color. Lots of carbonation, as expected, and a very nice head. The head is pretty big fizzy from all the carbonation.

Smell is tart and acidic. Yeast and spices come through as well as possibly some notes of citrus. The tartness is definitely most present though, that brett yeast isn't hiding.

This beer hits the palate with lots of fizzy and tickling carbonation. Very tart up front and throughout. The finish is slightly citrus-like and dry. No hop flavor comes through.

Overall, very light, crisp and refreshing with huge flavor. Very drinkable at about 7%.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 00:46:12 | More by ClevoPiwo
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

On tap at NotF, had me a few glasses of this gem. Need to get some bottles.

Pours a cloudy yellow, almost a honey colour, thin white head forms, settles down to a solid ring, no real lacing.

Smell is amazing, very sour and funky, lots of lemon, charred wood, vanilla, oak, apricots and light fruit, good malty middle, lots of acidity.

Taste is great too, a bit of a weird and hard to place fruity sourness, lemons, wood, big and malty funky middle, light on the acidity but very sour in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. One of the more drinkable sours, tons of character and funk but quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 20:36:17 | More by Viggo
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Poured a vigorous 1 finger creamy white head with excellent retention. Brew itself was a cloudy lemon. Lacing was almost non-existent and spotty at best.

S: Earthy sour nose with generous whiffs of wooden barrels and an almost farmhouse-like smell.

T: Starts off soft and transitions to a nice mellow sweetness that develops into an intense tart flavor. Finish becomes sweet again as the sourness fades.

M: Light to medium bodied and very coarse. Finish is dry but a sour mouthfeel lingers in the aftertaste.

D: Really intense sourness takes away from the drinkability but the flavor is so complex and develops so well, it keeps you coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 00:45:35 | More by SpeedwayJim
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

on tap at TJs...
Appears a hazy light straw toned gold. Acfluffy white cap slowly fades into a mild head. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, light oak, lemon zest, light funk, and earthiness.
Taste is of the aromas with an apple flavor and dry white wine flavor pulling through. Delicious stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, salty, sweet, fruity, funky, and tart. Citrusy, tart, and dry.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2009 21:59:57 | More by weeare138
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washburnkid

New York

4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am ringing in a new era with this one. 750mL magnum to tulip. Four of them, to be exact.

A: Cloudy straw golden, very active and bubbly throughout the body. The head is white and foamy, filling up much of the tulip quickly. Decent retention for the style, in the way of a foamy cap. No lacing.
S: Pungent aromas of sour apple, citrus (mostly lemon). Tart and exciting! I don't get a lot of grainy malt here. The brett and oak give off such wonderful aromas. The nose somewhat reminds me of riesling, grapes and other awesome fruits.
T: Tart and tart, at first anyways. A more subtle apple than expected from the nose. LOTS of lemon emphasized, both the fruity insides and the bitterness from the zest. I get earthy tones as well, but clean and more grass-like than dirt. Faint wood and mustiness from the oak.
M: Medium body with medium carbonation. A nice mouthfeel to complement an incredible beer.
D: One of the most drinkable sours, while not compromising on puckery goodness. I drank this whole bottle myself over roughly 7 hours, but I'd crack this open for a special occasion with friends any day.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 23:01:12 | More by washburnkid
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mhatters

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a bottle in a tulip glass at Jose Pistolas @ their Ithaca event

Pours a light champagne color, highly ephervesint good size head, beautiful beer.

Citrus and light fruit dominate the nose, lemon, lime, peach, grape, apple. A Cava-like wine note appears, with an oak hint at the end. A hint of spice too.

Spectacular - citrus, pepper, light fruit, herbal, delightful. Really strong carbonation lift the flavors out, light in the mouth, dry on the tounge. Emmesily pleasable.

Perfectly balance, dry, crisp, lots of flavor, one of the best drinking beers I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 22:57:01 | More by mhatters
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1. Poured from 750ml bottle on 10/5/09, courtesy of BA Tanger.

A - Cloudy, unfiltered and cider-esque appearance with half a finger's width of bubbly white head and fizzy carbonation.

S - Sour green apples (think Granny Smith) with some citrus notes. Lots of fruity esters and some spicy notes from the Champagne yeast. Funky and earthy notes are very subtle in the aroma.

T - Initial flavor is very cider-like with a dominant sour apple character. Citrus notes are also apparent, but take a back seat to the tartness of the apples. Sour grapes, perhaps? Some faint earthy hops appear in the backend, but overall this is not bitter at all. A tart, champagne-esque quality and oaky dryness dominates the flavor.

M - Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and a syrupy texture. Fairly astringent on the palate. Finish is crisp and dry, and extremely tart on the palate.

D - Very nice Wild Ale with a pleasant tartness. Brute is quite complex, yet it maintains its drinkability quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 19:33:05 | More by ffejherb
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch E! 018
Brought this back from the brewery on a recent NY trip.
Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Aroma is fruity and funky and phenolic mmm mmm mmm. Light citrus, strawberry, and raspberry aromas being bullied about by some barnyard funk. The taste is lemony sour at first then you get some of the passion fruit, sour cherries, and tart acidic raspberries. Lemons and sour green apples kick in before the dryness moves in and leaves a lingering sour patch kids taste on your palette. Carbonation is crisp, medium body, puckering mouthfeel. Wow this is good! Makes me wish I hadn't traded two of these away.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 00:18:40 | More by johnnnniee
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bmanning for this bottle.

A: Pours a hazy barnyard yellow with an unbelievably large bone-white head that is completely cratered surfare of the moon style. Bubbles in the head slowly pop as it makes its way down the glass, leaving plenty of lacing.

S: The initial nose is tart, but not overly so. Some citrus, green apple, green grape, and a little bit of earthiness. There are some hints of slightly more tropical fruits, and perhaps the faintest touch of a honey-like sweetness.

T: A little bit of moistened barnyard funkiness along with some fruity tartness. Perhaps a little bit of lemongrass in there. Vague hints of oak. Quite good but not extreme enough--I'd like a little bit more of a sour kick, but all around quite tasty and worthy of its acclaim.

M: Moderately dry, yet quite wet at the same time--it's very intriguing. It feels like the back portion of my palate is getting quite a bit of acidic dryness while the front is feeling the sweetness--I've never had a beer so divide my taste buds before. The carbonation is good--high for a beer in general but definitely not too much for the style. A slight puckering effect, making this a much more sessionable wild than most. The use of champagne yeast is certainly evident.

D: With the low alcohol level, thin body, and agreeable amount of carbonation, this is one of the most drinkable sours that I've had, and I'll definitely be looking for some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 00:53:20 | More by Thorpe429
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A corked and capped 750 mL bottle purchased at the brewery on the day of release, July 31.

A: The cork came out without even a phhtz. In my glass, ale is hazy like a weizen with a pale straw tone. The carbonation is evident in the pour, generating nearly two fingers in my snifter before disappearing with no lace.

S: The nose is acidic and tart, sour from the very first drag. Lemon and green apple are prickly, driving the funk.

T: The tartness immediately caused me to pucker up. So as you'd imagine, the lemony sour aspect is particularly high. What is so surprising though is the pale malt base that follows up tartness. Before the biscuit malts arrive though, the ale becomes dry, bone dry. That dryness is where the apple flavor is most pronounced. The sweeness of the malts are a nice contract to the dry flavors, lingering nicely on the palate. An abundant citrusy lemon flavor crops up at the end of each sip, blindingly tart with a nice finish. Even my burps have a sweet lemony finish.

M: I like the pucker factor, it almost causes me to cringe at the bite. The lemon and green apple really drive the flavor but the malty sweetness (nicely described by others as Juicy Fruit-like) is a counterpoint that works nicely.

D: The bottle says 7.0%, BA says 6.5%. Either way, the ale never betrays its strength. The combination of sweet and sour makes this very accessible despite the immediate tartness.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 01:00:28 | More by akorsak
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a prodigious head that leaves a nice pattern

Smell: Tart and oaky, with lemon, green apple and Juicy Fruit notes

Taste: Tart and oaky right from the outset, with a developing fruity lemon/green apple character that adds a peppery element by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a hint of sweetness that enters to offset the wild and funky elements, but the finish is primarily, oaky and sour, with that Juicy Fruit flavor lingering to the very end

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Not the funkiest wild ale by any stretch but this is just how I like them - riding on the edge but not heading over the cliff

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 16:05:21 | More by brentk56
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Gtreid

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into my Stone RIS tulip. Thanks go out to jamie2dope for a great beer.

A: Super cloudy, straw yellow color. The pour produced over a quarter size white head that hangs around and leaves minimal lace.

A: Citrus, lemon, green apple, white grape, and pear. Sharp and acidic. Some nice bready malts, and citrusy, earthy hops. Just a precurser to what's to come.

T: Sour citrus and champagne. Lemon, white grape, and the pear really come through. The bready malts and citrusy hops are balanced nicely. Very tart from the brett. Kinda a cross between a chardonay, champagne, and beer. Very nice. Finishes smooth and dry.

M: Light body. Aggressive carbonation. Very tart and sharp, but smooth at the same time, from the oak aging.

D and overall impression: Drinkabiliy is somewhat limited due to the tartness, but the ABV is certainly manageable. Overall, very nice example of a sour. Would definately have again. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 01:39:11 | More by Gtreid
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nickd717

California

4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade thanks to Ineedabeerhere. Shared at a BA tasting.

A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a lasting white head and nice lacing.

S - Funky lemony aroma with a hint of other sour light fruits.

T - Flavor is mouth-puckering lemony, bretty tartness - not too sour though - with barnyard, green apple, and mild floral hops. A tiny bit of malty/grainy sweetness pokes through.

M - Sharp and acidic on the palate with medium body.

D - Well, it's sour. But it's almost like RR Temptation in that the tartness is not overwhelming and it's pretty damn light and refreshing. This is a nice sour overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 18:30:59 | More by nickd717
Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
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