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Brute - Ithaca Beer Company

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823 Ratings
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Ratings: 823
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 1,114
Gots: 144 | 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:
Beer added by: albern on 06-22-2008

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.
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Mostly clear, golden yellow in color. Forms a fizzy white head that offers up a bit of retention, but no lacing. Aroma of sweet green apples, rice, and dry yeast. Taste is likewise pleasant. Dry apples, cider, light sweet-tart action before turning dry on the finish. Lively carbonation. Slight tartness. Good shit.

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Bottle shared by Curran at his tasting.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells fairly tart and funky, with lots of lemon, peach, and white grapes.

The taste is similar. This is slightly less sour than I was expecting, but still fairly puckering. There's a strong champagne taste, with lots of tart and sour fruits- oranges, green apples, lemons, grapes, peaches. There's a good amount of lactic acid that lingers on the lips throughout drinking this.

Light to medium bodied, crisp, tart, and dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Medium carbonation is lovely and keeps this refreshing.

A wonderfully dry sour, I wish Ithaca could still make beer like this.

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Batch # !010 (ie batch 1, bottled in 2008)

A huge thanks to dtmets84 for sending this one over in a trade. One of my top wants for a long time!

Beer review #521, and #95 out of the top 100 I set out to complete a couple years ago.

A: Pours an absolutely crystal clear pale golden yellow with 3 plus fingers width of white colored head. Head hangs around for a while before dissipating down to an outer ring. Leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: At first I get a big fruity aroma like apricots and peach, coupled with a white grape champagne dryness. There is also a citric and lactic tartness, and a subtle musty aroma. I then get barrel notes with oak and a bit of vanilla. Absolutely intoxicating aroma with a great combination of sweetness and tart sourness. I think this is the best aroma I have ever experienced in a sour ale.

T: Aggressive tartness up front, with lots of sour citrus notes. Subtle apple cider vinegar. Sour up front, with fruit flesh like peaches and apricot on the back end, then finishing up with a vanilla sweetness that lingers forever in the aftertaste. There are some funky Brett notes as well, that I can only describes as musty rather than barnyard. The sourness is puckering at times, in a really fantastic way. Wonderful balance; the sweetness on the finish pairing with the tartness up front, and just the perfect amount of funk. So complex, and so delicious.

M/D: There is a liveliness to the mouthfeel, with a huge effervescent bubbly carbonation. It has a medium body, and is drying on the finish. Drinkability is great, as I can't wait to take each sip.

O: Probably my favorite sour/wild ale to date and overall one of the best beers I have ever had.

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Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.