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Brute - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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814 Ratings
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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 1,126
Gots: 145 | 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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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of johnd513
4/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Dubber55
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful presentation. Looks like a label from a champagne bottle. Very classy. Bottle cap with a cork inside. Pours a hazy golden color. 2 finger head.

I smell apple cider, fresh cut grass, wet hay, barnyard funk, lemon, and I think some leather. Possibly some band aid as well.

The taste follows the smell. Tart green apples, lemon, fresh cut grass, wet hay, oak, and some sour fruits . I am tasting some biscuity malt as well. Dry finish. Leaves you wanting another sip.

Prickly carbonation. Works very well with this particular beer. Very champagne like.

I was not really able to detect any alcohol. It wouldnt be too dificult to finish the bottle but the dry and acidic nature of this beer could begin to wear on you. I would have liked some more funk in the flavor profile. With that being said, this is an excellent beer

Photo of twelvsies
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really glad to see more American brewers doing these kinds of beers. And doing them well. This is a real handsome brew - golden bubbly hazy yellow, I love the way the head just fluffs up after the pour, and holds up strong. Full of brett and oak in the nose, a bit of a soft creamyness as well. Approachably sour at first, giving way to a nice profile of lemon and crab apple, with a bit of old mustyness. So crisp. I don't believe this is what the brewer was going for, but I could stand to see a bit more of a malt backbone to fill this beer out, but as is this beer is incredibly light and refreshing. This is the perfect beer to introduce people to sour ales or lambics. It's got enough of the funk to keep those in the know interested, yet it isn't too sour or brash to really challenge an uninitiated palate. This beer makes you say "Ahh".... and smile.

Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet. Batch E!010. Received in trade with Mikeyv35. Thanks!!

A - Pours a bright, cloudy yellow...just a hint of orange. Three finger white head. Mix of medium and small bubbles. Dissipates after a couple of minutes. Some thin, uneven lacing on the sides of the glaas. Very good looking beer.

S - Lots of aroma...very strong..and good. Can detect the sourness easily, but get a lot of fruity, citrusy, bubblegum aromas. Great combination of aromas...really makes you want to take that first sip.

T - Very tart and sour. Lots of citrus - orange, lemon...almost like sucking on an orange Vitamin C tablet. A tiny, little bit of breadiness...finishes very dry. No discernable hop presence.

M - Medium bodied, highly carbonated...prickly, but very fine carbonation. Quite puckering. Very nice.

D - I'd say drinkability is medium on this one. Very good sour...shared the bottle...this was very good, but 1 is perfect for a sitting.

Photo of Damian
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a corked and capped 750 ml/1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle
Batch# E!010
Served in a tulip

Hazy, straw yellow in appearance with a tight, foamy, bright white, one-finger head that left copious amounts of lacing along the glass. The head slowly faded to a resilient frothy mass.

The aroma was crisp and zesty. Yeasty and dry with notes of lemon zest. A touch funky and musty, but the funk was rather restrained for the style. As the beer warmed, the nose became a bit more complex. Ripe fruits and a phenolic yeasty quality appeared.

The taste was similar to the aroma in many regards. Crisp, tart and dry. Super lemony. The lemon zest notes were in full effect from start to finish. Wheaty. Fruity with indications of granny smith apples and under ripe pears. The finish was ultra clean, crisp and dry. Slightly oaky.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied with an aggressive, big bubbled, Champagne-like effervescence. It was apparent that the three strains of Champagne yeast were indeed doing their job.

Drinkability was quite good. This is a clean, refreshing, easy-drinking beer that would be well received in warmer weather months.

I am really glad to see that the Ithaca Beer Company is continuing to put out impressive releases in their Excelsior! series. Although I enjoyed this offering, it did seem a bit one-dimensional flavor-wise. I would love to see what this could become with a greater assortment of wild yeast strains and possibly a bit more age. Nevertheless, if you are a fan of Champagne, you must seek out this beer.

Photo of harrymel
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch E!037

A: pours a turbid apricot ale with three fingers of bone whIte foam. This falls in a few mOments to a solid sheet of the same. Ringed and spotty lacing.

S: lots of lemon and Brett tones. Some sour peach. Pretty and simple.

T: not nearly as tart as the nose lets on. Sweet and grainy. Some subtle appearances of hay, grass and mineral flavors.

M: medium on heavy for the style. Slightly lo carb. Semi dry finish.

O: good stuff. Not too tart and offers up a refreshing profile. Good stuff.

Photo of Chico1985
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been holding onto this since September, shared at a tasting last night. Batch E!027 (2010 release I think)

Hazy bright orange with a huge white head that takes a while to fall. Retains at a finger eventually and leaves a little lacing.

Bracing sourness and oak on the nose.

Taste - Sour all the way, warheads, oak, vinegar, mustiness, white grape, green apple, wheat/yeast. Definitely some champagne flavors going on and bit of vanilla. Really sour and vinegary. It reminds me of Temptation a little.

Definitely more sour than I expected... a little one-note seeming for a wild ale but good.

**9/9/11 - more notes**

Had the pleasure of trying an 08-11 vertical at Armsby Abbey, 4oz pours or so of each, great to have these side by side.

2011 was very low on the sour/brett scale, this was very light feeling and fruit forward, and left a pretty killer toasty finish.

2010 was probably my favorite overall, great balance between sourness and fruit. 2009 was similar. 2008 seemed a bit subdued or maybe a little past it's prime.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden colour with smooth head which disipates quickly.. a bit murky
S- smells sour and funky with light fruity smells
T- tastes like a funky champagne. Sweet and sour with fruity undertones
M/D- A sharp highly carbonated sipper... A bit too sour to be that highly drinkable

Photo of kscaldef
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage

A: Huge frothy head.

S: Lemon and funky barnyard aromas

T: Good pure sour with moderate tartness and slight sweetness.

M: High carbonation and a long linger

O: Not the most complex sour, but clean, tasty, and refreshing. Somewhat gueuze-like.

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Batch

Look: Brilliant golden hue with neat white foam, holding tight for the 15 minutes since my pour.

Smell: Lemon, must, fruity esters

Taste: Melon, lemonade, bubblegum, light cobwebbiness and a mild tartness prevail with a dry, crisp finish. Awesome flavors but the bubblegum is a little off-putting.

I'd like to give this a little time to let the brett take more of an assertive role. Great sour overall and I'm proud to be sipping on something from my own backyard.

Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle shared by ejyoung at a tasting. Brute’s a beastly beer brewed with American barley, wheat and corn, fermented on oak for months with brett and finished with three types of champagne yeast. Into a snifter it goes. Excelsior!

Pale sunflower with a very slight haze, topped with a one-finger head of puffy white that fizzles away to a gaunt, bubbly ring.

Smells tart. Orange and lemon peel, light apricot, oodles of vinous oak. Bright and champagne-like, with incredible balance.

Moderate to high tartness in the flavor, with notes of oak, grapefruit, lemon, green apple and a bit of sweet apricot again, along with hints of honey.

Light carbonation with big bubbles and a soft fizziness. As ejyoung said, “It’s got that bubbly going on.” Medium-light body. The tartness is brash, but not completely ass-puckering.

A drinkable, well-balanced sour. It’s lacking the depth and complexity of world class wild ales, but it’s right on the edge of awesome.

Photo of Kadonny
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at Capones sour event into a tasting glass.

A: Cloudy pale yellow color that looks exactly like grapefruit juice. Slight thin white head no lacing.

S: Tart fruits with apple and some funk.

T: Again the tart blasts out first with sour apples, apricot, pear and some grape. A sugar sweetness offsets the sour for a few seconds but that sour funk comes pounding back in. I got some grassy hops that offset the sour and smooth out the finish. Not as crisp and clean as the Temptation. Finish is not near as lingering either.

M: Tart, crisp but a bit thin on finish but overall very smooth. No alcohol traces at all.

D: High, these are much more mellow and smoother than the Temptation, thus more drinkable.

Overall a great beer that left me wanting just a little bit more. It is still awesome and a beer I would drink anytime.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Ithica Take Over" at the Blue Monk. A night of terrific beers, some of which will never be seen again.

Appearance:
Light golden orange with a fluffy white head, which eventually faded into a light blanketing. Good carbonation throughout, little lacing.

Smell:
The beer was served far too cold to let the wild ale breathe and invigorate my senses. Light vinegary sourness, we shall see how much this beer drys and whether or not it satisfies.

When warming the beer does become more alive.

Taste:
Delightful, a tremendous american wild ale with a palatable amount of vinegary sourness, but still a hearty golden ale backbone. The carbonation and vinegar leave an overwhelming seltzer-like burn. This beer is very refreshing and cleanses the palate for my next sip.

Mouthfeel:
Strong and biting mouthfeel with a residual drying sourness. The beer is sweet at the end like a warhead. Very interesting beer to drink; it goes through many phases to keep you captivated.

Overall:
This beer is priced fairly, rages with complexity and is stirring with character. It's unfortunate that this beer is currently unavailable, I would have liked to hold onto a bottle for a later date. If Ithica decides to repeat I will definitely indulge and recommend to others.

Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch E!037. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Golden orange. Huge white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell - Acidic with a lot of hay and wheat. Lemony acidity. No real funk, but I guess that isn't the point of this.

Taste - Spritzy acidity. Good lemon sourness. Same grainy malts as the aroma. Not overpowering. Just a hint acetic. Dry and oaky in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light and effervescent. Sprizty and champagney. All of those adjectives mean the same thing. Over carbonated, really, but it adds to the experience a lot more than it detracts.

Overall - Maybe not an exciting sour, but extremely well made. Technical excellence.

Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, batch E'027, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden color with a big three finger white foamy head consisting of loose large bubbles. Head dissipates after a few minutes leaving light lacing to a half a finger. Carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sweet stone fruits, apricot and peaches, light lemon, lactic acid, light floral hops.

Taking a sip, light lactic acidity upfront, then stone fruits and fruity esters, lemon. Some earthy funk as the beer warms on the tongue, combined with floral flavors. Lingering acidity on the finish, with stone fruit sweetness balancing it out.

Light body and very carbonated, bubbles quickly scrubbing your tongue clean with each sip and swallow.

Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared by Sammy, 2011 vintage - batch E!037. Into a tulip.

Hazy gold with a brilliant bubbly white head. Good retention and light lacing. Nose of tart apple, champagne yeast, a bit of sourness, lemon, a bit of funk and general fruitiness. Tastes quite tart, some lemon, a bit funky and yeast notes again. Effervescent mouthfeel, champagne yeast stands out. Tart, medium body, and no alcohol. A very drinkable brut, but not the best I've had in the style. Still very well done.

Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 814 ratings.