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Brutopia

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BrutopiaBrutopia
BEER AVG
3.59/5
Based on:
23 Beers
50 Reviews
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 52
Visits: 68
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1219 Crescent St.
Montréal, Quebec
Canada
phone: (514) 393-9277

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @brutopia

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Reviews: 52 | Visits: 68
Reviews by slyke:
Photo of slyke
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We made a couple of stops at Brutopia during our week in Montreal. Staying only three blocks away made it easy. Lots of small rooms make this brewpub an intimate experience, sometimes a nice change from the usual.

During our stops, we ordered the sampler of beer - eleven two ounce samples - it helped me find my favorites, the IPA and the Scotch Ale. Service was a little slow, but not the slowest we found on our journeys.

The food was excellent. We (two of us) ordered appetizers one night and found them to be very flavorful. The portions were smaller than many places, but we didn't mind with the quality. We had the samosas and the mushroom quesadilla - I'll be trying the mushroom quesadilla in my own kitchen.

Brutopia is on the west end of downtown and an easy walk from McGill University so if you don't speak French, you will be very comfortable here. I wish I had a local brewpub with the charm and menu of Brutopia, plus it beats the other options on Rue Crescent. Definitely worth a stop. (1,012 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mendvicdog
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Their beers are not great. Benelux has much better beers. They do 10oz pours and pints, but I wish they did samplers.

Great vibe. We went there by chance and liked it so much we came back for a concert the next night.

There was a straight 10 bartender working there. (271 characters)

Photo of jophish17
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 1.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Random collection of rooms and patios. Poor quality beer but the service was solid and the food was alright. Would not re-visit with so many great places in town (161 characters)

Photo of misternebbie
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of brother_rebus
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Toujours une groupe sur-scène, des bières plusieurs, et des amis partout! (75 characters)

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of stpatty
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I love Brutopia. The beer is outstanding and I would recommend the place to anyone. The only thing that gets me is the lack of innovation. I doubt that has anything to do with the brewer(s). I'll assume their location requires them to pump out the same beers over and over again. That's alright but I wish they were a little more adventurous. Overall the place is great, laid back, and perfect for sipping on a pint. (416 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jsco
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is my default pub in the downtown area. The atmosphere is a bit grungy, but the beer is excellent (their own), and the food, for pub food, is surprisingly good. Their IPA is a classic, and is consistent. They add new seasonal beers every once in a while, and the Dreadnought is superb. The food menu is varied, and relatively light (i.e., not everything is deep fried in stale burnt oil, which is typical pub fare). (420 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.6/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Came here before the Habs game last night.

Very pub-like atmosphere, similar to an Irish one but with more light :)
Seats are sprawled over three floors. We found a place near the kitchen. We saw the Bistro part downstairs at the end. Seemed less jammed and more laid back.

The selection of beers as alright. The popular styles were represented. My stout was nice, my friend's IPA wasn't very hoppy unfortunately.

The food was good for pub grub but it took a solid 30-45 minutes for the food to arrive. I don't think it's there main focus though.

A good alternative to BMC bars when going to the game. I'll come again but will probably only have the beer. (660 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

My vocabulary for reviewing non-American establishments is rather limited, so please take this as a description of personal experience and not of the objective worth of the place.

Basically, it was a good, cute little joint with solid beer and food. Woody interior kinda like what you get when midwestern joints try to look like English pubs--steel tip darts, tall tables, a pleasant creekiness wherever you step.

The beer was nothing extraordinary, but everything I had was a solid (if pedestrian) example of the style. Beers tend towards the European, with dryer/spicier hop profiles and yeasty finishes leaning towards the heavy end.

Food is Montreal pub fare. This is the place where I learned that Canadians don't know how to differentiate between salsa and mariana sauce. The frites were good, as for some weird and inexplicable reason these people know how to fry potatoes better than we Americans do. Bar staff was all quite friendly. (947 characters)

Photo of dbexpert
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Not a bad place, not earth shattering. The beers were drinkable and much better than any where else in the immediate area. I would go here again. Not a must but a safe choice. Food was good but not great. Service was probably the best part of the expierence. The seem to have quite a bit of live music which is always a plus. So if your in Montreal and looking for a 'scapegoat' place, this is it. A few comments about the beers. They were good for the most part. They had a 'special' brew a 'dark' ipa. Which started good but definitely an unfinished beer. Unfermented sugars were clearly present and I beleive would have made this beer a stunner if fermented completely out. (676 characters)

Photo of charlesw
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I use "average" to mean just that - I'm not slamming the place by using this term/rating but rather I'm saying that it about normal for a bar. Normal. Average. Nothing to write home about. And I guess it's that last statement that makes me kind of sad that I went there. Sad because I only had 2 nights in Montreal and I feel like I wasted one of them by going to this bar. As in there are so many good and great places in Montreal that even were I to stay in town for a week and to go to a different place every evening I don't think that I'd hit this place if I did the places in order of how nice they are.

Sigh. This review sucks. I don't mean to come down on the place or to be harsh. Really, I don't! But if I can go to Dieu du Ciel and have their beers why would I want to go to Brutopia for theirs? To try something new and different, to go to a place I can walk to from the hotel, to branch out and be open to new experiences... But for the beer, ambiance, food? Well...

It feels like a local - like it would be happy in my old university district. Plenty of seating upstairs around small tables, on low chairs. It's easy to be there in a small group of friends and to just hang out and have a good time together. Downstairs you have a much smaller space with a couple of TVs and a bar. The downstairs is called a bistro so I assumed it was the only place you could get food (although I never verified this). My SO had a "burger" (it was sausage) and said that it was fantastic. I don't have a clue what I had to eat but it was OK, honest!

But in beers, well, it wasn't all that. We had 3 different thin and watery beers and then the Dreadnought. The Dreadnought was like a light IPA - light in color, flavor, aroma.

Liked:
- friendly, helpful staff
- food was decent
Didn't:
- all beers tried seemed thin and weak...

Edit:
Listen... The Dreadnought was a pretty good beer! It still felt thin and weak but it was clearly an IPA and well and away the best beer we had there. It would make me change my comment, above, perhaps - it's almost worth going to try this beer! And it is a decent place but, hey, if you're only in town for a few days it's not where you want to go... (2,188 characters)

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Brutopia in Montréal, QC, Canada
86 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.