Civilized Brut IPA
Founders Brewing Company

Civilized Brut IPACivilized Brut IPA
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IPA - Brut
Ranked #24
Ranked #22,768
3.86 | pDev: 8.03%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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Civilized Brut IPACivilized Brut IPA
Notes: Like a fine Brut Champagne, Founders latest IPA is brilliantly clear, highly effervescent, and refreshingly dry. Designed for a more sophisticated IPA drinker, Civilized Brut has a clean and restrained bitterness. And the lack of haze and malt sweetness allows the hop flavors and aromas to tantalize your palate in a bold yet never overpowering way. There’s nothing savage about this brute - this IPA is well-refined and elegant.
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Brut. Pours clear and gold, with several fingers of fluffy, rocky foam. Nice aromas of stone fruit, grape, and citrus. Excellent dry feel with flavors of tropical and stone fruit, white grape, crackery malt. Some grassy notes. One of the better Brut offerings out there in distribution.

Jun 28, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow gold with big foamy head. Sweet smell of tangerine, stone fruit, tropical fruit, floral, hint of herb and of bready malt. Flavor follows, with a touch of booze and a little perceived sweetness, and not as sharp of a carbonation bite as I expected.

May 02, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance- The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy and streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is quite strong of a sweet citrus smell of tangerine and orange mixed with some other sweetness of a apricot and peach. Along with these smells come a little bit of a herbal and pine smell as well as a touch of cracker. Overall the aroma was much sweeter then I was anticipating, but very nice none the less.
Taste – The taste begins way drier then the nose would let on, but very appropriate for the style. Upfront there is a rather dry cracker malt taste that is paired with some flavors of a pine and earthy hop. The hop tastes grow stronger and stronger as the taste moves forward with some herbal hop joining is as well. While the maltiness is light upfront, it manages to get even drier as the taste advances. That said however there is a very light fruity taste of apricot and peach that arrive at the very end, and with the dank hop and crisp malt taste it leaves one with a very nice dry, bitter, biting taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the style the feel is fantastic and makes for one super crisp and easy drinking brew.
Overall – Nice, dank, and dry, all while keeping a drinkable balance. A very well reconditioning of a brut!

May 01, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can. Golden in color with a smile fizzy head. Smells of pine, citrus and fruit. Flavor starts fruity and ends in a dry more piney taste. Pine and bitterness are fairly strong.

Apr 19, 2020
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light straw color with a large fluffy white head,
This is the driest beer I’ve ever head. Big floral hop some hay light biscuity maltiness and a super dry finish.
It’s well done, just not a style I like a lot.

Mar 24, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Founders Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some light lacing.

S: Pine, citrus zest, a little herbal spice, subtle fruity notes, and crackery malt.

T: Spicy herbal pine, zesty citrus, grapefruit, lemon, and a touch of tangerine, underlying fruity notes, apricot, peach, passion fruit, and hints of mango and papaya, floral, a little grainy, crackery malt, and just the tiniest touch of sweetness.
M: Medium body, moderately lively carbonation, crisp, but with some substance, almost has a slight creaminess to it.

O: Was waiting for this one to show up. (Our Founders distribution is notoriously slow here.) Even with it not being super fresh it's held up quite well and it's growing on me as I drink it.
I keep going back and forth with this one. On the one hand, there's definitely more body here than most of the Bruts I've tried, and that's definitely a big part of the style. On the other, there's also more flavor, very pleasant at that, which keeps it from feeling like an over carbonated session IPA. In the end it's a good beer that drinks like a slightly lightened up West Coast IPA.

Mar 19, 2020
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Bright yellow with 1 full finger of head. Pretty brew

S - Lots of piney hops. Dried fruit.

T - Very dry and piney, like the aroma. Bitter aftertaste.

F - Dry, high carbonation.

O - A tasty dry IPA. Founders does the style well

Mar 13, 2020
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not too big on the style, but this one is good. Not surprised, Founders in one of my favorite breweries. Good citrus hop ant the tanginess from the style adds to flavor. Refreshing.

Mar 08, 2020
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perfectly clear with lots of carbonation. The dryness is amazing and brings out a lot of flavors. Superb beer and I love it for a brut beer. Try it you’ll like it.

Mar 01, 2020
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dcotom from Iowa

4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is just what I look for in a brut IPA. Poured cold from 12-ounce can into a glass tumbler. Pale golden colored body, with a two-finger white head that left a bit of sticky lacing. Aromas and flavors are hop forward as expected, with plenty of citrus, a little pine, a floral note, and very light caramel in the background. There is also a "catty" hint on the nose as the beer warms. Very well attenuated, with plenty of hoppy bitterness, very low sweetness, a little alcohol warmth, and a very dry and crisp finish. Well done, and highly recommended.

Feb 29, 2020
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mactrail from Washington

2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear amber with a light topping of froth in the snifter. It's sparkling, bitter, and woody. Very light body with no hint of malt. Faint flowery nose. This seems to punch the ticket for the Brut style, but it's not very pleasant drinking. It's like a "session IPA" with too much hops for the body, except here it passes on any malty sweetness and goes directly to the herbal tea dregs. Very bitter aftertaste with an astringency that erases any pleasure in the brief hoppy taste. From the 12 oz can purchased at some big box store.

Feb 21, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Crystal clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Dry and hoppy. Citrus and fruit.

T.F. Dry with crackery grians. Hops well represented... citrus and some tropical notes. Lighter pine and earth mixed with rind. Modest bitterness... light bodied with effervescent carbonation.

O: A decent brut IPA. It'll never be a favorite style, but easy drinking with good hop flavor.

Feb 21, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I've yet to have a brut IPA that really stood out and was close to just writing the style off altogether, but the clever name on this here offering from Founders won me over. Anyway, it's very clear and pale as to be expected. Bone white head is very airy, if that makes sense. It's whatever the opposite of dense is. Not exactly a looker. Smells OK with light tropical fruit notes of mango and papaya. Tastes a bit muted up front, with an incredibly bitter, dry finish. Yeesh. This is no good and has definitely not changed my mind on this style.

Feb 13, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the lighter Brut IPA's I have tried but still a pretty decent example of the style. Like Miller high Life being the champagne of beers this beer totally taste like the champagne of IPA's. In fact ir drank a bit stronger than I thought it was assuming it was around 7%. Not my go-to style but still pretty easy to drink

Feb 04, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It smelled of caramel, floral notes and hay. Sweet caramel with some spicy notes.

Feb 01, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Das Beer Garden. Lightly hazy golden body. Smells of fruity hops and a little bit of plasticky yeast notes. Tastes of grapefruit, a little fruitiness, and an earthy yeast bitterness. Perfumey notes in the back end. Medium body. I'll never quite understand the brut IPA style, but this is decent.

Jan 30, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Can dating too hard to read.

Bright white and tall reaching classic three finger head. Very soapy but with some excellent retention which is a surprise. Beaming crystal clear body, like a total mirror of clarity, and a good solid brass color. Just a good looking no great looking beer.

Simple if a little small aroma. Light bodied with a touch of hinting tropical and earth notes. Hits with a bit of sweet malt, with a touch of pils like chewy character in the mix. Hop angle seems to small to determine fruit angle but it's solid and pleasant.

Palate is a solid but simple angle. Mid palate hits with a crispness and mixed hop angle of light pine and indistinct fruit. Sparkly and dry finish but not parching which is a nice touch. Flirts with session like flavors and feel but has a bit more depth. Aftertaste has a long lingering, and also growing earthy bitterness that gets bigger after some time.

A fun tasting IPA. In the brut realm pretty solid and enjoyable, but not mind blowing as the style continues to evolve and be still sort of in transition and fresh.

Jan 25, 2020
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Raime from Greenland

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of Kroger mix a six for $9.99. Don't drink much anymore but decided to treat myself. Canned on 11/29/19 so a bit shy of 2 months old. Founders is a favorite so let's see what we get.

Look - Clear golden with a finger and a half of soapy head. Moderate carbonation. Small stick.

Smell - Floral. Some mango. Bits of pineapple. Perfum.

Taste - Mango on the dominance for sure. Flowery as the scent would have you believe. Not much malt bill. Perfum like but not in a bad way.

Feel - Rounded body with some high carbination. Moderate-High bitterness. Swallows easy and inoffensive and sweet but not overly sweet.

Overall - Solid offering out of Founders. Nothing earth shattering but a good drink. If you're mixing a sixer and see it, toss it right in.

Jan 24, 2020
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint: color is straw, super clear, lighter carbonation than expected, 1+ finger thick bright white head that lingers very well and provides nice lacing.

Smell is well put together with clean crisp, bitterness with notes of lemon rind, citrus juice, then malt in the form of crackers and biscuit, some herbal and earthy notes just before the quaff.

Taste has notes of lemon rind, citrus/grapefruit pith and juice, some pepperiness, toast, crackers and biscuit, some herbal notes.

Mouthfeel is right in line with the brut ipa intent - crisp bitterness, very drying finish.

Overall an excellent brut ipa with a nice balance of hop/malt aroma/flavor and crisp/bitter/dry finish.

Jan 22, 2020
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, media sample from the brewery.

Brilliantly clear with a huge dollop of white froth on top. Smells of fruity herbal tea with some crackers in the back. Super crisp with an underlying smoothness which leads to a very dry palate and and even more dry finish. Ample bitterness for and IPA? Sure. Love the dryness, the cleanliness, and the hop profile throughout. While I haven't had too many Brut IPAs, this one for sure nailed it.

Jan 17, 2020
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Beertsipper from New York

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light straw in color, medium white head. Nose is sweet, lemony, citrus, bready. Taste is light and follows the nose. Very astringent bite in the middle, and a drying finish. Very refreshing. Getting no hop presence, however. Drinks more like a blonde ale or a light pale golden ale. Very refreshing. I could see this being extremely crushable on a hot afternoon in the summer time sitting in the backyard.

Jan 13, 2020
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. CANNED ON and then some mostly illegible smudges printed that I think say 11 15 19. If so, this is about 2 months old so it should still be fresh. Other than the fact that this can is slightly dented, but hopefully there's no leeching. Picked up at grocery store as part of $10 sixer mixer.

Appearance - Pours very large 3-finger white head. Very loose and soapy and breaks down very quickly. No lacing and weak, irregular stick. Slightly hazy light gold body. 4

Smell - Hop. Maybe faint soy sauce. 4

Taste - Dry grass. Hop. Citrus rind. Faintly tobacco. 4.25

Mouthfeel - Extremely dry. Somewhat acidic but mostly astringent. Like strong citrus peel without the sweetness to balance it. Not pleasant. 1.75 was my first impression but when I discovered that extreme dry character was what the style aims for, I have to adjust it. It's a solid 4 and does its task well. Some of the off tones dissipate as the beer breathes a few minutes. 4

Overall - Being unaware of this style and its aims really threw me off. But now that I know what I'm getting into, I think this really does a decent job. My initial repulsion was more shock from the unexpectedness. 4.25

Jan 12, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Currently #23 in the American Brut IPA top rated beers list.

CAN from a corner store in New Orleans, LA ($1.99 USD for the single):

"Extra dry India Pale Ale." 6% ABV.

A: Clear yellow body. White head (~8 minute retention).

Sm: Honestly, I can barely detect anything through my head trauma-induced hyposmia even when holding my nonic pint extremely close as usual. Sorry. Maybe some dry flaked malt/2-row but that's honestly all I get.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Not as dry as I'm used to beers in this style being, but still it's somewhat dry...not to the point that it's parching, but it's not a refreshing hoppy ale.

Speaking of hops, there's not much hop flavour. Some spicy hops (think Saaz), maybe vague grass, muted generic floral hop's not dazzling. Scintillae of dried fruit peel (I guess grapefruit peel if there's a gun to my head).

Basic 2-row/pale malt lends this its backbone. Finishes a bit bitter and dry.

It's such a plain depleted beer I have trouble calling it balanced, but it's not overbitter or cloying.

A bit coarse. Not astringent. Medium-bodied. Well-carbonated, though not crisp. Doesn't drink "clean" but it's not a cardboardy or oxygenated beer per se.

OVERALL: A shrug of a beer in a style that seems to have been a flash in the pan inasmuch as discerning drinkers are concerned. One of the better expressions of the style I've tried to date alongside Ommegang's, but one can definitely imagine this much better and the style is still in its infancy. Very forgettable, particularly coming from Founders.


Jan 08, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking from a freshly tapped keg, poured into a pint glass.
Appears a beautiful Golden color, with a nice head that dropped quickly with light lacing.
Smells floral.
Tastes citrusy, and dry with a nice carbonation.
Mouth feel is light and dry.
Overall, a great beer for a hot summer day, heavy food, pizza, burgers, I probably wouldn't order again, but I might pick up a six for a summer cookout.

Jan 01, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/11/19.
Pours clear gold , with a short-lived white head, that leaves a thin ring and no appreciable lacing. The beer itself looks wonderful - I'd give it +.25(or more) if that head stayed around long enough to appreciate it. ;)

Smell is faint citrus (nothing specifically stands out), clean straw, light crackery malt, and a light, fresh earthy aroma, reminiscent of the awakening world after a warm spring rain .

Taste is dried grapefruit rind, lime zest, dried lemon, tarragon, but drier (Tarragon doesn't retain the same flavor when dried, but if it did....) , a slight spicy floral flavor (sage & thyme flowers?) and brief flashes of biscuity malt. Moderate, drying bitterness.

Feel is light , but not watery, and smooth except for the very fine carbonation burn on the finish, that lingers awhile.

Overall , light, easy-drinking and enjoyable. This would be quite good on a warm summer day, or after strenuous activity during this, more...brisk ;) ...time of year. A good companion for almost any food, except maybe sweet decadent deserts. The whole is better than the sum of the parts.

Dec 31, 2019
Civilized Brut IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 87 ratings