Civilized Brut IPA
Founders Brewing Company

Civilized Brut IPACivilized Brut IPA
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Brut IPA
Ranked #13
Ranked #19,046
3.84 | pDev: 8.07%
Oct 30, 2021
Sep 13, 2018
Very Good
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.
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Rated: 4.06 by Nunya from Ohio

Oct 30, 2021
Rated: 3.48 by Metalgod666 from Michigan

Jan 15, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Nov 15, 2020
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 02, 2020
Rated: 3.59 by Cotton_27 from Michigan

Jun 30, 2020
Photo of Tripel_Threat
Reviewed by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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
Rated: 3.75 by mcrawford from Michigan

Jun 23, 2020
Rated: 3.97 by mhe1931 from Michigan

May 22, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

May 16, 2020
Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
Reviewed by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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
Photo of Darkmagus82
Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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
Rated: 3.44 by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan

Apr 23, 2020
Photo of Mark-Leggett
Reviewed by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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
Rated: 3.6 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Apr 05, 2020
Photo of Scott17Taylor
Reviewed by Scott17Taylor from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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
Rated: 3.73 by LXMRTN from New Hampshire

Mar 23, 2020
Rated: 4 by brew-Ed from Texas

Mar 22, 2020
Rated: 3.87 by Boone757 from Virginia

Mar 21, 2020
Photo of RyanK252
Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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
Photo of BeerDawgs
Reviewed by BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.11/5  rDev +7%
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
Photo of GoBearsWalter34
Reviewed by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1%
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
Rated: 3.83 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Mar 05, 2020
Rated: 3.7 by 4Socialanxiety from Tennessee

Mar 01, 2020
Photo of Korbynlehr
Reviewed by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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
Photo of dcotom
Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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
Rated: 4.18 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

Feb 24, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by Bitburger from Vermont

Feb 21, 2020
Photo of mactrail
Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
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
Photo of EMV
Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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
Rated: 3.85 by Mrseanworldwide from Ohio

Feb 17, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by craigbelly from Iowa

Feb 15, 2020
Photo of Steve_Studnuts
Reviewed by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
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
Photo of DrDemento456
Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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
Rated: 3.5 by archero from Texas

Feb 02, 2020
Photo of zeff80
Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +1%
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
Rated: 3.93 by NastyNorseman from New York

Feb 01, 2020
Photo of Alieniloquium
Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.38/5  rDev -12%
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
Photo of Smakawhat
Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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
Photo of Raime
Reviewed by Raime from Korea (North)

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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
Photo of mvanaskie13
Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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
Civilized Brut IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 88 ratings