Brut IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Brut IPABrut IPA
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IPA - Brut
Ranked #43
Ranked #40,426
3.69 | pDev: 12.2%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Brut IPABrut IPA
Notes: This is our Brut IPA, a new take on IPA brewed for a bone dry champagne-style finish. Late hop additions give the beer balanced bitterness and a bright pop of citrus flavor. It's as intriguing as it is drinkable.

FINISHING HOPS: Comet, Crystal, Chinook, Simcoe
MALTS: Two-row Pale, Wheat, Acidulated

25 IBU
Reviews: 158 | Ratings: 426 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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lwillitz from Wisconsin

3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 3 fingers of white over a transparent body of pale yellow, clouded with suspended sediment throughout

S - orchard fruits, lemon, grass

T - lemon, orchard fruits, spice and grass from the hops

M - light body with high carbonation, dry finish

O - Not terrible; just not quite what I expected from an IPA.

Jan 22, 2020
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle from Beerhawk online shop (£3.39):
Very light & clear golden to straw coloured with a thumb-sized white head & some lacing on the sides. The nose is light with lager malts & some citrus with subtle grassy hops at the end but it's very much like a pale lager up to this point. The taste was very dry, sharp & closer to the brut IPA taste I was hoping for with a hint of tart & more citrus at the end but still not many hops. It's well-carbonated with a crisp, lveily feel & overall it was very dry.

Jan 16, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours with an impressive clarity. Clean aroma, with just a hint of pine notes on the back end. Crisp, with a light biscuit malt and some mild bitterness. It’s easy drinking and enjoyable.

Oct 14, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Our bottle had been around for awhile, so it was more subdued than the normal strong brut, and yeast character that we saw in a bottle awhile ago. An admirable mass-produced attempt at a brut.

Jun 15, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts, citrus. Taste is the same, lemons, light tangerine, malts, very mild bitterness. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing summer beer, but it didn't feel like an IPA.

Jun 02, 2019
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass. Bottled in January, so disclaimer not the freshest, may affect review.
Look - pale yellow color, initially large foam head but quickly recedes leaving just a little lacing
Smell - it's strange, similar to an adjunct lager aroma but some skunk, some pear.
Taste - lemon, some herbal resins, orange peel, grass hops. a chemical flavor as well, not sure what that is. It's dry and crisp. Carbonation is medium-high. Body is medium, drinkable and somewhat watery for an IPA. Not a strong hop presence whatsoever, this is my first Brut IPA, not sure if that is the norm for the style

Overall, not a great beer. It's 4 months old, i would like to try a fresher one. It's just weak in flavor and too much carbonation for my personal taste. Like other reviewers state, it's close to a helles or pilsner really. Grade is a B-

May 28, 2019
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad ale at all, not sure I'd call it an IPA though, lke another reviewer, it's closer to a pilsner. Glad I tried it, wouldn't turn one down, but wouldn't purchase on my own.

May 27, 2019
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Bluecrow from New York

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This bright and clear, golden bottle pour hosts a fine, white ring of foam. The aroma is light with grassy hop notes. The flavor is thin. The malt-hop melange is pleasant enough. The finish is less dry than my expectations. The hop bitterness is minimal.

May 24, 2019
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale greenish yellow with a tall white head.

citrus pine and yeasty bread in the nose with a dry earthy nuttiness.

Very dry strong citrus bitter orange and grapefruit followed by yeasty malt bread finishing dry with nut and earth undertones.

May 24, 2019
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.88/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright, refreshing take on a IPA. love it!
The look is nice pale apperience with fizzy dissipating head. Not much lacing. The smell is that of a typical IPA. very unsuspecting aroma. West coast IPA smell consisting of bright citrus with a hint of pineapple in the back. The taste is where this beer differs from all others. The first sip of this beer is bright and sparkly with fresh notes of citrus and pine. No upfront sweetness or stickiness like other IPAs. No dankness, just fresh and clean with bitterness building up toward the end. One word to describe this beer is "clean". Lovely new style. The feel is what makes this beer a winner. Nice carbonated bite through out. Surprisingly light with nice bubble texture. Very smooth, low bitterness with good drinkability. Love it!

May 21, 2019
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dcotom from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a lager flute. Pale yellow in color, with a center pour yielding a thick, fairly long-lasting white head. Spotty lacing as the head receded. Light malt backbone that doesn't get in the way of the luscious hop aromas and flavors. Grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit, with notes of pine. Pleasantly bitter and an exquisitely dry finish round it out. A fine beer, and right on target for the style.

May 18, 2019
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow with some particles, ok head.

Smell: Some citrus, not much aroma.

Taste: A bit of sweetness, then grapefruit, mild bitterness, some breadiness in the finish.

Overall: Tried a sixer of Sierra Nevada's Brut IPA. Very average beer, not flawed, just not particularly flavorful. I suppose the best thing about it was its light feel, easy to drink, like a light beer but disguised in IPA clothing.

May 05, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear yellow/amber with a thin off white head with solid retention.
Smell is lightly funky and sweet like a cider or a cheap champagne
Taste is also cidery, floral hop notes and red apple flavors. A bit overly sweet for me which is surprising considering the style.
Mouthfeel is ok, the similarities to cider continue for me. There is a medium body up front followed by a sharp tail end that trails off a bit anti climactically.
Overall this is not my favorite of the few I've had in the style. Cider is what this reminds me of, and honestly just decent cider nothing special. Not bad and I will drink the 6 pack eventually but nothing I would seek out

May 04, 2019
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear amber, with a nice white head and spidery lace.

Aroma: Brisk citrus and floral hop goodness. Yum.

Taste: Light but with plenty of hops. Worth purchasing a couple of cases, yes.

May 02, 2019
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alcoholicarrogance from Maine

3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, has a clear straw color. Looks a lot like a pilsner. Has a good three fingers of head that leaves pretty lacing. It looks enticing. The smell has aromas of citrus, pine, yeast, and has a slight earthy, musty tinge to it. Taste is crisp, slightly bready in the background, has a good hop flavor to it with no bitterness. It tastes like a hoppier-than-normal pilsner and even has that refreshing, crisp finish consistent with a pils. I guess you could call it an IPP - India Pale Pilsner. It's delicious and very drinkable, I'm glad I picked it up.

Apr 28, 2019
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasty, refreshing, though nowhere near as dry as advertised. I expected more fruit and more dry hop flavor but all I got was the usual dirty hop boringness of typical middle of the road IPAs. Nothing stands out much about this beer, though I would buy it again since it is cheap and perfect for a summer day.

Apr 28, 2019
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RMW66 from Australia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first Brut IPA I have tried. Assuming this is representative of the style, I am not a fan. I thought this was a lager on the nose and the palate. I drink IPA's because I enjoy that style. If I wanted a lager I'd drink a lager or an IPL.

Apr 26, 2019
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from the Kings Beer & Wine cooler 1-10-19 for $1.79. Bottled on 12-13-18; consumed on 4-25-19. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured pale gold with a beautiful white head being held up nicely by all the carbonation.

Nose is lager like, pretty much the malt base without the trademark fruit notes typically found in IPAs.

Taste is really well balanced between the pale malt base and the earthy hops addition.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Overall the beer has some qualities i like but not one i would purchase in the future.

Apr 26, 2019
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brut IPA pours a lighter golden color, with a very small, but long lasting head. Sweet but mellow aroma. Flavor has a nice dry hop flavor. Flavor is a bit weak. Overall, very tasty, nice and dry, easy to drink.

Apr 24, 2019
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours as a clear ""straw" yellow with lots of carbonation and a thin white quickly dissipating head. Aroma is a fruity hops. Taste is hops-forward with citrus and not sharply bitter with a herbal grassy bread-i-ness. Overall, this is not a very "interesting" beer, but it is an amazingly drinkable and wonderfully pleasant beer (I really don't care for sweet beers).

Apr 22, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

My bottle was bottled on 1/23/2019 as well. It smells & tastes your typical piney / big grapefruit notes type of west coast style IPA it's just a slight softer & toned down which is not a bad thing in my opinion. It's also a little more herbal & grassier than a few other Brut IPA's that I've had, it's okay I have had worst IPA's than this. Cheers! B

Apr 18, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

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

12 oz. Bottle
PKGD: 01/23/19

Poured into a Tree House glass a nice clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice thick/creamy/quick/fizzy one-finger white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice little citrus complex (tangerine, lemon), with some nice little grassy. The taste is nice, hoppy, malty, with a nice little citrus complex (tangerine, lemon), with some nice little grassy. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a tasty brew. A nice thirst quencher.

Apr 18, 2019
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streetcommander from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I haven’t reviewed any beers in a long time. BA has become landing pad for Kim Kardashian’s lost followers, after their poorly conceived loosening of the review rules. That said, I could not just let this beer go unnoticed, or clowned upon by the driveling and ignorant eloy.

This is, hands down, the best NEW IPA I’ve had in 8-9 years. The glorious history and utilitarian beauty of the classical IPA has been sacrificed by the industry at large. 95% of modern IPAs are pop culture driven, undrinkable swill. Sweet, cloying, under-carbonated, greasy, unbalanced, over-hopped (yes, over-hopped..), vile, putrid, filthy, pop culture quasi-IPAs... be warned. The king has returned. Long live SN Brut IPA!!!

Apr 17, 2019
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spectru from Florida

3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear, very pale, frothy white head recedes fairly quickly, lingers as a film on the surface, some lacing; mild aroma, not distinctive; Mild flavor, doesn't really taste like an IPA, not hoppy, not bitter at all.; Nicely carbonated, great mouthfeel;

Apr 16, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This my first Brut IPA. I have not read much but know the IPA is bone dry and hopped. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a pint glass. The pour on the beer produced a one finger white creamy and airy head. The retention on the head was okay. The head dissipated somewhat quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 4 a pale straw with light golden hues. The clarity of the beer is brilliant. Effervescent is active in the beer. Overall the beer looks great.

The aromas of the beer are crackers, lightly toasted malts, pine, grapefruit, floral esters, and a touch of herbal.

The flavors of the beer are crackers, lightly toasted malts, floral esters, herbal, solvents and yeasty.

The mouthfeel of the beer is dry and crisp.

The body of the beer is light, medium-plus carbonation, and a medium finish.

I am unsure what to think of this beer. The beer is super dry and the hops are not shining. The beer is disappointing. I was expecting the hops flavor in the beer to burst. Knowing this beer is from the Sierra Nevada Brewing, the hops should be flavorful.

Apr 15, 2019
Brut IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 426 ratings