Brut IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brut IPABrut IPA
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Brut IPABrut IPA

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Brut IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Darkmagus82 on 12-22-2018

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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of mikeg67
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is full and crisp. Herbal hops dominate the palate with bready malt and ripe fruit in the background. Finish is long and dry. Good brew.

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Packaged 12/07/18 printed on the back label. Pours a translucent straw-gold with a fizzy, 1/8th inch, off-white head that quickly dissipates. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution. Nose expresses hints of lemon and grassy/herbal notes. Taste follows nose; however, backbone is reveals crackery malts and the qualities expressed in the nose come off as watered down. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, not sure if it's the beer or the style, but it's not really my jam.

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Photo of MostlyNorwegian
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More beer like than any thing I've tasted that wants to hang the Brut IPA distinction on it. The hop addition choices will definitely set this one far and away from what the presumed banners of the style are. The aromatics are more hop herbaceous and along the hop kind of ideal than anything resembling wine grapes and pine than the assumed hop profile has set out as the stylistic umbrella to come under. The finish on account of these choices is a bit more lingering as well, and is probably a super chicken friendly beer to food pairing choice if it is to remain in Sierra Nevada's line up as it currently is.
Not a take on the style I will be looking for going forward. Just not that exciting to drink as a stand alone where the stylistic parameters which have been fairly well established are concerned. Very food friendly with its hop choices, but not something to seek out.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sullymsu
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHopsman
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/15/19 bottle

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Photo of Harrison8
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent medium-yellow with two fingers of white foam after a pour directly into the glass at a moderate pace. Head retention is okay with a long lasting pillowy ring of foam. Bubbles continue to rise from the bottom of the glass long after the pour is finished. Aroma is lemongrass, grapefruit, orange and biscuity, crackery malts. It smells short and staccato, with notes mingling without much direction one way or the other. Flavor profile is lemongrass, grapefruit, and orange up front, and then falls into crackery, biscuity malts. Finish is dry, with the sharpest dryness coming just before the finale. The dryness fades in without slashing the palate. Flavors lingering on the tongue after a sip are minimal, welcoming an additional sip or two. Mouth feel is crisp and effervescent, and when combined with the medium-thin consistency, forms a very refreshing texture.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of coopdog1000
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Retroman40
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very bright yellow color with a white head that quickly retreats to wisps on the surface. The smell is pure citrus hops with no malt at all. Taste follows on but with just a hint of malt mid palate. As expected the finish is quite dry and very short. Decent enough mouth feel with the dryness balancing out the hops. Good carbonation level. Overall a decent example of the style and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of mchegash
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BladeRunner
4.66/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From the first sip this tasted more like an awesome American Style Pilsner than an IPA. This might be why some are only giving average reviews because they expected something more IPAish, but in my case this was actually a positive. I'm a huge fan of quality Pilsners and while this can't technically be considered a Pilsner in style the overall experience is very reminisent of one, but with a lot more flavor.

The color is very pale straw blonde. Very clear.

Aroma is lemon and grass, again very typical of a Czech Pilsner.

Flavor is clean malt with a nice touch of lemon zest and pleasent bitterness. This might be my new go to Pizza beer.

If I were to rate this as an IPA it would get a 3.5, but as a Pilsner I'd easily give it a 4.5+. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of FBarber
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear crisp and effervescent light gold (almost straw-colored). Thin one finger white fizzy head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin layer of fuzzy foam on top of the beer. Beer is crystal clear and retains its effervescence even as it sits.

Aroma has some really light fruity hop notes with an unmistakable occasional whiff of skunk - almost reminiscent of a lager. Very subtle aroma with few distinguishing notes.

Taste is interesting - there are hops here, but the most immediately noticeable thing about this beer is a crackery malt backbone. Some light citrusy floral hop notes. The flavors are incredibly light causing it to be almost watery. Bitter notes from the hops linger into the finish.

Feel is very light - almost watery. Fizzy carbonation. Very dry finish with lingering bitterness drying out the palate.

Its a decent beer - to me its too light and watery - but its an interesting take on the style. Don't think Ill pick this one up again.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 goes. Our first of this new style. Nice looking ale, light amber, clear and modest head - quickly to a skim coat. Aroma is just beer-y, nothing notable to us. The real new thing - natch - is the taste. A really new sensation, so we understand a bit of the hype for the newest Cool Thing. Odd at first, but it does grow on you. Dry wines are never, ever, bitter of course but we get a wine-like feel to it. Good flavor, not much depth, light finish. Look forward to having some on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

A - Pale gold color with light carbonation, steady carbonation, nice clarity, and a thin, but dense lacing ring on top.

S - Faint citrus and white grape aroma.

T - Citrus, white grape, some earthiness, citrus peel, and finishes with a mellow citrus bitterness with some earthy spice.

M - A little gravel-like/gritty feel on the tongue, bone dry finish.

O - I'm still not sold on the Brut IPA style, can take it or leave it. Will the craze stick around? Time will tell.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NedFredHead
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Packaged 12/17/18, so less than a month old.

Pale watery yellow body. Small white head replenished by slow streams of carbonation. Head eventually dissipates to a thick ring and solid covering. Still leaves some lacing though.

There is a light aroma, but I can't put my finger on what it is. Pleasant though.

Mellow tasting. Ever so faint citrus flavor. The big thing of course, is the dryness. There is a faint bitterness toward the end.

Mouth around medium, finish very dry and a touch bitter.

Overall, only my second Brut IPA. This one is better than the other, but I'm still not sold on the style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden brew with an enthusiasm of foam in the Leute bokbier glass. Brisk and tangy on the tongue in the Brut style we're becoming accustomed to. Faint taste of malt to start, then a bit astringent. There is not much actual flavor but a twiggy, green tea note.

Kind of a woody, earthy finish with a modest bitter aftertaste. A little metallic or mineral taste though not unpleasant. Quite drinkable. I think of a Saison with the dry finish and scratchy finish. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Trader Joes.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25


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Photo of Branlott42
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nosho
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is a blonde with a nice fizz, marketed as a spring seasonal. my score would be low in spring - but as a summer ale? this would be a great brew to have around on a hot evening. light in color and body, non-soporific, and with a twist of lemon or lime would be even more delightful. i went out and bought two more 6-packs, and will save them for summer.

cognoscenti, i don't have anything to say about 'floral notes,' 'lingering bitterness, or 'fruit forward,' as my palate is not that sophisticated; i apologize for that.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Brut IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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