Brut IPA | New Belgium Brewing

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Brut IPABrut IPA
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Brut IPABrut IPA

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Brut IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bubbly, dry, crisp, and refreshing, Brut IPA is inspired by our favorite sparkling wines. With hints of tropical fruits and champagne, this effervescent brew is the perfect cheers to the New Year.

Hops: Huell Melon, Nelson Sauvin, Azzaca, Citra, Amarillo

Added by gatornation on 08-13-2018

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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Squire
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear light gold color with generous white cap and lasting lacing.

Aroma of pine and citrus, primarily grapefruit.

Marvelous taste on entry that strikes me as pine with citrus hops, primarily grapefruit, with just enough crackery malt to balance with the whole coming across as both rich and dry. The dryness I expected but the depth of hop flavor delivered with restraint was a pleasant surprise. I get the comparisons with Pilsner though that's not one I would make myself, hops are different for one thing, yet it comes across as equally as refreshing in it's own way.

Mid medium texture with abundant carbonation.

I don't know what a Brut IPA is supposed to taste like, this being my first, but if this one is typical then count me as a fan.

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Photo of ATCGinger
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

My first in this style. And if this is typical, I think I get it. (And I almost like it... which is high praise from a malt-head.)
A good Looker (I like the combined light tone for an IPA and its lace.) Smells are tropical forward. Tastes get too much of the lemon/grapefruit in mid-palate and too much of the bitter hops at the end... but that is just my mouth.

My 27th from New Belgium, I thought I should comment on how they have become the standard of what is cool and right with the craft brewing industry: the early commitment to sustainable brewing; now, the 100% employee stock ownership; and the basic goodwill that good beer produces gets multiplied by them being the nation's fourth largest crafter. The vision of New Belgium's founders must now have exceeded their wildest dreams. Good job, guys !

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Photo of Beejay
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow in color, slightly hazy with a large white head.

S: Light melon, grapefruit, and some tropical fruits.

T: Lemon balm, and a touch of grapefruit. Light malt in there as well.

M: Light in body with fairly high carbonation, and a dry finish.

O: Overall not bad, but I wish there was a little more uumph in the flavor department.

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Photo of drtth
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The clear pale golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” finely bubbled off-white head that recedes very slowly to a cap of foam and then eventually a thin irregular island of foam with a small ring around the glass while leaving lots of large patches, small patches and slender legs of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches and lots of long small legs and small patches of lacing.

The aromas are filled with tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango and papaya with some citrus and some crackery malt in the background.

The flavors include what is expected from the nose with the tropical fruits and biscuity malt. In addition there’s some citrus, citric zest and some pine resin. The initial light sweetness from the malt nicely balances the bitterness from the hops with neither overpowering the other.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly prickly with the active, finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the light sweetness quickly fades to dryness and is then followed by disappearing fruit and citric flavors. This leaves the clean, crisp dry ending to a light bitterness that persists for a long time.

Overall this is a drinkable beer that I’ve enjoyed having. It’s well made, refreshing and the flavors play nicely with each other. I could see having more than one. That said, I don’t think that either this beer, or the Brut IPA style it represents, will be bumping any of my regulars from their spot in my rotation of beers to be repeated.

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Photo of brenn79
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle- Pours mostly clear golden with a nice bone white head that retains well. The aroma is biscuity malts, fresh clean hops, slightly piney, maybe a bit of citrus, but overall nice, yet mellow. The taste is again biscuity, clean, crackers, dry slightly bitter finish. Actually tastes like a hopped up pilsener.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Second Brut IPA I have tried this one is more carbonated with a full inch of frothy foam and closer to a bright yellow orange rather than amber. Smell is kind of disappointing very mild hops a some sweet malts with a touch of rice. Taste is good still what I come to expect from the style bitter dry yet good sweet malt presence that balances and a good hop bite every sip. Body is good light to medium and easy to put away.

Overall not as aromatic as it could be but still a very tasty IPA.

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Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Total Swine after a 5+ hour ski day at Mt Rose. $7.49/6 pack rules.

Pours a 3 SRM straw light yellow beer with decent clarity, minimal obscured haze to it, 1/3" white head. Aroma wasn't pungent hops, which is par for the course for brut ipas. While the commercial tug job talks about Nelson, Citra and Amarillo, they might be used in a relatively miniscule amount, because they ain't poppin off here. Combines for a mild citrus presence.

Taste is nice, I polished off my 12 oz by the first timeout during the Marquette @ Georgetown game on Tuesday. Definitely delivers in the mouth feel on the brut dryness and lightness. Lots of grapefruit notes to it. Its like they went all old school hops even though they didn't, but instead of sticky crystal malt on the back end, this whisks itself away. The huell melon and azacca seem to have the biggest impact for the beer. Definitely delivered crispness. Look forward to the other 5 beers, although its way more situated for July than January.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lastmango
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful crystal pour that was pale yellow with a one finger white head that dissipated to a film with heavy lacing. Nose was a bit dank and soapy. Slight malt forward taste followed by earthy grass and a bit of grapefruit rind on the finish. Slightly crisp and moderate light body and carbonation. Curiously, the booze factor seems to be less than the stated ABV.
This is my first Brut so I am anxious to compare to others.

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Photo of Mdog
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow, big head. Nice bubbly carbonation.

Smell: Danky, vegetal, earthy. A little off.

Taste: Tastes fine, tropical fruit, nice melon flavors--honeydew, mush melon. A little breadiness, dry finish.

Overall: Other than the smell, this beer hits the mark for what I want in an IPA. Nice appearance, interesting flavor, goes down easy. For some reason NB IPAs seem to smell weird to me, maybe it's their yeast or something causing an interaction?

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought a 6-pack $8.99 Target
Smells like toasted sesame seeds
Clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of toasted sesame seeds, some malt flavors
Overall not what I had expected. My first of this Brut IPA style. Has none of the characteristics that you would expect from an IPA. No citrus flavors or bitterness. If they labeled it as as a light Asian beer with notes of toasted sesame seeds then I would rate it higher.

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Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrOH
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

If not for the density, retention, and lace of the head, you'd swear it was an AAL.
Bit of light maltiness, some citrus, some mango, some dank
A lot more hop in the flavor than aroma, but follows suit, as well as a bit of pine.
Light, crisp, and crushable
I could have a few of these.

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Photo of Prost76
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jtnord
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is a clear golden yellow, with a thin white head. Aromas consist of bread, citrus, hay, and bit of tropical fruit. Flavors are the same. It reminds me of an APA mixed with a German pilsner. It ends dry and has very little bitterness. The feel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Comes in a clear, just slightly hazy bright yellow color. Bubbly with a nice bright white head. Good retention and lacing.
Smells like lemon peel, weed, green apple, hay, green grape, orange zest, and crackers.
Tastes of lemon peel, pineapple, cannabis, hay, honey, green apple, green grape, and white crackers. Citrusy and dank with a dry finish.
Bubbly carbonation--at least they nailed that aspect--but a bit thin.
Overall, a nice brut IPA. They did a decent job.

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Brut IPA from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 85 ratings