Brut IPA
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Brut IPABrut IPA
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Style:
IPA - Brut
Ranked #36
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
84
Ranked #32,985
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 8.85%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
45
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  5
SCORE
84
Good
Brut IPABrut IPA
Notes: A style truly born of Californian roots, our Brut Extra Dry IPA has a very aromatic nose thanks to ample additions of Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Brewed and fermented with almost no residual sugars, a generous amounts of Chinook hops impart clean, citrus flavors with a moderately low bitterness. As “Brut” is the sparkling wine designation for being very dry, this IPA’s main attraction is the nice, dry finish that is perfectly balanced by fruity esters and a crisp malt backbone.

28 IBU
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 45 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Where some like them sweet and fruity, others like them dry and spicy. For this segment of hop heads, Anderson Valley takes the West Coast IPA and pushes it to the dry and bitter brink.

Hazy straw and cast in a reasonable hop haze, simply named Brut IPA builds a lofty foam cap with a loose soapy structure. Then an grassy blend aromatic drift across the nose with dry hay, pine, citrus and a hint of peppery white wine. A modest sweetness greets the tongue with lightly kilned grain, a pep of honey and an overall bran character.

But anything resembling sweetness quickly concedes to a hop dominance fueled with dried lemon, grapefruit and orange peels. An overall grassy taste also seems dried in character while its leafy, stemmy and herbal taste closes in on sassafras, lemongrass and hay. As its bitterness develops into a spicy resinous taste, the late palate is all about the bitter grip on the throat.

Medium light in body and certainly dry compared to the typical IPA, Anderson Valley's Brut IPA isn't a strong in bitterness as most as it embraces a subtle malt balance. Still, the ale extends into a long and bitter finish with a faint tang of champagne that shines through the turbulent carbonation.

Sep 18, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single 12 oz can. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with 1+ finger of puffy white head.
Aroma fruity - sweet mango with bit of a corn cereal note, bready.
Taste follows - sweet mango, pineapple, orange, just a hint of hoppy bitterness at the finish where it dries out a bit.
Medium mouthfeel at best - certainly does not drink like 6.8% - smooth and very easy to drink with a sweet citrus softness. Nothing remarkable but could drink anytime.

Aug 22, 2019
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sjdevel from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look is a brilliant light gold that is fairly hazy. Great head retention and lacing - 2 finger head upon pour and there is a lot of foam that gets stuck to the outside of the glass and slowly slides down (like soap bubbles).

Smells quite pungent. Lots of mango and pine. Slight caramel and some bread

Taste - Sharp bite of hop bitterness - blast of pine and some peach and mango - slightly citrusy and pineapple. Quite sweet (I thought Brut IPAs were supposed to be pretty dry) but dries out only slightly. Slight syrupy flavor (honey/maple/agave syrup/etc.)

Feels a bit thinner but still medium bodied - stays decently carbonated

Overall - this is really flavorful IPA - I haven't had many BRUTs - this was enjoyable - would buy again but not that often

Jul 13, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 6 pack of this last month at Speedway. Drank the last can of it last Monday night at softball. 12-10 loss to Brew Crew, so close, nice 5 run rally at the end.

Pours a very light yellow appearance. Lighter than almost any ipa you've seen, makes their regular old school ipa look like a brown ale comparatively. The aroma is lively, bruts often have a deadened hop aroma when measured against other ipas, but not this one. The Amarillo OG dry hop is right here and plentiful. A little bit of citrus, lime kind of feels in the aroma, with just a dash of green forest and pine needles.

Simcoe and Chinook pushes the bitterness and taste. More of that pine needle thing going for it. Super light body, final gravity feels like 1.0, as the commercial tug job indicates, it does finish 'extra dry'. I really dig this, surprised slightly that the score isn't higher here. Oh, wait, its readily available and relatively cheap by craft standards, from a long established brewery. Yeah, not for progressive minded beer nerds.

Jul 11, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This rather nice little brut pours
a lightly hazed amber tinged straw color with a nice head of white
foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and shows some rather
nice lacing. Nose of subtle pine, grassy hops, lemon zest, and subtle
sweet honey touched malts. Flavors follow the nose with aplomb; grassy
hops ride nicely on light pine and lemon zest with a hint of grapefruit and
herbal hops with a light white wine grape note that is pleasant showing
a nice soft malt backbone. Nice mouth feel; medium light carbonation,
medium light body, and a citrus forward finish.

A very nice brut if I may say---solid craftsmanship from a great
brewery!

Cheers

Jul 10, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brut IPA arose late 2017. This is my 1st review of style and the 14th on BA of Anderson's Brut. Good stuff.
I wanna get to 4 because this is really interesting, but the pale aroma, and the meager aroma, flattish head, and rice/adjunct in the body knock it from a 4. But I like the style and want to try them all: SNV, Stone etc.
a) Hazy yet clear, mid golden color. Not much head or lace after a pour.
s) Lots of grain, with lemon & lime prominant.
t) -Follows lemony nose. Some orchard fruit.
f) Best part, dry, crisp, refreshing, what I imagine the first ballentines of my youth tasted like. Apertif... great first before dinner beer... lingering dryness after the finish.
o) Suits summer and if less calories, I'm all for it. Try them all

May 21, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a two finger off white head that falls slow and laces fairly well.

Aroma is light cracker malts light citrus lemon/lime with some light halo notes. Nose is pretty light and crisp smelling over all.

Taste is light and crisp cracker dry malts, not much sweetness which i guess is the idea of this style. Hops are lemon/lime with a touch of grasses to it. No real hints of the other citrus that was in the nose. Light easy drinking not much in the way of bitterness either had hoppier pale ales. Not sure I am going to like this style if this beer is any indication of the Brut's on a whole.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp fairly peppy carbonation that suites this beer.

Overall not sure as this is my first Brut, but eh a light crisp lawnmower beer with a higher abv is all I'm getting. Guess I will try a few but probably just stick to a good pils if I need a lawnmower brew.

Apr 30, 2019
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a snulip glass.

L---Not quite perfectly clear, dark golden color. Thick, off-white head with good retention. Excellent lacing. A ton of bubbles formed on the bottom of the glass and slowly filtered up.

S---Lemon/lime & cracker/dough are prominent. Some apricot in the background.

T---Follows the nose. Lemon/lime. Apricot is more noticeable than in the nose.

F---Not as dry as the Brut label would suggest. Feels more like a regular old IPA. There is a bit of lingering dryness after the finish.

O---I can see this one being a good drinker on the deck on a warm day. I'd get it again if I see it.

Apr 22, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful rich amber. Lots of active carbonation with a thin head of big bubbles.
Smell is pears and honey. Pleasantly balanced but not overpowering.
Taste leads with pear and melon along with a bitterness that balances citrus rind and herbal/grassy.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Full body that drops off with a nice chop at the end.
Overall this is one of the better bruts I've tried. Has a lot of the nice flavors of a typical IPA with a very crisp body and feel. Great warm weather IPA.

Apr 19, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There is a canned on date on the bottom of the can & it says 1/23/2019 so my beer is about 3 months old, not too bad in my book. There is some cute artwork on the can of a bear drinking water, great use of color on the can artwork as well. I am picking up on a fragrant flower & citrus aroma on the nose. On the taste, I am getting the same & the finish is a little more dry than your typical west coast IPA & some bitterness on the backend too but nothing overbearing. The abv is well concealed for a 6.8% beer. Cheers! B-

Apr 18, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I CAN tell you with brutal frankness that not only do I get excited by new craft CANs, but I also really enjoy these new Brut IPAs! It is partially a CANQuest (tm) thing, but it is also in response to tarts & sours which do nothing for me except give me heartburn (if I am not careful).

From the CAN: "Extra Dry"; "Solar Powered Brewery".

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle, C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It started foaming of its own accord, but it did not seem like it was unCANtrollable so I let it run. It puffed up to become just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with modest retention, falling away fairly quickly after it exhaled. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, motivating The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus to jump up off of my living room couch & come running into the kitchen for a taste. Today has been a HUGE day of hockey & the boys have been camped out in rapt fascination. Nose had a clean grassy & vanilla bite, just the way I like 'em! Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, about on par for the style. The taste was lightly bitter with a pleasant vanilla-like sweetness to soften the edges. Boy, was this dry! It seems like every one that I drink reminds me of just how dry the style CAN be. I used to really dig Michelob & when they came out with Michelob Dry, I realized that I preferred "dry" to "sweet", but Mich Dry couldn't hold a CANdle to these modern Brut IPAs. This was making both my eyes & my nostrils dry! Phew. Finish was … wait for it … DRY! Wow.

Apr 13, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can.
Clear pale amber body.
Mild clean hop-dominated aroma with moderately strong, hoppy flavor.
Medium body with lively carbonation and a dry finish.
Piney, fruity, and herbal notes.

Apr 04, 2019
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ZipDipper from California

3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The flavor has a crispness that is not consistent with the style. Maybe if it had been given another name, “sparkling hop beverage” my expectations would have been in line with my experience. Looks like my first brut IPA is likely to be my last.

Mar 28, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 2/1/2019. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, honeydew melon, gooseberry, white grape/wine, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, honeydew melon, gooseberry, white grape/wine, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, honeydew melon, gooseberry, white grape/wine, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly crisp/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.8%. Overall this is a delicious brut IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink, with the modestly bitter/drying finish; not aggressive. Feels like Columbus, Simcoe, Nelson Sauvin. Very vibrant, juicy, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; with a great clean pils malt backbone. Mild residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressively well made style example; but not as dry as others.

Mar 22, 2019
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pub-style pint.

Appearance
Golden-blonde. Good clarity. 1 finger of creamy white head. Lively carbonation.

Nose
White gummy bear, peach, passion fruit, melon, pear, Champagne, and candy sugar. Light aromatics.

Taste
White gummy bear, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, pear, and honeydew. Light Champagne with lingering candy sugars.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, prickly, dry, and moderately bitter.

Overall
Crisp, dry, and easy drinking.

Mar 21, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange in color with a light haze. Poured with a moderate, creamy white foam with medium retention. Medium light floral hop aromas with light notes of orange rind. Medium malty aromas. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation and a light creaminess through the middle.  Caramel malt flavors with light floral and citrus hop notes. Medium hop bitterness followed by sweet fruity and citrussy notes. Finished semi-dryly with caramal malt notes and herbal hop bitterness. I haven't had many Bfut IPAs but this one seems to have missed the mark. This drank more like a pale ale. The carbonation was a little light for the style and the finish wasn't very dry. Looking forward to Anderson Valley goses this summer.

Mar 21, 2019
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MyBar from California

2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wanted to like this a lot more but it wasn't quite what I was expecting or hoping for. They got the Brut part down but not enough of the IPA hoppiness...
L: Lovely light color and effervescence
S: Smells a bit more malty than hoppy
T: Tastes more like a pils than what I've come to love in a few other Brut IPA's.
F: I'm getting the dryness but again I'm getting more malty/bread/biscuit when I was hoping for more, Citrus, Pine, bitter, bright, festive...
O: Still delicious and crush-able but not quite what I'm looking for in the Brut IPA style. I'll keep looking!

Mar 08, 2019
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fine off white bubbles on the head with a bit of rockiness. The color is a brilliant clear gold, unless you pour through to the dregs, where it becomes a beautiful darker gold with a bit of haze.

The nose is some juicy grapefruit, guava, and cotton candy. Malt character not easily detected in the nose.

The palette is grapefruit, oranges, crackers, biscuit, and citrus rind. Pine notes hanging out in the finish. There is at least an impression of sweetness at the start, but the rest of beer is immediately quite dry. The bitterness is present and not at all harsh.

The mouthfeel is a touch watery at the start, but the body gets more full as you go through the sip. The carbonation pretty high, which is nice. The alcohol warmth is noticeable in this, but not harsh or off-putting.

Overall, this is a pretty delicious beer. I recommend rolling it on its side before pouring because the dregs really enhance the character of this brew. The dryness invites another sip, and makes this a hella crushable beer. Highly recommend this one.

Mar 02, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

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

An easy pour from a 12-oz. can produces a finger of soapy white rocky froth, long retention and no lacing. Bright and clear yellow-gold color.
Citrus and herbal hops greet the nose with biscuit and faint alcohol.
The taste is dry and bitter throughout. Malt flavor(Pilsner?) is almost semi-sweet and adds a fresh baked biscuit taste to the middle. The finish is crisp and clean, bitter hops and a faint astringency linger during the aftertaste.
Just above light bodied, above average carbonation. Easy drink once you get used to the dryness/bitterness. Great look, (West Coast IPA), American Pale Ale hop profile for the smell/taste.
The malt tries to be sweet but is defeated by the overall dryness, consistent with this new style.

Feb 28, 2019
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Retroman40 from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright yellow color with a very lively and long lasting head. Smell is a very pleasant mix of hops with just a hint of malt. The taste follows with a lot of hops and a very crisp, clean finish. Mouthfeel is very dry as expected and is almost "palate cleansing". Not quite as carbonated as I might expect for the style but still quite adequate and pleasing. Overall this is a pretty decent beer that will go well with food as well as just for having a cold one. I like this style a lot and this is another fine example that is certainly worth a try.

Feb 26, 2019
Brut IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 45 ratings