The Brut Squad | Fair State Brewing Cooperative

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Brewed by:
Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Brut IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
IPA is a fickle beast - now bitter, now hazy, now dry AF. Luckily, this is a trend we agree with wholeheartedly. The Brut Squad is bone dry, effervescent, aromatic, and remarkably civilized. Brewed with Idaho 7 and Citra Cryo hops.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 38
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brut squad pours a copper color, with a massively lacing head. Dry hippy aroma. Flavor is hippy and drum. Good body and feel. Overall, very good ipa, nice and dry.

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Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am really enjoying the brut style thus far - this is a particularly decent specimen, quite dry, light, and still enjoyably sweet. I love how clean it finishes. Beers like this are so crushable that I need to avoid them.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you CAN remember as far back as New Year's Day (2019), you may recall that I rang it in with some AmeriCAN Brut IPAs. I learned that I like the CANcept of the burgeoning style & also that not all of them are created equal. I was on a CANQuest (tm) treasure hunt yesterday afternoon at Dominion Pizza when I saw this & snagged it for inclusion.

From the CAN: "IPA is a fickle beast - now bitter, now hazy, now dry AF. Luckily, this is a trend we agree with wholeheartedly. The Brut Squad is bone dry, effervescent, aromatic, and remarkably civilized. Brewed with Idaho 7 and Citra Cryo hops."

I love hearing the Crack! of a CAN's vent being opened & this ocCANsion was no exception. It came in the recently-established industry-standard 16-fl oz Pint sized CAN, so a C-Line Glug was much more appropriate than an Inverted Glug. Boy, did it want to foam! It released just over three fingers' worth of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention, leaving loads of sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeous Gold (SRM = 5) with 24-karat clarity & if you don't think that The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon was excited for a taste, you've got another think coming. Nose had a more pronounced hop presence than in the ones a few days ago, IMHO. Here, there was no question that it was an AIPA of some stripe. It was very floral, almost like it had been wet-hopped, with a decided pine mintiness. Swoon! Mouthfeel was medium, about on par for the style. The taste was yet another revelation! It was cool, but not overridden with pine. Instead, it had a pleasant mintiness coupled with a light vanilla sweetness. It was quite unique in my albeit limited exbeerience. I allowed subsequent draughts from the glass to swirl & warm in my mouth & on my tongue. A slight woodiness also began to appear as a result.

I remember a like taste from a high-end white wine many years ago during a tour of CA's Wine County, N of SF. We were looked at as plebeians until they realized that all of us had money & (kind of) knew what we were tasting. How interesting that this flavor profile has come to beer!

Finish was dry, veddy dry. I've had Gin that was sweeter! My uncle tells of his first batch of homebrewed apple wine that he allowed to ferment to the point that it was like dessiCANt. This was not THAT dry, but it was still unquestionably dry.

I think that I amy have found my new favorite style! I detested Cascadian/Black IPAs when they first appeared (& thankfully have mostly gone away) since the roasted malts only got in the way of my beloved hops. Here, the hops were front & center with the yeast as the major seCANd fiddle. Mmmm.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, orange, pineapple and mango. Sweet tropical fruit taste with caramel and a dry, crisp finish.

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8/23/18, wish I drank this earlier but I've only had it for a few weeks, wish I checked the date before purchase

Pours a whispy fizzy small head, decent retention, nice lacing, hazy golden blond color

Nose starts a little spicy and grassy, little citrus but very light, little dank resin, touch herbal

Taste mild citrus fruit, rind, little spicy and more mild dank resin, more mild herbal slight vegetal hop into super spicy and quite bitter mostly late, mild soft malt with dry finish but doesn't have that super brut dry finish, I wonder what the FG was.

Mouth is med bod, decent fizzy carb, little soft

Overall meh, maybe I need to have this fresher but seems like misses the brut style and hops were lackluster

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first Brut IPA, so I don't have anything to compare it to. It's very light, light in color (nice head and lacing), light in body, and light in taste, in the best possible way. It's quite dry. I'll gladly have more of this!

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Photo of ipeters1017
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with tons of bubbles and a white head. Super hop forward on the nose and in taste. Effervescent, refreshing, and very dry. Best brut IPA I've found.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from 16 oz (473 ml) can into a snifter glass; production information on the bottom unintelligible.
A: Pours an increasingly hazy, yellow with a one finger, foamy white head with fair retention and lacing.
S: Floral. Light aromas of pitted fruits, especially ripe peach, orange/lime, and sauvignon blanc grapes.
T: Semidry. Orange/lime, pine and grapefruit (stronger here than in aroma), and sauvignon blanc grapes. Bitterness seems as if derived from white pepper.
M: Light bodied with moderate to strong carbonation. Refreshing.
O: Great example of the style.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from pint can into shaker pint glass. 11/7/18 stamped on the bottom.
A: Pours a very clear pale yellow with 1 inch bubbly white head that gradually settles to a thin skim. Decent lacing.
S: Lovely aromatic hops...white pepper, white grape, subdued pine, and softened (still with some bite) grapefruit.
T: Pine and grapefruit (stronger here than in aroma), orange, white pepper, and white grape notes.
M: Light body. Lively carbonation. Refreshing with subdued citrus sweetness. Dry throughout. Mildly bitter.
D: Really enjoying this style and Fair State has a solid offering. Give it a go!
P.S. Love the name!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the style overhaul in the rear-view mirror, it turns out I have never had a beer that falls into the newly designated American Brut IPA category... Remedying that situation with this Brut IPA from Fair State Brewing Collective - another first, as this is my first beer from their brewery...

Poured a deep yellow with faint haze and a big fluffy head; bubbles effervesced from the bottom of the glass while the head receded and left foam sheeting down the glass... Brewed with Idaho 7 and citra cryo hops, the beer had a floral and citrus aroma, with impressions of grasses and herbs, and maybe even a little dry funk... The flavors matched the aromas, but the citrus was muted and mild, and the herbal and grassy elements came forward more... There was a distinct "barnyard" character that reminded me of some saisons and brett-beers I've had in the past... The bitterness and sweetness levels were both mild, and the carbonation added to a soft, smooth, highly drinkable feel... Light-bodied and drying on the finish, it presented a very graceful beer... Definitely recommended, and a good entry point for the style... 8/23/18 canning...

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Photo of Blackop555
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours lightly cloudy gold. Foamy, medium, wet white head that Fades slowly with good lacing.

Smells orange, Peach, tropical, lightly floral and a hint of malt.

Taste grapefruit, orange, mango, guava, tropical and pine. Finishes dry with a floral in Citrus linger. Long lingering bitterness. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing on the bottom edges of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oranges and tangerines are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is packed with lots of flavors of citrusy hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly "juicy" on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish, which becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
O: This IPA has an interesting combination of juiciness and dryness.

Serving type: can

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Photo of justintcoons
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

Straw blonde. Moderate haze. 1+ fingers of creamy white head. Light carbonation.

Peach, passion fruit, pineapple, papaya, and candy sugar.

Peach, passion fruit, and pineapple. Clean crisp carbonated water with touches of candy sugar. Some pine resin and dank stick around after the dry finish.

Medium-light bodied, lively, bubbly, uber-crisp, and dry.

Extremely dry and Champagne-like as I was led to expect. A nice change of pace from the New England IPAs. This was my first Brut IPA, but certainly not my last.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a lighter golden color. Somewhat murky, but not extremely so. The head is white, 2 finger, frothy, with great retention. There's nice lacing on the glass.
The nose is really powerful. I got a good whiff of it when pouring. Up close it has a nice grapefruit aroma. Really pleasing.
The taste - Up front is a bit mellow, then the hops really kick in on the backside of this beer. Grapefruit seems to be the flavor to me.
This beer does really linger in my throat. There's a nice feel from the carbonation. The can says it's a "dry" beer, and I'd agree. Nice full body.
This is a damn good beer, and I'd buy another 4 pack of it, for sure.

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Photo of mickyge
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can dated 8/23/18
Straw colored semi hazy appearance
Slight pineapple aroma not much else
Hoppy as in citra cryo and Idaho hops
Prickly mouth feel very dry and astringent 6.1 ABV
Fairly easy drinking but not much going on in my opinion. It’s a good representation of an IPA style of beer

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The Brut Squad from Fair State Brewing Cooperative
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 38 ratings