Brut IPA - Woodshed Pilot Series
Old Nation Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Brut IPA
Ranked #3
ABV:
7%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 8.64%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
49
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Old Nation Brewing Co.
 
Michigan, United States
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Notes: Brut IPA uses the same recipe hops as M-43 combined with the Brut brewing technique...It is meant to be more clear, juicy and dry. Very dry. Enjoy!

20 IBU
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 49 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of WoodBrew
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My brother in law gave me a can of this beer. It poured a slightly hazy yellow with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had citrus peel presence. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with fruit peel base and a dry finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint can. Poured into white wine glass.

Pour: pale yellow with thin white head.

Nose: mango, pineapple, lemon

Taste: it is like M-43 but less sweet and much more crisp and, obviously, dry.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, very dry and crisp.

Overall: a cross between M-43 and a dry Chardonnay or champagne. I liked it quite a bit at first but found I got tired of it and was sharing 2 cans with 3-4 people so wasn’t even a full pint.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a tall tulip from a one pint can on September 21, 2019. Uses the same recipe hops as M-43 combined with the Brut brewing technique. It is brewed to be more clear, juicy and dry.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 PINT can
Served in a Cleveland Browns pint glass

This beer pours a very pale yellow in color and clear. It is topped with a mountain of off white head that leaves no lacing.

It has a dank aroma with some citrus.

It has a tropical fruit taste that is quickly whisked from my mouth leaving a crisp, clean finish.

Light bodied with a dry mouthfeel

I'll take M-43 all day, every day over this thing. It is ok, but I am not all in on the brut IPA deal.

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Photo of laketang
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light straw, almost lemonade like.no head retention at all.
Citrusy, dank hop notes. Nice hop taste,some citrus. Dry for sure
With mild sweetness but Citrusy. Bone dry is how it is. The enzyme really dried this beer, and the body is thin. Bitterness is low. Different is good for a change.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale light yellow
Small white head, fades quickly.
Thin outer ring of lace.
Nose is light pine, citrus, orange.
Taste is melon, straw, some citrus notes in there too.
Crisp, dry and drinkable.
Medium to high carbonation.
Actually finishes juicy yet dry.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned 8/5/19; drank 9/4/19 @ the Yarchives.

See-through yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice, noisy bright white head; frothy lace.

Pine, corn & table sugar notes in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Pine & table sugar flavors up front; dry corn notes on the finish.

Overall, fairly unpleasant. I've had my last.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a clear - possibly only very slightly hazy - light golden color with a nice white head that sticks around for awhile. In the nose, it is a bit piney with maybe some citrus. In the mouth, it is dry, with piney hops predominating. Nice!

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass, light yellow colored with a large foamy white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: heavy on citrus and pine hops, lemon, orange, grapefruit

T: instant dryness, citrus flavor with orange, pineapple, heavily bitter with little sweetness, full hop flavor throughout, almost sour acidic quality

M: lighter body

O: hop champagne

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

“Brut IPA uses the same recipe hops as M-43.”

Done and DONE! A hazy, bright straw color with a sudsy white head, this gorgeous beer features dank citrus notes on the nose, along with some spicy herbal notes.

The taste is a nice balance between the citrus flavors and the spicy herbal flavors, and the mouthfeel is as advertised (“VERY DRY”). An excellent example of the style, IMHO.

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Photo of 5toutman75
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I haven't found a brut IPA I could get excited about until now. This one is wonderful. Clear with higher looking carbonation than other IPAs. You can taste the bubbles more too. It's very crisp and dry. The bitterness is perfect. I'm glad I could find this beer at a bottle shop in Vermont. Hopefully it'll come to my Chicago market soon along with my favorite M43.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

canned 07/03/2019

L-The beer pours a just slightly hazy straw color. The head is a prodigious 4 fingers of white foam which grudgingly recedes to a central mound with thin ring. Lacing splotches the glass all around.
S-The nose is musty and dry. Herbal hop notes are present and of low intensity.
T- On the palate the beer is lightly pithy, herbal and dry. Not something that's going overwhelm you with flavor, but it's subtle and pleasant.
F-The mouthfeel overall is on the lighter side of medium bordering on light. The carbonation is medium and helps to lighten the mouthfeel. The dry finish and lighter mouthfeel make this beer highly repeatable.
O- This is what I feel like the style is supposed to be. Light, dry, and drinkable. If you want to get a feel for this style this is an excellent example. Recommended.

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Photo of beergoot
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow body, crystal clear; plenty of beautiful carbonation; head is one-finger thick and lasting, white and creamy. Nicely blended smell comprised of light malt, soft citrus notes, and a smidgen of fresh grass; floral. The taste follows along the lines of the aroma, mild citrus and light cereal grain presence; faint hop bitterness. Medium body; crisp and dry, especially at the finish (it tends to grow in dryness).

This beer is nicely balanced, light and refreshingly dry with an incredible and alluring aroma. I've only tried a couple of brut IPAs before this and haven't liked a one. This beer changes my impression of brut IPAs. I can't say that this will be a new go-to beer style for me, but if I encounter more with this beer's impressive characteristics, I'll be a happy beer drinker.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice slightly hazy pale yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (tangerine, lemon, mango, pear), with some nice little funkyness, grassy, nice diesel like. The taste is really nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice complex (tangerine, lemon, mango, pear), with some nice little funkyness, grassy, pretty nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Glad to see it around here.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear yellow with soapy head.

Smell is peachy with notes of white wine, apricot, citrus and grapeskins.

Taste is clean, crisp and dry with notes of white wine, peaches and citrus. Soft bitterness with a hit of white grapes on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, with bright carbonation.

Overall, one of the better Brut IPAs I've had.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

M-43 Brut Edition. Sent over from superspak, no can dating on the bottom. Poured into Rogue speigl glass.

Deep hazy gold with more clarity than M-43. Tall fluffy head of 2 fingers, receding to a watery ring. Slight specks of lace left behind.

Aromas of dry grass, tangerine, orange juice, blueberry, and dank cantaloupe.

Flavor brings much of the same with orange juice, grapefruit juice, blueberry, clementine, juicy red grapefruit, slight banana, and cantaloupe. Faint pine, more dry grass on the finish.

Feel is crisp and grainy, with a parching dryness, very gritty, mild warming alcohol, slight resins on the finish.

Overall, a really interesting new direction on M-43. "If M-43 were a Saison..." Would probably have again.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a finger of white head.
Nose is juicy melon, pear, herbal.
Taste follows, lots of melon, guava, pear, herbal notes following the dry start.
Dry, crisp feel, good carb level.
Overall an enjoyable, not a fan of the Brut style but this was the best one I've had.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold with a fizzy one finger white head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tangerine, grapefruit, cracker and floral hops.

T - The taste is tangerine, grapefrut, lemon, pear, cracker, white pepper and piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finsih.

O - Nice Brut IPA. The flavors are crisp and clean. Very crushable.

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Photo of strohme2
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can, dated 03/06/19. Picked up directly from the brewery and poured into a tulip glass.
Pours a pale yellow with just off white head. Crystal clear. Minus the bubbles, looks like a champagne. Fits the description so far.
Lemon, pear, grass, guava nose. Not quite the same nose as M43 but just as nice. Starts off really juicy with guava and tropical fruits. Moves on to grass, onion, some graininess, lemon-lime. Crisp and dry mouthfeel. Medium levels of carbonation really wash away everything.
I still think the Brut style is somewhat of a gimmick but this beer is the best I’ve had of the style.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/11/2019. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, honeydew, watermelon, red apple, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, light toast/biscuit/dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, honeydew, watermelon, red apple, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, light toast/biscuit/dough, 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, watermelon, red apple, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, light toast/biscuit/dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balance mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an awesome Brut IPA, All great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and pretty refreshing to drink with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Awesome Calypso, Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe profile. Extremely vibrant, dank, earthy, and fairly juicy hop complexity; with a nice clean pils malt backbone. Zero residual sweetness with crisp resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of detpizzaboi
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale golden color, three finger foam recedes slowly, some head lingers. Very clear, some carbonation action. Really fresh juicy aromatic hops on the nose, piney, forest, flowers. Tastes great, crisp, soft bitterness, faint hard candy sweetness, well balanced, easy drinking. Not nearly as good as M-43 but one of the better Brut IPAs.

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Brut IPA - Woodshed Pilot Series from Old Nation Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 49 ratings