Brute
Ithaca Beer Company

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From:
Ithaca Beer Company
 
New York, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 9.03%
Ratings:
846
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 25, 2022
Added:
Jun 22, 2008
Wants:
  1,057
Gots:
  134
SCORE
98
World-Class
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Notes: Brewed with vintage (aged) local hops, barley, wheat, corn, aged in oak with Brett and finished with three types of champagne yeast.
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4.25 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Jan 25, 2022
 
4.39 by rab53 from Washington on Dec 13, 2021
 
4.78 by swanfungus from California on Jan 14, 2019
 
3.92 by vfgccp from New York on May 29, 2017
 
4.18 by cp45 from New Jersey on Jan 01, 2017
 
4.24 by logicalparadox from New York on Dec 06, 2016
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5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by PHBoiler from Illinois

This is an incredibly complex beer. There's a big carbonic bite that adds to the dry finish. The Brett is so clean and restrained but flavorful. Lots of lemon/lime and hints of grapefruit. Right up there is the best lambic in terms of clean acidity and bright flavors.

Nov 10, 2016
 
4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Aug 03, 2016
 
4.24 by xtonytx from Connecticut on May 07, 2016
 
4.44 by AMCimpi from New York on May 02, 2016
 
4.21 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania on Feb 14, 2016
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4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Awesome almost wine like champagne-ish appearance, dark gold, solid 1" white head on it. Aroma was a white wine lemon excursion, lots of oak, and since these are a few years old at this point, solid amount of brettiness to it. Not quite funky, but its musty.

Good clean sour impact, sour is right in the middle on that 1-10 scale, acidity not high, a little more lemon, green apple modestly existing in the mouthfeel, light almost virgin like oak. Wheat plenty noticeable in the mouthfeel too. Pretty cool, light bodied.

Feb 03, 2016
 
4.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Jan 19, 2016
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4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by dar482 from New York

The aroma offers apple vinegar, crab apple and lemon tart, funk, stone fruit.

The beer hits of tart apples, vinegar, some hay funk, a hint of apple cider vinegar, more tart qualities, but complimented by a dry and bubbly finish like champagne. A really well done sour by Ithaca.

Dec 04, 2015
 
4.43 by SocalKicks from California on Nov 09, 2015
 
3.39 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Sep 26, 2015
 
4.49 by yeaprolly from Washington on Sep 17, 2015
 
4.25 by EB1 from California on Sep 13, 2015
 
4.32 by tobelerone from New Jersey on Aug 11, 2015
 
3.97 by rhong187 from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2015
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3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Mesa512 from Connecticut

way to tart for my taste.

Jun 10, 2015
 
4.33 by JratBones from Massachusetts on Jun 08, 2015
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3.05/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by thegerm87 from Massachusetts

Dominatingly bitter, bordering on metallic in taste. Funky and mildly tart. Alpine cheese and dirt. Not great.

Jun 07, 2015
 
5 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania on Jun 01, 2015
 
4.42 by linnymtu from Michigan on Apr 23, 2015
 
4.85 by pisano from Massachusetts on Mar 02, 2015
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4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

From notes. Actually tasted on 11-15-09.

As I take the cork from this one, a whiff of the cork makes me wince at the oncoming sour promised. This beer sits hazy golden wheat colored with a glow in the glass. head reaches two full fingers of off white head that has excellent retention, but leaves no lace. Nose is full of citrus based sour tones including lemon zest and citrus peel. A bit of soapy yeast is there also. With first sip the sour tone to this one is very balanced with yeasty bready tones followed closely by strong citrus tartness. The Champagne yeast really shines here to create a dry crispness that is lovely. The mouthfeel is really alive on the tongue for this one making you want the next sip. This is a perfectly drinkable sour ale I can't wait to have again.

Note to Ithaca:!: bring this one back. Don't stop making incredible beers.

Mar 02, 2015
 
4.6 by Boston_Steve from Massachusetts on Mar 01, 2015
 
4.9 by DerekMorgan from Massachusetts on Mar 01, 2015
 
4.5 by IrishColonial from Texas on Feb 15, 2015
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4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Zack_B from Florida

Batch E010, this was quite a treat

Feb 09, 2015
 
4.88 by doomXsaloon from New York on Feb 02, 2015
 
4.26 by SABERG from Massachusetts on Feb 01, 2015
 
4.48 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia on Jan 31, 2015
 
4.5 by WTKeene from New Mexico on Dec 12, 2014
 
4.25 by Abbbp from Texas on Dec 12, 2014
 
3.5 by nathanmiller from New York on Dec 04, 2014
 
5 by Rootz from New York on Dec 02, 2014
 
3.75 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Nov 28, 2014
 
4.5 by wethorseblanket from California on Nov 22, 2014
Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 846 ratings