Brute | Ithaca Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with vintage (aged) local hops, barley, wheat, corn, aged in oak with Brett and finished with three types of champagne yeast.

Added by albern on 06-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aggregate review from notes dated 12/19/10 and 4/16/2012.

Appearance: Cloudy with a solid bright gold color. Head is brigh-white with good retention. Tight bubble-structure kept alive by the lively carbonation. Nice streaks and splotches of lacing.

Smell: Tart with a distinct edge of brett. Funky with a mildly damp mustiness. Lemon zest and some very light pale malts. Nice layer of oak gives it some depth. Very light sweet amidst a vaguely lactic tartness.

Taste: Layers of funk and tart/sour. Gets a bit funkier as it warms, giving the brett some room to shine. Lactic tart edge coupled with some lemon zest and juice. A nice clean sour element. Malts are incredibly light and pale, adding a mild backing sweetness. Oak adds a nice layer, lending a woody/earthy element. Almost floral at times. Warms to a funky, slightly musty grass. Wheat sneaks through a bit.

Mouthfeel: Puckering up front, but gives way to a slightly crisp light bodied affair. Moderate carbonation keeps it lively, but not sparkling.

Overall: Et tu Brute.

You're not going to kill someone for this beer, but it would be tough. Gets better with age and has a nice soft complexity. Tart in all the right places with a bit more carbonation than other wilds.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Dio for bringing this one down!

This pours a beautiful golden/yellow. The head on my pour was nearly perfect. Very foamy and attractive white that sat at the top of the glass and didn't disappear.

Smell was a fruity funky smell. I could tell right away I would like this beer.

In the taste, I get that brett taste that I smelled, along with many fruits. Very tart, but not too tart. Its easy to drink this one fast, its so pleasant and smooth.

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Photo of sustyhops
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch E!037.

A: Pours a brilliant orange-tinted gold, with a finger and a half of foamy bright white head. Excellent retention, with a thick ring of foam lasting forever, but minimal lacing. Champagne-like effervescence.

S: Initial impression is loads of pineapple, along with earth, orange, funk, tangerine, and golden ale. The aroma subsides substantially after the initial impression.

T: More subtle flavors on the palate than the nose. A little pineapple and tropical flavors, water, earthiness, with a medium length, quite dry, round citrus and malt finish.

M: Creamy/milky mouthfeel, medium-high, almost-sharp carbonation and medium body.

O: Aroma is nice, but the taste is pretty watery, which really detracts from the experience. There are lots of other shelf sours out there which have this beaten by a furlough.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
4.39 out of 5 based on 844 ratings.
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