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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 tewaris
3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks SourNotes for sharing a long time want.

Bubbly, very very bubbly. Clear golden color and big white head is inviting. Aroma is funky and leathery. Taste is dominated by acetic sourness but the (extremely) high carbonation keeps it alive... I am not a fan of vinegar in some Flanders style beers because it seems to settle on the palate but it works in Brute.

Very much champagne like as was expected... a simpler beer with great drinkability.

4.5, 4, 3.5, 4.5, 4

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite wild's. Finally decided to break down and write a review. Thanks to whoever brought this bottle to Imminent Liquidation II

A - Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving small stringy lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lemons, granny smith apples, bready yeast, oak, some sweetness and a good amount of lactic sourness. Not as funky as others in the style, but that isn't a bad thing.

T - Starts off with a nice jolt of citric fruit tartness quickly being enveloped by the lactic sourness and hints of chewy grain, green apple and plenty of dry oak tannins. The dryness continues through the finish. Could use a tiny bit more funk but thats just me.

M - Tart, dry feel with a spritzy feel from the moderately high carbonation. The champagne yeast really works well for this one and it isn't overly sour like others in the style.

O - Easily one of the best wild's out there. If you are looking to get into the world of sour beers this is a good starting point. It isn't overly sour and it is easy to drink. Awesome stuff for sure.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a tough bottle to open, but well worth it. A huge, dense, foamy, white head dominates over an almost clear, dark gold beer with explosions of streaming carbonation. The head lasts long after the session, leaving thick patches of lace on a Brasseurs DeGarde flute.

Opens with strong, sour apple notes and a light funkiness. There is some lemon with warmth. A touch grassy and the apples turn to peaches.

A strong, sharp tang of acid cuts the sweetness down. Some spiciness with apples following through. The flavors are strong, but not heavy or overpowering. There is a long, dry, sour finish. With warmth, earthy flavors like oak are released.

Slightly chalky and definitely dry, Brute has a medium to full body with vigorous, to say the least, carbonation.

This is a great example of the style and will go well with pungent, creamy cheeses. I am tempted to make mac-n-cheese with bleu cheese. This would also be a fine conversation beer during a party.

I have subsequently had this on draught, and while it was the highlight of my trip to Ithaca, the bottled version was better.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Holland
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear straw color with heavy carbonation and head of large bubbles.

S: sour apple, pear, and some earthy notes and light grain

T: taste is all funk - pear, apple, tartness/sourness, very fruity and dry but left room for a bit of sweetness.

M: highly carbonated and medium body makes for a crisp, dry feeling. At some points, there was a slight coating feeling of heavier malts, but it passed quickly.

O: more complex than my review can indicate. Great beer overall, thanks to vapodge for the taste!

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Sideswipe
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. 2011 batch. I've received bottles of this from AleWatcher and Palmej1. Huge thanks to both!

An aggressive pour yields a huge four finger head which threatens to overflow my glass. The foam recedes leaving a white coaster floating atop the golden hued brew. The nose is fruity and sour, almost champagne like. Taste opens with notes of sour green apples and barnyard funk. Mid-palate there's a nice tartness which sets up a refreshingly dry finish. The beer is medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture. Brute is a wonderful example of an American Wild Ale. An almost perfect blend of tart, sour, funky flavors combined with an expertly crafted body make this brew a joy to imbibe. Highly recommended

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 844 ratings
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