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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States | website

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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4.39
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a quite large bubbly head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of sour notes with distinctive notes of oak with light green apple notes. Taste is also a very well balance notes between some oak with some sour notes and some light barnyard notes with a distinctive Brett dry finish. I must admit that this is one of the best American sour I have tasted to date and very close to some of the Belgian lambic. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well done and something I would buy again even considering the hefty price tag.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml kindly shared by dyan. Batch 1.

Appearance: Hazed gold with a great big white head, excellent retention and tons of lace.

Smell: Salty, sweaty, footy funk. Brett has done wonders to this one. Lemon, hay, farmyard, and the faintest hint of burnt rubber. No sweetness is present whatsoever - this one's all funk.

Taste & mouthfeel: Lemony sourness and loads of yeasty funk. Moderately acidic with great balancing dryness in the finish. Nice light crisp body, remarkably easy to drink.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 12/19/10

Appearance: Great golden color, cloudy with a great head and great lacing

Smell: Super sour - tart, with a little Brett funk, some wood, some pale malts... but mostly sour

Taste: Sour! There is some funk, which becomes more apparent as it warms, but this beer seems to be all about the sour - a pretty clean sour - very tart, with some subtle sweet, light fruits - the sweetness helps balance - malts are very light, almost delicate - some hints of wood, but it is muted by the sourness and other tasty flavors

Mouthfeel: Puckering, but also crisp and light - nicely carbonated

Overall: An excellent sour

Yes, a fantastic sour that isn't from California or Belgium... Brute isn't earth-shattering, but it is great. I hope I can get my hands on more.

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Photo of vrazionale
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a hazy straw-colored body with a fluffy, thick head with very good retention.

S - Wow. An absolutely wonderful nose. Apples, basement funk, lemon, wet wood, floral notes, orange, horse blanket. A practically perfect integration of bright fruit and dark funk flavors.

T - Deliciously tart. Has a flavor profile vaguely similar to a funky apple cider, only with much more lemon and floral flavors. The finish is long - I'm still tasting the subtle fruity, funky finish for minutes after each sip.

M - Crisp, with a very well-crafted body. The use of barley, wheat, and corn sounds daunting, but the brewers did a spot-on job of blending the malts to create the perfect background for the brett yeast to do it's thing. The Champagne yeasts certainly give this brew it's fair share of effervescence.

D - It's hard to put a beer this good into words. Certainly one of the best sours I've yet come across, and I think that it will be difficult to do much better than this. I'd drink this with cheese (a citrusy fresh goat's milk cheese, a young Comte, or the always-delicious Tomme Crayeuse) or a big plate of fresh oysters. I could have easily given this brew a "5" in any of the above categories - but I couldn't choose. You owe it to yourself to get your hands on this brew.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a capped and corked 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

Batch # E!010

A: Pours a hazy, bright, and glowing pale golden color that's capped with an incredibly creamy, bright-white, 1/2 finger head that leaves some thick ropes of lace behind. Carbonation is very active.

S: Tart and/or sour green apple and berry that's backed by a mildly funky aroma and snatches of vinegar. Tangy citrus also makes its' presence known. As it warmed I noticed aromas of pear and wildflowers.

T: Sour apple, lemon, berry, and vinegar in the forefront. Also in there are mildly funky Brett flavors as well faint flavors of grapes, and a slight woodyness.

M: Bracingly sour with an incredible dry tartness that plays on the tongue. Acidic and puckery without being at all obnoxious.

D: Excellent! I wasn't exactly sure what this beer was about, but I was sure it was going to be interesting, at the very least. A first class Wild Ale from the east coast...I'm really liking this!

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Photo of atr2605
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours hazy golden color with a slightly off white foamy head
S- citrus, green apple, subtle straw aroma.
T- tangy citrus that finishes tart with the oak coming through in the finish
M- light medium bodied with high carbonation
O- a really enjoyable sour and one of the better beers I have from ithaca beer company. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch E! 018
Brought this back from the brewery on a recent NY trip.
Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Aroma is fruity and funky and phenolic mmm mmm mmm. Light citrus, strawberry, and raspberry aromas being bullied about by some barnyard funk. The taste is lemony sour at first then you get some of the passion fruit, sour cherries, and tart acidic raspberries. Lemons and sour green apples kick in before the dryness moves in and leaves a lingering sour patch kids taste on your palette. Carbonation is crisp, medium body, puckering mouthfeel. Wow this is good! Makes me wish I hadn't traded two of these away.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this from israel, split with largadeer on day one of our epic tasting.

A: Hazy golden yellow with a massive white head made up of rather big bubbles. Great retention.

S: Grassy, hay-like funk with a sharp citric acidity. Mild green apple, almost salty. There's a mild floral honey-like note that balances things a bit but this is predominantly funky and awesome.

T: Opens up with a lot of funk - barnyard, hay, grass, lemon zest and a wonderful, refreshing tartness that really cleans and rejuvenates the palate. Crisp and clean with lemon-like sourness with great acidity. Finishes dry with a pleasant lemon-zest flavor that I love

M: Light, crisp, great finish. Great balance between sourness, acidity and funk

D: Ridiculously drinkable!

**Edit 17 Dec 2011**

I've been fortunate to have all the batches of this beer so far, and it seems like Ithaca's only growing stronger. This is batch 4 (or E!037, as it's called), received from Alex. Thank you, man!

A clear golden orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention, this is a very nice looking beer. The nose is a wonderful expression of Brett. Plenty of clove with a little plastic, some tropical fruit and just plain wildness, this is rather rustic and refreshing. A surprising honeydew melon and honey-like sweetness are present as well. A mild acidity is also present, with some lactic acid and grapefruit zest-like citrus character. The palate opens with a very pleasing lactic sourness, lip-smacking good and with a moderate citrus pith-like sourness. No real acetic character is present, though the Brett character is intense with a blend of clove, plastic phenols and wet hay. A mild sweetness is present with a blend of honey and fruit, before a lactic finish with some Brett phenols take over. No real oak character is present, though some grainy, husky tannins are discernible. Excellent stuff, and while my original scores might be generous (I'd drop the taste to a 4), I'll let it slide for now.

As an aside, I do wish that they'd let a barrel or two age for 2-3 years, as I can imagine this would make a wonderful transition from a jonge lambic-like character (that is currently present) to a nice oude lambic of some sort.

**Edit 28 June 2013**
Batch 2 (E!017). Happy birthday, Mark!

This has aged quite nicely. Earthy and citrusy brightness, grassy and hay-like funk, a touch of acetone, quite nice. The palate is better with a blend of lactic and lemony sourness, a touch of earth. Funk is modest, and mostly grassy/hay like with a touch of mushrooms. The acetone character has increased with age, but is still wholly pleasant. A touch vinous/musky. Solid. 4/4/4

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've got a crazy-good beer on my hands here. If you love Duvel but wish it had more artisinal Belgain character, then here it is.

The pour brings a very lively decant. Efforvescent foam billows from the liquid with a cotton-white color, great formation, very good retention, and a ton of lacing. Canary yellow and medium haze round out the appearance.

Strong vineous aromas of lemons, limes, under-rippenend berries and fruits, peaches, white grapes, pears, appricots, and granny smith apples leap out and attack the nose. Champagne-y wine notes combined with sharp citric acids, lactic notes, and oak for a well rounded, melded scent that steers away from vinegar. Peppery throughout.

Flavors are a direct transfer from the nose, with emphasis on the acidic fruits, grapefruits, and pepppery phenols that burst with juiciness. Hop flavor offers up dried grasses, lemon-grass, and sharp herbal tones. Very nice.

Astringent and sharp sensations hit the jawls and promote mouthwatering. After the initial shock, the maltiness is found with a softer pilsner malt base that remains crisp and dry. Dryness is the name of the game. Not much sweetness beyond the cracker-like malts. Instead, the acidic pang of lemons and grapefruit take the foreground while hop bitterness and light saltiness follow up in the finish.

This is a beer with a lot going on, yet is pretty simple and put together very well. It has the dryness and crispness of Duvel, but that Brett character helps to add the sour fruit notes to the dryness. Hop flavor and bitterness compound the effect of the Brett and other yeast blends to make the beer as arid, sharp, and acidic as possible without offending.

Thanks jampics2

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Photo of stakem
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml brown bottle stuck with a yellow synthetic corked and capped, poured into my favorite snifter. This is the most recent batch #E!027. Tonight is a celebratory type of night and this is the closest thing I have to champagne...only better.

Brute pours a hazed light golden orange color with more than 2 fingers of white head that slowly receeds leaving some patches of leggy lace about the glass. After the initial surge of carbonation and head formation, it settles to a thin cap supported by some rising bubbles. A light swirl revives the head back to a finger's strength. The orange glow that this brew displays is interesting. Even though it appears somewhat cloudy, it doesn't have any particles floating around or stuck in suspension that I can see.

The aroma of brute includes some sharp citrus notes reminescent of lemon upfront. All through the nose is the scent of brett with a contrasting smell somewhat like that of wet leather and funky goodness that is somewhat cheesy. Underneath the predominant character of brett and lemony citrus is a light grainy sweetness that ties it all together and really accents the citrus component of the nose. Once brute reaches warmer temperatures, some alcohol character comes out and really gives the first indication of some woodsy notes.

The taste of brute is tart upfront with the lemony citrus character that has a minor puckering quality. Some of the alcohol's presence comes through here and highlights the sharpness of this brew's flavor. Beyond the citrus aspect is a light grainy sweetness that blends into the brett's contribution of funk, cheese and leather. This brew finishes with a dry woodsy flavor that has a light grainy taste that offsets the tartness and acidity.

Brute is a light bodied brew with a moderately high level of carbonation that is prickly and light on the tongue. This beer is crisp, refreshing, complex and overall just well balanced without brett overkill to allow you to enjoy everything that is going on inside this brew. It has an excellent amount of drinkability and enough alcohol that allows you to enjoy another glass but without the effects playing too much of a factor.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours vibrant golden and slightly hazy into my snifter. The white head is mountainous and cavernous with excellent retention. Thick lacing is left behind after the head recedes.

The aroma is lemon and other light fruits, with oak and Brett. The Brett imparts mustiness and barnyard notes. Some acetic acid is evident in the nose. As the beer warms, citrus is coaxed out of hiding and soft notes of orange, grapefruit, and apricot to shine.

The taste is an immediate lemon zing, with noticeable oakiness. The Brett has some horse blanket and barnyard with some tartness, but it's not overwhelmingly funky. This beer has a nice balance of dry funk and fruit. Some earthiness is noticeable. The finish is very dry, exhibiting just a touch of sweetness, and fruity tartness lingers.

The beer is light bodied and effervescent with a dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by Matt- Thanks dude!

From notes:

Pours a golden color with a slim one finger white head. Good carbonation, and almost zero lacing. Very cloudy in appearance. Smell is that of grass, some fruit, funk, and oak. Amazing nose. Taste is tart, w/ a nice funk vibe. Very smooth feel in spite of the tartness. Very easy going down. Feel is a carbonated tartness w/ a smoothness that balances it out. Overall, this is a great beer, and I'm happy I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a prodigious head that leaves a nice pattern

Smell: Tart and oaky, with lemon, green apple and Juicy Fruit notes

Taste: Tart and oaky right from the outset, with a developing fruity lemon/green apple character that adds a peppery element by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a hint of sweetness that enters to offset the wild and funky elements, but the finish is primarily, oaky and sour, with that Juicy Fruit flavor lingering to the very end

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Not the funkiest wild ale by any stretch but this is just how I like them - riding on the edge but not heading over the cliff

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Photo of fiver29
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is wonderful brette with some tart smells and woody notes. Body is medium to almost thin. This is highly carbonated. Flavor is funky wood, lemon, with a nice tart flavor that is smooth on the finish. Very crisp. Overall this was a nice brew. I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes - served in a tulip. Pours a hazy orange with a dense, bright white, half-inch head. Nose suggests grapefruit and screams tart. Taste follows nose - tart without being overly sour. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a lively, palate-cleansing carbonation and an acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. This is a top notch American Wild. Tart and refreshing; I've been wanting to try this beer for quite some time and was not at all disappointed. I definitely need to track a bottle of this down.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch E!010. Poured into two tulips and shared with the lady.

A: Bright, rich golden colored body with fantastic hazing. Large fluffy white head which slowly recedes to a nice coating with no patches. Good spotty, fluffy lacing.

S: Soft green apples, lemon, orange, funk. Overall slightly tart and sour.

T: Amped up explosion of sour green apples and tart citric fruits. Light funk in the background. Absolutely divine flavor profile. Everything is silky smooth and loaded with delicate complexity.

M: Tart and sour with a nice light-medium body. Clean, crisp and refreshing finish. Somewhat sweet in the middle.

D: A super sour. Not sure what I could have done with the whole bottle to my self, but this is a nice light sour. Reminds me very much of temptation crossed with fantome saison. Get one.

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Photo of AshleyMiller
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a special thanks to Ejeffer11 again for this beer! poured into a stone snifter. batch E!037.

a- the perfect warm sunny yellow-brown, an opaque masterpiece with thousands of tiny champagne bubbles

s- heavenly, brett in all its glory

t- much the same as the smell, quick tart apple-pear tinge with a clean finish, not acidic mouth-puckering, but sour non the less

m- the body of the trickle off of third dam, a lesser known ithaca waterfall, a rush of balanced sour on the tongue, softening quickly

o- truly a delight to drink. not overwhelming. simple elegance in a bottle. will be seeking this one out permanently.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long time want, great great beer. Did not disappoint. I will be seeking this beer out in greater quantities.

Beer is straw yellow and hazy. Forms a thin white head with a lot of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is strong citric sour....beautiful.

Beer is medium to low bodied. Great sweetness followed by huge tartness. Woodsey, funky. There is a lot of carbonation in the mouth to carry that sour throughout. I love this beer.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter

Batch 1

A- Hazy appearance, white one finger head, great lacing, yellow straw appearance
S- Awesome aroma, tart, grapes, sour apple, lemon, brett, my mouth is watering.
T- Very puckering, sour, tarty grape taste, slightly vinegary, very tasty brett funkiness, wild yeast, delicious, sour apples, lemon, hints of citrus, as well as oaky earthiness, a lot going on with the taste.
M- Medium mouth feel, puckering, refreshing, excellent carbonation, well balanced sourness
O- One of the best sours I have had, just delicious, sour, refreshing, complex, wish I had more to drink, really easy drinkability, perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of AltBock
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped and corked bottle with a gold label that has the word "Brute" in a ancient Roman font. Flanking both sides of the name of the beer are Ancient Roman coins. Below the name is a description of the beer and a batch number in a rectangle. To the right of that is a paragraph that talks about the Excelsior series. Keep going to the right and you'll find the Government warning, correct glassware, and correct serving temp. This bottle was from batch E!010. I couldn't find a batch number listing, but I have a feeling that its from 2009/2010.

A Great Lakes Snifter was my choice for this beer. From behind the gold label came a hazy pure gold colored beer. There's gold in this beer! This beer was so hazy that I could only see the brief silhouette of my fingers on the other side of the glass. The head of foam was equally impressive as the beer's color. Up rose a tall 1 inch+ cloud white head of foam. This head of foam took its sweet time receding. It left behind a thin white film and quite a few clingy streaks of lace around the glass. Eye candy all the way!

The aroma was funky! Not a bad funky. It was a sour and tart funkiness. It was sour and tart with white grapes, green grapes, green apples and a little lemon and pineapple. As you can tell, it was the beer's fruitiness that kicked off the aroma. Following the fruits was a touch of oak. When the oak had its small amount of fun, the beer then finishes up with a nice semi sweet barnyard funkiness. It was an interesting and nice aroma. It was one of those aromas that my nose couldn't get enough of.

The taste was more sour and tart than it was funky. Like the aroma, it was the beer's tart fruits that kicked off the taste. I tasted tart green grapes, white grapes, a drop of green apples, and a splash of lemon. I detected a little oak after all the fruits. Since this beer wasn't aged IN oak, the oak couldn't control this beer. After all this, the beer then finished up with a slight barnyard funkiness. It would have been easier to write that this beer tasted like it smelled. That would have been too easy. I liked how the barnyard funk didn't completely take control of the taste. It was this beer's sour level that controlled this taste.

This was a light to medium bodied Wild Ale that had plenty of carbonation and nice sour and tart aftertaste. The aftertaste contained more sour and tart green grapes, white grapes, green apples, lemons, and a pinch of barnyard funkiness. Only the sour and tart fruits will linger on the roof of your mouth.

I see that age hasn't taken away any of this beer's sour and tartness. This is one of those beers that did a disappearing trick in front of my eyes. A little bit and a little bit there and before I knew it, the entire 750 was gone. Would I drink it again? I sure would if Ithaca ever decides to make it again.

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Photo of gibby
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade through younger35, thanks again Dan for this and the 09' darkness. Been sitting on this for a few months so I decided to crack it open for Christmas. New to the sour world so my reviews kind of suck.

Poured a very nice gold color into my duvel tulip glass. Little bit of pillowy white head that went away rather quickly. A lot of bubbles, reminiscent of a champagne. Smelled a lot of lemon and other citrus qualities. Taste goes right back to the lemon with a really nice sourness. I found the sourness to be very pleasing to to the palate. Great mouth feel with nice carbonation. I thought the drinkability was very high. I drank the 750ml on my own and I enjoyed every drop. Highly recommended. Well done Ithaca.

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Photo of weeare138
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at TJs...
Appears a hazy light straw toned gold. Acfluffy white cap slowly fades into a mild head. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, light oak, lemon zest, light funk, and earthiness.
Taste is of the aromas with an apple flavor and dry white wine flavor pulling through. Delicious stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, salty, sweet, fruity, funky, and tart. Citrusy, tart, and dry.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2 Brute, poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a white, fluffy head.

S- Very citric and funky. A distinct horseblanket funk leads the way into aromas of lactic sourness and sour apple. This already smells way better than batch 1!

T- Very dry and sour. The dominant flavor is tart, green apples with herbal, peppery tones and a hint of funk towards the end.

M- Crisp and dry.

D- Very well balanced and far superior to batch 1 Brute.

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Photo of joe1510
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml
Batch# E!010

Thanks goes out to Lum for this beauty, good choice! The 750 fills my glass with a hazy apricot liquid with carbonation shooting from every surface of the glass. There's enough haze to keep me from seeing through the body but the carbonation is highly visible. The head rose so quickly I had to slow the pour to a trickle. The fizzy white head eventually settles to a thick cap, which sticks around forever, and leaves strands of lacing in its wake.

Mustiness jumps out of the glass right away and dusts all the other aromas. A field of wildflowers, cobwebs and the faintest touch of damp wood make up the funkiness in the nose while fruitiness makes up the sweeter side. Muscat grapes leap from the glass and combine with musty peaches and apricots to form a pleasant yet mild sweet component that play off the funkiness. The apricots step forward as this beer warms. I could keep my nose in this glass all night long, it smells that good but now it's time to start drinking.

I'm happy to say the nose lead me in the right direction. Slightly sweet over ripe fruit snaps across the taste buds the second this beer hits the tip of my tongue. A slight pucker comes around mid palate with hints of tart grapes, unripe peaches, and unripe apricots. The mustiness pokes its head up here and there but manages to stay toward the back. The sweet and sour play off each other perfectly, switching from one to the other multiple times throughout each drink. One thing that is constant is the sourness on the finish, there's just enough there to feel it on my cheeks and sides of my tongue. Brute has a great depth of flavor.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be. The body has a moderate consistency but the crisp carbonation keeps the body snapping across the tongue and creates the feel of lighter bodied ale. The sourness invades the back of the tongue briefly to create a pucker and disappears just as quickly. After the swallow this beer dries you out and leaves me wanting more.

The drinkability is off the charts. The sweet and sour along with the dryness keep this beer flowing until the bottle is empty and then leaves me wishing there was more.

I've become a big fan of Ithaca and this beer puts them over the top. Nicely soured with enough sweetness to work off each other. Thanks for the bottle Paul, this stuff is delicious!

Reviewed: 9/28/08

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Photo of Knapp85
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a very nice clear yellow color with a foamy white head on top. The retention was light with a subtle lacing also. The smell of the beer has a nice amount of funk on the nose but it doesn't cancel out the base elements of the beer which I like. The taste of the beer is tart up front with a sharp funky citrus in there. The finish of the beer is interesting, there is an interesting sweetness in there that might be wheat or something like that coming through. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied, very drinkable and nicely carbonated. Overall, very good stuff. Really nice simple complexity in there , I liked it a lot.

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Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
4.39 out of 5 based on 841 ratings.
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