Brute | Ithaca Beer Company

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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 infestaxion
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch E!010

A - Very hazy golden blonde with a fluffy white head that hangs around forever.

S - Very sour and funky. Lightly fruity. Kiwi maybe? Very nice. I wish they made candles that smelled like this.

T - Nice and tart. Very good sourness to it. That fruit smell is there in the background but very subdued. The funk is also not as noticeable in the taste as the smell. Very, very good.

M - It is very tingly. I love it.

D - I'm going to try very hard not to take down this whole 750 in the next 15 minutes.

In my opinion, this is easily one of the best American Wild Ales around. Happy birthday to me indeed.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brute pours a bright electric yellow, sort of a strange color with a beer. Slight haze in the center, with tons of carbonation supporting a large, foamy head. Bubbles on the side and bottom of the glass rise up, giving the head great retention. Lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Green apple, white grape, pear, barnyard funk, a little vanilla, and some oak.

Taste: Oaky and sour. Some bretty funk turns sour, but it is not overwhelming. Tart green apples, white grapes, and a bit of pear. Woody oak helps to tie everything together. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy at the same time. Crisp, dry, and medium bodied. The acidity creates a puckering sensation in my lower cheeks.

Drinkability: At this stage in my sour drinking career, balance is something I look kindly upon, and Brute demonstrates an extremely good balance. I will go after this again.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at kraftworks.

A- comes to me with two fingers of bright white head that settles in a bit to an almost mirror finish. Hazy golden yellow orange in color.

S- tart peaches and lemon zest. Hint of florals and honey. Pale wheat and funk.

T- sour peaches and lemon juice. slightly sweet pale wheat and a nice yeastiness. Sweet tart finish.

M- medium in body with a nice understated carb.

D- this is a beautifully put together wild ale. The layers of sweet and sour are amazing. I love this stuff.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 12 November 2010 at the "Ithaca Beer Happy Hour" @ Tap and Mallet.

Served in a non-standard, 8.5oz tasting glass, appears cloudy gold, one-finger head, heavy but runny lacing at first. Head goes away quickly but leaves beautiful filmy head. Aroma is slightly funky, all-brett yeast, but beer is not deep enough down the glass to evaluate aroma, nor warmed up.

Taste is only SLIGHTLY sour, and ends with a fresh dryness. It's as if the beers foams up and coats the roof of the mouth. Little hints of apricot and lemon peel. Halfway down the glass, foam film gets heavier and lacing becomes stickier. Tasting more The sour funk gets wilder and the dry feeling on the palate becomes addicting. Reminds me of Russian River Tempation, but more dry and less sour. Love it.

Back to aroma -- the old bearded man next to me is looking at me funny and shaking his head as I put my nose into the glass. Aroma hasn't changed. It is still a delightful dry funk, like the dry white wine of beer. Met up with Matt Schultz of Ithaca, and he then told me that this beer is all-brett, single hopped. Amazing brew, Ithaca.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasting with rye726 and ratman197. Beer #7 of 8. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a New Belgium snifter.

A- Pours a hazy, straw colored yellow. Very vibrant. Produced a thin white head.

S- Wow! Potent and spot on. Getting a strong farmhouse funk aroma, with some lemon zest and horse blanket. Lots of high acidic citrus aromas. Absolutely divine.

T- Giant cornucopia of oak, lemon, grapefruit, brett and acidic notes. Flavors were assertive and the sourness fell just short of mouthpuckering. Great stuff.

M- One of my favorite parts of the beer. Light mouthfeel. The carbonation gave an almost creamy texture to the beer. Quite unique.

D- Putting a 750 mL bottle of this would be so easy. And that's really hard to do with a lot of sours. I had my glass and I was begging for more.

Overall, what an amazing sour. Reminded a lot of Beatification and Isabelle, but better. Do yourself a favor and pick up a few bottles, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. 2010 vintage. Split with friends.

A: Pours a bright, hazy lemony orange with a thick, fluffy, bright white head that slowly faded to lace. Great head retention.
S: Super clean notes of brett, lemon zest, peaches, apricots, nectarines, straw and pepper. This smells amazing.
T: Lightly tart notes of citrus and lemon zest. Fruit follows the nose, especially the peach. The finish is full of golden fruits and maybe raspberries, and the aftertaste is lightly dry with flavors of straw.
M: Very soft carbonation, velvety soft actually, with a light, dry mouth.
O: Amazingly subtle beer. The flavors are very complex but don’t overwhelm the senses. I really enjoyed the flavor and the mouthfeel especially. Definitely underhyped.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

my favorite brewery has made brute a brewery release only. Phe.... I'm close to Ithaca

a- pours a flourescent hazy yellow with a SASSY head of foam on the glass.Brute is bright and literally glows across my ithaca tulip

S- a blast of citrus flavor and brett that is as strong as it can be. A slight theme of wheat and pepper round off that funky barnyard scent that some many love. Brute pushes the brett experience in a brew

t- very lively and powerful with the flavors. The freshness makes me pucker, due to the borderline sour taste. This is what an american wild should taste like. Bursting flavors of citrus and brett all over

m- carbonation is exactly how you would want it to be

o- what can be the closure for summarizing this brew? it has flavors of sweetness and sour elements that engulf the palate. experiencing brute makes an american wild ale experience complete. Great job ithaca

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Photo of codewarrior
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cork and capped 750mL Bomber (Batch E!027), poured into a Balloon.

Picked this up from the source, and boy am I glad I did. For me, this is the definitive Golden Sour (yes, it blows temptation out of the water ... no-contest).

A: Hay-colored and cloudy. HUGE soapy head, HUGE, dissipates slowly and laces the glass beautifully.

S: Tart, dry and sour. Light too ... man I want this in my mouth, this thing smells phenomenal.

T: Sweet up front, tart in the middle, dries out and fades into fruits (heavy on the cherry and berry) and pollen. Spectacular taste here.

F: Sparkly and light, but thick enough to coat the mouth.

D: Definitive. Awesome.

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Photo of Cresant
4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. BAtch E!010, I have had this one about a year. The black artificial cork came out with a small pop. The huge head was crisp white and it lingered forever. Streaks of lace stuck to the sides. The body was bright golden and clear. On the second pour it became murkier.

Smell was of a damp basement. Powdery. Mildly yeasty. Aroma was not pronounced.

Taste was sweet lemony tartness. Nice big flavors. Peppercorns and drying woodiness. I love this character in a beer. Organic leafiness. Mild yeasts. Ginger. Juicy fruit. Green apple peel. Honeydew. Some sweetness remains in the aftertaste, however, the woody dryness is predominant. One of the best I've tasted!

Mouthfeel was prickly and effervescent. Medium in body but very light, evaporating-like texture. Very champagne-like. I love this beer.

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Photo of iadler
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of dmeadows. Thanks Dennis! '11 Bottle.

A- Pours a gorgeous sunset yellow with a fluffy head that dissipates slowly leaving adequate lacing behind.

S- Good amount of funk upfront with some barnyard notes and vinegar followed by lemon, apricot, peach, blood orange and apple.. A nice blend of funkiness and citrus/tropical fruit.

T- Some tartness initially with sweet tarts, a bit of vinegar and hay followed by big citrus and tropical fruit with notes of peach, apricot, lemon and apple. The flavors compliment each other so well without anything being overpowering.

M- Lively carbonation with a light body and a clean finish.

O-An incredible beer in regards to complexity and balance. Not overly tart nor sweet, Brute has to be one of the most memorable beers for me recently and one of the best overall beers I've had this year.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a thick white fluffy head, the smell is slightly funky and very tart. the taste is very dry, tart with a good funkiness. the mouthfeel is dry and crisp, you can tell that the champagne yeast was used to finish this one off, and it works well for this style. honestly, one of the best wild ales i have had

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Photo of rye726
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared with rhinos00 and ratman197.

Pours a hazy straw with a fizzy white head. Settles to a thin cover with subtle lacing.

Fantastic nose of horse blanket, damp soil, manure, oak, tart citrus, candy malts, subtle floral hops and white wine.

Taste is also quite complex and maintains perfect balance. Funky barnyard yeast presence over lemon, grapefruit, fruity malts, oak and quiet hops.

Crisp body is delicately carbonated. Could enjoy this beauty anytime.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chose after the fact to review this for my 400th, as it is worthy of any milestone out there. Reviewed from notes.

The trees are all still on one of those hazy mornings as the sun shines through the thick cloud cover. Everything washed in a dim yellow haze, a massive puff of white cloud blocks out the sun and lingers around all morning, breaking off small pieces to leave behind as it drifts away.
The aroma of rich and complex sour, perhaps as a farm in spring-time, some fresh lemons, a bit of funk wafting up from the barn, freshly tilled earth with grass tilled under, a pasture, white grapes weighing down the trees. It may not be possible for a sour to have a better nose, at least on the fresh and inviting side of things, rather than the cavey-dank that some may have.
The flavours are also reminiscent of a fresh breeze coming up from a pasture, sunshine on a hilltop as the trees and tall grass dance upwards toward the sky. A light lemon-sour-citrus, faint honey-sweet in the back with white-bread malt. Lemon-sour, brett-sour, apple-sour, all perfectly blended.
Massive fluffy carbonation dances on the tongue and fills the mouth, as it were, with prickly cotton. A tart finish leaves a lingering dryness and astringency, makes one want more.
I am blessed to have time to look at the weather and ponder, and blessed to have such an exquisite creation to have enjoyed. Seek this out.

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Photo of everetends
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle sent to me by the great Lum. I have heard him and the rest of the LNBA crew that have enjoyed this pimp the hell out of it, and I am stoked to have the chance. Served up in a tulip. Batch # E!010

A: First off this beer is capped and corked. Once you uncork this fool, you get a huge pop. Have to be careful when you pour this sweetheart because she foams easily. Slow pour got me a huge white, foamy head. Head has decent retention and doesn't really ever go away, only falling to a completely solid top cap that produces some spotty lacing. The body is a really pretty hazy, sunny yellow color that shine brighter when held to the light. Lots of carbonation steadily streams from the bottom of the glass. Really pretty beer.

S: My goodness does this lady wear a fine perfume. As soon as you pop that cork, a massive amount of aroma fills the area and really gives you a treat. There is first a foremost a really dank ass musty, musky scent coming out. Then comes all that sweet ass and sour ass fruity goodness. Sour, sweet and tart fruits. Green apple, grape, melon, pear, lemon, orange. All of these are in here. There is a slight and sweet vinegar smell coming out as well. Then, comes a bit of wood (oak) and earthiness (a barn full of hay). This is just great.

T: Man is this a tart and tasty little lady. The fruits take center stage, no teasing whatsoever, just full on entertainment. The sweet and sour green apple. Sweet melon, zesty lemon, sugary and tart pear. Grapefruit pucker. Grapes all over this with a nice white wine tartness. Stupid amount of fruit goodness. There is an apple cider vinegar presence that is slightly vinegary but still adds to the fruity sweetness in here. The barnyard funk is here as well with some dirty hay and a touch of salty leather. It can't get much better than this. I would give it a 5 but my experience with Wild Ales is minimal, so I will give the others the benefit of the doubt but I don't think it can get any better.

M: This is a medium bodied brew that has just a high carbonation crispness that doesn't stop. The beer is just so damned light and bubbly on the palate and tingles on the way down. ABV is low and doesn't even play a factor in here. The beer is very light on the palate and doesn't linger too long but doesn't leave too early. All those fruits come out in the aftertaste and allow you to thoroughly explore this crazy good beer.

D: This beer is amazing. Hands down, amazing. This beer is an incredible achievement and it is successful in all categories. This beer is just so complex, yet easy to drink and enjoy. This is one of those beers you pop for nonbelievers, serve up in wine glasses, let them enjoy, and then BAM, "Thats a beer, bitches!". No one will believe you. Just a powerful and beautiful brew that goes down so easy I had to keep myself in check and from gulping this down. This 750 will be savored and then mourned once it is killed. I envy those in and near Ithaca. Thanks, Paul.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml capped and corked bottle picked up at the brewery. Third (and most recent as of this review) batch of Brute.

A- Pours a hazy orange/yellow. Huge, fluffy white head on initial pour lasts and leaves nice lacing on my glass.
S- Slight aromas of barnyard brett funk, with a tart tinge to it. Inviting.
T- Delicious. The balanced/restrained tart flavors work well with the earthy notes beind it. Everything I want a sour to taste like.
M- Light, refreshing, crisp, with just the right amount of dryness. High carbonation.
D- Falvorfull and complex make this highly drinkable. The high price tag makes this a difficult daily drinker, but that in no way detracts from it's score.

Overall - After a couple of times having this I decided it was time to actually review it. Just the right amount of tartness and complexity make this a fantastic brew, and highly recommended if you can get your hands on some.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle.

Pours a yellow straw color with a huge white head. The aroma is very tart with some citrus and oak character. Flavor is very citric and somewhat oaky. Lots of lemon and some tangerine. Some funk but more tart than funky. Highly carbonated and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I sampled this at BCTC this past summer and knew I had a new best friend.

The color is a hazy straw with a tight white head.

The aroma is of citrus and green apple.

The taste is a fresh and tart with a noticeble corn flavor accompanied by the bright fruit. the funk is present but very subtle. I love this beer.

The carbonation was dead on giving this a great mouth feel.

The drinkablity is way up there due to the taste and carbonation balance.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours a a light, orangey-gold, warm glow, cloudy with lots of effervescence. 3-finger fluffy white head that recedes into a dense white cap, which eventually thins into a soapy white layer. Sticks to the walls of the glass nicely.

Poured straight out of the fridge, but allowed to warm quite a bit before tasting.

At cellar temp or a bit below:

Nose comes through with green apple skins, some mellow but vivid earthy barnyard funk, hints of tropical fruits, vanilla, and bright citrus. Maybe a bit of white grape skins in there as well. So clean and well balanced though, while still holding on to just enough beautiful musty earthiness from the brett.

Taste is beautifully crisp, tart, dry up front, big explosion of sharp carbonation still can't hide the lemon and green apple notes entirely. The flavors explode around mid palate - again, lemony citrus and green apple are front and center, quite sour, with a lingering finish that's clean and crisp, yet still carries with it a hint of the earthy funk. There's a subtle cidery apple presence on the finish that is fantastic. The flavors are so snappy, they just seem to pop.

Edit: the very last glass was, I think, just a bit warm for this particular beer, and the earthy barnyard really came alive in it, with a bit of wet leather coming out as well. Green apple recedes, lemony citrus sourness remains. I preferred it just a hair cooler to get those amazing fruit notes, but even now, the beer is spectacular.

Mouthfeel is light and sparkling - effervescent and spritzy. Big champagne-like carbonation over a light, refreshing body.

God, I can't wait for the next batch of this beast to be released. Spectacular.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes. Batch E027.

A- Pours a cloudy gold body with a 2-finger head with excellent retention.

S- Sour! Very Nice. Maybe some cherries, crabapple, and some great funky yeast with some barnyard and tart aromas.

T- Very sour/tart/ Peachiness, apples, grapes, and some sharp earthiness.

MF- Almost champagne like. Great carbonation.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with friends, Hazy gold hue shines in the glass capped by a silkey white foam head with good retention. Nice funky aroma, lemon zest, perhaps apple too. Mild and enjoyable tartiness balance slight biscuit. All sorts of fruit enhance the taste. Smooth and bubbling mouth. Quite an enjoyable concoction.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked bottle into a large wine glass. Batch 10 in the excelsior series. Thanks goes out to Goryskhewych for the bottle in a trade. I tried a sample of this in a bottle before and had it on tap, I just cant get enough of this stuff.

A- Taking out the cork. Brute pours a bright golden color with some spots of yellow. Brute has a cloudy appearance from all that was put into making it. A nice streamed pour yielded little to no head but what was there was white and fizzy. A nice golden color in sight. This is very gueze like in presense and looks great in the wine glass.

S- Sweet sour heaven. Not sweet in that sense but scents of barnyard and funk mixed with various types of yeast(champagne variety) making for a wonderful nose. Getting a lot of brett aroma's telling me this was expertly innoculated. Getting some citrus notes as brute opens up and does its thing. A great smelling beer to sum up.

T- I first had a 2oz sample of this a while ago and i've been searching for this since since it wowed me, and brute did it again. I simply am in awe over this and need more. A nice innoculated golden ale with funky brett and champagne yeast, what's not to love? The champagne yeast used really gives brute a face of it's own in an ever increasing sour market. Brute is funky with barnyard written all over it. Some earthy and floral qualitys with some sour green apple thrown in as well. Simple but elegant.

M- Crisp and very nicely carbonated. Brute has it all. A nice mouth puckering sourness that's not overkill, well at least not for me. This is very light bodied and has a good nice dry finish. This almost reminded me of wine sometimes and has a similar profile to temptation IMO. A great beer to pair with cheese, meat, lamb, whatever.

D- A low abv and a great taste make this an exceptional sour in my book. The mouthfeel is also to die for. I would drink a bottle of this to myself no problem and now that Brute is getting some distribution I very well may do that. I cant wait for the next batch. I will say this, Brute is my favorite east coast sour by far. Congratz Ithaca!

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am still peeved that Ithaca uses wine bottles for their whole excelsior! series. The cap has embossed grapes on the top. Come on! Anyways, the label is shiny and gold.

a- This poured a super hazy, murky golden otange color with a super massive frothy, fizzy white head. This head holds its shape well. Aroma is super fruity. Candy sweet. Lots of nice bitter apple smells. Awesome champagne character.

t - Funky and earthy! Fucking brilliant! Lots of champagne flavor from the yeast they added. Nice tart apple flavor. Some pepperyness.

Mf/d- Champagne but less carbonation than one. Slightly drying finish that makes your mouth water.
Beautifully balanced and surprisingly refreshing.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received 2 bottles in trade thanks to NutBrown and joe1510. Thanks Alan and Joe!

Served near room temp, maybe I should have chilled it down a bit as I lost an ounce or 2 when I popped the cork.

A hazy straw colour with a huge head of foam, it does settle down fairly quickly leaving some nice lacing.

One whiff and the influence of the Brett is right there with plenty of notes of wheat and some lemon citrus sourness to back it up. A very nice and inviting nose.

The taste starts off wonderfully sour and that has my complete attention. Smack. Yum. On to the light wheat and light lemon zest bitterness to go with the sour and a light dash of an oaky flavour. If you really want to taste how sour this is, try swishing the beer in your mouth. Oh my!

Medium mouthfeel, this is one highly carbonated brew but it works perfectly for me. And....head retention is superb.

Drinkability? I'll have to say....I could drink this all day long! Incredible drinkability because it tastes so damn good and the alcohol is just a number(label says it is 7%abv) and doesn't come into play at all.

Bottom line: I loves me a good American Wild Ale or Sour Ale. Brute is *crazy* good and anyone who appreciates the style must seek this one out. 'nuff said.

Thanks again, Alan and Joe for the opportunity!

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Thick orange moon. Looks as if you squeezed your own orange juice fresh.

S: Super tart, dank funky brett, the sourness I smell makes my nares stand.

T: Pretty much perfect. So even and balanced and pleasant. Mild approach slipping slightly into some sourness that rises like the tide and is capped just like the white of a wave.

M: Sourness is not astringent at all. I feel like I could tackle more than one bottle alone and keep my palate intact.

O: Again, pretty much perfect. Gotta stress my overwhelming support for Champagne yeast finishing in AWAs. This is how they should be done.

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Photo of 7ways
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3rd batch. And it's just as amazing as the first two.

Pretty murky straw and orange colored, like the sky when it gets all creepy before a good storm. Well constructed head. Thick lacing. It looks like a painting.

Initial Brett aroma literally makes my mouth water. Smells sweet, citrusy and dry (can a beer smell dry?). Kind of reminds me of picking apples in upstate New York when I was in grade school, how's that for an aroma-induced flashback?

Tastes much more sour than it smells. This is the youngest one I've had, and it's much less puckering than what happens to it with 6 months to a year on it. The flavors of raw oak, lemon, lime, orange, and apple are much more straightforward. The apple is more like a golden delicious than a granny smith. But the rich earthiness and sour kick are still there...waiting.

As with the older vintages I've had, carbonation has no room for improvement. Lovely effervescence like a fine champagne. But there is also a depth and subtle richness that brings it all together.

I like it better with at least half a year on it, but I'm a sour junkie. I've had Temptation, Isabelle, and DDG, and Brute owns them all.

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Brute from Ithaca Beer Company
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