Brute | Ithaca Beer Company

BruteBrute
BA SCORE
4.43/5
844 Ratings
BruteBrute
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
391
Ratings:
844
pDev:
9.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,068
Gots:
137
Trade:
6
HISTOGRAM
 
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3.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of logicalparadox
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PHBoiler
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xtonytx
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMCimpi
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zekeman17
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dar482
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.39/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yeaprolly
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EB1
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tobelerone
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rhong187
3.97/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mesa512
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

way to tart for my taste.

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

Photo of thegerm87
3.05/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

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Photo of waddellc2
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of linnymtu
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pisano
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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