IPA | Brutopia

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Quebec, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2002

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of eberesford
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cask conditioned at the pub. Served a little to cold, hazy golden amber with thin head. Very little lacing. Nose a burst of grapefruit over a apricot and toffe malt. The balance works better in the nose than in the mouth where the hopping masks any subtler malt flavour.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
2.06/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Was very bland tasting. It was nearly flat. Contrasted with the stout or honey I could detect more hops, but hardly IPA levels. Disappointed

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Photo of theDuck
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TimWakimika
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mendvicdog
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jophish17
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of misternebbie
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mack
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of edugasmtl
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of krankyjoe
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taken from notes from a recent trip to Montreal and Vermont.

On tap at Brutopia. Pours a dark, translucent amber color with 1/4 inch of head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is somewhat malty with some spicy and floral hops. Almost a soapy smell. This one has a lot of malt flavor for an IPA. It's malty upfront with some nice floral hop bitterness. Spicy hops at the finish along with the malts. Dry and slick mouthfeel. Overall, a decent malt forward IPA that still has a good amount of hops. Nice change of pace from the usual American IPA.

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Photo of jrempel
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of decimator
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint. Unknown ABV.

A - Amber colour with copper & orange hues. 0.5cm white head reduced to a thin bubbly layer. Lots of lacing.

S - Grapefruit, caramel, hops, floral notes. Good but mild aroma.

T - Caramel malts, citrus/grapefruit, lots of hops in the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, slightly rustic texture, some stickiness, lasting hoppy aftertaste. Alcohol wasn't detectable but I'd guess it's in the 5%-6% range.

O - Pretty good IPA. Too bad I won't get to try it again any time soon since my trip to Montreal is over.

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Photo of mrskunk
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BMoldy
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap in a tasting glass on 8/10/11. From notes:

A: Clear copper color with some red highlights. Small head, decent lacing.

S: Very fruity (grapefruit, berries) hop nose with some herbal notes. Light malt background.

T: Initial juicy hop flavor fades quickly into outright bitterness, supported by some toasted, almost burnt, grain. Odd metallic flavor on the finish. Grain bill seemed a little shoddy.

M: Medium to light bodied. Crisp carbonation. Slight clawing feel. Finished bitter.

O: Tastes about half as good as it smells, in my opinion. Liberally dry-hopped, I'm guessing, but the rest needed some help. Tasted a bit cheap (like a "beer-y" macro flavor) as it was swallowed, which is what really did it for me. It was still drinkable, but considering the selection I probably wouldn't order it again.

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Photo of rarbring
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear deep amber brew, an offwhite head with some lacing.

The smell has a honey character, but some herbs and fruits as well.

A sweet bread character, some citrioc notes and a slightly metallic bitterness.

Little carbonation, somewhat thin, slightly coarse texture and a dry finish.

Nope, not really a winner, a slight uneven and metallic feeling.

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Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Brutopia. Pours a copper colour with a finger or two of white head. Some lacing around the glass. Smells of a mix of floral and citrus hops with maybe a hint of pine. Lots of caramel malt too. Nice mild bitterness balanced with a big caramel sweetness. Good carbonation level. I'd say this is part way between an American and English IPA, but it works.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby-red body with a nice creamy head. Good lacing and decent head retention. Not much in the way of carbonation.

S - Loads of citrus hops in the nose. Some caramel and vanilla notes. Floral and pleasant, but not very strong a scent overall.

T - The taste is bursting with juicy grapefruit and caramel maltness, as well as hints of orange. Very floral, with just a hint of pine. The bitterness is there, but it is mild enough to be enjoyed by many drinkers, regardless of them being keen on hops. The finish has got some bitter grapefruit notes and some of that mild bitterness as well. Very tasty and quite complex overall.

M - Medium-bodied. Goes down smooth and is not very filling. Very moderate carbonation.

D - Quite high. I had my full pint after another beer and it was still very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light earthy hop and a slight sweetness.

The taste was well balanced with the herbal hop taking hold toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty and user friendly IPA. A bit understated however.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.09/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Clear red-amber w/decent head and nice lacing.

S-Sweet mealy fruit and grain, creamed corn, faint butter, lighter hops than I would expect in this variety. Possible DMS.

T&M-Sweet but weak-bodied malt w/was reminiscent of creamed corn and did not provide the necessary backbone needed for this style. Little balance w/a lingering sweet grainy flavor w/little definition that I would have to describe as flabby. There was a little short burst of hops in the finish that also could use some amping up. I'm not a huge hophead, so although I like full-flavored brews, this one could be improved w/some small tweaking and become a modest-to-good IPA with better balance. Not sure what's up w/the malt, but the recipe might just need more of it. Body was also light, and carbonation was a little low as well. Balance was missing, but is not far off the mark.

D-Lots of room for improvement. Quaffable, but not overly enjoyable.

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Photo of Quej
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - A light very clear, reddish amber coloured beer with little head that quickly fades. Has little carbonation

S - A nice little bitter scent of hops, but mostly it has the typical sweet smell of Brutopia malts. Perhaps the bar atmosphere and cold temperature reduce the scent.

T - Starts off sweet with that usual Brutopia taste, common to all of their beers. It gives it a nice biscuity, bready flavour without any fruitiness despite the sweetness. It gives away to a nice bitterness with the flavours of American hops, pine needles, leaves, and cloves to close a whip quick, refreshing finish, despite low carbonation.

M - A Rather coarse, drying feel to it, with a refreshing bite coming from the hops.

D - Huge drinkability, I tend to go through half a dozen of these in a sitting. It's straightfoward simple flavours make it easy to enjoy and wow, is it ever refreshing on a hot summer day.

This beer changes often enough, this one was had on July 28, 2007 at the start of a fresh batch.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A simple but considerably full beer. Great retention and bold amber-like colour. Strong hops in the nose, contribute to a long crisp, bitter finish. The hop choice is good. Strong fruity, estery notes - grapefruit taste overpowers eventually (as per the hops). Good bitterness and overall full-bodied beer. Quite refreshing all year round. I was pleasantly surprised with this one, glad to see this brewpub offer an authentic style IPA - and a pretty decent one at that.

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