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Ithaca Excelsior! Brute

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Brewed with vintage local Hops, American Barley, Wheat and Corn, Brute is fermented on Oak for many months with Brettanomyces, then finished with a blend of three Champagne yeasts. Enjoy the turbid citron hue, mature aroma, brash tartness and dry, quenching sparkle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (4938) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle during RBWG Lobby Share. Pours a cloudy orange with small white head. The aroma is floral, brett, and oak. Medium mouth with nice funk, tart, lingering dryness, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6433) - Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2015
750 ml bottle sampled many times from backlog notes. Pours a hazy golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma and flavor have tart/sour lemon and grapefruit citrus, acidic, Brett, some vinegar notes, apples, some tropical fruit, funk, oak, provides enough sour character while still being very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwood04 (4365) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2015
750ml bottle (E!027) in a tulip. Pours hazy golden / amber with a big, lacy, white head. Aroma of citrus and light tartness and fruits from the yeast, some light malts, hints of grains, some wine and oak, light Brett funkiness, and some light hop notes. Flavor the same with a great blend of the light tartness and the citrus and fruit notes from the yeast/bacteria. Smooth, lighter texture that a lot of good sours have. A really great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1319) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4 year vertical, thanks to Dice for bringing these to a recent tasting.
E010: Murky gold, white head, tons of carb but only a ring of bubbles. Aroma brings apricot. Musty. Funk, blanket. Medium body: slick texture. Tart, champagne-like. This is great. 8/3/8/4/16.
E018: same color, no head. Less tart, a little more fruit, some cereal. 8/3/8/4/15.
E027: 8/3/8/4/15.
E037: slightly darker. More head. Lots of bubbles. Aroma: less appealing. Fruitier, maybe even some vegetal notes? Still tart. When I go back to the older version, I get some more aged Gouda/cheese (maybe because I’m also eating cheese?). 7/3/7/4/14.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2881) - Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle: Had batches E!018, E!027, & E!037. Rating based on first sample of E!037. Thanks to Jeff. Gold, orange, & copper all huddled around a cloudy pour; fussy, thick-bubbled & volatile white head. Quick to recede, not leaving much behind. Aroma of musty lemon, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, cherry skin tartness, sour lacto, dry oak staves, damp hay-like Brett, & very faint, white wine twinge. Flavor is full of sourness; tart lemon flesh, tart pears, & other sour stone fruits; under-ripe & lightly acidic in nature. Puckering lactic acid near the back-end with hints of vinegar, dry & vinous wood, white grapes, & a kiss of tannin. Hints of Belgian yeast here & there, a touch of breadiness. Great American wild ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2868) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle at a Seattle tasting. Had a complete vertical of this. Rating Batch 1, e010. Hazy yellow-gold. Lemon spice, sparkly. Great yeast balance. Headrush sour, but soft balance. Really darn tasty. More fresh versions generally had a bit darker color and more hot sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (6564) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle - Batch 10 - Light funky lemon, slight tartness. Cloudy yellow with a decent white head. Nice tartness, light soap and funky lemon. Nice. Batch 18 - Tart lemon. Cloudy light gold with a decent white head. Tart lemon and a long finish. Better. Batch 27 - Funk and light. Least amount of character. Batch 37 - Funky and light sourness. More funk in this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukaduke (2486) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Pours a medium golden color with a couple fingers of aggressive tight white foam. Nose is musky oak, light vinous fruit and some dusty lemon. Palate follows with a bigger flavor profile than the nose lead you believe. Nice aggressive carbonation keeps everything light and bright. Tannic oak, dusty lemon, citrus peel, tart stonefruit, toasted malt, soft round vanilla nuances...very cava like but more funky and delicious !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1027) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 26, 2014
750ml bottle pours semi clear straw gold with medium head. Nose is barny hay and light toasty grain with nuce fruity funk and some lemony citrus zest. Taste is well balanced rustic funk, tart, dry oak, straw, lemon, orange, light stonefruit. Finish is dry tart funky lemon citrus and orange, hay, grain and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (1181) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Hazy orange golden hue with fizzy champagne-like white head. Aroma is lactic, oak, lemons, wheat. Mouthfeel is fantastic with a medium light body and sharp carbonation. Taste is dry sweetness followed by s nice tart sourness and an oaky finish. Overall this is a really good brew.

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