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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Batch E!018. Pours clear golden orange with a thick white head. The nose is big lemony lactic sour, some really funky barnyard notes and leather. The taste is high medium sweet and high sour with low bitter. Nice sour finish. The texture is crisp and super clean, the body is light with a long finish. Got better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2971) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Dave. Huge thanks for this one! Pour is hazy peach in appearance with a big white head and decent lacing. Big bretty aroma - pineapple, mango, peach skin, flower petals - lemon peel, straw, a touch of funk, and horse blanket in the aroma. Taste is big tangerine, sour fruits, peachy, brett, light urine, somewhat funky, and woody. Medium body with high carbonation. Seriously tasty sour and this one has aged beautifully.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shadow4yankee (1) - Mansfield, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2013 does not count
This is by far one of my favorite beers out there. refreshing, tart & great for the summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2601) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2013
750ml bottle shared by madvike at the local tasting a little while back, was so excited to open this one up. Pours a clear light golden with a nice white bubbly head, the aroma has a nice almost sweetness of fruit with an awesome kick of funk and wine as well, the flavor is very soft on the front end with a subtle amount of sourness and fruit, a little bit of yeast flavors came through as well, but this was awesome. The subtle sourness is what blew me away with the soft mouthfeel, very nice, would really like to try this one again sometime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1104) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle batch E037!, 03/21/2013. Pours golden orange, slight haze, huge foamy head, settles to cover half the surface, soapy lacing and active carbonation. Aroma is ripe funky cheese and barnyard notes, apricot, orange, mango, other white fruit, slightly tart, yeast and wood- smells very Fantome-like. Taste is fruity and tart- melange of apples, orange, lemon, white grapes, vinous oaky notes. Dry, crisp body. This beer, at least this bottle, has changed from what I remember, and now is a pretty good Fantome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6342) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2013
this is when the night started to get really interesting! thanks danny!! .. . wow, quite a zippy mouthfeel .. . great foam .. . very spritzy and refreshing, quite the experience, very tart and very dry beer! ... . . Ya lazy Lima bean!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hivemind (716) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Draft at VSK night at Blint Tiger back on 11/28/2013 with James, Streets, some others. Light orange pour. Nose is a bit disappointing but the taste is unrefined sweet/light fruit. Apricot, peach, maybe mango. Very loose mouthfeel, splish-splashy. Not acidic at all, but a great fruity beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4852) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2013
750 courtesy of Madvike. A really nice sour. Lemon lime tones, big sour, but also sort of grounded with a nice golden malt, wheat backbone. Easy, but also has some nice depth with the 7% ABV. Really well executed, doesn’t have any of the awkward tones that some other US sours have.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3580) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle shared by someone at our January 19th tasting in the Yunk. Huge thanks to whoever brought this hard to find sour. Hazy orange pour, notes were tons of bubblegum, brett, champagne yeasts, lemon, and tart grape soda. Lots of carbonation on this medium bodied sour ale from Ithaca.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Cloudy, sediment-laden pulpy orange body, massive thick off-white/cream head. Tart, fruity nose with light fruits- especially pineapple. Grapy, sugary body, almost artificially sweet with white grape juice and prickly, grassy wheat; cotton candy. Very good.

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