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Ithaca Excelsior! Brute

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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


TheShat's rating

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2009
I am not big on sours but this one has me really impressed. Tons of champagne aroma and a beautiful golden color. Pleasing tart and sour flavors. Very crisp finish, fantastically refreshing on a hot day. I am very pleased I bought a few bottles of this limited release!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2348) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2439) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (5009) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukaduke (2374) - 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 !

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (934) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (1016) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"Dry and somewhat aggressively sour and stinky. Love the feel, champagne like and showing no alcohol. Funkier towards the bottom. Stinky cheese, green olives and honeysuckle. Odd combo, totally works."

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3247) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Old Ebay 2008 bottle, batch E!010. Glad we finally got around to drinking this. Overall this is a very easy drinking sour. Nice tartness but nothing too over-the-top. Very pleasant.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfroms (358) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Draft at One Mile House, 2010 vintage. Really special to try this. Pours a glowing cantaloupe color with small white head that quickly subsides. Aroma is lovely, bright, soft fruit and acidity: melon, lychee, lemon zest, white wine, light Brett, oak barrel. Taste is softly sour apricot, sour cherry, melon, and white grape sweetness fading into oaky tannins. Slightly musty finish. Creamy palate. Incredible balance and a great example of what an American wild can be.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luk_ (209) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
2009 vintage thanks to Bearsonacid. Sunshine pour with decent white head. Aroma is bretty and barnyard with a so nice candied lemon. Nice yeast. The blend of brett, lemon and champagne yeast flavors are great. The palate is out of this world. Rich yet light at the same time. It really succeed at being a complex tasting brew while being perfectly sessionnable.


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