Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Brut IPA from 10 4 Brewing Beer Review. Isn't Brut a men's deodorant? Anyway just to be clear I'm reviewing a beer here, not something to make you smell nice. Having cleaned out and reviewed the entirety of LIDL the obvious next stop was ALDI in my search for top quality cheap beer. Brut IPA is brewed specifically for the budget supermarket and comes with a price tag to reflect that, so all good so far. I tried Googling the brewery but there's pretty much nothing online so all I can honestly tell you is that Brut IPA is brewed in Warwickshire, I guess if you're from the area you might find that interesting, but for the rest of us this very much remains a bit of a mystery brewer. Fortunately I'm here to let you know if the beer is actually worth the just over £1 price tag. Lets face it it'd have to be pretty bad not to be.
The first bit of good news is that the beer comes in a 440 can so it's reasonably substantial and doesn't look ridiculous in a pint glass. The other, somewhat surprising bit of news is that this is a 5.8% beer, which for the price is pretty impressive. It seems like Brut IPA may have a bit of a kick, so you're certainly getting your monies worth in terms of alcohol content. The can is also quite pretty. There's some fun, almost aboriginal art work of a human hand around a rattle snake with some other weird creature seemingly watching on. I didn't say the can made sense, I just said it was fun.
The beer pours a really light yellow morning sun colour with a pretty lively head which dies down quickly. The colour actually pretty much matches the can it comes in, which is presumably the idea so that's nice. Brut IPA looks for all the world like a decent IPA, this is promising. There's quite a fruity, hoppy aroma, it actually smells a little bit like fresh lemonade, and hopefully it's as refreshing to drink. All the signs are certainly pointing towards 10 4/ALDI having created a passable IPA. Fingers crossed.
The texture is light and refreshing, as a good IPA should be. The fruity taste is there with some lemon, some mango, and I think some grape coming through. Initially it's quite tasty, but there's something else that comes through which I really can't put my finger on, but don't like. Fortunately once you're used to the rogue flavour it goes back into hiding behind the refreshing, fruity goodness. This is a genuinely decent, cheap IPA, with a surprisingly strong alcohol content, and I think most people will like it. Don't get me wrong if it was sold for 3-4 pound you wouldn't really look twice, but you can't ignore the price. I'm going to give Brut IPA from 10 4 brewery in ALDI 7 out of 10. For the price you wont find many better IPA's.