Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange body with a very light head. Heavy pines, hops and spices in the aroma. Nice bitter flavoring, heavy in hops. Some tartness in the end that doesn’t really fit right, grass accents also are noticeable.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Bottle on 06/25/08. Hazy amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Earthy malts and light floral hop aroma and some caramelization. More earthy malts, floral and earthy hop flavors with a mild earthy hop finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
Original rating on 02/24/06. Hazy amber color with a thin white head. Aroma of light hops and earthiness. Mild floral bitter hops with some light grapefruit taste. Original score 8/3/8/3/16
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly ambered yellow with an ok aroma of slightly grassy hops and weak malt character. I agree with the crowd of others that accuse this beer of false advertisement. An ESB doesnít necessarily need to be all that bitter but if you name it Brutal Bitter, the drinker expects more than a little bite on the finish. Overall a reasonable brew for session drinks or a night on the couch. A drink from the bottle beer.
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a clear to slightly hazy amber with average head and long lacing. hoppy in aroma and taste, it is what it says. very grapefruity, reminds me of victory hops devil.
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very lightly hazed amber color with a thin white head that dissipated. Smells of hops over power the nose. Very clean palate. Flavor is robust, but certainly not "Brutal". I enjoy the flavor and would order it again.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another sample on tape at Hopyard. I shoud first say that I did enjoy the beer. With a name like Brutal Bitter it should be kick-ya-in-the-butt bitter, but alas this one didnít quite meet that description. Pour is an orangish/gold color with notes of citrus juice like grapefruit and lemons. Mouthfeel was full and round. Flavor profile was good but I guess I was expecting a haymaker to the jaw and got more of a jab to the chin. The beer is bitter, very drinkable and tasty. Just didnít lay me out like I thought it might.
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a cloudy, coppery amber. Small but heavy head. Aroma of licorice, grass & lemon. Initial taste of wood. Powerful aftertaste of wet hops with warming alcohol overtones. Not much in the way of caramel malts to detect & thatís what makes this brew so wonderful!
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 mL bottle, cellar temp. Pours deep copper with huge foamy off-white head, slighlty hazy with some particles floating around, i forgot about the sediment while pouring.. oh well..no biggie. Piney hops, some orange zest and caramelly malt aroma. Hop dominant flavor with a bitter grapefruit-like finish. Slightly toasty caramel undertones. Great beer, but tasting blind, Iíd probably say it was an IPA, as was mentioned before.
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours dark honey yellow with a big yellow-pink tinged head. Aroma of grapefruit and flower garden ops. Flavor of honey and lots of flowers and hops. Finishes with honey and hops. So...this is a bitter? Not an IPA? Just sort of tastes like hops. Not bad or anything, but, ya know, it just all hops. Like what I imagine chewing on raw hops with a spoonful of honey is like.
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yeah, buddy. Pours a great hazy copper with a medium-to-thin head. Aroma is sweet caramel, Crystal and Cascades, grapefruit, and yeast. Flavor is initially hoppy grapefruit, followed by sweet caramel, then salty, then a nutty flavor that reminds me of toasted pumpkin seeds, and a long bitter finish. Booyah. Phenominal with lentil snf veggie soup.