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RATINGS: 2039   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brutal combines Oregon hops with English Malts. The Oregon grown Crystal hop is a triploid variety developed from the German Hallertau aroma hop variety with contributions from Cascade, Brewers Gold, and Early Green. Crystal is the only hop used in brewing Brutal and it provides a massive amount of aroma without dry-hopping. The English malts used are floor malted Pipkin (a mellow cross of Maris Otter and Warboys, from an English company called Beeston), Cara Vienna and Cara Wheat.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2006
22 ounce bottle with a yellow, purple and black painted on label. There is a picture of a rogue on the label holding a full mug. The label lists the 6 ingredients in this beer (nice) plus stats on the brew. If you pour carefully out of the 22 oz bottle you can get a crystal clear orange colored beer. Let the yeast pour in and of course it gets cloudy, but still inviting. The head was white and chunky and rose to about 3/4 of an inch in my pint glass. It lasted for a couple of minutes settling into a small ring around the glass and light foam across the top. The brew leaves some nice lacing on the glass as you drink it. This Rouge has a very nice citrus/piney hop aroma with a hint of malt. The taste is Hops, Hops and more HOPS and then a little sweet malt washes over your palate. This is a brew that is showing its balance and fits its style well. It has a light to medium body with just enough carbonation to keep it honest. Very easy for a hop head like me to consume. The color is nice, the aroma is great, and it taste very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 10, 2006
22 oz bottle: Wow! A totally unexpected but great beer. This is huge departure from a traditional Bitter but definitely makes it own mark. A great hoppy citrus aroma. Signature west coast grapefruit and piney mix. Looks outstanding in my pint glass with a deep bright amber and light head and sediment. A great beer to look at. The flavor is grapefruit and malty goodness very well balanced. The hop bitterness while not "brutal" is definitely evident and thankfully does not linger on the palate. A brilliant variation on a great tradition. A super session choice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Poured from a 12 oz bottle a hazy amber with a good off-white head. Aroma was dominated by the citrusy smell of hops. Once you get a good nose full the slight hint of malt comes out. Flavor starts out with a sweet caramel malt then the citrus hops smack your tastebuds. This would be a great session beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cbassman (1) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2006 does not count
Bottle. Quite hoppy with citrus tones. The quite moderate use of a little wheat makes it a touch cloudy. Probably more of an IPA than a traditional bitter. Starts intense and finishes beautifully. The perfect pale ale for my palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6633) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a small somewhat lasting foamy off-white head. Wonderful aroma of citrus hops, pine and enough caramel malt to balance things out. Juicy flavour follows the aroma and is very well balanced though not as bitter as the name would suggest. Medium bodied. A simple beer but a joy to drink, it’s so flavourful. Definitely one of the better ESBs and a great session beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2006
The aroma is completely hop dominated. Pine and citrus hops primarily and some caramel malt. The appearance is hazy copper brown with a large foamy head. The flavor is exactly like the aroma. The palate is smooth with plenty of grapefruit in the aftertaste. I feel like this is more of an IPA or Double Pale Ale than an ESB but no matter what it earns the title brutal from being quite bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Bottle. Big hops and some grapefruit, but somewhat lacking in malts. Not at all what I expected, sort of a strange pale ale/IPA version of a bitter. Carbonation was a little distracting as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Pours a reddish-golden color with moderate head. Flavors of cherry, honey, pine, and citrus. Extremely well balanced, although not too bitter. Very good beer overall, though.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhliesen (782) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Botttle-Gold color with large froathy head. Lots and lots of hops, flavor aroma, palate etc. I thought the hops would be bolder, but I’ve had way hoppier (is that a word?) beer. Still, it qualifies for a yum verdict.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2006
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.


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