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RATINGS: 1910   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2005
Yummy. Hazy, orange-brown color. Hops are definitely noticebly fruitier than other beers of comparable hopsiness that Iíve had. This beer packs a lot more flavor overall. On tap at Barleyís in Asheville, NC!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours a hazy orangey-copper with an orange-tinted tan head. Head is very creamy and lots of fine lace all the way down. Smells of citrusy hops and grapefruit. Lightly grassy. Upon sippins, it is immediately crisp and bitingly bitter. Mellows (a bit) to an acidic citrusy flavor. Some floral hoppy flavors in there as well underpinned by a light caramel malt. Sweet in the middle and dry in the finish. A bold, full-bodied beer. Great hops! My mouth is happy from this brew. Very drinkable and tasty to my palate. My only disappointment is that I waited so long to try this out.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Bottle- Bitter and Brutal are certainly two words that would describe this well. Pours cloudy orange like an IPA with a nice white head. Aroma had a lot of hops and citrus, graitfruit, and various other fruits. Taste was too bitter as the name suggests for my taste buds. I respect it, but it was not really my kind of beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
Hazy orange-copper body wears a good sized off-white foam, mostly lasting and displaying good lacing. Floral grapefruity citric nose, cascade like (though I suspect thereís more than that) reminds more of an IPA than anything else, but it has this earthy and sweet maltiness that reminds me of lost coast indica. It is indeed surprisingly bitter in mouth, but thereís a fair amount malty husky sweetness to keep it balanced. Finishes very dry, Iíd be curious to try a fresh one as this bottle has quite a few months on it. Moderately high carbonation enhances the bitterness I feel and might be a bit lower, but solid overall oily textured mouthfeel. Quite an original one which I enjoyed more than I expected to and is considered such a classic that Iím surprised itís the first time I enjoy it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2005
Very strong perfume-like hop nose has notes of orange, apple blossom and grapefruit and a fairly strong supporting caramel malty sweetness. Hazy, murky, copper-amber body is topped with a dense, fine-bubbled, lasting, off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Intense grapefruit and strong bitterness as well as a full, rich, earthy and caramel malt body suggest more of a strong pale ale than an ESB but regardless of style, itís well-brewed and enjoyable. Blossom-like hop flavours last on the tongue with some lingering sweetness and the lasting bitterness. Grapefruit character becomes more dominant in the aroma flavour and after taste as it warms. Medium body that has a somewhat sticky texture tempered by a moderate, crisp carbonation that engages the tongue and cheeks. Tulip glass, allowed to warm from fridge temp. Bottle (trade, Apr. 2005). Thanks, Olivier_MTL!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2005
Poured copper with a lasting white head. Mild citric hop aroma with some earthy notes. Flavour is caramel / toffee balanced with hops. Theres a definate american influence, but not a bad try at an english styled strong bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - APR 19, 2005
22 oz bottle. Cloudy light amber with some citrus aroma. Bitterness is not brutal, its quite smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bmd34202 (7) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2005 does not count
I have bitter bias and this one certainly delivered. Orange/Amber color. Citrus notes come through. Dry and hoppy. I really enjoyed this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
doostinjcap (43) - Newport, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2005
Obvious Malty, bread battered, yeast drenched, soaked in citrus flavor, and a crazily intense bitter finish. My personal preferences aside, this is a complex and quality driven ale. John Maier has really taken bitterness to a whole new level... one frightening question: Could this ale be too brutally bitter? Possibly!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2005
Pours a cool cloudy orange color with a generous head and lacing all the way down. This beer is confusing to me and maybe Iím not ready to rate this for all itís qualities, but where does and IPA end and an ESB begin. This beer has way more in common with a Stone IPA than it does a Fullers ESB. I did detect a slight flavor of old vegetables that I always get from an ESB but not before it was quickly sqashed by the familiar citrus hop proflie of a great IPA. Malt, bread, yeast, sweet citrus, bitter finish is how I would describe this beer. Very good just confusing for the style.


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