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RATINGS: 1986   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Golden orange with a nice creamy head and lacing. It sure looks good in the glass. Nose is all hops. Flavor is a fairly strong hop hit on the first sip, but then it settles back to a smooth malty goodness. Hoppy and bitter throughout but not so much so as to overwhelm. I’m not much of a Rogue fan, but this was better than I expected. I think my “low beer light” was on after a long day/week at work, and this hit the spot. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Poured a golden orange color out of the boomer with a nice off-white head that lasted and left fair lacing. Lots of smells of citrus hops with some malty caramel hidden in there. The flavor showed grapefruit, flowers, and grass with some malt undertones. Light to medium body. Bitter but not brutal.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Bottle: Heavy orange gold, quite hazy, large rocky white head, wonderful lacing... this beer looks superb.   Subtle hop nose, not as agressive as I thought it would be.   Definite malt aspect, probably moreso because of the subtle hop presense.   Fleeting bitterness immediately up front, fades quickly leaving only a soft hop sting on the sides of the tongue.   Fairly smooth for a Bitter/ESB.   Mildly malty, balances well with the bitterness.   Moderate body, but very smooth mouthfeel.   Extremely clean finish.   Again, lingering hop sting on the sides of the tongue well after the finish.   Very well balanced, crisp, and ultra clean.   I believe this one to be a bit underrated.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fordest (2014) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle. No matter how gently I poured, this thing had a monster head. 22 oz. bottle almost needed 4 pint glasses. Hazy golden brown. Lacing was monsterous as well. Aromas were heavy citrus. Lemon and orange. Flavors were defintily bitter. Hoppy. Not a big ESB fan, but this was alright.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnurda (1177) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
Kind of cloudy looking. Very pleasant smelling. Nice hops. Great with Rib Eye Steak at the Lake. First ESB that I have ever had. Would definitely get it again.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4727) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Got my nose a little too close to this fabulously smelling beer and inhaled some head, but that was the only downside of drinking this beauty. Hoppy, yet mostly in the start, it develops into a truly wonderful ESB, though it mostly makes me think of IPAs. Spectaculur.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2632) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Bottled. Pours reddish/golden in color. Aroma is fairly bitter and hoppy. Flavor is hoppy and somewhat bitter. Not extremely bitter. The hops are more subdued, rather than a full on frontal assault. Maybe a hint of yeast in the flavor as well. Good quality Rogue brew.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4363) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2005
Cask@GBBF, 05. Glazed orange appearance with a strong head. The aroma is light and fruity, and the flavour is strong and dry with a smoothish finish. Overall a reasonable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8576) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2005
Cask, GBBF 05. Golden/orange with a creamy head. Aromas are caramel, spices, oranges, lemons - good hops. Flavours are sweet caramel and toffee malts with oranges and spices. Has a good level of bitterness namely citrus fruit pith. More caramel towards the finish followed by decent bitterness. More like all those USA IPAs and nothing like a bitter. Still good, though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 9, 2005
Pours copper/rust colour with a nice thick frothy head. Lemon & Lime to the nose with a hint of hop. Malt, citrus and weak grassy flavours with a nice long-lasting bitter finish.


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