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RATINGS: 2029   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2006 Lively hops, and nice and smooth on the palate, without the sticky texture. slightly sweet and fruity, but not overdone by any means. I was expecting an ass kickin on my palate. But bitter, it is. Always great brews from Rogue.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1218) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Cloudy amber color. Impressive carbonating bubbles racing to the top of the beer. Long lasting white head with excellent lacing. Aroma is nice and hoppy. Grapefruit/citrus notes. My type of beer. Hoppy but very smooth finish; not brutal, as the title suggests. Solid beer! Another Rogue winner.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Opaque amber. Creamy head. Not as bitter as the name suggests. Dry, crisp, hoppy with citrus notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5094) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2005
Bottle. Hazy amber with a big creamy off-white head. Complex citrus aroma with oranges and grapefruit. Flavour start with malty sweetness, but develops quite bitter with a dry finish. Medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
22oz. bottle. Murky orange amber with a small offwhite head. Large caramel malt aroma with herbal hop accents. Caramel malt, some toastiness, with some citrus/resinous and some spicy/herbal hop characteristics. Finish is somewhat astingent with residual maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium, fairly dry.0

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2005
On tap at Rich Oís Pours a medium copper with a thin hazzy head. The hops really come through in the aroma. nice hop flavor which changes over to the sweet English malts. Very pleasant, not quite brutal. A great tasting beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Bottle. Poured a hazy coppery orange color with a small yellowish head. Aroma is very strong floral hops with hints of lemon and orange and sweet malt. The amount of carbonation is about perfect, and it has a real nice complexity on the tongue. I guess Iíve never really had an ESB before, but this tasted an awful lot like a top shelf IPA. You had the strong hops flavor with some orange and other citrus coming through, a bit of caramel and sweet malt and some bitter on the finish. Like most every other Rogue Iíve had, itís excellent. Makes me wish I took a trip to Oregon.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Medium copper with a slight chill haze that clears rather quickly. Medium off white head settles after a few minutes to a thin coat of fine bubbles. Citrus hop aroma over a backdrop of malty sweetness. Wonderful mouthfeel and very mild carbonation. Light roasted and caramel malt flavors are punctuated quickly by citrus hops and light bittering. Finish is dry, mildly astringent. Perfectly balanced. A truly enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Bottle. Pours a hazy and murky orange-copper, almost like a harvest moon, with a small fizzy white head that becomes a patchy rocky film shortly. Fragrant floral fruit and citrus hop combined aroma with a lightly roasted caramel sweet malt (cookie) background. Flavor is heavily bitter and sour citrus rind hop with a light acidity and caramel malt body. Medium bodied and fizzy palate, goes a tad dry but very drinkable and refreshing. Lives up to its name in a pleasant and inviting way.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CTwriter (34) - USA - NOV 5, 2005
One of the best beers Iíve had in a while. It lives up to half of its name: itís bitter, but not brutally so.


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