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RATINGS: 1913   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2005
Pours a hazy orange amber color with a thick rocky white head. Excellent aroma and flavor of floral and citrusy hops with caramel, strong, lasting bitter finish. Medium body, creamy texturem lively carbonation. Definitely the best bitter I’ve tasted.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 13, 2005
dark amber pour with a small frothy white head. aroma is citrus, hops. taste is somewhat sweet, but mostly just piney/grapefruity hops. kind of a acidic and resiny mouthfeel. Pretty good

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Opaque orangeybrown (I went to crayola.com to find the right color, but ironically, their palate is messed up either on the website or on my computer). Aroma is hop/citrus. Flavor is custom-built for my palate, apparently. Hops, lemons, vinegar (in a good way), grapefruit, hint of sweet malt. Clean finish, with lingering Cascades. Nice microlacing on surface, touch on glass. Tay-stee!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2009 Poured from a bottle. Fairly thick head that settles with nice lacing. Pours a beautiful cloudy amber color. I was really impressed with the color on this one. The taste isn’t nearly as brutal as the name implies. Instead it has a nice sweet and citrusy taste to start and a good bitter finish. I really enjoyed this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfontain (807) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Slightly murkey amber with a HUGE root beer float-type head. Room temperature. Aroma is too light; has mostly the hops but there is some malt in there as well. Flavor, again, is mostly just a whole bunch of hops, but I think there’s a heavy malt presence that makes this beer drinkable with all the hops, even for people who aren’t complete hopheads. Medium body. Okay, but since "Rogue can do no wrong," this beer isn’t as good as all the hype.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
euserphriendly (167) - Holland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2005
The pour is a clear amber with a nice lasting white head. Overall the palate is dry and bitter. No real distinctive hops taste but a good overall bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Nice looking, rusty orange color with a bubbly, light head. Fruity, sweet citrus aroma. Great malt flavor with lots of hops. Hop flavor is more toward the bitter end than the citrus end as you’d expect from the nose. Really nice drying bitterness. A really excellent beer for drinking in large quantities.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1360) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pour is a cloudy orange with a thick fluffy light-tan head that leaves plenty of lace. Aroma is citrusy, yeasty and hoppy with a touch of caramel. Taste is very bitter. Start is sweet and malty and finishes with a dry citrusy hoppy bitterness. Solid medium-bodied beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2005
bottle. Brutal? this beer ways in at only 59 IBUs... really good though...just not brutal! nice orange color, hazy, very rocky white head. good looking beer. fresh aroma of apricot, sweet grainy malt, big piney hops. malt was rather weak, although this got fuller as it warmed, bitter piney finish. Not very aggressive as the bottle suggests but good and very drinkable. perhaps not very round. Although as to compare; I had a Sierra Nevada pale ale and this beer was much more flavorful and hoppy...so a good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Bottle from the World of Beer in Clearwater. Pours a hazy orange with a minimal white head. Nose is all about hops and citrus....more like a grapefruity hop aroma. Taste is some malty sweetness in the back and hops up front, and then some more hops. Finish is dry and very bitter (surprise!). Nice.


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