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RATINGS: 2038   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle. Pours golden orange with a soapy white head. Aroma is very piney and citrus with a strong hop backing. Flavor is of pine soaked hops with a grapefruit hop finish. Medium body that is smooth on the tongue with a nice lasting after taste. Very drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike4aker (27) - USA - JAN 6, 2006
Very accurate to name. Personally prefer with spicy food. Overall good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2006
"Not what I expected at all. I was expected super hops and got bitter start and then a much more balanced taste was the beer warmed. CItrus and pine flavor. Overall a good beer"

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veldy (65) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2006
True to its name, it is very bitter. This American style bitter is malty but dry. Loaded with American hops flavor. Hop aroma is not over the top, but they didn’t hold back on bittering hops. Excellent choice with pasta!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2007 Well made, although not very British in flavor. Pours a light orange in color, a bit hazy and with a perfect white head. Aroma is very bitterish, sulfur, malty, slightly grassy, slightly rotten, little tart. Flavor is pretty reminisent of an American pale, moderately bitter(but not aciditic) mixed with malty sweetness. Finish is very balanced upfront and slighty dry on the tail end.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
a very good bitter - dry and tart nice dry hoppy finish. This isn’t my favorite style but this is a good representation of an esb

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Bright translucent copper-orange, fresh aroma of hops and grapefruit, fruit and bittern nasturtium-like flavor with citrus rind, long bitter finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Pours a nice hazy golden orange color. Aromas of nice citrus/grapefruit hops. Flavor starts malty and the hops kick in, nice crisp bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2005
I love Rogue’s signature on its hoppy beer. Orangey amber in color with a thick, rocky head from bottle conditioning. Aroma is fragrant with hops that show some perfume, spiciness, and a subdued, though round orangey citrus with a sweet, cotton candy malt foundation. Flavor and aroma are one with the addition of some hard water character giving a chalky nuance to the palate. This is very balanced for a big beer and it is as brutally sweet as it is hoppy.

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.


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