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RATINGS: 1972   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Medium orange color with a medium head. Big aroma of citrusy hops, almost like an IPA. Flavor is malty with crunchy hops througout. Finish is clean and dry. Like an Enlgish ESB with the hops cranked up. Well balanced and clean.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
bottle. hazy orange-copper body with a fluffy white head. floral resiny hop aroma - citrus orange and grapefruit, along with some yeast. full body. sweet start and almost overwhelmingly hoppy. there is some effort to balance this beast but it falls a bit short. Sharp pine bitterness in the long, lingering finish. This is certainly an American rendition of the style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (978) - USA - JUL 29, 2005
This makes for a great session beer. A little bolder than most ESBís Iíve had with a nice hop flavor. To me it almost tastes like a cross between an IPA and an ESB. Iíll definitely be picking this up again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2022) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
Slightly cloudy and orange in colour, with familiar Rogue Ales aromas of bready malts and a touch of floral hops. Fairly malty flavors are balanced nicely by some great "green" hop flavors and bitterness. It doesnít really taste like many ESBís that Iíve had, but itís enjoyable nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2005
Bottle. This was nice,. More like a very well done pale, the bitter is not as the name says, not brutal or over the top. Well balanced and enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1373) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a smallish fluffy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is spicy floral hops, a little melon, and some almost malt liquorish malt that was off-putting (but it did dissipate as I drank).

The flavor is bitter grassy and slightly fruity hops with a nice initial malt backbone. It has a long bitter finish. Itís medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, a very hoppy ESB. It matches up well with IPAs, but it is a little pricey ($10.50 per 6 pack). I was expecting more fruitiness in the aroma and flavor.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2005
This is one of my all time favorite beers. Nice malt with a great hop finish. Has a head that just want quit. Only draw back is I have to drive 1 1/2 hour to get one. Its called an ESB, but it borders an American Pale Ale. If you havenít had one, FIND ONE!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2263) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Aroma of hops - grapefruit, hint of lemon. Scratchy on the palate, with a pleasant bitter coating leftover. Medium body. The taste follows the aroma - hops. Poured cloudy amber with nice foam head.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3879) - - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2014 bottle. havenít had this in years. pours a hazy dark gold with a medium sized fluffy white head. spicy floral aroma. flavors of floral hops and perfume. low-ish carbonation helps it drink easy. medium-full body. some grassy tea notes. slightly oxidized....wish rogue had age dating

hoppy aroma. amber color with white head. very sharp and crisp hops flavor. tastes similar to terrapin. one of the best e.s.b.ís ive ever tried. 7/23/2005 5:32:43 PM

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Poured a hazy amber body with a nice head. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit and hops. Taste is like the aroma. Nice brew.


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