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RATINGS: 1952   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1530) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2005
On Tap at Kahootz: This was awesome! It poured a dark copper color and modeled a strong hoppy presence. It made my friend Sharad cringe, but thatís because he likes Heineken!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2005
I liked this one a lot. Pours amber with a medium head. Just the right amount of hops, makes the tongue cringe a bit but the eyes donít water.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Draught @ PH Portland. This beer could make a hophead out of anyone. Approachable light amber, thin head. This beer really shows how good fresh north western hops can be. They are backed beautifully with light earthy malt notes. Very Clean and refreshing beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Plesant citrus aroma with a mild hop profile. Nice pouring beer. Cloudy amber with a frothy white head. More citrus in the taste. Huge hops for the style. Much thicker than an English style ESB. Nice stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2005
12 oz bottle - Poured cloudy amber with a short white head. Aroma of grapefruit and some grass and some spice. Flavor is mostly hops.. a little grain. On the palate this is medium bodied crisp and clean and finishes with a bitter almost sour aftertaste. This was a good ESB.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Draft - Amber colored with a great lasting head. This was very crisp with a nice hop bite at the end. Not usually a fan of this style, but this was great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Nice rich honey color with little head. If your an IPA fan. go buy this beer. Itís like a hops smoothie. Texture of apple cider, hints of citrus, bitter in the best sort of way. Best $12 six-pack Iíve ever bought. I just ran to toss another in freezer to get it cold

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
appears hazy amber, with a nice head, smells great very spicey, the taste almost like lemon iced tea, good hops, somewhat bitter, very drinkable, and truely brutal.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffManOhYeah (133) - USA - JUN 25, 2005
I liked it, but it was a little spicy for my taste. A bit too many hops in this one.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (977) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 Wow, this is a really interesting brew. The first bitter Iíve ever had that actually dries your tongue out, but without leaving an aftertaste, very good.


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