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RATINGS: 2028   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7361) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Slightly hazy medium-golden pour with a tall, rocky off-white head. Quite a lot of sediment, as well as some very persistent lacing. Aroma was strong with citrus and grassy hoppiness... and some underlying caramel malty sweetness (really what I’d hope for in a good ESB). The first things to hit the tastebuds were the Cascade hops... with their wonderful grapefruity goodness. Very good balance between the high-alpha and bittering hops, as well as the medium caramel backbone. Very pleasant grassy/piney bitter finish. Definitely enjoyed this one!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - NOV 3, 2005
damn, what a sweet babe. nice hoppy aroma w/ firm body. orange hue w/ off white head. grapefruits aroma, and bitter, as advertised. well balanced, and hoppy.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Tap @ Summits. Orangey-copper color with a thin white head. Light citrusy hop aroma caramel malt underneath. Flavor is light on the malt with a fair amount of tangy hop acidity and a modertely bitter finish that is long and dry.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Bottle - nice big grassy, spicy hop nose. Deep golden color with a white, white head. Very spicy flavor! Sweetening as it warms. Aroma becomes quite malty. Slightly fizzy. This is a nice beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
12 oz. bottle. wow, what a pleasant surprise. clear amber in color with a fast fading head. medium amount of caramel flavor with a nice strong hop aroma & flavor. nice beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Ah yes. A very nice malty version of a bitter. The hops are present and the aroma from them is very agreeable--some herbalness, pine, and very fresh smelling, but there;s also some mellow fruitiness and dough in here. Pours cloudy amber with a nice big head. Full but not heavy mouthfeel. It’s hard to find a decent bitter. I may pick some of this up again to see if it qualifies for repeat buying status.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amalsugar (41) - Tremonton, Utah, USA - OCT 28, 2005
This is just a tasty beer. I have had 22 oz bottles and on tap. I have to admit on tap is awesome. The appearance, aroma and flavor blend together wonderfully. Start a Revolution!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
threethreads (5) - topsfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2005 does not count
22oz. bottle. thin lingering head. orange copper color. sweet pine malt aroma. less citrus than in the past but still yummy. one of my all time favorites. would love to try it fresh on tap.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Another decent beer. I thought it was very hoppy, but not too bitter. Not the most complex flavor.. I like other Rogues better for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Sharp bitter in the aftertaste. Long lasting finish. Tastes like real american hops should. A bit of malt in there as well. Woody/piney. Cedar. Pleasant and sweet in the front of the mouth. Nice cross between an ESB and an IPA.


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