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RATINGS: 1998   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8650) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2005
Cask, GBBF 05. Golden/orange with a creamy head. Aromas are caramel, spices, oranges, lemons - good hops. Flavours are sweet caramel and toffee malts with oranges and spices. Has a good level of bitterness namely citrus fruit pith. More caramel towards the finish followed by decent bitterness. More like all those USA IPAs and nothing like a bitter. Still good, though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 9, 2005
Pours copper/rust colour with a nice thick frothy head. Lemon & Lime to the nose with a hint of hop. Malt, citrus and weak grassy flavours with a nice long-lasting bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10597) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2005
Draught @ GBBF 2005: Orange coloured. Hazy. Off white head. Citric and herbal nose. Floral, hoppy and herbal flavour. Some sweetness and fruitiness. Nice strong bitterness in the end. Is quite dry. Nice one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense GBBF 2005. An orange coloured beer with a nice hoppy bitter aroma. This is a tasty bitter with good hops and a little bit on the sweet side. I expected the taste to be brutal but instead found it pleasant, drinkable and understated. For me nowhere near as good as the Youngers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Pours a hazy dark orange with a small amount of foamy white head. Aroma is very hoppy, piney, and citrusy and extremely potent. Flavor is bittersweet, citrusy, and very hopy. Definitely seemed like an IPA and not an ESB. Overall, pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (14679) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2005
Cask @ GBBF Cloudy amber colour, sweetish fruit nose some citrus fruit, strong citric hop finish, excellent beer to start the 2005 beer festival on.

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 (1030) - USA - JUL 29, 2005
This makes for a great session beer. A little bolder than most ESB’s I’ve had with a nice hop flavor. To me it almost tastes like a cross between an IPA and an ESB. I’ll definitely be picking this up again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2046) - 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 doesn’t really taste like many ESB’s that I’ve had, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless.


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