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RATINGS: 2019   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2005
22z bottle. Orange-amber hue. White frothy head. Very floral in the nose and in the mouth. A lot of sweet hop in the nose also. Crisp, bitter flavor with a nice citrus note. Another quality Rogue product and a great Bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11106) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Bottle poured a cloudy golden amber with a small offwhite head. Aromas of pine, carmel, orange and bread. Palate was smooth,a little resiny and dry. Flavors of bitter orange peel , pine, bread and a hint of carmel.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 13, 2005
A bright pale copper, thin layer of egg-shell white head. Candied orange aroma; flowery, spicey. Very pretty hop flower this Crystal. Flavor is initially orange peel bitterness. That rind flavor that coats your mouth in a somewhat dominating way. In subsequent tastes, the bitterness begins to blend with the rest of the flavors and a bit of unassuming malt sweetness comes through. Fairly light body, but the chewy quality of the hops makes it feel thicker. This is certainly one of the more fragrant beers Iíve had in a long while. Iím a bit disappointed though--the balance is off, with just too much chewy bitterness not enough backbone, taking this from Epic Status to just pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Draft. Hazy ambery pour. Fairly hoppy aroma, with definite citrus and grassy notes. Medium amount of malty flavors. If the purpose is to showcase the hops, then Iím not sold on adding more of a amlt backbone to it. Strong bitter finish. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2006 [bottle] Pours a nice amber/orange color, with a decent head. Sweet, hoppy aroma. Flavors are malty on one end, bitter on the other (as expected). Kind of a let-down, I had higher expectations.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - SEP 11, 2005
This was a good beer, but I guess I was expecting a little more. It had plenty of bitterness, but felt a little thin in the mouth. Not very full bodied at and didnít have much to it. Perhaps Iím just too spoiled with all of the barleywines, stouts, and IPAs that I ususally drink.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2005
sweet cirtus nose, intense bitter mouth with sour orange/grapefruit overtones. Bubbly head with very nice lacing. This is a great beer. I wish I knew the enthaol content and as an earlier poster mentioned, the production or shelf date.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours hazy copper with a creamy, light-tan head that left remarkable lacing. Aroma is dominated by American C-Hops: flowers, grapefruit, pepper and pine. Flavor is nicely bitter. A crisp & strong malt profile helps tame the 59 IBUís of hops very well, but the C-hops still take center stage. Rogueís proprietary yeast is more sublte in this ale, with only a bit of that ípeppered plumí characteristic coming through in the middle of a sip. Full-bodied, moderately-carbonated with a dry finish. A great ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
this bottle was a little on the old side. there was no freshness date on the bottle but the store tagged it back in april, and it was not refrigerated.......anyway, the beer was not as crisp and puckery as the last time i had it, very cloudy orange color. heavy grapefruit in the aroma, less grapefruit in the taste than i remember, and less bitterness. also tasted a little roasted tobacco, faint coffee, a hint of cardboard......great beer......it is the shiznit-o-bam if you can get it fresh.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Small head that dissipates slowly. Honey opague coloring murky. Bitterness hits you upfront the malts tone it down throughout. Slight sweet citrus taste. At the end the bitter aftertaste makes its presence known.


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