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RATINGS: 1909   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2005
(New 12oz Bottle) Typical hoppy/soappy Rogue nose. Chill haze is very dense. The head and lace are very thick and long lasting. The palate starts off with grapefruit hops, but ends with a bit of spicy/woodiness. The malt really does come through on this beer to balance it out. Overall, a very good and drinkable beer, but a bit pricy at $11.25 a 6 pack.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Smells and tastes like I bit into a grapefruit for sure! Its ok, I can drink it, but I’d rather stick with Rogue’s other offerings.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2005
Bottle, Smokeless Joe’s. A rather rich orange colour with a decent white head. Lots of fresh hops in aroma, and a little of that Rogue yeasty smell. Big hop taste, crisp mouthfeel, maybe not as overwhelmingly bitter as the name suggests. Surprisingly well balanced, not the hop juice these types can turn out to be. The 6.2% is appreciated to - just adds a little kick and substance to the beer. Simple but well done and enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Pours orange with a large head and a bunch of chunks floating around. Great hop aroma. Flavor is a bit one-sided, with that side being the hops. Not too bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Thick hazy auburn color supporting a healthy khaki head with plenty of lacing. Bold aroma of hops, hay, orange zest and malt. Aggressive hoppy flavor but still well balanced with sweetness and a nice peppery bite of alcohol. Silky smooth mouthfeel and a big hoppy, bitter but clean finish. A really nice IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2005
On tap at Barley’s Taphouse in Asheville, NC. Fantastic hop aroma. While it almost burns your nose, you can still smell some sweetness. Amazingly enough, this is not an unpleasant bitter taste. Amber in color. Say, this isn’t so brutal. I like.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
regal (23) - Ringgold,Ga., USA - DEC 27, 2004
Dark copper color with a small rocky head.Very small patches of lace at top of the glass.First smell was all hops,but after tasting,I could smell malt,and a light hint of alcohol.The taste starts out with hops and citrus and finishes with a pine bitterness.Light-medium body and not alot of carbonation.This is well worth buying and I’ll buy again.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
i found this down the street and decided to pick one up at it has been ages.after pouring a little more than half of the 22 into a pint glass i got a nice 1 inch head with a hazey golden brown body.it was a little light in the aroma category,but i could get some citrus in the nose.i was really impressed with the palate.i scensed hops,malts,a bit of bitterness and a dry finish.pretty impressive.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Hazy orange color, nice frothy head. Hoppy and orange zest nose. Bitter grapefruit taste, that gives a short intense bitter kick. Short aftertaste. Not brutal bitter and missing complexity. I liked it though.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 18, 2004
cloudy deep golden, almond-colored head. somewhat lasting. heavily carbonated. aroma is loaded with grapefruit hoppiness, nice caramel malt base, not dominating but definitely there. i would confuse this aroma all day long with that of an IPA. the flavor is somewhat different in that the hops are not AS assertive. finish is nice and bitter as the name would suggest. really a very nice beer.


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