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RATINGS: 1838   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onebarrel (3) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2004 does not count
I am a big fan of bitters and this is my main line. This seems a bit "home brewish" - not that there’s a problem with that... its still quite good but lacks the body I am use to from English examples. Not too much of a fan of Cascades so that dosen’t help. Plenty of hops in there so if you need a fix that way go for it!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Big white billowy head. Glowing golden color. Citrus IPA aroma. Not overbearing hop presence, somewhat smooth. The bitterness and malt character blend nicley. Leaves a refreshing aftertaste. For whatever this beer whants to be, it’s very enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Pours from the bomber with a huge thick head. It is a cloudy orange and gold color. Aroma of sweatsocks, soap and a little bit of hops citrus. The taste is pine, soap and a little orange peel. This is very dry and hoppy for a bitter. Unimpressive for a Rogue. Way overhopped for the style. Not at all subtle and not a session style beer. This is a bitter that wants to be an IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2004
On tap at the Rogue Ale House in San Francisco. A very dark amber beer with a beige head. A mildly bitter flavor with a sweet finish and subtle hop. A good bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 24, 2004
on draft: pours nice orange brown with a tan head. nose of piney cascade hops and citrus. the mouth was quite nice. hops pushing through and being dominant with this bad brew. citrus and pine angain, some grapefruit possibly in the back door. highly drinkable without being ruinous. gots a bite to it!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Attractive appearance, citrus hoppy aroma. A nice collection of malts, grapefruit and big dose of hops. Well crafted, interesting and satisfying. Enjoyed this very much.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8092) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2004
Smells like a citrus IPA with pine. Fruit midsip. Downs bitter yet toned down with a faint lemoniness and Bittersweet aftertaste. Oily 59 IBU. Americanized ESB. Forget Wheat, this at the end of the hot day.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Cloudy amber with a beige head. Citrus, hops to the nose. Medium body with some carbonation. Taste was not as bitter as the name implied. A decent drink but not outstanding.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Art of Beer ’04: Amber red color. Cirtusy hop aroma. Taste is overwhelmingly grapefruit. Too fruity for me. Re-rate (5/9/2008). On tap @ Redbones. The 2004 me was an idiot. Yes, the hops have a very citrusy flavor, but not in a bad way. Very flavorful ESB. (Original rating: 2.9)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theFritz469 (16) - Brunswick, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Nice hoppy aroma.Cloudy gold color.Hops not overwhelming,good balance.Not overly impressive.Good beer.


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