adamnfineman (53) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a horrible beer, but nothing amazing either. When I heard "Brutal Bitter," I was anticipating something that was actually brutally bitter. Instead I got a beer that really didn’t hold my attention. I finished it, but I didn’t buy another.
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber color with one of the flullyest and firmest heads around, lasts and lasts.
Nice controlled carbobation, feels like a beer, not a soda.
Aroma, recalls fresh rain on a new cut lawn.
Green apples and grapes, pine too. and of course--loads of lovely hops.
Could be habit forming
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2006 This has a bit more than the dry citrus and hop flavor I love. Lemon more than grapefruit. The subtle counterbalancing sweetness is not sugary. Big thumbs up
unibaren (157) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of grape and pine aroma. Slightly hazy orange colour. Huge creamy head that last a long time and leaves nice lacings. Medium carbonation. Very bitter taste (but in a nice way), and somehow reminds me of Fishermans Friends. Light body but full flavoured. A very impressive beer.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 52F English Pint. Nice hoppy aroma, great pine scents, good malty aromas, great bread yeast smells. Smells fantastic. Nice fairly clear light amber color with a splash of orange. Nice off white head that is both fluffy and decent lasting. Nice great hoppy flavor balanced perfecty against medium malts, very good taste I really like this one. A little bigger and hoppy than many popular ESB’s but this one is great. Lighter mouthfeel, lighter carbonation are slight drawbacks. Good beer a very nice ESB. A little less bitter on the hops and it would be a fantastic ESB. Very nicely done once again by Rogue, do they make a bad beer?
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle to shaker glass. Hazy amber color with medium-lasting tan head. I would’ve sworn that I detected several types of hop aromas, but Rogue’s description told me differently. Nevertheless, the aroma was yummy and complex. In the flavor , I picked up a grapefruity hop flavor that was quite pronounced. To me this seemed almost IPA- like, but not as agressively bittered.
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Not that is a solid beer. I took a gulp of that and said to my wife without thinking, "I want to stick my face in this." In my opinion, its that good or maybe I was just really, really thirsty. Great looking murky, amber / copper color. Nice white head that stuck around. Great flavor with some citrus and maybe a touch of pine. Terrific hop flavor. Perfect feel in the mouth, beautiful body. Very solid - my full rec.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 1, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(on bottle)Disapointing and not brutal. Withheld in all aspects of the drinking faces and even gets irritating metalligc in the end. 94? tsk.
deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy orange body, light lacing, moderate head. Aroma of piny hops; Initial flavor is citrus, nice rolling hop finish with lingering smooth sweet bitter; very palattable. Small amount of malts in-between bouts of hops.
Padron4KM (790) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy orange with a solid 2 finger head and nice lacing.
Lemon cookie aroma
Flavor is grapefruit with some pine and a touch of sweetness.
Tingly bitter finish.