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RATINGS: 1910   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1497) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2004
I expected it to be darker...an interesting skunky aroma. The apricot came in hot for me. The citrus made an appearance in the after taste. IBU’s in the 80th percetile?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2004
Sampled from bottle at Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2004 (#44).
Cloudy orange colored with a fine off-white head. Fresh and full bittersweet hoppy and fruity aroma with notes of apricot and orange. Plenty of bitter hops in the flavor with a fruity middle. Very dry specially in the finish. Fresh and very tasty!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6700) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 13, 2004
on tap at the brewery. orange golden colour. big grapefruit aroma with a suggestion of caramel. plenty of bitterness. pretty flavoursome but didn’t totally grab me

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
On tap at isaac newtons..Cloudy orange with small head.Good aroma..numbs my mouth with hops,,maybe just compared to the other beers i was drinking that night (hefe,flemishsour.) i liked this one alot.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2375) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2012 Large, light tan/yellow head of fine bubbles. Decent carbonation. Nice hoppy citrus aroma with some grapefruit and pine with a bit of skunk up front. Hazy dark orange/amber in color. Nice smooth flavor. Very well balanced with a bit of lemon. Crisp flavor. Dry palate with nice lingering bitterness at the finish. A very good ESB from a brewer with a lot of good beers. Nothing fancy just a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - DEC 6, 2004
Stingy hop aroma and a whiff of orange peel. Hazy orange color with a foamy head. This is a full bodied beer with some orange and citrus and ton of hops. Actually, given its name I thought there’d be even more hops. Lingering bitterness. This is consistent with this brewer aggressive and oh-so-good. Really like and wondering why it isn’t an IPA.:

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Cloudy orangy color with a huge hoppy nose. Surprised by the taste in how mild it was. Good balance of the hoppy and the malty. Quite the misnomer of it’s brutal-ness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2008 Bottle 650 ml (listed as 6 % , 15 P)
Appearance: (3.5/5) Pours as murky amber with hint of bright copper, medium light creamy/rocky head.
Nose : (7/10) Fresh scent of crystal hops with sweet , juicy caramel going trough.
Flavor/Palate : Medium bodied ale , continuation of what aroma presented. Sweet caramel malt as main centre with bitter wet leaf hop side. Slightly chewy texture. Beyond light long lasting bitterness not much is carried at finish. Decent yet still I could not escape feeling of having simple two-dimensional ale. (F-6.9/10)(P-2.8/5)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2004 I wouldn’t call it brutal. Looks really thick. I like the very nice combo of fruity and piney hops. Kinda sticky. Nice.


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