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RATINGS: 1986   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Yes indeed. Hazy amber body with a thick head that layed the glass with "lace" as the drinking went on. This is a hophead’s vision of an ESB - serious herbal, floral, and citric hops in (and up) the nose. There is a sweet caramel scent somewhere beneath it all. The caramel malt remains as a firm backbone supporting the hop bitterness heaped upon it. As fellow rater Olivier_MTL so aptly expresses it, "Amertume prononcée en finale semblant marginalement plus élevé que le taux d’IBU indiqué." (My apologies. I couldn’t resist quoting his prior rating although I had scant idea what he was saying.) It is brutally bitter (for a bitter) in the finish, and I appreciate that.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
Belle couleur orangée, énorme mousse blanche et crémeuse aux multiples reliefs laissant pleines de traces sur le rebord du verre. Arômes très fruités, pleinement houblonnés, pêches et agrumes sur une belle base maltée invoquant la douceur du caramel et les biscuits sucrés. Amertume prononcée en finale semblant marginalement plus élevé que le taux d’IBU indiqué. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne à pleine, carbonatation active mais en douceur, longue finale amérisante.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Bottle poured orange amber with a nice thick head. Aroma of hops and citrus. Flavor is light hops citrus, spice with a easy bitter hop sting on the palate. Good.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2005
This one pours a very hazy orange-amber with a fine and bubbly white head. The mouthfeel is very thick and fulfilling. The nose is strong of leaves and Azalea flowers but with a citrus tinge. The taste is slightly sour and bready upfront with a strong grapefruit tartness following. The middle is a bit hollow, as I can’t really find anything else until the end. The end is a malty sweetness with lingering hints of citrus. The dryness is very strong in the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1563) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2005
On Tap at Kahootz: This was awesome! It poured a dark copper color and modeled a strong hoppy presence. It made my friend Sharad cringe, but that’s because he likes Heineken!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2005
I liked this one a lot. Pours amber with a medium head. Just the right amount of hops, makes the tongue cringe a bit but the eyes don’t water.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Draught @ PH Portland. This beer could make a hophead out of anyone. Approachable light amber, thin head. This beer really shows how good fresh north western hops can be. They are backed beautifully with light earthy malt notes. Very Clean and refreshing beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Plesant citrus aroma with a mild hop profile. Nice pouring beer. Cloudy amber with a frothy white head. More citrus in the taste. Huge hops for the style. Much thicker than an English style ESB. Nice stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2005
12 oz bottle - Poured cloudy amber with a short white head. Aroma of grapefruit and some grass and some spice. Flavor is mostly hops.. a little grain. On the palate this is medium bodied crisp and clean and finishes with a bitter almost sour aftertaste. This was a good ESB.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Draft - Amber colored with a great lasting head. This was very crisp with a nice hop bite at the end. Not usually a fan of this style, but this was great.


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