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RATINGS: 1971   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1426) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Iíve never been a fan or just never understood what a bitter is. However, this is one is pretty good. Full hops in effect and a subtle malt body. Thereís that lingering bitter bite in the aftertaste which i guess makes it a bitter. other than that it tastes like an average pale ale.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Amber colored with a lively head. Aroma is heavy in earthy hops. Flavor doesnít have much malt presence but a stale/earthy hop flavor. Very lively on the tongue. Not a big fan.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Pretty good stuff. Hops are present with some brown ale textures. Overall, a decent brew, another fine brew from Rogue.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sirphobos (32) - 29 Palms, California, USA - JUN 14, 2005
A nice unfiltered copper color with a good biege head. First thing noticed in aroma was hops followed by spicy citrus. The taste is spectacular hops then grapefruit followed by a mix of both. In all I would say this one of the best bitters Ive ever had. Highly recomended.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Funny how good, common beers I drink are overlooked for rating after so much time on this site........... I donít think this has a particularly huge aroma, but itís pleasant, earthy, and spicy; refined, not at all brutal bitterness, especially for Rogue, over a rich maltiness, and lingering bitter tail; round flavor and decent body; I donít drink enough of this

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 6, 2005
This beer is phenominal. Best bitter Iíve had yet. Perfect hop balance in the taste and aroma. This beer just comes together like they all should. If you like bitters, this is one you cant go without trying.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2005
From bottle. Iíll tell you what, I must LOVE american hops. I absolutely love this beer, it is the epitome of an ESB for me, even though it is american style :) I love the spicy hoppyness, I wait for the chance to use Crystal hops for an ESB of my own.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2005
On tap @ Archer Ale House. Very stunning slightly hazy copperish color. A very hopped up bitter, but for some reason it comes across as real tasty. Nice, strong malt backbone that blends well with the hops. Decent white head that doesnt really seem to lace that well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle courtesy of an awesome girl: Hazy copper/amber colored body showing a streak of ruby/orange towards the middle of the glass and pale orange towards the edge, with a medium eggshell colored head. Aroma is light citrus/pine/spice, mostly hops, with some sweet buttery malts and a hint of yeast showing through. Taste is spicy/citrus/floral hops taste up front, though more than I would expect for an ESB itís much less bitter than an IPA, opening up to notes of bitter tea, grass, straw, light toasted malt, dusty wheat, light lemon, and a hint of orange zest. Finishes dry & bitter, with hops sticking to the tongue long after the last sip and hint of waxy honeycomb as it warms. Medium bodied, though it fells very creamy and full in the mouth, moderate carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Bottle. Light copper with a thick beige head that left nice lacing all down the glass. Intense aromas of citrus and pine hops dominate the nose. The flavor is pink grapefruit, orange marmalade, sour nectarines, wheat toast and honey. I found this to be a smooth, very drinkable beer-not nearly as bitter as the name implies.


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