SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky amber pour - tall, tight head that soon disipates. Lemon, grass, sweet malt and sugar cured ham in the nose. Complex body that moves from floral hops to sweet malts. Great balance. A step up from Rogue’s Younger Special Bitter, which is a good thing in my book.
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(650 ml bottle) Pours cloudy gold with a hint of red. Good amount of head that lasts. Smellls of grapefruit and orange rinds although a bit sweet. I can drink this all night. Clean taste, crystal hops, citrus, and tart finish. I like this one and may make it a regular thing.
BekaTheWrekka (4) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 11, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a good all-around brew. I’m a big IPA fan, and I am used to a variety of complex hops flavors. As there is only one kind of hop used in this ale, the hop complexity is limited. It smells great, but that may be because I am hyper-sensitive to hops right now (I brewed my first batch of beer yesterday, and now everything smells like hops, and my closet smells *dreamy*). Brutal Bitter is indeed a bit bitter (but I am quite used to double IPAs like Stone’s Ruination and Rogue XS I2PA), but it is perhaps a little bit more malt-centric than I like in a bitter brew. But those are just my personal tastes. This is a well-crafted, and if I may, daring, brew. To absolutely rely on Crystal hops is bold. I reccomend Brutal Bitter.
jonas (5849) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap@Max’s, Baltimore MD
Mild grassy nose.
Cloudy amber, creamy lacing head.
Nice hop flavors (grass, herbs) plus some apricots.
Medium body, smooth mouthfeel.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A chewy, toasty, malty bitter from the geniuses at Rogue! A clean-tasting, no frills bitter with hints of honey and wood. Excellent!
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I bought this beer not knowing what I was getting myself into. I was expecting something more similar to an American IPA. The pour is coppery amber with a thin white head. There is a strong hop aroma, which maintained my optimism, but the hops are only present to create bitterness in the flavor. There’s little citrus or grass or any other standard hop flavors at all, just a serious amount of bitterness. Malts, and bitter. Aftertaste is mostly clean -- the bitterness doesn’t linger. It’s a good beer, just not what I expected.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught. Pours a golden amber. Starts out with a watery but potent hit of floral hops. Nice citrissy lingering taste. Goos as a session ale.
jigglyjock (163) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2005 Pours a light cloudy honey color. Descent medium thick head which lasts a while. Aroma of bitter hops and citrus. Excelent citrus hop taste with a strong malt flavor.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy dark orange-amber, smells strongly of hops but not in an offensive manner. Not as bitter as I had hopped for with a name like brutal but still bitter and damn good. Tastses a lot like an IPA, nice lingering hop taste, thin lacing and medium pure white head.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2004. Hazy amber/orange color
with a medium size white head. Sweet
aroma of hops, grapefruit and biscuit malt. Flavor is mildly bitter/hoppy at first
with a decent malt backbone for balance.