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RATINGS: 1900   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Pours murky amber with an offwhite head that leaves a lacing on the glass and a thick film on the beer. Aroma is hoppy and refreshing, similar to an IPA. Taste starts off bitter with a bite, then mellows out into a smooth roastiness. A good and agreeable ESB, but as to be expected with an ESB, not as drinkable as some other brews.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Hallmark ESB aroma from the glass - want to sniff it like a cappuccino! Brilliant orange-amber color. Also a classy "Tang" orange flavor which does a good job at hiding the 6.2% alcohol; some pumpkin floating in there as well. Great hops/raisin aftertaste. I would say this tastes like Fischer Bitter, maybe not quite as intensely hoppy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 7, 2004
Light amber w/off white head. Light malt, hops, pine, and citrus on the nose. Med body w/light sweet bitter finish. Sweet peach, hops,soap, pine and lingering light fruit. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2004
This beer pours with a big, mountainous, super foamy head that lasts a long time and leaves a lot of quality lacing. Body is dark orange, almost pumpkin colored and hazy to the point of cloudiness (which I find somewhat unappealing). Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of peach, fragrant hops, alcohol, mixed flowers, and cheap perfume. Aroma is a little bit mixed up and unclean. Starts off sweet with light fruit and malt flavors; the wheat can barely be detected under the surface. Flavor profile is bursting with a variety of hops characteristics in both the palate and the finish. Midway a sharp bite of alcohol makes an appearance followed by some floral bitterness and a mouthful of Cascade style flavor. Finishes bitter with an alcohol twang followed by a semi-sweet aftertaste. Overall, this is a pretty complex beer and while I’m impressed with some of its characteristics I find nothing particularly brutal or bitter about it. Moderately disappointing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
A beautiful color. A hazy orangish peach that glows. The head doesn’t disappoint with the retention or the lace. Both were fantastic. Mandarin oranges, lemons, spruce, and grapefruit. Very delicately hopped aroma. Looking forward to this one. Big bouquet of hops throughout the beer. Tons of grapefruits and lots of other spicy fruits. Malt presense is high but intolerant compared with the high hop rate. The hops are citrusy, resiny, oily and juicy. Pretty delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Orange and cloudy in color with lots of yeasties. Nice tan head. Citrus hop aroma. Gentle hop aroma. Big malty flavor and bitterness. Full bodied. Drinkable.Enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Orange, cloudy, nice tannish head. Gentle citrus hop aroma. Big malty flavor, bith a big citrus hop flavor and bitterness. Full palate. This kindof defines its own catagory...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2008 Bottle pours a copper color with a nice sustaining head and good lace. The aroma is grapefruit, pine, and some sweetness. The flavor is grapefruit, ale sour fruit notes, bready, and a nice malt backbone. The palate is smooth and quite drinkable. Overall, this is good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2649) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose. Honey,pine,orange,canned pineapple,grapefruit. Hazy brownish orange color. Full sediment pour, not a lot but enough to cloud. Small head that faded quickly. Bitter flavors. Grapefruit,burnt,little pine in the middle, brown sugar,toffee. Thin body,lite creamy mouthfeel, bitter bite on finish. Citrus pucker. Good brew, though obviously too much for john q public. I like it

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1212) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Pours a hazy gold with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of some doughy malts with a punch of citrusy hops. Taste is not heavy at all, but it is a nice assault of hoppiness. Grapefruit, pine, and the same peppery character from Rogue I2PA. Finishes very dry and mouth-puckering bitter. Awesome!


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