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RATINGS: 1999   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.


3.8
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Nice rich honey color with little head. If your an IPA fan. go buy this beer. Itís like a hops smoothie. Texture of apple cider, hints of citrus, bitter in the best sort of way. Best $12 six-pack Iíve ever bought. I just ran to toss another in freezer to get it cold

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
appears hazy amber, with a nice head, smells great very spicey, the taste almost like lemon iced tea, good hops, somewhat bitter, very drinkable, and truely brutal.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffManOhYeah (133) - USA - JUN 25, 2005
I liked it, but it was a little spicy for my taste. A bit too many hops in this one.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (1015) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 Wow, this is a really interesting brew. The first bitter Iíve ever had that actually dries your tongue out, but without leaving an aftertaste, very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Big Bottle. Golden Amber with a quickly dissapating head. Strong piney aromas along with a fruity/estery yeast aroma in the second glass (sediment rich). Great hoppy bite, with sour / coppery finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1439) - Charleston, South Carolina, 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.


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