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RATINGS: 2041   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4820) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
(Draught) Sampled at Clark’s Ale House in Syracuse, NY. Sweet nuts, hi hops nose. Nice West Coast hops - very good and quaffable. Large white, foamy head with a deep amber-copper body.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2005
This beer varies a lot with serving temperature, food accompaniment, etc. At its best, there is some excellent hop character evident, and this blends very nicely with some excellent malt. At its worst, it is bitter without a great deal of flavor. Not bad, but certainly not something I will buy with any sort of regularity.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Bottle. Pours a bright golden orange, fluffy white head, the first glass was transparent and the second was cloudy due to yeast in the bottle. (Is this bottle conditioned? I didn’t think it was, but I could be wrong.) Good lacing on the glass. Aroma is really fruity and hoppy -- grapefruit, apricot, maybe a little bit of lemon. I’m surprised this isn’t dry hopped, because it’s a nice pungent aroma. A sip gives a good spectrum of flavors. It starts out with a sweet maltiness and maybe a hint of saltiness, but it’s just a hint. The unmistakable flavor of the Pacman yeast follows, and it seems to fit this style extremely well. After that, the bitter hops take over, grapefruit mostly. Hops are never tart, and they have a very well rounded flavor. Finish is slightly dry and clean, and when the hops fade there is still a hint of yeast flavor on the tongue. Medium body, moderately low carbonation, extremely smooth in the mouth. This is certainly one of Rogue’s finest brews, it’s a perfect style for their yeast, and there’s an exceptional balance to everything.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Big bottle. Looking foreward to this one, but, still I’d rather have a Fuller’s. Hazy amber ale, extra fresh aroma and taste: alive, organic, and energetic - but, then I’d rather have a hefeweizen. Crisp finish, big bite.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Pours a hazy orange with an off white head. Has aroma of floral, citrus, and hops. Taste is excellent, it is medium bodied and unfiltered with flavors of hops, citrus, spices, and malts.

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 (1694) - 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!


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