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RATINGS: 1950   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Orange/Amber Coloring. Very Hoppy Aroma...Flavor Doesn’t Disappoint Those Initial Nasal Findings...Hoppy To the Point Where You Question Whether This Should be an IPA Over a Bitter. Mild Malt Tones But Overall Your Hops Rule The Day.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
22oz Bomber with no freshness date. This one pours a dark orange color with a great frothy off-white head that has great retention. Pleasantly strong hop aroma comes from this one, citrus and floral with some malt lurking about. The aroma also is quite bitter and strong enough to smell even when the beer is on the table. Good hop flavoring stands out the most with some malt balancing it out. A light bitter finish that lingers about is quite pleasant. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. This a very smooth beer that would make a good session brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5277) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
June, 2003: Big pint bottle. A damn fine bitter. Appearance is a dull hazy lightish orange. Marris Otter provides a firm, sweet base, but the use of other malts softens and develops and enriches. Good fruit aroma, not unlike that of an Abbott Ale. Hops are earthy but also shot through with some icy grapefruit juice. Impressive.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2004
A strongly hopped ale that was closer in distinction to a good IPA then to an ESB. Regardless, it was good to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2004
On tap, Pizza Plant. Hazy amber, tan head. Full malt prescence offset by some unmistakible Rogue hops. Slightly fruity, leafy hops, toffee flavored malts. Medium to full bodied, slight dryness, bitter finish. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Nicely balanced malt, hop aroma, bitterness of the hops is dominant in the taste, although the taste is not forceful , a wonderful bitter aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
Hazy amber w/ generous finger of gold foam. Nice lace. Fresh, leafy, fruity hoppy aroma against a background of toffee & caramel. Medium-light feel. Nicely balanced, though surprisingly light flavor w/ a very bitter, lingering finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
On tap. Now for an ESB, this really is up there for the style. A sweetness that is noticable, and a hop presence that balances it out nicely. Not bitter like an IPA can be but pleasant and interesting. Not a huge fan of the style, but this kicks ass. Bravo.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Cloudy orange with a white head. Sweet hoppy citrus aroma. (lemon) Flavor is bitter as the name suggests. There is a sweet floral taste at the start and middle of the beer with a monster bitter aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2005 It’s the grapefruit and the hop that gets you... I had this one after the aprihop and thought I was STILL getting apricot out of it. So much hop that you get hopheaded after a while, a nice addition to a bitter that runs more citrusy than butter caramel like Fullers. The aftertaste is a wreckoning. Fabulousness!


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