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RATINGS: 1877   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Bitter is right! Excellent pour, nice crisp white head. Hops aroma everywhere. I taste grapefruit rind immediately, very bitter. Definitely a good beer to have fresh, I notice the hops quiet down over a few months. Highly recommended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2004
A beautiful and bright auburn with a dense head. The hops are not imperial but balanced very nicely with the malt, which is imperial, smooth and sweet. The malt backbone to this struck me as very similar to Rogue’s Imperial Pilsner. Both wonderfully hoppy beers with deliciously juicy malt backgrounds. This is what a bitter should be and I savored the whole bomber. I had this a while back on tap at the Blindtiger in NYC and remember it being just as wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 29, 2004
An excellant higher powered ESB.It had the hop aroma but yet not over the top like a IPA. I thought this would make a good session beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2004
Mild hop nose. Nice semi-cloudy brownish orange with a clinging white head. Nice body, great hop balance with the malt. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 23, 2004
On draught. This beer had a cloudy orangish color with a large head. Medium body with a citrus flavor. This beer is excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 22, 2004
Bottled. A little too orange to be honey colored, very hazy with lots of good sized particals floating about. 7.5/10 for head size(10 being huge), offwhite in color, lasting with fair lacing--not the best looking lace. Odor is kind of musky like antique leather with honey and slight citrus. Front is sweet and bitter and the sweet carries on almost like a sugar sweet, light honey, although it is "brutally" dominated by the bitter. That bitter...citrus, peach//apricot, not near as bitter as I expected from the name of this beer. It's rather pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium body, soft foamy carbonation with a somewhat watery texture, but with some substance like a syrup-water hybrid and that texture contains the sugar sweet. Aftertaste is long, dry and apricot/peach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Probably my favorite of the regular strength Rogue beers. Nice aroma, good balance of hops and malt. A real solid beer-one of the best in it’s style, if I knew what that style was. It’s somewhere between an APA and an English Best Bitter I’d guess

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2004
Appearance: a bright, but hazy, apricottish hue, with a thick, bubbling, off-white lace-leaving head. Aroma: absolutely bristling with pine, pineapple, grapefruit, all sorts of citrus, very spikey, alert and lively, seriously delirious! On the palate, a monsoon ensues, a blast of brilliant bitterness, that fades a bit, yes, but returns with every sip. Texture is a treat, tangy, delicious, smooth, but tasty. Long, even eternal, finish. Ultimately, very dry, mouth watering, thirst quenching...yeah! It got me to thinking...this is the hophead's "lawnmower beer"! And me, I've got to live in an apartment! It's an "anytime" ale, I say! The name protests too much. It's not too brutal, but then I'm used to, and I welcome, a barrage of hops on my tongue at anytime I wish. The label reads "an Imperial style bitter" (aren't "bitters" UNbitter, such as ESBs?) using exotic traditional floor malts (huh?) Free Range Coastal Waters (okay, I'm lost, free range chicken I get, but free range water?) etc., etc. No matter my confusion, it's a damned great ale, not shy at all with the hops, and loaded down with flavor. Happily consumed from a generous 22oz. bomber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
What a great beer! Pours a crystal clear bronze color with a great off-white head that stays around for quite some time. The aroma is very strong of PNW style hops and would lead one to believe this is a different beer than it is. The taste is decidedly bitter, but the hop flavor is nicely spicy owing, I suppose, to the Hallertauer type hops. Fruity english style malts round the beer out wonderfully. Body could be a bit heavier, and it may be a bit overcarbonated, but this isn't a major complaint. Very enjoyable beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 18, 2004
UPDATED: APR 19, 2005 Golden orange color, with a big,beautiful white head. Fruity aroma - much like that of an IPA. This is one great beer. The first tastes are the varied malts used, which give way to the intense grapefuit bitterness of the hops. Starts off like a great ESB and finishes like a great IPA. The best of both worlds!

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