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RATINGS: 1996   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2005
all these style lines...difference between an ipa and an esb american style? who knows. a hoppy (not as brutal as the name suggests) pale, ale. definitely above average, enjoyed it on cask at sharp edge, just donít pay top dollar for it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2006 From a 12 oz bottle. Hazy orange coloured beer, thick creamy head with great persistence. Aroma is fairly clean, light orange citrus with a bit of earthy/spicy noble hop character. A hint of lean maltiness. Flavour is spicier than the aroma suggests. A bit of orangey hops. As it warms the spicy hops really come to the fore. Earthy lightly bitter finish. Quite a nice brew, but I think I prefer UK versions. Tap. Cloudy amber colour, thin head. Aroma is lightly oaky, some mushroomy character. Flavour is fairly hoppy, earthy, woody flavour. Light toffeeish notes. Slightly sulfuric notes coming off of this one. Okay, but it doesnít really do it for me. 6/3/6/3/11

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2984) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2005
Aroma:Hops,grapefruit,caramel..... Appearance:Haz amber,huge head... Flavor:Hops,good malt caramel flavor....

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2005
Pours a hazy orange amber color with a thick rocky white head. Excellent aroma and flavor of floral and citrusy hops with caramel, strong, lasting bitter finish. Medium body, creamy texturem lively carbonation. Definitely the best bitter Iíve tasted.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 13, 2005
dark amber pour with a small frothy white head. aroma is citrus, hops. taste is somewhat sweet, but mostly just piney/grapefruity hops. kind of a acidic and resiny mouthfeel. Pretty good

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Opaque orangeybrown (I went to crayola.com to find the right color, but ironically, their palate is messed up either on the website or on my computer). Aroma is hop/citrus. Flavor is custom-built for my palate, apparently. Hops, lemons, vinegar (in a good way), grapefruit, hint of sweet malt. Clean finish, with lingering Cascades. Nice microlacing on surface, touch on glass. Tay-stee!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2009 Poured from a bottle. Fairly thick head that settles with nice lacing. Pours a beautiful cloudy amber color. I was really impressed with the color on this one. The taste isnít nearly as brutal as the name implies. Instead it has a nice sweet and citrusy taste to start and a good bitter finish. I really enjoyed this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfontain (830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Slightly murkey amber with a HUGE root beer float-type head. Room temperature. Aroma is too light; has mostly the hops but there is some malt in there as well. Flavor, again, is mostly just a whole bunch of hops, but I think thereís a heavy malt presence that makes this beer drinkable with all the hops, even for people who arenít complete hopheads. Medium body. Okay, but since "Rogue can do no wrong," this beer isnít as good as all the hype.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
euserphriendly (167) - Holland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2005
The pour is a clear amber with a nice lasting white head. Overall the palate is dry and bitter. No real distinctive hops taste but a good overall bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Nice looking, rusty orange color with a bubbly, light head. Fruity, sweet citrus aroma. Great malt flavor with lots of hops. Hop flavor is more toward the bitter end than the citrus end as youíd expect from the nose. Really nice drying bitterness. A really excellent beer for drinking in large quantities.


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