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RATINGS: 1884   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 24, 2004
on draft: pours nice orange brown with a tan head. nose of piney cascade hops and citrus. the mouth was quite nice. hops pushing through and being dominant with this bad brew. citrus and pine angain, some grapefruit possibly in the back door. highly drinkable without being ruinous. gots a bite to it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Attractive appearance, citrus hoppy aroma. A nice collection of malts, grapefruit and big dose of hops. Well crafted, interesting and satisfying. Enjoyed this very much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8405) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2004
Smells like a citrus IPA with pine. Fruit midsip. Downs bitter yet toned down with a faint lemoniness and Bittersweet aftertaste. Oily 59 IBU. Americanized ESB. Forget Wheat, this at the end of the hot day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Cloudy amber with a beige head. Citrus, hops to the nose. Medium body with some carbonation. Taste was not as bitter as the name implied. A decent drink but not outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Art of Beer ’04: Amber red color. Cirtusy hop aroma. Taste is overwhelmingly grapefruit. Too fruity for me. Re-rate (5/9/2008). On tap @ Redbones. The 2004 me was an idiot. Yes, the hops have a very citrusy flavor, but not in a bad way. Very flavorful ESB. (Original rating: 2.9)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theFritz469 (16) - Brunswick, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Nice hoppy aroma.Cloudy gold color.Hops not overwhelming,good balance.Not overly impressive.Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
On Tap at The San Diego Brewing Company: Pours a brick amber gold color that yields a small very white head. Aroma is very mild, some hoppy bitterness mixed with some malty notes. Flavor is hops melded quite well with the malt. It’s balanced decently (is that a word?). Body is soft and medium silky. A decent beer.

   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

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