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RATINGS: 1900   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5225) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Had this cask conditioned from the Capital Ale House at Innsbruck on 7-10-04. Nice copper body with a medium tan head. Aroma is pleasantly hopped with a modicum of sweetness stepping through. Taste is hoppy and bitter but not over the top. The underlying sweetness makes this a nicely balanced beer. The fact it is cask conditioned enhances this even more. The palate was obviously bitter and a bit oily but overall was pleasant. It finished only mildly bitter. Nice beer and very drinkable!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1092) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2005 Really nice beer. Nice hazy cloudy look to go along with a heavy dosage of hops to this bitter. Almost like an IBA or something... highly recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2004
Orange coloured. Notes of apricots, pineapples and honey. Very bitter and hoppy. Complex. A great brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Had this again last night with fish tacos. I had forgotten how great this beer is. I like that it doesn’t try to be an IPA. It tries to take ESB to the next level without blasting your with highter alcohol. It does this wonderfully. Thick, sticky head, piney resin notes all over the place. Body is solid and drinkability: perfect. Anyone bored by bitters or who wants something other than a pale to drink with lighter fare...this is your beer. Huzzah!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Nice fresh hoppy aroma. Spicey, piney, hop taste. The sweet malt is there but comes up a bit short of balancing out the hops. This beer show cases hops in a very good way.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2005 Pours a clear orange/amber with a thick, dense off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with a hint of grass. Taste is very earthy with plenty of hops, grapefruit, citrus, caramel and honey. Rock-solid malt background. Lingering bitter aftertaste and finish. Mouthfeel is very full, thick, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Just glorious. Spotty lacing, great head retention. Can be considered an IPA in my opinion. Highly recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2004
This is what I think of when I hear ESB. Others seem to lack in the bitter department of the name. This had it all. Nice orange color. White head. Hops are abundant throughout with the malt to shoulder them. Kudos.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hangover (1058) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Cloudy orange pour with an appealing off-white head. Aroma of piney hops with some floral notes when warmed. It is brutal as advertised. The hops litterally attack you from every angle. Personally, I love it. Nice malt backbone. Not quite a ’brutal bitter’ finish, but nice nonetheless. This beer is classified as an ESB which just isn’t right, but whatever, if you like hops like me you will absolutely love this beer. It really IS that good. I can't believe I passed this one by for so long.

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MrBeerUSA (40) - HorseShoe, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Good god! Brutal isn’t enough for this bad boy. It knocked me on my ass! Quite simpley the strongest hoppy flavor I have ever tasted. Horrible after taste that would not die, and looked like strained puke after eating beef stew! I’m a big fan of the Rogue lineup, so give it a try. Just don’t ask me to again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Hella hoppy let me tell you, good malty appeal making for a nice smoothness and a great bite at the end, one of my favorite bitters.


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