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RATINGS: 1873   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.


4.4
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.7
   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 its style, if I knew what that style was. Its somewhere between an APA and an English Best Bitter Id guess

4.2
   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.

4.1
   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!

4
   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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2004
Pours a hazy amber color, with a foamy off-white head that just climbed out of the glass and built itself into a mountain. Aroma is all Rogue, dark citric hops, whole grapefruit. It's bitter allright, but still palatable. Outdoorsy feel, malty and hoppy, I would say that it loosely fits the bitter category, more like "I'm an Englishman in Portland." This is more like an IPA, more fruital and brutal, orange ruby grapefruit blend; finish is dry and bitter (it better be). A pleasant beer, but one and a half dimensionsal. But, being Rogue, that still makes it a solid brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
collegebeerguy (9) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2004 does not count
Not a fan of hops, but have to rate this one pretty high. The Aroma is rather citrus with an orange color -- great ingredients once again -- and I'm new to Oregon -- so don't think I'm Rogue biased!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2004
Hazy amber with a huge frothy diminishing off white head. Aroma of bread, citrus - mostly grapefruit, honey, apricot, and hints of pine and sweat. Medium watery body with lively carbonation. Lightly astringent. Flavor of citrus - mostly grapefruit, spice - ginger and coriander, with a slight woodiness and pine. Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 Not a bitter, squarely in the APA/IPA camp, but who cares? Medium orange appearance, good head, a bit murky with yeast on the second pour. Aroma is a mix of orange, grapefruit, and spice. The initial flavor in the mouth is of medium bodied, slightly biscuity malts, but they are really there just to provide some balance to the hop show that follows. The hops were a collage of grapefruit, spice, and some earthiness, with just the faintest hint of asparagus that rapidly faded. Surprisingly complex considering only one variety used and no dry hopping. This was exceptionally enjoyable. NOTE: Cask sample at CAH on 1/26/05 - tasting notes similar, but would bump up up the palate to a 5. Truly excellent.


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