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RATINGS: 1945   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Nicely balanced malt, hop aroma, bitterness of the hops is dominant in the taste, although the taste is not forceful , a wonderful bitter aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
Hazy amber w/ generous finger of gold foam. Nice lace. Fresh, leafy, fruity hoppy aroma against a background of toffee & caramel. Medium-light feel. Nicely balanced, though surprisingly light flavor w/ a very bitter, lingering finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
On tap. Now for an ESB, this really is up there for the style. A sweetness that is noticable, and a hop presence that balances it out nicely. Not bitter like an IPA can be but pleasant and interesting. Not a huge fan of the style, but this kicks ass. Bravo.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Cloudy orange with a white head. Sweet hoppy citrus aroma. (lemon) Flavor is bitter as the name suggests. There is a sweet floral taste at the start and middle of the beer with a monster bitter aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2005 Itís the grapefruit and the hop that gets you... I had this one after the aprihop and thought I was STILL getting apricot out of it. So much hop that you get hopheaded after a while, a nice addition to a bitter that runs more citrusy than butter caramel like Fullers. The aftertaste is a wreckoning. Fabulousness!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3346) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Draft. Very citrus piney aroma. Lots of PNW hops in the nose. Smells good. Moderately hazy orange/copper color with a small frothy white head. Grapefruit juice and pine sol. Thats what this concoction takes like. One dimensional throughout. Not bad, but itís basically hop juice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crockett (1010) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2004
Pours orange and hazywith an off white big lacey head. Grassy citric hop aroma. Brown sugar, strawberry. Lots of grapefruit. Late tangerine. Very dry somewhat chalky. Really tastey bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
apost8n8 (123) - USA - OCT 25, 2004
Made me an instant Rogue fan. Itís certainly bitter but in a great way. Hoppy brown smooth start with dry finnish. good stuff

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2004
with a name like brutal bitter, i thought i best beware so i took a hesistant sip. it was surprising smooth. nice apricot color with a humongous head. nice mildly hoppy scent with a nice mellow hop flavoring offset nicely by malt. i could chill all night with this stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
(Draft) Nice cloudy orange color with a creamy white head. Really floral citrus aroma, all hops. Superlative hop flavor grapefruit and sweet with a nice bit of malt for backbone. Finishes bitter but smooth. If this is brutal than call me a brutalitarian. Great job.


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