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RATINGS: 1998   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.


3.7
   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 you’d expect from the nose. Really nice drying bitterness. A really excellent beer for drinking in large quantities.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1426) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 4, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pour is a cloudy orange with a thick fluffy light-tan head that leaves plenty of lace. Aroma is citrusy, yeasty and hoppy with a touch of caramel. Taste is very bitter. Start is sweet and malty and finishes with a dry citrusy hoppy bitterness. Solid medium-bodied beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2005
bottle. Brutal? this beer ways in at only 59 IBUs... really good though...just not brutal! nice orange color, hazy, very rocky white head. good looking beer. fresh aroma of apricot, sweet grainy malt, big piney hops. malt was rather weak, although this got fuller as it warmed, bitter piney finish. Not very aggressive as the bottle suggests but good and very drinkable. perhaps not very round. Although as to compare; I had a Sierra Nevada pale ale and this beer was much more flavorful and hoppy...so a good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Bottle from the World of Beer in Clearwater. Pours a hazy orange with a minimal white head. Nose is all about hops and citrus....more like a grapefruity hop aroma. Taste is some malty sweetness in the back and hops up front, and then some more hops. Finish is dry and very bitter (surprise!). Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2005
A lot of hops in this one....the grapefruit of the cascade hops really dominate in the hybrid hops used for this beer. Flavour is full and hoppy with a touch of malt at the front and a subtile malt backbone. One of Rougue’s best.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Murky amber pour - tall, tight head that soon disipates. Lemon, grass, sweet malt and sugar cured ham in the nose. Complex body that moves from floral hops to sweet malts. Great balance. A step up from Rogue’s Younger Special Bitter, which is a good thing in my book.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2005
(650 ml bottle) Pours cloudy gold with a hint of red. Good amount of head that lasts. Smellls of grapefruit and orange rinds although a bit sweet. I can drink this all night. Clean taste, crystal hops, citrus, and tart finish. I like this one and may make it a regular thing.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BekaTheWrekka (4) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 11, 2005 does not count
This is a good all-around brew. I’m a big IPA fan, and I am used to a variety of complex hops flavors. As there is only one kind of hop used in this ale, the hop complexity is limited. It smells great, but that may be because I am hyper-sensitive to hops right now (I brewed my first batch of beer yesterday, and now everything smells like hops, and my closet smells *dreamy*). Brutal Bitter is indeed a bit bitter (but I am quite used to double IPAs like Stone’s Ruination and Rogue XS I2PA), but it is perhaps a little bit more malt-centric than I like in a bitter brew. But those are just my personal tastes. This is a well-crafted, and if I may, daring, brew. To absolutely rely on Crystal hops is bold. I reccomend Brutal Bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (6019) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 10, 2005
Tap@Max’s, Baltimore MD
Mild grassy nose. Cloudy amber, creamy lacing head. Nice hop flavors (grass, herbs) plus some apricots. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Grassy aftertaste.


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