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RATINGS: 1950   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - 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 (1012) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Poured a medium, hazy amber color with an averaged sized, off white head. Citrus aromas and tastes (mainly oranges) Light pine as well. Nice bitter bite. Slightly sweet. Nice balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2103) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 22, 2004
hazy dark khaki color with a fat cream colored head. floral hop aroma strong bitter, and i can see how some would call it brutal, and iím all for truth in advertising. this is bitter, but drinkable a bit acidic with a much milder finish, a well done one sided beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Bottle. Nose is hoppy and floral. EXCELLENT bitter taste: not too strong, but still very much there. Very well done.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Monstrous pillow head with a thick and hazy orange/yellow body. Lot of sediment floating around too. Fresh citrus aroma thats has a funky smell. Tastes of breadish barley and relaxed hops with citrus: lime, orange, and the best damn grapefruit flavor i tasted in a beer yet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - OCT 13, 2004
bottled...pours an orange/amber w/a off-white head. aroma is a bit sweet w/some hops senced, flavor is malty, citrusy hops w/bitter finish. i could also tasted some of the spicy fruit, great beer.


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