jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! A great bitter, perhaps one of the better ones I have had! Pours gold with a large head, lots of bubbles swirl through the body, very decent looking. The bitterness in the flavor is extremely well balanced and extremely tasty. nice finish, with great aftertaste, one amazing bitter!
jhwarfield (125) - USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. For an American Bitter, I would prefer a Redhook. Not too buttery, quite hoppy. Decent carbonation. Not bad.
joergen (25813) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden coloured with a white head.
Aroma of malts, fruits and hops.
Flavour of malts, fruits, hops and pine needles.
Dry hoppy finish.
Ibrew2or3 (8059) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2006 12oz bottle. Hazy light copper color with large bubbled white head. Aroma is malty and some hops. Aroma is too light. The taste is influenced by the high carbonation. Starts off as the aroma did with sweet malt first the some hops follow. Doesn’t at all seem to be a Brutal Bitter. Bitterness does not match its name. Really a nice drinkable beer though but the hops come up short. Should rename it Mellow Bitter.
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, pours a hazy deep golden color. aroma of citrus fruit and some yeast. flavor is dominated by hops, grapefruit, some pear, some hint of malts. not as bitter as i expected, i mostly noticed the bitteness in the taste that was left in my mouth. a solid beer, not my favorite style but very good.
loseratheart (110) - USA - APR 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First bitter I’ve tried, but very tasty.Hazy in color with a tanish almost copper body. Contains a white frothy head. Alcohol was apparent, but not overbearing which was good. Everything was well rounded with this beer. The finish on the palate left me wanting more. Excellent beer, finally a hoppy beer that’s perfect.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good bitter. Poured golden with a copper hue. Aroma was slightly of grapefruit and pine. Flavor mimicked the aroma with a nice hope character. What I expect in a bitter. The finish was clean and hoppy. Didn’t notice a lot of lacing on glass. Good beer
MrBunn (2727) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best aspect of this one is definitely the aroma. Heavy with pine, grapefruit and oranges. Appearance is an orangish amber with a minimal head. Flavor is definitely hop centered, but there seems to be no supporting cast of malty undertones to give this any support. The bitter hops aspect was really nice, but the finished product was watery and directionless in my opinion.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a hazy coppery body with a huge lasting fluffy white head. The aroma is very large. Bright citrus hops, grapefruit, chocolate chip cookie dough. The flavor, albiet good, is lacking something. It has nice bitter citrus and grass. Light cookie-ish malts. The palate is medium bodied, bitter, not lingering.
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - APR 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first ESB - definetly brutal! It was very "hoppy" although a tad "alcoholy" immediatly impressed with the powerful aroma and its appealing hazy appearance. Afine brew indeed.