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RATINGS: 1910   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 Art of Beer ’04: Amber red color. Cirtusy hop aroma. Taste is overwhelmingly grapefruit. Too fruity for me. Re-rate (5/9/2008). On tap @ Redbones. The 2004 me was an idiot. Yes, the hops have a very citrusy flavor, but not in a bad way. Very flavorful ESB. (Original rating: 2.9)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theFritz469 (16) - Brunswick, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Nice hoppy aroma.Cloudy gold color.Hops not overwhelming,good balance.Not overly impressive.Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
On Tap at The San Diego Brewing Company: Pours a brick amber gold color that yields a small very white head. Aroma is very mild, some hoppy bitterness mixed with some malty notes. Flavor is hops melded quite well with the malt. It’s balanced decently (is that a word?). Body is soft and medium silky. A decent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Bitter is right! Excellent pour, nice crisp white head. Hops aroma everywhere. I taste grapefruit rind immediately, very bitter. Definitely a good beer to have fresh, I notice the hops quiet down over a few months. Highly recommended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2004
A beautiful and bright auburn with a dense head. The hops are not imperial but balanced very nicely with the malt, which is imperial, smooth and sweet. The malt backbone to this struck me as very similar to Rogue’s Imperial Pilsner. Both wonderfully hoppy beers with deliciously juicy malt backgrounds. This is what a bitter should be and I savored the whole bomber. I had this a while back on tap at the Blindtiger in NYC and remember it being just as wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 29, 2004
An excellant higher powered ESB.It had the hop aroma but yet not over the top like a IPA. I thought this would make a good session beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2004
Mild hop nose. Nice semi-cloudy brownish orange with a clinging white head. Nice body, great hop balance with the malt. Great beer.

   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.

   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.

   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 it’s style, if I knew what that style was. It’s somewhere between an APA and an English Best Bitter I’d guess

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