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RATINGS: 2007   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2005
I bought this beer not knowing what I was getting myself into. I was expecting something more similar to an American IPA. The pour is coppery amber with a thin white head. There is a strong hop aroma, which maintained my optimism, but the hops are only present to create bitterness in the flavor. There’s little citrus or grass or any other standard hop flavors at all, just a serious amount of bitterness. Malts, and bitter. Aftertaste is mostly clean -- the bitterness doesn’t linger. It’s a good beer, just not what I expected.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 4, 2005
On draught. Pours a golden amber. Starts out with a watery but potent hit of floral hops. Nice citrissy lingering taste. Goos as a session ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2005 Pours a light cloudy honey color. Descent medium thick head which lasts a while. Aroma of bitter hops and citrus. Excelent citrus hop taste with a strong malt flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Pours cloudy dark orange-amber, smells strongly of hops but not in an offensive manner. Not as bitter as I had hopped for with a name like brutal but still bitter and damn good. Tastses a lot like an IPA, nice lingering hop taste, thin lacing and medium pure white head.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Bottle 2004. Hazy amber/orange color with a medium size white head. Sweet aroma of hops, grapefruit and biscuit malt. Flavor is mildly bitter/hoppy at first with a decent malt backbone for balance.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (22067) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2005
Hazy orange/brownish with white head. Smells of hops, barley and honey. The taste is mainly hops with influence of citrus and wheat. Hoppy and bitter aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange. Big American Style hoppy nose, like an APA. Flavour is nutty, with hints of citrus. Finish is brutal bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (13693) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2005
Bottled
Hazy orange, small white head. Strong aroma of flowery hops, barley and honey. Nicely balanced hoppy mouthfeel with hints of wheat. Long dry hoppy aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2005
(New 12oz Bottle) Typical hoppy/soappy Rogue nose. Chill haze is very dense. The head and lace are very thick and long lasting. The palate starts off with grapefruit hops, but ends with a bit of spicy/woodiness. The malt really does come through on this beer to balance it out. Overall, a very good and drinkable beer, but a bit pricy at $11.25 a 6 pack.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Smells and tastes like I bit into a grapefruit for sure! Its ok, I can drink it, but I’d rather stick with Rogue’s other offerings.


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