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RATINGS: 1885   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.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Bronze, hazy with a clinging, lasting white foam head. Emphasize "brutal" here--more hops than any bitter I've ever had, I think, asting astringency and grapefruit. Forget the commercial label, this is in APA/IPA territory to me. (on tap at Rogue Ales Public House, Portland)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange-amber with a moderate white head that diminished leisurely. Aroma reminds me of a good IPA, sweet caramel malts, lots of citrus hoppiness. Flavor is good, it took me a few sips to really take in the fullness of this brew. It's immediately sweet and bitter at the same time, nicely balanced, though definitely a hop monster. Bracing grapefruit bitterness and a lingering puckering astringency. Medium body and easy carbonation. Not a session ale in my book, definitely one to sip and savor.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 3, 2004
22oz Bottle: Poured orange with a thick white head. Hop filled aroma. Equally hop filled taste. This is a keeper. Not to be confused with English bitters, this is more of an IPA. Could use a little more malt but I like it just the way it is.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Copper honey hue. Fresh grapefruit juice and orange zest nose and taste with a touch of pine. This is my first bitter. Hope they're all this good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3121) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Deep amber that pours a big head of just off white. Grassy citrus hop aroma. Hop bitterness dominates the flavor and continues into the finish. At the finish is the only hint of any maltiness in this beer. Excellent ESB.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2004
The tawny, auburn color of this brew is slightly affected by its light cloudiness, and yet it maintains the exact complexion I most look for in a quality IPA. The head is off-white, prodigious and enduring. Lace is most impressive with this brew. Citrus notes abound on the nose, along with a piney sweetness which is difficult to describe. It exudes a warm sharpness which sets the mouth to watering. Smooth and crisp at the same time, the first thing that hits you are the hops, delightfully tingly, then combining with an alcohol warmth and carbonated sharpness. Right in the back and holding this brew up throughout is a rigid malt sweetness; not cloying in any manner, but there to support what is a massive amount of hops. Fruity tastes and hop oil esters combine to make this a very full flavored beer, yet creamy, and the finish is long and lingering. What a great example of a full-hopped Northwest IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1440) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Nice copper color with a creamy tan head. Nice malty aroma. Bitter taste with a nice hoppy taste. Pretty smooth as well. Very nicely balanced. Somewhat dry, but overall a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Bring it Baby! I’m looking for a Winner tonight!
Nice copper colored body, with a loud tan tower of rocky head. A nose full of caramel malts, but mostly my nostril senses are picking up a plethora of hops, big notes of fresh grapefruit juice and orange zest’s. Refreshing citrusy flavor, nice acidic bitter bite. The malts bring forth a resemblance of baked brie with caramelized brown sugar incrusted atop.
What can I say? This is a tasty and refreshing Bitter; finishes dry, with a big presence of Pine, maybe even a spicy Cedar or Cyprus tree.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Nice hoppy beer, tons of hops, not really balanced at all... just the way I like it. Tongue gets a little hop sticky by the end.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
screigh (445) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2004
This beer reminded me a little of Three Floyds Alpha King (although I like the Alpha King better). Towards the end this beer got a little hard to swallow.


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