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RATINGS: 1899   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
What a great beer! Pours a crystal clear bronze color with a great off-white head that stays around for quite some time. The aroma is very strong of PNW style hops and would lead one to believe this is a different beer than it is. The taste is decidedly bitter, but the hop flavor is nicely spicy owing, I suppose, to the Hallertauer type hops. Fruity english style malts round the beer out wonderfully. Body could be a bit heavier, and it may be a bit overcarbonated, but this isn't a major complaint. Very enjoyable beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 18, 2004
UPDATED: APR 19, 2005 Golden orange color, with a big,beautiful white head. Fruity aroma - much like that of an IPA. This is one great beer. The first tastes are the varied malts used, which give way to the intense grapefuit bitterness of the hops. Starts off like a great ESB and finishes like a great IPA. The best of both worlds!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2004
Pours a hazy amber color, with a foamy off-white head that just climbed out of the glass and built itself into a mountain. Aroma is all Rogue, dark citric hops, whole grapefruit. It's bitter allright, but still palatable. Outdoorsy feel, malty and hoppy, I would say that it loosely fits the bitter category, more like "I'm an Englishman in Portland." This is more like an IPA, more fruital and brutal, orange ruby grapefruit blend; finish is dry and bitter (it better be). A pleasant beer, but one and a half dimensionsal. But, being Rogue, that still makes it a solid brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
collegebeerguy (9) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2004 does not count
Not a fan of hops, but have to rate this one pretty high. The Aroma is rather citrus with an orange color -- great ingredients once again -- and I'm new to Oregon -- so don't think I'm Rogue biased!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2004
Hazy amber with a huge frothy diminishing off white head. Aroma of bread, citrus - mostly grapefruit, honey, apricot, and hints of pine and sweat. Medium watery body with lively carbonation. Lightly astringent. Flavor of citrus - mostly grapefruit, spice - ginger and coriander, with a slight woodiness and pine. Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3274) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 Not a bitter, squarely in the APA/IPA camp, but who cares? Medium orange appearance, good head, a bit murky with yeast on the second pour. Aroma is a mix of orange, grapefruit, and spice. The initial flavor in the mouth is of medium bodied, slightly biscuity malts, but they are really there just to provide some balance to the hop show that follows. The hops were a collage of grapefruit, spice, and some earthiness, with just the faintest hint of asparagus that rapidly faded. Surprisingly complex considering only one variety used and no dry hopping. This was exceptionally enjoyable. NOTE: Cask sample at CAH on 1/26/05 - tasting notes similar, but would bump up up the palate to a 5. Truly excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2347) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2004
An excellent selection. I was looking around in a six pack shop and spotted this. Orange copperish in color, resembling honey. Nice rich head and a nice bite to it. A grapefruity hoppy taste. Glad I got this one. Very refreshing for a breezy sunny afternoon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2004
Very hoppy. Brutal is right. Had a bottle while cleaning the apartment, gave a nice kick to get the job done

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dahatherley (35) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 31, 2004
On tap @Cato's. Pale orange body. Nice crisp bitter hoppy flavor. Spicy grapefruit flavor prominent. Tastes like an IPA which is fine with me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Rogue Nation, SF: Ruddy gold color with a whispy white head. Hoppy and sweet aroma. The hoppy bitterness sits down heavily on the back of the tongue then slowly fades. Entertaining.


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