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RATINGS: 2062   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
doostinjcap (43) - Newport, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2005
Obvious Malty, bread battered, yeast drenched, soaked in citrus flavor, and a crazily intense bitter finish. My personal preferences aside, this is a complex and quality driven ale. John Maier has really taken bitterness to a whole new level... one frightening question: Could this ale be too brutally bitter? Possibly!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2005
Pours a cool cloudy orange color with a generous head and lacing all the way down. This beer is confusing to me and maybe Iím not ready to rate this for all itís qualities, but where does and IPA end and an ESB begin. This beer has way more in common with a Stone IPA than it does a Fullers ESB. I did detect a slight flavor of old vegetables that I always get from an ESB but not before it was quickly sqashed by the familiar citrus hop proflie of a great IPA. Malt, bread, yeast, sweet citrus, bitter finish is how I would describe this beer. Very good just confusing for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2005
Bottle from Utobeer. Poured cloudy orange with a decent head.Aroma is mostly hops, dusty malt and some yeast.. Flavour is sweet, malty, fruity, hoppy and a touch stale. Yeasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cows9 (41) - Dumont, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2005
Pours cloudy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is really malty with a bit of fruit. Malts up front but bitter hops kick in. Just the right touch of bitterness. Nice beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highalphafan (18) - albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 1, 2005
American aroma and British flavor? Perhaps thatís a bit too simplistic a deScription, but it seems to sum up this beer. Very citrusy aroma (orange peel) and truly bitter in flavor as the name suggests. Nice long finish (again bitter) which I love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2005
22 oz bottle pours a cloudy golden orange with a huge foamy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. A good dose of citrus in the aroma, fruity grapefruit, pear, pineapple and caramel flavors, medium to full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2005
all these style lines...difference between an ipa and an esb american style? who knows. a hoppy (not as brutal as the name suggests) pale, ale. definitely above average, enjoyed it on cask at sharp edge, just donít pay top dollar for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2006 From a 12 oz bottle. Hazy orange coloured beer, thick creamy head with great persistence. Aroma is fairly clean, light orange citrus with a bit of earthy/spicy noble hop character. A hint of lean maltiness. Flavour is spicier than the aroma suggests. A bit of orangey hops. As it warms the spicy hops really come to the fore. Earthy lightly bitter finish. Quite a nice brew, but I think I prefer UK versions. Tap. Cloudy amber colour, thin head. Aroma is lightly oaky, some mushroomy character. Flavour is fairly hoppy, earthy, woody flavour. Light toffeeish notes. Slightly sulfuric notes coming off of this one. Okay, but it doesnít really do it for me. 6/3/6/3/11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2005
Aroma:Hops,grapefruit,caramel..... Appearance:Haz amber,huge head... Flavor:Hops,good malt caramel flavor....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2005
Pours a hazy orange amber color with a thick rocky white head. Excellent aroma and flavor of floral and citrusy hops with caramel, strong, lasting bitter finish. Medium body, creamy texturem lively carbonation. Definitely the best bitter Iíve tasted.

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