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RATINGS: 1986   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
A beautiful color. A hazy orangish peach that glows. The head doesn’t disappoint with the retention or the lace. Both were fantastic. Mandarin oranges, lemons, spruce, and grapefruit. Very delicately hopped aroma. Looking forward to this one. Big bouquet of hops throughout the beer. Tons of grapefruits and lots of other spicy fruits. Malt presense is high but intolerant compared with the high hop rate. The hops are citrusy, resiny, oily and juicy. Pretty delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Orange and cloudy in color with lots of yeasties. Nice tan head. Citrus hop aroma. Gentle hop aroma. Big malty flavor and bitterness. Full bodied. Drinkable.Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Orange, cloudy, nice tannish head. Gentle citrus hop aroma. Big malty flavor, bith a big citrus hop flavor and bitterness. Full palate. This kindof defines its own catagory...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2008 Bottle pours a copper color with a nice sustaining head and good lace. The aroma is grapefruit, pine, and some sweetness. The flavor is grapefruit, ale sour fruit notes, bready, and a nice malt backbone. The palate is smooth and quite drinkable. Overall, this is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2831) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose. Honey,pine,orange,canned pineapple,grapefruit. Hazy brownish orange color. Full sediment pour, not a lot but enough to cloud. Small head that faded quickly. Bitter flavors. Grapefruit,burnt,little pine in the middle, brown sugar,toffee. Thin body,lite creamy mouthfeel, bitter bite on finish. Citrus pucker. Good brew, though obviously too much for john q public. I like it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1244) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Pours a hazy gold with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of some doughy malts with a punch of citrusy hops. Taste is not heavy at all, but it is a nice assault of hoppiness. Grapefruit, pine, and the same peppery character from Rogue I2PA. Finishes very dry and mouth-puckering bitter. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 (sampled bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival) hazy dark golden, rich white head. Suddenly only piney bitter hops is in the air. Bitter grapefruity flavour with a raw maltiness. Bitter, bitter, bitter finish of grapefruit. Simple beer but that’s just fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy amber body with an average-sized off-white head. Grapefruit aroma. Rich malt and lots of hops. Bitter palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1863) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Sampled at Brew Ha Ha 2004. Hazy orange with lots of suspended particles. Big fluffy, light brown head. Grapefruity hops in the aroma. Bitter hop flavor, piney and grapefruity. Very full, chewey mouthfeel. Could use a bit more malt sweetness to balance everything out, but a phenomenal beer anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
650 ml bottle. Cloudy golden amber colour with a thin fizzy and frothy white head. Fruity and caramel aroma. Caramel and bread flavours, slight fruitiness, then a slowly building but lingering fruity and floral bitter finish. Medium to full bodied and juicy.

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