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RATINGS: 1873   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Tawny amber with whitish head. Hops aroma. Flavor is hops over the way with a pine finish. Definately hoppier than an English bitter. Reminded me a bit of arroagant bastard, but less so.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 An OK bitter. It attempts to be a hybrid between an American Bitter (IPA) and an English ESB, but it does not quite cut it. An average sized off-white head sits on top of a nice orange hazy (unfiltered) body. Aromas are mainly citrusy/earthy hops with a hint of malt. Hops dominate the palate. Bitter and fruity. Not very balanced. Full bodied with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Bitterness is much like an American IPA. I would like a wee more malt backing the hops up. [Update] - The warmer the beer gets the more I think that my bottle might be slightly skunked. Sour flavors and aromas are really start to come out as it warms. Will have to try this one again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Nice amber color with a slightly golden colored foamy head that had a pretty decent staying power.The aroma was strong,mainly of grapefruit and hops with a pretty good spice tone to it as well.The taste was mildly malty with more emphasis being put on the hops,the main thing that i was expecting was this obnoxious bitter taste but this one was pretty pleasant nice semi sweet and bitter taste with a grapefruit side that quickly turns to a nice hit of hop's that are bitter but not to harsh.The after taste is mildly citrusy but mostly hops in the bitter range.This is quite a brew and better then i thought it would be.Well worth having a few more of these bad boys around.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Nice golden color. This beer is extra hoppy. As the name applies it has a nice bitter finish. The beer is anything but brutal on my taste buds.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Masive hops overload, while maintaining a caramelly taste. Bitter to no end, but enjoyable and not done in a gimmicky sort of fashion, just a beer for the hopheads. Cascade all day long!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Eh, yes hops. Nutty and caramel. Tastes and smells much like a Rogue. Slightly sweet. Orange color. Some butter feel and texture. Soft all around.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sassy (217) - Mullet Capital of the World, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2003
Light cloudy orange with citrus aroma -- and from the smell of things, I can be expecting some hops. Flava is HOPPY (yeah!) with grapefruit -- and yes -- bitter. After tasting boring beers tonight, I'm glad to finally have this one come along and liven things up!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 16, 2003
Smells like hops and some citrus fruit. It smells exactly like Arrogant Bastard to me. Appearance is cloudy yellow. Flavor is very hoppy with some lemon in the background. I really enjoyed this beer as I am a lover of the hops! Don't give this to your swill drinking friends! Overall very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 11, 2003
Very bitter with nice yeast shot at the end. Wonderful if you happen to enjoy bitter beers

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 October 2007. Bottle. Orange body with a small white head. Moderate hoppy aroma, odd earthy note to the hops. Decent amount of bitterness throughout, light citrus, earthy resin. Average palate. Meh. Just ok. 7/3/7/3/14-15 - 3.5 <P>October 2006. 12oz bottle from Bishops Cellar in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Amber body, with a generous fluffy beige head and lacing. Aroma of light, muted hops, grass, and a light hint of bile up front that seems very out of place gives way to muted caramel malt as it warms a bit. Pleasant citrus - grapefruit in the flavour seems restrained, light round fruitiness lingers. Malt is a tertiary player. Average palate. Very unassertive, this was a disappointing re-rate. Am hoping perhaps the bottle was showing its age, and will try another one when given the opportunity. 6/4/6/3/13 - 3.2 <P> April 2002. Very hoppy and bitter. Similar to HopDevil in the degree of bitterness. Tasty if you like a bitter beer. 7/4/8/4/16 - 3.9


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