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RATINGS: 1952   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.


1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MrBeerUSA (40) - HorseShoe, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Good god! Brutal isnít enough for this bad boy. It knocked me on my ass! Quite simpley the strongest hoppy flavor I have ever tasted. Horrible after taste that would not die, and looked like strained puke after eating beef stew! Iím a big fan of the Rogue lineup, so give it a try. Just donít ask me to again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Hella hoppy let me tell you, good malty appeal making for a nice smoothness and a great bite at the end, one of my favorite bitters.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Draft. This one blew me away. Pours dark straw/orangish with a nice head and lace. Aroma of huge hops, fruit, grapefruit, chardonnay, spiciness, and some malt. Tastes hoppy, fruity, with a nice crisp finish. The intense fruitiness and spiciness balanced the hops perfectly. For #700, I give you the 4th perfect score I have ever given. As a caveat, I have not rated, or drank, the bottled version. I had this on draft at the Green Leafe cafe in Williamsburg, and I have no deductions for this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2004
No kidding brutal bitter! Poured hazy amber with off white head. Aroma is fruity, floral hops. Flavor is brutishly hoppy with grapefruit. This is a one note song. All hops. The aftertaste lingers on and on. I like rogue beers but this is a bit much.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onebarrel (3) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2004 does not count
I am a big fan of bitters and this is my main line. This seems a bit "home brewish" - not that thereís a problem with that... its still quite good but lacks the body I am use to from English examples. Not too much of a fan of Cascades so that dosenít help. Plenty of hops in there so if you need a fix that way go for it!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Big white billowy head. Glowing golden color. Citrus IPA aroma. Not overbearing hop presence, somewhat smooth. The bitterness and malt character blend nicley. Leaves a refreshing aftertaste. For whatever this beer whants to be, itís very enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5109) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Pours from the bomber with a huge thick head. It is a cloudy orange and gold color. Aroma of sweatsocks, soap and a little bit of hops citrus. The taste is pine, soap and a little orange peel. This is very dry and hoppy for a bitter. Unimpressive for a Rogue. Way overhopped for the style. Not at all subtle and not a session style beer. This is a bitter that wants to be an IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UNCCTF (495) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2004
On tap at the Rogue Ale House in San Francisco. A very dark amber beer with a beige head. A mildly bitter flavor with a sweet finish and subtle hop. A good bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 24, 2004
on draft: pours nice orange brown with a tan head. nose of piney cascade hops and citrus. the mouth was quite nice. hops pushing through and being dominant with this bad brew. citrus and pine angain, some grapefruit possibly in the back door. highly drinkable without being ruinous. gots a bite to it!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Attractive appearance, citrus hoppy aroma. A nice collection of malts, grapefruit and big dose of hops. Well crafted, interesting and satisfying. Enjoyed this very much.


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