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RATINGS: 1910   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2004
The tawny, auburn color of this brew is slightly affected by its light cloudiness, and yet it maintains the exact complexion I most look for in a quality IPA. The head is off-white, prodigious and enduring. Lace is most impressive with this brew. Citrus notes abound on the nose, along with a piney sweetness which is difficult to describe. It exudes a warm sharpness which sets the mouth to watering. Smooth and crisp at the same time, the first thing that hits you are the hops, delightfully tingly, then combining with an alcohol warmth and carbonated sharpness. Right in the back and holding this brew up throughout is a rigid malt sweetness; not cloying in any manner, but there to support what is a massive amount of hops. Fruity tastes and hop oil esters combine to make this a very full flavored beer, yet creamy, and the finish is long and lingering. What a great example of a full-hopped Northwest IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1468) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Nice copper color with a creamy tan head. Nice malty aroma. Bitter taste with a nice hoppy taste. Pretty smooth as well. Very nicely balanced. Somewhat dry, but overall a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Bring it Baby! I’m looking for a Winner tonight!
Nice copper colored body, with a loud tan tower of rocky head. A nose full of caramel malts, but mostly my nostril senses are picking up a plethora of hops, big notes of fresh grapefruit juice and orange zest’s. Refreshing citrusy flavor, nice acidic bitter bite. The malts bring forth a resemblance of baked brie with caramelized brown sugar incrusted atop.
What can I say? This is a tasty and refreshing Bitter; finishes dry, with a big presence of Pine, maybe even a spicy Cedar or Cyprus tree.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Nice hoppy beer, tons of hops, not really balanced at all... just the way I like it. Tongue gets a little hop sticky by the end.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
screigh (459) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2004
This beer reminded me a little of Three Floyds Alpha King (although I like the Alpha King better). Towards the end this beer got a little hard to swallow.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scott (2) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2004 does not count
Orange/amber in color. Hazy appearance. This is an IPA you couldn't see through. It also had a nice head with decent lace. The smell was both floral and fruity at the same time, yet wasn't overpowering in any way. The taste was the same way. Fruity and floral, yet well balanced, like most Rogue beers. It was a great beer and I look forward to drinking more.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2004
Draught, at the Blind Tiger, NY.</br> When Spiesy & AustinPowers drank. Foggy copper coloured body with a lacy head. Didnít strike me as being brutally bitter, just regularly bitter. If you want a bitter that cuts, the Adnams Jubilee will teach you a thing or too. Still, itís a good enough beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Hazy light copper in color,with a touch of citrus in the aroma.Bitter and hoppy, with a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Hazy, honey-colored body and thin white head. Balanced aroma of English malts and citrus. Big citrus and herb flavor. High bitterness; does justice to the term “bitter”. But this seems like a standard IPA in my book.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (330) - Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Pours out cloudy and golden orange with a full white head. Powerful clear floral hops aroma. The flavor is dominated by floral hops which is accompanied by a faint touch of malt. Has a crisp, lingering bitter aftertaste. Overall not as well balanced as most of the other premium bitter beers.


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