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RATINGS: 2008   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1871) - 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.

3.7
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Tap, KClingerís Public House, Etters, PA. Hazy dark amber in color with generous light tan head. Pretty highly carbonated. Mildly floral, very hoppy aroma....you can actually smell the bitterness. Flavor was extremely hoppy and citrusy, with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Overall, pretty good, and better on tap than from the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2004
This one poured a dirty brown/amber shade with a substantial white head. The aroma struck me as a characteristic IPA scent, full of hops, and the flavor yeilded a similar impression. It was certainly bitter, but in an IPA way rather than an ESB way; dominant flavors were citrusy-hoppy tones of grapefruit and pineapple. A good beer, but not malty enough to feel like an ESB and note quite hoppy enough to satisfy my IPA cravings.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Poured amber with a nice white head...smelled hoppy but sweet at the same time, not malty sweet but rich candy sweet...tasted all hops though...bitter as soon as it hit the tongue...through out the mouth...in the finish...a little over the top though...if I didnít know who made it and I was told it was an ESB, I would have honestly guessed Rogue...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2005 bottle 22 oz. Semi clear orange/copper, big large bubble straw/white head, very good carbonation, moderate lace. Aroma is light roasted but full presence malt w plenty of hops and a touch of grapefruit & toffee. Flavor is light roasted but full malt, somewhat sweet w good hop flavor and considerable bitterness on the palate and in the finish. Some alcohol taste. There are some similarities to Stone IPA but less sweetness. Medium bodied. 7/19/05 Iíve been drinking this for a few days now....good stuff. Nice spiciness in the mix too. 8/9/05 Iím bumping this up one point, had a few on tap yesterday, I sure like this brew, could drink it all day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1937) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Cask Draught: A nice find at Eli Cannons. Served at proper cellar temperature. It pours a slightly amber, dark golden color. Mine ended up with quite a bit of head on it, which did linger awhile. It was dense with very small bubbles. The aroma is rich and malty, with hints of pine and grapefruit hops. Well balanced malt body with a bit of a hop bite. Very good example of this style.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2004 On tap. Light amber with a lasting head. Nose is medicinal and hoppy. Great nose. Sweet and malty, hoppy and bitter. Great combo. Flavors match this immensely. Perfumey and Sweet, succulent and savory G-rat

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2004
08.16.04 Bomber. Pours a quite clouded glowing amber highlighted by gold around the edges; average tan head. Wonderful citrus and pine aroma. Solid malty backbone supports sharp, unctuous hoppiness. Hops are somewhat one dimensional (I only now see that only one hop is used) by todayís ístandardsí. In truth, the PNW flavors and character of this beer are of the sort that made me so interested in craft brews the way I am today. A nostalgic brew, solid, delicious. Terrible name for a beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2004
bottle. Light copper pour with a generous white frothy head. Decent lacing. Great aroma, definite hops, "C" hops, piney aroma with some sweetness also. Nicely bitter to start, leading to a malty backbone. The finish is lingering bitter. Clean finish. Solid brew.


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