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RATINGS: 1929   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 Draft. Hoppy, floral aroma. Poured kinda flat for my liking. Nice citrus taste. Nice and bitter. The bottle though pours with a nice head and is more bitter.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2003
On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern-Poured a orange gold color with a lasting white head...Aroma was all hops, but what did you expect...flavor was hops and citrus I tasted grapefruit...this stuff is fantastic...very crisp finish...bitter is the word...loved it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Old bottle style, not sure of the year. Wonderful session beer. Nice malty finish that helps the hops shine

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2003
On tap at Issaquah Brewhouse. Hops are quite dominant, pours an orangey color with a fairly thin and quickly dissipating head. Definitely on the hoppy end of a bitter, more toward an IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2090) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2003
good bitter. cloudy yellowish color, good smell, better than fullers in my opinion.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - NOV 25, 2003
On tap. Nice pale orange, good head. A ton of hops for a bitter, but overcarbonated.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4139) - Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2003
If you like very, very hoppy and bitter beers, this one's for you!! This one was just way too bitter and hoppy, but then again, I'm not a hophead. It poured a small sized ivory head that contained fine-large sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing. The body was cloudy and uncarbonated with a yellow-gold hue. The nose was heavily hopped and the flavor was as well and also heavily bitter with a lingering fore and aftertaste. The mouthfeel was tingly and medium bodied. The lacing was fair.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 22, 2003
This brew poured a medium sized head of fine to large sized mostly lasting white colored bubbles that left behind a carbonated very hazy cloudy old brown banna yellow colored body and a good lacing. The aroma is all hops and the mouthfeel is strong hops and very bitter. The flavor is all hops. Can I have my stout back please! Oh well, the hop heads will love this one!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2003
This is one of my favorites from Rogue. Really nice copper color with so much hops it is unreal. Lots of bitterness, flavor and aroma, which is very surprising considering they only used crystal. Malt is not really in balance but who cares. This beer rules!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Color is peach amber with a decent beige head. Nose is apricot and light grapefruit. Flavor starts fruity and sweet turning to a citric hop bitterness and finishing somewhat dry with a lingering orange peel after taste.


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