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RATINGS: 1996   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
Strong hop and citrus fruit aroma balanced by malty sweetness. Nice taste as its not too bitter, but shows nice signs of hops and malts. Finish is nicely dry and bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7234) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Draft. Hazy amber color with a big off-white head. Big grapefruit aroma. Taste shows some malt backing, but it’s mostly citrus and pine. Fairly easy drinking for a beer of this type.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2726) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 BottlePours A nice medium hazy amber, with a decent head and lacing. Aroma is a slightly sweet, wheaty, and a bit of a hoppy bite. Taste is very bold. Malty, big hops kick, very robust and full tasting. Like a dark IPA. Feel is a bit heavy and smooth. A little brown sludge at the bottom of the glass Lingering aftertaste is that back of the toungue pucker. Pretty Good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 Rogue tap house in Portland. This brew has a very citrusy hop aroma with a good malt backing. Pours a orange/amber color with a nice ivory head that leaves moderate lacing. The taste had a great bitterness to it the whole way through and ended with a nice hoppy character. Very smooth and crisp.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1970) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Bomber: The pour was a hazy orange that almost glowed. The aroma was hops and citrus. The flavor was citrus, hops bitterness, a little sweet honey, and more bitterness. Just delicious. Not sure if it tops Fullers ESB but hey.. that doesn’t make it a bad beer. Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3316) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 22 oz bomber-pours a hazy orange hue with a hue rocky off-white head that lasted quite a long time. many rogue beers pour with this head for some reason. floral hop aroma with some toasty notes from the maris otter malts. has some slight lager charactersitcs due to the crystal hops. smells like "beer" to me. Nice balance of the crystal hops and toasty malts-kinda reminds me of a bigger version of the honey cream ale, which i thought was a decent brew! Not the hop bomb i was expecting, but a very balanced beer that I would love to have again. The finish is piney and hoppy, but not astringent. I still haven’t had a bad beer from this company. Thanks Secret Santa for this one!!!!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5456) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Had this cask conditioned from the Capital Ale House at Innsbruck on 7-10-04. Nice copper body with a medium tan head. Aroma is pleasantly hopped with a modicum of sweetness stepping through. Taste is hoppy and bitter but not over the top. The underlying sweetness makes this a nicely balanced beer. The fact it is cask conditioned enhances this even more. The palate was obviously bitter and a bit oily but overall was pleasant. It finished only mildly bitter. Nice beer and very drinkable!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2005 Really nice beer. Nice hazy cloudy look to go along with a heavy dosage of hops to this bitter. Almost like an IBA or something... highly recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2004
Orange coloured. Notes of apricots, pineapples and honey. Very bitter and hoppy. Complex. A great brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Had this again last night with fish tacos. I had forgotten how great this beer is. I like that it doesn’t try to be an IPA. It tries to take ESB to the next level without blasting your with highter alcohol. It does this wonderfully. Thick, sticky head, piney resin notes all over the place. Body is solid and drinkability: perfect. Anyone bored by bitters or who wants something other than a pale to drink with lighter fare...this is your beer. Huzzah!


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