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RATINGS: 1950   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Rogue Nation, SF: Ruddy gold color with a whispy white head. Hoppy and sweet aroma. The hoppy bitterness sits down heavily on the back of the tongue then slowly fades. Entertaining.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Sweet, refreshing citrus bitter nose. Like oranges and cloves. Cloudy orange body with a thin white head. Very hoppy taste. A bit like flowers. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DanielBrown (3925) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2004
Bottle from Onlyfinebeer.co.uk (Bottles). Not a Bitter in any UK sense, this has a real hoppy US slant, which makes it more like an IPA. Brutal is certainly the word! A real hard taste, right from the off. That's not a criticism mind, it's a good brew, albeit slightly one-dimensional. Crusty hops throughout, with a long, dry finish that makes your tongue sore. Copper toned, soapy head, with thcik lacing and a sweet hop aroma. This is nice enough and gets more drinkable once you've acclimatised.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (960) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 Pours out hazy orange amber with a rough frothy tall head that stuck around a while. Smells of grass, pine, and yeasty sourdough bread. Malt profile is not as complex as Fuller's ESB. Generally pale and caramel malts that are easily dominated by the American hops. Tasted pine and spruce with a distinct snap of hop bitterness and a hint of citrus flavors. Little too harsh for the style and to make a good session beer. Would be a great IPA. Just not as good as a bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
Light clear copper hue with an off white foamy head. Fantastically hoppy aroma with a floral and tropical twist of fruit. The taste is hops all the way, lemon and limey citrus with a floral background and a wonderfully bitter finish. Completely different to an English bitter but that in this case is a good thing. This is a fairly original and complex ale that tastes just fantastic! I don't care what anyone else says about this beer in my opinion it is a masterpiece.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Bronze, hazy with a clinging, lasting white foam head. Emphasize "brutal" here--more hops than any bitter I've ever had, I think, asting astringency and grapefruit. Forget the commercial label, this is in APA/IPA territory to me. (on tap at Rogue Ales Public House, Portland)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange-amber with a moderate white head that diminished leisurely. Aroma reminds me of a good IPA, sweet caramel malts, lots of citrus hoppiness. Flavor is good, it took me a few sips to really take in the fullness of this brew. It's immediately sweet and bitter at the same time, nicely balanced, though definitely a hop monster. Bracing grapefruit bitterness and a lingering puckering astringency. Medium body and easy carbonation. Not a session ale in my book, definitely one to sip and savor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 3, 2004
22oz Bottle: Poured orange with a thick white head. Hop filled aroma. Equally hop filled taste. This is a keeper. Not to be confused with English bitters, this is more of an IPA. Could use a little more malt but I like it just the way it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Copper honey hue. Fresh grapefruit juice and orange zest nose and taste with a touch of pine. This is my first bitter. Hope they're all this good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Deep amber that pours a big head of just off white. Grassy citrus hop aroma. Hop bitterness dominates the flavor and continues into the finish. At the finish is the only hint of any maltiness in this beer. Excellent ESB.

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