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RATINGS: 1840   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 21, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 12/21/02: 22oz bottle: Cloudy orange color, with a huge long-lasting lace-producing rocky head. Nice hoppy aroma, light bitter taste. Full bodied. Old Rating: Hmmm...brutal and bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Very hoppy and smooth. This is by far the best "bitter" i have had.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Delicious. Bitter up front, then it really settled down into something closer to trad. English for me (yet with the German derived hop variety). These guys are crazy.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Pours a nice orange color, that gets quite hazy when the sediment is added. A nice persistant head on top. The aroma is the typical westcoast piney hop aroma. The flavors are quite a bit better. Much more malt than anticipated. Well done. A very nice session beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2002
Subtle hop aroma. Nice maltiness in the body, balanced quite well with the hops.A great example of the style.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 1, 2002
My favorite Rogue thus far. A deep amber color with a perfectly balanced bitterness: spicy and citrusy. Good malt presence, especially the specialty Vienna and Wheat malts to differentiate this beer. Sweet aftertaste. I liked the hop varieties employed, especially the Hallertau derivative.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
Hazy orange color...kinda dull when held up to light. Very harsh grapefruit bitterness in the aroma and flavor. I didnít catch much of the maltiness that other raters talked about. Huge chunks of stuff floating around in the bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2004 Cloudy,oarnge with huge,big bubbled,soapy head.Aroma is huge pine,citric battle.Palate is oily,with lots of carbonation(probably from the pile of dregs in bottom).Taste is a fresh hop onslaught.They are all over.The malts are there but the hops are huge.Seemed too fresh but was an old labeled bottle.Really look forward to trying again.Doesn't seem like a candidate to die on the shelf.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Strong hop and malt nose. Hops and malt comes right through while tasting too. Not bad but a little too much of the malt comes through... Maybe itís the Cara Wheat that Iím picking up on so much...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 4, 2002
Had this in a huge bottle. The nose is deliciously refreshing with citrus, spice and pine. The brew pours a clear copper. The titanic off-white tight and creamy head is rocky, fully lasting and has excellent lacing. The flavor is deep and almost perfectly balanced with a moderate acidity present. Starts malty with a citrus middle and a heavy hopped finish. There is a party on my tongue and everyone is invited sweet, sour, spicy, and bitter. The medium body is very smooth and creamy with a soft to lively carbonation and a very astringent feel to the finish. A great offering from one of the best breweries in the country.


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