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RATINGS: 2030   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   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 today’s ’standards’. 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Bottle: Hazy orangy yellow hue with lasting off-white frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of aromatic and piney hops, grapefruit and apple, dusty and earthy malt and yeast combination, and a touch of honeycomb. The taste starts with a kick of bitters but is followed nicely by a layer of malt. Much more balanced that I expected. The finish is a chalky bitter aftertaste. The feel is surprisingly full and biting, not aggressive however. Except for the piney nature, this brew is very much within the style of the traditional ESB’s. Shocked, but I really liked this brew. Brutal my arse.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1018) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Finally, a bitter that I actually enjoy! Perhaps it’s my love of IPAs and Double IPAs that has ruined this style for me. The bitterness is just never as up front as I like. But this one’s different. A great bitter punch and nice color make this an enjoyable brew.

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 (7510) - 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 (2869) - 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 (1996) - 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 (3349) - 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!!!!!!


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