Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2004 Could have this instead of grapefruit juice for breakfast. Amber color with a huge off white head. Head stays around forever leaving nice lacing on the glass all the way down. Big grapefruit hop aroma and taste. I have had much more bitter Rogues than this one. These hops hit you with lots of flavor and then melt away. I love this beer - a favorite. It's so refreshing.
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Have to laugh as the beginning of the first sip I was questioning the Brutal name. Somewhere between sip two and three the answer came. Good things come to those that wait. And yes, I'm slow on the intake. What an incredible head! Hazy orange, or perhaps a shade darker, malt sweetness riding WAY in front with the brutal attack being more like a playfull punch from a good friend on the shoulder. I go against the norm in not singing the praises of Rogue all too often. Well, I like this baby. If it were available I can see picking up one to brutalize myself perhaps weekly or maybe even more often.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 2003 bottle. Nice light mahogany with some light yellow and golden hues. Lots of cloudiness and sediment apparent. Huge lacing. Smells of a hops/alcohol/citrus perfume. Hallertau and cascades together, wow smells hoppy and crisp, I’m expecting alot just based on aroma and appearance. And the flavor delivers. The lack of dry hopping provides an incredible velvety soft texture with perfect amounts of carbonation. Lots of hops that are bittersweet. Citrus/light pine up front that seems to last maybe a bit too long. I was expecting an over the top bitter from rogue, with too much hops, but it mellows out nicely. The malting is wonderful, I love maris otter and it provides endless balance without being too sweet or chewy. This beer has a great medium body that holds up better than most bitters towards the end of the glass. This beer reminded me much of Anchor Liberty ale, maybe a little less balanced? Not sure, im going to have to have a taste-off with the two. When you get that nice warm grapefruit hops flavor balanced by subtle malt, it dosent get much better. The complexity in this beer is outstanding and quite apparent when it has warmed to around 60-63 degrees. The beginning does seem a bit overpowering though, could stand to be toned down.
On draught at Anam Cara Feb 2005 Was very hesitant to rerate this. Seems like a vast majority of stuff I am retrying from a couple years ago has not been nearly as good. But this was delicious! I love the hops profile in this one, and the body and aroma are just as flavorful and fragrant as I remember. Good to see some brewers arent going down hill.
5/15/07 draught pint at Redbones.
Hmmm, actually this was a little disappointing. Especially on the aroma side. Quite muted, lots of bitterness without much of the aromatics/flavor. Body seemed a little watery and dextrinous, without too much interesting malt character. Seemed to get better as it warmed up. I’ll reserve any further judgment for now, but I’ll have to get a fresh bottle and see how it is.
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a cloudy amber color with a tight white head and nice lacing. Nice citrus (predominantly orange) hop aroma. It's nice having a brew with one type of hop, it helps you learn what each nop smells/tastes like. Bitter grapefruit flavor. Nicely balanced
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Big time hoppiness, lots of grapefruit. Not overly brutal either, just a really good all-around beer.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color. Sizeable creamy head that lasts the entire glass. Hints of sweet malt and hops in the aroma. Smooth malt sweetness with a pronounced smooth grapefruit flavor. Decent bitterness onthe finish cleans things up. The aftertaste hits you with more pink grapefruit flavors. The mouthfeel is very smooth, which leads to an excellent drinkability.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy copper golden with a thick nicely lacing off-white head. Fresh hoppy aroma leads into a clean crisp malty body with a smooth bitter finish. Palate is chewy, semi-sweet and dry. A good bitter.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clover honey aroma, more like a mild IPA than a bitter (lots of hops but watery). Medium golden pumpkin color. I'd gladly take a British bitter over this any day. Decent, as long as you haven't been told a bitter is akin to an IPA.