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RATINGS: 1899   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
- cloudy, orangey/amber color, highly hoppy, piney aroma, hints of fruit; highly bitter and hopped, strong taste of fruit – acidic like grapefruit, a bitter, yeasty aftertaste

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Cloudy orange brown, persistant mosaic head. . . Heavy lace. Piney citrus aroma, remincent of some west coast IPA's, hints of vanilla as well. Taste is surprising: strong banana malt presence sticks to the tongue, while hops cascade over the top. A nice change of pace for a bitter.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2003 This is so good, I cannot even begin to express how much I like this brew. It starts out with a fragrant floral aroma, with a mellow grapefruit, citrusy hoppy flavor that is smoothed out by a hazelnut/caramel esque flavor that I found to not be that bitter. Highly reccomended, this could quite possibly be one of the perfect beers

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaveTheAles (5) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 20, 2003 does not count
The name doesn't really do it justice. This beer has the smoothest 76 IBU's I've encountered, no doubt due to the single hopping with Crystal, which has the lowest cohumulone level of any hop I know of. Very nice floral aroma that is quite strong for a beer not dry-hopped. I found it only slightly bitter. It had a very pleasant orangey, fruity hop flavor, with slightly sweet, rounded, roasty, caramelly, malt flavors very much apparent. Great body, amber color, slightly hazy, tight head. The finish is extremely clean, with not much bitterness left behind. Extremely drinkable brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2003
a classic, wonderfully hoppy, an old favorite revisited at the brewery

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (2813) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2003 Strong crystal hop/grapefruit aroma nicely balanced by malty sweetness. Not unpleasantly bitter like too many of its strongly-hopped cousins (not so much english bitter styles but west coast brews). Only brutal when compared to bud/miller/coors. Otherwise, this is just plain delicious.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2003
much like has been said before, citrusy and bitter. orange pour with an ecru head. not as bitter as it claims, really, and quite hoppy. not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Pours a dark amber with a thick white head. Nose has a lot of citrus and hop. As others have said, you can taste the citrus flavor within, but doesn't come off as a "brutal" bitter. Goes down WAY smooth. Could be more bitter, but overall was a fine brew.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DOdubble (92) - UVA, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2003
What was that solid object that went ’plop’ as i poured this beer? Anyways, its kinda bitter, but certainly not brutal. It basically tastes like grapefruit juice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Hazy amber, medium off-white head, hoppy citrus nose. Thick mouthfeel, grapefruit, bitter. Tasty but one-dimensional.


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