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RATINGS: 1972   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Hazy, honey-colored body and thin white head. Balanced aroma of English malts and citrus. Big citrus and herb flavor. High bitterness; does justice to the term “bitter”. But this seems like a standard IPA in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Pours out cloudy and golden orange with a full white head. Powerful clear floral hops aroma. The flavor is dominated by floral hops which is accompanied by a faint touch of malt. Has a crisp, lingering bitter aftertaste. Overall not as well balanced as most of the other premium bitter beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Poured a cloudy orangish gold with an nice off white head with good lacing. Pleasant floral hop aroma. taste is of floral and citrus (grapefruit) and very bitter, which I liked. Not all that balanced, but I didn't really care, A fine session type of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 Draft. Hoppy, floral aroma. Poured kinda flat for my liking. Nice citrus taste. Nice and bitter. The bottle though pours with a nice head and is more bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2003
On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern-Poured a orange gold color with a lasting white head...Aroma was all hops, but what did you expect...flavor was hops and citrus I tasted grapefruit...this stuff is fantastic...very crisp finish...bitter is the word...loved it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Old bottle style, not sure of the year. Wonderful session beer. Nice malty finish that helps the hops shine

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2003
On tap at Issaquah Brewhouse. Hops are quite dominant, pours an orangey color with a fairly thin and quickly dissipating head. Definitely on the hoppy end of a bitter, more toward an IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2104) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2003
good bitter. cloudy yellowish color, good smell, better than fullers in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - NOV 25, 2003
On tap. Nice pale orange, good head. A ton of hops for a bitter, but overcarbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4356) - Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2003
If you like very, very hoppy and bitter beers, this one's for you!! This one was just way too bitter and hoppy, but then again, I'm not a hophead. It poured a small sized ivory head that contained fine-large sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing. The body was cloudy and uncarbonated with a yellow-gold hue. The nose was heavily hopped and the flavor was as well and also heavily bitter with a lingering fore and aftertaste. The mouthfeel was tingly and medium bodied. The lacing was fair.

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