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RATINGS: 1986   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaveTheAles (5) - San Jose, 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.

   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3205) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Cloudy, with good head. Nice malt flavor--at least what I can taste. Can’t taste too much because of all the hops in this beer. This is really too much on the hop front. I had to soak my tongue in warm water after I drank this beer just so I could taste things again. I wish they could have laid off some of the hops so I could taste all of those interesting malts used.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3471) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2007 cloudy amber,white head.Citrus hop nose. Grapefruit hop flavor throughout with long strong finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2003
Orange cloudy beer with thin white head. Fruity and hoppy aroma. Citurs and grapefruit flavor. Bitter and hoppy.

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