Crockett (1066) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange and hazywith an off white big lacey head. Grassy citric hop aroma. Brown sugar, strawberry. Lots of grapefruit. Late tangerine. Very dry somewhat chalky. Really tastey bitter.
apost8n8 (123) - USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Made me an instant Rogue fan. It’s certainly bitter but in a great way. Hoppy brown smooth start with dry finnish. good stuff
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
with a name like brutal bitter, i thought i best beware so i took a hesistant sip. it was surprising smooth. nice apricot color with a humongous head. nice mildly hoppy scent with a nice mellow hop flavoring offset nicely by malt. i could chill all night with this stuff.
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draft) Nice cloudy orange color with a creamy white head. Really floral citrus aroma, all hops. Superlative hop flavor grapefruit and sweet with a nice bit of malt for backbone. Finishes bitter but smooth. If this is brutal than call me a brutalitarian. Great job.
hopdog (10910) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a medium, hazy amber color with an averaged sized, off white head. Citrus aromas and tastes (mainly oranges) Light pine as well. Nice bitter bite. Slightly sweet. Nice balance.
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy dark khaki color with a fat cream colored head. floral hop aroma strong bitter, and i can see how some would call it brutal, and i’m all for truth in advertising. this is bitter, but drinkable a bit acidic with a much milder finish, a well done one sided beer.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nose is hoppy and floral. EXCELLENT bitter taste: not too strong, but still very much there. Very well done.
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Monstrous pillow head with a thick and hazy orange/yellow body. Lot of sediment floating around too. Fresh citrus aroma thats has a funky smell. Tastes of breadish barley and relaxed hops with citrus: lime, orange, and the best damn grapefruit flavor i tasted in a beer yet.
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - OCT 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottled...pours an orange/amber w/a off-white head. aroma is a bit sweet w/some hops senced, flavor is malty, citrusy hops w/bitter finish. i could also tasted some of the spicy fruit, great beer.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours murky amber with an offwhite head that leaves a lacing on the glass and a thick film on the beer. Aroma is hoppy and refreshing, similar to an IPA. Taste starts off bitter with a bite, then mellows out into a smooth roastiness. A good and agreeable ESB, but as to be expected with an ESB, not as drinkable as some other brews.