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RATINGS: 2018   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Hops are dominate but somehow a hit bland. The malt flavor comes through giving this beer has a nice quality. I enjoyed this beer but not a special beer in the lest

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2003
This is an excellent bitter. Complex hop aroma and flavor, but still well balanced with malt backbone. Nice creamy head stayed throughout the glass. Velvetty on the palate. Very good brew from a great micro.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Decent hop aroma, though intensity is low. Moderately bodied, with decent mouthfeel. Caramelly sweet, with a dryish finish. Hops are curious without being particularly interesting. Somewhere between northwestern citrusy and english and german hops, but doesn't quite work for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 8, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2005 Draught @ Kahootz Pub & Eatery, Meridian, ID:
Gold orange color, nice puffy white head. Nose of ripe apricot and grassy hops, extremely rich malts. Very herbal and earthy. Malty caramel body, not too sweet, just the right amount of hops. The body is large but maintains drinkabliliy. This is a tasty beer, wonder why I didnít like it much before. Why does it seem that just since it says bitter in the name it means that itís bitter? Itís a brutal (meaning strong) bitter (meaning the lightly hopped british style). This is lighter hopped than most IPAs.
Updated on 05/23/05. Old Rating: 3.1

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2003
Murky, deep orange brew. Large, rocky, off-white head. Excellent lacework. The aroma is very floral with heavy evergreen notes. Wow! The flavor? Wow! Ouch! Ewww! Ohhh! HOPPY! :-) Brutal! Malty? Yes! So well-hopped, though. Heavily bitter! Medium-bodied with a bitter... umm... err... creamy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation with a bitter finish. Not really my style, but HopHeads... Stand Up and Shout!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 Re-rate from a fresh bottle.Nice aroma of caramel malts and heady PNW hops(fresh green hop aroma is very pleasing).Pours out a very hazy honey orange w/a very well built and retained head w/all the lace you could ever want from a fine ale.The taste of this beer is so balanced.Heady piney,spicy hops swirl into nice bready,caramel malts.Palate has a decent hop tingle,smooth as silk.Nice ligering aftertaste.A very fine bitter ale from Rogue.I like all the hybrid ingredients.Nothing brutal about it though.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6662) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2012 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit), moderately to heavily yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent. Very yeasty. The hops arenít very prominent, itís a very quiet beer (even my old 2003 rating said there wasnít much aroma, and thatís certainly true even now). Ok balance but kinda citric. Quite disappointing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2003
Hazy orange in color with a large frothy head that stayed until the bitter end. Small amount of sediment floating around. Floral aroma with a touch of fruit. Malt taste with a big hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Started with a disturbing skunky aroma, but that quickly subsided, leaving a nice floral hops essence. Pours amber with a lasting white head. Flavor is much the same, dominated by hops but balanced by a pinch of malts, with a hint of orange. Finishes with a distinct bitter aftertaste. Rogue crafts consistently interesting beers.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2003
This is a great beer. In my humble opinion Rogue is one of the best breweries in the US and this beer helps to prove that. A multitude of flavors from start to finish and a cool bottle as well. Good job and keep up the good work.


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