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RATINGS: 2030   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Nice golden color. This beer is extra hoppy. As the name applies it has a nice bitter finish. The beer is anything but brutal on my taste buds.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Masive hops overload, while maintaining a caramelly taste. Bitter to no end, but enjoyable and not done in a gimmicky sort of fashion, just a beer for the hopheads. Cascade all day long!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1734) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Eh, yes hops. Nutty and caramel. Tastes and smells much like a Rogue. Slightly sweet. Orange color. Some butter feel and texture. Soft all around.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2003
Light cloudy orange with citrus aroma -- and from the smell of things, I can be expecting some hops. Flava is HOPPY (yeah!) with grapefruit -- and yes -- bitter. After tasting boring beers tonight, I'm glad to finally have this one come along and liven things up!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 16, 2003
Smells like hops and some citrus fruit. It smells exactly like Arrogant Bastard to me. Appearance is cloudy yellow. Flavor is very hoppy with some lemon in the background. I really enjoyed this beer as I am a lover of the hops! Don't give this to your swill drinking friends! Overall very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 11, 2003
Very bitter with nice yeast shot at the end. Wonderful if you happen to enjoy bitter beers

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 October 2007. Bottle. Orange body with a small white head. Moderate hoppy aroma, odd earthy note to the hops. Decent amount of bitterness throughout, light citrus, earthy resin. Average palate. Meh. Just ok. 7/3/7/3/14-15 - 3.5 <P>October 2006. 12oz bottle from Bishops Cellar in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Amber body, with a generous fluffy beige head and lacing. Aroma of light, muted hops, grass, and a light hint of bile up front that seems very out of place gives way to muted caramel malt as it warms a bit. Pleasant citrus - grapefruit in the flavour seems restrained, light round fruitiness lingers. Malt is a tertiary player. Average palate. Very unassertive, this was a disappointing re-rate. Am hoping perhaps the bottle was showing its age, and will try another one when given the opportunity. 6/4/6/3/13 - 3.2 <P> April 2002. Very hoppy and bitter. Similar to HopDevil in the degree of bitterness. Tasty if you like a bitter beer. 7/4/8/4/16 - 3.9

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2003
Dig the hazy appearance, nice glowing murky orange-gold. The nose is very hoppy, very fruity (lychees, grapefruit) and piney nose. The flavour is quite sweet at the start, very hoppy, with a citric bitter finish, as i've come to expect in Americaan bitters/IPA's/Pale ales, Out of the the Rogue beers i've had this is one of my favourites, really fresh and summery, had this sitting in my dads backyard in the sun.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rauchbier (3665) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2003
Bottle conditioned. Hazy amber, initialy good white head soon dissolving to thin cover of bubbles, moderate condition. Excellent pine resin hop aromas with some trace of tangerines and malt. In the mouth the hop flavour dominates with some yeastiness developing. Powdery dry and hop bitter in the finish with more yeast. Big and hoppy but not as complex as 90 minute IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2003
Nice cloudy amber body looks big and has a big frothy white head to back it up. Beer turns out to be quite big and chewy. Nose has a lot of hops in it (spruce, resin) that practically hide the malt and yeast. Also smells like pears and white wine. Taste starts out sweet and quickly gives way to bitterness and a long finish. Nice to see something like this done without the use of cascades or dry-hopping.


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