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RATINGS: 1994   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2003
Large rocky head. Golden color. Slight lace on glass. Large hops in the aroma. Balanced malt and hop goodness. Nothing too outstanding about this beer. However, it is very drinkable and well balanced. Nothing really sticks out or excites me, however, for some reason I really like this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Pale, straw golden body, hardly any head, but great lace. Very little carbonation. Bitter, piney and resinous. Crystals. Sticky and bitter on roof of mouth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2003
Not a complex beer, but a very good simple beer that i would gladly quaff regularly. the malt flavors are nice and rich but the balance is towards the hops. there are planty of hop flavors and also plenty of hop bitterness. it seems more sweet to me than other raters are sensing it to be. i truly do enjoy this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2003
This was a very awkward, yet good beer. A flaming rust color. A citrus/ piney aroma and the same goes for the taste, though the grapefruit shines through the most. A cool name, and an all around pleasureable beer consuming experience.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Bright orange with a subtle haze. Some astringency with fruity aromas. Substantial with bittering hops that linger. Grapefruit flavor is quite evident.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
- cloudy, orangey/amber color, highly hoppy, piney aroma, hints of fruit; highly bitter and hopped, strong taste of fruit – acidic like grapefruit, a bitter, yeasty aftertaste

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Cloudy orange brown, persistant mosaic head. . . Heavy lace. Piney citrus aroma, remincent of some west coast IPA's, hints of vanilla as well. Taste is surprising: strong banana malt presence sticks to the tongue, while hops cascade over the top. A nice change of pace for a bitter.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2003 This is so good, I cannot even begin to express how much I like this brew. It starts out with a fragrant floral aroma, with a mellow grapefruit, citrusy hoppy flavor that is smoothed out by a hazelnut/caramel esque flavor that I found to not be that bitter. Highly reccomended, this could quite possibly be one of the perfect beers

4.3
   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.

3.8
   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


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