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RATINGS: 2159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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TASTING NOTES: A non-traditional India Pale Ale with big citrusy, hop flavor and intense hop aroma. Medium-bodied with a vibrant lingering hop-bitterness that is anything but brutal. Enjoy!

8 INGREDIENTS: 2-Row, Carawheat, C15 & Rogue Farms Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Alluvial™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crockett (1066) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2004
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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
apost8n8 (123) - USA - OCT 25, 2004
Made me an instant Rogue fan. It’s certainly bitter but in a great way. Hoppy brown smooth start with dry finnish. good stuff

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2004
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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
(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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (10910) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2004
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 22, 2004
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Bottle. Nose is hoppy and floral. EXCELLENT bitter taste: not too strong, but still very much there. Very well done.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 14, 2004
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - OCT 13, 2004
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2004
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.


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