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RATINGS: 2039   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   IBU: 59   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3884) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2003
A coppery orange color, pours with a cream/ tan colored head when roused sufficiently, this beer had a relatively low carbonation level (which in my book is good for this style). It is cloudy at first, but this is just chill haze, as it warms up it becomes quite clear. There is a floral woody, almost medicinal, aroma to this beer. The floral hoppy aroma travels the furthest from the glass though. It is much thicker bodied than I was expecting but perfectly in line with how the beer is advertised on the bottle (I am not sure why I was not expecting this). There is a solid malt presence that is infused with a pronounced hop presence in both the flavor and the bitterness. The bitterness starts at the back of the tongue and then hangs out in ones mouth as you swallow the beer, and then is even there after the beer has disappeared down ones throat. This beer is definitely a hoppy ale, in the American style but featuring a not so typical hop (the Crystal variety), which is a nice contrast to the typical cascady type flavor found in most American examples. There are definite notes of citrus but a grassy sharp flower nectar note asserts itself as well. I love beers that are of a single hop varietal, it gives me the chance to try and pick out what a specific hop contributes to a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Tasty. One of the best examples of what is becoming my third favorite style. Very bitter, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2647) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Small offwhite head. Fruity, big oily, piney hop nose! Medium body. Big hop flavor, good mouthfeel. Plenty of malt backing the hops up. Finish is dry, hoppy, bitter, YEA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2011 Well they changed the name, not sure if that means they changed the beer. Of course you can never tell with these guys. If I see it, I might get one, but honestly I don’t know. It was pretty dang hoppy and grassy the last time I had it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Not your typical bitter, more of an American pale ale really. The most dominant characteristic of this beer is hops. The crystal hops used provide a strong but smooth citrusy hop kick in the aroma and flavor. Nice malty base with some caramel character, but this is definitley overshadowed by the hops. Balance is on the bitter side, pleasantly so. Damn fine APA, way out of style for a bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cobra (1100) - - AUG 15, 2003
22 oz brown bomber bottle. $3.99 each. Brutal...maybe. Bitter..Yeah, it's bitter, but good. Poured out a cloudy orangish color. Major chill haze in it as well. Aromas of yeast, grapefruit, and hops. Not much in the way of malt aroma here gang. Definite red grapefruit taste in this beer. Kind of refreshing, in a strange way. Crisp finish to it, clean, doesn't coat the tongue at all. I noticed a slight chalky taste in here as well. A pretty good bitter in my book.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Tawny amber with whitish head. Hops aroma. Flavor is hops over the way with a pine finish. Definately hoppier than an English bitter. Reminded me a bit of arroagant bastard, but less so.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 An OK bitter. It attempts to be a hybrid between an American Bitter (IPA) and an English ESB, but it does not quite cut it. An average sized off-white head sits on top of a nice orange hazy (unfiltered) body. Aromas are mainly citrusy/earthy hops with a hint of malt. Hops dominate the palate. Bitter and fruity. Not very balanced. Full bodied with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Bitterness is much like an American IPA. I would like a wee more malt backing the hops up. [Update] - The warmer the beer gets the more I think that my bottle might be slightly skunked. Sour flavors and aromas are really start to come out as it warms. Will have to try this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Nice amber color with a slightly golden colored foamy head that had a pretty decent staying power.The aroma was strong,mainly of grapefruit and hops with a pretty good spice tone to it as well.The taste was mildly malty with more emphasis being put on the hops,the main thing that i was expecting was this obnoxious bitter taste but this one was pretty pleasant nice semi sweet and bitter taste with a grapefruit side that quickly turns to a nice hit of hop's that are bitter but not to harsh.The after taste is mildly citrusy but mostly hops in the bitter range.This is quite a brew and better then i thought it would be.Well worth having a few more of these bad boys around.

   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.

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