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RATINGS: 2009   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (5012) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2003
Saw this beer on tap at the local brew pub in Rochester, New York. Good colour with a great smell. The taste was phenominal. A good combination of malt and hops, but definately more hoppy...which suits me well. A bitter beer, not too brutal, and more of an IPA or APA than a Bitter in my opinion...but nonetheless a great beer! Tasted at MacGregor's in Rochester, New York.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atomsmasher (8) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - APR 27, 2003 does not count
Had this at the brewery. Outstanding aroma and long lasting flavor. Murky in appearance. Not truely brutal but a hop head delight.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2003
Murky orange in color, thin head. Sour hoppy aroma. Taste is hops upfront, malty middle and a nice bitter finish. A pretty good brew but not one to die for.

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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1384) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2003
Nice orange amber liquid with a nice haze to it. Nice nose of fruit and floral hop notes. Good malty and hoppy flavor with a wonderul tangy bitter end. Salivatingly hoppy. Nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Beautiful clear amber with a small white head that fades too quickly into white lace. Sweet malt, bitter citrus hops, and a long bitter finish. I've had IPAs that were less hoppy; true bitters have less body and less malt. This is a lovely beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2003
Yes, this is extremely hoppy and it tastes much like an IPA, but drier and with a multitude of grapefruits. Murky copper color...smells like hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5269) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2003
Wow, this beer rocks! It doesn't look like much (no head, cloudy burnt orange), but it sure tastes goooood. Bit time hops....mmhmm. Malt backbone to balance it out. As others have said, it is tangy near the end. Perfectly balanced beer - makes this hop head drool all over himself.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Sweet malt and hop smell. Nice dark amber color, much like apple cider. Rather a sweet flavor. More of a malt sweetness than any of it from the hops. Palate is rather smooth, with no crisp sense of hops, just more of an overall hop flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2003
Not really brutal or bitter, I was disappointed with the pint I had. Quite watery with a smack of hops at the end.


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