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RATINGS: 1945   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.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awall (5) - - APR 17, 2013
Pours a decent lingering fluffy white head. Nice light golden colour with a slight haze. Fairly subdued aroma for an ipa. Taste not particularly hoppy. Decent earthy, piney flavour, no fruitiness here. Finishes with a solid bitterness that lingers on the palate. Great mouthfeel and body. Nothing amazing, but quite enjoyable. Bottle unlikely to be fresh, so may be more intense with a fresh batch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (667) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 25, 2014
Orange colour, white head. Aroma of hops, a bit peach, bread, citrus, herbs. Taste is light to medium bitter, slightly sweet, dry finish. Light body, slick texture, average carbonation. Good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (606) - Iowa, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle. Not brutal. Pours clear orange yellow with some off white head. Nose is citrus grass and caramel. Taste is some grapefruit. Fairly mild.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eduardovl (926) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 24, 2014
750ml served in a pint glass. A: Pour an orange color forming a big and creamy light yellow head. Good retention and lots of lacings formed and left. Classic red IPA look. S: Malty and grassy, mainly, with some citric notes. Caramel and crystal malts backbone. Mango and orange. Hints of pine. T: Strong malty upfront. Strong notes of caramel and crystal malts. Notes of mango and orange. Orange zest. Hints of pine. Good bitterness, not extreme. M: Medium body and carbonation. Malty aftertaste with citrus and piny hints. O: Great drinkability. Classic IPA. Rogue quality. [BA review @ 6/25/2014]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
veceo (620) - CROATIA - NOV 24, 2014
Cloudy orange color, average sized off white head. Some lacing. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. Aroma of pine, tropical fruits, apricot, citrus, malt. Medium sweet, medium bitter taste. Balanced, fruity, great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
StevieT (701) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2014
From a bottle. Pours deep cloudy amber with a big upfront hop bitterness, malty aroma and tangy citrus at the back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rouhlas (279) - GREECE - NOV 17, 2014
From tap at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Hazy golden color wit white head. Malty aroma, caramel, hoppy too, grassy, fruity, light floral, pine. Sweet and light bitter taste like the aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9720) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2014
Keg at Rogue, PDX airport, 12/11/14. Golden orange with a decent off white covering. Nose is bitter citric rinds, orange pith, pine, juicy hops, straw. Taste comprises grapefruit, light orange pith, apricot, citric peel. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a dose of hop bitterness. Decent enough IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marcius (221) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Appearance with golden color, cloudy liquid and high head. Hoppy and fruity aroma. On the palate, it is bitter (a lot of hops) and has a nice personality! Great IPA!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebwaw (22) - POLAND - NOV 13, 2014
Big bottle, served in TeKu. Pours deep orange and golden with thick head. Aroma is suprisingly malty and I dont really get why Crystal would provide massive aroma as it is described. It doesnt anyway. Of course, there are some distinct hints of pine, some citrus, but nothing especially interesting. However, it is very well balanced with malts. Id rather expected stronger hops aroma. Taste is terrific, lots of matliness combined with caramel, toasted bread, biscuits well mixed with balanced bitterness. It does however have some peculiar flavour in the finish, I dont really know what that is. It remotely tastes like anise. Anyway, its a very good beer, not in the top league of IPAs, even classic, english ones, but worth recommending and trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luvystypotables (758) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Weak aroma of hops and citrus, cloudy amber colour, without much head. A very interesting taste of hops and fruit with undertones of apricot. Oily feel with a mildly bitter finish.

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