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RATINGS: 1990   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebhoy (61) - Ontario, - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle from the LCBO. Hopefully I can pick a few more of these up. Along with Central City’s Red Racer (British Columbia), Southern Tier’s 2XIPA, and Bellwood’s Witchshark DIPA, this has to be one of my favourite IPAs (OK, two of those were imperial IPAs but whatever). Great deep orange colour, not much in terms of head and it dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet and floral hops. Flavour follows suit, though the hops are a little bit more mellow than the aroma might suggest. Still, this features lots of flavour from the hops, with some lighter fruits underneath: peaches, apricots, citrus fruits. Overall a really great beer.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
loco_gallego (217) - SWITZERLAND - APR 13, 2015
Ambrée claire orangée, bonne mousse blanc cassé assez persistante. Au nez houblonnage agrumes orange. Maltage assez présent. En bouche caramel puis amertume avec l’houblonnage agrumes orange. Assez fruitée en fin avec belle longueur d’amertume. En finalité IPA très balancée.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hansvf (221) - - APR 10, 2015
Uit grote fles. Ruikt hoppig en citrus. Smaakt beetje zoetig voor een IPA, wel lekker maar iets te weinig bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trith1 (48) - - APR 9, 2015
Crisp and malty, thoroughly enjoyable brew. Gives a nice fruit flavour and the hop bits through. It was nowhere near as "brutal" as I was expecting, so from that point, I was a bit disappointed, but it was delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
R4N5H (198) - SINGAPORE - APR 8, 2015
35.5cl bottle at Beer is Food, Singapore on 04/04/15. Cloudy orange colour, medium carbonation with a nice white head. Sweet aroma if citrus and pine. Oily mouth feel, bittersweet, citrus first followed by pine / hops.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thehinge (279) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Murky orange pour with the healthy white head. Piney aroma. Front end taste has lots of resin and citrus flavors, with a bitter aftertaste. I would buy this until the end of time.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
budedou (496) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - MAR 25, 2015
hazy. Light grainy malty, bit autumny leafy pine woodsly nose. Sour oranges, real bitter, almost astringent finish. Lots of flavour. Not that smooth though. Dark caramel, bitter herby. Had better, drinkable still.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (669) - Xiamen, CHINA - MAR 25, 2015
355ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours hazy golden orange with a thin white head. Citrus fruit aroma with pine. Sweet finish. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (1397) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAR 23, 2015
Couleur ambrée, bonne mousse blanche. Nez fruité, agrumes douces et malt. Gout houblonné, fruité/agrumes en marmelade, malté, note caramel avec bonne amertume zeste d’agrumes en fin de bouche. Bon corps. M’attendais a plus sur l’amer et le houblon. Pas mal

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fujimo2000 (12) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Pours orange with white lacing. Big hops aroma with citrus. The hops are so well crafted, belies the name. Nice finish

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (1102) - New York City, TURKEY - MAR 19, 2015
Draught @ NYC Craft Ber Festival. Cloudy pale yellow with small off-white foamy head, doughy aroma, citrus peel taste, low carbonation, long hoppy finish. Not a great IPA.


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