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RATINGS: 1991   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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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garthicus (2767) - Dublin, - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2011 Rerate: Cloudy copper-amber with a wonderful frothy almost cartoon quality head. Plenty of hops in the aroma with a dash of grapefruit and sherbet. It has a peppery hoppy initial flavour with a bitter short finish. Hints of lemon and grapefruit in there too. Delicious, a real joy to be able to get locally (for now!)


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (165) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2015
Très belle petite IPA que la Brutal! Celle-ci est bien moins brutale que son nom peut laisser croire. Est-ce un défaut? À mon sens, pas du tout! Cette bière, sans être complexe ni de classe mondiale a tout d’une petite bière agréable et sans prétention que l’on peut facilement boire tous les jours et en toutes circonstances. Le nez est floral, frais et un peu fruité. Ça sent le printemps mais sans être herbacé. Je trouve qu’elle sent presque les vêtements qu’on laisse sécher sur la corde à linge. La mousse semble généreuse mais celle-ci est éphémère, laissant les parois du verre presque sèches et sans dentelles. Dommage. En bouche, le houblon est présent. Mentionnons toutefois qu’il ne s’agit pas de l’explosion classique de houblons américains à laquelle nous sommes habitués mais de jolis houblons qui sans redéfinir le style, nous ramènent aux bases d’une IPA franche et bien faite. De longueur et de corps moyens, sans arrière-goût particulier, cette bière se boit très aisément sur la terrasse!

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 (229) - - 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 (672) - 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 (1403) - 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


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