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RATINGS: 1885   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.

Jimthechap's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (1570) - Christchurch, - NOV 15, 2012
I have just finished writing a lament in my last review about an attempt by a mainstream brewer to enter the craft market with the common denominator ethos regarding flavour. It just doesn’t work. As a panacea to my malaise, I reached for two of the hoppiest things I could find. This being one: A lovely rosy gold colour with a determined white fluffy head that left good lace around the glass. Aromas of Seville orange marmalade, tangerine, orange blossom and pine amber. Smells good enough to eat, or at the very least, smear on your toast. Good carbonation and then the beginnings, middle and more middle of hoppy bitterness. Again it is an expression of the citrussy arts with a few cameos of apricot flesh. The bitterness was actually fairly soft on the palate leaving me wondering why it is called Brutal at all? It isn’t. It is like a gorgeous long-limbed strawberry-blonde beauty cavorting in a field in a long summery dress picking flowers and chasing butterflies. Brutal it is not. Tasty it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCx240 (23) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
On tap at rogue embassy in SF. Pale, cloudy amber. Minimal white head. Smell is floral, citrus, pine. Taste is sweet, tart, finishes floral. Lots of floral flavor here, not much bitterness. Creamy and soft on palate. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (237) - SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2014
Tap @ Taphouse, Copenhagen. Aroma: Hoppy, fruity, citrus, grapefruit, caramel. Taste: Hoppy, fruity, citrus, grapefruit, pine needles. The finish is dry and bitter with hoppy notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndrewMichaelZ (48) - - JUL 26, 2014
Poured from a 22oz into a small goblet with a light foamy head (that quickly dissipated). Light and mellow citrus aroma with sweet malty backbone. Drinks with medium carbonation and a medium body. Smoothly bittersweet with burnt sugar notes. Mild bitterness lingers but not much. I'd come back for another. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Atjeff (15) - - JUL 26, 2014
This is a great Oregon IPA. Poured out of a 22oz bottle. Great aroma and perfect appearance. Smooth taste with just enough of a piney finish that isn't over powering, though it does last on the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (1402) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2014
Pours a golden orange slightly unclear beer with a white carbo head. Smells fruity, honey, dried fruit. Tastes fruity, honey, malts. grapefruit. Average carbo, thin to medium body and a dry sticky texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (1134) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2014
Mooie oranje kleur met een volle kraag. Ruikt honing, hop, kruiden en fruitig. Smaakt bitterzoet, honing, kruiden en iets fruitig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3120) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 25, 2014
On tap at Rogue SF. It pours a nice orange gold color with a very creamy creamsicle colored head. The aroma has some touches of honey, orange, lemon and big floral and herbal hops. The flavor is crisp and floral with more orange and lemony herbs. Solid bitterness in the finish. Smooth on the palate and rather full bodied, but not sweet. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rayaron (58) - ISRAEL - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle sample at Rogue Brewery tasting at Beer&Beyond, Tel Aviv. Hazy yellow-golden with off-white head. Skunky hoppy aroma, soap, light floral. Flavor is medium bitter, skunky, floral. Light to medium body. Sticky, bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jorn69 (870) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2014
Tap @ Taphouse, Copenhagen 15/7-14. Malty and hoppy with citrusy notes, sweet caramel and toffee, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (638) - Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Pours golden bronze with white head, big bubbles, and some head. Aroma of mild floral, citrus, and spicy hops. Taste is the same with good bitterness and lemon peel aftertaste. Very nice.

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