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RATINGS: 1961   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (1820) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turboninja (110) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2015
Medium aroma with apricot, some citrus and hops. Golden orange color with lightly hazy liquid. Small white head. Strong but smooth taste with natural apricot, honey and hops. Medium aftertaste. Medium body with average/soft carbonation. Overall very soft and tasty IPA with some own character.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hank37 (126) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2015
labelled Portland state IPA. Pours golden with a big pillowy head. Citrus (lemon/orange) aromas, tart, sharply bitter and finishes quite dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bkurtz (876) - PERU - JAN 18, 2015
Pours a hazy amber/orange with a creamy head. Nice mango and citrus aromas. Aromas continue in the taste. Very juicy mouth feel, yum. Slightly bitter finish. Good IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (4218) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2015
Half-pint on tap in Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury on 12th Jan 15 before the monthly bottle exchange. a little murky light amber/bronze in colour. Thin white head that tried to last. The nose was semi-sweet, biscuity malts, with a fruity hop undertone. The taste was hops to the fore with the maltiness in the aroma now taking second place in the flavouring. Nothing brutal about it: nice blend and a fine beer. Good bittering finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (344) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Deep hazy dark orange color with small head. Aroma of hops, but not too dominant, a bit citrus, a bit pine, also caramel. Smells like Zopf or Brioche. Taste is caramel, but not sweet, hoppy bitterness is very present, but not really fruity. Decent bitter finish. Smooth carbonation. Tasty, but not too complex. A non-sweet but still rather malty interpretation of the IPA style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1613) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2015 Draught keg at the Head of Steam, Durham. ABV was 6.2%. Golden body. Medium white head. Tangerine, vegetables, dust, spice, hops, peach. Bittersweet. Dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (5753) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2015
On tap at SOT Bar & Burger, Trodheim. Pours hazy deep golden with a small creamy white head. Aroma is fruity malts, grapefruit and piney hops. Taste is light sweet malty, dried apricot and resiny hops, with traces of herbs and liquorice at the long finish, very good one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hfmejias (872) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle. Poured cloudy, orange, with a small white head and some spotty lacing. Aroma of hops, tropical fruits, and resin combined with some caramel. Taste is hoppy, bitter with a caramel, malty background. Very nice; enjoyable and quite drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (1229) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2014
650ml bottle at home. Pale orange with a medium white soapy head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Well balanced sweet and bitter tones. Pine, grapefruit, citrus, spices and herbs. A nice tasteful IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OOKPIKABLE (129) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
Pours deep golden with thick white head. Aroma of pine and citrus. Tastes ofsame with a bit of well-hidden booze.


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