hopdawg (2) - California, USA - JAN 14, 2007 does not count
Deceptively sweet cake and toffee malt mouthfeel, thanks to the traditional floor malts and a pleasant hop aroma from solely crystal hops, the most outstanding feature of the beer however is the outstanding bottle conditioned yeast character tha t rounds out all the other ingredients. Definitley Unique to it’s style and worth paying the bucks for downhere in Bakersfield, Ca. surf1284 (91) - USA - JAN 13, 2007
Smells and tastes of citrus. Pours a dark amber with an aroma of hops. Obviously tasted of strong hops. This is my kind of beer, what can I say im a bitter beer man. DJC (238) - USA - JAN 11, 2007
As far as premium bitters go, this one is pretty hoppy, and I really like that. Hazy, amber/gold body, with a relatively thin, off-white head. Some lacing. Very nice hop aroma; I only wish it was a little more prominent. The initial flavor is a delightful balance of malts and hops, but the finish is dominated by the hops. Really good carbonation. I’m sure I’ll be buying this again in the very near future. IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Looks cloudy orange with slight head. Fruity and spicy aroma carries over to the flavor as well. Also caramel in the scent and flavor, especially as it warms. Somewhat sweet at first, but then a spicy bitter finish. waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2007
bottle. hazy orange pour. carbonation and thin spotty head. carmel malts, orange, purfume aroma. crisp refreshing. greath sticky malts, fresh hops and citrus. great bitterness. very nice drink.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2007
This is definitely a very fine ESB; Very hoppy, caramel-like palatte, typical beer-like appearance and a thin head--even when pouring down the middle. :) CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Pours out a nice med-dark amber with a wonderful aroma of hops (of course). Yep, flavor of strong hops with a nice malty ending. I must say, as far as ESB’s, this is my fave, geez, these brewers at Rogue are kick ass. Thier Mocha porter, Dead Guy Ale, and Chocolate Stout is all great! Christ, why couldn’t we have a Rogue Brewery on the east coast too!! Fuck, Rogue rules! (PS, just got through with bangin my wife doggy style), this ESB is something to enjoy... islay (2996) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2007
22 oz. bottle. The aroma contains hops, pine, citrus, and banana scents. The beer smells like a classic Northwest U.S. ale. It pours a hazy bright orange/bronze with a moderate amount of uneven golden cream colored head. It looks as an ale should. The aroma and appearance both are very appetizing. Strong, bitter hops are evident in the flavor, but it also features a comfortable fruity sweetness (bananas, pears, lemons) as well as hints of pine. This is a well-balanced beer, and the Crystal hops are the perfect choice. There is good bitter aftertaste. Brutal Bitter is smooth, creamy, and almost buttery on the palate, the prototypical texture of a good bitter. It is drinkable and refreshing, perfect for sipping while eating chips and watching the game. This is a surprisingly delicious beer given the often bland character of the bitter style. The bottle describes this beer as an "imperial bitter." I’d probably classify this brew as an American Pale Ale. Whatever you call it, it is very good stuff across the board. jdjuice (500) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2007
Nice very hoppy aroma, very citrusy. Pours light amber with light tan head. Flavor is dominated by hops. Curiously not as bitter as the strength of the hop flavor might indicate in another beer. Still, the bitterness level was pleasant and made for quite a nice brew. I think this shall become my default brew due to the ease of purchase in my area. cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2007
I was hoping that this beer would kick my ass, however very hoppy-not brutal bitter. Proved to be very smooth and drinkable. Body and carbonation are light, the Cascade hops are definately present; hints of citrus going on.