Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.68/5 rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
We pour a pumpkin colored brew holding a two and a half finger head of creamy off white bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving sticky, honeycomb lacing down the glass. Carbonation appears moderate. There is a definite haze throughout, with flecks of yeasty sediment from the last quarter of the bottle. The nose gives clean pale malts, fusel booze, lightly browned red apples, marshmallow sugars, cloudy muskiness, bright lemon, and sticky pine for hops. There is a high sweetness in the form of tart citric candy and bittering hoppy rind, but in the sickly sweet kind of way. Warmth brings light plastics, a chalky grittiness, and more floral hop aromas. Our first impression is that the advertised bitterness delivers, with the feel giving surprising airiness. As we sip, pale and caramel malts, with soured chalkiness, meet with bittering floral and grapefruit hops. Booze comes to the peak, with a pale wash of gritty malts, mineral, bready yeast, and those same bittering hops. The finish takes an interesting turn, with the hops quickly becomes subdued by a mineral water wash, more pale malts, light phenolic plastics, and floral notes of hops without the bitterness. The aftertaste breathes of light lactics, plastics, yeasty muskiness, mineral, and faint spiciness of earthy, soapy, and citric hops. The body is lighter, and the carbonation is medium to high. The bubbles don’t prickle the palate as much as coat and pad it. There is good foam, cream, slurp, and pop on each sip, with the lip left with a brush of froth. The entire sip is airy and light. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the drinkability due to the interesting design of the sip. The bitterness expected came all at the start of the sip, with a bit of flow through the center of the mouth. By the finish, however, most of the bitterness and overt hoppiness was washed through by waters and a sweeter malty mash. In this sense, you get all the bitterness of a “brutal IPA” but not the intense flooring pucker through the aftertaste and feel. This makes the beer very drinkable, and keeps you sipping easily throughout.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2012 01:07:10 | More by TheBrewo
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