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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,756 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,756
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 60
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
**NOTE: This beer is now called "Brutal IPA" **
It has also been bottled as "Portland State IPA" (2010).

Malts: 100% Floor-malted Maris Otter, Cara Vienna, Cara Wheat.
Hops: Crystal.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

15º PLATO
59 IBU
76.1 AA
14.2º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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Ratings: 1,756 | Reviews: 1,060 | Display Reviews Only:
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numenor1

North Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, muted orange with a creamy head that holds a decent collar. Smells a bit of lemons, pale malts and typical rogue yeast. Taste is up front sweet pale malts, a touch grainy, then it melds with citrusy, piny hops, with a fair bit of spice. Hops do carry the show, but for all the flavor there is very little bitterness. Dries out in the finish with rogue yeast and slight pith. Very nice beer, more of an IPA to me than an ESB (no typical musty fruitiness and too much carbonation), but altogether refreshing. I do particularly like rogue's yeast. Body is medium with fairly spritzy carbonation, working to nice effect. Eminently drinkable. I still prefer their american amber to this by a long shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 20:18:49 | More by numenor1
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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev 0%

10-29-2012 14:51:28 | More by dunix
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4/5  rDev 0%

02-08-2013 16:34:56 | More by Whiskeydeez
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poskok

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4/5  rDev 0%

06-14-2014 21:11:38 | More by poskok
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IPx

Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%

03-26-2012 16:03:29 | More by IPx
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rye726

Colorado

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a rich brown color and holds a nice tan head. The nose has lots of bitter hops as well as some caramel malts. The taste has bitter citrus hops that are again well balanced by the subtle malt presence. A clean crisp body suits the style well. A good ESB from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 17:45:30 | More by rye726
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MAJ85

Georgia

4/5  rDev 0%

02-05-2013 14:43:26 | More by MAJ85
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beefandbean22

Washington

4/5  rDev 0%

11-23-2011 18:50:23 | More by beefandbean22
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this many times, but only reviewed it today.

Poured a cloudy pumpkin color. Very nice head, and lace left through-out the glass. The aroma was definitely one of hops.

I have to say, the taste leans more toward the hoppy than the malty. While the malt sweetness provides a backbone, the hops are nicely present, with that citrusy (grapefuit?) style favor.

Definitely not a hop monster, but you will notice and appreciate the hops present. Would get again. pat

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2003 01:25:16 | More by PatandDavid
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

10-11-2013 17:51:21 | More by Texasfan549
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Mullinger1980

Ohio

4/5  rDev 0%

01-16-2014 12:50:42 | More by Mullinger1980
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

11-22-2011 22:04:41 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Iustus

Kentucky

4/5  rDev 0%

02-06-2013 13:27:20 | More by Iustus
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ZAP

Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rerate-2/19/02

Orange in color...nose mildy fruity with some nice noble hops smell...i like the taste and mouthfeel...a nice sublte maltiness accented by some noble hops on the finish...a very good bitter...I expected a little more flavor from Rogue but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2002 15:55:25 | More by ZAP
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uturn

Florida

4/5  rDev 0%

01-16-2013 04:26:58 | More by uturn
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cfinch2

Virginia

4/5  rDev 0%

11-20-2011 20:48:36 | More by cfinch2
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Poured a very cloudy, bright orange color, with about a 2 finger head that was pretty much white with some orange highlights.

S: Hops? Hell yes!!! Very fresh indeed with orange peel and grapefruit. Pretty potent.

T: Nice and bitter, but with more of a malt backbone than I was expecting. The more I drank though, the hops became more pronounced.

M: Creamy and somewhat bitter, with more of an "orange sherbet" quality as opposed to a West Coast hop pow-wow. Mild splotches left on the glass and pretty clean overall.

O: Think East Coast IPA with a little added umph. I dug it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 20:21:49 | More by Chaney
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shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev 0%

06-18-2012 05:29:06 | More by shelby415
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

08-25-2012 20:43:20 | More by rolltide8425
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

04-03-2014 00:53:35 | More by Lehighace06
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dozier77

Arizona

4/5  rDev 0%

02-12-2014 15:39:38 | More by dozier77
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McLaughlin5350

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev 0%

11-27-2011 14:34:00 | More by McLaughlin5350
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JJStorm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

03-23-2014 03:20:24 | More by JJStorm
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goblin7704

Ohio

4/5  rDev 0%

06-11-2013 21:52:08 | More by goblin7704
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cloudy reddish orange with a foamy white head.

The smell was mostly citrus hops, grapefruits and some pine as well.

The taste is pretty well balanced a good amount of malts to off set the huge hop flavour.

Medium bodied and medium carbonated, very drinkable.

Overall a very good AIPA not the best I've had but still very good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 19:40:39 | More by Dave1999
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,756 ratings.