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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,850 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,850
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 66
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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).

An Imperial bitter with exotic traditional floor malts, citrusy, hoppy flavor and stupendous hop aroma. Rogue brewmaster John Maier describes his Brutal IPA as a cross between a Very Extra Special Bitter and an Indian Pale Ale. Hedonistic!

8 INGREDIENTS: 2-Row, Carawheat, C15 & Rogue Farms Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Alluvial™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

22oz Bottle & Draft / 15° Plato / 46 IBU / 81 AA / 13° Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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beerpadawan, Aug 26, 2012
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is a floral hop smell, wirh a caramel malt sweetness in the background. The taste is identical. Very enjoyable caramel/brown sugar sweetness up front, sliding into a nice clean bittering from the floral hops toward the back. The finish is nice and clean, and has a pleasant hoppy bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable; I could easily do 5 or 6 of these. Excellent beer overall.

tgncc, Nov 14, 2008
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oldvines, Jan 30, 2012
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

US trip Aug-Dec 04

Nice rich amber colour with a strong full head that persists. Good lacing and medium carbonation.

Nose is very hoppy with some pine like notes backed up well by sweet malt and even a touch of roasty grains. The floral notes are very present by the end of the pint.

What an aptly name beer. This is very bitter and it took me a little while to get used to is. At first it is a stinging bitterness but soon evolves a good malty backbone to try and off-set the hops (only slightly though)

A little too bitter for my taste buds (therefore drinkability is not so high), but still a quality brew from Rogue (as always)

koolk, Dec 07, 2004
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Pours a chill hazy orange brown color with a monster off white head. Slight astringency in the nose along with loads of fresh bitter hops, more reminiscent of a strong English IPA rather than an ESB... dare i say Imperial ESB? Theres "Imperial" everything else so why not. Fruity with a grassy/herbal character and a sturdy semi-sweet malt backing. Crisp with carbonation but with a slightly grainy texture. Decent balance is achieved throughout but this beer is obviously dominated by a hops, beautiful bitter hops. I would definitely revisit this beer.

ATPete, Jan 21, 2009
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Orange gold color. Medium head. There are chunks of something in the bottom of the glass. Aroma is floral and grapefruit. A very nice bitter. Hops are very pronounced. Complex flavors, the dominant hop flavors being grapefruit, floral and pine. Yet there is a very strong malt backbone to this beer. It's a very hoppy and bitter beer. Yet for all that bitterness, it's a very smooth tasting bitter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is very bitter. Don't think I want to know what's sitting at the bottom of the glass though. Etched/painted beer bottle.

beerguy101, Sep 18, 2003
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, Sep 06, 2012
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with orange hues. A large, bubbly tan head sinks slowly and leaves some chunky, scattered lacing behind. Hops with some subtle citrus behind them rise to the nose. There's also a bit of caramel sweetness present. The taste has a very nice hop bite which doesn't strike the taste buds like a double IPA, but is quite noticeable, and very satisfying. There's also some spice, malts and perhaps some light fruits involved. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, and there's little carbonation. If you're in the mood for some hops, but a APA sounds a little tame, and a DIPA sounds a little wild, then this is the beer for you.

stephens101, Nov 28, 2008
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VonZipper, Mar 25, 2012
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MSandahl23, Jul 11, 2013
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Deschutes ESB but more smooth, not too extreme. The bitterness is there. Pours a hazy amber. Hoppyness and citrus in effect and soothes to bitterness, very likeable.

Had this in the Rogue Ales Public House in San Fran along with several other rogues. How does it compare to the black brutal bitter?

randawakes, Dec 12, 2009
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guezarka, Aug 16, 2013
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Nunya, Sep 08, 2013
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange/amber in color. Hazy appearance. This is an IPA you couldn't see through. It also had a nice head with decent lace. The smell was both floral and fruity at the same time, yet wasn't overpowering in any way. The taste was the same way. Fruity and floral, yet well balanced, like most Rogue beers. It was a great beer and I look forward to drinking more.

CBFanWish, Jan 05, 2004
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davet100, Sep 19, 2013
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Jave, Mar 01, 2013
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle looks its been sitting on the shelf of my local liquor sotre, but the beer inside should be fine. On th the beer:

The fresh smell of hops rise from bottle after its opened, eliminating most of my doubt. Anyways, clug, clug, clug goes the beer into a Harp pint glass, where it has a dark orange/copper glow and a compact head on top. The smell, as I hinted earlier, is of clean, crisp hops. More hops and resin in the overall flavor too. Very clean for the style, with just a bit of toffee and diacetyl. Alcohol is hidden well. The bitterness decreases while the diacteyl increases when the beer warms slightly, making for a more authentic (and tastier) ESB. Yum.

DoubleJ, Mar 27, 2008
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Txphil, Aug 04, 2013
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IDABEERGUY, Dec 31, 2013
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kevinlater, Jan 30, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Pours a light amber color with a moderate head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy (mostly floral) with quite a bit of caramel malt backing things up. The flavor is very much the same. Lots of floral hop flavors along with a solid malt backing make for a fairly tasty beer. Body is moderate and the drinkability is good.

clvand0, Jan 17, 2006
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big old 22oz bottle poured ever so smoothely. Built a nice two finger head with some large bubles that was rather frothey. Nice golden peach color and is a bit hazey. The nose is a little hoppy with some citrus and other fruitey aromas.

The taste doesn't live up to the name of being brutal but is beautifully bontiful of hops and only the slightless twinge at the end while being a little dry. The higher ABV is detectable but isnt too harsh. Pretty drinkable overall and this is just a very good beer.

custardcb, Apr 02, 2006
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Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Blind Tiger on Bleecker street in New York City.

A - Thick orange with a deep cloudiness, 1 finger head.

S- Spicy, citrus, and vanilla aromas.

T- Hoppy, bitter as the name would suggest, but it is balanced properly and tastes great.

MF- Leaves a bit of a pepper spice on your taste buds.

D- This may very well be the first beer that I have sampled from Rogues and I am certainly satisfied.

mltobin, Feb 02, 2008
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
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