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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,879 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,879
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 67
Gots: 84 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing "Brutal" about it - splendid ale! If the Dead Guy Ale is "Economy Plus," this is Business Class all the way - a nice upgrade.

A - Nice cloudy golden-copper color with a nice, rocky head that fades but never disappears. Modest lacing.

S - Citrus, hops, malt, spice, herbs.

T/M - Superb. Tastes like it smells; perfect hop balance w/carbonation that whispers to you all supported by a nice, spicy frame.

D - Could enjoy this for an evening no problem.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Light orange/tangerine kind of murky not all that clear.

S- smells good, malty but more fruity, "crisp" smelling I want to say apple smell.

T-citrus dominates but again I am getting some apple taste

M-a little thin, but not bad, probably just the right amount of carbonation.

O-I really like this beer, something I will buy again and look forward to. I can only imagine that thi beer would be exceptional on tap.

Photo of theteleman
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This beer looks amazing. Orangey Copperish with a creamy looking head. Smell is citrusy and hoppy…really nice.Hops come through on the taste but this brew is balanced really nicely, getting some citrus notes too on the taste. Not a typical west coast hop bombardment by any means, kind of a creamy mouthfeel to it with good lacing on the glass. Really have enjoyed both brews I've had from the boys in Oregon. I recomended this one as well as the Hazlenut Brown, both are great!

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A - Dark amber/copper body with visible quite carbonation and a rather large-bubbled, off-white head (2-fingers), sinking into slick lacing.

S - Mild, resiny smell with notes of pine and malty sweetness.

T - Smooth, savory taste with just a hint of sweetness from the malts and dry, bitting bitterness (in a sort of lemon or orange rind sort of way) from the hops. The finish nicely combines the two.

M - Relatively high carbonation and hops-bitterness make this beer quite dry and refreshing, if not a bit watery. There is also noticable warming from the alcohol, which seems strange for it only being 6.5%...

D - Concidering that less than a year ago I couldn't take more than a few sips of this beer due to its bitterness, I like it a whole lot more now. I would even go so far to say that they could up the IBUs on this one... I guess that's what happens when you get use to DIPAs. Nonetheless, very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky apple juice, near white head, about an inch, retains for awhile. Reduces to ring. Some cling lace, mostly near that ring.

S - Deep sweet malt for me, with hops making a presence but secondary.

T - Stop. Turn them around for taste. TONS of bitter hops, with a sweet malt finish that doesn't even come near quashing the hops.

M - Med body, nice coating, not very balanced, obviously.

D - Gets in my hop fix. Nice offering.

Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice surprise, I like Rogue a lot too, but never tried the Bitter until the Brewfest in Erie PA, at the Brewerie at Union Station, Nice balance of dried fruit and a hop undertone, somewhat malty finish, some here say it's not a well balanced beer....wondering if they had a bad batch? The hop aroma is floral and earthy with some citrus, tropical fruit and resin, backed by caramel from the malt. The flavor is a decent balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Photo of Blitzstyle
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A nice golden hazy orange. Nice 2 fingers of head and good retintion.

Smelled of sudel citrus (grapefruit) and something sweet.

Nice and citrusy, some honey and maybe some orange peel. Not as bitter as I was expecting. Very nice.

Dry finish and lively carb medium heavy body. Nice and smooth goes down easy with a lingering aftertaste.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
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)

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,879 ratings.