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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,950 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,950
Reviews: 1,082
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 78
Gots: 115 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

**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
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Ratings: 1,950 | Reviews: 1,082
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep golden honey amber in color. Translucent. A one finger white head develops upon pouring, but recedes quickly and leaves little lacing.

S - Piney, citrus hops are the most prevalent aroma. A faint malt character is also detectable. It's a pleasant nose, but I feel that the aromas should be a little bit stronger than they are.

T - The taste begins with the citrus malts which are balanced a little bit by a malt character a little later on. The finish is pretty clean; some faint, grassy hops linger. It's certainly not brutally bitter, but there is a pleasant bitterness. I still think the hop flavors could be more robust.

M - The bold earthy hops blend extremely well with the carbonation. Light bodied. Gets smoother as it warms up. Wonderful mouthfeel.

D - Good flavor, light bodied. ABV is a bit high to be a great session beer, but still mildly sessionable. Definitely enjoyable; have to pick this one up again.

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

Aroma shows a nice malty base with ever increasing sour/grassy hops. Nice blending. Familiar aroma to other Rogue beers.
Orange/brown amber. Somewhat cloudy. Smallish head but settles slowly and shows lacing.
Boy, they sure like the hop thing at Rogue. This is another hop fest. Sour, bitter, grassy. Pretty intense, with only mild malt balancing and virtually no malt taste. It does increase in time and it's soft and mild. Long dry finish.
Soft carbonation that lends a fullness. Medium to heavy body.
Another enjoyable beer from Rogue. Must like hops.

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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%
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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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,950 ratings.