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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,900 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 1,071
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 71
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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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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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.

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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: 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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,900 ratings.