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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,796 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,796
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 63
Gots: 60 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-26-2014 22:17:03 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

04-19-2014 03:44:30 | More by Tivlavrie
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

04-23-2012 03:18:04 | More by Rathakem
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

I have recently tried this as it is now available here in MS. Rogue has been around a long time, and I have never had opportunity to try any Rogue IPA offering (not even sure that they offered IPA). Bought 7 bombers last night at a local grocery for 99 cents each--WOW!! And they were not "ruint" as they say around here! Every once in a while we quality ale quaffers win big, and this is one of those times. From a bomber to my 20 oz. mug.

A: Thick creamy head two fingers high diminishing to a thin layer. Love the unfiltered aspect.

S: A bit malt forward, with hops slightly subdued.

T: Smooth with the yeast adding body to the ale (filtered ales tend to taste and mouthfeel thin).

M: As mentioned smooth. Definitely a decent brew. I like this particular style of IPA, though others on my favorites list are more aggressive on the pallet.

O: What a find at 99 cents!! Even though it has a lower alcohol content, sometimes that is just what the doctor ordered. Rogue knows what they are doing, and they have been in the business a long time. This ale is worthy.

03-25-2014 22:44:29 | More by GoblueMS
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

06-29-2013 21:41:44 | More by coronajm
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-24-2013 03:53:58 | More by mpayne5
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

10-26-2013 21:25:47 | More by Andy_Luft
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

06-25-2013 04:19:38 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

11-20-2012 23:29:53 | More by Sunn
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North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -6.5%

A - orange with a huge, towering, white head that has good retention

S - faint bread, some citrusy hop aromas

T - faint bready malt, citrusy, pineapple, grapefruit, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is an easy drinking IPA, but there isn't much here. The flavor is good, but simple. Despite the "brutal" promise it just doesn't deliver. I get more citrus than bitter. Overall, not a bad beer and it may be worth a tick, but it's not one that I'll purchase again.

02-10-2013 04:30:43 | More by tdm168
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3.74/5  rDev -6.5%

A: orange. Slightly hazy. Thin head.
S: pretty mellow on the aroma. Not much there.
T: mellow maltiness. A little bready. Evenly hopped. Not overbearing. Pine. Smooth.
M: upper medium carbonation. Medium body.
O: good IPA. Alcohol, malt, and hops are balanced very well. Needs more aroma in my opinion.

05-07-2014 02:07:44 | More by jellikit
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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a smallish fluffy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is spicy floral hops, a little melon, and some almost malt liquorish malt that was off-putting (but it did dissipate as I drank).

The flavor is bitter grassy and slightly fruity hops with a nice initial malt backbone. It has a long bitter finish. It's medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, a very hoppy ESB. It matches up well with IPAs, but it is a little pricey ($10.50 per 6 pack). I was expecting more fruitiness in the aroma and flavor.

07-27-2005 05:58:16 | More by Beaver13
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South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

On tap.
A favorite some years back after a visit to Oregon, I found that it was not as exceptional as I remembered. Still, a solid, spicy/herbal IPA. Only moderately strong and medium bitter; certainly not 'brutal'. The flavor seemed stronger than the aroma. Appropriately hoppy with some good balancing from malts.

Feel: medium body and carbonaton; smooth.

10-25-2012 14:12:59 | More by chinchill
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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a cloudy dark gold with big, pillowy white head. Aroma is more subdued than expected, hops forward but not overwhelming. Taste is well balanced for an IPA, discernible underlying maltiness with hops dominating through the taste. Highly resinous and oily taste, mouthfeel is the consistency of a hefeweizen, fairly thick yet refreshing all the same. Average to good drinkability for the style.

08-08-2010 06:34:31 | More by appenzeller
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Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

Pourred from 650ml bottle in a wide tulip glass. It revealed itself as an hazzy orange with a touch of pink liquid with a nice carbonation. Itforms a nice white head that lasted about 2 minutes, unfortunatly leaving just a ring around the glass. An immidiate citrus smell comes up tinted with pine. Mouthfeel is surprisingly dry with a long aftertaste tha is really nice for hops lover.

07-17-2008 03:41:04 | More by blaje
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a hazy, cloudy golden amberish color with a lot of white head that fades to a nice ring and leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass. Smells... floral. Hoppy. Malty. Smell is kind of all over the place- with each smell, something different dominates.

Taste, however, is way more equally balanced. Taste has definite caramel notes, a hint of chocolate, some floral stuff going on. Also some citrus, but not as heavily. A nice balance of hops and malt going on in here which is also well balanced by the bitterness.

Mouthfeel has a good carbonation going on, chewy, lip-smacking even. Makes you want to go, "ahhh." Drinkability factor- decent. As the name suggests, it is bitter- which could get to be too much after a while. But besides that, it's quite lovely. Refreshing, not as heavy as I thought it would be, and complex enough to keep you coming back for another sip.

07-01-2005 03:33:00 | More by scooter231
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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured into a .5L glass, and the brew creates about a three finger rocky thick head, which is off white in color. The body is copper in color and mildly hazy.

The aroma is over ripe orange, some lemon, and a little perfumy.

Taste and feel wise, it's like eating a powdery grapefruit with some caramel mixed into the batch. The sweetness keeps the bitterness at bay. Feels medium in body, dries the palate, but refreshing at the same time.

01-05-2012 19:50:56 | More by TheSarge
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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweet malt and some citrus hops. In the taste, a nice mixture of hops, citrus and pine. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry hop aftertaste. A nice hop, but feels like an ESB than an IPA to me.

08-25-2010 20:12:26 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

Bought as a single bottle and served into a 16oz American pint glass.

A--Amberish, Golden-orange color. Hazy unfiltered appearance with noticable carbonation. A a strong fizzy head that eventually dissapated to a light head with good lacing all the way down. Alot more "pale" than I had expected from a beer listed as an ESB.

S--Over the top hop odor with earthy hints of fruits. Like an IPA but a bit more subdued. One good whiff gave me a bit of a bitey alcohol hint.

T--Not a very balanced bitter, but balanced isnt what I would have expected from Rouge. This had very earthy hop tones that finished with a sweetness that must have been the from what little malt I could make out. I dont have the discriminating palate to pull out all the flavors or a beer that is complex as this. As the beer warmed a bit the hops began to fall back and it became a really good beer. The alcohol was noticable at all times, but enjoyable.

M--Earthy and strong, good finish. Definately felt like I was drinking full flavored beer.

D--Wouldn't drink more than 2 in a sitting. To be honest the whole time I drank this I considered eating food but for the sake of the review I resisted. I dont know if people would consider this a food beer, but I would really enjoy this beer with a cheeseburger.

O--A unique interpretation on a beloved style of mine. I can see where people would consider this an IPA/Bitter hybrid. A beer for when I'm feeling like a unique treat. There are less expensive more traditional bitters out there for sure--but when has Rouge been traditional.

02-27-2006 21:21:51 | More by fightingwords
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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a cloudy amber/blond color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. I'm not sure if cloudiness is what the doctor ordered here.

The aroma is full of strong hints of citrus and grainy malt. Highly reminiscent of a DIPA due to the strong aroma.

Grassy hops with a slight citrus twist greet the tongue from the first sip. Bitter in more ways than one and it lingers in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus hops and grassiness. Not much else here.

It's definitely bitter as hell. Still, not quite the best example that I've seen out there.

10-02-2010 04:58:53 | More by Brad007
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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

This came on tap at my local recently. It was a deep golden, and smelled all lemony with some small pine notes. Taste was very similar with a shy malt demurely hovering in the background. This is really good, though not quite "brutal." A pleasant pint that had good hop presence that asserted itself without being pushy, like this guy Jerko I know.

12-07-2006 05:06:21 | More by dedrinker
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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured a cloudy amber color with a tight white head and nice lacing. Nice citrus (predominantly orange) hop aroma. It's nice having a brew with one type of hop, it helps you learn what each nop smells/tastes like. Bitter grapefruit flavor. Nicely balanced

08-28-2006 12:50:59 | More by egajdzis
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3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

Head of variegated small-to-medium sized white bubbles fades out very slowly and slowly slips down sides of glass leaving slight lace; a few lazy streamers. Drop-dead gorgeous color: bronzest bronze at the top of my pint fades through to burnt orange at the bottom with honeyish highlights; very hazy and practically glows when held to light. Aroma is basically all grapefruity hops with a reedy quality; now don't get me wrong--it's a great smell--just sorta one-dimensional. It's compensated for in the flavor by leafy, citrusy hops, and how grapefruity they are! grapefruit flesh, and especially rind to a tee; leaning towards orange as they bite sweetly into sides of the mouth and grab hold; bit of pine sap and the barest butteriness in a tart, refreshing finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth--hop is bitter but not "twangy"--and slightly tingly, leaving resins that had me running my tongue across my teeth for minutes afterward, trying to get every last flavor. Very balanced for drinkabililty although not as serviceable as a standard Pale Ale. I would like to try this again in the summer and see if the marks improve; unfortunately this was the last bottle at the shop!

12-17-2003 20:15:18 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
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3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

a decent example of a sessionable ipa, and that's about it. the bottle cost me almost $9, and with a 5.8 abv your not getting your bang for the buck. good flavors of a typical ipa, especially considering they used one type of hop. just not worth the cheese, as with most rogue products

09-15-2013 09:46:09 | More by deeznuts420
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3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

Appearance is like you typical dark gold ESB hue with a decent level of carbonation. It leaves a nice sticky lacing.It smells like an IPA with a hoppyness that exceeds that of your everyday ESB.It tastes like a malty IPA also. Very hoppy and very bitter backed by a decent amount of malt to push it back into the ESB category and out of the IPA. A thin mouthfeel feeds into the drinkability category which is excellent. A very unique beer.

07-16-2006 22:17:58 | More by superdavex
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