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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,826 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,826
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 65
Gots: 63 | 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%

Wordslinger, May 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Keiferfillinger, Nov 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at the local beer store. 6 pack of 12 oz. bottles. poured beer into a tulip glass. copper color with a little haze. thin off white head that disipates to a fine layer all the way down. looks good.

hoppy aroma up front. a little sweet malts in there. no off odors detected.

spicy hop taste. pretty high hop presence for an esb. i dig though. there is a decent malt taste to balance it out pretty well. dry aftertaste.

low carbonation. medium bodied. no lace. those are good things. i like hops so i dig this beer. could do a session with this one. would love to have this beer agan. maybe a little hoppy on style but good to go.

ajmoody76, Feb 07, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

koopa, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

topheim, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

kylehay2004, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Dewey's Pizza in Clifton (Cincinnati, OH). It arrived with a thin cap from an apparently very soft pour. Lacing left on the glass was medium as I drank. The color was a light-ish amber.

The smell was minimal, but I got hints of a piney hops.

The taste was not brutal or bitter. I was expecting quite the hop bomb given the name... it was a pleasant quaff though. The piney hops came through and were balanced by a roasted malt taste.

Mouthfeel was nice and robust.... carbonation was about right for my taste.... not too fizzy.

Drinkability... This beer went VERY WELL with my Bronx Bomber Pizza. I would recommend this beer.

TheBierBand, Oct 03, 2007
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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,826 ratings.