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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,879 Ratings

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber haze in the glass with an inch-thick creamy head.

Smells hoppy and bitter with definite citrus scents.

The taste is amazingly balanced...very smooth. Very hoppy, but with a clean finish. I could drink this all night...it's definitely not "brutal" at all. The hops linger for a few seconds on the palate and then dissipates. There are brief hints of honey and fruit as well. I wish I had discovered this sooner.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as part of a beer themed Christmas gift and I'm finally getting around to drinking and reviewing.

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my CBS snifter.

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy mild orange with a touch of sediment suspended within. Created about two fingers of fluffy white head. Head lingers lazily before fading into some great lacing.

Smell: Earthy, funky hops. Some piney notes backed up by some biscuity malt. Nothing extraordinary here. Run of the mill IPA aroma.

Taste: Starts off with a lot of hops bitterness up front. Fruity and floral. The bitterness is counteracted by some caramel malts. It's not a palette ruiner by any stretch however it's a good straightforward American IPA.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable (at 5.8%) IPA with a medium bodied and a pretty standard level of carbonation.

Overall: Rogue has a pretty bad rap here on BA, but I don't really mind Rogue. Brutal IPA is a better than average American IPA. Loads of hops but very well balanced.

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