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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,926 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,926
Reviews: 1,077
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 76
Gots: 109 | 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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Photo of GreenWBush
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Searching the county for residual Rogue Imperial Stout, I was shocked to find a stray six-pack of Brutal Bitter on the shelves of gorgeous Fort Wayne, Indiana. I had purchased the beer more than a few times at Kahn's Fine Wines in Indianapolis for the relatively steep price of $10.99/6 and enjoyed every drop of it, so I figured that I couldn't go wrong dropping that much in this modest, mediocre, middle-class town.

My eyes popped out when I got the final ticket: $13.99 a SIX PACK. I hadn't been informed that I was actually in Manhattan, not the painfully urban sprawled ghost-town of Fort Wayne so lets just say I was a bit taken aback. But still, great beer deserves a little wallet devestation, right?

NO. What the fuck happened to Rogue, let alone the Brutal Bitter? Price your beers through the roof: understandable. Raw materials are becoming more expensive. Transit, more expensive. Keeping the genius of John Maier, probably pretty goddamned expensive.

BUT KEEP THE PRODUCT THE SAME! WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?

A modest English bitter this is; no potent hop quotient is left in this beer AT ALL.

A tasty beer? HELL YES. Something worth that much money? FUCK NO. This beer has become incredibly water and just downright boring. This is a delicious session beer, but nothing more.

I remember the days when this beer would knock everyone's socks off, even two years old in the bomber. Now, the universal response anyone and everyone can muster is "meh. Tasty".

When I drop 1400 pennies for 72 ounces of liquid I expect world class. This is something my neighbor down the street could brew a 5-gallon batch of for the same price I paid.

I love you Rogue, but you're losing me...and quick.

Photo of Bfarr
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with some light highlights, a thin tan head, and nice lacing. Light citrus aroma. Balanced sweet citrus with such light hop linger. Smooth velvety feel.

Smooth easy IPA but really the hopping is so light it’s nearly a pale ale. Pleasant clean flavor sure not to offend anyone.

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Fine-looking murky copper body with a creamy, off-white head. Plenty of lacing throughout.

Smell: Hmm. An acutely cakey aroma paired with a fresh floral-citrus scent.

Taste: Zestful citrus flavors, perhaps a little bit of earthy pine, too, with a small amount of malts bouncing in amongst the hops. Crisp, lasting (though in no way overwhelming) bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. The carbonation is fine, and somewhat prickly at times.

Drinkability: Well, its anything but brutal. But whatever, it still makes for easy drinking.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of rdilauro
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I-- rated this one straight down the line.
From the initial pour, which was ok, to the almost absent detectable nose, to the mouthful and aftertaste, there was not a lot I can praise about this beer, but at the same time, I could not find fault with it.

To me, it could be the stepping stone for someone who has been used to the normal 30 /36 packs of canned beer to craft beers

Its a very easy beer, totally drinkable.

I intend on using this beer as a transitional beer for people who dont know what craft beers is all about. A good way to learn

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Chaucer’s in London- This one is amber through and through. The head is unimpressive and fails to leave the lace I expect from most rogue beers. Strong grapefruit and citrus fruits in the nose, with some leafy/pine. Bad ass hop profile takes the fillings out yer’ teeth as it enters the mouth. Pine/grapefruit/oranges with a thin malt spine, finishing astringent and enjoyable. Yep, it is certainly bitter. A nice one.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,926 ratings.