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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,847 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,847
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 65
Gots: 71 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

PaulsBrew, May 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

will_eye_e, Oct 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Jsher, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

thufflife, Jul 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Jason1337, Apr 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

mjrex77, Mar 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

kelvarnsen, Jan 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

RobTheKnob, Oct 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

valianes, Jun 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

HRamz3, Sep 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of Ncpogs
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Ncpogs, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy copper with an off-white head with average retention.

S - Toasted caramel malt, orange and grapefruit citrus.

T - Muted orange, apricots, and melon on top of a semi sweet buttery malt. Earthy yeast resides in the background. Slight bitterness starts in the middle and floral hops come through towards the finish.

M - Full bodied and slightly chewy. Good carbonation.

Not as bitter as I expected. Nice aromas but the flavors seem to be a little too buttery. It lacked crispness that I look for in an IPA. There's not date on the bottle so I hope it's not out of date.

StaveHooks, Nov 12, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

KnowYourCraft, Oct 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

barnzy78, Nov 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

NvMyBeer, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of BMMillsy
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Overall a disappointing bitter brew, but not a bad beer by any stretch. Not much flavor and not much complexity here. Pours light golden with fluffy white head. Aroma of grassy hops, more on the german pilsner side than the west coast aromatics. Flavor follows with light bitter, subdued sweetness from the malts, sligthly dry. Easy drinking, but pretty standard. Perhaps a good start for those slowly trying to get into enjoying bitter/hoppy beers. Not likely to go for it again, but I wouldn’t turn it down if handed to me.

BMMillsy, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dig the hazy appearance, nice glowing murky orange-gold. The nose is very hoppy, very fruity (lychees, grapefruit) and piney nose. The flavour is quite sweet at the start, very hoppy, with a citric bitter finish, as i've come to expect in Americaan bitters/IPA's/Pale ales, Out of the the Rogue beers i've had this is one of my favourites, really fresh and summery, had this sitting in my dads backyard in the sun.

rastaman, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

A: Looks light until most of it is in the glass, then it is a pumpkin shade of yellow and orange. Not crystal clear and there was a good amount of sediment, about an eighth inch. Small head that receded to a nice little cap. Many small bubbles rising, many. No lacing.

S: Earthy English hops and bread and biscuit malt. Not smacking the drinker around with anything at all and it does tell the whole story.

T: I think that this and the Great Divide Denver Pale Ale I had last night are quite similar to Fat Tire. I think calling Fat Tire an amber ale is incorrect, and that it fits into the English bitter or pale ale category. All your standard bread here, not sweet and not very bitter. Some diacetyl richness.

M: Full and satisfying.

D: It is full of nice hop aroma but the malt is too singular. I would not buy more than one because I do not prefer biscuit malt only. Other than that personal taste, nothing wrong. This bottle is likely very old and most of the hops have gone.

brewerburgundy, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of Padron4KM
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy orange with a solid 2 finger head and nice lacing.

Lemon cookie aroma

Flavor is grapefruit with some pine and a touch of sweetness.

Tingly bitter finish.

Name is a little misleading, not brutally bitter, but nicely bitter.
Very tasty well balanced beer.

Padron4KM, Jul 31, 2006
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3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold due to bottle conditioning. Nice "Americanized" example of the style. A fragrant hop aroma gives way to a pleasantly bitter flavor balanced well with assertive maltiness. It's an ESB with a U.S. flair in the form of American hops. Not as exceptional as some of the other Rogue products I've had, but very nice nonetheless.

marksto, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of jaluria
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appeared a slightly murky, heavily carbonated, soft-orange and yellow color with a thin head that dissipated quickly. Aromas of alcohol, malt, and hops. The flavor was as expected for this style with a nice balance between malt and hops, though hops grow in strength as the session continues. Crisp and flavorful with a hoppy finish. A hint of fruit comes out in the finish as well. Interesting and enjoyable, but too thin and hoppy for the style. I would definitely enjoy another, but not if I was in the mood for a bitter or ESB.

jaluria, Feb 01, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color, definitely on the darker side of IPAs. Head is about 1" in my imperial pint glass. Retention is okay, leaves a little lacing. Smells of citrus and pine hops, pretty standard for this area, not really catching any malts. Taste is dominated by grapefruit/citrus hops, pine hops play second fiddle, and a bit of malt is in the background. Mouthfeel is medium, good amount of carbonation. Overall, a decent beer, glad I tried it, but it's a bit spendy and there are other northwest IPAs I enjoy more.

gkunkle, Mar 10, 2011
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,847 ratings.