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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,778 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,778
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 61
Gots: 53 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

08-19-2013 03:49:29 | More by switzer
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I spun the bottle a little to mix up the goodness at the bottom and was rewarded with a hazy pale orange pour. Up top was a couple fingers of cloud. As the white bubbles dissipated, it gave great lacing.

Initially, there is a nice kick of citrus, but it left quickly. In the background is a combination of flowers and pine...kind of like a forest.

There's not a lot of flavor. You'll pick up a bit of pine and what I'm thinking is orange peel, but nothing dominates.

This is anything but a brutal IPA. It's the mildest IPA I've ever had. The mouthfeel is slightly neutral most of the way thru with just a slight hoppy bite in the swallow.

I expected a lot more based on the name alone. It's barely strong enough to be a pale ale and certainly not worthy of being called an IPA. In general, it goes down pretty easy, but for the style, it's pretty lacking.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 03:17:43 | More by RickS95
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

11-18-2013 02:06:48 | More by spartanlaker
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

02-26-2013 20:23:23 | More by Seaba
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

04-09-2013 02:19:14 | More by Nage37
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

02-20-2014 22:29:59 | More by user785335
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

08-10-2012 01:06:25 | More by WoodenLeg410
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Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

05-08-2013 14:21:44 | More by Caudalie
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

06-22-2012 18:26:25 | More by Thehopluver
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

11-12-2013 09:05:35 | More by JSchock7
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

01-04-2014 04:56:05 | More by bnewms87
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

01-29-2014 02:59:35 | More by kybeerdrinker
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

09-09-2012 00:58:24 | More by rangr514
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

09-22-2012 03:43:58 | More by Mlawrence
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

03-12-2013 23:08:35 | More by jlechner33
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

02-10-2014 03:56:48 | More by Troublebar
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

04-16-2012 03:42:09 | More by tizride
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

11-23-2011 04:57:20 | More by JAHMUR
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

01-11-2013 01:40:45 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this 650 ml bottle from the Foodery in Center City Philadelphia, Pa. I poured it into a pint glass, well twice I guess.
Appearance: It poured a light amber color producing about a finger of head. There was thin lacing the way down. The head was a whitish color, but not quite white.
Smell: The smell was a nice hoppy and yet mild, certainly not "extra" bitter.
Taste: The taste left something to be desired. It had a wonderful hop, but no background at all.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was similar, leaving much to be desired.
Drinkability: This was a pretty drinkability beer even though it was a bit lacking.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 23:25:57 | More by treehugger02010
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3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: orange-brown in color, 1 inch head, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: hops and lots of floral scents

Taste: a bready start with a super hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, super bitter, medium body

Drinkability: I expected a bit more balance, but this is really bitter. The hops are featured here. This is a sipper and I would only have one per session max.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 17:06:51 | More by tigg924
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3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 650 mL (22 oz) capped bottle poured into an Ommegang Witte glass. The ale is slightly below room temperature.

Appearance: The ale is a light orange color. The body of the ale is very hazy to the point that one can't see through it. There is minimal head and a smattering of lace around the ale.

Smell: Funny thing is, when I smell it I don't find anything. No malt sweetness, no hop bitterness, nothing.

Taste: The ale has a fruity taste to it, one that conjures up an orange (?!?). Not too shabby, although there is little malt character and the hops clearly dominate.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits smoothly on the tongue, with the hops giving a fruity bitterness that really takes control of the beer.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, although I'd like more malt assertiveness to combat the hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 00:44:03 | More by akorsak
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Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Impressive looking ale. Kinda a dirty, hazy orange. Think orange juice with a bit of cola. Very hazy. If i waited for the head to dissapate, I be writing this two days from now. Tons of lacing.

Aroma was muted until the beer warmed a little. Citrus like hop and some sweet, albeit muted, caramel malt.

Taste was a bit one dimensional in that the hop seems to dominate. Not in a blaster sort of way, but other than what one reviewer described as an apirin like taste after the initial hop hit.

Decent carbonation. i found it maybe a tad less creamy than I would have liked.

Was, in my mind, a typical West Coast offering. Good, decent, maybe a tad over hopped..but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 03:15:20 | More by Shadman
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3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle with the typical Rogue guy on the cover in purple.

A: Orangey brass. Decent head. Leaves very chunky lacing.

S: Sugared lemon rind and grapefruit.

T: Sweet, but ultimately giving way to ruby red grapefruilt tastes.The aftertaste keeps coming back with more and bitterness.

M: Coating and slick. ends tart.

D: Great for those hot summer days.

Overall: Take this beer for what it's worth. I believe this is Rogues way of saying "our hops are bigger than yours". Not really much complexity or refinement, but it does live up to its namesake.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 05:13:02 | More by sevineyes
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3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had as Brutal IPA. Pours a nice clear amber with a rather thick and persistent fluffy white head. Aroma is hoppy and, though not strong, inviting with just a touch of citrus. Strongly, if not fierce, hoppy flavor has a woody undertone and just a whisper of orange. Average-bodied texture is fairly smooth, not much tingle. OK, not Rogue's best, but worthy of at least a try!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 02:58:09 | More by Cyberkedi
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