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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,770 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,770
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 61
Gots: 50 | 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:
**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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Thehopluver

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

06-22-2012 18:26:25 | More by Thehopluver
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JSchock7

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

11-12-2013 09:05:35 | More by JSchock7
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bnewms87

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

01-04-2014 04:56:05 | More by bnewms87
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kybeerdrinker

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

01-29-2014 02:59:35 | More by kybeerdrinker
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rangr514

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

09-09-2012 00:58:24 | More by rangr514
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Mlawrence

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

09-22-2012 03:43:58 | More by Mlawrence
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jlechner33

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

03-12-2013 23:08:35 | More by jlechner33
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Troublebar

China

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

02-10-2014 03:56:48 | More by Troublebar
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tizride

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

04-16-2012 03:42:09 | More by tizride
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

11-23-2011 04:57:20 | More by JAHMUR
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

01-11-2013 01:40:45 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

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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tigg924

Massachusetts

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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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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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Shadman

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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sevineyes

Arkansas

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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It has been a slow Christmas day here at Chez Wood, reading a Noir fiction anthology and awaiting tomorrow's fest at World Cafe Live with bated breath. The label mentions "a hedonistic experience" and I could use a little of that right about now.

My pour created slightly better than a finger-and-a-half of off- white head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy deep- amber. Nose smelled faintly of grapefruit/citrusy hops but with a smoky undertone. Mouthfeel was medium and I got a mild hop bite on the tongue, but not much more than that. This seemed a bit underwhelming for an American IPA and it was not the hedonism that I was hoping for, either. Finish was still slightly bitter, but not "Brutal" by any stretch. I was left underwhelmed by the experience. By the way, I found the date stamp on the bottom - it was bottled on 265 day, or late-September. It was fresh enough that it should have been better.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 22:56:04 | More by woodychandler
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JBogan

Nevada

3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy light copper color and had no head to speak of. This Rogue also left no lacing in my glass.

A nice malty aroma with a slight hint of what seemed to be pine.

The alcohol content was well concealed, mainly malt is what I detected.

This had an average mouthfeel. Not much carbonation to speak of, very smooth.

A pretty easy to drink beer, as most Rogues are. Not something I'd drink on a regular basis but it was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 23:11:48 | More by JBogan
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tonistruth

Nevada

3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- cloudy, darker shade of straw for color of the beer, 1 finger fluffy, cloud like, white head with fantastic retention

S- hoppy (herbal and grapefruit), bready, musky scent

T- bready malt plays a strong supporting role to hops throughout, slightly citric and herbal hops, mostly earthy

M- medium body with a coarse finish

D- doesn't taste to much like most ESB's I've had, but this is Rogue, so thats expected, wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination but i wouldn't turn to this when looking for a solid ESB...I'm not exactly sure where i would place beer, feels in between a pale and an IPA

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 06:37:24 | More by tonistruth
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sponberg

New York

3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled: On tap, pint glass

The aroma is almost purely hop, with a bit of malt behind it. An intensely hoppy beer - starts with malt and bitterness, and ends like you're sucking on a grapefruit rind that's been dipped in pale ale. Personally, I prefer more of a malt-hop balance - this bad boy leans too far to the hop side for repeated drinking. Given that, one of these from an icy cooler poolside on a broiling hot day could be a nearly religious experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2002 07:54:16 | More by sponberg
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: When poured into a pint glass from a bottle, this had a bright amber hue and a somewhat thick texture. Not much head to speak of.

S: Rich in hops and some fruits, maybe a bit of malts.

T: I wasn't so impressed with this. While the hops were immediately noticable, there wasn't much else to crow about. It didn't seem all that complex.

M: There was a below average amount of carbonation with this beer. Kind slick finish.

D: This one didn't do much for me. It wasn't the worst I've ever had, but not the best either. It simply lacked complexity. Not without its charms, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 14:25:49 | More by avalon07
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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium straw color...good head and lacing.
Not much to be noticed in the nose...some sweet malts, a little bready. Maybe biscuit.
Taste is somewhat malty and bitter..imagine that.
No hop flavor profile, but the bitterness hangs an.
Good mouthfeel. Maltyiness is nice.
Pretty good beer, but not worth the price paid.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 22:31:55 | More by dmamiano
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer by any means but with all the other IPA selections out there...this beer is pretty middle of the road.

A bit floral and the citrus is extremely tame, like it wants to come out just doesn't. Tasted more like a bolder Pale Ale, and somewhat bready.

I'd never turn one of these down but will not be spending any of my money on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 18:56:58 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

I figure I should try some more of Rogue's offerings for some reason. Might as well, right? This one pours a clear sunset brass topped by a finger of light off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises greens, buttery caramel, grass, and some very light leek. The taste brings in more of the same, with the caramel coming off a bit darker and the grass increased ever-so-slightly. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty silky feel. Overall, an okay beer, nothing close to outstanding or impressive, but nothing really bad, either. I'd pass if offered this again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 18:34:46 | More by TMoney2591
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,770 ratings.