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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,796 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,796
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 63
Gots: 60 | 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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1/5  rDev -75%

08-05-2012 22:55:32 | More by JmBrew
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1/5  rDev -75%

02-21-2012 19:51:46 | More by jrdsvtk
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1.5/5  rDev -62.5%

02-18-2012 16:24:50 | More by Archimedes
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2/5  rDev -50%

08-27-2012 00:44:26 | More by stickybeard
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New York

2/5  rDev -50%

03-20-2013 23:30:41 | More by BGsWo22
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2.03/5  rDev -49.3%

A - Popped the top and was instantly met by an overflow. Pours a murky orange with a three finger slightly off-white head. Left good lacing.

S - Upon twenty attempted whiffs, i could not pick up a damn thing.

T -A small amount of grapefruit and pineapple quickly transition to nothing but water.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - What. The. FUCK. This beer is neither brutal nor bitter. Where's the flavor? it tasted like grapefruit flavored water. And even that didn't stick around for more than half a second. Yes i checked the date on the bottle and it's only a few weeks old. this was the blandest IPA ( If you can even call it that ) That I have ever had. I wasted nearly 8 bucks on this atrocity.

04-21-2013 03:36:13 | More by SometimesIfart
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2.33/5  rDev -41.8%

this was a 22 oz bomber serverd in a chalice glass. I allowed it to warm 10 full minutes on the counter before tasting, as somebody had adjusted the fridge to be far too cold.

Beer poured a very cloudy (with rather large flakes of sediment) even though I was careful with the bottle.

Smell was charateristicly hops. Noticably lacking was any kind of malt.

Tasted like it smelled but only more so. This beer is very appropriately named. I tasted pure bitterness and nothing else. No malt, no orangy or grapefruity flavors like you sometimes find in very hoppy beers. The best way to describe it was bitter but yet strangely devoid of any actual flavor.

No thanks.

03-11-2005 19:32:18 | More by oracle
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2.38/5  rDev -40.5%

A- Cloudy look with light honey colored head.

S- Has a nice hop smell.

T- Ok balance but really a touch too much hops for an ESB throwing it out of whack.

M- Too much carbonation for the flavors it is distracting.

D- Overall it is too harsh a beer to be a good ESB. If you like hops or are looking for a good tasting beer go head and have this one but if you want a good well balanced ESB pass on this one.

04-23-2007 19:10:44 | More by beckje01
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2.45/5  rDev -38.8%

Pours a nice big head and has a brownish orange color. It has almost no lacing. Poured a little yeast in there so it's very cloudy. Smell is hoppy with some fruity smells, kind of like candy. The flavor reminds me of the sticky carpet my mom used to vaccum up. It's just so bad, these flavors are wrong, something bad has happened between the brewery and this. Mouthfeel is alright, not very impressive. Overall it would take a lot for me to try this again.

03-17-2007 02:49:59 | More by Erdinger2003
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

02-01-2014 21:12:44 | More by mikefuski17
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

04-02-2013 23:35:34 | More by crosenkrantz
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

Coors Light pale in color with a big bright white head. Very very biscuity on the nose. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving behind lots of sticky lacing. Some herbal hop presence is starting to make itself known on the nose along with touches of earthy and nutty scents. This bottles only about 3 months old so I can't imagine the hops being that faded. Pretty muted nose though.

Flavors, like other rogue beers I've had are pretty subdued. Biggest flavor present is the sweet biscuit flavor up front followed by touches of fruit and a moderate hop presence. Medium in body but kind of watery on the finish. Could use a bit more carbonation maybe. Balance is pretty good.

One of the better rogue beers I've had and unfortunately it's still not great. I respect what rogue does but haven't found a beer by them I can really get behind yet, they're all kind of, well like this. With some missing the balance or some just missing flavor marks all together. Drinkable but my money could be better on a different product.

03-15-2012 02:54:13 | More by jtierney89
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

02-18-2012 17:14:04 | More by chrispoint
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

04-04-2012 03:49:41 | More by TastyIsBeer
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

12-09-2013 01:30:45 | More by Buffett
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

04-12-2014 11:51:11 | More by Noelito76
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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

03-23-2012 22:14:08 | More by Zaphog
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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

06-02-2013 18:05:09 | More by donovado
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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

04-30-2014 17:28:32 | More by Durandal_777
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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Pours a golden orange, with a nice 1/2 inch white head. Nose is awful, like rancid chicken soup or boiled corn. Yuck.
Taste is better, but this doesn't taste like a bitter to me. I'd almost say an IPA, but it isnt hoppy enough. Taste is a cross of lemon and grapefruit and that's it. Very one dimensional. Mouthfeel is pretty good but at this point who cares? Nope, don't want to buy it again. I'll opt for a real IPA or bitter if the mood strikes me.

04-22-2006 06:40:31 | More by TheBungyo
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2.78/5  rDev -30.5%

I drank this from the bottle into a tulip.

It pours a medium brown with a white head, poor retention and lacing.

The aroma is mostly hops, pretty disappointing.

The taste is always disappointing, not what I thought it would be. The front end is really sweet and there is not a bitterness to the beer at all.

Mouthfeel is ok, hard to drink down one, let alone many.

10-10-2009 18:45:04 | More by jrallen34
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2.8/5  rDev -30%

A finger of off-white foamy head, quickly dissipating.
Orange in color, murky, big chunks of sediment.

Citrusy, hop aroma, kind of stinky maltiness.

Thin, mild mouthfeel with bitter, piney hops. Some apple skinand resin aftertaste.

A not-too-exciting offering from Rogue.

10-30-2009 16:29:22 | More by tobyandgina
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2.83/5  rDev -29.3%

650ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at a local Ralph's market.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two and a half finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, some lacing, and above average retention. Colour is a predictable transparent copper. No visible yeast particles.

Sm: Hops - both floral and bittering in a seeming equal balance. Clean malts. Pine. Crystal malt. Grapefruit. Citrusy hops. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Somewhat fresh.

T: Piney with rounded fruit citrus ester hops. Some grapefruit, but restrained and only noticeable about the climax and on the finish. Weak cream on the open. Clean malts - some crystal - form the weak foundation. Hops are mainly floral and fruity, with obscured bitterness in the third act. The bitterness is awkardly concealed, lending the third act an empty dull feel. In this regard, it's structurally imbalanced but flavorfully decently balanced. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Built in a pretty standard manner for an IPA. There's nothing unique or special here. Feels somewhat fresh, but I'd stop short of calling it refreshing. Pleasant and enjoyable to drink.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some weak cream. A touch overcarbonated, giving it a sharpness that prevents one from gulping it and inhibits its drinkability. Too thick, likely from poor planning of the malts - which are too present in the flavour profile anyway. Complements the flavours generally at best.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Rather average for an IPA, but I find it fairly pleasant. If I got it again, it'd have to be on draught. Subdued for the style - which isn't a bad thing. The piney character is a nice touch. There's really nothing brutal about it, but I'm glad they didn't get sucked into the IBU/Hop content war.

Drank okay out of my Guinness pint glass. I couldn't recommend a better vessel. Maybe a tulip?

Would pair decently with spicey food.

A poor candidate for aging.

Low C

03-23-2012 05:50:18 | More by kojevergas
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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
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