Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,879 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,879
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 67
Gots: 85 | 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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2/5  rDev -49.9%

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2.03/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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2.33/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

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2.38/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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2.45/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,879 ratings.