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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

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: 84 | 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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Photo of danielharper
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Light orange color, thin bubbly white head. Slightly hazy.

S: Some hops, fruitiness. Slight grapefruit.

T: Well, brutally bitter. Strong bitter hops up front, but with a sweet fruit backbone that makes it go down smooth. Slightly drying.

M: Thin, watery, but highly carbonated. Enjoyable.

D: A quite drinkable beer. Hopefully we'll continue being able to get them around here.

Photo of Screper
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of OKCNittany
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of gspeer711
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mtnwesdew
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of a regular ol pint glass poured from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance- Poured a very golden color with hues of orange. Slightly hazy but still allows a lot of light. Formed a very nice sticky white head that dissipates pretty quick. Leaves a fair amount of lacing.
Smell- Very citrusy hops dominate the aroma here with tiny wiffs of piney goodness. Subtle sweet doughy malt hides in the background.
Taste- A nice balanced hop malt combo that I didn’t expect. Nice grapefruit citrus comes out right away mellowing nicely. Semi sweet from a light nice malt background. No real alcohol warming is perceived. Not at all Brutal.
Mouthfeel- Medium light carbonation that is pretty nice. Has more of a “thick” type body that what you would expect.
Drinkability- I really like this brew. It’s got a very nice balance to it that is not at all Brutal. Perhaps they should rename it to Pleasantly Bitter.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ElGuapo
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden copper brew with a massive fluffy off-white head on top. The aroma is nice and spicy with a lot of citrus. There are subtle sweet notes thrown in the mix as well.

The body is medium with a bubbly and crisp mouthfeel. It is hoppy, but not really intensly bitter. Orange peels and a floral character lead the way with a touch of sweet malts to balance. It is smooth and very drinkable. A real nice beer across the board.

Photo of craftbrew502
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a cloudy golden orange with a huge foamy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. A good dose of citrus in the aroma, fruity grapefruit, pear, pineapple and caramel flavors, medium to full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Photo of Satan70
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of popery
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brutal Bitter is a nicely balanced beer that still retains Rogue's signature style. The beer pours a light ochre with a nice bubbly head. The aroma is mildly citrusy with a healthy caramel malt sweetness. The flavor has a touch of alcohol, but it's mostly a fairly hoppy version of an ESB. It's dryer and somewhat more grassy, lemony bitter than most IPAs, but it's also not a very British taste, not that I've had all that many British beers really. At any rate, it drinks easily and the mouthfeel is good, sudsy, light. I also appreciate that the beer is unfiltered, always a nice touch in contrast to all of the filtered IPAs.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of drizzam
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

A - The body of the brew is a cloudy dark amber in color with huge chunks of sediment settling on the bottom of my pint glass and floating around in the beer. All of this was topped by a fluffy white head that had excellent retention and left wispy lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Big citrus hop aroma. Smells bitter...and inviting.

T & M - Some serious hop flavor in this brew...almost more earthy with a citrus tang. Seems to balance out with a small amount of malt about 3/4 of the way through, and ends with a bitter hop aftertaste. Medium bodied and crisp. Nothing brutal about this brew!

D - The Rogue website proclaims that this brew has 59 IBU's...I would have thought it to be higher. An excellent brew, any hop lover would enjoy this beer. Absolutely recommended.

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-light amber color with a medium white head and some lacing

S-light citrus and pine, light bread dough

T-citrus and pine with sweet malt and a solid bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and acidic feel

O-a good IPA with decent flavor, but lacks the depth of the more notable in this style

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange hue with large white bubbly head. Aroma of citrus, cream, west coast hops, hop resin. Crisp taste of citrus, hops, bitter finish. Medium carbonation zaps the tongue. Refreshing and crisp in taste but thick on belly. An American English style bitter that sits west coast hops on the palate and thick hops and resin on the belly.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to pint glass

A: Nice copper color, not very transparent. about a 1.5 finger very puffy off-white head with great retention. Not very bubbly at all. However this has some of the best lacing I've ever seen.

S: Smells hoppy with a bit of citrus.

T: Hops up front with a bit of tart citrus with a biter aftertaste. Not a lot going on other than some malt balance and a small yeast flavor. I taste a small bit of apple cinnamon. Not as bitter as I expected...

Overall Its pretty smooth and drinkable for the style.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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