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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,850 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,850
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 66
Gots: 71 | 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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Photo of popery
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

popery, Aug 30, 2009
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4/5  rDev 0%

mpenning13, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of drizzam
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

drizzam, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev 0%
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

MDDMD, May 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

KStark, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of JRed
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

JRed, Aug 31, 2009
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4/5  rDev 0%

savagepm, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

AdmiralDiaz, Jan 14, 2009
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4/5  rDev 0%

Paccamacca, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

steve2tb, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

GoHabsGo, Jun 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

BMart, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber size bottle poured 1 & 1/2 into the pint glass. Nice mellow gold color with tight white head. Hoppy aromas, almost IPA levels. Cool crisp malt flavors with super citrusy hop flavor at the end of each mouthful. Good balance between the sweet malt and the dry hops. Would make an easy session beer. Very refreshing carbonation levels. The second half of the bottle poured with the yeast added a different level of flavor and made the beer a little chewy, almost like bread, but good - more complex. I always like that part of bottle conditioned beers.

Good marks all along on this beer

counselor, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a crystal mug.

A: Hazed gold, relatively turbid and effervescent, with a huge soapy and foamy white head that leaves some decent lace.

S: Hops are dominant, good fresh hop and citrus notes, I get some blood orange and grapefruit, a touch of pine and some floral aromatics. Definitely some malt in this one too.

T: Follows the nose, more juicy than bitter with a very balanced malt backbone. Orange, citrus, grapefruit, bready caramel and some tangy wheat, flowers, just a hint really of herbs & pine needles.

MF: Creamy, watery, on the lighter side of medium, decent carbonation with a bit of lingering bitterness and dryness.

O: There are a lot of hops here but its still a pretty balanced IPA. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Try it, even though its a Rogue.

Scotchboy, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of Brutal IPA, no dating. Slighty hazy body that is light orange/yellow in color. Good two finger creamy white head that dissipates and leaves a little lacing on the glass.

The aroma features mostly orange and a little grapefruit citrus notes. A little sweet, bready malt in the background.

Solid IPA flavor of citrusy hops leaning toward the sweet side of the citrus family, like orange and tangerine. A little grapefruit and floral hop flavor in the background. Malty finish that blends it all together very well.

Light to medium mouthfeel that finishes cleanly and is easy to drink. My first Rogue beer, odd since so many are available in my area. Now I'm sure to try more because this is a solid IPA.

FanofHefe, May 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

Casey3236, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

DaPan, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Skater_Rich, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

mick303, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Valentno7, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of xav33
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Brutal Bitter
22 oz bomber
Moderate pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, enjoyed 04/07.

Poured a slightly hazy dark amber with a large frothy somewhat diminishing white head with fair lacing.

Smelt of moderate caramel, pineapple and lemon.

Taste was upfront strong bitter spruce and grass and moderate sweet caramel followed by a harsh spruce and dry leaves and light sweet citrus on an average length finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, creamy, softly carbonated and strongly astringent.

Overall, this is a very satisfying beer in terms of taste. Strong flavors and aromas, brutally bitter as expected. Good stuff.

xav33, Apr 30, 2007
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,850 ratings.