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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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Brutal Bitter AleBrutal Bitter Ale

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very good

1,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 1,071
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 71
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

**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
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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

On tap blue dust slightly hazy and orangish
Little lacing and minimum head. Nice hoppyness early in nose but subtle not brutal! Smooth Med bodied easy to drink good aftertaste nice and bitter. Overall more a bitter than ipa but has hops in aftertaste that assures you you have quality beer.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pale golden yellow, nice dense white head. Great retention and decent lacing.

S - Citrus, grapefruit

T - All citrus hop, no piney'ness or floral flavors. Underneath is a quiet and sweet malt base. I think a boost of alcohol would have been nice.

M - Medium/light with very light amount of carbonation. The light carbonation lends itself to the creaminess of the beer.

O - This is a very tasty and drinkable, definitely a good summer beer. I would not describe this as "brutal" but rather smooth. I would really like to try a an amped up double version of this with higher ABV and maybe stronger carbonation. But regardless I'll definitely be coming back to this.

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

A: cloudy copper/clay, finger head, patchy lacing

S: pine/grassy, hint of lemon/orange

T: mild lemon, hint of grain, long bitter/piney finish

M: med/light body, hint of carbonation/tongue
prick, oily/sticky mouth

O: This could be a fine session beer for me.
I have seen this beer many times and passed
it by, but this is just really nice. Some
IPAs stand alone as an event, but this one
is just easy-going, flavorfully light.


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

Dark brown body with a nice light cream colored head. Nice caramel aroma that is decently strong. Great malt profile with a bunch of caramel and enough bitterness to balance it out nicely. Aftertaste is all bitterness but not strong at all. Hints of smoke and burnt at the end. Medium bodied with good drinkability.

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

A delightfully good ESB. Brutal? Not in the least, this one is delicious. An orangey hued ale, it retains a healthy head for much of its short life. There's a prominent hop aroma, with a hint of sweetness in the back. The taste is the opposite, with a butterscotch sweetness in the forefront with mild yet floral hops in the rear. Very tasty. Creamy and smooth, after a few sips I really loved this one.

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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.

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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,900 ratings.