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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:
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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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4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spence138
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grayson
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy, medium-brown color with a finger of medium head.
S: Hoppy, lemony. Seems fruity.
T: Pretty hoppy and floral. Moderately bitter, moderately fruity. Pretty great blend of in-between. Tasting a couple fruit notes, but I could be off.
MF: Medium, thin. Very reasonable.

Overall: A quality IPA. One of the most well-balanced I've had.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4.32/5  rDev +8.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours hazy dark orange with a white pillow head that subsides to a nice sticky froth in a minute or so.
Smell of pineapple, tangerine, pink grapefruit, faint peach, really faint earthy hop, honeyed malts, caramel, bit of pine, bit of spicy leafy hop.
Sweet citrus upfront, a bit like orange jam with lots of peel in it. Some pineapple, some juicy peach, lemon zest, faint mango. Caramel, lightly toasted malts. Pine, some earthy grassiness starts to develop, with a clear English hop note attached to it, aside for a faint dankness/spicy leafiness. Nice and bitter.
Aftertaste is hoppy, but just lightly fruity, with an earthy bitterness lingering. Bit of malt sweetness to mellow things down.
A really nice IPA with a pretty cheeky English innuendo. Nice balance, refreshing, tasty and smart.

Photo of hophugger
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours your typical IPA orange-gold color. Head is decent and so is the lacing. Aroma is very light with touches of hops and loads of citrus. Taste is very nice, hops are there but the main taste is fresh orange. Very interesting and very citrusy. I would have liked a little more ABV. Calling it a Brutal IPA and having less than 6% alcohol doesn't seem quite right. Also could have had a little more IBU kick. Anyway, this beer is very smooth going down and leaves a very pleasant orange and hop taste when done. One of Rogue's better brews..

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.52/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of jercasper
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

A great IPA. Didn't find the balance of flavors to be as even as one might taste in other IPAs but not enough to deter me from ordering this IPA gem again.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.84/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

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4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of iain_reeve
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BeerWatcher
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a murky burnt orange, with a thick white head that settles down rapidly. Aromas of citrus hops, and caramel malts. Quite well balanced in this regard. Tastes start off citrus and turn to caramel malts in the middle of the process, as it flows over the tongue, finishing with a lemon zest tingle. Overall, in a word, balanced.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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