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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,834 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,834
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 65
Gots: 66 | 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 DocJitsu
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately hazy orange copper with an off white head. Head retention is average with inticing lacing around the glass. Guiness-like rings, in fact. Grapefruit, lemon, and biscuit malt bouquet. The mouthfeel is perfect for this style: smooth and wet with just the right amount of bite on the back of the tongue and throat. Nice mixture of pine and citrus that has been perfectly and unobtrusively balanced with grain. I really like this one. Very good example of this style. Nice beer. Rogue redeems itself after my disappointing encounter with their Chipotle last night.

DocJitsu, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Sunn
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Sunn, Nov 20, 2012
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
Photo of wvbrewcrew
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

wvbrewcrew, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of berkshire413
4/5  rDev 0%

berkshire413, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Chrixsus
4/5  rDev 0%

Chrixsus, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Mlawrence
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Mlawrence, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of abcsofbeer
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22ouncer. The color is a hazy orange that hints at copper with a good deal of carbonation. The rising bubbles indicate the opposite of the style. The head is fairly thin, light tan in color, and leaving no lace to speak of.

The aroma is sweet and citrusy, but not overpowering like an IPA. The taste is excellent and very well blended. I enjoyed the well hopped taste that accompanies the mild fruit flavor and citrus oil. Overall, this beer goes along with my favorite style, the IPA. Very good beer from Rogue.

abcsofbeer, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of beerbrains
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a Brutal IPA bottle.

Pours a hazy orange-gold topped with a nice white head.

Aroma is hoppy citrus with some fruity sweetness mixed in.

Biscuit malts and grassy citrus hops.... delicious.

The hops and malt are more balanced than expected from an American IPA.

Overall, a well crafted beer I will return to again and again.

beerbrains, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of twizzbeatz
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

twizzbeatz, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of dwtyler
4/5  rDev 0%

dwtyler, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of ToddT
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Mildly hazy copper color topped with a fluffy off white heat. Head has some legs and leaves lots of spotty lace on the glass.

S- Hops and more hops, nice grapefruit and pine notes, but not much else can be picked out over the hops.

T- Big notes of citrus, grapefruit and pine hops at first, balanced out in the middle by some nice malt character that keeps the hops in check. Finish is dry and clean with a lingering final note from the hops.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, clean and easy on the palate with minimal build up of oi from all of the hops in this.

O- Another solid beer from Rogue, the 5.8% ABV makes this an easy drinker and the tastes are well balanced. This is not just another hop bomb, and it makes very interesting use of a single hop variety.

ToddT, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of IPx
4/5  rDev 0%

IPx, Mar 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

zapahoppa, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Dmann
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer, and if it were not $9.00 a six pack I would get this way more often! I loved the color of this beer, the outer edges were a nice medium gold color, but as you got to the middle it became more of a dark copper color with nice bubbles and a great head as well. The smell was inviting with its light hop oil and sweet fruity scent. The taste was excelent and definantly a imperial bitter. The hops were assertive but not overpowering and blended well with the malt. The aftertaste was lightly sweet and made me grab for another drink very quickly while the nice carbonation tickled my tounge and made this beer very refreshing. A great choice and highly recommended!

Dmann, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of whoneeds8
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

whoneeds8, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -25%

AWS2111, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of hanco005
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single bottle purchased at Cellar’s at Larp and Lex, poured into a pint glass

A—light copper and cloudy liquid with a tan 1 inch pillow top head, fades down in a few minutes, moderate bubbly lacing is produced

S—citrus and floral hop tones with some sweet sugar malt notes, it’s all balanced well for an inviting aroma

T—moderate bitterness with floral flavors as strongest, some mild sweetness lingers until the bitter dry finish wraps this one up nicely

M—a little rough, but it adds to the experience, medium bodied, lighter carbonation

D—a solid ESB, very refreshing…I would have this again and again.

hanco005, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of CMOrak
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

CMOrak, Apr 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

jkd03c, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Absolut, May 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

buzzed, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Gaisgeil
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not exactly an ESB yet not an IPA either, this one walks the line. Pours a deep gold in color, looking like it could be either with a thin white head with decent retention. Nose is pretty hoppy, more hoppy than any ESB I've ever had for certain. Taste follows that theme, fairly malty, but not enough to balance the pretty extreme bitterness for the style. Quite nice though overall and nicely drinkable.


Gaisgeil, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of bfields4
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small frothy head. Hazy light copper body.

Floral hoppy smells. A little sweetness maybe a hint of spiciness I can't quite place.

Hoppy tastes come through to the taste. The spice comes through as well. Bit of biscuity flavor too.

little carbonation and a nice malty creamy body.

bfields4, May 14, 2009
Photo of bosco7
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic with a monster pillowy head. Slight haze. Smells like Spring (extremely floral) and very clean with a slight biscuit aroma. Oh my god this ESB tastes great! Starts toasty, malty, with a lot of caramel flavors and finishes with a very clean florally citrusy bitterness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with perfect carbonation (maybe just a little more than English varieties).

I love this beer; it is perfectly balanced and extremely enjoyable. Definately not a boring Amber Ale labled as an ESB, this is the real deal.

bosco7, Apr 22, 2007
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,834 ratings.