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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,862 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,862
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 67
Gots: 75 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

JohnTurano, Jul 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

zbkai189, Dec 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

fpreh1957, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of rjimlad
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a thick and persistent head. Opaque caramel colour with moderate carbonation. The initial esters were a potpourri of floral and fruity notes. I kept sniffing it to see how many things were hidden away in the aroma. Very rich.
Flavour is astonishingly rich and fruity. Grapefruit abounds but also a hint of toffee maybe or caramel that prevents too much puckering. This is a massively flavoured bitter. The label says it's Hedonistic and it is. It's almost too much flavour which makes the drinkability score lower but everything is balanced perfectly. Awesome.

rjimlad, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Stwinchy
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Stwinchy, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of NvMyBeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

NvMyBeer, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of BigDiesel
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

BigDiesel, Sunday at 10:48 PM
Photo of madjr80
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light bodied ipa with nice floral hop aroma. This is not overly bitter, and the hop flavor does not linger long on the pallet, but it is a nice balanced beer. At 5.8 % alcohol, it goes down smooth, creating great drinkability. It goes down clean and does not leave the residue in the glass like typical ipas.

madjr80, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of CGAR
3.75/5  rDev -6%

CGAR, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Oelschlager
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Oelschlager, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of byrd
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured with a large light yellow head that settled in for a while as a think rocky top. The head eventually dissipates to a sticky think lace. Beautiful hazy orange color. Aroma is of very citrusy hops, very slight malt aroma if any. This was the grapefruit juice of beers. There’s a very slight malt start that is quickly followed by lots of juicy, tart hops. Hops flavors are primarily citrusy in nature with grapefruit being the main influence that my palette picks up. Finishes bitter (again with more citrusy notes that linger), yet there is a slight hint of malt sweetness in the end. The sweetness does become more noticeable as the beer warms a bit. Moderate carbonation. Upon starting the bottle, I thought the drinkability of this beer would be harmed by the bitterness, but it became more and more addictive.

byrd, Sep 09, 2003
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

McLaughlin5350, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Conniehophead
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Conniehophead, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of jhammerly
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring a dark gold body with a frothy head that leaves clumps of foam lacing the sides as it dwindles down slowly. Good head retention. The citrus aroma of hops stand out with a hint of pine. As the name states, this has a bitter taste with some sweet malt flavor to balance things out. A medium body that has good drinkability, but maybe too heavy for a session. This is a good beer that is in the vein of an English IPA.

jhammerly, Apr 07, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

PrivateEquity, Nov 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

rao2100, Nov 23, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Mr_Rocca, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Mahlik
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rogue Hall on PSU campus. Listed as Portland State IPA. Poured into a 32oz mug for my birthday. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a golden orange color with a one-finger white head. Head retention was good. Great lacing.

S - Lots of citrus, resinous and herbal aromas from the hops. Minimal amounts of sweet malt and biscuit.

T - More of the same on the taste. A citrusy and piney hoppiness dominates with some caramel and biscuit elements in the background.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A good IPA. Nothing really objectionable but nothing outstanding.

Mahlik, Nov 28, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head of variegated small-to-medium sized white bubbles fades out very slowly and slowly slips down sides of glass leaving slight lace; a few lazy streamers. Drop-dead gorgeous color: bronzest bronze at the top of my pint fades through to burnt orange at the bottom with honeyish highlights; very hazy and practically glows when held to light. Aroma is basically all grapefruity hops with a reedy quality; now don't get me wrong--it's a great smell--just sorta one-dimensional. It's compensated for in the flavor by leafy, citrusy hops, and how grapefruity they are! grapefruit flesh, and especially rind to a tee; leaning towards orange as they bite sweetly into sides of the mouth and grab hold; bit of pine sap and the barest butteriness in a tart, refreshing finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth--hop is bitter but not "twangy"--and slightly tingly, leaving resins that had me running my tongue across my teeth for minutes afterward, trying to get every last flavor. Very balanced for drinkabililty although not as serviceable as a standard Pale Ale. I would like to try this again in the summer and see if the marks improve; unfortunately this was the last bottle at the shop!

NearerMyBeerToMe, Dec 17, 2003
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

maynard713, Oct 21, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy orange with tints of yellow. Single finger head of off white foam sinks to a thin but constant layer. Nice, fine lacing.

S: Crisp, clean hoppy smell emanates from the glass. Full, heady and enticing.

T: Crisp hop taste rolls over the outer edges of the tongue to blend with a sweetish biscuit-y malt flavor in the center of the tongue.

M: Carbonation bite on the outer tongue is followed by a long, dry finish on the center tongue. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

D: I think/hope this is pretty low alcohol. I could definitely find myself putting back a few of these in a night. Heavy and thick enough to hold up to cool weather, while crisp and dry enough to work in warm weather.

Served: in a standard pint glass.

Review from notes taken on: 11/10/09.

eljefe21, Nov 13, 2009
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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark gold with big, pillowy white head. Aroma is more subdued than expected, hops forward but not overwhelming. Taste is well balanced for an IPA, discernible underlying maltiness with hops dominating through the taste. Highly resinous and oily taste, mouthfeel is the consistency of a hefeweizen, fairly thick yet refreshing all the same. Average to good drinkability for the style.

appenzeller, Aug 08, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Reed, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

mitlinks, Feb 03, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

JeffKowalek, Sep 17, 2014
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,862 ratings.