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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Conniehophead, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of jhammerly
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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
Photo of rao2100
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

rao2100, Nov 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

PrivateEquity, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Mahlik
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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%

maynard713, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of eljefe21
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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
Photo of appenzeller
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +6.3%

Reed, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

mitlinks, Feb 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Mr_Rocca, Sep 29, 2013
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3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle with the typical Rogue guy on the cover in purple.

A: Orangey brass. Decent head. Leaves very chunky lacing.

S: Sugared lemon rind and grapefruit.

T: Sweet, but ultimately giving way to ruby red grapefruilt tastes.The aftertaste keeps coming back with more and bitterness.

M: Coating and slick. ends tart.

D: Great for those hot summer days.

Overall: Take this beer for what it's worth. I believe this is Rogues way of saying "our hops are bigger than yours". Not really much complexity or refinement, but it does live up to its namesake.

sevineyes, Mar 16, 2006
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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Orange cloudy color. Off white frothy head
S: Yummy peach/grapefruit smell. A tad bit of sweet malt as well.
T:Those grapfruit pine needle hops come out right away. Light sweet malt with a touch of peach lingers.
M: It is a bit thin, but in a good way. The thinness alows it to slip down the middle of the tounge.
D:Yet another great brew by rouge. I could drink multiple of these right in a row.

Scoobydank, Jan 13, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 20 oz. Brown Bomber bottle

A: Poured into a Sam Adams glass a light brown and orange pour with a finger of foam that quickly lowers to a scant cover with the carbonation raising from the etched bottom to form adding to the cover with little lacing.

S: Roasted malt, green grains, sweet florals and a crisp nose of citrus pith.

T: Roasted malts followed by green bitter hops with no discernable alcohol bite. Tongue and palate are treated with the myriad flavors slowly revealing themselves.

M: A real treat for the mouth! Tongue is kicked awake with the bold tastes, the mouth quickly joins in taking in the flavors with the palate left with a dry and crisp feeling where they flavors slowly reveal themselves.

D: Must be coming around to the hops as I find this one really well balanced and not overly bitter, despite it’s name and a complete absence of any overwhelming bitter hop flavors Well balanced and an enjoyable drink. I like it a lot!

NitroGen, Dec 15, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

JohnTurano, Jul 05, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copperish amber, with a few finger thick white head. The head leaves behind a nice trail of lacing throughout consumption. The aroma is pleasant--malty sweet and mildly of spicy hops, although a bit underwhelming, especially given the bottle's claim of "a stupendous hop aroma". Nice hop flavors leave the tongue with a bit of a tingle. Some malty sweetness comes through nicely as a "second" taste, but this soon gives way to a good bitterness in the finish. Overall, despite the name, this is a very well balanced beer which is certainly not dominated by any one flavor component. A nice medium bodied beer, it feels smooth, almost oily in the mouth. This is a pretty good beer, its not going to be listed among my favorites, but I certainly wouldn't mind having it again.

tar, Jan 03, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

mettkea, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

chetw, Jan 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

JeffKowalek, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of euskera
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well.. slap my ass and call me Sally!!

Hoppy, hoppy, and did I say hoppy. Smacks you in the face and won't let go. Great appetizing beer that goes down well. Excellent on a summer afternoon.

Pours out a cloudy brownish-yellow with a nice foamy head. Smell is hoppy with a malt overtone. Taste is fresh, with a little citrus in the foreground. Mouthfeel is a little briny with all the hops. Well balanced with a very forceful hop finish. Bravo

euskera, Jun 21, 2003
Photo of DuqTroops
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy copperish color.

Smell - lots of hops and sweetness to the aroma.

Taste - smooth and refreshing. Out of an evening of beer tasting, this was one that I really enjoyed.

Drinkability - loved it, very smooth yet refreshing. definitely drink this again.

DuqTroops, Jun 03, 2006
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4/5  rDev 0%

jnjander, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Pugs78, Feb 26, 2012
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,850 ratings.