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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,806 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,806
Reviews: 1,062
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 63
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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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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LethaLAMA

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

08-17-2013 18:35:58 | More by LethaLAMA
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Beer_Guru

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-23-2014 16:22:25 | More by Beer_Guru
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Chugga06

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

04-06-2012 02:45:49 | More by Chugga06
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TexasZach

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-07-2012 02:23:33 | More by TexasZach
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sullaspiaggia

California

4/5  rDev 0%

04-09-2013 15:47:14 | More by sullaspiaggia
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daskipper

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

10-15-2012 23:21:20 | More by daskipper
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wildshire

Washington

4/5  rDev 0%

01-27-2012 00:35:06 | More by wildshire
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JordanPhraczek

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

Served in a Baxter Brewery Can-shaped glass out of a 22oz Bottle bought at Depot Liquors in Beverly, MA.

A - Clear dulled orange body with a quickly rising beige head. Bubbles in this burst apart like molten lava and eventually dissipate into a one finger head. Filtered.

S - Smooth citrus hop smell. No alcohol detected. I dipped my nose into the head because the smell was luring me in, I wish it was even stronger. Pine notes upon exhalation.

T - Crystal hops with a nice earthy malt taste, lighter but this beer delivers. The namesake of this beer would not lead you to believe it is 5.8% alcohol, but given all the IPAs that raise the alcohol % way up to achieve this kind of flavor, I'd say this beer flawlessly delivered a drinkable ale with great hop taste. As with lots of Rogue beers and some of the other Northern Cali/Oregon beers the cleanliness of the brew is noticeable.

M - The malt sticks to your tongue and forms an even film on your tongue that the hop taste builds off, so the mouthfeel in this beer is pretty outstanding. The head on the beer lasted until the end and formed a pillow of foam to drink once the beer was finished.

O - I thought because of the name that I was getting a DIPA, and I am pleasantly surprised that this beer was lighter than most northwest IPAs with this kind of flavor. A clean, crisp, earthy offering from Rogue that reminds you of great home brew.

04-18-2013 22:33:52 | More by JordanPhraczek
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SingleCell

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +5%

650ml bottle poured into a mug after warming out of the fridge for 20 mins. Best before 31 March 2010.

A: Beautiful straw, light rust, burnt orange colour. An aggressive pour produced a two inch cream coloured head which subsided slowly leaving and almost cob web like lacing on the side of my mug.

S: I was greeted by the smell as soon as I pried the cap off the bottle. Very citrusy hoppy aroma. Pungent grapefruit, slight orange peel, just a hint of caramel maltiness. Alcohol cannot be detected at all.

T: Bitter hops right up front. Behind is the pungent and bitter grapefruit detected earlier in the nose, slightly spicy. Finish is bitter with hints of bready yeast, caramel and more grapefruit. Alcohol can just be detected behind all the flavours featured in this beer.

M: Medium to heavy carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Hops leave a bitter mouthfeel but are balanced out by the malts in the finish.

D: Very drinkable. ABV is just above what I like to consider a session beer.

Overall an excellent beer. My first of the style and it did not disappoint. I'll have to pick up a few more from my local LCBO before the disappear. Cheers everyone!

05-12-2009 05:32:22 | More by SingleCell
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onepersonriot

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12-12-2013 02:39:20 | More by onepersonriot
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Nm4452


5/5  rDev +25%

08-13-2014 16:22:19 | More by Nm4452
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liddytime

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

A: Copper color

S: Tart with a nice hop aroma.

T: Perfect hoppiness with a lingering bitterness, definitely not overpowering. They use solely Cascade hops for this brew and the pure taste comes through nicely.

M: Nice, full body.

D: Excellent! Certainly not brutal, and not all that bitter! This is one of my favorite Rogue beers. Great with burgers! I wish I had another....

09-02-2007 03:33:41 | More by liddytime
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n0rc41

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Poured beer into a pint glass from bottle.

A= Great copper penny color with good head, creamy white 1" head or so.

S= Aroma is nice pine, bread smell.
T= Great taste I love it. nice bitterness, but with some low pine and caramel. doesnt linger really at all on the palate.

M=Mouthfeel is great nice smooth, carbonated just right. doesnt linger..

D= great drinkability I could easily down a few more.

I bought this from world market(only place I can find good beer in this town) Its a great overall beer, Great taste color and aroma, Taste is perfect. I Just thought it would taste a little more bitter, for being "brutal bitter" name beer

01-01-2010 01:14:58 | More by n0rc41
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mightymoksha

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

Served in pint glass.

Pours a deep, translucent copper, with a light khaki head. Head retains nicely. Visible particulate suspended throughout.

Piney, resiny, floral hop aroma is dominant, with a pecan-like sweetness backing it up.

Floral, oily hop flavor dominates the flavor profile here. A toasty malt sweetness is lingering in the background, which balances nicely. Notes of pine, honey and citrus rind also present. A dry, mildly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, smooth and slightly chewy, with a pleasant carbonation. Particulate is undetectable.

Nothing too exciting, but very tasty.

11-11-2009 03:27:23 | More by mightymoksha
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buck1futter

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%

a-pumpkin in color haziy with very small yeast particles. decent creamy colored head.

t-malt sweetness with a little tart. not much else

t-bitterness hits quick then settles to a mild sweetness, with some breadyness'.This taste more so of an esb than an ipa for sure. as for an ipa its ok but it should be labled and esb imo. a very good esb though.

m- very soft and creamy, goes down really really easy. slightly watery at the end.

ITS A ESB NOT IPA, now labled brutal ipa.

10-01-2011 02:35:49 | More by buck1futter
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Seumas

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -3%

I never realized what the Brutal in Brutal Bitter meant until I tasted it back-to-back with the equally hoppy but considerably more refined Southern Tier IPA.

Brutal Bitter, which I supped second, came up much more earthy and lingeringly bitter than the IPA. Not more bitter, it's just that the bitterness in the Brutal just stuck to the tongue much longer than that of the IPA. If I had to guess, I'd put it down to late and aroma hopping in the latter, and continuous hopping in the former.

I can't imagine how much Crystal you'd have to put into a brew to arrive at the advertized 59 IBU from a relatively low-alpha, aroma hop like that. I should imagine you'd have to put in one heck of a lot and put it in steadily throughout the boil.

Come to think of it, Brutal Bitter bears more than a passing resemblance to Dogfish Head's 60 Minute IPA, which supposedly does use continuous hopping.

In all, Brutal Bitter is a good solid ESA/APA for hop heads who aren't looking for much finesse.

03-15-2009 15:47:24 | More by Seumas
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BobThomas

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into a pint glass. It's a hazy orange color, lots of carbonation with a 2.5 inch head that faded to about an inch, then finally to a thick lacing. It's pretty. Really not too much to the smell. It could be that i have a cold, but I'm only getting the fruit from the hops. The taste is a bit nicer, lots of hops still, but it's nicely balanced with toasty malt. It feels light and clean in the mouth and finishes long and crisp with a lingering hoppy orange flavor that lasted longer than I had expected. Very refreshing. I could drink it all day.

04-12-2007 22:54:35 | More by BobThomas
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terryeckmeier

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +15%

picked up a bottle of this as soon as I saw it on the shelf. We don't get to many American craft beer up in Toronto, especially from the west coast. Looks great, smells great, taste great. Great head retention, great carbonation and a beautiful medium dark amber colour. Nice mouth feel smooth and leaves a nice dryness after you has a drink. Nice an bitter as it says but not over the top well maybe if you are use to drinking Canadian or Coors but great lingering bitter taste almost like whole wheat toast or something along those lines. Nice maltiness and very well balanced between the hop flavour, malt and bitterness. Would buy it again

03-10-2009 19:27:24 | More by terryeckmeier
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Colt4540

Kansas

4.28/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- It's a cloudy light brown color. With a finger and a half think off white head. It leaves a pretty good head all the way trought the beer and leaves nice lacing all the way down.

S- Has a pretty strong pine and floral hop smell. Maybe a little bit of a citrus twang to it.

T- As the name suggests it's pretty bitter, but it has a real nice pine and citrus taste that keeps the insane amount of hops in check. There is something else there that I can't quite put my finger on.

M- The hops mixed with the pine and citrus taste leads to a pretty zesty almost tingley mouth feel. That finishes crisp and clean.

D- Fits right in with your normal IPA. A good easy drinking beer.

01-22-2009 00:44:47 | More by Colt4540
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Chapter40z

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

A. A hazy golden orange, slightly off white head. Very inviting.

S. Hops, and some citrus not a very powerful smell.

T. I'd hardly call this brutally bitter. I do enjoy the taste though, good strong hops and well balanced flavors.

M. Good carbonation on the tongue, mid to full body on this one.

D. Could drink a ton of this stuff, another good brew from the guys at rogue.

02-22-2009 21:31:52 | More by Chapter40z
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Tartanfool

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

07-10-2013 06:49:56 | More by Tartanfool
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barleypop

California

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

I stepped up to this one after trying their Younger's Special Bitter. I knew I was taking a big step up in hop class.

The appearance was your typical pale ale. Golden sunshine with amber streaks.

I could smell this one from across the room. Hops anyone? I wonder if I have the courage to take a sip.

I was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful sweet citrus flavors that accompanied the blast of hops. Lots of character in this one. Just as soon as it takes hold of your tongue it leaves with a nice dry finish.

Overall a big thumbs up for the depth of flavor and character that this one possesses. A bit more hoppy than my usual tastes but nonetheless very enjoyable. Hopheads rejoice!

11-03-2003 19:47:17 | More by barleypop
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andy_c

Utah

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

08-20-2013 17:22:34 | More by andy_c
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PCaravan

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

I've been waiting for a while to try this one and finally found it.

Amber gold in color that pours a thin white head that quickly fades but leaves a ring of foam around the edge of the glass that clings.

Clean smooth and strong floral citrusy aroma but not overpowering.

Taste is primarily of the hops and of the same profile as the aroma. Bitterness is substantial but very soft and smooth and lingers in the finish. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel has a nice carbonation level and has a very creamy feal.

Highly drinkable due to it's soft, smooth, and balanced bitterness.

Reminds me a lot of a American style pale ale but not nearly as pungient or rough as many of those (and I like them too).

09-07-2006 02:11:27 | More by PCaravan
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HopsHops

Indiana

5/5  rDev +25%

man,.,how picky do you gotta be?

An orange/ gold color with a nice lasting head ...a rich hoppy bitterness u cant deny....IN YOUR FACE!!! flavor for a beer... i thought this was going to be a dark black color i was surprised with it and i absolutely love it...a sweet but bitter smell...the name is a bit much but it IS bitter and i love that...a bitter piece of gold i cant say anything bad about it ....cheers @ rogue

11-18-2006 08:33:00 | More by HopsHops
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,806 ratings.