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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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Brutal Bitter AleBrutal Bitter Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,898 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,898
Reviews: 1,071
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 72
Gots: 94 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

**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
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Photo of montecristo2
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a golden color with a two and a half fingered rocky head.

A good aroma-smells of citrus/grapefruit.

Tasty-tastes of citrus hops. A low IBU for a "brutal" bitter, but I don't care, cause this beer tastes awesome. I do enjoy IPA's, but this is very tasty and extremely drinkable.


Photo of mdmusch
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Tristan_E
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of WAP
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper with a very clean, one-finger head that dissipates, with only faint trace trace, over the first few sips.

Smell is quite nice - caramel-apple with a just-right sweetness.

Taste is quite a departure from the smell, with a firm dose of hops adding some grassy elements and a nice bitterness, fading into a biscuit malt flavor on the back end.

Mouthfeel is nice, creamy. Overall, this is an exceptionally drinkable offering.

Photo of spartanlaker
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of hedgepigtails
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of bnewms87
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of sprinkle
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a good beer.Amber-golden in color.Nice floral nose.Not too Brutal on the Bitter but is a good drinker,I would much rather knock back some I2PA's.But you got to have something for the off days.

Photo of theteleman
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This beer looks amazing. Orangey Copperish with a creamy looking head. Smell is citrusy and hoppy…really nice.Hops come through on the taste but this brew is balanced really nicely, getting some citrus notes too on the taste. Not a typical west coast hop bombardment by any means, kind of a creamy mouthfeel to it with good lacing on the glass. Really have enjoyed both brews I've had from the boys in Oregon. I recomended this one as well as the Hazlenut Brown, both are great!

Photo of Schweitzer21
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of nicefix
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wicked copperish amber color. Cloudy with a thick chunky off white head. Very attractive.

Big oily piney hop aroma. Quite pleasing.

The taste reminds me of a big American IPA. Very hoppy, floral, piney. With a malty bitter slightly sweet finish. I love the taste.

This is a fantastic beer. Right up the hophead's alley.

Photo of WalterSobchak
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber with a two finger head, dissipates to a thin cap with serious lacing.
Solid piney hops smell and a hint of citus.
The hops builds slowly throughout the drink, nice but not overpowering. I like this but I was expecting more punch and this is really quite drinkable not at all bruta.

Photo of Rwang
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of luvND
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pres: 22oz bomber collector's bottle

Appearance: Copper color with significant chill haze. Head is short lived and thin.

Smell: Hop oil essence! Very pleasing. Reminds me a bit of Sierra Nevada Celebration.

Taste: Way bitter, but a nice malt backbone. Bitterness remains long after the swallow, but is not unpleasant. A little heavy on the hop for what I expect from an ESB/strong bitter.

Mouthfeel: Nice. Good level of carbonation. Very smooth, full, but not overly dense.

Drinkability: A 22oz bottle is perfect. 12 wouldn't be enough, but more than this may put you on hop overload, depending on your tolerance. The strong bitter aftertaste, though not unpleasant, limits the amount you can drink.

Overall: Another stellar offering from a great brewery.

Photo of Dark33
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of fightingwords
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought as a single bottle and served into a 16oz American pint glass.

A--Amberish, Golden-orange color. Hazy unfiltered appearance with noticable carbonation. A a strong fizzy head that eventually dissapated to a light head with good lacing all the way down. Alot more "pale" than I had expected from a beer listed as an ESB.

S--Over the top hop odor with earthy hints of fruits. Like an IPA but a bit more subdued. One good whiff gave me a bit of a bitey alcohol hint.

T--Not a very balanced bitter, but balanced isnt what I would have expected from Rouge. This had very earthy hop tones that finished with a sweetness that must have been the from what little malt I could make out. I dont have the discriminating palate to pull out all the flavors or a beer that is complex as this. As the beer warmed a bit the hops began to fall back and it became a really good beer. The alcohol was noticable at all times, but enjoyable.

M--Earthy and strong, good finish. Definately felt like I was drinking full flavored beer.

D--Wouldn't drink more than 2 in a sitting. To be honest the whole time I drank this I considered eating food but for the sake of the review I resisted. I dont know if people would consider this a food beer, but I would really enjoy this beer with a cheeseburger.

O--A unique interpretation on a beloved style of mine. I can see where people would consider this an IPA/Bitter hybrid. A beer for when I'm feeling like a unique treat. There are less expensive more traditional bitters out there for sure--but when has Rouge been traditional.

Photo of BHep
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of chambeam
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of johnmac
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of iain_reeve
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of GregBrewski
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a descent head of moderate retention, no lacing left on the glass. The nose was mostly of sweet fruit and malts, some hints of spice from hops and slight hints of alcohol. The taste is smooth, sweet, and light in the front, that gives way to a citrus bitter hop-y flavor in the finish. Not as hopped or bitter as an IPA, kind of like a toned down version of one, while maintaining excellent beer qualities.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,898 ratings.