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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,847 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,847
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 65
Gots: 72 | 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 jsled
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: 3/5. Very hazy straw/gold. minimal head, receeding as well. some carbonation.

A: 3/5. fruity citrus hops. herbal. some bubblegum. some malty notes, but minor.

F: 7/10. bitter. slightly sweet. relatively well balanced. some astringency.

M: 3/5. good. some lingering aftertaste, but nothing dramatic or unpleasant.

O: 7/10. a good ipa, though not great.

jsled, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of michele97394
4.75/5  rDev +19%

michele97394, May 20, 2012
Photo of MattyD13
3/5  rDev -24.8%

MattyD13, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Nm4452
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Nm4452, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of mwearl
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich copper in color, this bitter has a thick head with excellent lacing. Nothing special about the smell, maybe a little citrus scent. As the name states, a great bitter beer. Not a lot of complexity as the bitter is very predominent. Overall, a great beer in its class of bitter beers.

mwearl, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of hurleymanvw
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Pours a nice hazy orange in color with a two finger whitish head. Nice malt flavor with a good bitter bite. Flavor is malty and slightly yeasty. Fruity/citrus hop flavor stays with you. Not too bitter but very drinkable...good finish.

hurleymanvw, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of huhl23
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off this IPA is not Brutal. Tasty yes but I expected more of a hop ass kicking than I got. It actually is a very easy drinker. Pours a light amber orange with two finger head, and decent lacing. Good nose, with some fruit and floral. Taste is a little more malty than hoppy so I'd prefer it to be a bit more balanced but overall a good brew. Might want to change the name to Not Quite So Brutal though.

huhl23, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of unclemole
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%

unclemole, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of superdavex
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is like you typical dark gold ESB hue with a decent level of carbonation. It leaves a nice sticky lacing.It smells like an IPA with a hoppyness that exceeds that of your everyday ESB.It tastes like a malty IPA also. Very hoppy and very bitter backed by a decent amount of malt to push it back into the ESB category and out of the IPA. A thin mouthfeel feeds into the drinkability category which is excellent. A very unique beer.

superdavex, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of CCJ430
4/5  rDev +0.3%

CCJ430, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Bradbury
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Bradbury, May 14, 2012
Photo of esto
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

esto, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of kevinl6
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Whoa!!! I'd say this one is appropriately named! It is a cloudy, apricot color with a silky, one finger deep head. It has a very strong, very nice aroma. Fruity, albeit not too specific, is what comes to my mind. Very fruity. The taste has a citris 'bite' in it, and man is it bitter! Mouthfeel was perfect for me....slightly tingly, but at the same time silky smooth and gentle on the palate. I liked the bitterness and the taste of this one, but to be honest, I split it with my drinkin bud, and neither of us wanted another. I'll be drinking this again though! Another fine/different offering from Rogue.

kevinl6, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of jjazz
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A head never even formed on this one in clean glassware.

A good beer. Very...un bitter; Somewhere between a mild IPA and a Pale Ale. I've never had an ESB, but I like this one. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

Some nice citrusy hops with mild malty notes. A nice change of pace from all of the IPAs I've been having lately.

jjazz, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Sdesenberg
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought 22 oz Joe Lewis at a local liquor chain for about three bills. Pours an opaque Carmel color with a good amount of head which leaves substantial lacing. A really good looking beer with a very complex smell. Hops are obviously prevalent, but so is biscuit, chocolate, lots going on.

The taste is also very interesting. At first the hops are quite strong, but soon the balance takes over and the malt comes into play. Mouthfeel is very full and chewy. Overall, a very good, complex flavorful beer.

Sdesenberg, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of badbassrandy
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a much more golden color than I was expecting, which made me happy because I was looking for the extreme hoppiness in a U.S. West Coast style of ESB.

S - This smelled downright scary bitter and hoppy. Not for the faint of heart! A great blend of all kinds of earthy, spicy and hop-infused notes.

T- Hachi Machi! This one blows other bitters away that I've had, in terms of intense hop destruction of the palate. It would make mere mortals' faces implode, it's that bitter and hoppy -- delicious.

M - A nice rollable character in the mouth, not too thin at all but not killer heavy. Coats the mouth, leaving stinging spice from the hops all over.

D - Granted this brew is delicious, however I think it's extreme character means you can't drink them too fast. That being said, it's deliciously drinkable, just not something I would want to session.

badbassrandy, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of soriondee
5/5  rDev +25.3%

soriondee, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of lwadd
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

lwadd, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of deeznuts420
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a decent example of a sessionable ipa, and that's about it. the bottle cost me almost $9, and with a 5.8 abv your not getting your bang for the buck. good flavors of a typical ipa, especially considering they used one type of hop. just not worth the cheese, as with most rogue products

deeznuts420, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of WalterHeisenberg
4.91/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Aggressive pour into goblet
A: cloudy orange fat off white head. Dies slowly good lacing. Looks mighty tasty
S: Biscuity big lemon orange citrus malty floral hops.smells bitter. Smells as good as it looks
T:Biscuty malty hoppy Bitter orange rind Bitter malty orange dry finish. Malt orange bitter hops linger BUT all balanced very well. Hoppy over the toppy. It ain't called brutal bitter for nothing
M: a tad bit thin at first. Then smooth chewey sticky.
O: It is bitter all around but not brutally. But it's a balanced bitter. Very smooth. Overall a top notch IPA looks smell taste are all quality.You can definetly do way worse I can see this being a bitter pale ale.And this particular bottle was old. I found it in the back of my pantry. Been there 10-12 months. Still pretty nice.

WalterHeisenberg, May 06, 2013
Photo of derberts
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%

derberts, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of BigPapaLager
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bitter poured a nice slow head. As per the style it was easy drinking with very little lacing. I could drink this beer all day. Anyone looking for a session beer should look here, as the drinkability is high on this one, though tastes are not notably
mentionable.

BigPapaLager, May 29, 2005
Photo of pibbxtrasucks
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beer pours a golden/amber color with a decent head that doesn't last too long. As soon as I opened the bottle I swear I could already smell the hops. After the pour I took a big wiff and it was nothing but hops. in a good way. A bitter, hop taste hits you as you take the first sip, and it closes out with a nice earthy, mlty taste. perfect carbonation and nice mouth feel. his is a very good beer, easy to drink and overall very impressive.

pibbxtrasucks, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an unclear amber orange with a billowing off white head that hangs around a long time. Good lacing throughout. The aroma is of ctirusy hops, mostly tangerine and grapefruit. The taste is very well balanced with the citrus hops and biscuity malt with a medium bitter finish. Very nice IPA that I will certainly be picking up again for the price.

ChrisSimpson1968, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of alex11ibanez
4.75/5  rDev +19%

alex11ibanez, Jan 17, 2013
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
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