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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,755 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,755
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 60
Gots: 48 | 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).

Malts: 100% Floor-malted Maris Otter, Cara Vienna, Cara Wheat.
Hops: Crystal.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

59 IBU
76.1 AA
14.2º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured an orange color with soapy white head that left minimal lacing.

S- Lots of pungent grapefruit and orange citrus notes with an underlying malt sweetness.

T- Lots of sweet and pungent citrus hop character, orange marmalade, and oatmeal notes. Moderate to high bitterness.

M- Dry, medium body, prickly carbonation, and pretty smooth.

O- Despite the moderate to high level of bitterness of this IPA, it still did not cut through the sweetness of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2014 17:50:46 | More by Hoptometrist
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-31-2014 15:06:49 | More by 22Blue
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-31-2014 02:31:38 | More by jimmygord
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

05-28-2014 21:34:24 | More by letshaveanother
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-26-2014 14:08:37 | More by illiniipa
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Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

* This is a re-review of Brutal Bitter now formerly known as Brutal India Pale Ale.*

650ml bomber from the LCBO priced $6.50 a bottle.

A- Murky, copper colored beer with a fluffy pillow of slightly off-white foam and good lace.

S- Touch of molasses with some grassy hops. Fairly subdued.

T- The beer is well balanced with a nice malty back bone offering a touch of sugar and fresh bread while the hops used add a grassy, lemon/citrus bitterness that works well.

M- Carbonation is good but the mouth-feel i found to have a smooth feeling but just a tad watery to be honest.

D- service-able ale.

Overall i was left fairly confused when i purchased this bottle from the LCBO as i did not know that this beer in fact replaced the old version of Rogue Brutal Bitter. I found the new version to be fairly plain. Not much going on really. I much prefer the old recipe of Rouge Brutal Bitter containing the Maris Otter, Cara Vienna/wheat malts and the crystal hops. I would rate this as a decent English style ale but in terms of an IPA its not such a good rep of the style.

(old review)
Bottle purchased from the LCBO.

Served from a 650ml brown bomber into a pint glass.

A- Foggy orange with nice frothy cap of foam settling leaving behind some mad nice lacing.

S- Full of floral hop aromas. Lots of citrusy hop resins in the nose.

T- Dominated by some really great oily hop flavors of pink grapefruit, oranges, pine. Lemony/bittersweet aftertaste. Im a fan of crystal hops and this magnificent brew just reinforces this. What a great tasting beer. Tried to find some maltiness to it with no luck but im not complaining.

M- Medium bodied with some chewiness. Adequate carbonation.

D- Oh man...All Day!

What an Excellent beer. Very pricey ( in Canada ) and worth every cent.


Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 00:56:49 | More by drinkininthewood
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4/5  rDev 0%

05-23-2014 22:12:44 | More by Pale_Horse
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

05-20-2014 20:47:10 | More by trickynicky
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

05-20-2014 01:17:06 | More by cd34
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-16-2014 03:38:00 | More by petermethot
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4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper amber, slight haze but mostly clear, little carbonation, 3 fingers of light beige head.

S: Passion fruit, sweet fruitiness, light pine, snow.

T: Amber medium roasted malts, light sweetness, great balance of hops, but actually slightly malt forward for the style in my opinion. Sweetened passion fruit, light pine. Fruity and floral.

M: Medium body, lightly bready, slightly syrupy, low carbonation. Relatively dry finish.

O: Really loving the entire profile of this beer. Perhaps my favourite American IPA so far, and I’ve had many. I know this one’s been around a while, but I’m glad to have finally got my hands on one. Its really not harsh, but really well crafted, fragrant and balanced. Very smooth beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2014 08:54:51 | More by patre_tim
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

05-12-2014 22:12:03 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

05-12-2014 21:07:48 | More by stevergca
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3/5  rDev -25%

05-12-2014 16:08:38 | More by neckbeered
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5/5  rDev +25%

05-08-2014 23:13:06 | More by HideYaBeer
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

05-08-2014 18:44:35 | More by PaulsBrew
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3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: orange. Slightly hazy. Thin head.
S: pretty mellow on the aroma. Not much there.
T: mellow maltiness. A little bready. Evenly hopped. Not overbearing. Pine. Smooth.
M: upper medium carbonation. Medium body.
O: good IPA. Alcohol, malt, and hops are balanced very well. Needs more aroma in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2014 02:07:44 | More by jellikit
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-06-2014 03:31:18 | More by ahommell
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-05-2014 15:58:56 | More by jaswilson2
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

05-04-2014 19:19:52 | More by Whsrickqb12
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Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a shaker pint glass. A coppery orange amber color with a few inches of creamy beige head that left some nice honeycomb-like lacing. Aroma is dry and resinous, with ample white pepper, citrus peel, camphorous herbs, and rich caramel malt forming a well-integrated whole that suggests "American IPA with a old school twist". Palate features a rather aggressive resinous hop flavor, greef lead and gourd, perfumed Earl Grey tea, grapefruit and tangerine peels (little to no juice), melon rind, and some gooseberry preserve. Crystal is an interesting hop, seeming to bridge the gap between European noble flower/herb/spice and American citrus, and this flavor profile is conveyed extremely well here. Noble spice spice and citrus in near-equal measure. Rogue describes this is an imperial bitter. Not really but you certainly can taste the English malts, which add some nutty and toffee flavors that do not diminish the hops in the least but manage to assert themselves just the same. Quite fizzy and of moderate body, with a dry, clean bitter finish (middling pine and just a hint of grapefruit juice). Well done example of a single-hop IPA with more malt emphasis than is typically the case.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 15:10:31 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

04-30-2014 17:28:32 | More by Durandal_777
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -25%

04-29-2014 16:06:26 | More by Belittle
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
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