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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

1,851 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,851
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
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  rDev +0.3%

heysuz, Sep 22, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +6.3%

derberts, Sep 21, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Original version with just crystal hops.
Clear amber color with one finger aired head with short retention, but leaving some laces.
Nice aroma with notes of tea leaves, grapefruits, orange marmalade, molasses and herbs.
Likewise, flavor of caramels, grapefruit, lots of tea leaves, tangerine peel, a drop of lemon and finishing with toasted malts, and pine, floral and herbal notes. Hints of mango. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Not fresh and still quite good.
Light body with appropriate carbonation, a bit fizzy. Alcohol of roughly 6.5% abv is well hidden.
It sure felt like a combination of an English Extra Bitter and an American IPA. Quite assertive and not overly complex. If you like ESB and IPAs, you will sure like this.
I was curious in tasting this given that I just made a beer with a similar recipe.

FLima, Sep 21, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +13.3%

Zechariahhook, Sep 20, 2014
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chrisdopeee, Sep 08, 2014
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MikeAllen, Sep 07, 2014
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2.6/5  rDev -34.8%

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PickwickHopz, Sep 03, 2014
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Abad, Aug 31, 2014
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ericclements, Aug 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Axnjxn, Aug 28, 2014
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jordanimal, Aug 26, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -11.8%

AndyKate1005, Aug 26, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -1%

A: Pours a pretty hazy orange-ish copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and moderate golden yellow + amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with moderate aromas of floral and pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel malts, though not too sweet. That is followed by moderate flavors of slightly bitter floral, herbal, and pine hops which contributes a moderate amount of bitterness which fades slowly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp and smooth.

O: I imagine when this beer first came out, it was probably one of the most bitter IPAs available but that is no longer the case - though the bitterness is higher than I would expect for the body of the beer. Not too difficult to drink but not one that I would want to have more than one of...

dbrauneis, Aug 26, 2014
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,851 ratings.