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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,797 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,797
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 63
Gots: 60 | 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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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4/5  rDev 0%

06-25-2014 18:02:28 | More by eduardolinhalis
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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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jharris0624

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

06-23-2014 01:28:55 | More by jharris0624
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Stephen_Purdue

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-23-2014 00:32:30 | More by Stephen_Purdue
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

06-22-2014 13:57:30 | More by Chucker17
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

06-21-2014 02:05:18 | More by valianes
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Necronomad

Switzerland

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

06-20-2014 01:09:53 | More by Necronomad
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poskok

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4/5  rDev 0%

06-14-2014 21:11:38 | More by poskok
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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4/5  rDev 0%

06-14-2014 21:08:34 | More by hansavijaticar
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

06-14-2014 03:38:35 | More by jjd315
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yeaprolly

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

06-12-2014 23:48:34 | More by yeaprolly
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CrusinforaBrewsin

South Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%

06-12-2014 23:36:33 | More by CrusinforaBrewsin
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

06-12-2014 16:54:16 | More by Dougwillhike
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wvbrewcrew

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

06-10-2014 23:25:44 | More by wvbrewcrew
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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured into my snifter at fridge temp, with a generous pour, yielding a solid fruity looking orange color and a spiffy 2 finger white head that falls slowly. Perfect look to this one.

Smell is fresh grapefruit, lemon, and orange. Also detecting a peach smell, and maybe some pineapple. Very fruity and inviting. Almost perfect.

Taste is a very mild sweetness and bitterness at first, then the sweetness dies off and you get the bitter IPA notes. It doesn't taste as fruity as it smells, but this is a lower alc. IPA. I get wet hay, pine resin, and citrus notes.

Feel is spot on with plenty of carb and a light mouthfeel.

Overall I like this IPA better than alot of pale ales of the same alc content. Its very drinkable, yet its downside is it's quite expensive at 6.50 bomber.

06-10-2014 00:02:22 | More by BastardKing24
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mattboyer182

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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ramrod666

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

06-03-2014 19:51:09 | More by ramrod666
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -8%

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.

06-02-2014 17:50:46 | More by Hoptometrist
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22Blue

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-31-2014 15:06:49 | More by 22Blue
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jimmygord

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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letshaveanother

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

05-26-2014 14:08:37 | More by illiniipa
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drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -23.8%

* 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.

A-4
S-4
T-4
M-3.5
O-4

05-26-2014 00:56:49 | More by drinkininthewood
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Pale_Horse

Kentucky

4/5  rDev 0%

05-23-2014 22:12:44 | More by Pale_Horse
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trickynicky

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

05-20-2014 20:47:10 | More by trickynicky
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,797 ratings.