Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,884 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,884
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 67
Gots: 85 | 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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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.

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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,884 ratings.