Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales
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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
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
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.
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.
05-26-2014 00:56:49 | More by drinkininthewood
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,797 ratings.