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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,804 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,804
Reviews: 1,062
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 63
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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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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shadow1961

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +13.8%

I dropped by the Eclectic Cafe in Brainerd, MN, which has a decent
selection of Rogues in bottle and on tap.

Rogue's Brutal Bitter pours out (according to my notes) a
rocky head over a cloudy yellow brew. The nose is rich
with citrus and herbal notes. The carbonation was active,
and the brew was full of all sorts of flavors beyond malt.
There was hop, of course, but also hints of citrus, pine, and
vanilla. The aftertaste was not unexpectedly of pine and hops.
It was clean, with a big hop flavor that at the same time wouldn't
make a sidewalk pucker if you poured some on it. This is what we
call balance. Super good.

01-08-2007 03:36:12 | More by shadow1961
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +13.8%

Pours a cloudy dark orange-amber, topped with a three finger pillowy off-white head. Leaves sheets of lacing.
Very fragrant floral aroma, spicy, light toast and toffee.
Floral and citrus taste, good grapefruit taste and bitterness. Good malt base in the back of all the hops. Light caramel undertone.
Medium bodied, great session drink anytime beer.

08-20-2004 21:17:57 | More by mschofield
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jwilli7122

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +13.8%

Pours a cloudy tangerine-copper color with a large, puffy white head and moderate lacing.
Smell is mainly spicy hops,
Strong malt tastes, with some breadiness, a medium hop spiceyness, a mellow earthiness, and a hint of fruit flavors: lemon, peach. Fairly full bodied for this style. Extremely smooth and very enjoyable
Brutally bitter? Not quite. Tasty? Absolutely.
Without question the best ESB (if that's what it is) I've ever had.

04-24-2004 04:19:43 | More by jwilli7122
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thatruth

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

22 oz from Cornwall Corner Store poured into a pint glass at Dave's.

Pours a champagne color with a pear like tint. Middle finger head with chalky, off white lacing: both which last for days. Light amber-copper color with orange peel hues.

Smells hoppy, but not brutally so. I've smelled hoppier. Although, the quality of the hops on the nose is superlative. Equally wheaty as it is citrusy.

Mouthfeel is simply flat and dry with a quick finish. Aftertaste quiches your thirst as you pine for another sip.

Taste- Kindly spicy. Hops are exotic. The hefty bready taste adds to this one greatly and makes the brew filling and makes you want for more. A hearty brew.

Overall - A badass brew. Impressed for the 8 bucks I spent. Great color, great look, great taste.

09-16-2012 21:09:48 | More by thatruth
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PCaravan

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

I've been waiting for a while to try this one and finally found it.

Amber gold in color that pours a thin white head that quickly fades but leaves a ring of foam around the edge of the glass that clings.

Clean smooth and strong floral citrusy aroma but not overpowering.

Taste is primarily of the hops and of the same profile as the aroma. Bitterness is substantial but very soft and smooth and lingers in the finish. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel has a nice carbonation level and has a very creamy feal.

Highly drinkable due to it's soft, smooth, and balanced bitterness.

Reminds me a lot of a American style pale ale but not nearly as pungient or rough as many of those (and I like them too).

09-07-2006 02:11:27 | More by PCaravan
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railcaider

Japan

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

When poured into a glass, this beer is an opaque amber color that's just shy of orange. The head is white and holds well for the entire duration of the drink, with just the enough carbonation to give a mouthfeel that nice and thick while still being very smooth.

The strongest smells present are sweet citrus and raspberry, but there's also a richer layer of aroma reminiscent of honey and vanilla. The first taste is a sharp hop bitterness tinged with fruit. While the strength of the bitterness is comparable to that of an IPA, it's balanced out by the fruit tastes hinted at in the smell. This is definitely one of the most flavorful bitters that I've had.

Rogue Ales generally makes excellent product, but this beer in particular stands out as one of their finest. In terms of taste and body it's similar to their Dead Guy Ale, but with more of an emphasis on hops. The complexity of the flavor is tempered by the balance between the elements present, which makes for one great beer. This one has quickly become one of my favorites and I make sure to stock up on it when I get the chance.

06-18-2010 01:47:34 | More by railcaider
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mzwolinski

California

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

I was ready to dislike it with the first sip. Well, with the first sniff, actually. Massive citric hop aroma and little else. The taste, too, struck me as overpoweringly bitter. "Another novelty beer," I thought. To be admired, perhaps, but not enjoyed regularly. But this beer has a lot more going for it than first appearances. Actually, that might be a bad way to put it, because its appearance is quite lovely. Hazy sunset orange/gold with a fluffy three-finger head, and a good lace once you start draining it. And drain it you will. Because once you get past the first sniff, and your first sip, you will discover some real complexity in this beer. The massive grapefruit-liek citric hop aroma doesn't dissapear, mind you, but it makes room for more floral hop scents, and perhaps even a bit of honey-like malt sweetness. The taste, too, develops. Malt becomes more evident mid-palate, and the undeniably bitter finish gives way for a slightly sweet, though acidic, fruity aftertaste. The body is full and slightly chewy, but the drink is almost creamy smooth. The crystal hops are an unusal choice, and really make themselves known throughout this beer, but not to the detriment of balance. Strong enough to pair against any meal, yet refreshing and enjoyable on its own. A very fine beer.

01-03-2003 22:45:52 | More by mzwolinski
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veggiemafia

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

12oz. into a pint.

Pours light amber with a substantial, fluffy head. Nice looking beer.

Smell is great, good balance of the malt and hops, and really just solid all the way around. Fruitiness and grassiness from the hops, and kind of a caramel sweetness lingering from the malt.

Taste is more of the same, just clean, perfect balance of a lot of great flavors. Citrusy hop balanced with bready yeast and malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp, bubbly, a little tingly. Nice and clean, like everything else about this one.

Drinkability is the highest I've ever had. One of the best session beers on Earth as far as I'm concerned.

03-21-2006 01:20:10 | More by veggiemafia
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palma

New York

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

Wow this beer kicks ass...

Appearance: Hazy light amber with an orange hue. Lots of fiery bubbles shooting up from the bottom of the pint glass. Smaller than expected initial head, though a good lasting lace sticks around forever.

Nose: Big malt and big yeast. Some clove spice. Very nice. Couldn't wait to take the first sip.

Taste: There is so much flavor in this brew. I just love it. Big sweet malts upfront followed by a very significant hop flavor. There are a lot of hops in here! Get some MF!

Mouthfeel: Very creamy on the palate, yet a very noticeable lively carbonation. Pretty cool. Would you believe me if I say this beer has a complex MOUTHFEEL? Well, it does.

Drinkablilty: Awesome. I could drink this all day long. Only problem is that the ABV is up there so watch your back, kids. This aint no session brew.

09-24-2005 08:16:57 | More by palma
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foxbat2500

California

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

Bottle from Bevmo.

A = Orange copperish. Like a new penny as others have said.

Smell = Maybe I am hard of smell today, but there is not much here. Very faint.

Taste = Very nice. Orange and pine & biscuit. Like a nice orange scone. Nice bitterness. Warm alcohol feeling at the end.

M & D = I would be happy to drink this all night.

01-02-2010 02:55:20 | More by foxbat2500
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phunknerd

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

Ye Gods, a monster among us! This is, as has been said numerous times above, a big, scary ESB. (Although I don't disagree totally with the comparisons to IPA.)


Appearance: It looks slightly like the o.j. of satan. Cloudy, light-bronze, and I noticed some sediment at the bottom of my glass. (Did I get a bum bottle or is it actually unfiltered?)


Smell: Not the strongest of aromas, but I smoke, so this is probably not my strongest suit. Hints of citrus are about all I can detect.


Taste: Here we go! A massive blast of hops, citrus, pine, and something else I honestly can't put my finger on, are only partially ameliorated by a little hint of malt at the beginning. Sort of like an apology for the delightful ravaging to follow.


Mouthfeel: Slightly astringent, but surprisingly clean and pleasant. A pleasant bite, all double entendres aside.


Drinkability: I rated this somewhat lower simply because it just doesn't seem feasible to drink three or four at a time. It's an absolutely first-rate beer, but one's taste buds need a rest after a bomber.

04-18-2005 23:20:05 | More by phunknerd
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Brew33

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

I had never heard of this beer or read any reviews before purchasing. Rogue has a reputation for making good beer but I wasn't expecting this. Wow, this is an exceptional beer. Incredible.

It is tremendously well balanced, smooth, complex, earthy, hoppy, and sweet. This is my beer nirvana. The mouthfeel was nice, it smelled slightly sweet but not too sweet. The taste is wonderful.

I am just discovering some of the beers you longtime BA's have been enjoying for years this could be a staple in my house. I certainly recommend this brew to anyone.

09-23-2008 16:29:49 | More by Brew33
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

Light orange with an off-white head that stays the night and leaves nice lacing to boot! The aroma is a wonderfully fresh blend of citrusy/piney hops and sweet, fruity malts. I also smell some lovely bread-like aromas and an interesting spicy aroma that I cannot fully describe. The taste is all that the aromas hint at. Fruity, hoppy, spicy, and lovely. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very, very creamy and the drinkability is absolutely amazing. Finishing a bomber of this stuff is like finishing a liter of Fiji water after a 5 mile jog! A good rogue offering, but suprisingly light and refreshing for them. There is nothing brutal, about this "bitter"!

08-04-2004 19:16:49 | More by francisweizen
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BierReise

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

This has become my favorite everyday ale of choice. Got to hand it to the folks at Rogue, that work horse of a brewery that keeps churning them out, year after year. This ale pours a cloudy amber with a huge frothy head that really sticks. Aroma of crystal hops is huge and pleasant with floral notes and a slight citric character. You really need to drink this at 50f or warmer to appreciate the aroma and flavor. An outstanding blend of malt and crystal hops that is bitter but definitely not brutal in any sense. Body is full and smooth and extremely drinkable.

10-26-2003 07:21:48 | More by BierReise
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acknight

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

06-26-2013 03:05:39 | More by acknight
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Beer21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-18-2011 03:16:37 | More by Beer21
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En29356

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

03-23-2013 01:23:19 | More by En29356
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-08-2012 13:45:04 | More by PaBeerLover
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poopsmitherson

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-16-2012 14:16:29 | More by poopsmitherson
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mrcarterxxl

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Rogue brutal bitter

pours a cloudy amber hue with small bubbles ans a thin white head.

smells of peaches,mandarin oranges and bergamot.

tastes of oranges, grains of paradise,hops. theirs a orange peal essence on the back.

theirs a full mouth feel with small bubbles and medium carbonation

this beer has a exotic taste to it not really expected a real must buy.

cheers!

01-06-2010 23:52:39 | More by mrcarterxxl
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hanlonrn


4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

07-11-2012 19:39:08 | More by hanlonrn
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

05-22-2012 20:05:26 | More by WhitmansNiece
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

04-15-2014 23:57:24 | More by ThinkAgain
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Jabaum

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

04-27-2012 18:59:00 | More by Jabaum
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DaveR514

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

05-30-2013 16:12:46 | More by DaveR514
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,804 ratings.