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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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Brutal Bitter AleBrutal Bitter Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,776 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,776
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 61
Gots: 52 | 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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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

08-25-2012 20:43:20 | More by rolltide8425
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

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dozier77

Arizona

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McLaughlin5350

New Hampshire

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JJStorm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

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goblin7704

Ohio

4/5  rDev 0%

06-11-2013 21:52:08 | More by goblin7704
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cloudy reddish orange with a foamy white head.

The smell was mostly citrus hops, grapefruits and some pine as well.

The taste is pretty well balanced a good amount of malts to off set the huge hop flavour.

Medium bodied and medium carbonated, very drinkable.

Overall a very good AIPA not the best I've had but still very good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 19:40:39 | More by Dave1999
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CalebHiliadis

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%

10-09-2012 23:57:53 | More by CalebHiliadis
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev 0%

11-17-2011 07:01:28 | More by twelveinches
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SortaAmbivalent

Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%

01-10-2013 14:16:20 | More by SortaAmbivalent
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4/5  rDev 0%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

04-24-2014 04:27:21 | More by ArrogantPrick
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MeisterMayhem

Colorado

4/5  rDev 0%

03-09-2013 18:24:47 | More by MeisterMayhem
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TommyW

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper/gold body with a tall, white head.

S- Smell of hops dominates the nose with a piney and fresh scent.

T- A slight malt sweetness is noticeable but quickly over-taken by the piney/raw hop profile; creating a bitter finish.

M- Medium to full feel with a nice carbonation.

D- A nice hoppy beer that isn't too boozy; great beer you cant drink a few of when you have a hop craving.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 05:53:23 | More by TommyW
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kennylopez

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bottle into a pint.

Appearance: a hazy golden color with a big white head that lasts as I drink it leaving lots of lacing.

Smells: a slightly toasted malt balanced with a citrus lemon zest.

Tastes: like the nose insisted. Not a huge hop bitterness, but more than the usual IPA. There is a floral hint behind the citrus hops that is more noticeable as it warms in my mouth.

Mouthfeel: this is a a very well carbonated ale with a nice bitter aftertaste and little to no burn from the 5.8%

Overall: I enjoyed this brew quite a bit. I marinaded skirt steak with some and it was delicious. I will pick some more up again with out a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 23:07:06 | More by kennylopez
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Ungovernable

Maryland

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a 22 oz. bottle marked Brutal IPA. I didn't know it was the same thing as the Brutal Pale Ale, or I probably wouldn't have bought it. Anyway, I did, and here's what I think:

A: It pours a really orange-y copper. Nice color. Very little head.

S: There's an IPA hoppy smell, but it's far from (pleasantly) pungent. The smell is kind of on the subdued side of what I wanted from an Oregon IPA.

T: The taste starts off on a great note. There are lots of hops. It's pleasantly citrusy. The bitterness is decent. Then, it kind of turns to this soda-water bland fizzyness in the back of my mouth as it goes down. Honestly, I think this kind of kills this beer as an IPA.

M: It's full-on at first. Then, the bitterness stays on the tip of my tongue and there's that soda-fizz around the back of my mouth.

O: I think Rogue should have kept this as a "Brutal Pale Ale." By calling it an IPA, I have expectations that aren't met. I expect a lot from Rogue. If this taste got clearer and that soda-water flavor went away, this would be a decent IPA that would sit with other major west coast brewery's IPAs. I rated it as a 4.0 overall as a beer instead of as an IPA. If I was rating this as an IPA, I would have rated it much lower -- maybe a 2.5.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 00:28:46 | More by Ungovernable
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Iowa

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Colorado

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Ontario (Canada)

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Pennsylvania

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Massachusetts

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Pennsylvania

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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
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