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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,820 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,820
Reviews: 1,062
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 65
Gots: 59 | 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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AdamElb, Sep 05, 2013
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Pours a hazy, muted orange with a creamy head that holds a decent collar. Smells a bit of lemons, pale malts and typical rogue yeast. Taste is up front sweet pale malts, a touch grainy, then it melds with citrusy, piny hops, with a fair bit of spice. Hops do carry the show, but for all the flavor there is very little bitterness. Dries out in the finish with rogue yeast and slight pith. Very nice beer, more of an IPA to me than an ESB (no typical musty fruitiness and too much carbonation), but altogether refreshing. I do particularly like rogue's yeast. Body is medium with fairly spritzy carbonation, working to nice effect. Eminently drinkable. I still prefer their american amber to this by a long shot.

numenor1, Nov 08, 2005
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dunix, Oct 29, 2012
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Whiskeydeez, Feb 08, 2013
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poskok, Jun 14, 2014
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IPx, Mar 26, 2012
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This pours a rich brown color and holds a nice tan head. The nose has lots of bitter hops as well as some caramel malts. The taste has bitter citrus hops that are again well balanced by the subtle malt presence. A clean crisp body suits the style well. A good ESB from Rogue.

rye726, Nov 06, 2008
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MAJ85, Feb 05, 2013
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Had this many times, but only reviewed it today.

Poured a cloudy pumpkin color. Very nice head, and lace left through-out the glass. The aroma was definitely one of hops.

I have to say, the taste leans more toward the hoppy than the malty. While the malt sweetness provides a backbone, the hops are nicely present, with that citrusy (grapefuit?) style favor.

Definitely not a hop monster, but you will notice and appreciate the hops present. Would get again. pat

PatandDavid, Jul 19, 2003
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Texasfan549, Oct 11, 2013
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PittBeerGirl, Nov 22, 2011
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Iustus, Feb 06, 2013
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Orange in color...nose mildy fruity with some nice noble hops smell...i like the taste and mouthfeel...a nice sublte maltiness accented by some noble hops on the finish...a very good bitter...I expected a little more flavor from Rogue but still very good.

ZAP, Jul 19, 2002
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uturn, Jan 16, 2013
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cfinch2, Nov 20, 2011
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Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Poured a very cloudy, bright orange color, with about a 2 finger head that was pretty much white with some orange highlights.

S: Hops? Hell yes!!! Very fresh indeed with orange peel and grapefruit. Pretty potent.

T: Nice and bitter, but with more of a malt backbone than I was expecting. The more I drank though, the hops became more pronounced.

M: Creamy and somewhat bitter, with more of an "orange sherbet" quality as opposed to a West Coast hop pow-wow. Mild splotches left on the glass and pretty clean overall.

O: Think East Coast IPA with a little added umph. I dug it.

Chaney, Oct 08, 2013
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shelby415, Jun 18, 2012
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rolltide8425, Aug 25, 2012
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Lehighace06, Apr 03, 2014
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dozier77, Feb 12, 2014
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JJStorm, Mar 23, 2014
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,820 ratings.