Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,884 Ratings

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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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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Orange gold color. Medium head. There are chunks of something in the bottom of the glass. Aroma is floral and grapefruit. A very nice bitter. Hops are very pronounced. Complex flavors, the dominant hop flavors being grapefruit, floral and pine. Yet there is a very strong malt backbone to this beer. It's a very hoppy and bitter beer. Yet for all that bitterness, it's a very smooth tasting bitter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is very bitter. Don't think I want to know what's sitting at the bottom of the glass though. Etched/painted beer bottle.

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Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with orange hues. A large, bubbly tan head sinks slowly and leaves some chunky, scattered lacing behind. Hops with some subtle citrus behind them rise to the nose. There's also a bit of caramel sweetness present. The taste has a very nice hop bite which doesn't strike the taste buds like a double IPA, but is quite noticeable, and very satisfying. There's also some spice, malts and perhaps some light fruits involved. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, and there's little carbonation. If you're in the mood for some hops, but a APA sounds a little tame, and a DIPA sounds a little wild, then this is the beer for you.

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Photo of randawakes
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Deschutes ESB but more smooth, not too extreme. The bitterness is there. Pours a hazy amber. Hoppyness and citrus in effect and soothes to bitterness, very likeable.

Had this in the Rogue Ales Public House in San Fran along with several other rogues. How does it compare to the black brutal bitter?

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Photo of CBFanWish
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange/amber in color. Hazy appearance. This is an IPA you couldn't see through. It also had a nice head with decent lace. The smell was both floral and fruity at the same time, yet wasn't overpowering in any way. The taste was the same way. Fruity and floral, yet well balanced, like most Rogue beers. It was a great beer and I look forward to drinking more.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle looks its been sitting on the shelf of my local liquor sotre, but the beer inside should be fine. On th the beer:

The fresh smell of hops rise from bottle after its opened, eliminating most of my doubt. Anyways, clug, clug, clug goes the beer into a Harp pint glass, where it has a dark orange/copper glow and a compact head on top. The smell, as I hinted earlier, is of clean, crisp hops. More hops and resin in the overall flavor too. Very clean for the style, with just a bit of toffee and diacetyl. Alcohol is hidden well. The bitterness decreases while the diacteyl increases when the beer warms slightly, making for a more authentic (and tastier) ESB. Yum.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Pours a light amber color with a moderate head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy (mostly floral) with quite a bit of caramel malt backing things up. The flavor is very much the same. Lots of floral hop flavors along with a solid malt backing make for a fairly tasty beer. Body is moderate and the drinkability is good.

Photo of custardcb
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big old 22oz bottle poured ever so smoothely. Built a nice two finger head with some large bubles that was rather frothey. Nice golden peach color and is a bit hazey. The nose is a little hoppy with some citrus and other fruitey aromas.

The taste doesn't live up to the name of being brutal but is beautifully bontiful of hops and only the slightless twinge at the end while being a little dry. The higher ABV is detectable but isnt too harsh. Pretty drinkable overall and this is just a very good beer.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Blind Tiger on Bleecker street in New York City.

A - Thick orange with a deep cloudiness, 1 finger head.

S- Spicy, citrus, and vanilla aromas.

T- Hoppy, bitter as the name would suggest, but it is balanced properly and tastes great.

MF- Leaves a bit of a pepper spice on your taste buds.

D- This may very well be the first beer that I have sampled from Rogues and I am certainly satisfied.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a black label with a guy in purple tipping his hat.

Appearance: Very light brown with amber tones. Slightly cloudy but that is because I poured a little of the sediment in accidently. Not much of a head.

Smell: Slight hoppy odor.

Taste: That is one bitter beer!!! But actually not that bad of an aftertaste bitterness like some others. Nice hop flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slight creaminess.

Drinkability: This is a nice and even bitter. Not necessarily my cup of tea, but a great example of the style.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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