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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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4/5  rDev 0%

DaPan, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Skater_Rich, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

mick303, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Valentno7, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Rogue Brutal Bitter
22 oz bomber
Moderate pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, enjoyed 04/07.

Poured a slightly hazy dark amber with a large frothy somewhat diminishing white head with fair lacing.

Smelt of moderate caramel, pineapple and lemon.

Taste was upfront strong bitter spruce and grass and moderate sweet caramel followed by a harsh spruce and dry leaves and light sweet citrus on an average length finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, creamy, softly carbonated and strongly astringent.

Overall, this is a very satisfying beer in terms of taste. Strong flavors and aromas, brutally bitter as expected. Good stuff.

xav33, Apr 30, 2007
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4/5  rDev 0%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dirty, cloudy near orange color. Has a white head that settles to a lace head. Has some lacing, not much.

Brew smells of fruits, grains and wheat.

Brew is bitter, has a smooth mouthfeel. Has a grainy, bready fruit base in the flavor. Finishes dry. Very unique taste and feel to it.

This is a very drinkable brew despite its "brutal bitterness". I really dig this flavor and the mouthfeel. This is a nice drinkable brew. Enjoyable.

magine, Apr 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev 0%

berkshire413, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

TimHitchings, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

dgherm, Jul 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

wildshire, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Cloudy copper in color with the pour emanating a slight head. Aroma consists of citric hops at the forefront, everything else is washed out.

Taste is a nice interplay between hop and malt flavors. Grainy wheat malt provides a solid backdrop for a nice hop bite. Well executed and quite balanced. Good drinkability on account of the slick mouthfeel. Recommended.

sinistermadman, Jun 15, 2007
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4/5  rDev 0%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

12 oz bottle

pours a peachy orange color, slightly hazed though only a little yeast made it into the glass. Head is off-white and looks very creamy and thick originally, retention is brief. Lace left behind is decent.

Aroma is pleasantly one-sided in favor of grapefruity hops. I'm not looking for anything too complex here, just a tasty refreshing afterwork beverage and this fits the bill.

Taste is a bit more complex and balanced, with a lot of pale and toasted malt showing up. In fact, I'd say the malt is flexing its muscles even more as I continue through the glass - perhaps its the warming. Pleasant bitterness all the way through the drying finish. Far from "brutal." (or maybe I'm a masochist - whatever)
Mouthfeel is nicely full and carbonation just a bit low.

Drinkability is quite high. Really good beer, nothing spectacular. Great summer beverage that I'd buy again in a heartbeat.

udubdawg, Aug 15, 2007
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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Kind of odd this one has eluded me and slipped my mind, so perfect for IPA day!

A real nice glowing tangerine orange body color. Opaque. A light tan and very creamy three finger head is produced off the pour with some nice clumpy retention. Pretty nice looking brew and settles with a thick one finger collar, and soapy lacing while finishing.

Nose has a nice citrus angle, hints of orange and grapefruit, and herbal tea like bitterness for the hop angle. Some nice biscuity quality too which makes this seem like an English American mish mash of style.

Palate fills nicely. Good hop citrus grapefruit but mellow and in control. Slight tea like bitterness on the swallow, and a little juicy feel in the mouth to go with it. Kind of basic, but all the parts fit. Biscuity malts really are noticeable on this and quite chewy to go along with the hop compliment. Lots of tea like aromatics giving a nice orange pekoe like sensation.

Overall, it seems very old school since IPAs have taken off, but still does the job without question.

smakawhat, Aug 01, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%

gonzo000, Aug 20, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance: Nice straw/light orange color, and filtered/clear appearance. Minimal head with some residual lacing.

Smell: Not overly hoppy (not overpowering), but solid, with a nice grassy unique note from the crystal hops.

Taste: Well-balanced bitterness and sweetness with a good hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: A thin mouthfeel.

All around, a good well balanced IPA. Would be even better as a summer/warm weather IPA.

T-34-85, Dec 09, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a deep hazy orange with a real nice fluffy head that leaves some great lacing,aroma hops hops and more hops,very citric and resiny.Taste is definently hop tilted very zesty,oily and dry I get a slight dry maltiness but not much.Iam not a hophead but gotta give this brew props,by far the most hoppy ESB I have ever had.

oberon, Apr 07, 2004
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

This truly is a brutally bitter ale, in a good way.

Deep orange hint of brown color, craggy. Aroma, big hop nose, old school.

Taste = truth in advertising. The best kind of bitterness, puckering, but quenching and the cycle repeats.

Mouthfeel, despite the puckering effect, there are still nuances of something, not pine, but some kind of tree (juniper) that is very mellow. Interesting. Drinkable at Shenanigan's in Reno, because $5 a pint or whatnot, what a deal, its even cheaper than buying a bomber at a liquor store. One of, if not, the best Rogue effort.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 06, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

My experiences with Rogue beers have left me a little disappointed. However, this one is right on.

Hazy, unfiltered, unpasturized. Looks like apple cider. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing. Tasting this beer has provided me with one new sensation. Bitter, bitter, bitter. A little overpowering, but that's the point. I really cannot smell many of the floral tones that were there on the first sip. Taste damn good.

First experience with this type, I like it.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Sep 27, 2005
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

From the 22 ounce bottle. Sampled on August 25, 2011. The pour is copper-orange with a soft and delicate head that slowly diminishes and lingers. Slightly cloudy. The aroma boasts a lot of earth, pine, and floral hops with this teaser of sweet malts matching it one to one. The body is above medium and quite enticing. The hops are more muted in the flavor but they come on strong just the same to step all over the mellow maltiness that is putting up a good fight. Nice bitter finish. Very interesting.

puboflyons, Aug 26, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a hazy pale orange with a thick white head that leaves a solid sheet of lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus and floral hops.

Tastes of the hops on top of a layer of malts. Malts are mostly biscuity and bready pale malt, but there is a touch of caramel that makes its way through. Hops have a big floral character with some orange peel and grapefruit notes as well. Not overly bitter, but hop flavor is certainly present with what I find to be a good balance between bitter and sweet for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium with a fizzy, effervescent amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Mar 28, 2010
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
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