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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,921 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,921
Reviews: 1,077
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 76
Gots: 106 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

**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
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber size bottle poured 1 & 1/2 into the pint glass. Nice mellow gold color with tight white head. Hoppy aromas, almost IPA levels. Cool crisp malt flavors with super citrusy hop flavor at the end of each mouthful. Good balance between the sweet malt and the dry hops. Would make an easy session beer. Very refreshing carbonation levels. The second half of the bottle poured with the yeast added a different level of flavor and made the beer a little chewy, almost like bread, but good - more complex. I always like that part of bottle conditioned beers.

Good marks all along on this beer

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

22oz bottle poured into a crystal mug.

A: Hazed gold, relatively turbid and effervescent, with a huge soapy and foamy white head that leaves some decent lace.

S: Hops are dominant, good fresh hop and citrus notes, I get some blood orange and grapefruit, a touch of pine and some floral aromatics. Definitely some malt in this one too.

T: Follows the nose, more juicy than bitter with a very balanced malt backbone. Orange, citrus, grapefruit, bready caramel and some tangy wheat, flowers, just a hint really of herbs & pine needles.

MF: Creamy, watery, on the lighter side of medium, decent carbonation with a bit of lingering bitterness and dryness.

O: There are a lot of hops here but its still a pretty balanced IPA. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Try it, even though its a Rogue.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of Brutal IPA, no dating. Slighty hazy body that is light orange/yellow in color. Good two finger creamy white head that dissipates and leaves a little lacing on the glass.

The aroma features mostly orange and a little grapefruit citrus notes. A little sweet, bready malt in the background.

Solid IPA flavor of citrusy hops leaning toward the sweet side of the citrus family, like orange and tangerine. A little grapefruit and floral hop flavor in the background. Malty finish that blends it all together very well.

Light to medium mouthfeel that finishes cleanly and is easy to drink. My first Rogue beer, odd since so many are available in my area. Now I'm sure to try more because this is a solid IPA.

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

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,921 ratings.