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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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Brutal Bitter Ale
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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,853 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,853
Reviews: 1,064
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 66
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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 jrallen34
2.78/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from the bottle into a tulip.

It pours a medium brown with a white head, poor retention and lacing.

The aroma is mostly hops, pretty disappointing.

The taste is always disappointing, not what I thought it would be. The front end is really sweet and there is not a bitterness to the beer at all.

Mouthfeel is ok, hard to drink down one, let alone many.

jrallen34, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of tobyandgina
2.8/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A finger of off-white foamy head, quickly dissipating.
Orange in color, murky, big chunks of sediment.

Citrusy, hop aroma, kind of stinky maltiness.

Thin, mild mouthfeel with bitter, piney hops. Some apple skinand resin aftertaste.

A not-too-exciting offering from Rogue.

tobyandgina, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at a local Ralph's market.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two and a half finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, some lacing, and above average retention. Colour is a predictable transparent copper. No visible yeast particles.

Sm: Hops - both floral and bittering in a seeming equal balance. Clean malts. Pine. Crystal malt. Grapefruit. Citrusy hops. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Somewhat fresh.

T: Piney with rounded fruit citrus ester hops. Some grapefruit, but restrained and only noticeable about the climax and on the finish. Weak cream on the open. Clean malts - some crystal - form the weak foundation. Hops are mainly floral and fruity, with obscured bitterness in the third act. The bitterness is awkardly concealed, lending the third act an empty dull feel. In this regard, it's structurally imbalanced but flavorfully decently balanced. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Built in a pretty standard manner for an IPA. There's nothing unique or special here. Feels somewhat fresh, but I'd stop short of calling it refreshing. Pleasant and enjoyable to drink.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some weak cream. A touch overcarbonated, giving it a sharpness that prevents one from gulping it and inhibits its drinkability. Too thick, likely from poor planning of the malts - which are too present in the flavour profile anyway. Complements the flavours generally at best.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Rather average for an IPA, but I find it fairly pleasant. If I got it again, it'd have to be on draught. Subdued for the style - which isn't a bad thing. The piney character is a nice touch. There's really nothing brutal about it, but I'm glad they didn't get sucked into the IBU/Hop content war.

Drank okay out of my Guinness pint glass. I couldn't recommend a better vessel. Maybe a tulip?

Would pair decently with spicey food.

A poor candidate for aging.

Low C

kojevergas, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of jdoolin
2.83/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Deep copper with a nice three finger head that never completely went away.

Aroma: Hops. The Crystal hops dominate the aroma. The malt is there, but overpowered by hops.

Taste: This has a wonderful flavor. Nice caramel malt and prominent hop flavor. But I don't taste the balance that an ESB should have. The hops weigh far more than the malt in this beer.

Notes: This tasted like a very good IPA, but did not have the balance I was expecting, for an ESB. A great beer, but didn't fit the style as well as I would have liked.

jdoolin, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of whipp75
2.92/5  rDev -27%

whipp75, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of CraigTravor
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer was served in a bomber bottle and poured into a pint glass.

A. It pours with a light head to an opaque orange color

S. The smell is attractive. It brings me to like this more

T. Packs a solid wallop. Brutal is a good adjective.

M. As it fills the mouth it brings a citrusy zest with it.

O. I am not a big IPA fan, but for the type this is a good beer.

CraigTravor, Feb 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 1,853 ratings.