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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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Brutal Bitter AleBrutal Bitter Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,950 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,950
Reviews: 1,082
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 78
Gots: 115 | 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:
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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Ratings: 1,950 | Reviews: 1,082
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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.94/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mildly bitter. Very little aroma.

Photo of TTripp725
3.07/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Might be a great beer, but its not my type

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kdivers
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WanderingFool
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris77McGrath
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of greshdoghophead
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The unmistakable PacMan yeast of Rogue

Photo of gingerbread
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SenorHops
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kgmm77
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sam-VW
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a Cloudy Amber with a decent sized White head with good retention. It dissipates leaving rings of lacing around the glass as you drink. Probably one of the best IPA's I've had for a while for looks! On the nose there's some Apricot, Mango, Pine and Citrus fruits. I'd love to get my hands on the Rogue hops. Now for the palate, loads of Mandarin and Marmalade, Citrus fruits, peach, a little pine and floral notes. The malt backbone rides at the back of your mouth throughout with Caramel and slightly bready notes. Well balanced. Full body for this style, finishing surprisingly sweet for something called Brutal IPA. One I'll definitely drink again

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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of logicalparadox
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Darker shade of amber. Hazy. Creamy off-white head retains at a quarter inch. Thin rings of lacing.

S: Mango purée, tangerine, lemon peel, orange marmalade. Rich malt aromas of scones and pound cake, yeasty and brothy.

T: Mango purée, leafy and slightly vegetal hop flavors, herbal spice and peppery hop tastes too. Blonde tobacco. Stiff bitterness. Grapefruit rind creeps in. Brothy. English malts shine through with tastes of bread and scones. Flash of tangerine. Bitter hop finish is earthy, leafy, and spicy.

M: Fat medium body. Round and creamy. Chewy, even. Sits with a whipped airy lightness. Nice body.

O: It's basically an Americanized ESB. I understand the decision to brand it as an ipa, but I don't necessarily agree with it. A solid enough beer at any rate, and nice for a change of pace.

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3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of weldchecker
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Mdodge8837
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,950 ratings.