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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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Brutal Bitter AleBrutal Bitter Ale

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very good

1,950 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,950
Reviews: 1,082
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 78
Gots: 115 | 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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Ratings: 1,950 | Reviews: 1,082
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mattcrill
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light citrus and pine notes. Moderate fruity esters (pear, melon). A little bit of bready and yeasty character that is in the background.

Appearance: Hazy amber orange pour with a bone white head. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Lots of citrus flavors up front. Firmly bitter but balanced with some background wheat bread character. Balance is to the bitter. A little bit of orange rind and melon flavors that provide some sweetness but are well knit with the distinctive West Coast citric hop bitterness. Finish is long and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. No alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: A highly drinkable American IPA. Seems somewhat tame by today's standards but it has all the great qualities you look for in a solid IPA. Worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an unclear amber orange with a billowing off white head that hangs around a long time. Good lacing throughout. The aroma is of ctirusy hops, mostly tangerine and grapefruit. The taste is very well balanced with the citrus hops and biscuity malt with a medium bitter finish. Very nice IPA that I will certainly be picking up again for the price.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy copper/clay, finger head, patchy lacing

S: pine/grassy, hint of lemon/orange

T: mild lemon, hint of grain, long bitter/piney finish

M: med/light body, hint of carbonation/tongue
prick, oily/sticky mouth

O: This could be a fine session beer for me.
I have seen this beer many times and passed
it by, but this is just really nice. Some
IPAs stand alone as an event, but this one
is just easy-going, flavorfully light.


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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

I figure I should try some more of Rogue's offerings for some reason. Might as well, right? This one pours a clear sunset brass topped by a finger of light off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises greens, buttery caramel, grass, and some very light leek. The taste brings in more of the same, with the caramel coming off a bit darker and the grass increased ever-so-slightly. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty silky feel. Overall, an okay beer, nothing close to outstanding or impressive, but nothing really bad, either. I'd pass if offered this again.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Sdesenberg
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought 22 oz Joe Lewis at a local liquor chain for about three bills. Pours an opaque Carmel color with a good amount of head which leaves substantial lacing. A really good looking beer with a very complex smell. Hops are obviously prevalent, but so is biscuit, chocolate, lots going on.

The taste is also very interesting. At first the hops are quite strong, but soon the balance takes over and the malt comes into play. Mouthfeel is very full and chewy. Overall, a very good, complex flavorful beer.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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