Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales
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4.41/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Copper amber, slight haze but mostly clear, little carbonation, 3 fingers of light beige head.
S: Passion fruit, sweet fruitiness, light pine, snow.
T: Amber medium roasted malts, light sweetness, great balance of hops, but actually slightly malt forward for the style in my opinion. Sweetened passion fruit, light pine. Fruity and floral.
M: Medium body, lightly bready, slightly syrupy, low carbonation. Relatively dry finish.
O: Really loving the entire profile of this beer. Perhaps my favourite American IPA so far, and I’ve had many. I know this one’s been around a while, but I’m glad to have finally got my hands on one. Its really not harsh, but really well crafted, fragrant and balanced. Very smooth beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2014 08:54:51 | More by patre_tim
3.74/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: orange. Slightly hazy. Thin head.
S: pretty mellow on the aroma. Not much there.
T: mellow maltiness. A little bready. Evenly hopped. Not overbearing. Pine. Smooth.
M: upper medium carbonation. Medium body.
O: good IPA. Alcohol, malt, and hops are balanced very well. Needs more aroma in my opinion.
Serving type: on-tap
05-07-2014 02:07:44 | More by jellikit
3.84/5 rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bomber poured into a shaker pint glass. A coppery orange amber color with a few inches of creamy beige head that left some nice honeycomb-like lacing. Aroma is dry and resinous, with ample white pepper, citrus peel, camphorous herbs, and rich caramel malt forming a well-integrated whole that suggests "American IPA with a old school twist". Palate features a rather aggressive resinous hop flavor, greef lead and gourd, perfumed Earl Grey tea, grapefruit and tangerine peels (little to no juice), melon rind, and some gooseberry preserve. Crystal is an interesting hop, seeming to bridge the gap between European noble flower/herb/spice and American citrus, and this flavor profile is conveyed extremely well here. Noble spice spice and citrus in near-equal measure. Rogue describes this is an imperial bitter. Not really but you certainly can taste the English malts, which add some nutty and toffee flavors that do not diminish the hops in the least but manage to assert themselves just the same. Quite fizzy and of moderate body, with a dry, clean bitter finish (middling pine and just a hint of grapefruit juice). Well done example of a single-hop IPA with more malt emphasis than is typically the case.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2014 15:10:31 | More by CalgaryFMC
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,770 ratings.