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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,826 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,826
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 65
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

jharris0624, Jun 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Stephen_Purdue, Jun 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Chucker17, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

valianes, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Necronomad, Jun 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

poskok, Jun 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

jjd315, Jun 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

yeaprolly, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Dougwillhike, Jun 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

wvbrewcrew, Jun 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my snifter at fridge temp, with a generous pour, yielding a solid fruity looking orange color and a spiffy 2 finger white head that falls slowly. Perfect look to this one.

Smell is fresh grapefruit, lemon, and orange. Also detecting a peach smell, and maybe some pineapple. Very fruity and inviting. Almost perfect.

Taste is a very mild sweetness and bitterness at first, then the sweetness dies off and you get the bitter IPA notes. It doesn't taste as fruity as it smells, but this is a lower alc. IPA. I get wet hay, pine resin, and citrus notes.

Feel is spot on with plenty of carb and a light mouthfeel.

Overall I like this IPA better than alot of pale ales of the same alc content. Its very drinkable, yet its downside is it's quite expensive at 6.50 bomber.

BastardKing24, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

mattboyer182, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

ramrod666, Jun 03, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured an orange color with soapy white head that left minimal lacing.

S- Lots of pungent grapefruit and orange citrus notes with an underlying malt sweetness.

T- Lots of sweet and pungent citrus hop character, orange marmalade, and oatmeal notes. Moderate to high bitterness.

M- Dry, medium body, prickly carbonation, and pretty smooth.

O- Despite the moderate to high level of bitterness of this IPA, it still did not cut through the sweetness of this beer.

Hoptometrist, Jun 02, 2014
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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,826 ratings.