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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,864 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,864
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 67
Gots: 77 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Jotora, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of goldbot
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange amber, a bit of haze present. Thinnish white head and decent carbonation.

Smells of an even, balanced mix of malt and hops. Bready, doughy malt with a touch of caramel, with a touch of pine tree and floral hops. This has a very clean, bright flavor. Along with aromas identified, there is also a hint of lemon flavor which adds to the brightness. There is some bitterness but it is not too intense.

Light bodied and smooth feel. A very balanced, smooth beer with light crispness. While certainly not "brutal", this is a great, clean tasting beer which is an excellent candidate for a lot of food pairings.

goldbot, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of MikalMick
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

MikalMick, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.
Pours a dull orange, perhaps copper with massive carbonation, this, of course, leads to a very nice 2 finger head. This beer has great lacing. The head sticks to the glass from the top all the way down to the very last drop.
Smells very malty with some hops aromas (I have read reviews where the aroma is nothing but hops, my beer was hoppy but not nearly excessively so...certainly not as strong as a good IPA). Nice citrus as well.
Taste very much is influenced by the hops. There is some malt characteristic to the brew but the major flavor comes from the Crystal hops.
At 6.5% abv, this isn't a session, but this is a very nice brew that I could see myself picking up on occasion. Rogue has once again proved that they consistently make quality brews.

LuckySevens82, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of goz
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.
Slighty hazy light amber, with a large cloud-like white head that slowly diminishes to leave good amounts of lace. Aroma is strong on the hops - citris peel, pine, some floral qualities. Flavor starts with a tiny hint of malt sweetness, middle and end are dominated with citric hop flavors that linger on forever. Medium-full bodied. A truly fabulous ale, why did I wait so long to try this?

goz, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of rdilauro
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I-- rated this one straight down the line.
From the initial pour, which was ok, to the almost absent detectable nose, to the mouthful and aftertaste, there was not a lot I can praise about this beer, but at the same time, I could not find fault with it.

To me, it could be the stepping stone for someone who has been used to the normal 30 /36 packs of canned beer to craft beers

Its a very easy beer, totally drinkable.

I intend on using this beer as a transitional beer for people who dont know what craft beers is all about. A good way to learn

rdilauro, Jan 19, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a traditional dark gold color, but has a very unconventional cascade effect when poured vigorously. Smell is a well balanced blend of hops and malt, with the hops slightly overpowering. There is a surprising amount of hops for a Bitter, but I would expect nothing less from Rogue. They give it a very fruity taste with a perfect amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is also great, again with a good balance of flavor and carbonation.

Toddv29424, Aug 20, 2006
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

TimHitchings, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of umustdrink
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange color. White head fades to a thick film. Good lacing, sticking in thick strips.

S - Light fruity hops, green and ripe smelling, very spicy and peppery caramel malts and some overtones of sugary sweetness.

T/M - Starts out with a sharp carbonation bite, hits of green bitterness and some caramely maltiness. Then some warm biscuity malts with a good hoppy background. Finish leaves a light bitterness and some brown sugar.

D - Another excellently well-rounded brew from Rogue, not to be missed.

umustdrink, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of Pat316
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Pat316, Sep 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Ieatlambfries, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of wnh
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a muddled, murky reddish amber with a large, creamy and rocky off-white head.

Rich, balanced nose, showing bitter oily citrus hops on top of a strong caramel malty base. Underneath is a touch of toasty malt and grassy hops, both very faint. I'm having a difficult time getting much out of this, really, but it smells good.

First sip was a shock. Smooth and soft and velvety on the palate; somehow ribbon-like. Rich but subtle caramel alongside lightly bitter hop resins and a touch of earthy dryness. Fades into a soft toasty maltiness, with a longish but soft bitter finish.

Medium bodied and, again, soft and velvety. Eminently quaffable, surprisingly so for a beer called "Brutal Bitter." Sessionable and flavorful and a delight to drink.

wnh, Jan 11, 2010
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

elcrawl, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

akinsja, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out into an opaque orange color, similar to orange pop, with a nice fluffy head that produced moderate lacing. Smells slightly of oranges, to go with color. My first taste resulted in a 'wow, that is bitter' exclamation, but further tastes did not. Overall taste is somewhat bitter, somewhat citrus-like, as is there was a touch of lemon, graperfuit, or other similarly bitter citrus fruit.

Overall, I wouldn't say it is an ESB - at least, not in comparison to some other ESB I have sampled. However, it remains a very drinkable beer.

Seanstoppable, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Vivs85
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Vivs85, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of edwardkersh
5/5  rDev +25.3%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Morockm, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of DESTRO
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a copper color with a small head. aromas of pine and big juicy hops rise up and out of the pour. the taste is basically bitter hops, just like the name implies. a tad of malt comes out but it cant contend with the bitter hop rush. nice medium smooth mouthfeel and pretty drinkable. a drinkable big beer huge on the hops and bitter just like the name implies. delicious if your into something full of flavor and hefty.

$4.99 a bomber.

DESTRO, Oct 01, 2003
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

rjvanston, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Loki
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the infamous Rogue 22oz bomber with tons of info except dates.

Appearance: Dull orange honey color. Very cloudy, hazy, and completely opaque. Big, thick, froathy head with thick weblike lacing. The wheat malt is very evident in the appearance.

Smell: Malt and wheat goodness. Citrusy floral hops. Like somebody fused an IPA and a German Hefe fascinating and nearly maddening all at once. Many unique and varried aromas mingling together wonderfully.

Taste: Sweet malt, wheat, and then bitter citrus. Some floral hop flavors and a little clove. Very well balanced sweet malt and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Good medium body, but a bit on the dry side for my tastes. Good carbonation

Drinkability: Great. A wonderful blend of malt, hops, and wheat that could be enjoyed anytime of year.

Loki, Dec 25, 2003
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

GratefulEdd, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of rkhaze
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden/amber with a big creamy off white head. Left good lace.
Smells of perfumey hops with the accent on citrus and pine. There was a hint of malt and fruit.
Big grassy hop bitterness. Earthy, resinous and citrusy upfront. Malt and a bit of caramel and fruit show up in a futile attempt to give it some balance. The bitterness really lingers.
Medium bodied with good carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel.
Seemed one dimensional, it was bitter just for the sake of being bitter, damn everything else. Not much balance at all, but I guess that's why it's called Brutal Bitter. It certainly lives up to its name.

rkhaze, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of SometimesIfart
2.03/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Popped the top and was instantly met by an overflow. Pours a murky orange with a three finger slightly off-white head. Left good lacing.

S - Upon twenty attempted whiffs, i could not pick up a damn thing.

T -A small amount of grapefruit and pineapple quickly transition to nothing but water.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - What. The. FUCK. This beer is neither brutal nor bitter. Where's the flavor? it tasted like grapefruit flavored water. And even that didn't stick around for more than half a second. Yes i checked the date on the bottle and it's only a few weeks old. this was the blandest IPA ( If you can even call it that ) That I have ever had. I wasted nearly 8 bucks on this atrocity.

SometimesIfart, Apr 21, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium orangish yellow, a fair head that dissipates to a thin film, some lace.

Aroma of hops and spice. Flavor of astringent (but not overly so) malt and a hoppy bitter finish. Lots of american hop and malt carracter.

Quite a hoppy ESB, runs more into american IPA territory. A good ale none the less.

Buy it, drink it! :-)

bloberglawp, Sep 16, 2008
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,864 ratings.