Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales
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4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
A nice orangish beer with a shy foamy and thick head. Limpid clear body with a vivid carbonation.
smell is great, aromas of fruits, citrus, hops, bitter and grapefruit.
Taste is quite similar to the sense as the smell, grapefruit flavours hit you right away followed by hops and then a shy malty presence. The malty caramel flavours actually hit your tongue when drinking, mixing a bit of bitter and sweet at the same time that end with a medium bitterness.
05-08-2009 05:05:03 | More by 3Vandoo
3.08/5 rDev -23%
cloudy amber with 2 fingers of ecru head
scent is fresh bread with strong grapefruit notes
taste starts nicely with sharp grapefruit hops, a salty tang, and a mineral flavor. grainy wheat flavor. doesn't seem to have staying power though. short dry finish.
mouthfeel is a little chalky
easy drinking mild ipa but doesn't really stand out.
07-30-2011 00:51:48 | More by sethmeister
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
Pours an excellent shade of orange, with a creamy, light butter colored head that recedes a bit, then sits there.
Smell is of grassy citrus, some sweet fruit-tangerines and oranges. You can detect a bit of malt underlying the great flowery scent. Smells fantastic.
Taste is hops, hops hops. Sweet, citrusy, grassy. Not as much complexity to the hop flavour as I was expecting from the smell...
Mouthfeel is creamy but light.
Drinkability is good. I could drink a few of these. The hop blast makes it refreshing.
I tend to like my bitters a bit more balanced, or, if it's going to be a hop bomb-to have a depth of flavours. This one, while coming off with intense flavour, lacks the complexity I seek. Personal preference perhaps.
12-27-2008 20:41:36 | More by darklordlager
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
I was sorta avoiding this one until I'd tried all of Rogue's other brews. Just didn't seem appealing to me. Boy, was I ever wrong. This is, in fact, one of the tastiest brews I've had in a while.
Solid cloudy orange appearance. Almost resembles a mug full of fruit juice. A wonderfully sweet citrusy smell. The smell immediately reassured me that there was something to this particular beer.
And the taste, oh how to describe it. Sweet and citrusy, like the smell would indicate, but Rogue's tendancy to use hops like crazy comes into play in full force here. Bitter? Well, yes, but in a wonderfully good way. A real treat.
Rogue fans owe it to themselves to try this one.
10-16-2003 04:18:10 | More by SetarconeX
4/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. According to the Rogue website this is a cross between a Very Extra Special Bitter and an Indian Pale Ale. Pretty unique.
Nice looking beer, a hazy golden amber body capped with a frothy looking head, two fingers easy, that falls to a tight foam, not a ton of lacing, but a decent amount. The head on this one sort of sits like an island, just inside the walls of the glass.
Smells of hops, citrusy, almost like pineapple. A little bit of caramel from the malts make the nose sweet as well.
Quite malty to the taste buds, with the hops coming on nicely as it moves back. A little bready, a little citrus. It has a nice hop presence which is prominent, though not exactly brutal. Not really a bad thing, other than a slight misnomer, I wouldn't call it balanced but its still has a a good malt backbone. The hops linger nicely after you swallow.
Mouthfeel is drying with a slight boost of creaminess from the everlasting head.
Rogue calls this an imperial bitter, which makes it sound like it wouldn't qualify for 'session' status, but I find it to be very drinkable. I guess its just a matter of names. Either way, it's another Rogue beer I'll come back to.
12-10-2006 20:17:12 | More by foureyedgeek
4/5 rDev 0%
Enjoyed a sampler of this at the Gingerman without asking after the barkeep saw me using my blackberry to check out the new editions on this site.
A: Color was cloudy off-orange, khaki head with sediments rolling around. Soapy scrappy lace on even a small sampler glass was impressive indeed.
S: The nose was slighly sweet and a good portion hoppy coming afterward and remaining. I betch the boys at Rouge have about 3-4 hops mixed in with this one from first snifin.
T: I should have remembered this was a west coast beer when having a bitter, always thinking English. Bitter at first, followed by citrus, and small malts in the rear.
11-29-2008 03:34:08 | More by Brianmerrilyn
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
A: Light amber(almost orange) with three finger head that settles nice to a small but frothy layer. There is moderate lacing.
S: Caramel malts and a light piney/earthy nose.
T: Caramel and toffee malts with a touch of citrus and pine notes. There is plenty of malt taste and feel here and those the overwhelming hop flavors aren't present they keep the malts balanced.
M: Nice carbination and body with a crisp, clean finish.
D: This is a great ESB. But in the tradition of sesionasble ESB's this is a bit high on the ABV. This is a beer that I would choose over most other ESB's.
01-12-2008 03:00:16 | More by Biscuit033
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
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