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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,844 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,844
Reviews: 1,063
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 65
Gots: 70 | 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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Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Jotora, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Ieatlambfries
3/5  rDev -25%

Ieatlambfries, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of edwardkersh
5/5  rDev +25%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Morockm
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Morockm, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of DESTRO
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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
Photo of rdilauro
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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
Photo of Loki
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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
Photo of GratefulEdd
4/5  rDev 0%

GratefulEdd, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of rkhaze
3.68/5  rDev -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 rjvanston
5/5  rDev +25%

rjvanston, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of SometimesIfart
2.03/5  rDev -49.3%
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
Photo of bloberglawp
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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
Photo of Southernbrew
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber, big bubbly head that lasts nearly forever, good lacing too.

Strong hops aroma, even when not leaning in to smell. Big piney aroma with a weak bitterness mixed in.

Medium-full body, big carbonation. Very smooth considering the amount of hops here. Big IPA flavors with a moderate bitterness following it up. Very strange for a bitter. Finishes with a light bitter that's very pleasant. Leaves a light hoppy aftertaste.

For all the hops this is a very balanced beer. Certainly the hoppiest bitter I've ever had. Definitely sessionable.

Southernbrew, May 26, 2004
Photo of heebes
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml.
Part of the brewery feature from LCBO.

Pours a hazy orange with a thin off white head. Nose is noticeably sweet, notes of caramel malt and citrus. Taste is balanced and not overly malty or bitter. Name is a bit of a throw off since this isn't particularly brutal at all but rather a pretty middle of the road IPA. Some decent bitterness in the finish is enjoyable. Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied. Overall a decent drinkable beer that isnt overly available in Ontario as of now so very much appreciated to be able to get some for the time being.

heebes, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange amber color. Bottle conditioning gives it a real hazy translucency. Head is minimal, not much to speak of. Aromas are dominated by I believe floral and citrusy American hops. The description of the beer claims its made solely with crystal hops. Hops are dominated in the brew with an intense flavor and bite at the end. Slick in the mouth, carbonation is medium, a great mouthfeel. A bit heavier than a typical IPA which I suppose is all it sets itself apart from that style. A joy to find locally though limited, and with a high price tag at $10 a 6er. Something I would love to try again but most other IPAs would offer the same experience.

dreadnatty08, Jul 18, 2006
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4/5  rDev 0%

sweisel80, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Fugazme
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky copper/orange color with flickers of light peaking through.
Head is creamy white and dissipates quickly into lace around the glass and over the beer. Look is good.

First whiff is floral and hoppy. Citrus. Next whiff is near the same but a touch of spice comes through... maybe cinnamon.

Bitter is right. Bitter in a good bitter way. Bitter heaven. Damn good!
Hoppy and bright and delicious. Feisty. Lingering. Some acidic aftermath on the palate, but overall very good. I'm buying two next time.

Fugazme, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of caddybuyer
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured froma 22 oz bomber into a chalice.

A-Slightly veiled medium orange amber with a whith sudsy head that laces nicely.

S-Lots of citrus and pine hops, grapefruit predominant.

T-Not a brutal as the name might suggest....but a nice clean, fresh tangy hopfest on the tongue balanced by malts with an astringent drying back end clean finish.

M-Decently balanced overall.

D-This is a very drinkable brew. That being said, there is nothing here that is a standout, just a good, solid hop oriented beer...sometimes, this is not a bad thing. Is it the best of its style? No. Will I go for this again...sure, why not?

A rock solid selection from a rock solid brewery. I'm thinking this is a great summer refresher, outdoor cooking, basic drinking beer when you want a shot of hops without all the fuss.

caddybuyer, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of 99bottles
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice indeed. I tried a pint of this at KClinger's instead of the 15th Anniversary (I think it was 4X4 Pale Ale at the time). I think I made the right choice.
Appearance: Brutal bitter pours a deep orange-brown color, with a thin lace that faded. Looks like I'm in for a treat.
Smell: There is a good smell of hops in the nose. Some sweet malts play second fiddle to the resinous hop smell.
Taste: Mmmm. Smooth. This is one craft brew! The flavors are balanced so nicely in this beer. A sweet flavor of malt covers everything, with the hops dancing around in the mouth. You swallow, and you're left with a satisfying but not puckering bitter. Next sip, yor swimming in sweet malt again, but you notice something more. Absolutely wonderful.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Good weight in the mouth, thick enough to satisfy but not so much that it would hurt the drinkability. I'd easily get more if I could. Really well put together. Rogue does it again!

99bottles, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of gmcfarre
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a nice and cloudy, hazy orange color with yellow tint. Nice white/light tan head that reaches one inch before falling slowly. Nice lacing.

S - Clean floral and citrus hop scent, very Northwest/Pacific scent. A touch soapy with just a bit of toasted malt flavor. Hop dominated scent.

T & M - Mouth puckering citrusy hops with nice carbonation from the beginning. Backed by a medium bodied malt grain flavor. Like the scent, its a bit soapy in the aftertaste with plenty of bitterness and a mild drying flavor.

D - Claims itself as a type of "imperial bitter" and the strong hop component would seem to agree. However, that definitely knocks down the balance that should be evident in the style. Hard to judge, because its a pretty tasty and well crafted beer, it just doesn't meet the style guidelines for an ESB. Should there be an imperial ESB category? Anyway, this beer is very drinkable if you like hops and clean citrus flavor.

gmcfarre, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is a nice aroma to the beer, its very American hop smelling. There is a nice sweet smell to it as well. The head on the beer is off white with a good retention. The beer is caramel coloured and cloudy. There is a great balance with the beer; there is a sweet malt flavour with a bitterness that comes with it. It is perfect for an ESB. The malts are very tasty! The mouthfeel is creamy and it's really drinkable. ESBs are so perfect for sessions beers!

swizzlenuts, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Telestic
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Telestic, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Liquoric3
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange golden colour with a two finger white head. Label on the bottle is simple but I like it. Smell is not as intense as in many other IPAs ( think it is an old bottle) I had but still very pleasant, I get light citrus and pine.
Taste is also citrus, but mostly pine and all tastes come in very mild. Pleasant hop bitterness on the palate not very intense but really enjoyable. Body is medium. I think it is a good IPA for beginners who are new to the style but nothing outstanding.

Liquoric3, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of palma
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this beer kicks ass...

Appearance: Hazy light amber with an orange hue. Lots of fiery bubbles shooting up from the bottom of the pint glass. Smaller than expected initial head, though a good lasting lace sticks around forever.

Nose: Big malt and big yeast. Some clove spice. Very nice. Couldn't wait to take the first sip.

Taste: There is so much flavor in this brew. I just love it. Big sweet malts upfront followed by a very significant hop flavor. There are a lot of hops in here! Get some MF!

Mouthfeel: Very creamy on the palate, yet a very noticeable lively carbonation. Pretty cool. Would you believe me if I say this beer has a complex MOUTHFEEL? Well, it does.

Drinkablilty: Awesome. I could drink this all day long. Only problem is that the ABV is up there so watch your back, kids. This aint no session brew.

palma, Sep 24, 2005
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 1,844 ratings.