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Brutal Bitter Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,797 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,797
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 63
Gots: 60 | 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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Quebec (Canada)

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
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-30-2012 16:23:21 | More by sevenshubby
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New Hampshire

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
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

12-29-2013 02:11:34 | More by TimHitchings
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-28-2012 04:52:15 | More by johunnic
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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
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

03-07-2012 22:48:17 | More by shagal
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5/5  rDev +25%

12-01-2011 00:25:22 | More by modernartblues
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New York

4/5  rDev 0%

09-05-2013 23:20:00 | More by AdamElb
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

03-25-2013 03:59:16 | More by WeissBoy
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

09-22-2012 03:43:58 | More by Mlawrence
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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
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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
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New York

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
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

06-18-2012 05:49:26 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

02-26-2014 01:22:22 | More by BigGold
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

10-25-2013 21:46:03 | More by HoneyLamb
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

06-22-2012 00:17:31 | More by Shnanign
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

12-24-2013 03:57:45 | More by alex021224
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

01-04-2014 03:42:21 | More by neil2me
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4/5  rDev 0%

08-29-2012 22:09:26 | More by mrskunk
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

01-02-2013 22:59:39 | More by creez
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

11-20-2012 23:29:53 | More by Sunn
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4/5  rDev 0%

08-31-2012 20:33:53 | More by GeoCait
Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
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