Brutal | Rogue Ales

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 168
Photo of donspublic
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into pint glass, nice 1 to 2 finger cream colored head, nice retention and lacing. Hazy amberish golden in the glass. Smells of caramel malt pine/pineapple and some citrus. Taste is initially caramel sweetness, and the pine and citrus come thru in the middle and it has a semi sweet finish. This is a more malt forward IPA, nothing wrong with that. I drank their last one at the restaurant and was kinda disappointed. I will get this again if I see it.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy golden amber with a medium sized white head. The aroma is all hops and citrus. The taste matches the nose with the addition of some malts.

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Albertsons. Not brutal at all, slightly sweet brown ale notes. Hops compliment the malts quite nicely, with some background bitterness. Easy drinker.

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Photo of Boo-urns
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I was disappointed with this beer - I had high expectations though. It had nice, sweet malt backbone, but it lacked the bitter hoppy punch that I usually love about IPAs. The finish was just blah....i was surprised. But then I say production date and it was bottled 13 months ago I'm thinking that must be it. Lesson learned.... when you buy an expensive beer at the ol' LCBO.... look for the date! Not a drain pour or anything....but wanted to explain the low rating. Now I'm craving a nice fresh IPA!

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Photo of drmeto
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

-pours a cloudy amber-orange with a medium,frothy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-grainy,caramel,grapefruit,astringent with a toasty finish
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light body
A little disappointing.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- cloudy unfiltered ipa
S- apple, pear, bread
T- orange, pear with a resinous finish.

Decent ipa. Not too bitter but not enough flavor.
Solid 3.5 for me

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber-orange cloudy appearance. Decent citrus hops and malt aroma. Fairly mild IPA flavor. A little fizzy on the tongue. Not bad, but not one of the better IPA's by my experience.

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Photo of mickwin
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look:cloudy, light brown, with plenty of frothy head
Smell: maltyu, touch of pepper, orangey
Taste: sweet, citrus, pineapple, malty sour aftertaste
Feel: nice sharp bite on the palate
Overall: this is a really nice beer, deceptively powerful, a must-have.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger thick/creamy off-white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is mostly malty, with some hop notes, slight citrus. The taste is pretty nice, malty, some hops/citrus. Medium body, with a quite different bitter/dry finish. Overall, a nice little brew.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Semi-opaque copper amber with fluffy, chunky tan head of good retention. Resin, biscuits, light peppercorn, light caramel aromas. Pine, spice, citrus seed, vegetal throughout. Brutal indeed. Also bare caramel background, peppercorn retro-olfaction, tea-like finish. Bitter in the balance. Medium-bodied, creamy but still quite syrupy for an IPA, mellow but dense and fine carbonation.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper with a solid head. The aroma is of caramel, mango, pineapple, and a touch of pine. The flavor leads with muted tropical mango, pineapple, and passionfruit, as well a some grapefruit, caramel, and background notes of pine and mint. The moutfeel is fairly full with aggressive carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer, but not really my style. I will temper my rating because this may be a bit old and was not stored in the best possible way.

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Photo of Tilly
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Hazy golden amber with a healthy white head. Lacing is quiet healthy also.
A: Lemon citrus, hoppy, a bit of fresh bread.
T: Lemony citrus, hops, fresh bread, some malts
M: Medium body, clean, crisp with a slight but of bitterness.
O: Not a bad IPA but I think I've had better from Rouge. None the less, I'll try it again.

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Photo of Greg_Nall
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased June 15, 2015 and opened September 5 2015

Appearance, 1/2 inch medium cream to tan head lasting couple of minutes, golden orange color and hazy

Aroma, medium Munich malts with a medium-high spicy and floral hop.

Flavor, medium Munich malts with medium-high spicy floral, the balance/intensity seemed medium-high with hops upstaging to dominating the malts and rolling to a hoppy finish and pleasant finish.

Mouth, a medium to full feeling, with a appropriate carbonation level.

Overall, an enjoyable experience, with the hops up-front, malts coming in behind with a hoppy finish,

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy orange tinted amber crowned by a 2” clingy white foam cap that slowly recedes. S: Rich hop aromas, grapefruit, malt, citrus. T: It starts malty, bread, biscuit, then fruit, with grapefruit finish. Lingering fruity hop aftertastes. F: Medium to full body, just above medium carbonation, very fine, soft carbonation. O: It’s bottled with an oxygen fixing cap so it tastes and smells fresh.

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Photo of jkrich
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A typical Rogue pour: unfiltered, hazy golden-honey hue with an off-white fluffy head that slowly dissipated. Also typical of Rogue, no freshness date on the label or bottle.

Very mild aromas of fresh malt and perhaps some citrus.

I have always enjoyed Rogue's ales because they are usually well balanced; this one is no exception. This IPA is definitely malt accented, yet it imparts some nice peppery and citrus hops with just a faint hint of pine. There is a clean, fruity aftertaste that lingers on the palate. Minimal bitterness with a well-rounded malty mouth feel.

I usually walk past Rogue when beer shopping because of the high price (in my opinion) and lack of freshness dating. I took a chance with this one and was very pleased. Per the label this is the "Official Brew of the Rogue Nation."

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a patch of bubbles in the center, and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops.
T: The taste has dank flavors of citrusy hops along with a moderate amount of associated bitterness; both of these linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has a good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of EMV
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

L: Poured a cloudy golden amber color with 3 fingers of thick white head. Ample lacing.

S: Biscuits and citrus hops.

T/F: Malts and biscuits up front. Mild but flavorful hop palate... citrusy and floral, and hints of pineapple and lemon. Very balanced. Generous carbonation and smooth.

O: Very nice session IPA from Rogue. Not crazy hopped but nicely balanced with the malts and a little different from other IPA's out there. That's not a bad thing and absolutely worth a sampling.

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Photo of Lane_in_ID
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: nice amber color
Smell: grass, malt
Taste: Malt forward, nice hop bitterness
Feel: nice medium, carbonation perfect, dry finish
Overall: very good beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed & effervescent amber with a thumb of pearl colored head. Never totally clears, but has stellar lacing & great head retention

S: Biscuttty malt, grapefruit, lemons & floral hops, a little bit of leafy hops as well

T: Follows the nose, some dryness & mineral hops as well. A little pineapple sneaks in as this warms, orange peel as well. Finishes with a little bit of biscuitty malt, floral hops & a nice amount of citrus hop kiss

MF: Medium body, light carbonation, lovely balance, perhaps a bit gritty

Drinks super easy, bought this 2+weeks ago & forgot about it; kicking myself, as I'm sure this was even better, maybe slightly off style, but in a good way...

Not been a huge booster of these guys over the last 5 years, but they are starting to win me back

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Photo of gonzo000
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer has a pinkish hue with a one - two finger head. Smell was all grapefruit as was the flavor. Beer seemed a bit watery to me - not typical Rogue body. Good, but so many other Rogue beers are better, I do not expect to revisit this one.

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Brutal from Rogue Ales
3.81 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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