Rogue Ales

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IPA - English
Ranked #4
Ranked #8,611
3.99 | pDev: 10.78%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: Formerly known as Brutal IPA, Brutal Bitter Ale, and 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.

15° Plato / 46 IBU / 81 AA / 13° Lovibond
Reviews: 1,136 | Ratings: 2,342 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sigmund from Norway

3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Deep golden to orange colour, hazy, big white head. Very nice aroma of fruity Crystal hops, notes of oranges and tropical fruits. The flavour is distinctly hoppy from start to finish, "bitter" - well yes indeed, but not "brutal". Fairly dry, a more pronounced maltiness would not hurt. Still, a very pleasant and drinkable beer as it is.

Dec 06, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rogue Brewer's on the Bay

A: Pours copper amber with a frothy being head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Floral, slightly spicy herbal notes, a touch of citrus, toasty bready malt, and a little caramel toffee sweetness.

T: Floral leads the way, slightly herbal notes, a bit of cirtus, orange and lemon, slightly toasty bready malt, and a little almost toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I am a sucker for a good English IPA so this hits the spot.

Apr 16, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

2.96/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Small one finger head that goes away quickly. Cloudy dark gold color. The lacing is pretty weak.

Smell: It's not that aromatic. There's some piney hop notes, some citrus peel and grain.

Taste: It starts with a big tangerine, citrus, hoppy taste and then transitions to a strong caramel malt backbone as it goes down. Neither one is dominant and there's a good balance between bitterness and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium high carbonation and cloying. Not much to say here.

Overall: Rogue describes this as "a cross between a Very Extra Special Bitter and an Indian Pale Ale." The description is quite fitting and it makes for a an interesting beer, but not an outstanding or incredibly good one. The taste profile is nice but the lack of aroma and the cloying mouth feel knock it down a couple of pegs.

Aug 25, 2018
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lmaduells from Spain

3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A beer that seems to be made by mass consumption. The beer is fine but I have found a standard beer, without any appeal that makes it different. M has left quite indifferent. The best, the tag.

May 03, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-once bottle into a nonic pint glass. Quite a handsome pour, hazy dark orange colored body capped off with a thick white head that left some pretty ladder lacing as it settled. Big malt presence, with lots of bitterness and a clean, dry, and slightly astringent finish. I could see this as a dynamite pairing with pub food. This was a pleasant surprise. Well thought out, well executed. Sometimes it pays to go Rogue!

Apr 30, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


aroma is orange tangerine citrus touch of pine/evergreen. Hoppy, but not overpowering. Hazy yellow-Orange color. Taste is crisp citrus. Very nice. Creamy white head, above average Carbonation. A really pleasant beer. This reminds me why I love rogue.


Apr 21, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From elcervecero. In Teku glass. Playing Bastion. Light sweet fruityness with a strong (yet not brutal) bitterness, but more english than american, with an odd flavor, maybe mineral-like

Jul 25, 2017
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - orange amber, opaque with a thin white head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind.
S - A lot of malt up front with citrus and hops intermixed. Some earthy notes as well but overall the smell is not incredibly strong.
T - Follows the nose - a ton of sweet malt upfront followed by a good amount of citrus citrus - the back-end leaves a nice, lasting bitterness from the hops. Eartiness throughout the flavor profile as well.
F - medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Somewhat fizzy, but not offensive.
O - This is a pretty interesting beer. It's definitely more of a bitter than an IPA in my opinion, but the beer does a good job of melding the two styles together into something unique. With that said I have a really hard time with the marketing of this beer being called "Brutal India Pale Ale". It's not brutal - to me at least - it's 46 IBUs, alcohol content is 6.18%, and the flavors while in your face, are not brutal in any way so the marketing, again to me, is a little off. I would have much preferred this to be called what it is first and foremost - a bitter. It's a hell of a bitter that has some IPA characteristics, but it is a bitter first, IPA second, and for that I was somewhat disappointed when I took my first sip.

Jul 08, 2017
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monkist from Hungary

4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love Rogue for being outstanding, creative and brave in their way of artistic brewing and this Brutal IPA is simply fantastic! They managed to create a combination in the taste of hops that is like no other, and reminds me of nothing alike so far!
Putting it simply, it tastes as if it had been aroma hopped with bittering hops... makes no sense? But it does! Bitterness is the aroma, and its not bitter at all... has it been dry hopped with bittering hops? Anything is possible at Rogue...
A very well done and balanced IPA, though it might not be in the all-time Top 10, it sure is a classic. Though not Brutal... or rather brutally good? Definitely.

Jun 16, 2017
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donspublic from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Mar 12, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 6/21/12: Pours a hazy orange gold producing 2 fingers of fluffy, finely bubbled, nicely lasting, beige head that leaves a thin pastry and webby lace behind as it recedes. Aroma is biscuit and caramel sweet malts, butter, citrus and resinous hops. Taste is big pine and citrus front balanced nicely with caramel malt and buttery sweetness increasing in the middle before fading to a bitter finish. The aftertaste is subtle and short-lived.

Mar 07, 2017
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shiu-chan from Singapore

3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber copper tone with hald inch of cream colour head.
Sweet hop, pine and citrus bouquet.
Medium bodied. Sweet malt, caramel, creamy bitter taste.
Overall, an IPA with some creamy and sweetness.

Feb 05, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Dec 31, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.71/5  rDev -7%
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.

Dec 12, 2016
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Boo-urns from Canada (ON)

3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
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!

Nov 19, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

3.22/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Oct 31, 2016
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ksimons from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Color is a dark orange brown with a thin layer of white head. Aroma is of caramel, citrus, and some pine. Taste is similar to the smell, though sweeter than the smell. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Overall easy to drink and enjoyable.

Aug 23, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found in Monoprix in Lyon. Okay session beer. IPA? A bit sweet for an american IPA. It suits more a ESB style of beer. Nothing really fancy about this one

Aug 18, 2016
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SSS from Canada (QC)

3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Brownish Orange with an off white head that lingers
S-Sweet hops on the nose with lots of malt, crystal and a hint of caramel
M-Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation
T-Sweet caramel and malt upfront with very little bitterness to balance
O-This is more of an amber than an IPA, very much on the sweeter side of things and malt heavy

Jul 26, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy gold color with white cap and lacing.

A bright aroma of pine, citrus (grapefruit, pineapple) along with some pleasing floral notes.

Taste is malt driven which is a bit of a surprise considering the name Brutal on the label. I was expecting more hop bitterness but this brew produces more hop flavor than hop bitterness. Taste on entry is malt forward with hops providing a nice spice to the meal. A definite hop presence without a strong hop bitterness. Rather rich actually, a complex brew with the constituent parts playing their roles in harmony. Flavor carries into the aftertaste which exits with a hint of dryness which invites another sip. Nice work.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

A brew for those who want one brimming with malt and hop flavor without jaw wrenching bitterness. Good effort here, well played.

Jun 28, 2016
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teddibrewski from England

3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber colour with a thick off white head, smell is really subdued for an american IPA, i don't find this to be a very aromatic type of IPA at all. has a nice clean hop bitterness to it that is well balanced, by the malt.

Jun 26, 2016
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale Amber with an off white head.

Smells of lemon, pine, and bready malt.

Taste is lemon and pine balanced by sweet malt - caramel and pecan - finishes dry with bitter herb.

Jun 24, 2016
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TrueOregonian from Oregon

3.59/5  rDev -10%
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

Jun 23, 2016
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kevINSIGHT from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Jun 21, 2016
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Emersonio from District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance: Deep gold/ amber. Hazy with minimal white head. Aroma: Mix of mild and sweet malts with hints of hoppy notes. Taste: Mellow malts with some hop bite. Aftertaste: Quick finish with the flavor following the taste profile. Overall: Was expecting a bite more hop character and the malty forwardness was surprising. Regardless, this was an easy drinker. Good. 3 out of 5.

Jun 03, 2016
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