Brutal | Rogue Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,968
Reviews:
1,133
Ratings:
2,327
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
301
Trade:
0
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Photo of Unclevince
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tylerjin
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClintGoodman
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VoodooBear
2.96/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of Spaten454
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HochFliegen
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BirdsandHops
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PuffySAJ
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ben_tries_brews
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JunkPuncher
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lmaduells
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of dcotom
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of q33jeff
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

**
05/27/13

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.

**

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Photo of Nass
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Piney and refreshing with some slight floral on the finish. I recommend this IPA. Cheers! B (85-89) score range

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Photo of briantullis1
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dschamp
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yaron73
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Frankgabriel2383
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devo1980
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It is ok . Enjoyed it. Smooth. Decent taste like a red ale.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sanchezrox23
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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