Brutal
Rogue Ales

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From:
Rogue Ales
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
English IPA
Ranked #3
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,975
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 10.86%
Reviews:
1,136
Ratings:
1,206
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 26, 2021
Added:
Aug 28, 2001
Wants:
  104
Gots:
  300
SCORE
89
Very Good
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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
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Rated: 3.94 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
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
 
Rated: 3.74 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Jun 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.31 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jan 05, 2020
 
Rated: 3.35 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Oct 16, 2019
 
Rated: 2.75 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

May 06, 2019
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4/5  rDev +1%
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
 
Rated: 3.25 by edc20 from Oregon

Feb 21, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.49 by jimpyle48 from Virginia

Dec 29, 2018
 
Rated: 2.42 by Helgi from Iceland

Dec 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.18 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Dec 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Dec 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by 123321123321 from Alabama

Nov 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.03 by eng_lee from Singapore

Nov 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.72 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Sep 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.91 by tylerjin from Michigan

Aug 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.33 by ClintGoodman from Iowa

Aug 26, 2018
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Reviewed by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by Spaten454 from Texas

Aug 20, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by HochFliegen from Oregon

Jul 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.76 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Jul 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.92 by PuffySAJ from South Carolina

Jul 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by ben_tries_brews from Tennessee

Jul 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.1 by SamuelMiller from Montana

May 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.34 by JunkPuncher from North Carolina

May 06, 2018
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Reviewed by lmaduells from Spain

3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

**
Apr 21, 2018
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Rated by Nass from Florida

3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
Piney and refreshing with some slight floral on the finish. I recommend this IPA. Cheers! B-
Feb 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by briantullis1 from Illinois

Feb 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by Dschamp from Oregon

Dec 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by yaron73 from Israel

Dec 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.87 by Frankgabriel2383 from Dominican Republic

Dec 06, 2017
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Rated by devo1980 from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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.
Dec 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.68 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Nov 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by avisong from Virginia

Oct 31, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by ArsMoriendiOU818 from Virginia

Oct 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Sanchezrox23 from Virginia

Oct 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.09 by unclekeith from Alaska

Sep 11, 2017
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