Brutal | Rogue Ales

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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a large off-white head. Good amount of lacing.
Aroma is mildly sweet floral and resins.
Taste is bitter hops with a touch of earthy malts. Tastes more like an IPA than a bitter. I was a bit afraid to try a beer named "Brutal Bitter" but no fear, this is just an excellent ESB.
Not at all bad though. I enjoyed this beer. Buy some now!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into nonic.

Thick pillowy three finger off white head that slowly settles to a thick cap, with sticky lacing all over the glass.

Sharp west-coast hops sit on top of a sweet malty backbone. Smells more like an American Pale Ale (APA) than an ESB.

Light toasty hops with some spicy, citrusy, hops. Some mildly sweet fruit flavors are in there as well. The flavor is a little more balanced than the aroma. The finish is the lingering sharp hops.

The bottle says "imperial bitter" which in the definition of a true English Bitter, would be an ESB. However, this one goes a little beyond that and tastes morel ike an American Pale Ale rather than an ESB. I guess it's a little hard to define exactly what an American ESB is, but I guess this is it (I guess an AESB would contain only ingredients from the United States). I don't want to deduct points from it from drifting from the style, since this is a rather tasty beer. It's still somewhat balanced with good flavors. Recommended.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very hazy golden color with a sticky, chunky head of about 2 fingers. It dissipates slowly leaving a thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Hops come to the forefront grapefruity citrus scent.

T- Very well balanced grapefruity hops flavor opens up. The malty base is a smooth carmel that comes in afterwards. It's got a little bit of a piney finish that's quite refreshing.

M- Not an extremely thick beer. Maybe closer to watery, but not bad.

D- Very drinkable ESB. I've not been thrilled with the few Rogue beers I've had in the past, but this is good. I'll have to open up myself up to a few more Rogues.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A = Translucent orange liquid, producing a large head with a mix of medium and large bubbles Leaves lots of lacing as it dissipates and as the beer is drunk.

S = Piney hops are front and center, but sweeter malt scents are there underlying the big hoppy primary aroma. Not a very complex smell and too piney for the style, really just a very nice American beer somewhere between an American Pale Ale and and American IPA. Definitely not an ESB.

T = Bitterness is the first thing to hit the tongue and it continues as it cascades to the back of the mouth. Primarily pine tastes, but citrus tastes are in there, too. At mid-palate and in the finish there are very light traces of sweet nutty malt flavors, but the focus never really shifts from both the hops taste and hops bitterness. Still, as it swirls around the mouth there are a bevy of different flavors making it more complex than the smell alone indicated.

M = Light to medium bodied, good carbonation which gets frothy when swished around in the mouth, good coating of the mouth, too, that really helps get a full taste and a long finish.

D = If you like bitter beers this is a definite one to try. Still, not for non-hopheads, and not an ESB.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much as I love cascades hops, it was nice to have a hoppy brew dedicated to another variety - crystal. The bottle noted a coffee aroma, of which I got none. The aroma was sweet, almost candy-ish, hops. Nice balance of malt and hops, although there was the slightest touch of metal at the front, but not enough to be a problem. Very smooth and even tempered for the hops punch. Perhaps a little on the hoppy side for an ESB, but what else would you expect from Rogue?

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Brutal from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 2,314 ratings