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Brutal Bitter AleBrutal Bitter Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
**NOTE: This beer is now called "Brutal IPA" **
It has also been bottled as "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.

22oz Bottle & Draft / 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

Bottle of IPA on Cinco De Mayo - couldn't do corona, dos equis, or negro modelo. We did listen t mariachi music and eat tacos though.

Hazy orange/yellow body. Creamy white head.

Orange, grapefruit, citrus, bread, sweetness.

Citrus hops, orangey sweetness, grapefruit bitterness, malts.

Clean mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Thick feel for an ipa.

Still haven't had a Rogue beer that I haven't liked.

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

Enjoyed a sampler of this at the Gingerman without asking after the barkeep saw me using my blackberry to check out the new editions on this site.

A: Color was cloudy off-orange, khaki head with sediments rolling around. Soapy scrappy lace on even a small sampler glass was impressive indeed.

S: The nose was slighly sweet and a good portion hoppy coming afterward and remaining. I betch the boys at Rouge have about 3-4 hops mixed in with this one from first snifin.

T: I should have remembered this was a west coast beer when having a bitter, always thinking English. Bitter at first, followed by citrus, and small malts in the rear.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy copper coloration. The head was thick and creamy off white. Streaks of lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: Floral hoppy smells float on a bed of malty sweetness.

Taste: This has one hell of a hop punch. Truthfully I did not expect it to hit like this. A very nice sweet malt base supports the hops.

Mouthfeel: This is one slick light to meduim bodied beer.

Drinkability: This is one well balanced beer. I wish I had tried this one sooner. This beer will be on my frequent buy list.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep golden honey amber in color. Translucent. A one finger white head develops upon pouring, but recedes quickly and leaves little lacing.

S - Piney, citrus hops are the most prevalent aroma. A faint malt character is also detectable. It's a pleasant nose, but I feel that the aromas should be a little bit stronger than they are.

T - The taste begins with the citrus malts which are balanced a little bit by a malt character a little later on. The finish is pretty clean; some faint, grassy hops linger. It's certainly not brutally bitter, but there is a pleasant bitterness. I still think the hop flavors could be more robust.

M - The bold earthy hops blend extremely well with the carbonation. Light bodied. Gets smoother as it warms up. Wonderful mouthfeel.

D - Good flavor, light bodied. ABV is a bit high to be a great session beer, but still mildly sessionable. Definitely enjoyable; have to pick this one up again.

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

Aroma shows a nice malty base with ever increasing sour/grassy hops. Nice blending. Familiar aroma to other Rogue beers.
Orange/brown amber. Somewhat cloudy. Smallish head but settles slowly and shows lacing.
Boy, they sure like the hop thing at Rogue. This is another hop fest. Sour, bitter, grassy. Pretty intense, with only mild malt balancing and virtually no malt taste. It does increase in time and it's soft and mild. Long dry finish.
Soft carbonation that lends a fullness. Medium to heavy body.
Another enjoyable beer from Rogue. Must like hops.

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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 2,157 ratings
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