Brutal Bitter Ale | Rogue Ales

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Brutal Bitter AleBrutal Bitter Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,147
Reviews:
1,109
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
Wants:
95
Gots:
217
For Trade:
0
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gauzy peachy orange with what looks like dust motes swirling within the liquid. The light beige head persists for a bit as a thick, sponge-like disk atop the beer and leaves chunky scraps of lace on the glass.

The nose is impressively hoppy. If I didn't know better, I'd have said that Cascade, Centennial or a combination of the two make up the hop bill. So this is what Crystal hops smell like. They smell more like pink grapefruit than white and I think that I can pick out some pineapple esters as well. Malt, schmalt. This one is all about the hops.

Upon tasting... it appears as though I can add another hop to my growing list of favorites. I don't absolutely love Crystal as I do some others, but it is very, very good. Pithily bitter citrus fruit is front and center with pink grapefruit leading the way.

In terms of flavor contribution, malt is in the background. I'm only aware of its presence because the bittering is so well-supported and because there's a hint of underlying pale malty sweetness. The body is full enough to be pleasurable in the mouth while being light enough to allow the beer to be downed scarily quickly. I'm finding out firsthand that a bomber of 6.5% ESB is fully capable of mounting a sneak attack if gulped.

Brutal Bitter is yet another first-rate beer from Rogue. I'm glad to have made the acquaintance of another fine hop of the citric persuasion and I'm even more glad that this beer is available in my local grocery. Brutal Bitter isn't brutally bitter, but it is significantly hoppy and it is mighty good.

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

Dated: N/A
From: LCBO, 650ml

G: Chimay Chalice

A: Cloudy orange body with two fingers of frothy white head with poor retention and minimal lacing.

S: Citrus, hops, some floral notes. Smells like it's going to taste mighty fine.

T: Huge upfront of earthy hops with citrus notes following. Very pleasant mixture. This is much more bitter than I thought it would be.

M: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Earthy/citrus aftertaste lingers in the mouth for a long time. Nice full bodied feeling makes it a pleasure to drink,

D: This is one great ESB. Good about of bitterness that's not oddly overpowering, but very well balanced.

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

Appearance: Poured a hazy orange color with visible particles suspended. The Carbonation stirs these particles which eventually settle on the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Has a sweet/sour smell, citrus and some alcohol.

Taste: Well it is bitter, but not too bitter; it is actually balanced pretty well. I was expecting to be punched in the face with bitterness.

Mouth feel: Very smooth with lots of carbonation dancing on the tongue and cheeks. It is surprisingly not very gritty with all the particles.

Drinkability: Not bad, I could definitely drink a few of these in a night. However, a 6 pack may be death for a weak stomach and light drinker.

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

a cloudy amber orange-ish with viable small bits swirling around. it formed a medium head that quickly faded into a thin white halo around the glass. a delicious hop aroma embraced my nose, and tasted a bubbly bitter delight finishing a slight sticky bitter finish, nice mouth feel. I could drink a number of these. very tasty.

cheers

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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
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