Brutal Bitter Ale | Rogue Ales

BA SCORE
90
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2,149 Ratings
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:
2,149
Reviews:
1,110
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
Wants:
95
Gots:
218
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,149 |  Reviews: 1,110
Photo of Mounty4Life
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap blue dust slightly hazy and orangish
Little lacing and minimum head. Nice hoppyness early in nose but subtle not brutal! Smooth Med bodied easy to drink good aftertaste nice and bitter. Overall more a bitter than ipa but has hops in aftertaste that assures you you have quality beer.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from a 22-ounce bomber, poured into a pint glass. Pours a very light amber, with hints of orange and blonde. Has a half a finger head which leaves a pleasant-looking lacing even as the head goes down to about a centimeter after a few minutes. Smell is very hoppy, with hints of pine, but also balanced off by a almost sugary sweet aroma, like partially cooked sugar. Taste reveals probably one of the most appropriate name-taste combinations of all time. Hops take less than half a second to hit the tastebuds, but are far from overpowering - a pleasant awashing of hop aroma and bitterness rises through the back of the tongue to the nostrils. Upon swallowing the "bitter" is immediately evident - I literally felt the a mild but pressing linger on the sections of my tongue which contain bitter-recepting tastebuds. A truly unique sensation, as no other beer I have tasted has produced quite the same effect. Mouthfeel is good, very smooth, but aftertaste is slightly astringent. Overall a wonderful ESB.

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Photo of Stingray5
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown/orange with a thick fluffy white head that lasts. The hops hit first in the aroma, settling to some fruity, nutty malt notes. Thick and buttery in the mouth, the hops let you know they mean business. Is this beer or grapefruit juice?! The malt makes itself known in a very balanced fashion, but this one is still all about the hops. Dry, tangy finish with long lasting bitterness. Just as good if not better as it warms. Wow this is a good beer!

Extremely balanced and drinkable. Massive hops. Excellent!

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Photo of aquaderek
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured the beer into a session glass. The beer is golden orange classic esb color. The nose is toasty, some hops, caramel, and grapefruit. The taste toasty malts followed by hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is viscous and has the hoppy bitterness. This would be a good beer for more than one, but after that the bitterness may get to you.

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Photo of n00tz
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden-copper body, blonde head that diminishes, excited carbonation right out of the bottle.

S - Sweet bready yeast scent right off the bad, followed quickly by a bitter bite.

T - Flowery hop flavor initially, quick sweetbread hint before a sharp bitter hop takes the stage. Great ESB.

M - Warms the tongue in a blanket of carbonation, finishes leaving the floral hops on the palate and bread in the subsequent burps.

D - Very enjoyable ESB offering from Rogue. I will gladly have this again.

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Photo of Chef74
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sinistersteve
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great beer by a great brewery. The name on the bottle says it all. If you can't stand the brutal assault of hops and malt in your mouth, this beer probably isn't for you. The deep, amber color accents the glass nicely. Not much lacing to the glass though. Great aroma that tickles the nose with anticipation of a great tating beer. A must have. Althugh, I do find the new bottle stencil to be quite annoying.

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Photo of Bruiser81
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of this beer was a cloudy orange color with a bubbly white head, little to no lacing. A good looking brew. The aroma consisted of lemon, light caramel, and very strong alcohol spice. The taste up front was lemon and citrus (mostly grapefruit). There was a definite spice in the taste as well as. The finish has a little bit of malt mixed in with the bitterness which lingers well into the aftertaste. Medium consistency, goes down smooth. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Hagbard
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark amber color into my pint glass, leaving a fluffy, thick, off-white head. The aroma was floral hops with hints of unidentified citrus fruits. The taste was very smooth with a wonderfully complex arrangement of floral hops and citrusy fruits. The bitterness is definitely there, but is softened nicely by the floral/fruity aspects. Also, there seems to be a healthy malt presence that contributes to the softening of the bitterness. The aftertaste is fruity with the same soft bitterness combination. There is a healthy dose of carbonation, which contributes to a fairly substantial mouthfeel. It is extremely drinkable, I could have easily spent the night drinking many of these. Unfortunately, it was a work night so I only had one 22oz bottle.

The is a wonderfully complex tasting and extremely drinkable beer. It was my first foray into the ESB world and I wonder whether they all taste this good...

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Photo of TheBear11D
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt 6oz bottle

Pours a cloudy yellowish orange color with a long lasting cream colored head with good lacing.

Smells strongly of pine hops--an impressive overpowering aroma of hops. No malt is present in the nose.

No surprise here, but the hops dominate the flavors here. I am picking up grapefruit mostly with orange and pine hops also present.

Medium body with perfect carbonation to compliment the intense hops.

Great brew! Definitely something to have again when I need a punch in the mouth of hops.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber color, murkey with a decent beige head, little lacing. Smell was dominantly burnt chocolatey and mossy notes up front, with a bit of malt and cherry finish. Taste was slightly bitter, but more what I would describe as sharp and chalky. Same burnt taste, but most everything is masked by the "bitter". The mouthfeel is, again, dry and chalky, and there is a strange sharpness on the back, but had decent body. I was looking for a much more balanced beer, but this one didn't deliver that.

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Photo of sbarre
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of ArrogantPrick
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of letshaveanother
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of KCCO_JSV
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of truthcontortion
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of zbkai189
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of dankabier1
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fpreh1957
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of youngblood
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice copperish color with fluffy white head

S- Pine Pine Pine.

T- Quite well balanced. The hops are pretty prominant but there is a nice malt backbone as well.

M- Nice and smooth. Goes down easy.

D- Nothing out of the ordinary in this beer. Goes well with pizza and football.

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Photo of rjimlad
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a thick and persistent head. Opaque caramel colour with moderate carbonation. The initial esters were a potpourri of floral and fruity notes. I kept sniffing it to see how many things were hidden away in the aroma. Very rich.
Flavour is astonishingly rich and fruity. Grapefruit abounds but also a hint of toffee maybe or caramel that prevents too much puckering. This is a massively flavoured bitter. The label says it's Hedonistic and it is. It's almost too much flavour which makes the drinkability score lower but everything is balanced perfectly. Awesome.

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Photo of Stwinchy
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of CGAR
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jnjander
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of NvMyBeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
4.01 out of 5 based on 2,149 ratings.
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