Brutal | Rogue Ales

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
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#4,660
Reviews:
1,128
Ratings:
2,312
pDev:
10.58%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
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4.09/5  rDev +3%
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3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
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3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
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3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From elcervecero. In Teku glass. Playing Bastion. Light sweet fruityness with a strong (yet not brutal) bitterness, but more english than american, with an odd flavor, maybe mineral-like

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3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - orange amber, opaque with a thin white head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind.
S - A lot of malt up front with citrus and hops intermixed. Some earthy notes as well but overall the smell is not incredibly strong.
T - Follows the nose - a ton of sweet malt upfront followed by a good amount of citrus citrus - the back-end leaves a nice, lasting bitterness from the hops. Eartiness throughout the flavor profile as well.
F - medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Somewhat fizzy, but not offensive.
O - This is a pretty interesting beer. It's definitely more of a bitter than an IPA in my opinion, but the beer does a good job of melding the two styles together into something unique. With that said I have a really hard time with the marketing of this beer being called "Brutal India Pale Ale". It's not brutal - to me at least - it's 46 IBUs, alcohol content is 6.18%, and the flavors while in your face, are not brutal in any way so the marketing, again to me, is a little off. I would have much preferred this to be called what it is first and foremost - a bitter. It's a hell of a bitter that has some IPA characteristics, but it is a bitter first, IPA second, and for that I was somewhat disappointed when I took my first sip.

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Brutal from Rogue Ales
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