Brutal Bitter Ale | Rogue Ales

Brutal Bitter AleBrutal Bitter Ale
BA SCORE
80.3%
Liked This Beer
3.98 w/ 2,154 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
Ranking:
#3,957
Reviews:
1,110
Ratings:
2,154
Liked:
1,729
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
10.55%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
96
Gots:
222
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,154 |  Reviews: 1,110
Photo of chuckgietzen
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gandres
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle from the brewery in Issaquah
Appearance: light amber-orange, hazy and cloudy medium head, lacing
Aroma: Hoppy and malty-strong smell of grains
Taste: very good, hoppy bitterness and very good follow through
Palate: Medium-full body, very nice, sticky creamy, fizzy, strong bitter finish follow through
Overall: very good beer, good to repeat
Drank: March 17, 2016
Happy St Patrick's Day

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Photo of Jackalope1977
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of clake
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deebo
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

20 oz On tap at pdx
This is an easy drinking malty citrus forward slightly bitter ipa. Nice balance of bready malt with upfront orange/grapefruit hop type aroma followed up with a moderate bitterness. Moderate to high carbonation. Nice beer.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a cloudy, hazy orange color with a small white foamy head and light to moderate lacing.

The smell is mostly grapefruit along with some floral hops and caramel malts.

The taste is grapefruit malts with an undertone of rich caramel malts and pine malts on the back end. Lots of sticky pine hop goodness from start to finish. The finish is moist and bitter at the same time. Overall a good example of an American IPA.

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Photo of innominat
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of constantine_272
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a heavy court haze. A big thick foam rose up and remainder only in a sticky glass clinging mess.

Bright herbal nose which oak leaves and pine twigs.

This beer a nice mix of light malt and creamy wheat intermingled with a citrus grapefruit rind. A mineral graphite note grows through the middle with prickly carbonation and the bitter orange and grapefruit.

Feel is stingly from the high carbonation but both dry and sweet from the malt and the hops. It really does show a spectrum of texture because of the high carb, high malt and high hops.

Overall a nicely crafted, full powered beer. A touch on the thick dry side for my IPA taste, but still great.

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Photo of Supergenou
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of skrabbenhoft
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FriedSlug
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BSquaredGolf
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Piney malts and a long finish. Extremely complex. Not a typical IPA. Very solid beer but wouldn't be a go to if I was looking for a standard IPA. That being said helluva good beer.

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Photo of remy28
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kefdrum1
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Momon
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkal13
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden color. Carbonation is very apparent. Grapefruit/citrusy taste, rich and smooth.

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Photo of Aaryah
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Griggsy
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of irrevjim
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

from a bottle to a beer tulip
look; cloudy golden orange, 1" head, pretty good retention
smell; pine, cereal malt, hint of passion fruit, a little whiskey
taste; bitter hops, some pine, some fruit, nice malt, honey roll, something fresh about it
feel; bitter and smooth, medium body and medium light carbonation, nice
overall; a heavyweight name and vibe for a nicely balanced medium bodied bitter with moderate hops, enjoyable to drink

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Photo of GrumD
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange and hazy on appearance, this beer is certainly not brutal but still packs a punch. The aroma hints at the hops inside, covering the usual bases of tropical fruit and piney resins. Taste sings of citrus flavours with a lovely balanced sweet and hop hit. Bitterness lingers but is not overtly strong.

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Photo of Brend91
2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Meer een ale dan een ipa

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Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of piney hops, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of citrus hops, and slight rye. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level and a strong bitterness at first. Tastes of sweet malt, piney hops, citrus hops, slight alcohol, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of rye. Overall, good appearance and blend, decent aroma and body, the bitterness mellows throughout the beer.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite breweries. This beer pours a copper color. Big citrus smell. Taste is pretty hoppy, what you would expect from an IPA. Nice orange notes and a pretty bitter beer. I would definitely get this again.

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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 80.3% out of 100 with 2,154 ratings
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