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Brutal Bitter Ale | Rogue Ales

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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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. According to the Rogue website this is a cross between a Very Extra Special Bitter and an Indian Pale Ale. Pretty unique.

Nice looking beer, a hazy golden amber body capped with a frothy looking head, two fingers easy, that falls to a tight foam, not a ton of lacing, but a decent amount. The head on this one sort of sits like an island, just inside the walls of the glass.

Smells of hops, citrusy, almost like pineapple. A little bit of caramel from the malts make the nose sweet as well.

Quite malty to the taste buds, with the hops coming on nicely as it moves back. A little bready, a little citrus. It has a nice hop presence which is prominent, though not exactly brutal. Not really a bad thing, other than a slight misnomer, I wouldn't call it balanced but its still has a a good malt backbone. The hops linger nicely after you swallow.

Mouthfeel is drying with a slight boost of creaminess from the everlasting head.

Rogue calls this an imperial bitter, which makes it sound like it wouldn't qualify for 'session' status, but I find it to be very drinkable. I guess its just a matter of names. Either way, it's another Rogue beer I'll come back to.

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

Consumed 03/08/09.

Pours into a standard pint glass a very clear coppery/honey hue. Thin, off-white head quickly subsides to sticky ring of lacing.

The aroma is floral hops and sweet malt... caramel, I think.

On the palate, the flavor is a fairly thick caramel malt which is cut by a sharp citric tang (primarily orange). Tasty beer! A lingering, agreeable bitterness finishes off each sip.

There is a good amount of carbonation - keeps things moving along nicely. Beer may have been too sweet without proper carbonation.

This is an easy drinking beer that, while not as sessionable as a standard ESB, is a really nice change of pace.

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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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