Brutal | Rogue Ales

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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

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

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

Pours a lightly hazy burnt orange color with a decent size head that falls to a ring with some clumps of bubbles floating in the middle.
Aroma is caramel malt with nice citrus hops thrown in. Nothing to exciting but not bad wouldn't call it stupendous like rouge does.
Taste like the smell a nice caramel malt flavor with a good dose of hop flavor orange, grapefruit rind mixed with some melon and a touch of pear. Don't know about brutal bitterness but it is pretty bitter certainly by comparison to other ESB's .
Mouthfeel is good little lighter then medium carbonation is good adding to the hops a little tingle.
Drinkability is good also a nice ESB in my book, not my favorite style but this is pretty good.

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

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy gold colour with a decent size frothy bright white head. I can see an average amount of carbonation. There is also some gorgeous lacing and the head lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - Hops, citrus zest herbal/floral notes, are the most noticeable. Also a biscuit like scent and a sugar sweetness.

Taste & Mouth - Mouth feel is just about perfect on this one, a decent amount of carbonation on the tongue. I'm not sure it lives up to its name; as I've had lots of other IPA's that were way more bitter than this one. It is far from brutal; the hop taste is actually moderate - and enjoyable. The hops give way to a citrus sweetness and biscuit/malt flavour, and then I was left with a bitter aftertaste.

Drink - I really enjoyed this beer, and I will keep my eyes peeled for more so I can stock up. It's a nice drinkable hoppy beer.

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

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

Not bad was quite surpised similar to stone 13th aniversary but a bit more toned down.

A - Small head light brown copper look nice.

S - Malt, almost slight grassy smell.

T - Hint of chocolate (might be the malt) sort of burnt taste.

M - Light crispy taste, leaves a bit of a lingering feel after drinking.

D - Good beer to have if you are looking for this style would definately drink again.

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

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Very clear amber in color, with a huge frothy head. Leaves very nice lacing.

Smells... well, bitter :) The aroma makes me want to be in a raucous pub watching the EPL. Slightly oily hops in the nose.

Taste is again very bitter, in a pleasant way. Tastes of wood with a slightly, and oddly sweet aftertaste. Very hoppy. More piney than citrusy.

Very well done ESB. Very good if not the best example of the style I've had.

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

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

22oz Bomber with no freshness date. This one pours a dark orange color with a great frothy off-white head that has great retention. Pleasantly strong hop aroma comes from this one, citrus and floral with some malt lurking about. The aroma also is quite bitter and strong enough to smell even when the beer is on the table. Good hop flavoring stands out the most with some malt balancing it out. A light bitter finish that lingers about is quite pleasant. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. This a very smooth beer that would make a good session brew.

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

Pours slightly hazed light copper with a off-white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of light citrus with sweet grainy malt in the back.

The taste is citric with sweet malt backing. Can't say it's complex, but it is tasty. A good dose of hops with plenty of malt backing makes it bittersweet. A certain wheat-like crispness in the finish.

Smooth in a fuller side of medium body. Some chewiness to it.

Drinkable and enjoyable, despite a bit of rawness about it. This one fits the bill of a boosted-up bitter. A uniquely intense ESB.

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

Hazy orange in color with a one inch head and a great long lasting lace.
The aroma of hops,some malts and an earthy scent.

The taste of sweet,caramel malts with a citrus twinge and a hop punch with an oily finish. Mildly bitter and crisp.
It had medium carbonation and a very smooth body. Not heavy or light.

Notes: Really good beer. Session worthy for sure and so well balanced.This did not disappoint at all.

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

I didn't find this brutal at all. Strong, sturdy, and bitter it is, but not brutal. Budweiser Chelada? Now you're talking brutal!

It's one of the most unique and interesting beers I've tried. It poured a hazy, tan color with a surprising amount of fizziness in my tulip with a slight foamy white head. For all that malt, really not the study head of foam and lacing I would expect. I have a weak nose, and had to strain a little to pick up some malty, floral aromas wafting up from the liquid. From this unassuming beginning, it was struck by its unique taste. Lots of biscuity malt, well balanced by lots of grassy, herbal hops. Did I detect a notes of taragon and grapefruit in there? As it warmed, the balance changed and the hops character got a little more bitter, but this is one of those brews that rifts on its flavor theme as it warms, rather than getting out of balanced as it warmed. It was enjoyable to warm the tulip in my hands a little and see what this guy would taste like next. It's not a smooth, easy drinking beer but gets good drinkability marks for that type of enjoyment.

May your life be this Brutal.

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

OK bought in the 22 oz bomber..what else would it be in , :-).
After a fairly careful pour this beer still has a large frothy pure white head atop a dark orange , slighly hazy beer..nice to look at..but alas we must drink.
smell? well one word will suffice HOPS..spicy hops.
the taste while its brutally clear that this is a hop driven beer..there is a detectable undertone of the English keeps this monster together..but its clear hops dominate.
actually quite smooth and almost creamy on the tongue..though prickly at the end.
I am not a real "hophead" but i found this very drinkable.

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