Brutal | Rogue Ales

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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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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a pumpkin colored brew holding a two and a half finger head of creamy off white bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving sticky, honeycomb lacing down the glass. Carbonation appears moderate. There is a definite haze throughout, with flecks of yeasty sediment from the last quarter of the bottle. The nose gives clean pale malts, fusel booze, lightly browned red apples, marshmallow sugars, cloudy muskiness, bright lemon, and sticky pine for hops. There is a high sweetness in the form of tart citric candy and bittering hoppy rind, but in the sickly sweet kind of way. Warmth brings light plastics, a chalky grittiness, and more floral hop aromas. Our first impression is that the advertised bitterness delivers, with the feel giving surprising airiness. As we sip, pale and caramel malts, with soured chalkiness, meet with bittering floral and grapefruit hops. Booze comes to the peak, with a pale wash of gritty malts, mineral, bready yeast, and those same bittering hops. The finish takes an interesting turn, with the hops quickly becomes subdued by a mineral water wash, more pale malts, light phenolic plastics, and floral notes of hops without the bitterness. The aftertaste breathes of light lactics, plastics, yeasty muskiness, mineral, and faint spiciness of earthy, soapy, and citric hops. The body is lighter, and the carbonation is medium to high. The bubbles don’t prickle the palate as much as coat and pad it. There is good foam, cream, slurp, and pop on each sip, with the lip left with a brush of froth. The entire sip is airy and light. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the drinkability due to the interesting design of the sip. The bitterness expected came all at the start of the sip, with a bit of flow through the center of the mouth. By the finish, however, most of the bitterness and overt hoppiness was washed through by waters and a sweeter malty mash. In this sense, you get all the bitterness of a “brutal IPA” but not the intense flooring pucker through the aftertaste and feel. This makes the beer very drinkable, and keeps you sipping easily throughout.

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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at WJ Kavanagh's, Dublin.

Hazy honey blonde with lumpy white carpet that webs.
Passionfruit, wax, flowers and orange sherbet - booming fresh nose.
Melon, more passionfruit, Orange Whip, a touch of toffee and a bit of hoppy grassiness at the end.
Resiny finish and slightly woody linger.
Medium, round, some chew, and sticky.

Nothing brutal about this: sweet, sweet, citrus/tropical fruit fiesta that recalls Lagunitas for being compellingly gluggable. Not particularly English, in spite of the malts. Plenty of resiny hops without the IBU hit, which makes me madly curious about Crystal. Well-integrated and sooo easy.

Rogue's best next to Shakespeare.

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

Pours cloudy orange copper color with sediment floating in it like snowflakes in a globe, a massive 2 finger foamy off white head that faded very slowly and was full of big bubbles of all sizes, leaving decent lacing and a foamy layer on top.

Smells of big hops up front with grapefruit and pine leading the charge, followed by orange peel, lemon zest, guava, citrus hops, flowers, floral hops, biscuit and light grains; smells like fresh wet hops were added and has that hop oil nose – damn inviting nose.

Tastes like it smells, big hops up front including citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, guava, piney hops, fruit like pear or apricot, floral hops, herbs, biscuit, light grains, wheat bread, brown sugar, caramel, light spices and fresh cut grass; fresh hops essence is in the flavor profile as well, but this only has mild bitterness which leads me to question the name…it’s not brutally bitter, it’s quite the opposite and very quaffable. There’s a little spice nip, but the malts add great balance to let the hops dance on your taste-buds and let all the complexities come through.

Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery smooth, with light almost watery carbonation, a medium chewy body, and a sweet finish that’s full of citrus notes and only slightly bitter.

Big time IPA, nope; very above average IPA, yep; could it not be an IPA, yes indeed; no matter how bad they labeled this brew did I enjoy it, definitely. This was a different beer from when I first tried it years ago, but it was really good and a session beer for me. This is a cross between an IPA, and ESB and an English Pale Ale, but it just tastes good. Ignore the classification and pick up this Rogue classic, sit back and enjoy a craft beer pioneer. Highly drinkable, I’m not waiting years to have this again, I really enjoyed it.

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

Bottle. Pours a great amber with a slight haze. Fine, creamy, white head. Good duration. Aroma is hoppy, lots of pine and grapefruit. Some good, clean maltiness as well. Medium carbonation, fine creaminess. Flavor has a very nice malt base, some sharpish hops. Relatively bitter, some caramel and a good, lasting flavor of pine and fruity hops. Nice.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap (& from a bottle in August 2015).

A favorite some years back after a visit to Oregon, I found that it was not as exceptional as I remembered. Still, a solid, spicy/herbal IPA. Only moderately strong and medium bitter; certainly not 'brutal'. The flavor seemed stronger than the aroma. Appropriately hoppy with some good balancing from malts.

Feel: medium body and carbonaton; smooth.

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