Brutal Bitter Ale | Rogue Ales

Brutal Bitter AleBrutal Bitter Ale
BA SCORE
3.98/5
2,155 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:
#4,003
Reviews:
1,110
Ratings:
2,155
pDev:
10.55%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
222
Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at a local Ralph's market.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a two and a half finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, some lacing, and above average retention. Colour is a predictable transparent copper. No visible yeast particles.

Sm: Hops - both floral and bittering in a seeming equal balance. Clean malts. Pine. Crystal malt. Grapefruit. Citrusy hops. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Somewhat fresh.

T: Piney with rounded fruit citrus ester hops. Some grapefruit, but restrained and only noticeable about the climax and on the finish. Weak cream on the open. Clean malts - some crystal - form the weak foundation. Hops are mainly floral and fruity, with obscured bitterness in the third act. The bitterness is awkardly concealed, lending the third act an empty dull feel. In this regard, it's structurally imbalanced but flavorfully decently balanced. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Built in a pretty standard manner for an IPA. There's nothing unique or special here. Feels somewhat fresh, but I'd stop short of calling it refreshing. Pleasant and enjoyable to drink.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some weak cream. A touch overcarbonated, giving it a sharpness that prevents one from gulping it and inhibits its drinkability. Too thick, likely from poor planning of the malts - which are too present in the flavour profile anyway. Complements the flavours generally at best.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Rather average for an IPA, but I find it fairly pleasant. If I got it again, it'd have to be on draught. Subdued for the style - which isn't a bad thing. The piney character is a nice touch. There's really nothing brutal about it, but I'm glad they didn't get sucked into the IBU/Hop content war.

Drank okay out of my Guinness pint glass. I couldn't recommend a better vessel. Maybe a tulip?

Would pair decently with spicey food.

A poor candidate for aging.

Low C

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cloudy reddish orange with a foamy white head.

The smell was mostly citrus hops, grapefruits and some pine as well.

The taste is pretty well balanced a good amount of malts to off set the huge hop flavour.

Medium bodied and medium carbonated, very drinkable.

Overall a very good AIPA not the best I've had but still very good.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of fdig23
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a medium sized white head.

Nose: Grassy, slightly sweet, floral, a bit of pineapple and biscuit.

Taste: Organic. Very grassy, with some onion and peppery spice. There's a bit of caramel malt as well. Not brutal at all, more vegetal.

Mouthfeel: a real let-down here. Very weak and watery.

Overall: a really interesting brew in the flavor and aroma categories, I just wish the mouthfeel could back it up. Became really hard to drink towards the bottom of the bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Coors Light pale in color with a big bright white head. Very very biscuity on the nose. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving behind lots of sticky lacing. Some herbal hop presence is starting to make itself known on the nose along with touches of earthy and nutty scents. This bottles only about 3 months old so I can't imagine the hops being that faded. Pretty muted nose though.

Flavors, like other rogue beers I've had are pretty subdued. Biggest flavor present is the sweet biscuit flavor up front followed by touches of fruit and a moderate hop presence. Medium in body but kind of watery on the finish. Could use a bit more carbonation maybe. Balance is pretty good.

One of the better rogue beers I've had and unfortunately it's still not great. I respect what rogue does but haven't found a beer by them I can really get behind yet, they're all kind of, well like this. With some missing the balance or some just missing flavor marks all together. Drinkable but my money could be better on a different product.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

22oz bottle poured into a crystal mug.

A: Hazed gold, relatively turbid and effervescent, with a huge soapy and foamy white head that leaves some decent lace.

S: Hops are dominant, good fresh hop and citrus notes, I get some blood orange and grapefruit, a touch of pine and some floral aromatics. Definitely some malt in this one too.

T: Follows the nose, more juicy than bitter with a very balanced malt backbone. Orange, citrus, grapefruit, bready caramel and some tangy wheat, flowers, just a hint really of herbs & pine needles.

MF: Creamy, watery, on the lighter side of medium, decent carbonation with a bit of lingering bitterness and dryness.

O: There are a lot of hops here but its still a pretty balanced IPA. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Try it, even though its a Rogue.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of BillH200174
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange-amber. Very inviting hoppy nose. More aromatically hopped than bitterly hopped. Hops are juicy, citric and fruity; non-traditional in that way, but nevertheless tasty. Malts are not too heavy, but definitely pronounced; some light bread flavors.

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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 2,155 ratings
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