Brutal Bitter Ale | Rogue Ales

2,149 Ratings
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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Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +12.2%

Photo of fdig23
3.57/5  rDev -11%
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 +12.2%

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%
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 +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of BillH200174
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of pburland23
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as part of a beer themed Christmas gift and I'm finally getting around to drinking and reviewing.

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my CBS snifter.

Appearance: Beer pours a hazy mild orange with a touch of sediment suspended within. Created about two fingers of fluffy white head. Head lingers lazily before fading into some great lacing.

Smell: Earthy, funky hops. Some piney notes backed up by some biscuity malt. Nothing extraordinary here. Run of the mill IPA aroma.

Taste: Starts off with a lot of hops bitterness up front. Fruity and floral. The bitterness is counteracted by some caramel malts. It's not a palette ruiner by any stretch however it's a good straightforward American IPA.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable (at 5.8%) IPA with a medium bodied and a pretty standard level of carbonation.

Overall: Rogue has a pretty bad rap here on BA, but I don't really mind Rogue. Brutal IPA is a better than average American IPA. Loads of hops but very well balanced.

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1/5  rDev -75.1%

Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
4.01 out of 5 based on 2,149 ratings.
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