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: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden orange color with a light head and minimal lacing.

Smell – Piney hops, with a very light touch of citrus and sweet apricot.

Taste – Light hops (definitely not “brutal”), malt, and a small hint of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel – Good carbonation; goes down easy.

Drinkability – An easy drinking IPA. Not at all “brutal bitter”.

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brutal's colour is very nice, a dark amber-orange with an off-white head. Not very good retention however, and the lacing is just barely there. I can't say that the smell is all that impressive. It just barely registers a light hoppiness and nothing else. The taste is completely the opposite, with earthy bitter tones dominating the hop spectrum, and an interesting bready malt up-front. Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and a dry finish. Not too shabby!

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Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 80.3% out of 100 with 2,154 ratings
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