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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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2/5  rDev -49.6%

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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle has a production date of Jan. 10, 2013. Last one on the shelf. It was meant to be.

(4.25) A: Cloudy and copper with a very pleasing frothy/bubbly foam head. Commendable retention and evident lacing down the glass.

(4.25) S: Damp pine, rich buttered bread, oranges, honey, toffee, faint peppermint, and spices. Overall a smooth and gentle aroma that is as much malty as it is hoppy along with a bit of a sweeter emphasis. Not a very strong aroma but what’s there is very nice.

(4.25) T: Wet pine, juicy yet non-tart citrus fruits, floral qualities, rich bread-like backbone, assorted spices, and a tea-like taste. This is very smooth and very well balanced from what I can taste. The hearty malt presence gives the citrus fruits a juicy and modest taste that increases the drinkability as this is very palatable.

(4.5) M: Med-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice and oily with a bit of gritty texture. Well done.

(4.25) D: This is real interesting and a nice change of pace from intensely hoppy IPA’s (not that there’s anything wrong with those). The taste profile is quite diverse, flavourful, yet down to earth. I may have to scrounge the liquor stores for more of these.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is ight copper with a smaller than average head that fades quickly. The scent of hop oils is citrus and pine, and while it is a pleasing smell, it seems a bit subdued compared to other IPAs. The taste is a bit subdued as well, as hop bitterness does not overpower a malt y sweetness. Not brutally bitter by any means. Mouthfeel is average. Overall, there is nothing particularly memorable about this beer.

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3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange golden colour with a two finger white head. Label on the bottle is simple but I like it. Smell is not as intense as in many other IPAs ( think it is an old bottle) I had but still very pleasant, I get light citrus and pine.
Taste is also citrus, but mostly pine and all tastes come in very mild. Pleasant hop bitterness on the palate not very intense but really enjoyable. Body is medium. I think it is a good IPA for beginners who are new to the style but nothing outstanding.

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