Brutal Bitter Ale | Rogue Ales

Brutal Bitter AleBrutal Bitter Ale
BA SCORE
80.3%
Liked This Beer
3.98 w/ 2,154 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:
#3,949
Reviews:
1,110
Ratings:
2,154
Liked:
1,729
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
10.55%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
96
Gots:
222
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,154 |  Reviews: 1,110
Photo of carrollmel7
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mytu420
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of parintele
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eschlue
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DuffMan23
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrBrach
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange / Copper color, cloudy.

Smell: Smells how it looks, tangerine, orange peel, mango, masked undertone of lemon.

Taste: Zesty orange, lemon, bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body.

Overall: As with the other members who have reviewed this, I wouldn't call it a Brutal IPA. Balanced flavor, fruity, and bitter. Enjoyable IPA. I would definitely drink more of these.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

I was expecting a really bitter beer, but it actually isn't. It is a pretty smooth and easy drinking beer. Cloudy amber color, fruity smell, slight aftertaste. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of iamstevetay
3.22/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chef74
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bf_89
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FickleBeast
2.93/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Savor snifter. Not able to find a date code on bottle - my bottle has a red label . Pours a cloudy orange color with two fingers of foam that fill the glass and coat the edges as it recedes very slowly. Aroma is fairly subdued. Kind of citrusy, with a hint of melon. Expected more from the nose.

First sip is is mostly bitter. Thin bodied with a lot of astringency. However, there is not much hop flavor, only bitterness. The malt backbone really isn't there, so this tastes mostly unbalanced to me. I'm not sure if this is an off bottle or not, but I really don't understand how this is rated so highly. I will come back and update if the other bottles in the 6 pack are better, but for now I can't recommend this.

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Photo of tedho21
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ASirahSyrah
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pens1967
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Lukass
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rpopescu
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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