Brutal Bitter Ale | Rogue Ales

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2,147 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
Ratings:
2,147
Reviews:
1,109
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
Wants:
95
Gots:
217
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of DocJitsu
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately hazy orange copper with an off white head. Head retention is average with inticing lacing around the glass. Guiness-like rings, in fact. Grapefruit, lemon, and biscuit malt bouquet. The mouthfeel is perfect for this style: smooth and wet with just the right amount of bite on the back of the tongue and throat. Nice mixture of pine and citrus that has been perfectly and unobtrusively balanced with grain. I really like this one. Very good example of this style. Nice beer. Rogue redeems itself after my disappointing encounter with their Chipotle last night.

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Photo of tizride
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of ng85
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy deep orange. Minimal head. Slight lacing as well.

S-Not very intense. Piney hops. Citrusy too. Hoppy but not eccentrically hopped. Overall, not highly aromatic.

T-Hop forward but not a strong flavor. Lighter bread malt. Fairly clean. Pretty nice flavor. I would't call it 'Brutally Bitter'. Its simply not bitter enough to garner such a title. Still, a yummy drink.

M-Lighter. Good sessionable feel with plenty of carbonation. Crisp too.

O/D-More mild than the name would lead you to believe. Not very brutal. A nice IPA from Rogue; plain and simple.

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Photo of Rich540
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Dark33
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of ToddT
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Mildly hazy copper color topped with a fluffy off white heat. Head has some legs and leaves lots of spotty lace on the glass.

S- Hops and more hops, nice grapefruit and pine notes, but not much else can be picked out over the hops.

T- Big notes of citrus, grapefruit and pine hops at first, balanced out in the middle by some nice malt character that keeps the hops in check. Finish is dry and clean with a lingering final note from the hops.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, clean and easy on the palate with minimal build up of oi from all of the hops in this.

O- Another solid beer from Rogue, the 5.8% ABV makes this an easy drinker and the tastes are well balanced. This is not just another hop bomb, and it makes very interesting use of a single hop variety.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -28.4%
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 -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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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Photo of jsh5771
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
4.01 out of 5 based on 2,147 ratings.
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