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Brutal Bitter Ale | Rogue Ales

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3.98/5
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2,155 Ratings
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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:
#4,012
Reviews:
1,110
Ratings:
2,155
pDev:
10.55%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
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Ratings: 2,155 |  Reviews: 1,110
Photo of wpreynolds
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Steiner84
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Morganfield's Suntec City Mall in Singapore

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Photo of Nishriver
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of teddibrewski
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber colour with a thick off white head, smell is really subdued for an american IPA, i don't find this to be a very aromatic type of IPA at all. has a nice clean hop bitterness to it that is well balanced, by the malt.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale Amber with an off white head.

Smells of lemon, pine, and bready malt.

Taste is lemon and pine balanced by sweet malt - caramel and pecan - finishes dry with bitter herb.

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Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.12/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of snohojimbo
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of casapy
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Emersonio
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance: Deep gold/ amber. Hazy with minimal white head. Aroma: Mix of mild and sweet malts with hints of hoppy notes. Taste: Mellow malts with some hop bite. Aftertaste: Quick finish with the flavor following the taste profile. Overall: Was expecting a bite more hop character and the malty forwardness was surprising. Regardless, this was an easy drinker. Good. 3 out of 5.

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Photo of igamez
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikebu
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buschbeer
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours amber with a slight haze and burnt orange highlights. It it topped with two inches of creamy, beige head that leaves some decent lacing.

I smell some caramel malt and floral hops.

The taste has caramel malt, tea, and some remnants of hops.

Medium mouthfeel

It smells and tastes like an old one. I will revisit.

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Photo of ejmus3
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small pint glass: color is dense/opaque copper, head is off white, fine bubbles, head dissipates to a ring.

Smell is nice blend of toasted malt, hints of biscuit, then some lightly bitter hops with neutral flavored aromas, maybe some grassiness.

Taste is similar to the aroma with blend of toast and biscuit malts then more earthy/piney hop flavors. Yeast fruitiness reminds me of Dead Guy notes.

Mouthfeel is nicely bitter for these strength IPA with a good balance in malt flavors.

Overall a solid easy drinking ipa with that noted Rogue yeast.

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Photo of AD17
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JayKay412
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robebo44
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours a hazy copper orange with a 1 finger off-white head. Smells of piney citrusy hops and bready malt.
Tastes of pine, slight citrus hops and biscuit. Nice medium mouthfeel with a bitter finish. This is definitely my favorite Rogue beer so far. Only regret is that I didn't try this sooner!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty orange color, with 1/4" white head on the top. Aroma is pungent bittering hops, C hops.

Taste drops 100 ibu levels, covers alcohol, a little bit of wood pine hop flavors.

Its definitely better than your average Rogue beer, and probably one of in not their best ipa. Been around for a long time, I remember when this was one of the hoppiest beers out there 20 years ago. Maris Otter and wheat keep its body energized.

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Photo of pstam87
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brutal Bitter Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 2,155 ratings
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