Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 2205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
TASTING NOTES: A non-traditional India Pale Ale with big citrusy, hop flavor and intense hop aroma. Medium-bodied with a vibrant lingering hop-bitterness that is anything but brutal. Enjoy!

8 INGREDIENTS: 2-Row, Carawheat, C15 & Rogue Farms Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Alluvial™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2007
bottle. hazy orange pour. carbonation and thin spotty head. carmel malts, orange, purfume aroma. crisp refreshing. greath sticky malts, fresh hops and citrus. great bitterness. very nice drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2007
This is definitely a very fine ESB; Very hoppy, caramel-like palatte, typical beer-like appearance and a thin head--even when pouring down the middle. :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Pours out a nice med-dark amber with a wonderful aroma of hops (of course). Yep, flavor of strong hops with a nice malty ending. I must say, as far as ESB’s, this is my fave, geez, these brewers at Rogue are kick ass. Thier Mocha porter, Dead Guy Ale, and Chocolate Stout is all great! Christ, why couldn’t we have a Rogue Brewery on the east coast too!! Fuck, Rogue rules! (PS, just got through with bangin my wife doggy style), this ESB is something to enjoy...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
islay (2276) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2007
22 oz. bottle. The aroma contains hops, pine, citrus, and banana scents. The beer smells like a classic Northwest U.S. ale. It pours a hazy bright orange/bronze with a moderate amount of uneven golden cream colored head. It looks as an ale should. The aroma and appearance both are very appetizing. Strong, bitter hops are evident in the flavor, but it also features a comfortable fruity sweetness (bananas, pears, lemons) as well as hints of pine. This is a well-balanced beer, and the Crystal hops are the perfect choice. There is good bitter aftertaste. Brutal Bitter is smooth, creamy, and almost buttery on the palate, the prototypical texture of a good bitter. It is drinkable and refreshing, perfect for sipping while eating chips and watching the game. This is a surprisingly delicious beer given the often bland character of the bitter style. The bottle describes this beer as an "imperial bitter." I’d probably classify this brew as an American Pale Ale. Whatever you call it, it is very good stuff across the board.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdjuice (497) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2007
Nice very hoppy aroma, very citrusy. Pours light amber with light tan head. Flavor is dominated by hops. Curiously not as bitter as the strength of the hop flavor might indicate in another beer. Still, the bitterness level was pleasant and made for quite a nice brew. I think this shall become my default brew due to the ease of purchase in my area.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2007
I was hoping that this beer would kick my ass, however very hoppy-not brutal bitter. Proved to be very smooth and drinkable. Body and carbonation are light, the Cascade hops are definately present; hints of citrus going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - DEC 29, 2006
On tap at Stone Brewery. I had this after an imperial ipa so it was very dull for me but i did get some nice spruce and pine notes, a bit watery and mellow. With no head and an astringent finish. Definatly not brutal nor biter... i can use a little work but its good as a refreshing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LearninBeer (486) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Rated on October 6, 2006. The aroma was a citrus hoppy smell. The head was small, creamy, off-white with virtually no lacing and the head was mostly diminishing. The hue was orange. The flavor was a moderate bitter and it finished that way for a long duration. The body was light to medium, the texture was a little watery with a soft carbonation. The finish was a light astrigent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drmatt (51) - THE LOU, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2006
cloudy, golden color. nose is slightly hoppy with some malt. has a nice bitterness to it, i am starting to appreciate bitterness more and more now. it has a nice malt backbone gives it some sweetness to balance it out. this is a solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Anglofile (138) - Piti, GUAM - DEC 24, 2006
Nice cloudy amber body looks big and has a big frothy white head to back it up. Beer turns out to be quite big and chewy. Nose has a lot of hops in it (spruce, resin) that practically hide the malt and yeast. Also smells like pears and white wine. Taste starts out sweet and quickly gives way to bitterness and a long finish. Nice to see something like this done without the use of cascades or dry-hopping.

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