dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Knowing Rogues penchant for hops i was expecting this beer to be a little more brutal in the bitter category. (I’m tired so that’s funny to me.) On cask, this was quite malty, creamy and delicious with a nice hop finish.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2003 Copper honey like hue; very cloudy, but looks quite appealing. Grapefruit/citrus, touch of pine aroma. Awesome malts in this medium bodied brew. Hops are intense through the bitter end. A substantial beer, highly recommended. The guys at Rogue fail to disappoint me. A very nice brew.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I would not say that the effect this beer has is brutal, but it is still damn good. A strong but not overpowering hop flavor. Palate and carbonation linger. Unique taste to it and worth more pints but I just wish it would go on sale!!!
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Frankly, I am surprised at the relatively low average score given for Brutal Bitter. This is one of the best beers I’ve tasted while keeping track on Ratebeer.com. The aroma is to die for, floral and hoppy. Brutal also gets a perfect score for appearance, with its copper color and off-white head. This brew is excellent, is quite hoppy, but not overbearingly so. Brutal Bitter has awoken my interest in trying other Rogue beers.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2010 Mouth-watering oranges in a creamy mouthfeel…Wealthy cereals ending up in resinous hop bitterness...This is not nearly as good from the tap as it can be from the bottle, but both are commendable pints...
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - SEP 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy rust-orange color with a thick, dense, creamy head that leaves a decent lace on the glass. Hoppy nose that reminds me of a pale. Lots of fruity flavor (pineapple) that finishes to a tart, sticky bitterness. Slight sourness around the tongue. Has a nice thickness in the mouth. Again, it reminds me of a pale, but hell, it’s good!
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bitter? Holy crap, tastes like I just bit into some of those Oregon Crystal hops! Hop taste lingers, long finish. Did I metion hops yet? Very light to no head with tiny bubbles. Brutally delicious.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful and different hop aroma--clear bifurcation between hops and malt...Color a lovely orange/gold...fine, rocky head---glass is empty but lace clings like spider webs on the autumn lawn...Flavor is mildly grapefruity with a restrained but sharp hop countenance. Finish has same unusual hop essence with fruity touches...Nice balance but a bit tamer overall than I had hoped...Still, a very fine bitter...
Braudog (5455) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid dark orange color. Taste of grapefruit rind. Pretty damn good!
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Re-Rate: This is delicious. Could be one of those “If I had to pick one beer to take with me on a desert island - this could be it’ kind of beers.
This is a very tasty ale. Is it an IPA or a bitter? Sort of that English variety flavor - but kicked up with some good NW flavor. Much better than most bitters out there - very tasty.