DocLock (10660) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Draft. This one blew me away. Pours dark straw/orangish with a nice head and lace. Aroma of huge hops, fruit, grapefruit, chardonnay, spiciness, and some malt. Tastes hoppy, fruity, with a nice crisp finish. The intense fruitiness and spiciness balanced the hops perfectly. For #700, I give you the 4th perfect score I have ever given. As a caveat, I have not rated, or drank, the bottled version. I had this on draft at the Green Leafe cafe in Williamsburg, and I have no deductions for this one. cbassman (1) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2006 does not count
Bottle. Quite hoppy with citrus tones. The quite moderate use of a little wheat makes it a touch cloudy. Probably more of an IPA than a traditional bitter. Starts intense and finishes beautifully. The perfect pale ale for my palate.
sloshgator (741) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Rogue Nation Brutal India Pale Ale -- what’s not to like? Hazy yellow pour with an decent white head. Intoxicating aroma of citrus fruit and pine. Taste is more to the same citrusy and just enough pine to make it interesting but no bitter bite. Brutal is a well-balanced delicious IPA! HammerheadPDX99 (6) - USA - DEC 24, 2001 does not count
Not a beer for the meek. This hoppy ale is one of my all time favorites. John Maier has outdone himself brewing this one!!! eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - FEB 7, 2005
A chewy, toasty, malty bitter from the geniuses at Rogue! A clean-tasting, no frills bitter with hints of honey and wood. Excellent!
dwyerpg (6078) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Got my nose a little too close to this fabulously smelling beer and inhaled some head, but that was the only downside of drinking this beauty. Hoppy, yet mostly in the start, it develops into a truly wonderful ESB, though it mostly makes me think of IPAs. Spectaculur. Bludwig (31) - USA - JUN 13, 2010
The last time I had this ale it was called Brutal Bitter, it is now called Brutal IPA and is not available in Colorado in six packs any more. A good friend brought this 22oz back from Oregon.
Aroma: This one has big hops on the nose which combine with the malt accents to really give a big floral and citrus bouquet. There is also a solid grass aroma throughout.
Appearance: I poured this one vigorously and there was significant head which is still there after these many minutes of waiting for my computer! I did have a two finger head which is now a one finger, but wow! I love good head retention, hopefully I have not done damage to the suspended hop oils. The color is a hazy amber with hints of red in the depths. Very good looking ale.
Taste/Palate: Very well balanced for a west coast American style IPA. There is the immediate burst of lovely hop flavors and an almost apricot malt backbone. The ale then reveals a slightly sweet mid-palate which lends itself to a rich and full mouth-feel. Then a hint of biscuit malt peeks through before the rest of the awesome hop bitterness takes over to wash all of that away and leave my mouth in IPA delight! I really like the emphasis on citrus malt and hop character in well made IPA’s!
Overall:I love this damn IPA. It was one of my first IPA’s back in NC, and it has really kept its charm. When I taste a really well made IPA, it changes my day for the better every time! I wish I could still get this ale in Colorado, maybe it will be back one day. IAmTheBeerKing (14) - Cherokee, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2012
A fantastic IPA! All Rogue IPA’s are really great - color is orange with slight red-ish tint. Taste is grapefruit citrus, very hoppy - it is the perfect Spring IPA, not too heavy with a long aftertaste. Love it. wade (58) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2000
My new favorite beer, but Mocha Porter will always be up there, too. If you love hops, this beer is your best friend. Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2001
Wow. Intense hops, very appropriately bitter and citric, like grapefruit. Malt stays way back, but is present enough, mainly in the texture, to satisfy. And I like the idea of using a single hop variety.