Beer: Rogue Brutal IPA
Location: New Port, Oregon
Appearance: Hazy, deep orange golden color, good head retention
Aroma: Hops, citrus, yeast, and malts
Body & Texture: Rich, thick, mouth feel is very pleasant
Aftertaste: Moderately hopped with bready and sweet flavors
With a name like Brutal IPA I was expecting more of a hop punch to the mouth, but it’s very well balanced between hops and malts, and seems actually more malty than hoppy. While it’s definitely a drinkable beer and even enjoyable, it’s just not very note worthy. If it were on tap somewhere I’d give it another shot, but I wouldn’t keep this IPA stocked in my fridge. Our friend Kyle provided us with this beer and it was nice drinking it during a recent Niners game, but overall it wasn’t really that impressive. I do have to give Rogue credit though, it had a beautiful color, good carbonation, and their bottles are always very cool. Though, it’s hard to photograph these bottles because the glass gives off so many reflections!