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Brutal IPA

May, 2016
Judges Rating: 
91
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
36 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Billed as “the official brew of the Rogue Nation,” this American IPA is a showcase for Rogue Farms Alluvial hops. The hops are certainly prominent in the aroma with a plethora of tropical fruit notes wafting from the glass, including pineapple, grapefruit and passion fruit. In the flavor, the smorgasbord of tropical fruit once again is in the forefront with a light bready malt (of which many of the malts are Rogue Farms varieties). The beer finishes with an assertive, lingering bitterness that seems higher than the listed 46 IBU but is quite appropriate for a West Coast IPA. The unique Alluvial hops are showcased well in this very good example of an American IPA.

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