Rogue Brutal Bitter

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I mentioned yesterday that I tried Rogue Brutal Bitter. We had made a trip to Lebanon, NH to meet up with my folks for lunch. I had no expectations of finding good beer, so I didn’t come prepared with my camera. A cell phone pic will have to suffice.

The pub we hit up was a fantastic little joint – Salt Hill Pub. The bar has an Irish theme. Looks like it is the place to be if you’re in the Lebanon area. Great food and lots of local beers on tap. Every month they have a special guest beer on tap. The Rogue was said guest beer for November.

The Brutal Bitter, as the name implies, is of the bitter beer style.

Side note: I learned something new today. The style “bitter” is actually just an English term for pale ale. Interesting…

Anyhow, on to the review itself. It’s pretty straightforward:
* Not brutally bitter at all
* Actually fairly mild (60-something international bitter units)
* Mostly floral hops, with a mild piney finish

Summary: For someone who doesn’t like a ton of hop action, I really liked this beer. Had I not been driving I would have had more than one of these puppies!


Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

4 thoughts on “Rogue Brutal Bitter”

  1. It’s a favorite of mine, and an intriguing brew, since Rogue uses exclusively Crystal hops for this beer. If nothing else, you get the full taste of a single variety of hop.

  2. While this may have tasted mild, 60 IBU is pretty high. The type of hops used and the amount of malt will alter the bitter flavor. IBU is a measure of the alpha acids in the hops. For comparison… Dogfish Head 60 Min IPA is 60 IBU.

    Also, lots of good beer up there. There’s a decent (from what I’m told) brewpub in Lebanon – Seven Barrel Brewery.

      1. Yup! IBU is actually a pretty poor measure of how bitter a beer will actually taste. It’s a better measure for how “hoppy” it tastes, but doesn’t take the sweeter malt flavors into account at all.

        FWIW, English-style beers should not be overly bitter or hoppy in flavor, including English-style IPA’s.

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