Rogue Brutal Bitter – 59 IBU
Brewer: Rogue Brewery
Rating: 4.5 CMUs (CrapMonkey Units)
Don’t let the name fool you, this is certainly not a brutal beer. In fact, it is quite smooth and respectful of the senses. The beer starts with a very good pour – foamy, but not to the point of annoyance. Additionally, the aroma suits this bitter well. You are struck with the sense of walking into a brewery as this beer reaches your nose – a sensation that lasts the duration of the beer. The taste is delicious, but I was expecting something a bit more hoppy and bitter given the name. Be careful pairing food with it as it’s much more susceptible to being overpowered than its name would have you believe. I also have to say that it is a surprisingly even tasting beer. The first taste that hits your tongue is nearly identical to the mild and pleasing taste it leaves behind. I would recommend this as an after-dinner beer, perhaps on a Sunday evening on the patio as the sun sets. To that end, a very mild cigar would also share the stage with a Brutal Bitter quite nicely.