Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Rustic Rye IPA - Bootlegger's Brewery

Not Rated.
Rustic Rye IPARustic Rye IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

103 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 103
Hads: 248
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DoubleJ on 01-31-2009

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 103 | Hads: 248
Reviews by the Alström Bros:

  None found.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a thick, murky light brown in color with a faint orangish tint and a brown-white head that was almost as thick as the beer itself.

Smell - There's a lot going on in here. The hops jump out first. They are mainly citrus in character but with a very bitter slant. They are incredibly creamy on the nose if that's possible and there's a sharpness to them that you don't often find.

The malt base is rank in a very good way. The rye comes out husky and quite tight to the smell. Beneath it all is a rich sweetness that again smells very tight. All of this malty goodness play especially well with the hops.

Taste - The hops and malts play nice at the taste, too. The hops lose some of their sharpness that I got from the nose but are still large. The malts are just wonderful though and especially that sweet character came threw beautifully at the taste. It is all just the right mix of citrus hops, malts, light non-grainy rye, and sugar.

Mouthfeel - This is huge in the mouth. I wouldn't call it full-bodied but definitely medium on the big side. The carbonation is light and appropriate. There is some light bitterness throughout but this is not a bone-crushing bitter drink like some IPAs.

Drinkability - With a modest 6.2% ABV this is definitely a session ale. It is very smooth yet big and chewy and has enough complexity to keep things entertaining. I definitely enjoyed this better than most as it is only averaging an overall score of 3.5 or so and I thought it was way above that grade. Big, heavy, and harmonious.

 1,547 characters

Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of aquazr1
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Orange gold in color, mostly clear with little head. Not much nose. Rye is distinct but not as prominent as I would like. All in all an average beer.

 188 characters

Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of SudsSurfer
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of magictrokini
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden-brown with a total lack of head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is flat, grainy, and plain. Some floral hops, but no rye to speak of. Some sourness, more metallic than anything else. Good mouthfeel, firm but not thick or syrupy. Decent carbonation. Taste makes up in part for what is lacking. Smooth, sweet, fruity hop flavor. Tropical and blood orange hop taste, but nothing tangy or bitter. Attribute that to the overmalted backing. Very sweet for the style. As for the rye, again, it is nearly nonexistent. Compared to a similar beer, Hop Rod Rye, this is weak and rye-free. However, this beer tastes really good. I could drink this again and again, but it misses the boat stylisticly.

 700 characters

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while in Socal for BT (what a magical 48 hours), couldn't beat the price on this. Drank at the Utah State @ Nevada tailgate. Pours a light orange, very clear, good carbonation and average head, light hop aroma, sweetness, tempered.

Taste, relatively smooth, lacking the rye spiciness you might expect, but decent hopping, light caramel flavor, still carries some of that sweetness throughout. Not a complex or strong rye beer at all. $3.49 a bomber, it was worth that.

 484 characters

Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a nice copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of citrus hops and light hints of spicy rye.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front with hints of rye are joined shortly by light citrus flavors. Midway through the sip the rye gains a bit of strength before fading to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall this is a solid Rye IPA that I could session and enjoy it. Worth a shot.

 711 characters

Photo of girllovesbier
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a frothy 2 finger slightly off white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Nose is not what I expected. Quite lacking especially in the hop department. Slight spicy leathery notes with a little pale malt.

The flavor is a perfect representation of the name minus it saying IPA on the bottle. Again lacking a bit of a hop characteristic. But everything else is great. Nice spicy and earthy rye notes with mild fruit and a touch of citrus. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a mild zesty spiciness, crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall it's a nice very drinkable beer. Lacking in hop notes and characteristics for an IPA, but good. They need bottle dates to determine if that's the reason for the lack of hops. I do recommend this for the nice rye spiciness and earthiness that is really nice.

 833 characters

Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. "Rustic" suggests that the brewer lacks confidence in this beer - the dent in the bottle-cap (were these hand-capped?) further adds to the "homebrew" feel.

Safety orange liquid with some chill haze - topped by a billowing finger of off-white foam. Excellent lacing and decent retention.

Caramel, citrus, and rye flour aromas - floral and earthy but somewhat subdued.

Bitterness is assertive, though the hop flavors are not particularly complex. Tangerine, grass flowers, and floral/herbal notes combine with honey or caramel malt. The rye adds a touch of sourness in the finish almost like buckwheat.

Spritzy carbonation, not quite medium-bodied, and very "zippy" mouthfeel.

A good effort which I would be happy to have again - though not in the same league as Alpine Nelson.

 848 characters

Photo of salcedo
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass
L: Nice orange color. Very clear. Delicate, off-white head
S: Toasted malt. Hint of acetic acid (vinegar)
T Toasted malt with a tart crispness.
Slight cidery aftertaste.
I'm trying to learn what flavors rye adds to a beer, but I'm not sure I taste it here.
F: Body is on the thin side of medium.
Well carbonated.
O: This is a nice beer. More complex than your standard pale ale, but could still drink this all night long, especially with some good hearty BBQ.

 510 characters

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been seeing this beer on shelves for a while now but never bought one. Now that I tried their Knuckle Sndwitch I've been trying more Bootleggars stuff.

Pours a very nice orangy hazy yellow color. Very nice frothy head with very nice lacing.

In the Aroma you really get the rye. Nice hoppy citrucy aroma complements the rye character.

The flavor is great. Nice hoppy bite with the smoothness of the rye. It feels like it's missing something in the finish. Like a hop isn't biting my tongue enough. It hits the sides of your tongue but notthe center.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice dryness with a good carb.

Overall I could drink this often. If I see it on tap somewhere I'll get it for sure. It's a solid beer and I don't know why it only had a B rating on here. It's not the best ive had but it is solid.

 802 characters

Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, showing a deep golden color with a bit of orange/amber hue with a touch of haze. Sports a sturdy inch of foam which offers good retention and lacing.

Light hop nose with citrus and a bit of spice. Touch of caramel as well. Rather clean and almost lager like in stillness with an almost additive quality to it. With warming the additive quality disappears and an earthy funkiness arises and adding more depth.

Somewhat coarse on the palate likely given the rye component, otherwise showing the same citrus and caramel of the aroma. Offers an odd floral component that seems to come and go. Still a bit too malty with respect to hop flavors and rather reminiscent of an English IPA.

Decent and smooth feel yet without the texture I would expect from a Rye IPA. Easy drinking and unotrusive with a flash of orange citrus and a light to moderate bitterness on the finish.

 910 characters

Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler mason jar at the brewery. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. It maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat (rye perhaps?), and citrus hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and slight bitter hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this wasn't bad, but this was not great. It was nicely balanced in flavor, but it just seemed to be lacking something... The rye/wheat taste perhaps??? It had a pretty good aroma though. Would definitely be happy to try this one again.

 642 characters

Photo of GRG1313
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange amber with a beautiful thick and firm white head.

Nose is medium sweet and floral grapefruit with a hint and undertone of ripe pineapple.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and with a very nice body.

Flavors are actually very much like a rye bread in nature-rye grain flavor with extremely well balanced malt and fruit.

Finish is long and with a bitter rye grapefruit character.

Very consumer friendly and food friendly with a very nice character, flavor profile and finish. Finish goes on forever and gets more and more bitter for a minute or two.

 578 characters

Photo of SpdKilz
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a dark amber hue. Over two fingers of tan, fluffy head is achieved with a moderate pour. The head is slowly dissipating, leaving decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Slight hops, floral, citrus [i.e. grapefruit], and sweet maltiness. Honestly, it also smells quite literally just like marijuana (after a few big intakes of the nose, one can most definitely smell the "dankness" to this drink).

Taste - Flavor smells similar to the nose but overall muted. It is a bit sweeter than most other IPAs but not in a way that detracts from the overall drink. Not much rye can be found after numerous sips. There is plenty of grapefruit, sweet malts, and pine. Not horrible by any means but just nothing that really jumps out at you.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty quaffable. This is by no means a bad IPA, however, as someone else stated previously, for the price there is no reason to buy it. For the same price I could have opted to get a Blind Pig which was right next to this (but I wanted to try something new). Again, I'm glad I tried it but with so many other great West Coast D/IPA's out there, I won't be getting this again.

 1,227 characters

Photo of jdougherty
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Dirt
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of kmoen
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jonbonfon
4/5  rDev +10.8%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.