Rustic Rye IPA - Bootlegger's Brewery
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4.6/5 rDev +25.7%
Appearance: Nothing too special about the looks of this beer. Crystal clear look, tiny bubbles, head sustained well but was small. Honey color.
Aroma: Aroma was pleasant but once again, nothing special. It was also subtle. Specific smells included rye, orange, pine, and honey.
Flavor: The flavor is what got me. I feel it had the perfect balance between piney hops and bitterness. The specific flavors I could taste were pine, rye, orange, wheat, honey, copper, and nuts. Very crisp.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was also amazing. It was creamy, plentiful amounts of small bubbles on the tongue, and a thick body.
Overall: Perfect type of beer I'd like to drink on a hot day, but would also be amazing slightly below room temperature. This is nowhere near the hoppiest or the most bitter IPA I've ever had, but it is perfectly balanced.
02-26-2013 18:30:10 | More by Therisse
4.47/5 rDev +22.1%
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.
04-03-2010 02:10:14 | More by RoyalT
4.45/5 rDev +21.6%
Got this at the ABC market next to Disneyland.
Always enjoy a good Rye PA so thought I'd give it a try.
Brewery in Fullerton, just up the road from the Magic Kingdom.
A - pours a clear golden with a copper hint. Good carbonation and inch thick head of large bubbles that last for a short period and then disapate back into the beer.
S - After a day walking around Disneyland this is the grand finale of the day. Excellent hop aroma. Fruity, citrus, grapefruit and a peppery smell
T - Tastes as I imagined. Balanced hops, malt, rye fruitiness and pepper with a smooth bitterness. Tastes like a homebrew I made but drier.
O - Worth the price to try a local brew made by a homebrewer recently turned craft brewer.
Wish I could try more from Bootlegger's.
03-22-2013 05:26:49 | More by Nixonbrew
4.35/5 rDev +18.9%
22 oz. bottle poured into a Pint Glass
A: Beautiful Deep Golden / Orange/ Red in color with a huge white head and some sticky lacing.
S: Citrus hop aroma with some spice and caramel malt.
T: Large, but not overpowering hop presence up front & nice spiciness from the rye.
M: Medium body and the carbonation is spot on. It leaves a slight velvety coat on the palate. The finish is bit dry with just a little bitterness, but very nice.
O: One of the first beers I had from Bootleggers and a great Rye IPA that I keep stocked in the fridge.
Audio for this review: Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
02-03-2012 00:18:52 | More by TouchOfEvil
4.34/5 rDev +18.6%
Pours a very cloudy orange color with an inch of white head. Spotty lacing.
The nose offers a ton of earthy and spiced rye. There is some faint tropical fruits but rye dominates.
The flavors are compromised of a ton of rye. Spice, earthiness, and lovliness. This beer has one of the most noticable and enjoyable rye presence. Some bitter hop bitterness completes the flavor profile including some pineapple and apricot.
The mouthfeel is appropriate, medium with moderate carbonation.
Overall, loved the rye characteristics showing boldly here. Very enjoyable.
01-25-2013 05:56:53 | More by ChugginOil
4.33/5 rDev +18.3%
22 oz. bomber, a RyePA,
A: Pours a lightly hazy amber, with a really light white head, real nice sunset colour.
S: All hops, no hint of rye. Nice light citrus, smells like a regular IPA.
T: The rye certainly comes in in the taste. Great spicy character adds complexity to the solid hop profile. Tangerine, orange, tropical notes from the hops are all there. Malt is treacly, almost cake batter at times. A really good mix of flavours.
M: Smooth, creamy, robust, dry finish.
D: A real nice surprise out of the local brewery in Fullerton, Bootlegger's. I'm going to have to try their whole lineup now with how good this was.
04-29-2009 16:29:30 | More by Halcyondays
4.3/5 rDev +17.5%
This is a new beer in Bootlegger's portfolio, an IPA with 10% rye. It tasted really nice during my tasting at the brewery, so I bought a growler to go. On to the beer:
Big patchy/soapy head on top a color of beautiful clearish copper/bronze. Good head retention. Aroma...oh man, that smells good. Very citrusy, grapefruit. It bombards the nostrils. Cracks of dry biscuit and caramel.
The taste is simply a good thing. It's quite balanaced, tasty...don't worry the hops sneak in towards the back. This is a very complex beer. At first, it has a slight tropical fruit flavor with a gummy feel and caramel flavors. Bready, strong earthy notes, and drying in the middle, probably from the rye, yet the hop flavor pokes through. This becomes a strong floral flavor towards the back. Very clean and dry in the finish. The easy-going mouthfeel helps things out here, and feels as light as a feather with just a tick of carbonation.
It's good to find a slight twist on a popular style, particularly for the better. This is clocked at 85 IBU's, yet feels like half of that. Simply put, it is very tasty and easy to drink. I wonder how this will fare when its bottled soon?
(2/25/11) - Had it again from a growler. More unbalanced than I remember. Still very clean and hoppy though.
01-31-2009 04:59:11 | More by DoubleJ
4.23/5 rDev +15.6%
It is a happy beer. It lightens your spirit. It would be good morning fishing beer. I stumbled upon a nice Irish pub (gallagers) in Huntington Beach and was turned on to this. We were Not disapointed! After having visted a pub that served bud and the like, I was very happy with this find!
03-26-2013 04:16:23 | More by gusman61
4.23/5 rDev +15.6%
A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts and rye with some grapefruit and citrus hops and a touch of pine hop.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit, orange, and citrus hops with some bitterness. Through the middle, some light pine hop comes through with a bit more bitterness and some rye spiciness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel and biscuit malts, rye spiciness, and some citrus and light pine hops.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and lightly spicy finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice Rye IPA with a good balance of hops and some nice rye spiciness.
08-06-2012 04:02:16 | More by ngeunit1
4.18/5 rDev +14.2%
22oz bottle poured into a tall tulip glass (Thanks vitese).
A: Pours copper, fairly clear, with nearly 3 fingers of a tight, off-white head. Good retention, leaves decent lacing.
S: Soft floral and citrus hops, spicy rye, caramel, smells bready. Lots of hop flavor, but not overly aggressive like many.
T: Big, but soft hop presence up front with lots of flowers and citrus. There's not really any bitterness or 'kick', nor is it overly orange or grapefruit. Big bread notes with plenty of rye and spiciness. A little caramel, though it cleans out in the finish.
M: Medium to slightly light body, moderate to slightly high (perfect) carbonation. Fairly smooth, very nice crisp and clean finish. Fairly chewy. Finish is fairly dry with just a little bitterness.
O: Normally I would be looking for a bigger bite from the hops (more bitterness, more aggressive). Thinking of this as a rye beer though, I really like it. Gentle and flavorful hop presence that is the perfect compliment to the rye spiciness and hearty malts. Just the right touch of caramel to add richness without taking away the dry, clean and crisp finish. Tasty and refreshing and absolutely no astringency or alcohol presence. A tough one to rate, probably not an A- strictly as an IPA, but overall, I enjoyed this as much as a any beer I've given an A-...
10-12-2011 00:38:53 | More by Satchboogie
4.15/5 rDev +13.4%
808th Review on BA
Draft to Pint
@Concourse Bowling, Fullerton, CA
App- A nice darker orange out of the tap. Had a pretty minimal one finger head. Didn’t cling or stick like I was hoping it would. I think glasses were still a bit too cold. When I had this one out of the bottle, it was a heck of a lot different.
Smell- A very nice smelling IPA. A lot of Rye comes through at 1st and is backed by a little bit of an earthy hop note and even a soft malt on the back. Not overly assertive with its aromatics, but enough to now its a big Rye beer.
Taste- This was one of the more Rye forward beers I have had, right up there with Hop Rod Rye. This was very balanced with a lot of Rye being intermixed with a juicy hop and a little touch of malt on the other side. Forms a nice triangle of flavors. A little dry but that’s okay.
Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A bit dry on the finish. A nice mixture of the rye and citrus.
Drink- I'm becoming a fan of the Rye beers and I didn’t appreciate this one when I 1st had it. This was a nice beer to hang with and not have to worry about too much ABV or too much boldness. Smooth, subtle and a good beer.
09-12-2011 20:23:30 | More by FosterJM
4.15/5 rDev +13.4%
Picked this up at Whole Foods/ i left my wallet in El Segundo, pretty solid beer selection with a nice emphasis on locals.
The pour on this was a big hazy orange, almost Widmer Heffe like, which is strange since some of the previous reviews had it translucent and almost clear. I liked to citrusy smell, which balances with the malty taste, almost to a creamy feel. This was quite drinkable, my only concern is that these guys are inconsistant with what hit's the market and how each bottle or batch is different. I got a good one, i'll be back.
Just an update, I can't stop buying this stuff.
03-18-2010 03:42:13 | More by chickencoop
4.13/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
01-19-2011 00:20:32 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.