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Rustic Rye IPA - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Rustic Rye IPARustic Rye IPA

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83
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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 01-31-2009)
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Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy amber with a goodsize two inch plus head on the top, decent retention as it stayed around

bitter citrus hops. Tones of grapefruit and tangerine dominated the brew. Not much room for anything else in there. A bit of sugar, orange peel, huge hoppy bitter bite right out of the gate, good dry finish. Lots of resiney grapefruit tones throughout, a touch of sugar trying to balance out the hops, but it was not really going anywhere. Huge hops, huge bitter, BIG IPA.

Photo of OC_Beer84
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, dry rye and a hint of hops. In the taste, a small hop and a small rye fruitiness. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry green apple skin in the aftertaste. A nice rye presence, but small hop than expected.

Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely dark amber in the tulip glass. Nice foam and pleasing carbonation in the mouth. Modest aroma of browned barley with some bread.

Medium body with a rich, spicy flavor. Just the right amount of rye to give it that sharp grainy taste with a touch of perfume.

Hops provide a fairly bitter backdrop. Like an IPA but restrained enough to make the hops a deep part of the flavor profile without stealing the show. Resiny taste along with the browned biscuits and spicy tang. Nice malty flavor provides good balance.

Compares favorably with the tasty Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye, I think. From the 22 oz bottle.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from Bootlegger's.

Pours a hazy dark golden color. Lacing is pretty looking good so far.

First smell was a blast of apple/cider. Upon stronger whiffs, I think it's the rye and/or yeast character playing tricks with me. Very different smelling than other rye beers I have had.

Was not expecting this taste at all. I can only describe it as a creamy rye, with a hint of hop bitterness at the end. But this beer is all biscuit malt and rye.

Medium mouthfeel. Slightly syrupy even. This is a nicely bodied beer.

Very drinkable. It's smooth and tasty. Rye is one of my favorite ingredients. If I were grading this beer according to style, it would fall flat on it's face. Not even close to an IPA. However if you like rye, give it a shot.

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange amber color with thin head; nice spiderweb of lacing left on glass mug. Nose of sweet juicy fruit gum ending on a botanical spiciness. Spicy kick of rye is up front on the palate with resiny, grapefruit and pine hop flavor. Ends on a sweet caramel and chocolate note. Aggressively carbonated with a medium thin mouthfeel.

Photo of hopdog
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with Hophead22 (thanks!).

Poured a Medium and slightly hazy amberish-orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. Armoas of rye, grains, a little earthy, and citrus. Tastes of rye, grains, citrus, ans some caramel. Had a light tart and sour finish that I too liked.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of roodie
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip. Thanks to cardinal79 for sending me this awesome extra!

A: pours a amber/gold brown with 3 fingers of pillowy white head, lots of lacing remains.

S: smells of grassy hops and sweet malts, the rye smell reminds me of a pastrami sandwich sans pastrami

T: very pleasant hoppy bitterness, muted by the malts, moderately sweet and caramelly, but the star is the rye taste adding a bitter breadiness to the flavor profile

M: very smooth, malts and hops mellow each other with a perfect velvety coat on my palate

O: a great brew, haven't had it on tap but plan to next time I'm in OC.

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear, golden amber, with a huge light tan head that leaves tons of spiderweb lacing and takes a while to dissipate.

Smells of grapefruit pith, warm malts and some rye as well.

Taste is not quite as big, lightly bitter pith throughout, with a rye aftertaste. The two go well together, but the flavors are a little understated.

Texture is light-medium bodied, a light bite, with a semi long dry finish. Medium drinkability, I probably wouldn't want more than one or two of these.

The taste is somewhat lacking in actual hop flavor, as the only aspect is the citrus pith. Other than that, it's what it says it is, and does a pretty good job of it.

DOA

Photo of SpdKilz
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orwngish brown. A nice amount of light tan head. Very frothy and nice. Smells sweet with a touch of rye spice. Some pine on the nose as well. Tastes sweet and well balanced the rye spice is a bit underwhelming and the hops are not very prominent but overall a fairly solid brew

Photo of ottovon
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a nice coppery-orange color with a fluffy, white head. leaves lacing down the glass.

S: i get caramel malts, bread, some citrusy hops and orange peel. there is a bit of peppery spiciness in the nose as well.

T: caramel malt, citrus hops, and some spiciness. i get orange and some straw in the flavor. finish bitter and semi-dry.

M: it has a nice medium-thin body that sort of coats the tongue. a little resinous.

D: this is a good beer, that i could drink more of.

Photo of freshflesh
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of klikger
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served in a Goose Island IPA tulip

A - Medium to dark amber, large white head (shrinks down after a minute or two), and great lacing

S - Floral hops, rye, and oranges

T - Rye and lemony hops --> bready rye and a little black pepper --> a splash of grapefruit briefly finishes off this rye cocktail

M - Medium-bodied and adequately carbonated.

D - Inoffensive and pretty tasty. Not bad.

This is a solid rye IPA - it's not too complex, but the tastes it possesses are pulled off nicely. Definitely worth a try if you like the style.

Photo of berlinabb
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BigLittleHokis
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Joe_Mahma
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Rudy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.