Rustic Rye IPA - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Rustic Rye IPARustic Rye IPA

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 239
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DoubleJ on 01-31-2009

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Photo of ZX6Chris
2.2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-Golden amber. Nice tight white head that settles on top. Slight lacing that settles quickly back into the glass.

S-At first it smelled like a Jr. Pliny, but the aroma faded quickly. Now I'm getting a little wet cardboard. Definitely not good.

T-Earthy, spicy hops, spicy and mildly sweet malts and there it is again, wet cardboard.

M-like the head suggests this is a creamy beer, light, maybe a little undercarbed for the style.

D-It was going well at first but that wet cardboard taste ruined it. I drank enough to finish my review and then I drain poured. (563 characters)

Photo of Auracom
2.26/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Big thanks to Derek for the extra! 12 oz. poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass on May 16th, 2012.

A - Lightly-hazy, dark-golden coloring. One and a 1/2 fingers of a vanilla-white head. Poor retention but good lacing.

S - Relaxed aromas of citrus, notably orange juice and overripe lemons. There's just a hint of rye-like spices. Tiny bit of hop-cone pine tree, but it doesn't smell all that west coast.

T - Further citrus and light pineyness. Spices are non-existent here. At rear palate there's a weird, exceedingly-bitter, warhead-candy sourness that feels very disjointed from the rest of the drink. It went from being subpar in reference to the typical to bizarre and atyipcal.

M - Light-medium body, moderate-high carbonation. Astringent but doesn't finish very dry.

D - I refuse to believe there's rye in this when I think back to other rye IPA's like Alpine Nelson. Not likely to visit this one again. (918 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
2.35/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a hazy chestnut-amber body with a short-lived off-white head. Lacing is light and the primary remnant of head is a medium collar on the beer.

S: Vibrant citrus and floral hops that combine to remind me of overripe mango. It's vaguely earthy, as well. No rye in the nose that I can pick up, but there is a cereal note. Not all that pungent, definitely not a standout.

T: Rye is a little more pronounced in the taste, though it's not spicy; it contributes a robust graininess that counteracts the [dominant] earthy hops. Mild taste of citrus, but nothing as vibrant as the nose suggested. Also a little buttery (??!?) by the end -- I haven't tasted this in an IPA in a long time.

M: Medium-bodied, with good carbonation. Fairly smooth despite the rye, which I usually expect to contribute a bite.

O: It's drinkable, but forgettable. Still not feeling the Bootlegger's love yet... (925 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
2.39/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz brown bottle. I'm a sucker for Rye Ipa's dating back to the grand daddy of them all Bear Republics Hop rod rye. Poured into a small tulip it is an inviting dark copper color with a frothy, meaty off white head.

The nuts and bolts of this brew come up short. Its lacking any depth and is kind of thin for this style. Rye stands out boldly and in this its moderate to mild. Mouthfeel is also light with some lingering some distracting sticky malt.

Notes: Not for me. A great style. I'm glad more brewery's are attempting the RYE IPA but this needs some work. (564 characters)

Photo of wino47
2.52/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hazy appearance with nice carbonation and a pleasant aroma of citrus and bready notes. The body is a little light with the flavor coming across a little on the watery side. This definitely didn't have much of the rye character I expected and was a little too thin compared to others in the style. Not something I would seek out again. (334 characters)

Photo of Philousa
2.66/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear pale orange in appearance with one inch of head. Some lacing as you drink. Surprising amount of tart yeast prevalent in the aroma to start. Very grassy, weedy hop aroma, not much pine or bitterness apparent. Pale malt is hiding behind the mildly spicy rye malt. That rye malt is very apparent in the flavor. Again, mildly spicy, full of flavor. I get a little butterscotch diacetyl, which I realize was in the aroma too, but I just couldn't place it. That grassy hop aroma comes out in the flavor as well. Not as bitter as I would expect an IPA to be, but it's definitely got some bitterness to it. Balanced feel, slightly dry finish.

Interesting, but I'm ultimately nonplussed by this beer. Rather spend my money on something else. (739 characters)

Photo of Florida9
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear amber - looks like watered down whiskey. Forms a small white head that has little retention and leaves just a minimal lacing.

S: Smells of rye, toast, some peppery spice, grass and a bit of butter.

T: Lots of caramel malt and butter mixed with just a bit of pine and citrus hops. Rye spice on the finish is overpowered by unpleasant diacetyl flavors.

M: Medium bodied, but with a very "round" mouthfeel to it that is likely a byproduct of whatever is causing the diacetyl. Lower carbonation levels. Mild bitterness.

O: Simply put, this is just not a very good beer: Very little rye or hop character with an overwhelming amount of off-flavors. (659 characters)

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 1/4 finger of beige head. Color is a burnt rustic orange.

Aroma: Rye, grassy/floral hops. Some grapefruit citrus and bready maltys.

Taste: Grapefruit citrus, floral grassy hops, rye, bready malts. Simple.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends really, really dry.

Overall, decent rpa, but a bit to dry for me. Somewhat drinkable. (386 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up at Holiday Wine Cellar on a recent trip to San Diego.

Poured from the bomber a medium orange color with a huge rocky white head. Some citrusy hops on the nose, as well as a little caramel.

On the palate, more of the same, but really no noticeable rye. Not bad, but kind of a disappointment considering the number of great west coast IPAs out there. (369 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An adequate if not distinguished Rye beer. Pours a clear amber with a decent head. The aroma is sharp and toasty. The flavor is extremely sharp, dry, and toasty, with that characteristic mouthpuckering rye edge, but without the countervailing malt sweetness that distinguishes a great rye beer. The final effect is astringent and bitter. This beer takes the rye thing too far and too seriously. (394 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden, orange-ish yellow with a big white foam head.

Smells ... where's the rye? Smells like some tropical IPA notes, just a hint, and ... maybe some grapefruit. Kind of muted.

Flavor is similarly uninspiring. It's sweeter than a normal IPA, but I don't know if that's from the Rye, or what, because I detect basically no Rye. Some grapefruit, some sweet malt, but a bit grainy.

Well ... it's not bad, but too expensive for what it is. (447 characters)

Photo of jrnyc
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one in a 22oz bomber.

I got two 16 oz cans as an EXTRA from jimmy2282, thanks, what a great surprise!! Cans dated 8/1/2011.

A - Lighter appearance then some other Rye IPAs, small head.

S - Nothing significant about the smell.

T - This one is OK, nothing I would spit out, but nothing extraordinary about it. Less taste then others of this style.

M - Medium body

O - Ehh, not bad, not great though. I wouldn't spit it out, but I wouldn't seek this one out, but would certainly drink it if other choices were limited. (532 characters)

Photo of shivtim
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for the bottle, Konrad! I like the color scheme on the bottle; it fits the name.

Poured it out into a pint glass. It's surprisingly translucent, with not the tiniest hint of haze. Small streams of bubbles. Looks like tea water; a simple golden yellow with slight red tinges, and a tiny ring of white head on top.

Nose has a sharp sweet fruit smell, like apple and pear. This layer is almost like a cider. Some hops come through as well, but it's dominated by the sugary fruit.

Taste is sweet malty flavors, vaguely pineapple. Lingering hops come in at the end to remind that it's an IPA, but they are very gentle. I can't pick up on the rye. Very gentle mustiness.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both average. Overall not bad, just doesn't seem to fit the rye or IPA categories. (789 characters)

Photo of Trilogy31
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an amber brown with nice clarity and a fluffy cap that leaves thick lacing. Nose has some spicy bready notes, earthy forest, without much else. Taste is easy drinking and bittered nicely yet a touch simplistic. Dry rye bread, a touch of slightly sweet caramel, and again not much else. Decent and easy drinking but nothing out of the ordinary. (349 characters)

Photo of ikats
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear, light orange in color with a slightly off-white head. Very aromatic. Mostly citrus notes (grapefruit). Maybe some pine notes. Can't say that I smell any rye or malty notes in general. Taste is not particularly balanced. The malty base seems more pronounced than it would be in a regular IPA (not sure if that's effect of rye). Hops are very bitter from the moment they touch your mouth all through the aftertaste. There is a bit of dryness (although there is some sweetness on the lips as well from malts). It's about medium light body. Fairly drinkable. I am not sure if this beer will become my favorite (let's be honest, it is not anywhere close to the top of my list), but it is not regrettable. I'm enjoying tasting it at the moment. (751 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with two fingers of beige head that fades into a frothy cap with no lacing.

S: Some light and sweet citrus notes up front followed by dry pine and grassy aromas.

T: Very dry pine flavors dominate with some slight grassy notes. The finish is moderately bitter with some resin notes as well.

M: Medium body with sudsy carbonation, this beer feels about as dry as it tastes.

O: An alright IPA overall, though nothing special. It's a super dry IPA, though it'd be nice to have more depth of flavor and aroma. (541 characters)

Photo of kk73
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Pours a clear brunt orange with a modest white head that quickly disappeared into a white sheen and a white ring around my glass. Leaves a little lacing.

S - Not getting much in the way of spicy rye(maybe I dont know what rye is supposed to smell like). Some faint floral hops combined with a slighty sweet malt backbone.

T - Not much on the tongue either. A slight grapefruit bitterness that does not last long followed by some sweetness possibly from the malt.

M - Light and crisp, maybe a touch watery.

D - Not a bad beer, just not one I would purchase again. However this could be sessionable on a very hot and humid day. Very light and refreshing and very little alcohol detection. (737 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from K&L RWC. No freshness date.

The color is a brownish-gold, fairly hazy with a lower-moderate level of carbonation that produces about an inch of head.

The nose is...pretty bland, actually. I was expecting a lot more from this, having had some great IPAs from Bootleggers. There's a citrusy, grapefruit-like hop presence, but it's mild. I can't say that I get much rye. A bit of cereal sweetness. Not a bad aroma by any means, just boring.

There's a bolder hop character on the palate, leaning in the grapefruit direction with a little bit of an herbal/earthy twang. Rye has a moderate presence, lending some drying earthiness to an otherwise bready, moderately sweet malt base. As I work my way through the bottle, I start to pick up mild diacetyl. The finish is pretty grainy and bitter; the beer feels a bit thin until it warms up, and then the caramel malt backbone becomes more evident. Overall, there's nothing horribly wrong with this beer, it's just very run-of-the-mill. Easy enough to drink, but completely forgettable.

It's probably more of a B- than C+, but I can't justify bumping up my scores any more than this. Pass on this one and give their SoCo IPA a try. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Retsinis
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden orange, with a light brown tinge hue. A solid inch head rose, leaving some spotty lacing.

S: Scents of grapefruit, and mild caramel, some dry lemon, citrus, very mild rye, and hop spice.

T: Mixture of tropical hops, followed by carmel sweetness, with a bitter dry finish. It's a bit between a light Imperial IPA with this malt character, and a lighter hops than an IPA. The Rye notes could be stepped up too imho.

M: medium mouth, dry finish. Malt smooths it out a bit, but it also has some grit to it.

O: Decent, but not stellar. It has potential, so some recipe tweaking and it could be a real winner. (707 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 3 finger nearly white head over a mildly cloudy copper liquid. Smells piney and tropical hop aroma with some musty rye character.

Tastes juicy tropical flavors from hops with sweet malt undertones and an earthy sting/edge from the rye. Hop flavor is mostly lemon and blood orange with some pineapple and pine. Comes across a bit acidic and is accompanied by a mild alcohol sting (quite clean). Esters are minimal and hop bitter is strong and clean. The hop bitter blends with the alcohol and acidic well, but the hop flavors are too over the top. The finish falls flat with a lack of flavors. Would be nice to have a grassy hop bitterness to keep the palatte engaged. Md-light body with some dextrinous character. Strong carbonation is detracting. Decent beer. (770 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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 pmarlowe
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No bottle date. Tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear golden color with a finger of head, tiny bubbles. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells mostly like rye bread with an undercurrent of tangerine, prominent caramel and sugary malt. Taste is kind of grainy/bready with maybe a little orange/tangerine citrus, and again a hefty dose of caramel malt, finishing moderately bitter. Medium bodied and medium-light carbonation. Overall, this was a little disappointing in its lack of any sort of hop character. It's all malt and rye. I'd pass on this again. (550 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Thanks to RodBurg for the Bootlegger's Brewery hook-up!

This is a lightly hazy, golden brown colored liquid, with a slight orange cast to it. A one-finger, off-white colored, head of foam sits on top. Retention is fairly good, but is gone before the glass hits the halfway point. Lacing is good in appearance, but is very slippery.

Lots of citrus hops notes, blended with a boatload of caramel presence. Almost has a butterscotch(?!) quality to it. Light spice notes and a biscuity yeast presence.

The sweetness of butterscotch/caramel hits first and lingers for awhile. Just when you think that nothing is going to happen, in comes a good kiss of citrus hops, bringing a touch of bitterness with it. The yeast is still present, but it's somewhat buried. There is a nice hint of rye spice coming through, but not nearly as much as I had anticipated/expected.

The body is medium at best, but I'd probably put it in the high end of light bodied. The carbonation is medium level. It has a crisp sharpness to it. The body is a letdown, to me.

It's quite drinkable, but it's really just kind of a lackluster beer. I hate saying that, because I really hoped to like it. If I want something completely inoffensive that I don't have to think about the multiple layers of, this would be on the list, sadly. (1,373 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a fairly clear, dark amber, nice head, solid but looks pretty plain though.

Smell is pretty fruit, some oranges and grapefruit, but fairly sweet and malty, not aggressively hoppy. Some rye spiciness too.

Taste is fairly bitter, not as much citrus as on the nose, lots of rye spice again and even more sweet maltiness. Pretty good but needs more hop and less malt.

Lots and lots of fizzy carb, pretty full body, good mouthfeel overall.

Good beer! Not remarkable but a solid rye IPA which is a style I always like.

6.8/10 (530 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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)

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Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
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