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Rustic Rye IPA - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Rustic Rye IPARustic Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
83
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202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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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ZX6Chris

California

2.17/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 04:18:34 | More by ZX6Chris
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Auracom

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 21:10:02 | More by Auracom
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Arbitrator

California

2.33/5  rDev -36.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 20:38:12 | More by Arbitrator
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DogFood11

California

2.35/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 04:35:56 | More by DogFood11
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wino47

North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 22:35:15 | More by wino47
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imfatsowhat

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

06-16-2014 20:51:42 | More by imfatsowhat
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kmk1503

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

06-16-2013 02:16:59 | More by kmk1503
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Florida9

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 00:37:21 | More by Florida9
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Philousa

California

2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 04:48:27 | More by Philousa
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Eriktheipaman

California

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

09-25-2013 01:03:22 | More by Eriktheipaman
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Bennettarr

California

3/5  rDev -18%

07-23-2014 03:12:52 | More by Bennettarr
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Obsidian

California

3/5  rDev -18%

03-17-2013 02:44:17 | More by Obsidian
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18%

02-16-2012 02:13:05 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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MickeyHops

California

3/5  rDev -18%

06-28-2012 00:14:41 | More by MickeyHops
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FrogOut69

California

3/5  rDev -18%

07-08-2014 17:05:00 | More by FrogOut69
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Samaurer23

California

3/5  rDev -18%

07-29-2013 21:11:41 | More by Samaurer23
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 22:48:54 | More by mothman
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -18%

12-28-2013 18:18:13 | More by jenray
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -18%

07-15-2013 01:15:10 | More by beernads
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -18%

01-09-2013 17:09:52 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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EdTheEdge

California

3/5  rDev -18%

04-13-2014 11:25:25 | More by EdTheEdge
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eulerthegrape

California

3/5  rDev -18%

09-13-2013 00:14:24 | More by eulerthegrape
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 03:03:22 | More by emmasdad
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Seanibus

California

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 02:10:17 | More by Seanibus
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Overlord

California

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2009 00:58:47 | More by Overlord
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Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.