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Rustic Rye IPA - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Rustic Rye IPARustic Rye IPA

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103 Reviews
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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

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Beer added by: DoubleJ on 01-31-2009

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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 248
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.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was hoping for some strong rye notes from this beer. They should definitely try a Jacaranda from Claremont Craft Ales and figure their ish out. This beer was no Bueno. Need. More. Rye. Very average beer. Disappointed. =/

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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.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at congregation ale house

Slightly hazy gold color, aroma of pine and rye bread, taste is balanced. Rye is present but not overwhelming, moderate bitter finish, smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.9/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Yellow-amber with a fluffy white head.

Smell: Very strong floral and piney hops. I had this from a freshly tapped keg; your results may vary.

Taste: Strong bitterness up front, into a rye and malt slightly sweet and very substantial backbone. Leaves a bit of resiny hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Great IPA. The hop bill is nothing new, but the malt/rye backbone sets it apart from the standard West Coast style IPA. I had this from a freshly tapped keg and was blown away. I had it a few months later from the same keg and it was still great - the hop aroma had faded somewhat, but the grains were still delicious.

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Photo of artdob
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Orange golden in the glass with a classic off-white head. Looking good.

Nose is light with yeasty easters, light lemon.

Taste - classic styling here. Very well balanced. This one goes down easy with big points in the drinkability column. Hoppiness really comes through - IPA yes. Have had other ryes in the past where the rye really dominates. While I like that extreme, not really getting that here, though the beer is quite good.

Carbonation is just north of mild. Sipping this one well chilled on a hot Southern California evening, this one hits the spot tonight. Given the solid drinkability of this beer, unfortunately my glass will soon be empty.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Hanson’s Market in San Clemente, Calif.
Price: $4.29
Purchased: July 7, 2014
Consumed: July 10, 2014
Misc.: Tons of foam poured out of the beer after I opened it

Poured a honey, orange, hazy color with six fingers of frothy, off-white head. Above average foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Good-to-great retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled earthy rye hops, wet Cascade hops, cantaloupe, sweetened iced tea, green peas, light asparagus, broccoli, corn chips and some caramel notes.

Tasted a tad better than the smell, but still not that great. Got those earthy rye hops again to lead. Also buttery notes, cantaloupe, lemon grass, honey, sweetened iced tea, citrus hops, caramel, cough drops, lemon and some vegetable notes. Felt like a kind of cheap taste, but grew on me as it went down.

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Could hardly taste the alcohol.

This rye IPA really grew on me. Not too bad and a great value for the price ($4.29).

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.9/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A mildly hazy orange amber with a dense, off-white head, this is a decent looking IPA, The nose is quite solid, a moderate rye character along with some grapefruit and pine hops, this also has some tropical fruit character. Malt character is mild, a little bit of caramel is present. The rye is rather bready too.

The palate opens with a blend of rye and grapefruit and a little bit of chalk. Bitterness is moderate, and there's a pleasant blend of fruit and pine. A touch of soap as well. The mid-palate is where the rye comes to play, rather spicy and bready. Sweetness is medium- medium-low with some honey present. Moderately drying and mildly bitter on the finish, there are lingering flavors of fruit and pine, this beer is a little watery. Solid

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kyle2k10 for this bottle, one of about 98 extras from his box that I'm working through. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife after a good dinner out for my daughter's birthday this week...& watching my Twins get crushed. Again. Still. Plus, it's snowing. In mid-April. /end news feed.

Pour is a dull orange that's about fourteen percent occluded; not quite cold filtered. Lowly carbonation. Nose is extremely earthy, mixed with tablespoons of lemon & citrus & orange. I'd say: appealing.

Rustic Rye IPA is like biting into a piece of South Dakota farmland. Earthiness crosses into a swampy with dry, brittle windblown leaves in the mix. Mid-palate the hops arrive in good humor: pine, citrus. Orange, even. Finish is a sweeping, gentle bitterness & a final herbal potpourri. Half a bomber of this will do just fine, thanks.

This veers towards saison territory...well, not real close, but much closer than most beers with 'rye' or 'IPA' on the label. Best thing one can say about the beer is it's...interesting. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
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.


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Photo of gusman61
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of Nixonbrew
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glass - Mug

A - Bronze like color with a big Lager like head that looks pretty loose. Head retention was quite good. Tiny bubbles can be seen slowly rising to the top. Nice splashes of soapy lacing.

S - Toasted sugars, molasses, caramel and a touch of rye. Herbal and orange hop characteristics are there but don't jump out at me. Seems balanced and drinkable.

T - Pleasantly surprising orange/tangerine thing going on. Bold herbal and resinous hop flavors through and through. Moderately sweet with just a touch of rye bread. Finishes very bitter and dry with lingering resinous hop flavors.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation and slight chewiness.

O - I gotta say that i'm pleasantly surprised by this beer. Rye didn't jump out at me, but i found the beer to be a satisfying IPA, filled with resins and bitterness. Inviting look, and the price is outstanding. I picked up a mixed 12pack for $14, and can't wait to try the rest. I say try out the mix pack for sure. I'd buy again. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: Slightly cloudy dark straw color. 2-3 finger foamy off-white head that looks like it will stick around nicely.

s: Smells of lemon rind, flowers, light tree sap, papaya, mango and grain.

t: hoppy lemon, flowers and papaya up front and mid pallete. At mid pallete a nice toasted malt comes through. Finishes somewhat clean but with a small bitter sting.

m: Approaching full-bodied, medium carbonation.

o: A pleasant surprise from a local brewery.

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Photo of lsummers
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rusty light orange with a one finger head

Smell is very subtle, mild citrus hops with a touch of peppery malty sweetness.

Taste is also not as bold as I was expecting. Mild bite of hops at first, grapefruit, and subtle grass that ends on a sweet malty peppery note.

Overall, it's a very drinkable ipa. Nothing stands out, which would make this perfect for the back yard bbq. But if your searching for the added "Rye", this might not impress.

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Photo of Therisse
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of WestCoastLibations
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my first(!) review here on Beer Advocate, I wanted to pay homage to a local (of sorts) brewery, based in Fullerton, Orange County. While I am familiar with DTF, and the trifling nonsense which goes on there, I have always been interested in the city's brewery, which this beer gave me the perfect opportunity to get to know!

Flowing out of the deuce-deuce, the beer came out the same color of the Fall leaves in the recent Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Special I just watched, yet when settled in the glass (proper IPA glass of course), the beer took on a darker color, almost Brown. From here, I knew it was going to be delicious.

Sniffing it as the head decreased to mere layer of white, topping the abyss below, it smelled to me almost tame, with the Rye acting as a barrier of sorts from the onslaught some IPA's can bring.

Finally tasting the sweet nectar, I was admittedly surprised by the lack of bitterness, which again, accompany many IPA's. While there was no shortage of Hops, there was still a cacophony of other tastes combined, going to create a unique, and...well...delicious flavor.

Overall, with the combination of appearance, smell, taste, and personal notes, I was happy with the product which was sampled through 22 ounces, and about 15 minutes of bliss on a Friday afternoon. This taste from Bootleggers will most almost certainly bring me up the 55 Freeway sometime soon, to check out the brewery itself, nestled in the forest, known as DownTown Fullerton!

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild aroma bringing a slight spiciness, oranges, and a nice constant sweetness across the board.

Pale orange and clear with a bubbly white adhesive head, about a half finger thick. Looks kind of like a pumpkin in color actually.

Sweet almost candy-like orange flavors right up front and through the finish. It's almost like those gummi orange wedges covered in sugar. Nice spiciness from the rye hits the sides of my tongue and dances around. Slick mouthfeel, almost feels a bit wrong, but it works. Carbonation is low to moderate.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain/rye and some very mild herbal hop aromas. Taste is slightly sweet and is of malt/grain/rye up front with some herbal hops on the finish and a slight alcohol kick with each sip. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but the smell is pretty weak in my opinion.

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Photo of Philousa
2.66/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
2.26/5  rDev -37.4%
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.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.


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Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.