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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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212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

t0rin0, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

zestar, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2009
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bootlegger's

A: The pour is an orangish-yellow color with a nice white head on top, which sticks around for quite awhile.

S: The smell is primarily citrus hops (grapefruit) with a touch of caramel but no rye notes to speak of.

T: The taste is a bit better than the nose. The grapefruit hops are there along with a somewhat mild bitterness. The caramel malt provides a bit more sweetness than I'm used to in an IPA, but not bad. Again, no rye to be found.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

D: This IPA isn't too bad, but not necessarily one of the better west coast incarnations. The name is also a bit misleading as I really failed to detect any of the usual rye characteristics.

womencantsail, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -17.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

largadeer, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

oline73, Feb 26, 2014
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.

mactrail, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -17.8%

beernads, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Halcyondays, Apr 29, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

GClarkage, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -11%

drewone, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I brought this to the Inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" Event. Bottle poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours hazy orange with a nice cap of one and a half finger tall head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of rye, bready malt, grassy citric hops, and some dulled citric fruit. Pretty good, a bit faded tho.

T - Very similar to the nose. Big dose of chewy malt, rye, and dulled citric hops. Finish is a mix of chewy grains and light hop bitterness. Not too bad, just nothing mind blowing.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Overall chewy feel with most of it lingering throughout the finish.

D - Decent stuff. I enjoy rye beers, even if this one is listed as an IPA, for what they are but I am just not a fan of the chewy feel that accompanies them. Overall this was pretty good but it really wasn't anything mind blowing.

orangesol, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

mothman, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DoubleJ, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while in Socal for BT (what a magical 48 hours), couldn't beat the price on this. Drank at the Utah State @ Nevada tailgate. Pours a light orange, very clear, good carbonation and average head, light hop aroma, sweetness, tempered.

Taste, relatively smooth, lacking the rye spiciness you might expect, but decent hopping, light caramel flavor, still carries some of that sweetness throughout. Not a complex or strong rye beer at all. $3.49 a bomber, it was worth that.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +9.6%

iL0VEbeer, May 04, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/21/2011

A: Dark gold with a big frothy white head and lots of lacing on the pint glass.

S: Floral notes with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Malt is bready, with rye and caramel.

T: Bread and caramel with a little rye. Notes of orange blend with tangerine, attempting to combat the malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Bitterness is at a moderate level.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A good IPA, though maltier than desirable.

HopHead84, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark Carmel-orange in color with a quick fading light tan head. Some lacing left on the glass.

S - Slight maltiness, but that is it.

T - Hoppy, but not piney. Some Carmel, but not sweet, muted.

D - Medium carbonation.

O - Interesting flavors, but I enjoyed it.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA.

Pours a nice copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of citrus hops and light hints of spicy rye.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front with hints of rye are joined shortly by light citrus flavors. Midway through the sip the rye gains a bit of strength before fading to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall this is a solid Rye IPA that I could session and enjoy it. Worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 04, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a perfect pint glass...Pours a medium gold with red and copper tones. Nice tope head, good retention and lacing...Light of aroma, of surprise, rye. A little caramel with a smidge of vomit on the end...The taste and feel are really light. Feel is annoyingly thin. The taste is light rye, not strong but incredibly easy to drink, a total palate cleanser.

jrallen34, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler mason jar at the brewery. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. It maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat (rye perhaps?), and citrus hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and slight bitter hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this wasn't bad, but this was not great. It was nicely balanced in flavor, but it just seemed to be lacking something... The rye/wheat taste perhaps??? It had a pretty good aroma though. Would definitely be happy to try this one again.

thagr81us, Jan 10, 2011
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Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.