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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:
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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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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 248
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 GRG1313
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a orangish brown with a half finger of head and left some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. On the first whiff I was greeted by some citrusy qualities but had caramel malt presence with bready biscuit notes and faint hops in the background. The hops were a tad more potent on the palate with citrus and slight pine accents with lots of sweet caramel notes but no rye to be found. The brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, malty, and slight hoppy finish. It drank really good and would probably be able to drink lots of this beer in one sitting making it a pretty sessionable brew.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

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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 HuskyinPDX
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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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 thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Burnt umber color with an off-white head that had moderate retention and stick.

S - Fairly mild. Not a particularly hoppy IPA, although granted it is a single as opposed to double. There's some citrus/grapefruit notes. Some caramelized rye on the backbone. It smells nice, but fairly innocuous.

T - Easy drinking. Some more hops, mostly grapefruit in nature. The rye is nicely present, but not overpowering. Nothing in this beer is overpowering, just smooth, easy to drink.

M - Moderate body and carbonation and finishes on the dry side.

O - Not a bad beer, can get it down easily enough, but there isn't a ton special that is going on here.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a thick, murky light brown in color with a faint orangish tint and a brown-white head that was almost as thick as the beer itself.

Smell - There's a lot going on in here. The hops jump out first. They are mainly citrus in character but with a very bitter slant. They are incredibly creamy on the nose if that's possible and there's a sharpness to them that you don't often find.

The malt base is rank in a very good way. The rye comes out husky and quite tight to the smell. Beneath it all is a rich sweetness that again smells very tight. All of this malty goodness play especially well with the hops.

Taste - The hops and malts play nice at the taste, too. The hops lose some of their sharpness that I got from the nose but are still large. The malts are just wonderful though and especially that sweet character came threw beautifully at the taste. It is all just the right mix of citrus hops, malts, light non-grainy rye, and sugar.

Mouthfeel - This is huge in the mouth. I wouldn't call it full-bodied but definitely medium on the big side. The carbonation is light and appropriate. There is some light bitterness throughout but this is not a bone-crushing bitter drink like some IPAs.

Drinkability - With a modest 6.2% ABV this is definitely a session ale. It is very smooth yet big and chewy and has enough complexity to keep things entertaining. I definitely enjoyed this better than most as it is only averaging an overall score of 3.5 or so and I thought it was way above that grade. Big, heavy, and harmonious.

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

22oz bottle poured into a tall tulip glass (Thanks vitese).

A: Pours copper, fairly clear, with nearly 3 fingers of a tight, off-white head. Good retention, leaves decent lacing.

S: Soft floral and citrus hops, spicy rye, caramel, smells bready. Lots of hop flavor, but not overly aggressive like many.

T: Big, but soft hop presence up front with lots of flowers and citrus. There's not really any bitterness or 'kick', nor is it overly orange or grapefruit. Big bread notes with plenty of rye and spiciness. A little caramel, though it cleans out in the finish.

M: Medium to slightly light body, moderate to slightly high (perfect) carbonation. Fairly smooth, very nice crisp and clean finish. Fairly chewy. Finish is fairly dry with just a little bitterness.

O: Normally I would be looking for a bigger bite from the hops (more bitterness, more aggressive). Thinking of this as a rye beer though, I really like it. Gentle and flavorful hop presence that is the perfect compliment to the rye spiciness and hearty malts. Just the right touch of caramel to add richness without taking away the dry, clean and crisp finish. Tasty and refreshing and absolutely no astringency or alcohol presence. A tough one to rate, probably not an A- strictly as an IPA, but overall, I enjoyed this as much as a any beer I've given an A-...

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Photo of FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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@Concourse Bowling, Fullerton, CA

App- A nice darker orange out of the tap. Had a pretty minimal one finger head. Didn’t cling or stick like I was hoping it would. I think glasses were still a bit too cold. When I had this one out of the bottle, it was a heck of a lot different.

Smell- A very nice smelling IPA. A lot of Rye comes through at 1st and is backed by a little bit of an earthy hop note and even a soft malt on the back. Not overly assertive with its aromatics, but enough to now its a big Rye beer.

Taste- This was one of the more Rye forward beers I have had, right up there with Hop Rod Rye. This was very balanced with a lot of Rye being intermixed with a juicy hop and a little touch of malt on the other side. Forms a nice triangle of flavors. A little dry but that’s okay.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A bit dry on the finish. A nice mixture of the rye and citrus.

Drink- I'm becoming a fan of the Rye beers and I didn’t appreciate this one when I 1st had it. This was a nice beer to hang with and not have to worry about too much ABV or too much boldness. Smooth, subtle and a good beer.

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