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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
good

197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 96
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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vande

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a few bottles form a co-worker whose brother flew out this way to visit..with some spare room in the luggage :)

A ~ Amber, bit cloudiness...but a nice glow to it

S ~ citrus hops & rye blend....a bit of malts mixed in with a waft of orange/coriander?

T ~ pretty good...reminded me of Cane & Ebel and Founders RyePA...tasty...essentailly a blend of what one smells

M ~ medium to thin bodied beer that allows the carbonate to roll down the palate..

O ~ I thought it was a pretty good Rye P. A. Definitely enjoyed their Knuckle Sandwich more, but nice to try their other offerings none the less.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 03:18:57 | More by vande
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Evan

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-08-2014 20:10:09 | More by Evan
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 05:56:53 | More by ChugginOil
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e30todamax

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-05-2013 17:03:14 | More by e30todamax
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eulerthegrape

California

3/5  rDev -18%

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

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rye IPA hopped with Citra, poured into a Tremens glass. The nose is pleasant; sweet and malty. The taste is hops and rye, but the combination doesn't quite come together creating a weird mix of flavors with the rye somewhat holding things together. A subtle honey sweetness comes at the finish. Interesting, but not on the level of Hop Rod or Lenny's RIPA.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2011 07:24:44 | More by Wowcoolman
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Beerbuddy21

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-09-2012 05:37:27 | More by Beerbuddy21
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MrVonzipper

California

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a frothy 2 finger slightly off white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Nose is not what I expected. Quite lacking especially in the hop department. Slight spicy leathery notes with a little pale malt.

The flavor is a perfect representation of the name minus it saying IPA on the bottle. Again lacking a bit of a hop characteristic. But everything else is great. Nice spicy and earthy rye notes with mild fruit and a touch of citrus. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a mild zesty spiciness, crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall it's a nice very drinkable beer. Lacking in hop notes and characteristics for an IPA, but good. They need bottle dates to determine if that's the reason for the lack of hops. I do recommend this for the nice rye spiciness and earthiness that is really nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 23:45:20 | More by MrVonzipper
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fox227

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-14-2013 05:29:15 | More by fox227
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shivtim

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 00:53:24 | More by shivtim
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John11486

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-17-2012 19:35:10 | More by John11486
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azdback

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. A bright, clear orange color. Swarms of large carbonation bubbles lead to a large three finger head that is sea foam white and the same in appearance. Lace seems to be very sticky at this time.

Smell is kind of lemony, with some bread or yeast and rye spice.

Taste is bitter of a yellow grapefruit, some sweetness too. There is just a bit of rye spice to this but not at all in the front.

Mouth is crisp and the carbonation is round to spritzy. Body is delicate and the finish is average and dry.

Overall I am a little confused by this one. I couldn't get a lot of rye in the taste. This is a must try if easily obtainable but don't go beating down the trading forums for this one. Thanks to nycwinter for the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 07:28:51 | More by azdback
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imyourhero21

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-22-2014 08:17:37 | More by imyourhero21
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been seeing this beer on shelves for a while now but never bought one. Now that I tried their Knuckle Sndwitch I've been trying more Bootleggars stuff.

Pours a very nice orangy hazy yellow color. Very nice frothy head with very nice lacing.

In the Aroma you really get the rye. Nice hoppy citrucy aroma complements the rye character.

The flavor is great. Nice hoppy bite with the smoothness of the rye. It feels like it's missing something in the finish. Like a hop isn't biting my tongue enough. It hits the sides of your tongue but notthe center.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice dryness with a good carb.

Overall I could drink this often. If I see it on tap somewhere I'll get it for sure. It's a solid beer and I don't know why it only had a B rating on here. It's not the best ive had but it is solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 00:20:32 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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adamant1912

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-29-2014 03:48:08 | More by adamant1912
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, bright orange body. A four finger, eggshell colored head rests atop. The fluffy head works its way back slowly. Fairly solid sheet of lacing blankets the glass. This is a great looking beer, I am not saying it is perfect but they do not get much better.

The nose displays an impressive amount of balance. Sweet citrusy hop aroma comes across first. There is a pleasant malt base sitting right behind. Spicy rye and warm breadiness pair well with the hops. There is not a great deal of crystal malt coming through in the nose, I appreciate that. Soft grassy hops linger in the back. I have sat on this bottle for a little bit, while it is certainly with in the appropriate time from for enjoying, I feel the hops may have died down slightly. The aroma is very pleasant none the less.

The flavor is very similar to the characteristics picked up in the nose with one huge difference, the rye. The rye simply was a complimentary aroma but is a dominant flavor. I cannot recall a Rye IPA with this much rye presence. The citrus hop flavor is noted upfront along side the rye. The earthy spiciness of the rye works well in combination with the citrusy hops. The bitterness from the hops is hard to judge, the almost astringent quality of the rye can mask it a bit. On my palate I would say the bitterness is a bit lower allowing the rye to provide the bite. Behind the rye the bready malt flavor completes the flavor profile. This is not a terribly complex beer, with many flavor transitions, but the flavors work very well together.

Medium bodied beer, the carbonation is slightly lower than what I would desire. The finish is a touch above dry. The mouthfeel is the low point for this beer. While not bad by any means, it just does not leave me as impressed as the other attributes.

Rustic Rye is a heck of a beer. I am really digging the assertiveness of the rye. The flavor combination works very well. A very drinkable beer. Big thanks to FosterJM for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:14:07 | More by kzoobrew
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Booner818

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-17-2013 06:52:24 | More by Booner818
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Zonian1

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-28-2013 22:44:34 | More by Zonian1
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tlazaroff

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 00:24:36 | More by tlazaroff
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TrojanWheels

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-25-2012 06:37:13 | More by TrojanWheels
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-22-2014 01:25:38 | More by DWolf
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leodarko

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

03-15-2012 05:07:09 | More by leodarko
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Popp24

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-09-2011 20:33:50 | More by Popp24
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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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Retsinis

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 21:43:24 | More by Retsinis
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