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Rustic Rye IPA - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Rustic Rye IPARustic Rye IPA

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83
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226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Cavery
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with SundaySour, poured into Stone Nonic glass.

poured carefully, leaving yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

A: Early morning red sunlight with a massive 3 finger head. The head fluffs over the body like some fancy soap in a scented bathtub. If Sundaysour pays too much attention to this visual, she'll remind me that I'm not romantic enough. An unusual redness, but what a strong head!

S: Smells of fresh cut leather, tropical fruits, and persimmons. Really nice enticing nose. Sweet bread malt backbone accentuates tropical fruits in favor of mango, and gradually pulls the senses away from citrus. A bit conflicted, but good nonetheless.

T: Very light tangerine citrus zing, mango middle, and french bread crust malt. Pleasantly light grainy bittering that is chased by a lemongrass note. A seed-like linger in favor of sesame makes for a fantastic aftertaste. An extremely crushable Rye IPA. Finish of lighter rustic breads.

M: Modest carbonation that disguises a medium/heavy body for the style. This really adds to the bready dimension of the malt. I feel like I have a crunchy artisanal bread in my mouth. Quite nice and distinct, but may contribute to the flavor being a bit monotone.

O: This beer is on the verge of greatness, but for right now it can settle solidly on the side of very-goodness. I think with a bit of refining this could give the Alpine IPAs a run for their money. This beer certainly has some "rough" edges, but they aren't necessarily negative. There is a really "raw" ingredient element to this beer that I appreciate, but I would urge bootleggers to dig deeper. They have something really good here that could be great. It could use maybe a bit stronger flavor (imperial anyone?) and perhaps some more discernable flavor transitions. However, this beer is aptly named. In the end this is a deliciously "rustic" rye offering.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orwngish brown. A nice amount of light tan head. Very frothy and nice. Smells sweet with a touch of rye spice. Some pine on the nose as well. Tastes sweet and well balanced the rye spice is a bit underwhelming and the hops are not very prominent but overall a fairly solid brew

Photo of srandycarter
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Fairly clear honey, near white head, stays for some time. Cling lace pretty evident.

S - Light smell, malt and spice.

T - Rye is nice, mixed with sweet malt.

M - Nice mix between the sweet and the grainier, spicy rye.

D - Very easy to drink. I think I like this one.

Photo of vande
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.35/5  rDev -35.8%
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...

Photo of wino47
2.52/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

Photo of Retsinis
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Trilogy31
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an amber brown with nice clarity and a fluffy cap that leaves thick lacing. Nose has some spicy bready notes, earthy forest, without much else. Taste is easy drinking and bittered nicely yet a touch simplistic. Dry rye bread, a touch of slightly sweet caramel, and again not much else. Decent and easy drinking but nothing out of the ordinary.

Photo of DoktorZee
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle without a best before date into a schooner.

A – Solid amber color and very slightly cloudy, fluffy white head that resolved after a couple minutes leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

S – Strong citrus hops on the nose; really nice and cutting. So
strong that I couldn’t get anything else.

T – Best way I could think of to describe the taste as remarkably even and bitter. The citrus hops was present from the first part of the sip and all the way through. It was supported by some very mild bready malts, but the hops were absolutely center stage.

M – This had a lighter body than its color and pedigree would have suggested. It was only mildly carbonated with no booziness.

D – Very drinkable, but also a bit unidimensional; lacked character beyond the hops to really drive me to drink more than one.

A decent IPA but not really remarkable in any dimension other than the solidity of its hops!

Photo of ramseye4
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A=A light golden color with faint amber hues. One finger head with subpar retention and lacing.
S=Subdued caramel malt and rye. Not strong at all, definitely the low point of this beer. The rye is subdued but adds a nice touch.
T=Prominent caramel malt and subdued rye, some hop bitterness comes out in the aftertaste. Very drinkable, but not outstanding.
M=The high point of the beer. Very high carbonation that feels great rolling across the tongue. Medium body.
O=I'm glad I got to try this, but it doesn't hold a candle to Hop Rod Rye. Still, I would definitely have it again.

Photo of ottovon
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a nice coppery-orange color with a fluffy, white head. leaves lacing down the glass.

S: i get caramel malts, bread, some citrusy hops and orange peel. there is a bit of peppery spiciness in the nose as well.

T: caramel malt, citrus hops, and some spiciness. i get orange and some straw in the flavor. finish bitter and semi-dry.

M: it has a nice medium-thin body that sort of coats the tongue. a little resinous.

D: this is a good beer, that i could drink more of.

Photo of orangesol
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint glass. Got this on my birthday trip to SoCal at the brewery.

A - amber body with a white head on top

S - Light floral hop aroma mingles with some pale malts

T - Spicy notes from the rye, a bit of a florally hop flavor, really well balanced, finishes with a hint of bitterness

M - medium body, good amount of carbonation

D - Drinks real easy. Almost like a APA rather than an IPA. This is a really enjoyable beer but nothing otherworldly. I'm glad I got to try it and would drink it again.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of mothman
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.

Photo of tburus
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: A cloudy, light brown liquid with a nice, thick, two-finger, off-white head.

Smell: Bright citrus hop aroma with a mellow rye sourness to it. Very relaxing fragrance.

Taste: The initial hit is of hops, but quickly the sour rye flavor takes over. Going down the hops reappear in a tame bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Definite IPA bitter mouthfeel. Not too bitter. Like most other aspects of this brew, it appears that the rye component is muting the more traditional IPA aspects. To be honest, I don't totally mind this, as I tend to enjoy rye beers and have yet to develop a great affinity for the more highly touted "hopped up" IPA's.

Drinkability: Super easy drinkability. The muted hop character and low ABV make this a very appealing option. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this beer and am thankful to nicks6217 for throwing this in on a trade that we completed.

Photo of jrallen34
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Anaz
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy red orange, 2 fingers of white head with little lacing.

S- Orange flower water and meyer zest with rye spiciness, and some herbal hop character.

T- Very malty, a little sweet. Kind of like a rye bread with candied citrus zest. Not bad, but balanced in favor of the malt rather than being hop forward. Floral and herbaceous hop flavors marry well with the rye spice, and the lingering malt sweetness results in an almost neutral finish after being tempered by the hop bitterness, which makes this very easy to drink. The mouthfeel is very full, and a little syrupy and oily, but it's not cloying. The carbonation is low.

This is a very drinkable rye IPA with good flavor, but not a lot of intensity. I'd really like it if it was a little drier, but, it's still a good beer and a good reason to support a local brewery.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from Bootlegger's.

Pours a hazy dark golden color. Lacing is pretty looking good so far.

First smell was a blast of apple/cider. Upon stronger whiffs, I think it's the rye and/or yeast character playing tricks with me. Very different smelling than other rye beers I have had.

Was not expecting this taste at all. I can only describe it as a creamy rye, with a hint of hop bitterness at the end. But this beer is all biscuit malt and rye.

Medium mouthfeel. Slightly syrupy even. This is a nicely bodied beer.

Very drinkable. It's smooth and tasty. Rye is one of my favorite ingredients. If I were grading this beer according to style, it would fall flat on it's face. Not even close to an IPA. However if you like rye, give it a shot.

Photo of Xul
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden with some amber highlights, capped by two fingers of foamy, off-white head. Retention is moderate as it slowly settles to about a half finger of head.

S: Moderate citrus up front along with piney and earthiness, followed by pleasant spicy notes of rye. Toffee base is evident in the background, although aroma as a whole is a bit subdued.

T: Hops are a bit muted up front with piney and earthy notes coming through. Rye comes through strong on the mid-palate before giving way to a burst of sweet caramel near the back end.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation, feels a bit thin.

D: Easily drinkable but doesn't quite live up to its potential. I'll certainly try it again as the beer has its merits, perhaps this had sat a bit too long.

Photo of kk73
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Pours a clear brunt orange with a modest white head that quickly disappeared into a white sheen and a white ring around my glass. Leaves a little lacing.

S - Not getting much in the way of spicy rye(maybe I dont know what rye is supposed to smell like). Some faint floral hops combined with a slighty sweet malt backbone.

T - Not much on the tongue either. A slight grapefruit bitterness that does not last long followed by some sweetness possibly from the malt.

M - Light and crisp, maybe a touch watery.

D - Not a bad beer, just not one I would purchase again. However this could be sessionable on a very hot and humid day. Very light and refreshing and very little alcohol detection.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.