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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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208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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 mentor
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%

Pours a 3 finger nearly white head over a mildly cloudy copper liquid. Smells piney and tropical hop aroma with some musty rye character.

Tastes juicy tropical flavors from hops with sweet malt undertones and an earthy sting/edge from the rye. Hop flavor is mostly lemon and blood orange with some pineapple and pine. Comes across a bit acidic and is accompanied by a mild alcohol sting (quite clean). Esters are minimal and hop bitter is strong and clean. The hop bitter blends with the alcohol and acidic well, but the hop flavors are too over the top. The finish falls flat with a lack of flavors. Would be nice to have a grassy hop bitterness to keep the palatte engaged. Md-light body with some dextrinous character. Strong carbonation is detracting. Decent beer.

mentor, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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
Photo of PizzaQueen1
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

I think Bootlegger's has done a great job with making an IPA that everyone can enjoy. So many beer drinkers that are stepping out for the first time are afraid of IPA's because they are over-the-top in flavor.

The color is a cloudy/light carmel hue. It pours beautifully from a tap, leaving a moderate head of foam. The carbonation is great too, making it very sippable.

Love the opening citrus notes and has that IPA bitter finish, but not over-powering. Making it perfect for different types of food pairings.

I have had many other IPA's, and while they were good, I did not want another glass. Bootlegger's has an IPA that you can drink more than 1 glass and it is not too much.

PizzaQueen1, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a murky golden-brown with a total lack of head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is flat, grainy, and plain. Some floral hops, but no rye to speak of. Some sourness, more metallic than anything else. Good mouthfeel, firm but not thick or syrupy. Decent carbonation. Taste makes up in part for what is lacking. Smooth, sweet, fruity hop flavor. Tropical and blood orange hop taste, but nothing tangy or bitter. Attribute that to the overmalted backing. Very sweet for the style. As for the rye, again, it is nearly nonexistent. Compared to a similar beer, Hop Rod Rye, this is weak and rye-free. However, this beer tastes really good. I could drink this again and again, but it misses the boat stylisticly.

magictrokini, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.88/5  rDev +6%

22oz bottle acquired in trade with Hophead22 (thanks!).

Poured a Medium and slightly hazy amberish-orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. Armoas of rye, grains, a little earthy, and citrus. Tastes of rye, grains, citrus, ans some caramel. Had a light tart and sour finish that I too liked.

hopdog, May 22, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

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
Photo of athensbeermaster
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%

Starts off with a dense lt. brown head. The nose has big citrus notes with a big rye bread aroma.
The head retention is good some nice lacing on the glass. The taste: Good malty toasted rye bread flavors,a dry lemon rind mixed with a hint of blood orange gives to a good mid-palate fruit.
The malt backbone softens into sweet dates and spicy rye finish. Kudos for a great twist on a hoppy classic. Feels good to buy a beer that was brewed down the street from ya!!

athensbeermaster, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%

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
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Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.