Rustic Rye IPA - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Rustic Rye IPARustic Rye IPA

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 239
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | 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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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 239
Photo of Florida9
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear amber - looks like watered down whiskey. Forms a small white head that has little retention and leaves just a minimal lacing.

S: Smells of rye, toast, some peppery spice, grass and a bit of butter.

T: Lots of caramel malt and butter mixed with just a bit of pine and citrus hops. Rye spice on the finish is overpowered by unpleasant diacetyl flavors.

M: Medium bodied, but with a very "round" mouthfeel to it that is likely a byproduct of whatever is causing the diacetyl. Lower carbonation levels. Mild bitterness.

O: Simply put, this is just not a very good beer: Very little rye or hop character with an overwhelming amount of off-flavors. (659 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with two fingers of beige head that fades into a frothy cap with no lacing.

S: Some light and sweet citrus notes up front followed by dry pine and grassy aromas.

T: Very dry pine flavors dominate with some slight grassy notes. The finish is moderately bitter with some resin notes as well.

M: Medium body with sudsy carbonation, this beer feels about as dry as it tastes.

O: An alright IPA overall, though nothing special. It's a super dry IPA, though it'd be nice to have more depth of flavor and aroma. (541 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An adequate if not distinguished Rye beer. Pours a clear amber with a decent head. The aroma is sharp and toasty. The flavor is extremely sharp, dry, and toasty, with that characteristic mouthpuckering rye edge, but without the countervailing malt sweetness that distinguishes a great rye beer. The final effect is astringent and bitter. This beer takes the rye thing too far and too seriously. (394 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle poured into a DFH snifter. No bottle date is located on the bottle from what I can see.

A: Pours a really pretty orange color. Crystal clear look to it. Half finger of bright white head. Good amount of carbonation from the looks of it. Off the bottom of the DFH glass it's just rolling up. Not getting tons of lacing.

S: I get some of those fruit and citrus hop notes, over ripe peach and mango. But then I get the grain bill notes. Sweet maltiness.

T: I will start with this, I am sick and my taste buds are a little off. I do get some spicy notes on the tip of the tongue from the rye. You get those hops in the middle of the mouth. Nice balance of the spicy grains and the fruity hops. Also this is a very easy drinking beer. The lower ABV is nice.

M: Medium bodied like most IPAs in recent memory.

O: I like this one. It's a nicely balanced beer. Like the rye spicy marrying the fruity hops they used. Thumbs up. (940 characters)

Photo of TouchOfEvil
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A: Beautiful Deep Golden / Orange/ Red in color with a huge white head and some sticky lacing.

S: Citrus hop aroma with some spice and caramel malt.

T: Large, but not overpowering hop presence up front & nice spiciness from the rye.


M: Medium body and the carbonation is spot on. It leaves a slight velvety coat on the palate. The finish is bit dry with just a little bitterness, but very nice.

O: One of the first beers I had from Bootleggers and a great Rye IPA that I keep stocked in the fridge.

Audio for this review: Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction (609 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, showing a deep golden color with a bit of orange/amber hue with a touch of haze. Sports a sturdy inch of foam which offers good retention and lacing.

Light hop nose with citrus and a bit of spice. Touch of caramel as well. Rather clean and almost lager like in stillness with an almost additive quality to it. With warming the additive quality disappears and an earthy funkiness arises and adding more depth.

Somewhat coarse on the palate likely given the rye component, otherwise showing the same citrus and caramel of the aroma. Offers an odd floral component that seems to come and go. Still a bit too malty with respect to hop flavors and rather reminiscent of an English IPA.

Decent and smooth feel yet without the texture I would expect from a Rye IPA. Easy drinking and unotrusive with a flash of orange citrus and a light to moderate bitterness on the finish. (910 characters)

Photo of rtaps
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours amber in color with about a finger and a half white frothy head. medium retention leaving spotty lacing around the glass

citrus hop aroma and some spice from the rye, and a little florally.

has a nice hoppy notes not over powering but definitely there. rye spice hints of fruit.

light bodied med-high carbonation leaving the mouth nice and watery.

overall this beer was exactly what a expected. enjoyable, and i like how the hops and spice was blended. (463 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of ikats
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear, light orange in color with a slightly off-white head. Very aromatic. Mostly citrus notes (grapefruit). Maybe some pine notes. Can't say that I smell any rye or malty notes in general. Taste is not particularly balanced. The malty base seems more pronounced than it would be in a regular IPA (not sure if that's effect of rye). Hops are very bitter from the moment they touch your mouth all through the aftertaste. There is a bit of dryness (although there is some sweetness on the lips as well from malts). It's about medium light body. Fairly drinkable. I am not sure if this beer will become my favorite (let's be honest, it is not anywhere close to the top of my list), but it is not regrettable. I'm enjoying tasting it at the moment. (751 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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-... (1,330 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of jrnyc
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one in a 22oz bomber.

I got two 16 oz cans as an EXTRA from jimmy2282, thanks, what a great surprise!! Cans dated 8/1/2011.

A - Lighter appearance then some other Rye IPAs, small head.

S - Nothing significant about the smell.

T - This one is OK, nothing I would spit out, but nothing extraordinary about it. Less taste then others of this style.

M - Medium body

O - Ehh, not bad, not great though. I wouldn't spit it out, but I wouldn't seek this one out, but would certainly drink it if other choices were limited. (532 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

808th Review on BA
Draft to Pint
12oz

@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. (1,173 characters)

Photo of roodie
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip. Thanks to cardinal79 for sending me this awesome extra!

A: pours a amber/gold brown with 3 fingers of pillowy white head, lots of lacing remains.

S: smells of grassy hops and sweet malts, the rye smell reminds me of a pastrami sandwich sans pastrami

T: very pleasant hoppy bitterness, muted by the malts, moderately sweet and caramelly, but the star is the rye taste adding a bitter breadiness to the flavor profile

M: very smooth, malts and hops mellow each other with a perfect velvety coat on my palate

O: a great brew, haven't had it on tap but plan to next time I'm in OC. (630 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No bottle date. Tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear golden color with a finger of head, tiny bubbles. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells mostly like rye bread with an undercurrent of tangerine, prominent caramel and sugary malt. Taste is kind of grainy/bready with maybe a little orange/tangerine citrus, and again a hefty dose of caramel malt, finishing moderately bitter. Medium bodied and medium-light carbonation. Overall, this was a little disappointing in its lack of any sort of hop character. It's all malt and rye. I'd pass on this again. (550 characters)

Photo of kzoobrew
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (1,982 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Vanlingleipa
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice, solid brew that I would hand to someone new to craft beer.

Appearance:
Orange-brown with a fair amount of white head that disappears after a few minutes.

Aroma:
Distinct, but not overwhelming scent of hops

Taste:
This is not an overwhelming beer - The rye complements the hops well - They are both present at first taste with the hops coming out stronger. The rye lasts longer, hanging on to the finish as the taste fades. There's almost a smoothness to this beer, which is unusual for a hopsy beverage.

I'd bring this one to a house full of bud drinkers as an introduction to craft beer - it won't overwhelm anyone, but still has a distinctive taste, scent and body.

As for myself, I prefer bolder flavors. (729 characters)

Photo of Buttermaker
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I generally don't like the flavor of rye, but in beer I find it's a nice compliment to the hops. It works especially well in an IPA where rye's natural astringency can't overpower the beer. This one's got a rich nose that offers plenty of caramel malt and cascade hops. I can't smell the rye. I can definitely taste it though. It adds a little spice to an otherwise solid IPA. The Rye flavor melds nicely into the hops on the finish. Solid effort.

Recommended music pairing: Stephen Malkmus - Pig Lib (501 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one from Randy. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a burnt orange color with a thing layer of foam.

Big rye aroma with a little bit of fruity and piney hops rounding this one out. Hints of caramel linger. Bitter hops start to finish here with a pretty good rye flavor. Slight fruity notes in the flavor but this has a big bitter hop finish.

Light body with somewhat sharp carbonation. Pretty enjoyable IPA here. I love rye so this one is right up my alley! (471 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Brownish orange with 1 inch head and great retention and some spotty lace also had some floaters

Smell: Very strong wheat and rye notes with some citrus and pine

Taste: Very light wheat and rye notes and piney hops are the big flavors. Citrus fruits as well are present. AS the beer warms the piney hops become a bit overpowering

Mouthfeel: Light body high carbonation and a dry finish it leaves the palate really dry that you need to keep drinking this. Is it that bad???

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer and will consume several more in the coming months. The is a great summer beer especially on these hot california nights. Good flavor profile and just an overall good beer (691 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (649 characters)

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

Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Pours a difficult mix of brown, orange, red and yellow with different colors and shades all over the place depending on how the light hits. Lacing just covers the wall of the glass with foam. Nice.

S: Tangerine, mango, apple, cherry, hops and yeast in the nose. The fruitiness and hoppiness really balance well in the nose, which I think is a nice change from the one-sided dominance of so many IPAs.

T: Taste is more bitter than I expected. I got some yeasty floaties in my glass and I'm a little bit worried that's affecting the taste. Honestly, much more hop bite, grain and yeast in the taste than was present in the smell. Fruits are more subtle and swirl around the strong presence of the aforementioned flavors offering good support, but I wish the fruitiness was a little less shy. There's kind of a hollow taste gap in the middle which is strange to me.

M: Watching the beer pour made it seem like it had an almost syrup like viscosity and you can appreciate the slick thickness in the mouth as well. Really a silky feeling though that does well by me. Carbonation is felt more in the rest in the mouth than in the tongue.

O: I drank this on the recommendation of Cavery and he had a glass from this same bottle with me. He says there seems to be something strange about this bottle in relation to the last time he tried it so I leave my review here open to the possibility that the yeast I accidentally poured or some other bottle issue isn't giving me the full experience here. That said, the beer I just had is good, interesting, but seems to have a strong need to be tweaked. Flavor of fruits needs to be upped, hops/yeast toned down, and progression of the tastes needs to be reworked a bit. I think there are some raw materials of greatness in this beer but at the moment, only the raw materials. (1,848 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (315 characters)

Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
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