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Rustic Rye IPA - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Rustic Rye IPARustic Rye IPA

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 245
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | 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: 103 | Hads: 245
Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. "Rustic" suggests that the brewer lacks confidence in this beer - the dent in the bottle-cap (were these hand-capped?) further adds to the "homebrew" feel.

Safety orange liquid with some chill haze - topped by a billowing finger of off-white foam. Excellent lacing and decent retention.

Caramel, citrus, and rye flour aromas - floral and earthy but somewhat subdued.

Bitterness is assertive, though the hop flavors are not particularly complex. Tangerine, grass flowers, and floral/herbal notes combine with honey or caramel malt. The rye adds a touch of sourness in the finish almost like buckwheat.

Spritzy carbonation, not quite medium-bodied, and very "zippy" mouthfeel.

A good effort which I would be happy to have again - though not in the same league as Alpine Nelson.

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Photo of Vanlingleipa
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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

Distinct, but not overwhelming scent of hops

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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Hanson’s Market in San Clemente, Calif.
Price: $4.29
Purchased: July 7, 2014
Consumed: July 10, 2014
Misc.: Tons of foam poured out of the beer after I opened it

Poured a honey, orange, hazy color with six fingers of frothy, off-white head. Above average foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Good-to-great retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled earthy rye hops, wet Cascade hops, cantaloupe, sweetened iced tea, green peas, light asparagus, broccoli, corn chips and some caramel notes.

Tasted a tad better than the smell, but still not that great. Got those earthy rye hops again to lead. Also buttery notes, cantaloupe, lemon grass, honey, sweetened iced tea, citrus hops, caramel, cough drops, lemon and some vegetable notes. Felt like a kind of cheap taste, but grew on me as it went down.

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Could hardly taste the alcohol.

This rye IPA really grew on me. Not too bad and a great value for the price ($4.29).

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Photo of Klym
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

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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 Bendurgin
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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!

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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 Buttermaker
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of aquazr1
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Orange gold in color, mostly clear with little head. Not much nose. Rye is distinct but not as prominent as I would like. All in all an average beer.

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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 snpub540
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light copper hue with an eggshell colored head. Left little lacing on the glass during the drink however.

Smell was a faint floral hoppiness with some sweet malty notes as well. Not much going on there.

Taste was a balanced between the malts and the hops. Upfront some caramel malt and a slight rye spice flavor. Hops were crisp and refreshing in the finish. Floral hops were the majority, with a slight grassiness.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and made for a refreshing thirst quencher. Drinkability was good because of the balance. Not too much hop bite, but not to much malt sweetness. Alcohol flavor is subdued, and this probably could be a session beer.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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

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.

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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 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 Wowcoolman
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

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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 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 Augustiner719
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Got this as an extra, cant remember who but thank you very much if you read this.

Pours a beautiful red brown color with hop haze and a massive, massive head. almost thought it was infected at how much head there was and the retention lasts forever. Smells bready with just a slight spicy note from the rye. has a touch of lemony hops as well. Tastes a touch sweet, but has a good hop bite to it. sorta has that hombrewed sweetness to it. Love the light body with caramel malts. I would have thought it was an amber ale to be honest with some hops added. Nothing crazy for the style but the key here is that its balanced well. Mouthfeel is decent with that medium carbonation retaining in the actual liquid after the massive head recedes. This is a very drinkable beer, just nothing to go running for. not sure of the price but if its a qpr then maybe its worth a shot to seek out. nice job though.

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Photo of azdback
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of lsummers
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rusty light orange with a one finger head

Smell is very subtle, mild citrus hops with a touch of peppery malty sweetness.

Taste is also not as bold as I was expecting. Mild bite of hops at first, grapefruit, and subtle grass that ends on a sweet malty peppery note.

Overall, it's a very drinkable ipa. Nothing stands out, which would make this perfect for the back yard bbq. But if your searching for the added "Rye", this might not impress.

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Photo of Xul
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

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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 athensbeermaster
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!!

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