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Rustic Rye IPA - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Rustic Rye IPARustic Rye IPA

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
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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4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass
L: Nice orange color. Very clear. Delicate, off-white head
S: Toasted malt. Hint of acetic acid (vinegar)
T Toasted malt with a tart crispness.
Slight cidery aftertaste.
I'm trying to learn what flavors rye adds to a beer, but I'm not sure I taste it here.
F: Body is on the thin side of medium.
Well carbonated.
O: This is a nice beer. More complex than your standard pale ale, but could still drink this all night long, especially with some good hearty BBQ.

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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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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.

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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.

Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.