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Rustic Rye IPA - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Rustic Rye IPARustic Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
83
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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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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Jaacob

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-11-2012 07:50:35 | More by Jaacob
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BeerShman

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-02-2012 05:37:16 | More by BeerShman
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hackedfly

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

04-12-2012 00:51:10 | More by hackedfly
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-28-2013 22:58:16 | More by GraduatedCashew
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anon

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-09-2013 22:42:36 | More by anon
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magictrokini

California

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 06:03:21 | More by magictrokini
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tlazaroff

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 00:24:36 | More by tlazaroff
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snpub540

California

3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 23:01:38 | More by snpub540
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 17:34:47 | More by womencantsail
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 22:47:57 | More by orangesol
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Buttermaker

California

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 04:48:26 | More by Buttermaker
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Klym

California

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 20:56:06 | More by Klym
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 01:16:30 | More by Bendurgin
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 03:10:50 | More by DoktorZee
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augustgarage

California

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 06:03:14 | More by augustgarage
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BucannonXC5

California

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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).

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 03:23:05 | More by BucannonXC5
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dardan

California

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly respectable IPA, though the Rye aspect is not as pronounced as some of the competition.
A: Clear golden, good foam & lacing, sediment remained in bottle,
S: Hops with a little malt, appropriate for an IPA,
T: Hoppy but little rye character, a good example of an IPA,
M: Clean and crisp, appropriately West Coast IPA,
D: Easy to drink, slight alcohol in back may slow down some.
Not the greatest Rye IPA on the market, but good, clean taste, aroma, and IPA character make it well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 05:36:00 | More by dardan
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 01:46:19 | More by HuskyinPDX
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 13:33:20 | More by thagr81us
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artdob

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Orange golden in the glass with a classic off-white head. Looking good.

Nose is light with yeasty easters, light lemon.

Taste - classic styling here. Very well balanced. This one goes down easy with big points in the drinkability column. Hoppiness really comes through - IPA yes. Have had other ryes in the past where the rye really dominates. While I like that extreme, not really getting that here, though the beer is quite good.

Carbonation is just north of mild. Sipping this one well chilled on a hot Southern California evening, this one hits the spot tonight. Given the solid drinkability of this beer, unfortunately my glass will soon be empty.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 03:53:57 | More by artdob
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Gobzilla

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a orangish brown with a half finger of head and left some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. On the first whiff I was greeted by some citrusy qualities but had caramel malt presence with bready biscuit notes and faint hops in the background. The hops were a tad more potent on the palate with citrus and slight pine accents with lots of sweet caramel notes but no rye to be found. The brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, malty, and slight hoppy finish. It drank really good and would probably be able to drink lots of this beer in one sitting making it a pretty sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 06:46:57 | More by Gobzilla
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rtaps

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 20:14:17 | More by rtaps
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Vanlingleipa

California

3.73/5  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.

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 01:04:03 | More by Vanlingleipa
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-22-2014 01:25:38 | More by DWolf
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BayouBengal1537

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-19-2013 16:32:14 | More by BayouBengal1537
Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.