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Dr. Tongue - Bootlegger's Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jerz on 04-25-2010)
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Reviews by mactrail:
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mactrail

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a deep red, coppery, amber in the Ommegang chalice. It just tastes like a Red/Amber Ale that has been amped up a little in alcohol. I can't see anything different from a typical Red, so call it a Double.

A nice foamy cap on the stuff, and it's hoppy and plenty earthy. The resiny hop fragrance is rather nice. Flavors of pine and juniper with an herbal note. The bitterness is way more than ample. It starts to get medicinal, like aspirins chewed with sweet vermouth.

If you set the glass aside for a while, and then pour another dose, the hops again seem rich and it's good for a gulp. But it's not much for sipping away. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in Ocean Beach.

03-10-2013 05:48:11 | More by mactrail
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freshflesh

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-22-2014 04:44:31 | More by freshflesh
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ehammond1


3.38/5  rDev -11.1%

On Tap

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Dark amber with light ruby throughout and a thin light khaki colored head.

The best aspect of this beer is it's aroma, with a nice combination of caramel and toffee sweetness with piney, citrus hop character. Very nice.

The flavor is muddied, and picking out individual aspects is difficult. There's a lot of simple bread character, caramel, and some piney hop flavor, but it's all incredibly muddled--doesn't come together well at all.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A muddied, though flavorful big amber ale.

02-05-2012 16:46:13 | More by ehammond1
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

10-23-2013 15:04:23 | More by acurtis
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-11-2013 07:47:24 | More by ste5venla
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente. Poured into a shaker pint.

Pours a dark amber color. Semi clear. Thin off white head. Ok lacing.

Aroma is sort of amber beer with a nice hop aroma. But it's not enough hop aroma for what it's trying to be.

Taste is hoppy but without enough malt to back it up. Very bitter on your tongue in the finish.

Mouthfeel is super dry. A little too dry.

Overall an ok beer. Don't know if I would get it again but it's god to try.

06-15-2011 22:01:05 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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rhino54

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-17-2013 16:12:32 | More by rhino54
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-30-2014 04:53:40 | More by GRG1313
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Strwrs777

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-22-2013 17:43:45 | More by Strwrs777
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-07-2012 04:55:37 | More by CEDAMA
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vacax

California

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

Batch two, February 2011 release. 7.7% ABV.

Pours translucent brown with a tall dense cap of foam. Lots of retention and thick layers of lace stick to my glass. Beautiful head. Aroma is a punch of hops--mandarin orange, geranium flowers, and pine with only a hint of marzipan sweetness despite the brown color. The taste follows the nose with enormous and crystal clear hop notes echoing those same citrus and floral elements. Full palate thrashing bitterness. Dry, hoppy finish with a touch of piloncillo (unprocessed sugar) being the only reminder of balance in this beer.

This strong ale could easily be called an IPA of some kind, and if you have had Knuckle Sandwich or SoCo IPA you know that Bootlegger's makes some fantastic IPAs. Delicious beer. Body has moderate viscosity and high carbonation which complements the dry bitter finish and lets the hops shine through. Quite drinkable for sure, no second thoughts about grabbing a growler of this brew and enjoying a few pints at home.

02-14-2011 04:09:07 | More by vacax
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JazzIPA55

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

02-11-2012 03:11:28 | More by JazzIPA55
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Beerbuddy21

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-20-2014 06:43:23 | More by Beerbuddy21
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

06-02-2013 18:23:06 | More by mattsander
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TheCrowsNest

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-24-2012 17:16:12 | More by TheCrowsNest
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jeff1973

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

03-03-2013 05:02:25 | More by jeff1973
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drewone

California

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

02-18-2013 04:07:45 | More by drewone
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womencantsail

California

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

On-tap at Bootlegger's

A: The beer pours an opaque brown-amber color with a couple fingers of off-white head and some mild lacing.

S: A nice hoppy nose on this one with plenty of grapefruit and tangerine aroma. Quite a lot of resinous pine here too. The malt is there and is nicely toasty with a bit of a roasted malt smell.

T: Unfortunately, the hop flavors aren't quite there. The beer is strong on the bittering hops, but the citrus and fruit qualities don't translate to the palate. A bit of grapefruit flavor and some grass is about it. A nice roasted quality that makes this sort of like a black IPA (whatever you call it).

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation and a bitter finish.

D: I wish this one had some more hop flavor to it. Hopefully this one gets brewed again soon and there's a bit of tweaking to the hop schedule.

02-22-2011 08:11:27 | More by womencantsail
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LBBeer

California

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

On tap at The Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach, CA.

A-very unique coppery-brown color, with a thin light brown head.

S-Nice green nose, a little roasty malt.

T-opens with a nice sweet and roasty malt profile, followed by a dry bitter hoppiness.

M-Very hearty on the pallette. Malt and hops going at it.

D-Almost a pallette wrecker due to complexity.

Overall this is another great unique offering from Aaron at Bootleggers.

02-28-2011 03:40:15 | More by LBBeer
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Lucasperea

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-01-2012 21:09:13 | More by Lucasperea
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Jstark5150

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-29-2011 07:42:01 | More by Jstark5150
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Jessenimmo

California

3/5  rDev -21.1%

03-10-2013 00:10:19 | More by Jessenimmo
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FosterJM

California

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

258th review on BA
Draft to mason jar pint

App- A very dark amber with some highlights that was almost a light brown in color. A nicely poured 2 finger head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smell- As I take some whiffs of this I am hit with some hops and then I get some soft toffee mixed with some soft candied sugariness.

Taste- I was quite surprised to see this on tap and I had to jump on it. I am hit with some outstanding palatable dry hops with a toffee creaminess with maybe if I am not mistaken a caramel touch as well.

Mouth- This was a nice medium bodied beer with a reaching to say high carbonation. It was very crisp and clean. I was surprised this was a American Strong Ale. Would say as Vacax did I was surprised this was not an IPA of some kind.

Drink- All in all very tasty brew here. I was told this was a 2nd anniversary beer and it was a damn good one. Not as much of a punch in the palate as some other strong ales but this was more than good.

02-18-2011 16:14:40 | More by FosterJM
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beagle75

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

Draft service into a half-pint goblet at Whole Foods in Tustin.

A: Clear, dark amber color with one finger of cinnamon-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel and toffee marry well with resinous dark citrus and piney hops to make for a smell that is initially very enticing. As the beer warms it presents some astringent but fruity esters.

T: Begins off-dry, with thin toffee and hop aromatics that are piney as well as earthy. Early flavors do not measure up to the intensity of the smell. Estery fruit is detectable in the middle as malt takes on an unfortunate scorched quality. Bitterness is moderate to heavy in the finish, retaining some of the aromatic hop qualities without as much of the scorched grain.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, more watery than sticky on the palate but with a quality of smoothness that is attractive, and with low carbonation.

D: This beer comes across as an imperial red ale with West Coast hop character and some unfinished business with the mash tun it emerged from. Balance is present, but both sides of the scale--the yin and the yang--are under-represented. That said, the malt suffers more here than the hops.

03-13-2011 06:37:50 | More by beagle75
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mjr2377

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

06-15-2012 13:27:52 | More by mjr2377
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Dr. Tongue from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.