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Capt. - Ruhstaller

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BA SCORE
86
very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%


Brewed by:
Ruhstaller visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mkotsayfan on 03-31-2012)
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justforrazors

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-29-2013 18:25:36 | More by justforrazors
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. The local beer store has had bottles of this oddity for a while now, so I figured it was time to give it a shot. My first encounter with this brewery. Minimal label with some fabric glued around the bottleneck. "California Black India Pale Ale". "California Grown". My bottle lists a 7.60% abv instead of the 7.30% abv listed on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a giant five to one head to beer ratio. Beer is a very dark woodsy brown color, nearly black. Khaki head is big fat and fluffy, leaving lots of big sticky lacing in it's wake. Almost root beer float like in appearance. Head retention is ridiculous. Some dark flecks of sediment noticeable in the froth.

S - My bottle has clearly gone downhill from what it once was. All that is really noticeable is a strong bretty yeast character. Subtle notes of cream and faded citrus fruits in the background.

T - Ah yes, the earthy yeast have taken over. Dried, herbal hops, mild pine / grapefruit bitterness, subtle chocolate malt still vaguely noticeable. Sadly nothing that I would describe as "caramel" is noticeable. Some burnt dark barley roast is noticeable on the end. Musty green apple from the yeast. It's not what it once was, but it ain't bad.

M - Feel is crisp and clean. Good malt body with some lingering stickiness, and some hints of roast on the palate. Mildly resinous hop presence remains, also. Good drinkability for the abv. Medium-full bodied with hefty carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable offering from this unknown to me brewery, but I would love to have another chance to try this beer fresh. I will be on the lookout for more from Ruhstaller.

Ruhstaller Capt. ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:58:44 | More by mfnmbvp
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-16-2014 19:39:10 | More by bigbeers84
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Beermasterjarrett

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-12-2014 07:46:32 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-02-2014 03:16:31 | More by smartassboiler
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Flashyspoons

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-20-2014 04:57:23 | More by Flashyspoons
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nanandtomfitz

California

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From 22oz bottle

Great dark color and light head.

Smell light but notable hops

taste more malt than hops, very smooth/rich, very little alcohol burn

feel is smooth, not syrupy

overall very enjoyable if expecting something dark; has characteristics of dark beer with some IPA flavoring. If expecting something very hoppy in the vein of many west coast IPAs then will be underwhelmed.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 08:08:49 | More by nanandtomfitz
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-17-2014 00:39:37 | More by Smarty_Pints
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-17-2014 00:00:32 | More by thinwhiteduke
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ac22rush

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-24-2014 21:56:33 | More by ac22rush
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Booner818

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-19-2014 03:45:41 | More by Booner818
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casapy

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-08-2014 01:37:08 | More by casapy
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MattSlem

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-28-2013 19:01:52 | More by MattSlem
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-14-2013 04:55:07 | More by Beerlover
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-13-2013 05:38:07 | More by zestar
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

10-10-2013 00:56:48 | More by HoistinBrews
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Minn_Joe

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-01-2013 00:13:57 | More by Minn_Joe
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psdonnelly

Alabama

3/5  rDev -22.3%

09-15-2013 01:54:03 | More by psdonnelly
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stephensinner

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

09-06-2013 21:16:23 | More by stephensinner
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Amerikon

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

08-30-2013 04:19:47 | More by Amerikon
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BAsbill

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-20-2013 04:48:40 | More by BAsbill
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drgonzo2k2

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-13-2013 02:45:06 | More by drgonzo2k2
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PHBoiler

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

08-11-2013 02:38:39 | More by PHBoiler
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notchucknorris

California

3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I wrote a pretty awful review of this beer due to a bad can I purchased. The owner found me out and sent me a new one (along with some other good stuff), so this is a re-review. Thanks, JE! You guys are awesome!

A: Pours a slightly thin, but solid-looking deep brown color. Dead black in the center with hazelnut edges and a nice and creamy 1 finger mocha colored head.

S: Earthy hops along with an almost buttery molasses and chocolate note. Slight hints of pine, citrus rind and toasted bread.

T: Definitely miles better than the first can. Light pine upfront with some smooth bready malt. Hints of toast, molasses, light cocoa and some roast before a slightly herbal hop finish. Wish the mouthfeel was a bit lighter, but this is a solid Black IPA.

Serving type: can

08-02-2013 02:02:30 | More by notchucknorris
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Has a dark brown body with a light tan head.

S - Piney and a bit of a citrus nose with a burnt sugar character. Hoppiness abound but there's a lingering "off" smell, i.e. - dirt/soil? Really weird.

T - Really just a burnt, off putting hop taste. Could be a bad batch, but I'm going off of the beer in the glass. None of the hops shine through and the maltiness is really dampened.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation. Finishes wet.

O - This is at the end of the black IPA spectrum, that being the not good portion. Really hate it doesn't live up to the hype, but will revisit when new batches are in.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 23:43:09 | More by cvm4
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Capt. from Ruhstaller
86 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.