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Capt. - Ruhstaller

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BA SCORE
87
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by soulgrowl:
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3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, chocolatey, oversteeped tea brown. Fine, suede-textured, clingy, camel-colored head. Smells like a big ol' bale of hay. Grassy. Dusty. Resinous, woody, and a little peppery. Alfalfa, dandelion, and chipotle/smoky paprika. Intriguing.

Delicate fruitwood smoke, cola-like dark sugar countered by a fistful of resinous hops. Weirdly bland – there are basic tastes of bitterness and sweetness, but not a lot of actual flavor to back them up. Hints of cocoa and burnt marshmallow, radicchio and Seville orange... but only hints. Nothing really jumps out, which makes this feel hollow and disappointing.

soulgrowl, Apr 20, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Beerswag, Feb 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

JeffNev, May 13, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark near black cola brown with a tan head that sits at just over a finger width thick. Good retention. Lacing is abundant with nice stick.

Smell - Predominant hop aroma, hitting on citrus and pine. Malt notes are more subtle, producing a very faint mocha aroma.

Taste - Hop forward flavor, hitting strongly on citrus character; orange and grapefruit with a touch of pine. Malts are pushed well into the background, coming through most noticeably mid-taste and toward the finish, with hints of roasted coffee and light cocoa. Finishes with orange pith bitterness and a faint trace of coffee lingers well after the last sip.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with fair carbonation. Smooth and a touch on the creamy side. Goes down nicely.

Overall - I drank this exclusively on tap at a place my band was playing about a month ago, and absolutely loved it. I sought it out in bottle form about a week later, but felt sticker shock at the price for the bomber. Eventually, I gave in to buying it. Such is the life of a ticker. While I'd prefer a touch more stout character, this is a really good CDA. Problem is, it's nearly twice the price as comparable brews. Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous and Widmer's Pitch Black come to mind. For that reason, I'd be hesitant to buy it again.

TheSixthRing, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thin head on a pitch black body.
The aroma dances between lemon and grapefruit to honey.
The taste starts with honey sweetness, then pine bitterness, finishes with a lemon bite. The sweetness at the beginning is great.
The texture has a softness with moderate carbonation and medium body.
This is a great BIPA.

Fatehunter, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of mkotsayfan
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a black/red color with a decent amount of off white head (not a particularly foamy head, nor are the bubbles "tight"). The aroma has a lot of citrus, along with a very light amount of caramel. The taste is very unique for a black IPA, the citrus hops are there but there is a light roasted malt quality lingering as you near the finish, just before the bitterness - even though their website claims there isn't any roasted or chocolate flavors in the beer. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with good carbonation, and the right amount of smoothness and pricklyness for an IPA.

This is an interesting take on a black IPA, but it works well. It caught me off guard as I initially expected more malts and chocolate, but it is very drinkable and smooth for those who like IPAs but only want a *touch* of maltiness/darkness in their Black IPAs.

mkotsayfan, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the nicest Black IPA's I've tried. Rich, bold, big flavored and expressive and remarkably drinkable.

Pours a deep black with a firm khaki head. Nice looking.

Nose is all ripe fresh pineapple and distinctive IPA - there's no missing it.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Very well balanced, nicely carbonated, rich and thick and bold with full body and an nice "half and half" mouth coating character.

Flavors are just plain good. Rich , full and assertive grapefruit skin oil bitter with undertones of fresh and lightly sweet fruit. All around integrated flavors that make you just want to gulp it, it's that inviting. There is some hint and undertones of roasted malt but very well integrated; it is much "IPA" before it's "black."

Finish is all fresh and bright grapefruit/pine bitter, with an undertone of coffee and burnt grain. This is a good one.

GRG1313, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of shaunyq
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Crisp, dry, medium-bodied. Great representation of an intriguing style.

shaunyq, Aug 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

VeganUndead, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Sep 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Booner818, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra received in a great trade with jvillefan.. Thanks a bunch Michael!! Poured into my thin tulip; the brew looks like a light porter with clear walnut beer near the stem end of my glass... tannish head only rises about a half inch, but somehow produces nice sheets of lacing.

nose is odd.. piney/citrus hoppiness with some roasty elements but something that I associate with molasses (fermented out)... light across the board... I would expect more from the hop and roasty malts to push this into the bigger boy category.

Flavor mirrors the nose nearly perfectly.. I know this isn't an "Imperial Black IPA" at 7.3%, but the flavors seem watered down without any real maltiness or bigger hoppy flavors mid palate... a bit flaccid.

Body is lighter than expected too... carbonation is light and that really accentuates the light body.

More maltiness on the palate would help this brew deliver the roasty notes, hops, and make for a bigger body.. right now, it seems pretty watery given the prodigious expectations for a "new" style.

4.25/3.75/3.5/3.5/3.5

Thanks again Michael!!!

JohnGalt1, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +3.4%

bigbeers84, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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

mfnmbvp, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was told that this brewer used exclusively locally grown ingredients from Sacramento area. In fact, the farmers of the hops and barley are listed right on the back label. After trying it, I can definitely sense the freshness that this brings, much like I get with Sierra Nevada’s harvest ales. The label describes the flavor perfectly: "bright citrus aroma...with surprisingly smooth lightly-roasted chocolate malt body."

Pitch black color with a khaki tinted head. Very bright hop aroma, milk chocolate. Freshly peeled lemon rind. Not getting any roastiness. On the palate, medium bodied with a nut-brown-like round malty sweetness and balanced with a touch of acidity. Some astringent bitterness in finish. Body is medium-low. Drinkability is very high. I’m not usually a huge fan of this category because I don’t like aggressive roastiness in my lighter beers, but this downplays the roasty character and focuses more on the hops and sweet malt. An elegant example of the style, probably the only one like this I’ve tried.

jibbyvonjibb, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Hopheadjeffery, Jan 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

JustinQ, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of rand
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

From 22 oz bomber to nonic pint glass

A: Jet black in color but a little less viscous than a stout or porter. Forms a huge, cavernous head that never full recedes.

S: The nose is lighter than expected, predominately crisp pine and citrus notes. A bit of an earthy must forms a backdrop where you'd normally expect tones of honey and bread. Some alcohol pokes through.

T: Bitter citrus-rind up front, with coffee astringency lingering throughout the sip. The palate is bitter and unbalanced and there's a touch of a metallic note bouncing off the bitter coffee tones. Alcohol is more masked than the nose, and there's not much else going on. The bitter aspects are not overwhelming, but the beer is one-dimensional and there aren't a lot flavors to contrast the bitter overtone. Finishes short, bitter and a little watery.

M: I think this is where my palate was thinking it's watery - this beer doesn't have that oily-slick viscosity you'd expect from a craft ale, especially an IPA. Weird, light-bodied complexion.

Strange brew...it's not undrinkable or off-putting. I suppose if this was really cold it would be refreshing. But there are so many better examples of black IPA's. I think if this was categorized differently I would have had a better experience...loses on a case of false expectations.

rand, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

smartassboiler, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

MattSlem, Dec 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Joshre, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Alevolution
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried all the Ruhstaller offerings, and the CAPT. Black IPA is definitely my favoriter. I'm a fan of IPAs, but this was only the second Black IPA I tried, the first being "Back in Black" by 21st Amendment (very good). I've had it on tap and in the bottle and have been keeping it on hand for about a year now. Quality has been consistently high. It is pricey, especially compared to some other excellent Bay area brewery offerings from 21A and Lagunitas, but is worth it to me.

A: Dark, nearly black, rich mahogany color. Creamy, dense, sturdy latte-colored head that laces the glass well.

S: Smoky, citrus, pine, a bit floral.

T: Outstanding balance of dark roasted malts and bright citrus hops. Smooth, complex flavors work over the entire palate. Grapefruit citrus is a mellow hint, nice hop bittering on the initial taste and the smooth finish. A delicious, well-balanced beer.

M: Smooth and lush with a medium-full body and a long finish.

O: I consider the CAPT. Black IPA to be an outstanding World-Class beer that should continue to gain fans and recognition as this small Sacramento brewery grows.

Alevolution, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

ac22rush, Jan 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

ralphw56, Apr 29, 2013
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Capt. from Ruhstaller
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.