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Capt. - Ruhstaller

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Capt.Capt.

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very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mkotsayfan on 03-31-2012

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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 25
Photo of elNopalero
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This was my first beer of the evening and I found it to be one of my favorites. Poured a tan-mahogany color with generous foam. There’s almost a rye-like spice which is light on the aroma but definitely noticeable on the flavor and finish, similar to the grain notes I’d find from a Ruthless Rye or Red’s Rye. There’s a slight toasty-roast note to this which balances out the rye finish. Earthy hops are present on the aroma and flavor. I found this one really enjoyable and am looking forward to revisiting it again soon. This was everything I wanted from the style.

Photo of ralphw56
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jharris0624
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Beerlover
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of creez
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Minn_Joe
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Bryan_Welsh
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of JerryPinhead
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dr. Pepper color - small tight head, light brown in color

S - Wow - citrus as heck - must be the Citra and Cascade hops - getting a bit of sweet notes - caramel, etc.

T - smooth - caramel, chocolate and a hint of coffee on the low end and grapefruit and melon (honeydew?) on the top.

M - medium - very light carbonation which suits the beer well.

O - Oustanding - nice and smooth on the way down with a satisfying bitterness that lingers - not sharp but just right. 7.30% ABV? Hard to tell it is so velvety in the back of the mouth. Prefer this to the 1881 Red Ale from the Brewery

Photo of Alevolution
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of SirEbril
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can from Sunset Beer Co. in LA. Pours black and has a nice head retention. Unique scent and surprisingly smooth on the tongue. Nice weight and a complex linger - balanced.

Photo of Bobheed
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nearly black, deep deep brown, with a one finger off-white head. It really looks similar to a BSDA.

S: Pretty huge citrus orange and grapefruit hop character. I get a little bit of a roasty caramel kind of smell right at the end

T: It has that same big hop character the nose would suggest. Really a lot of bitter grapefruit skin. I'm getting a little bit of a bitter chocolate note and some sugary sweetness at the end

M: Medium body with real sharp carbonation.

Overall I liked this one a lot. Easily one of the best black IPAs I've tried

Photo of JeffNev
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of stephensinner
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$10 a bottle, really hope it doesn't disappoint. Not seeing a bottle/freshness date. Anyway, bomber to snifter

Pours pitch black with a finger of foam. Good retention with low carbonation, as well as some nice legging. Lacing isn't the best, but doesn't change a solid look

Smells of floral hops, molasses, coffee, mild chocolate notes, roast malts, some licorice, and a touch of alcohol. Everything melds and comes together well, good balance, nothing over powering anything else in the aroma

Taste is close with the nose, hop front piney and floral hops, strong roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes come through. Also like the nose, everything balances and comes together well, no part of the beer outshines the others

Mouth is thick and full bodied. Nice creamy and smooth finish, leaves the mouth sticky and wanting more. Not super bitter, but very drinkable

Overall not sure it's worth the price, but a solid black ipa. Worth a try for hop heads, definitely can't afford this one often, though

Photo of KGalindo
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an even and consistent beer. I feel like it could be bringing a lot more character and power. Maybe I have high expectations since I've had some very hop forward black ales. Well, I know that's what it is. Regardless, it's still a nice ale. The distinct tones there are much more along the subtle line than all up in your mouth. A nice and well done black ale. I appreciate the consistency.

Photo of drpimento
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from Jaimie; thanks man! Appearance is a colossal frothy, light, billowy tan head with lots of clingy lace and an opaque black brown color. Aroma is hop, light malt, and grain with a hint of roast. Flavor's at first a touch soft with bitter coming on stronger and stronger. Not a lot of roast and mild malt flavor. Fairly dry. Body is good. Kind of an odd duck in that they've muted the hop & dark malt flavors.

Photo of litheum94
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, black body. Short, tannish head. Leaves a small cover but nice lacing.

Nice nose of Citra, juicy tropical fruits. Dank, oniony hops. Malts are light, coffee and chocolate. Hops more evident.

Bright, citrus hops with some tropical fruit and peach. Dark, crystal malts, bitter coffee and light chocolate. Lingering, leafy hops.

Pretty good brew, the malts are downplayed for the style. Love the Citra in this. Good first beer from this brewery.

Photo of shaunyq
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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