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Capt. - Ruhstaller

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BA SCORE
87
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, citrus zest, and cocoa. Taste is much the same with a slightly funky finish. There is a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has some interesting flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

zestar, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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 zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

zeff80, May 18, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +3.9%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Hopheadjeffery, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

GraduatedCashew, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +3.9%

smartassboiler, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

VeganUndead, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

notchucknorris, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Smarty_Pints, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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 Offa
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, essentially black, with a small-medium tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring, wisps, a little nice lace.

Aroma is a lot of citrus (grapefruit, mostly), some pine, some dark toastiness, maybe some passionfruit or the like.

Taste is very juicy, jammy citrus (grapefruit with some orange), a little coffee candy caramelised roastiness that carries some sweetness with it. It's pretty balanced but leans a bit to the bitter side with mostly citrusy-spicy hop bitterness. It has a strong freshly baked white bread element in the aftertaste. Feel is good and solid but not heavy or oily and not lively. Overall, this is a good, well-rounded beer that does a good job of balancing drinkability with some hoppy bitterness. The roasty element is quite light here and the hops, though somewhat restrained, clearly dominate overall. Bitterness almost gets a little too spicy and sharp near the finish, but backs off. It is not really complex or exciting, but it's well-rounded and has good depth and interest.

Offa, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

elNopalero, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Rollzroyce21
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Rollzroyce21, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +3.9%

bigbeers84, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of thinwhiteduke
3/5  rDev -22.1%

thinwhiteduke, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of BAsbill
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

BAsbill, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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
Photo of Beerlover
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Beerlover, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ralphw56
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

ralphw56, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

HoistinBrews, Oct 10, 2013
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Capt. from Ruhstaller
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.