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Capt. - Ruhstaller

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24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 81
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mkotsayfan on 03-31-2012

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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!!! (1,085 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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 (1,735 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,304 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of litheum94
4.01/5  rDev +2%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of rand
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (1,306 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev +1.8%

A - black with medium tan head. Fades to thin cap leaving tan lacing on sides of glass

S - caramel some, clean citrus, some spicy hops and a little grass

T - Starts with a roasty, piney hop kick, fades into loads of citrus finishing with sweet malt, slight bitter coffee.

M - great body, thick, medium carbonation, finishes quite sweet. (340 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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 (1,009 characters)

Photo of Bobheed
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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 (556 characters)

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of mkotsayfan
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of nanandtomfitz
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of Alevolution
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (1,116 characters)

Photo of SirEbril
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (171 characters)

Photo of JerryPinhead
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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 (589 characters)

Capt. from Ruhstaller
87 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.