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Capt. - Ruhstaller

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Capt.Capt.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

63 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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stephensinner

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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

California

3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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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justforrazors

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-29-2013 18:25:36 | More by justforrazors
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.15/5  rDev -18%
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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jakecattleco

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-20-2013 02:05:27 | More by jakecattleco
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Rollzroyce21

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

07-14-2013 15:22:56 | More by Rollzroyce21
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 06:12:10 | More by lordofstarside
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JeffNev

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-13-2013 05:25:55 | More by JeffNev
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ralphw56

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

04-29-2013 02:37:31 | More by ralphw56
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-26-2013 15:23:25 | More by GraduatedCashew
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 05:30:32 | More by JohnGalt1
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VeganUndead

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

03-30-2013 04:39:24 | More by VeganUndead
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Beerswag

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

02-21-2013 21:43:34 | More by Beerswag
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elNopalero

Texas

4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 07:00:34 | More by elNopalero
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rand

California

3.34/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 07:47:16 | More by rand
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 04:43:28 | More by Fatehunter
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sbanacho

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-11-2013 05:39:21 | More by sbanacho
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-01-2013 02:08:29 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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TheSixthRing

California

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 04:58:38 | More by TheSixthRing
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Alevolution

California

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 17:42:28 | More by Alevolution
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GRG1313

California

4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 04:34:02 | More by GRG1313
Capt. from Ruhstaller
86 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.