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Capt. - Ruhstaller

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very good

63 Ratings
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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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Photo of Offa


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 04:11:02 | More by Offa
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 09:37:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

09-14-2012 07:38:24 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
Photo of JustinQ


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

09-10-2012 03:29:59 | More by JustinQ
Photo of KimenTshom


4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-08-2012 19:58:03 | More by KimenTshom
Photo of 2neardead


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-04-2012 00:04:38 | More by 2neardead
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:44:07 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of litheum94


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 04:57:10 | More by litheum94
Photo of creez


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

06-19-2012 23:57:47 | More by creez
Photo of Rocketman8911


4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-29-2012 23:37:34 | More by Rocketman8911
Photo of JerryPinhead

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 22:34:07 | More by JerryPinhead
Photo of Bobheed


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:18:39 | More by Bobheed
Photo of mkotsayfan


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 08:55:13 | More by mkotsayfan
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Capt. from Ruhstaller
86 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.