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Capt. - Ruhstaller

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Capt.Capt.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 rand
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
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.

Photo of sbanacho
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Alevolution
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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 GRG1313
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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 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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of JustinQ
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of 2neardead
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 litheum94
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 creez
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Rocketman8911
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JerryPinhead
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Bobheed
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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 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.

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Capt. from Ruhstaller
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