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Rustic Ale - Capital Brewery

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 18.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dirtylou on 07-03-2008)
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Reviews by orangemoustache:
Photo of orangemoustache
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden, orange and rusty color,with a soft looking off-white head that leaves nice lacing,this is off to a nice start. The nose is tame and combines floral aromas with caramel malts. Pretty tasty considering a style that can often be less than impressive. Caramel malt and good balance of grain and hops makes a very drinkable balanced Ale. A light body and low carbonation help my glass to empty quickly,slightly creamy even. Pleasantly surprised by this uncompromising Red Ale. This is much better than AB American Ale. Give it a try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bpfrush
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of cokes
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dirty amber bodied with only a small collar of beige lace.
Grain dominated nose, with perks of the confectionery Capital caramel maltiness, and hints of nuts and wort and rubber.
It enters the mouth with toasted grains and peanuts. The trademark Capital sweet caramel malt makes a cameo, then fades just as quickly. Doughy now, with a lingering wheaty sweetness. Chalky bitterness, with no real defined hop flavor.
Light-medium bodied with a moderate carbonation, leading to a mushy mouthfeel, mostly due to the indecisiveness of the taste.
It's like 80% Island Wheat, and 20% Wisconsin Amber. And probably worse than either, individually...well Island Wheat sucks about this bad (and don't get me started about it replacing Kloster Weizen).
While this is not entirely awful, it is just so amateurish.

What the fuck has happened, Capital?
Here's a plea: if you want to do an amber ale, brew an Altbier. Stick to your German roots...you do these types of beers as well as anyone. The mainstreaming of your portfolio is losing you your fan base.
Simply put, shit like this doesn't work.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Rusty bronze-orange with a small white cap. This one leaves a lot of really nice lace on the glass, and although small, the head stuck around for a good while.

S - Sweet malt notes of carrot cake and caramel remind me of an Oktoberfest in a way. Some mild hop notes are there, but the malt is the star of the nose show.

T - Again, carrot cake and spiced coffee cake. Cinnamon rolls glazed in white icing. Some balancing hops and a hint of metallic mineral water give this a very German feel. I would totally guess O-fest in a blind tasting. This is good stuff!

M - Medium bodied (maybe even on the lighter end of medium), and well carbonated, this is a very thirst quenching brew. Goes down easy and finishes relatively neutral.

D - Tasty brew! Would be a very nice accompaniment to a smoked sausage, brat, or burger.

Photo of dirtylou
3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz single, Steve's

I actually had this a while back at the Orpheum during a show (perhaps new pornographers/okkervil river)...i think it was leftover from a private party and i only got to sample 1 pint before it was gone...hmm

appearance: clear amber body, glowing orange hue, really light beige cap and minimal lacing

smell: not much on the nose at all, light toasted malts, caramel, strong grassy traits, minimal hop profile.

taste: this is a pretty boring beer on all fronts. everything is so muted that nothing really stands out at all - perhaps this is what capital was going for. i'm not sure what the marketing of this beer will be but i read about in a "lawnmower beer" article in the capital times. The name Rustic is probably referring to the natural grassy overtones which are complimented by toasted nuts and grain and caramel malt. hops are minimal and earthy.

mouthfeel: light and watery

drinkability: easy

Photo of BeerCheese
2.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured crystal clear beer bottle brown, maybe a little lighter. Tiny little white head and a little lacing. Very weak hop aroma. Even weaker taste, with more malt than hops. Disappointingly watery. Poor representation of an amber. Mouthfeel was medium with medium/light carbonation. Drinkable in a glass of water kind of way.

Photo of KTCamm
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours darker reddish copper with very little foam. Looks kind of like an iced tea.

Nice sweet caramel smell. Little nutty.

Light clean malty taste with virtually no carbonation. No punch in the finish, not even a hint of a hop. Kind of just fades away.

Easy to drink, but feels like something is missing.

Photo of jsh420
2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours hazy amber with a 1 finger head that left no lacing

smells very watery some carmel malt

taste is pretty weak but i get some english pale malts some nutty malts very little hops

mouthfeel is thin decent carbonation nice and crisp

drinkability is not good over priced for not much flavor

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint. No date or info on the bottle.

A - Clear pale amber with an orange hue and a steady stream of carbonation rising up to a big but short-lived creamy off-white head. A thin layer with a collar of lacing is left.

S - Ugh. This aroma is pretty awful. It consists of a dirty, dank garage with rotten, wet leaves and a cardboard and metallic bite to it. Who would enjoy what I'm smelling right now? It doesn't even resemble beer in the least bit. I understand the name of the beer is Rustic but come on...

T - Light amber and pale malts up front with a quickly overpowering cardboard funk and metallic finish. A bit of wheat and dry straw with a really low hop profile in the background.

M - Medium-light in body with a dry and distasteful metallic finish. Medium-high carbonation adds a bit to the end.

D - If this is a "rustic" ale, thank God we've moved in a new direction with beer. Capital should have left the past alone. The nose is rather disgusting and the flavor is lacking any real direction. Not pleasant and not a beer I'll be having again any time soon if ever.

Photo of scaliasux
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - Light-medium amber. Slight haze. Tall off white head with good retention.

Smell - Mild caramel malt. Not catching any hops.

Taste - A little nutty caramel malt. Not much in the way of hops. A little watery. Leaves a bready aftertaste. Not bad tasting, but underwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Medium and smooth.

Overall - Not a bad tasting beer, but pretty muted. Might be an adequate choice for a day in the sun. I can't imagine seeking it out.

Photo of kdwruck
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of AmberMan22
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

The beer pours a burnt orange color, toned with red. The head is immediately impressive but dissipates quickly. Lacing/stickage is above average, considering how fast that head went away.

It smells heavily of malt, no hops present. There is a deep rustic/earthy smell, matching the sweet caramelly malt aroma.

The taste agrees with the smell. Malt dominated, hops MIA. The malty flavor disappears quickly, making me sad, but the flavor remaining is still that of a tasty caramel amber.
Since I like malt dominated beers, I'll give this 3.5, but honestly I was left craving that afterbite of the hops.

Mouthfeel was a bit grainy, with ample carbonation biting the tip of the tongue. As the beer swills in the mouth, it develops a more settled, medium feel to it, just to the sheer malt domination.

Overall, an easily drinkable beer. Putting away a 6-pack over the course of a long easy conversation probably wouldn't be hard if you wanted to. The beer lacks some important defining characteristics, and I must say this is probably one of the more disappointing beers from Capital -- but I do have high expectations of them.
Try the Capital Amber if you're looking for a better beer in this class.

Photo of EGledhill
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

received as an extra on a trade . Not sure from who but regardless, thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into East End pint glass.

A. dark gold body, thinnest white head that's gone before I sit down to watch the football game. looks like a darker version of Bud.

S. Smell? there's barely a smell at all. The slight smell that's there is sweet and bready. smell says Macro.

T. Taste like you 1 and 1'd a mix of Bud and MGD. sweet bready malt, not so great aftertaste. not appealing. like a fuller flavored Bud

M. thin and grainy a good bit of carbonation. are you sure this isn't bud?

D. If you like Bud. behold the craft version of it. I'm sure this would be good at a picnic or something, but not to start out my Turkey day.

Overall: I'm pretty sure it's Bud. Gotta be. What a disappointing way to start out my Thanksgiving drinking. Fuck this I'm drinking the rest and moving on to some hype. Would not recommend to friend, except maybe patronwizard.

Photo of lowbrau
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Amber with a very slight red hue. Thin head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Faint aroma with slight biscuit notes. No hops present.

Taste: Slightly watery. The biscuit notes in the aroma come through slightly, giving it a fairly pleasant sweetness, but not quite enough. Little hop character to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Nothing remarkable, but not bad. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability: The wateryness hinders the drinkability.

Photo of hopdog
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and clear amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of grains, 'musty', earthy, and toasted nuts. Tastes of caramel, lighter earthiness, and grains. I found the body to be on the thinner body.

Notes from: 7/26/08

Photo of wallrock
4/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of pweis909
3.98/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As Capital Brewery is known for their German lager tradition, it shouldn't surprise me that this "rustic" ale gave me the impression of a rather civilized lager, maybe a German pilsner.

In appearance, it does resemble a pale or amber ale, falling somewhere on the lighter side of amber, and the foam was present, but not overly thick and faded to invite me to enjoy the beer. The ale had a familiar malty taste that I associate with a pilsner and the clean bittering and floral aroma that I normally associate with that style. It lacked the fruitiness of an ale, making me winder if it was brewed with lager yeast or lagered in the German ale tradition. While subdued by some ale standards, I found this a very tasty and drinkable beer, sufficiently interesting and thirst quenching to make it worth drinking anytime.

Photo of sweemzander
2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one.

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber color that produced a good off-white head with decent retention.

(S)- A rather nutty yet musky aroma with bits of lemon and a weird peanut butter caramel thing.

(T)- A caramel maltiness with a pseudo nutty twist. A bit metallic.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Certainly malty and a bit rich, but a bit off balance too with some weird flavors.

(D)- An alright amber. It is flirting a bit; an amber yet a brown ale at the same time. Different.

Photo of dmtaylor
2.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

There's so much that's not right about this beer, unfortunately... Where do I begin?

Aroma - Corn & cabbage - DMS - very grainy and nutty malt, low caramel, with very subtle earthy and slightly spicy hops. Very malty aroma, needs a lot more hops to balance.

Appearance - Very fizzy on the pour, but low white head quickly dies to nothing. Ends up with low carbonation. Crystal clear, decidedly amber in color (i.e., amber-yellow-almost-orange like the prehistoric flies are captured in, but not red in any way).

Flavor - Very grainy, nutty, and toasty, toasty, toasty. A hint of apple ester. Also some honey character. Hops are VERY subdued, earthy, a hint of spice but it's hard to find. Balance is sweet, just enough hops to take the edge off with bitterness without much contribution in flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium-light body. Seems sort of thin and definitely well-attenuated.

Overall - Did not meet expectations at all with respect to hops. This beer was advertised as using local Wisconsin hops and malt, and while the malt comes through loud and clear, WHERE'S THE HOPS?? That's what I really was looking for. There's no balance, it's all about the malt and there's not anywhere near enough hops to balance. Capital, if you're listening, I'd say you need to triple the flavor and aroma hops next time!! Otherwise, with respect to malt, it's a great start. Just currently misses the mark significantly. But for those who don't like hops at all, but like toasty, nutty malt, this wouldn't be a bad beer to try.

Photo of abents
2.05/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours barely red and more orange, light white head fades quickly. Smells of light caramel malts and light grains.. ugh. Taste is not much better, Light malts, no hops and that off adjuncty taste to it. Odd bitterness not deriving from hops add to the weirdness of this beer. Very light mouthfeel moderate carbonation. This is a forgettable one. Come on capital you're better than this.

Photo of Tone
3.45/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, roasted malt, sweet malt, earthy malt, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt up front, then sweet malt, yeast, and slight hops in the finish. Overall, the roasted malt in foremost, it's light, and slight hop presence - therefore this fits almost perfectly into the category. Not a real heavy bodied beer but smooth, well blended, and easy to drink.

Photo of Jnaustin114
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Strix
2.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark amber, frothy head and good lacing.

Smells of malt, nuts, and spices, but something smells off.

Taste is all over the place. Malt and nuts predominate, but then there's some way-off kilter spicing, a grassy flavor, and a cardboard flavor.

Mouthfeel flat and weak.

This doesn't have too much going for it. I'd much prefer a Leinie's Red. I may just stick to Capital's lagers. Retire this one ASAP and go brew us a nice bock.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden beer with an amber hue. Thin cream colored head quickly disappeared. Mild malt dominated aroma. Solid malt flavor is lightly sweet with a hint of toast. I wouldn't quite say the body is light. In general the flavor is clean and doesn't linger making for a refreshing drink.

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Rustic Ale from Capital Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.