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Rustic Ale - Capital Brewery

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Rustic AleRustic Ale

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BA SCORE
70
okay

45 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 18.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Capital Brewery visit their website
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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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass the beer is light orange color and fairly clear. The head was huge but dissipated in the blink of an eye. The smell is mostly malt but I got hints of almond as well. Not a huge nose on this one at all. The flavor is malty and wheat like. There is a strange metalic flavor that seems to stick with me in every sip. Medium body with enough carbonationto tickle the tongue. This beer is drinkable if only because it's not real flavorful. I will revisit this one to make sure my bottle wasn't off.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 22:46:32 | More by beerwolf77
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kmeves

Wisconsin

2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper gold with a small off white head. The aroma is medium sweet malt, nutty and light grassy hops. The flavor is nutty toasted malt and light grassy hops. Light to medium bodied, thin texture. Finishes long and malt dominated. Not Capitals best offering by far.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 22:26:24 | More by kmeves
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

11-14-2011 16:52:21 | More by bpfrush
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kdwruck

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

07-14-2013 03:52:31 | More by kdwruck
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Jnaustin114


2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

05-30-2012 02:13:46 | More by Jnaustin114
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botham

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. pours a crystal clear brownish amber color with a single finger of tan head that remaisn for a minute or two.

aroma is lightly sweet and malty, with a light caramel character and subtle notes of dark fruit, namely plum and grape, both distant. there is an overall grainy type feel to the brew, lending to a premature staleness.

taste is more of the same, with a bit of an acidic profile, along with notes of bready malt, the same grainy feel, and a bit of caramel malt. quite dissapointing for a Capital brew.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a stale like quality and a smooth texture with soft CO2.

drinkability is decent. this is a sub-standard amber, without enough richness to sustain the malt profile. the flavors seem flabby, with a lack for any connecting element, or base of any kind. as a fan of Capital and their brews, this one is not true to their style, and leaves this BA dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 21:39:19 | More by botham
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jsh420

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 03:35:16 | More by jsh420
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sweemzander

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 21:40:08 | More by sweemzander
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cokes

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 07:48:40 | More by cokes
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MadTownDrinker

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

02-19-2012 17:09:27 | More by MadTownDrinker
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Medium Amber with short lived two finger head that left a very small amount of lacing.
S. A caramel malt smell, nothing fancy or intricate at all here. No hops detected. No complexity detected. One trick pony.
T. Watered down caramel malt sweetness but some kind of oddly metallic off-taste keeps cropping up for some reason. Tastes vaguely like a few copper pennies were accidentally dropped into the wort.
M. Nicely carbonated and crisp, refreshing, light bodied.

This suffers for two very distinct reasons : A very distracting metallic off taste and lack of complexity. Not recommended but also not disgustingly bad enough to drainpour.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 18:54:46 | More by WastingFreetime
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BeerCheese

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 04:19:19 | More by BeerCheese
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 18:49:08 | More by BeerFMAndy
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dmtaylor

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 16:14:36 | More by dmtaylor
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KI9A

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ugh.

A: Poured a very nice hazy amber, decent head

S: Rotten garbage. Like old lettuce or something..very unappealling

T: Couldn't get past the nose, as the taste was similar. Nice and malty, some slight hop backbone.

M: Medium

T: No. Can't do it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 01:00:38 | More by KI9A
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Strix

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 00:13:18 | More by Strix
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abents

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 01:38:02 | More by abents
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brdc

Wisconsin

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

Small capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

Copper colored, thin tan head, little retention or lacing.
Aroma is a faint combination of breadiness, grassiness, and not a lot else. Watery, with faint flavors as described for the aroma.
They brew better lagers.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 23:01:38 | More by brdc
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Chugmonkey

Wisconsin

1.73/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Ugh. What is in this thing? It leaves an absolutely awful aftertaste of something not right. I can't even describe it. A horrible stale taste that lingers and won't go away. It tastes like something burnt and stale. Like when popcorn is burnt and that burnt popcorn smell just lingers and lingers. Kinda like that, but not exactly.

Send me a beermail if you want to try this disaster. I have a 5 pack that you can have. Ugh, what a wretched concoction. This has to be some kind of mistake.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 18:06:16 | More by Chugmonkey
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McCranky

Illinois

1.4/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

i bought this beer at binny's and tried to return it because it tastes so awful. There were absolutely no hops, it was all malt, and it was terribly unbalanced. this beer is just all wrong. a v o i d. it's a shame because capital makes some good beers...this one makes me think they're losing their edge...

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 15:31:16 | More by McCranky
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Rustic Ale from Capital Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.