Rustic Rye IPA
Bootlegger's Brewery

Rustic Rye IPARustic Rye IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,309
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,492
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 12.57%
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
259
From:
Bootlegger's Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  28
SCORE
83
Good
Rustic Rye IPARustic Rye IPA
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 259
Reviews by Auracom:
Photo of Auracom
2.26/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Big thanks to Derek for the extra! 12 oz. poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass on May 16th, 2012.

A - Lightly-hazy, dark-golden coloring. One and a 1/2 fingers of a vanilla-white head. Poor retention but good lacing.

S - Relaxed aromas of citrus, notably orange juice and overripe lemons. There's just a hint of rye-like spices. Tiny bit of hop-cone pine tree, but it doesn't smell all that west coast.

T - Further citrus and light pineyness. Spices are non-existent here. At rear palate there's a weird, exceedingly-bitter, warhead-candy sourness that feels very disjointed from the rest of the drink. It went from being subpar in reference to the typical to bizarre and atyipcal.

M - Light-medium body, moderate-high carbonation. Astringent but doesn't finish very dry.

D - I refuse to believe there's rye in this when I think back to other rye IPA's like Alpine Nelson. Not likely to visit this one again.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a thick, murky light brown in color with a faint orangish tint and a brown-white head that was almost as thick as the beer itself.

Smell - There's a lot going on in here. The hops jump out first. They are mainly citrus in character but with a very bitter slant. They are incredibly creamy on the nose if that's possible and there's a sharpness to them that you don't often find.

The malt base is rank in a very good way. The rye comes out husky and quite tight to the smell. Beneath it all is a rich sweetness that again smells very tight. All of this malty goodness play especially well with the hops.

Taste - The hops and malts play nice at the taste, too. The hops lose some of their sharpness that I got from the nose but are still large. The malts are just wonderful though and especially that sweet character came threw beautifully at the taste. It is all just the right mix of citrus hops, malts, light non-grainy rye, and sugar.

Mouthfeel - This is huge in the mouth. I wouldn't call it full-bodied but definitely medium on the big side. The carbonation is light and appropriate. There is some light bitterness throughout but this is not a bone-crushing bitter drink like some IPAs.

Drinkability - With a modest 6.2% ABV this is definitely a session ale. It is very smooth yet big and chewy and has enough complexity to keep things entertaining. I definitely enjoyed this better than most as it is only averaging an overall score of 3.5 or so and I thought it was way above that grade. Big, heavy, and harmonious.

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Photo of JosiahS
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: Slightly cloudy dark straw color. 2-3 finger foamy off-white head that looks like it will stick around nicely.

s: Smells of lemon rind, flowers, light tree sap, papaya, mango and grain.

t: hoppy lemon, flowers and papaya up front and mid pallete. At mid pallete a nice toasted malt comes through. Finishes somewhat clean but with a small bitter sting.

m: Approaching full-bodied, medium carbonation.

o: A pleasant surprise from a local brewery.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a orangish brown with a half finger of head and left some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. On the first whiff I was greeted by some citrusy qualities but had caramel malt presence with bready biscuit notes and faint hops in the background. The hops were a tad more potent on the palate with citrus and slight pine accents with lots of sweet caramel notes but no rye to be found. The brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, malty, and slight hoppy finish. It drank really good and would probably be able to drink lots of this beer in one sitting making it a pretty sessionable brew.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler mason jar at the brewery. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. It maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat (rye perhaps?), and citrus hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and slight bitter hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this wasn't bad, but this was not great. It was nicely balanced in flavor, but it just seemed to be lacking something... The rye/wheat taste perhaps??? It had a pretty good aroma though. Would definitely be happy to try this one again.

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Photo of daave1
2.16/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Just not good... Skunky and messy all around.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A=A light golden color with faint amber hues. One finger head with subpar retention and lacing.
S=Subdued caramel malt and rye. Not strong at all, definitely the low point of this beer. The rye is subdued but adds a nice touch.
T=Prominent caramel malt and subdued rye, some hop bitterness comes out in the aftertaste. Very drinkable, but not outstanding.
M=The high point of the beer. Very high carbonation that feels great rolling across the tongue. Medium body.
O=I'm glad I got to try this, but it doesn't hold a candle to Hop Rod Rye. Still, I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle poured into a DFH snifter. No bottle date is located on the bottle from what I can see.

A: Pours a really pretty orange color. Crystal clear look to it. Half finger of bright white head. Good amount of carbonation from the looks of it. Off the bottom of the DFH glass it's just rolling up. Not getting tons of lacing.

S: I get some of those fruit and citrus hop notes, over ripe peach and mango. But then I get the grain bill notes. Sweet maltiness.

T: I will start with this, I am sick and my taste buds are a little off. I do get some spicy notes on the tip of the tongue from the rye. You get those hops in the middle of the mouth. Nice balance of the spicy grains and the fruity hops. Also this is a very easy drinking beer. The lower ABV is nice.

M: Medium bodied like most IPAs in recent memory.

O: I like this one. It's a nicely balanced beer. Like the rye spicy marrying the fruity hops they used. Thumbs up.

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Photo of lsummers
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rusty light orange with a one finger head

Smell is very subtle, mild citrus hops with a touch of peppery malty sweetness.

Taste is also not as bold as I was expecting. Mild bite of hops at first, grapefruit, and subtle grass that ends on a sweet malty peppery note.

Overall, it's a very drinkable ipa. Nothing stands out, which would make this perfect for the back yard bbq. But if your searching for the added "Rye", this might not impress.

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Photo of roodie
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip. Thanks to cardinal79 for sending me this awesome extra!

A: pours a amber/gold brown with 3 fingers of pillowy white head, lots of lacing remains.

S: smells of grassy hops and sweet malts, the rye smell reminds me of a pastrami sandwich sans pastrami

T: very pleasant hoppy bitterness, muted by the malts, moderately sweet and caramelly, but the star is the rye taste adding a bitter breadiness to the flavor profile

M: very smooth, malts and hops mellow each other with a perfect velvety coat on my palate

O: a great brew, haven't had it on tap but plan to next time I'm in OC.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of ChugginOil
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very cloudy orange color with an inch of white head. Spotty lacing.

The nose offers a ton of earthy and spiced rye. There is some faint tropical fruits but rye dominates.

The flavors are compromised of a ton of rye. Spice, earthiness, and lovliness. This beer has one of the most noticable and enjoyable rye presence. Some bitter hop bitterness completes the flavor profile including some pineapple and apricot.

The mouthfeel is appropriate, medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, loved the rye characteristics showing boldly here. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rye IPA hopped with Citra, poured into a Tremens glass. The nose is pleasant; sweet and malty. The taste is hops and rye, but the combination doesn't quite come together creating a weird mix of flavors with the rye somewhat holding things together. A subtle honey sweetness comes at the finish. Interesting, but not on the level of Hop Rod or Lenny's RIPA.

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4.28/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Satchboogie
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tall tulip glass (Thanks vitese).

A: Pours copper, fairly clear, with nearly 3 fingers of a tight, off-white head. Good retention, leaves decent lacing.

S: Soft floral and citrus hops, spicy rye, caramel, smells bready. Lots of hop flavor, but not overly aggressive like many.

T: Big, but soft hop presence up front with lots of flowers and citrus. There's not really any bitterness or 'kick', nor is it overly orange or grapefruit. Big bread notes with plenty of rye and spiciness. A little caramel, though it cleans out in the finish.

M: Medium to slightly light body, moderate to slightly high (perfect) carbonation. Fairly smooth, very nice crisp and clean finish. Fairly chewy. Finish is fairly dry with just a little bitterness.

O: Normally I would be looking for a bigger bite from the hops (more bitterness, more aggressive). Thinking of this as a rye beer though, I really like it. Gentle and flavorful hop presence that is the perfect compliment to the rye spiciness and hearty malts. Just the right touch of caramel to add richness without taking away the dry, clean and crisp finish. Tasty and refreshing and absolutely no astringency or alcohol presence. A tough one to rate, probably not an A- strictly as an IPA, but overall, I enjoyed this as much as a any beer I've given an A-...

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tburus
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: A cloudy, light brown liquid with a nice, thick, two-finger, off-white head.

Smell: Bright citrus hop aroma with a mellow rye sourness to it. Very relaxing fragrance.

Taste: The initial hit is of hops, but quickly the sour rye flavor takes over. Going down the hops reappear in a tame bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Definite IPA bitter mouthfeel. Not too bitter. Like most other aspects of this brew, it appears that the rye component is muting the more traditional IPA aspects. To be honest, I don't totally mind this, as I tend to enjoy rye beers and have yet to develop a great affinity for the more highly touted "hopped up" IPA's.

Drinkability: Super easy drinkability. The muted hop character and low ABV make this a very appealing option. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this beer and am thankful to nicks6217 for throwing this in on a trade that we completed.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 259 ratings