Rustic Rye IPA | Bootlegger's Brewery

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Rustic Rye IPARustic Rye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States
bootleggersbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DoubleJ on 01-31-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
257
Reviews:
104
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
12.78%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 257 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of MickeyHops
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of whallgren
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Philousa
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear pale orange in appearance with one inch of head. Some lacing as you drink. Surprising amount of tart yeast prevalent in the aroma to start. Very grassy, weedy hop aroma, not much pine or bitterness apparent. Pale malt is hiding behind the mildly spicy rye malt. That rye malt is very apparent in the flavor. Again, mildly spicy, full of flavor. I get a little butterscotch diacetyl, which I realize was in the aroma too, but I just couldn't place it. That grassy hop aroma comes out in the flavor as well. Not as bitter as I would expect an IPA to be, but it's definitely got some bitterness to it. Balanced feel, slightly dry finish.

Interesting, but I'm ultimately nonplussed by this beer. Rather spend my money on something else.

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Photo of Lucasperea
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Auracom
2.26/5  rDev -37.2%
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 drjman
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Mister_Joshy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear, golden amber, with a huge light tan head that leaves tons of spiderweb lacing and takes a while to dissipate.

Smells of grapefruit pith, warm malts and some rye as well.

Taste is not quite as big, lightly bitter pith throughout, with a rye aftertaste. The two go well together, but the flavors are a little understated.

Texture is light-medium bodied, a light bite, with a semi long dry finish. Medium drinkability, I probably wouldn't want more than one or two of these.

The taste is somewhat lacking in actual hop flavor, as the only aspect is the citrus pith. Other than that, it's what it says it is, and does a pretty good job of it.

DOA

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Photo of BeerShman
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jdougherty
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of azdback
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Spaten tumbler. A bright, clear orange color. Swarms of large carbonation bubbles lead to a large three finger head that is sea foam white and the same in appearance. Lace seems to be very sticky at this time.

Smell is kind of lemony, with some bread or yeast and rye spice.

Taste is bitter of a yellow grapefruit, some sweetness too. There is just a bit of rye spice to this but not at all in the front.

Mouth is crisp and the carbonation is round to spritzy. Body is delicate and the finish is average and dry.

Overall I am a little confused by this one. I couldn't get a lot of rye in the taste. This is a must try if easily obtainable but don't go beating down the trading forums for this one. Thanks to nycwinter for the chance to try this one.

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Photo of Florida9
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear amber - looks like watered down whiskey. Forms a small white head that has little retention and leaves just a minimal lacing.

S: Smells of rye, toast, some peppery spice, grass and a bit of butter.

T: Lots of caramel malt and butter mixed with just a bit of pine and citrus hops. Rye spice on the finish is overpowered by unpleasant diacetyl flavors.

M: Medium bodied, but with a very "round" mouthfeel to it that is likely a byproduct of whatever is causing the diacetyl. Lower carbonation levels. Mild bitterness.

O: Simply put, this is just not a very good beer: Very little rye or hop character with an overwhelming amount of off-flavors.

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Photo of hackedfly
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Jaacob
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of n2185
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with two fingers of beige head that fades into a frothy cap with no lacing.

S: Some light and sweet citrus notes up front followed by dry pine and grassy aromas.

T: Very dry pine flavors dominate with some slight grassy notes. The finish is moderately bitter with some resin notes as well.

M: Medium body with sudsy carbonation, this beer feels about as dry as it tastes.

O: An alright IPA overall, though nothing special. It's a super dry IPA, though it'd be nice to have more depth of flavor and aroma.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of jorgemir
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Mattylegend
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely dark amber in the tulip glass. Nice foam and pleasing carbonation in the mouth. Modest aroma of browned barley with some bread.

Medium body with a rich, spicy flavor. Just the right amount of rye to give it that sharp grainy taste with a touch of perfume.

Hops provide a fairly bitter backdrop. Like an IPA but restrained enough to make the hops a deep part of the flavor profile without stealing the show. Resiny taste along with the browned biscuits and spicy tang. Nice malty flavor provides good balance.

Compares favorably with the tasty Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye, I think. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An adequate if not distinguished Rye beer. Pours a clear amber with a decent head. The aroma is sharp and toasty. The flavor is extremely sharp, dry, and toasty, with that characteristic mouthpuckering rye edge, but without the countervailing malt sweetness that distinguishes a great rye beer. The final effect is astringent and bitter. This beer takes the rye thing too far and too seriously.

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Photo of TrojanWheels
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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 John11486
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 257 ratings.
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