Rustic Rye IPA | Bootlegger's Brewery

Rustic Rye IPARustic Rye IPA
BA SCORE
47.9%
Liked This Beer
3.64 w/ 257 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by DoubleJ on 01-31-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,520
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
257
Liked:
123
Avg:
3.64/5
pDev:
12.64%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
27
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 257 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of EdTheEdge
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Alpha309
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of eulerthegrape
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of emmasdad
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up at Holiday Wine Cellar on a recent trip to San Diego.

Poured from the bomber a medium orange color with a huge rocky white head. Some citrusy hops on the nose, as well as a little caramel.

On the palate, more of the same, but really no noticeable rye. Not bad, but kind of a disappointment considering the number of great west coast IPAs out there.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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 Overlord
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden, orange-ish yellow with a big white foam head.

Smells ... where's the rye? Smells like some tropical IPA notes, just a hint, and ... maybe some grapefruit. Kind of muted.

Flavor is similarly uninspiring. It's sweeter than a normal IPA, but I don't know if that's from the Rye, or what, because I detect basically no Rye. Some grapefruit, some sweet malt, but a bit grainy.

Well ... it's not bad, but too expensive for what it is.

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Photo of Vincev27
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of jrnyc
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one in a 22oz bomber.

I got two 16 oz cans as an EXTRA from jimmy2282, thanks, what a great surprise!! Cans dated 8/1/2011.

A - Lighter appearance then some other Rye IPAs, small head.

S - Nothing significant about the smell.

T - This one is OK, nothing I would spit out, but nothing extraordinary about it. Less taste then others of this style.

M - Medium body

O - Ehh, not bad, not great though. I wouldn't spit it out, but I wouldn't seek this one out, but would certainly drink it if other choices were limited.

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Photo of shivtim
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for the bottle, Konrad! I like the color scheme on the bottle; it fits the name.

Poured it out into a pint glass. It's surprisingly translucent, with not the tiniest hint of haze. Small streams of bubbles. Looks like tea water; a simple golden yellow with slight red tinges, and a tiny ring of white head on top.

Nose has a sharp sweet fruit smell, like apple and pear. This layer is almost like a cider. Some hops come through as well, but it's dominated by the sugary fruit.

Taste is sweet malty flavors, vaguely pineapple. Lingering hops come in at the end to remind that it's an IPA, but they are very gentle. I can't pick up on the rye. Very gentle mustiness.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both average. Overall not bad, just doesn't seem to fit the rye or IPA categories.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an amber brown with nice clarity and a fluffy cap that leaves thick lacing. Nose has some spicy bready notes, earthy forest, without much else. Taste is easy drinking and bittered nicely yet a touch simplistic. Dry rye bread, a touch of slightly sweet caramel, and again not much else. Decent and easy drinking but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of ikats
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear, light orange in color with a slightly off-white head. Very aromatic. Mostly citrus notes (grapefruit). Maybe some pine notes. Can't say that I smell any rye or malty notes in general. Taste is not particularly balanced. The malty base seems more pronounced than it would be in a regular IPA (not sure if that's effect of rye). Hops are very bitter from the moment they touch your mouth all through the aftertaste. There is a bit of dryness (although there is some sweetness on the lips as well from malts). It's about medium light body. Fairly drinkable. I am not sure if this beer will become my favorite (let's be honest, it is not anywhere close to the top of my list), but it is not regrettable. I'm enjoying tasting it at the moment.

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Photo of n2185
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Photo of kk73
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Pours a clear brunt orange with a modest white head that quickly disappeared into a white sheen and a white ring around my glass. Leaves a little lacing.

S - Not getting much in the way of spicy rye(maybe I dont know what rye is supposed to smell like). Some faint floral hops combined with a slighty sweet malt backbone.

T - Not much on the tongue either. A slight grapefruit bitterness that does not last long followed by some sweetness possibly from the malt.

M - Light and crisp, maybe a touch watery.

D - Not a bad beer, just not one I would purchase again. However this could be sessionable on a very hot and humid day. Very light and refreshing and very little alcohol detection.

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Photo of largadeer
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from K&L RWC. No freshness date.

The color is a brownish-gold, fairly hazy with a lower-moderate level of carbonation that produces about an inch of head.

The nose is...pretty bland, actually. I was expecting a lot more from this, having had some great IPAs from Bootleggers. There's a citrusy, grapefruit-like hop presence, but it's mild. I can't say that I get much rye. A bit of cereal sweetness. Not a bad aroma by any means, just boring.

There's a bolder hop character on the palate, leaning in the grapefruit direction with a little bit of an herbal/earthy twang. Rye has a moderate presence, lending some drying earthiness to an otherwise bready, moderately sweet malt base. As I work my way through the bottle, I start to pick up mild diacetyl. The finish is pretty grainy and bitter; the beer feels a bit thin until it warms up, and then the caramel malt backbone becomes more evident. Overall, there's nothing horribly wrong with this beer, it's just very run-of-the-mill. Easy enough to drink, but completely forgettable.

It's probably more of a B- than C+, but I can't justify bumping up my scores any more than this. Pass on this one and give their SoCo IPA a try.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden orange, with a light brown tinge hue. A solid inch head rose, leaving some spotty lacing.

S: Scents of grapefruit, and mild caramel, some dry lemon, citrus, very mild rye, and hop spice.

T: Mixture of tropical hops, followed by carmel sweetness, with a bitter dry finish. It's a bit between a light Imperial IPA with this malt character, and a lighter hops than an IPA. The Rye notes could be stepped up too imho.

M: medium mouth, dry finish. Malt smooths it out a bit, but it also has some grit to it.

O: Decent, but not stellar. It has potential, so some recipe tweaking and it could be a real winner.

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Photo of LakerLeith
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Azrael
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mentor
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 3 finger nearly white head over a mildly cloudy copper liquid. Smells piney and tropical hop aroma with some musty rye character.

Tastes juicy tropical flavors from hops with sweet malt undertones and an earthy sting/edge from the rye. Hop flavor is mostly lemon and blood orange with some pineapple and pine. Comes across a bit acidic and is accompanied by a mild alcohol sting (quite clean). Esters are minimal and hop bitter is strong and clean. The hop bitter blends with the alcohol and acidic well, but the hop flavors are too over the top. The finish falls flat with a lack of flavors. Would be nice to have a grassy hop bitterness to keep the palatte engaged. Md-light body with some dextrinous character. Strong carbonation is detracting. Decent beer.

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Photo of NMFB
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, showing a deep golden color with a bit of orange/amber hue with a touch of haze. Sports a sturdy inch of foam which offers good retention and lacing.

Light hop nose with citrus and a bit of spice. Touch of caramel as well. Rather clean and almost lager like in stillness with an almost additive quality to it. With warming the additive quality disappears and an earthy funkiness arises and adding more depth.

Somewhat coarse on the palate likely given the rye component, otherwise showing the same citrus and caramel of the aroma. Offers an odd floral component that seems to come and go. Still a bit too malty with respect to hop flavors and rather reminiscent of an English IPA.

Decent and smooth feel yet without the texture I would expect from a Rye IPA. Easy drinking and unotrusive with a flash of orange citrus and a light to moderate bitterness on the finish.

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Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
Beer rating: 47.9% out of 100 with 257 ratings
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