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:
256
Reviews:
104
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
12.78%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of pmarlowe
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No bottle date. Tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear golden color with a finger of head, tiny bubbles. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells mostly like rye bread with an undercurrent of tangerine, prominent caramel and sugary malt. Taste is kind of grainy/bready with maybe a little orange/tangerine citrus, and again a hefty dose of caramel malt, finishing moderately bitter. Medium bodied and medium-light carbonation. Overall, this was a little disappointing in its lack of any sort of hop character. It's all malt and rye. I'd pass on this again.

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Photo of Honeybourne
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RXUYDC
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Disappointing. Thin and innocuous. Tastes more like a session beer. Where is the rye?

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Photo of Donkster46
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of coldmeat23
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Thanks to RodBurg for the Bootlegger's Brewery hook-up!

This is a lightly hazy, golden brown colored liquid, with a slight orange cast to it. A one-finger, off-white colored, head of foam sits on top. Retention is fairly good, but is gone before the glass hits the halfway point. Lacing is good in appearance, but is very slippery.

Lots of citrus hops notes, blended with a boatload of caramel presence. Almost has a butterscotch(?!) quality to it. Light spice notes and a biscuity yeast presence.

The sweetness of butterscotch/caramel hits first and lingers for awhile. Just when you think that nothing is going to happen, in comes a good kiss of citrus hops, bringing a touch of bitterness with it. The yeast is still present, but it's somewhat buried. There is a nice hint of rye spice coming through, but not nearly as much as I had anticipated/expected.

The body is medium at best, but I'd probably put it in the high end of light bodied. The carbonation is medium level. It has a crisp sharpness to it. The body is a letdown, to me.

It's quite drinkable, but it's really just kind of a lackluster beer. I hate saying that, because I really hoped to like it. If I want something completely inoffensive that I don't have to think about the multiple layers of, this would be on the list, sadly.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a fairly clear, dark amber, nice head, solid but looks pretty plain though.

Smell is pretty fruit, some oranges and grapefruit, but fairly sweet and malty, not aggressively hoppy. Some rye spiciness too.

Taste is fairly bitter, not as much citrus as on the nose, lots of rye spice again and even more sweet maltiness. Pretty good but needs more hop and less malt.

Lots and lots of fizzy carb, pretty full body, good mouthfeel overall.

Good beer! Not remarkable but a solid rye IPA which is a style I always like.

6.8/10

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Photo of mattsucks
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BFCarr
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange amber with a beautiful thick and firm white head.

Nose is medium sweet and floral grapefruit with a hint and undertone of ripe pineapple.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and with a very nice body.

Flavors are actually very much like a rye bread in nature-rye grain flavor with extremely well balanced malt and fruit.

Finish is long and with a bitter rye grapefruit character.

Very consumer friendly and food friendly with a very nice character, flavor profile and finish. Finish goes on forever and gets more and more bitter for a minute or two.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain/rye and some very mild herbal hop aromas. Taste is slightly sweet and is of malt/grain/rye up front with some herbal hops on the finish and a slight alcohol kick with each sip. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but the smell is pretty weak in my opinion.

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Photo of jooler
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's like alpine ale but more hoppy

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while in Socal for BT (what a magical 48 hours), couldn't beat the price on this. Drank at the Utah State @ Nevada tailgate. Pours a light orange, very clear, good carbonation and average head, light hop aroma, sweetness, tempered.

Taste, relatively smooth, lacking the rye spiciness you might expect, but decent hopping, light caramel flavor, still carries some of that sweetness throughout. Not a complex or strong rye beer at all. $3.49 a bomber, it was worth that.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts off with a dense lt. brown head. The nose has big citrus notes with a big rye bread aroma.
The head retention is good some nice lacing on the glass. The taste: Good malty toasted rye bread flavors,a dry lemon rind mixed with a hint of blood orange gives to a good mid-palate fruit.
The malt backbone softens into sweet dates and spicy rye finish. Kudos for a great twist on a hoppy classic. Feels good to buy a beer that was brewed down the street from ya!!

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Photo of Xul
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden with some amber highlights, capped by two fingers of foamy, off-white head. Retention is moderate as it slowly settles to about a half finger of head.

S: Moderate citrus up front along with piney and earthiness, followed by pleasant spicy notes of rye. Toffee base is evident in the background, although aroma as a whole is a bit subdued.

T: Hops are a bit muted up front with piney and earthy notes coming through. Rye comes through strong on the mid-palate before giving way to a burst of sweet caramel near the back end.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation, feels a bit thin.

D: Easily drinkable but doesn't quite live up to its potential. I'll certainly try it again as the beer has its merits, perhaps this had sat a bit too long.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange color, impressive clarity, good 3/4" white head on it, average in the retention/lace aspect of the appearance score. Aroma gave up the mild hops, sweetness and light rye feelz.

Taste didn't impart the rye though. Light caramel and hop flavors, grapefruit. Good bomber price, but ultimately, being simply a decent ipa isn't going to lead me to purchase another bomber when there are so many 4/6 pack prices from awesome breweries beers (SN/Lagunitas etc. . . ).

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Photo of Chief99
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of life_of_agony
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Redgoatman
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lsummers
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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 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 AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Burnt umber color with an off-white head that had moderate retention and stick.

S - Fairly mild. Not a particularly hoppy IPA, although granted it is a single as opposed to double. There's some citrus/grapefruit notes. Some caramelized rye on the backbone. It smells nice, but fairly innocuous.

T - Easy drinking. Some more hops, mostly grapefruit in nature. The rye is nicely present, but not overpowering. Nothing in this beer is overpowering, just smooth, easy to drink.

M - Moderate body and carbonation and finishes on the dry side.

O - Not a bad beer, can get it down easily enough, but there isn't a ton special that is going on here.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Got this as an extra, cant remember who but thank you very much if you read this.

Pours a beautiful red brown color with hop haze and a massive, massive head. almost thought it was infected at how much head there was and the retention lasts forever. Smells bready with just a slight spicy note from the rye. has a touch of lemony hops as well. Tastes a touch sweet, but has a good hop bite to it. sorta has that hombrewed sweetness to it. Love the light body with caramel malts. I would have thought it was an amber ale to be honest with some hops added. Nothing crazy for the style but the key here is that its balanced well. Mouthfeel is decent with that medium carbonation retaining in the actual liquid after the massive head recedes. This is a very drinkable beer, just nothing to go running for. not sure of the price but if its a qpr then maybe its worth a shot to seek out. nice job though.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A mildly hazy orange amber with a dense, off-white head, this is a decent looking IPA, The nose is quite solid, a moderate rye character along with some grapefruit and pine hops, this also has some tropical fruit character. Malt character is mild, a little bit of caramel is present. The rye is rather bready too.

The palate opens with a blend of rye and grapefruit and a little bit of chalk. Bitterness is moderate, and there's a pleasant blend of fruit and pine. A touch of soap as well. The mid-palate is where the rye comes to play, rather spicy and bready. Sweetness is medium- medium-low with some honey present. Moderately drying and mildly bitter on the finish, there are lingering flavors of fruit and pine, this beer is a little watery. Solid

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Rustic Rye IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 256 ratings.
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