Far Out IPA | Bootlegger's Brewery

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Far Out IPAFar Out IPA

Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Galaxy hops from Australia give it a funkadelic tropical fruit aroma, and the balance between the malt and hops is wicked. You’ll want to bogart this one because every sip keeps you wanting more, and at 7% alc by vol, this IPA will have you talking jive in no time. It’s going to be difficult not to dig this beer, because it’s far out, man.

Added by Popp24 on 02-29-2012

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 176
Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hybrid glass from a 12 oz bottle

A - A nearly cloudy copper/straw, one fingered velvety head and some serious sticky lacing and legs

S - pineapple, pine, bright flowers, fresh cut grass, dank, WLP001 yeast (or something close), slightly spicy hops, lots of soil and green earth, sugar, grapefruit, decent booze, crisp clean water and a really nice mix of lightly toasted and sweet malts/grains.

T - Really nice west coast style IPA. Pine, grapefruit, floral, island fruits, very dank, pineapple, refreshing water, California style yeast, lots of sugar (pale malt), nice bitter (toasted malt/grain and hop), nice spicy hops

M - Medium plus body, well balanced, great complexity, medium minus carbonation, medium plus acidity and just a great start to finish WCIPA.

D/O - When you think of a WCIPA, what do you think of? Hoppy? Sweet and Bitter malts? Clean yeast? Fruity? Flowers? Danky goodness? All that is here in a clean, refreshing and downright-poundable West Coast IPA and we're loving it! Nothing fancy, nothing over the top, just an awesome WCIPA that needs to be enjoyed fresh. Paired this with a chicken (no noodle) soup and it was near perfect.

Final thoughts - $13 is a bit high when comparing other like-minded IPA's that come in 6-packs and the 7-7.2% is pretty usual when comparing others in the same genre. I've already started my search to find this baby on tap and hopefully locally.

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Photo of tlema1
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep Amber, thin white head with streaky lacing
S: a little dank, a little fruity
T: citrus rind, some pine,
F: tons of mouthfeel for a light beer
O: a great example of a west coast IPA

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love this one from Bootleggers. The aroma has tropical fruit notes and also a flowery character - I guess that is the Galaxy hops talking. Nice mouthfeel - easy drinking for an IPA. 7.2% ABV is not noticeable - drinks like a 5.5% abv. Piney hop on the finish - good malt "backbone" but not overly heavy by any means. A nice west coasty IPA.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pretty hoppy with moderate tropical fruit and light pine notes.

A: Bright golden color, totally clear with a moderate white head that has decent retention before creating a ring around the glass. Light lacing is evident.

T: Hoppy with moderate tropical fruit notes and light pine, faint malt sweetness, crisp, moderate light hop bitterness, with a clean and dry finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty; the beer has a solid tropical fruit aroma and light malt presence with no alcohol evident that makes the beer pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Reema
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 22 oz into a pint glass

Pours a hazy dark orange color. Smells of pineapple, guava, fruity sweetness, slight hops dank, with some random pine thrown in. It's pleasant. Taste is superior to the smell. Initial fruity/floral flavors lead into slight cattiness, which finishes with a medium strong bitterness that leaves the mouth wanting more. It's quite refreshing. Feel is semi-light and amply carbonated which leads to a pleasant feel in tandem with the flavor profile. Overall, this is a very nice beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bomber poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark, hazy orange with a bright white creamy head, lots of carbonation, lots of lacing.

A: Pine, resin, citrus, oranges, sweet maltiness, smells very sweet.

T: Like the nose, pine and resin notes, hint of citrus flavors, moderate amount of bitterness, dry finish, notes of lemon peel, semi-sweet, aftertaste is of lemon, pretty solid.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, well carbonated, dry finish.

O: Pretty tasty, very drinkable, balanced, goes down real easy, I get no alcohol at all, leans on the sweet side, overall a solid IPA, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter, orange amber with a short white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear
S: bubblegum, earthy, distinct galaxy hops
T: citrus, grass, garlic, nice sweet malt balance
M: medium to full
O: nice West Coast IPA

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Photo of GatorCoop
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is not retired or the brewery brought it back. Picked up a 22oz bomber at the store. I really enjoyed this IPA, I like most of the West Coast IPA that I have had.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @2beerdogs for the chance to sample this West Coast gem.

Aroma: Very bright lemony hop aroma up front. Fresh melon and mango notes. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with pale yellow edges. A lot white head retains well.

Flavor: More lemon and melon flavors. Low caramel sweetness. Firm pithy grapefruit-like bitterness. Balance is to the bitter. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slightly oily. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A dry and crisp IPA. Full tilt West Coast. Big and tropical. Well done!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A bright orange amber body color, tangerine to apricot in appearance, with a little bit of thin carbonation, through a somewhat clear and thick body. Head is off white and three fingers tall, with very soapy retention. A real nice shiny glass and appearance, with some lacing.

Subtle tropical aromatics of hop on the nose, somewhere between mango and pineapple and a bit of woody pine. Some vanilla sweetness comes in a bit. All of it nice and subtle. Quite a good bouquet.

Pretty solid palate with a real nice juiced mouthfeel. Hints at a little bit of brown sugar and syrup but considerably lighter with the hop tropical juiced angle. Some surprising faint toasty notes of white bread and bakery sweetness, both in the mid palate and on the finish. Much good tropical juiced action, and a good balance between minimal sweetness and bitterness.

Solid IPA.

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Photo of Modernrickk
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber sized bottle found at Bills liquor in Atwater village

This beer has a great look- orange with a super white head that leaves lacing around the glass as you drink it down. Carbonation bubbles goin wild when this beer is super cold - I'll wait a bit to sip

Smells of crazy citrus fruits. Fresh squeezed oranges and cantaloupe. This aroma stands out, not run of the mill at all

Taste is pure balance - malts and hops battle on the palate. No one wins! Techy fight till the end - malts shine and so do the citrus forward hops - making this a delicious taste

Mouthfeel is thick with not much carbonation. Aftertaste is brief. Almost the same when it's cold to when it warms up-

Overall this beer is a winner and I will definately be searching for it when fresh

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Photo of Jree261
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Cloudy and foggy pale yellow.

Smell-Grass with underlying sweetness from red berries.

Taste-Grass and vegetables. mainly cucumber.

Mouthfeel-Heavy like an ipa. Good, lengthy finish.

Overall-Not a fan of the flavors. I liked the subtlety on the nose best. I liked the Palomino Pale quite a bit more.

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Photo of pkalix
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bright orange-y yellow, hazy; nice little white foam cap on top. floral, tropical fruit, tangy aromas. nice flavor, minimal bitterness, some orange and tangerine. pineapple? I think i'm really becoming a fan of the IPAs and this one is really nice. silky white lace slowly recedes down the side. pine-y and sweet! beautiful to look at and smell.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar – Escondido, CA
Notes from 01/03/14 – FW Snifter glass

A: A thin and course bone white top caps a soft golden amber brew with some mild hop haze across the body. Light retention noted as it dispels out to a thin film leaving back some sticky dots and ribbons of lace decorating the glass after each sip.

S: Tropical aromatics abound with passion fruit, guava, grapefruit, and gooseberry. Soft undercurrents of grassy herbs mixed in with some faint sugary pale malts detected as well. Really great nose chalked full of tropical fruits and Galaxy hop goodness.

T: High hop bitter punch brings a tropical medley of passion fruit, guava berry, melon, grapefruit, and gooseberry. Add in some dragon fruit for good measure with a few botanic florals. There is a very subtle dry malt cracker base with some restrained caramel sweetness. Alcohol is subdued and really well disguised in the flavor. Finishes crisp and dry with slight resinous linger carrying on that bitterness. Very tasty with loads of tropical hops.

M: Moderate to lighter body. Nice creamy texture with some carbonation spritz. Moderate to upper level of perceived bitterness. Crisp and dry resinous finish.

D: Far out IPA is affirmation that I love dem tropical Galaxy hops. Really well done in the west coast style. Sticky and resinous with a very reserved dry malt presence. Recommended and will be going for more of this one.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear golden with a pillow-y white head that leaves behind real good lacing throughout. Aromas are of resin, dank hop notes, pineapple, herbaceous, tropical fruit, medium esters, light tangy notes, and sweet malts are detected. The flavor begins with a light bitterness then recedes to citrus, mild grain, dank, and a good chunk of tropical fruit. The beer finishes sweet and bitter with lasting citrus rind and a grapefruit bite. Lively carbonation throughout. Unlike some other IPAs, this is very light bodied and fairly quffable for the style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clean, pure grapefruit flavor. The standard orangey amber in the Mort Subite globe. Some coarse head, but not long lasting, though it renews with a couple of swirls. Big spritz in the mouth. The aroma is quite nice-- flowers and citrus.

Flavor is grapefruit marmalade. Sweet and bitter, sharp and tangy. A serious bitter edge, and quite hot and acidic. The malt seems to be so pale as to contribute little if any flavor. I don't think I've tasted a beer that is more clearly grapefruit scented and flavored. Supposed to be Australian Galaxy hops. Far out!

A really hoppy but pleasant brew. Your tongue will tingle, but the aromas will make you swoon. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of RashyGrillCook
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a super clear amber with a two finger, white head.

S: Smells of fresh oranges hung like ornaments on a christmas tree.

T&M: Good strong bitterness up front mellowing out allowing some sweetness to come through. Not as dry as I like my IPAs to be. Better then average but far from the best. Slick medium weight mouthfeel.

O:A very nice west coast style IPA that I would gladly recommend to others and would enjoy drinking again.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Doin' it well and easy at the #1 joint - The Playground, in Downtown Santa Ana, CA.

Interesting to say the least. Hoppy like your grandmama after a few White Zins on her birthday, but the aftertaste is a bit subdued like Raul when he takes your granmama's codeine. Well and good, but a lil different - like that lil wiener no one wanted to play four square with in grammar Skool.

Raul recommend, but he's a lil perplexed.

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Photo of MoistPope
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a think white head, very minimal lacing from top to bottom. Smell of citrus is weak. No so much bitterness, very mellow. Citrus taste is there. Crisp, thin, and clean mouth feel. Leaves my mouth extremely dry. Overall i'd have to say that this is very easy to drink and a good gateway IPA for non-hopheads.

Side note, reminds me of El Segundo's White Dog IPA.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours gold with a medium-high white head leaving some nice lace. Clear as day.

S: Notes of citrus and pineapple/mango/tropical.

T: Nice, again, citrus tropical mix bringing lemon verbana, yellow mango, passion fruit and pineapple to the table.

M: Crisp, clean, fairly dry for the style. Refreshing, medium-bodied.

O: This is a good IPA with definite appeal to fans of a certain style. The bomber price at $6.50 is outrageous for a single IPA, next time I'll go to the source.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Bootlegger's Brewery in Fullerton, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with melon and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bootlegger's

Pours a clear golden orange color with a finger of white head. Intense pine and grapefruit aromas right away. A bit of an herbal note and grass, too. Very mild malt, in typical Bootlegger’s fashion. A very dry IPA with a nice bitterness. Very citric and piney with a strong grapefruit character. Only a hint of bready malt. The bitterness stays on the back end.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours lightly hazy gold, on tap, so not much room for a head, but a nice ring leaves plenty of lacing down the whole glass.

Smells of grapefruit and a hint of mango. The barest hint of malt is in the back where it should be.

Taste is nice and bitter throughout, with some grapefruit, and it's pith. Another blast of bitter on the finish rounds it out.

Texture is good, a nice hop sting, and medium drinkability. The beer leans from light to medium bodied, and is quite nice.

Reviewed live at the brewery, this quite a nice IPA. Plenty of bitter and punch. Glad to try.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by brewery rep Michael at a tasting. Bootleggers does some amazing one-off IPAs. Last year we got SoCo and this offering is in the same league. Malt and hops on the nose- herb, honey, and citrus give it plenty of character. Tastewise this beer does not let down. Ample hops are profiled (Simcoe I believe is present here); we get mint, citrus rind, and herbal notes. The finish is pure heaven- sweet malt and orange cordial mixed with ample hop bitterness. Wonderful. Can't stop drinking this, give me that growler, get your own pour...

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Photo of Popp24
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brewery this past weekend.

A - Golden with small head that disappears pretty quick.

S - Definitely get the smell of the Galaxy hops on this one but not much else.

T - The hops come through and are pretty strong on this one. I would have liked a little more balance. The nose doesn't quite translate on the palate.

M - Not bad. Not too thin and easy to drink overall.

O - Not what I wanted it to be but it was an above average ipa but nothing to get too excited about.
5/14/13 - Had this one again once it was bottled and it was much better than the first time. Not sure if they tweaked the recipe since it's original release or my taste buds changed. I really enjoyed this one a lot better the second time around.

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Far Out IPA from Bootlegger's Brewery
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