Capt. | Ruhstaller

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California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mkotsayfan on 03-31-2012

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 28
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3.76/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Crisp, dry, medium-bodied. Great representation of an intriguing style.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev +4.2%

A - black with medium tan head. Fades to thin cap leaving tan lacing on sides of glass

S - caramel some, clean citrus, some spicy hops and a little grass

T - Starts with a roasty, piney hop kick, fades into loads of citrus finishing with sweet malt, slight bitter coffee.

M - great body, thick, medium carbonation, finishes quite sweet.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

I was told that this brewer used exclusively locally grown ingredients from Sacramento area. In fact, the farmers of the hops and barley are listed right on the back label. After trying it, I can definitely sense the freshness that this brings, much like I get with Sierra Nevada’s harvest ales. The label describes the flavor perfectly: "bright citrus aroma...with surprisingly smooth lightly-roasted chocolate malt body."

Pitch black color with a khaki tinted head. Very bright hop aroma, milk chocolate. Freshly peeled lemon rind. Not getting any roastiness. On the palate, medium bodied with a nut-brown-like round malty sweetness and balanced with a touch of acidity. Some astringent bitterness in finish. Body is medium-low. Drinkability is very high. I’m not usually a huge fan of this category because I don’t like aggressive roastiness in my lighter beers, but this downplays the roasty character and focuses more on the hops and sweet malt. An elegant example of the style, probably the only one like this I’ve tried.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, chocolatey, oversteeped tea brown. Fine, suede-textured, clingy, camel-colored head. Smells like a big ol' bale of hay. Grassy. Dusty. Resinous, woody, and a little peppery. Alfalfa, dandelion, and chipotle/smoky paprika. Intriguing.

Delicate fruitwood smoke, cola-like dark sugar countered by a fistful of resinous hops. Weirdly bland – there are basic tastes of bitterness and sweetness, but not a lot of actual flavor to back them up. Hints of cocoa and burnt marshmallow, radicchio and Seville orange... but only hints. Nothing really jumps out, which makes this feel hollow and disappointing.

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3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. The local beer store has had bottles of this oddity for a while now, so I figured it was time to give it a shot. My first encounter with this brewery. Minimal label with some fabric glued around the bottleneck. "California Black India Pale Ale". "California Grown". My bottle lists a 7.60% abv instead of the 7.30% abv listed on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a giant five to one head to beer ratio. Beer is a very dark woodsy brown color, nearly black. Khaki head is big fat and fluffy, leaving lots of big sticky lacing in it's wake. Almost root beer float like in appearance. Head retention is ridiculous. Some dark flecks of sediment noticeable in the froth.

S - My bottle has clearly gone downhill from what it once was. All that is really noticeable is a strong bretty yeast character. Subtle notes of cream and faded citrus fruits in the background.

T - Ah yes, the earthy yeast have taken over. Dried, herbal hops, mild pine / grapefruit bitterness, subtle chocolate malt still vaguely noticeable. Sadly nothing that I would describe as "caramel" is noticeable. Some burnt dark barley roast is noticeable on the end. Musty green apple from the yeast. It's not what it once was, but it ain't bad.

M - Feel is crisp and clean. Good malt body with some lingering stickiness, and some hints of roast on the palate. Mildly resinous hop presence remains, also. Good drinkability for the abv. Medium-full bodied with hefty carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable offering from this unknown to me brewery, but I would love to have another chance to try this beer fresh. I will be on the lookout for more from Ruhstaller.

Ruhstaller Capt. ---3.5/5

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From 22oz bottle

Great dark color and light head.

Smell light but notable hops

taste more malt than hops, very smooth/rich, very little alcohol burn

feel is smooth, not syrupy

overall very enjoyable if expecting something dark; has characteristics of dark beer with some IPA flavoring. If expecting something very hoppy in the vein of many west coast IPAs then will be underwhelmed.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Capt. from Ruhstaller
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 94 ratings
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