Insane Rush IPA
Bootstrap Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,550
Ranked #10,782
3.97 | pDev: 11.08%
Bootstrap Brewing
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Insane Rush IPAInsane Rush IPA
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4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An amber looking IPA with a medium head. Flavor is nutty, citrusy and mild to medium hoppiness. Very tasty. Reminds me of a good amber with added hoppiness and citrus aromas.

Feb 21, 2020
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L:. Pours a slightly cloudy copper orange color with a small white head and a few fingers of lacing.

S:. Orange, grapefruit, mango, tropical fruit and some grassy hops. Quite inviting.

T:. Lemon and grapefruit rind, mixes with tropical fruit including orange and mango. A light medium bitterness.

F:. Medium body and creamy mouthfeel.

O:. Nice and tropical and tasty IPA.

Dec 19, 2018
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Rich amber color with a thick foamy off-white Head. Thick retention and ink-blot test lacing.

Aroma: Rich caramel sweetness from malts and light pine, tropical fruits.

Taste: Light wood, pine, and hop bitterness with a touch of honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth for 7.6%

Overall: Really like this IPA as it’s strong, not bitter, and has nice balance all around.

Jul 26, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a one finger head; good persistence and lacing action

Smell: A balance of malt and hop tones, with the malt leaning in a toffee/sugar cookie direction and the hops bringing citrus and pine

Taste: Malt forward, with the sugar cookie impression prevailing over the toffee; through the middle, the citrus arrives first, bringing juicy tangerine tones with the piney bitterness reserved until after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A maltier IPA than I typically like but there is a lot of complexity here that I recognize; a different approach to the style

Jul 24, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisit: 26 Jul 18
12 oz. Can
BB 09/04/18

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice slightly hazy dark golden amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango, peach), piney. The taste is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citruc complex (orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango, peach), piney, with a nice little sweetness. Medium body, ABV hidden fairly well, with a dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Quite a different take on the style.

12 oz. Can
BB 03/11/18
ABV: 7.6%

Pours a pretty nice dark golden amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango, peach), piney. The taste is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citruc complex (orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango, peach), piney, with a nice little sweetness. Medium body, ABV hidden fairly well, with a dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Quite a different take on the style.

Jan 27, 2018
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Roby923 from Canada

3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Herbal hops on the nose. Slight sweetness on the taste. Feels slightly watered down considering the 7.6% ABV. Good to try, not incredibly memorable. Canned from Tipseys in Littleton CO.

Dec 30, 2017
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can thanks to Kyle. Poured into pint glass.
A: pours a medium copper golden body, one finger white foam head that quickly fades, carbonation, spotty lacing
S: floral hops, piney, heavy malt
M: medium body
T: heavy malt, Coca-Cola (sweetness), floral hops, mango, pine resin
O: good brew, gets boozy as it warms, the aroma is lighter than the taste to me....

Jul 24, 2017
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.72/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Impression from a can:

C (2.87) / AVERAGE

06.19.17 2nd impression from another can:

APPEARANCE: Body colour is a murky copper of average vibrance. Head is off-white with the usual frothiness and creaminess observed in beers of the style. Head retention is pretty good - ~8 minutes.

AROMA: Resinous and floral in terms of hop profile. Pale malt sweetness is joined by additional overdone sweetness (I suspect caramalt or crystal malt), throwing the beer seemingly out of balance judging by the aroma.

Aromatic intensity is mild. Lacks no overt off-notes, but doesn't seem dialed-in or gestalt.

TASTE: Matches the aroma, right down to the lackluster (im)balance. Build is generic; no hop rings distinct or provides expressive flavour beyond the generic floral and resinous flavour at the heart of this ale.

TEXTURE: Well-carbonated. Medium-bodied. Unrefreshing. Smooth. Wet.

Doesn't accentuate flavours in the beer or elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: Drinkable but limited in terms of quality. It's a mediocre uninspired IPA with no memorable or interesting characteristics, but I guess it's serviceable as a scratch for the IPA itch. In a market as oversaturated as Colorado's, I can't see this beer competing with the competition. Factor in the myriad superior expressions of the style coming in from out of state (many of which are offered at the same price as this) and it's difficult to discern why Bootstrap doesn't revise the recipe.


Jun 17, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber brew with a disappearing foam but some lacing in the chalice. Fruity and aromatic. Tangy with a plum sharp and sweet taste. Moderate spritz on the tongue is quite pleasing.

Malty with a tasty sweetness, just enough. Flavors of apricot and sugar cookie dough. Moderate bitter aftertaste with a refreshing acidity. This is really a drinkable beer in the friendlier IPA style. From the 12 oz can purchased at Wilbur's Beverage in Fort Collins. The artwork is memorable.

Jun 15, 2017
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williamphelps from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as a thick head that slowly settles into a solid spotty head. Nice lacing. Aroma is medium minus intensity with citrus, pine needles, pine cones, mild perfumed ethanol, pineapple, mango- pleasant mild tropical with a dash of alcohol. Palate of light, crisp body of mango, pineapple, piney, tart lemon booziness (shows up more as warms); not very long palate finish in light tropical sweet bitterness. Pros refreshing, crisp, light bodied, very clean when cold. Cons as warms becomes a tad boozy/imbalanced, short in length. Who is it for: milder tropical hops make it not too hoppy, refreshing, and a kick of alcohol that becomes more apparent as it ages. 91/100 when cold.

May 02, 2017
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Lethal from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't like IPA's. I don't like drinking carbonated Pinesol with some alcohol thrown in. I don't like hop bombs that horse rape your palette to where you can't taste anything else for a week.

Working in a liquor store, I *have* to know what I'm recommending to people... and it's IPA season. Co-workers told me I needed to try it, so I went in with some low expectations.

First thing I noticed is this thing smells terrific. People's homes should smell this good. My eyes widened at this pleasant surprise.

Tasting it brought a fair amount of citrus up front and pine on the end, but neither one overbearing. Being an IPA, I knew this was going to be hoppy, but it was not *too* hoppy. Again, I don't like hops for the sake of hops. This brew is balanced well, and it has a tingling bite on the aftertaste. This is a fun beer to just sip and relax.

I've had a few now, and would let it warm up a little bit and give it a hard pour. This seems to smooth it out more.

It's no wonder that we've been selling out of this beer faster than it arrives. It seems to jump off the shelves faster than the rabbits on the can. Which brings me to my next point... The can artwork on Bootstrap's beers is awesome, and immediately recognizable. Instead of some art or logo that's thrown onto a can face, the entire can is wrapped in a matte finish that not only looks cool, but immediately stands out from everything else that's on the market. I'm excited to see the two new beers they will be releasing this year. Don't be surprised if you see other companies do this.

For a little company out of Niwot, CO., Bootstrap is definitely onto something. If you like IPA's, give this a shot. If you don't like IPA's, give this a shot. This is just a damn good beer even if it is not your style.

Apr 20, 2016
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southdenverhoo from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sticker says this puppy was canned on 2.16.16 so I'm drinking a 12 day old IPA. Took a flyer on a sixer from Little's, roughly Iliff & Downing, for a mere $9.99.

Turned out to be a VERY nice gamble.

Big juicy orange, tangerine peel, hint of grapefruit, and a piney backbone of bitterness. But citrus is up front and in the middle and on the back end. Touch of dank but not the dominant note. Clear bright but not brilliantly clear amber leaning slightly orange. This is NOT opaque NE style. Slight sweetness but very slight. Balance tilted substantially towards hops versus sufficiently present but not pushy malt.

This is an EXCELLENT India Pale Ale from the (IMO) Sonoma County (Lagunitas, Bear Republic, Russian River) school, reminiscent of local stalwarts like Comrade and Station 26 and Cannonball Creek as opposed to the other developing trend personified hereabouts by Odd13. First but not last beer I'll be picking up from Bootstrap. I can't understand why the cumulative rating here, as of this posting, is "84-good."

Feb 29, 2016
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2beerdogs from California

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to @nickobrewer for this Rocky Mountain gem

Pours a deep, brilliant copper meets a Sergio Leone sunset hue. A little darker and burnished in appearance for the style, but sho' is pretty. Fluffy head pops up 2+ fingers high. Recedes and laces nicely. Smell popped with the top of the can. Instant shot of orange zest, pine, floral, and hints of crackery malt beckon my smeller. Taste starts off with a mix of orange zest, grass, slight sweetness that moves toward pine and resin with a hint of pepper. FInishes piney and slight peppery spice with a slightly slick feel. Full enough mouthfeel for style.
Overall, this is a damn fine IPA. I'd love to try this one on tap.
PS Love the label's artwork.

Nov 30, 2015
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focobrewer89 from Colorado

4.94/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Insane beer is my favorite IPA because it's so refreshing and not just a hop bomb right off the nose. It's citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavors are accompanied by a dry finishing malt bill. It's delicious!

Oct 22, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of pine, grapefruit and toasted caramel. Sweet citrusy flavor with a piney bitterness and toasted caramel.

Apr 18, 2015
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IowaBiertrinker from Iowa

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a can without a date. From a friend, and think it has at least 1-2 months on it.

Looks great, decent smell, and while the hops have likely faded a bit, still extremely drinkable even though it is mostly malty. Will be seeking this out to try again if I can find it fresh. Bonus points for the can design.

Apr 13, 2015
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spoony from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz can to a tulip. No date code.

A-The beer is very hazy, but has the right look for a modern IPA...sort-of a honey color with a eggshell head. The beer is still, but the head, which is about one fat finger tall, has good retention and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S-The aroma is pleasant mixture of zesty orange, white pepper, light floral notes, toast, caramel, and a hint of pine. It ticks the right IPA boxes, but doesn't blow me away with intensity or complexity.

T-The taste is much like the smell. There is a sharp, lightly bitter flavor of orange peel to open, floral flavors in the middle, and nice pine bite on the finish. The beer is hop heavy, but a there is some balancing toasted caramalt flavor too.

M-The feel is medium to heavy but I get a distinct watery impression.

O-This is a decent entry into the crowded IPA field. I don't know that I would go out of my way to find this again when beers like Comrade Superpower exist, but this one comes in a can and Superpower doesn't...

Mar 11, 2015
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy copper orange with a medium white head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is piney, resiny hops with some tropical fruit.

The flavor is sweet biscuit / crystal malt with fruit and a resiny hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a decent fruity IPA. Not sure I care for the malts and it's a bit watery.

Mar 10, 2015
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Canada_Dan from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. A very tasty IPA with tropical fruit notes and a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Was pleasantly surprised having not heard of Bootstrap Brewing prior to trying this beer.

Dec 26, 2014
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -37%

22oz undated bottle picked up in Boulder Co.

Pours hazy copper with a thin head of white that quickly dissipated to a placid surface. A few dots of lacing.

Aromatics are mostly stale malt with a trace of wet cardboard and dried pine.

Medium bodied with a sticky, syrupy mouthfeel.

Sweet, cardboard-laden malt on the palate. Some bitterness and faded, old hops follow through.

Finishes sweet and stale.

Either bottle-dating should be mandatory or I really need to hold to my pledge of not purchasing beer without such info. Insane Rush? Insane yuk.

Oct 23, 2014
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


12oz can received as an extra with PMONEY on BA... Thanks a bunch Patrick! Poured into my FunkFest goblet.... a hazy orange brew produces a decent 1/2" off white head... okay lacing. Nose shows plenty of tropical fruit hoppiness... pineapple, mango... light toasted pale maltiness... not once dimensional, pretty balanced even for an IPA. Nicely bitter, but quickly moves into a wave of pale malt and those same fruity hops... lingering bitterness and hop flavor on the finish. Very drinkable.. This is well done... and it is going away quickly. Thanks again Patrick for the cool trade!

Sep 26, 2014
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mentor from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Appearance (4.5) Gorgeous. Brilliant light copper (with an odd pink tinge). Small white layer of foam fed by a couple streams of bubbles. Smells (3.0) muted earthy hops with decent malt character. Pink grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple.

Tastes (3.5) juicy rounded hop flavor with modest hop bitter and a nice supporting malt sweet. Hop flavor is intense. Grapefruit, pith, pine, mango, and tame grassiness. Nice creamy viscosity to the liquid sticks a bit to the tongue and holds the sweet around. Just a touch to sticky sweet for my preference. I wish the hop bitterness had a bit more umph and the hop flavor wasn't so intense. The mouthfeel is great (5.0) , but the beer needs to be fermented a bit drier so it isn't as sweet. Overall (4.0), nice, but could use a bit of tinkering to get things working together better.

Aug 24, 2014
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark, hazy amber with finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is moderate. Excellent citric, piney aroma. You can tell this beer is hoppy. Citric malty taste up front, quickly taste up front, quickly followed by a moderate piney hop, ending in a bitter, soapy aftertaste. The hoppiness is strong but blends very well with the maltiness. Excellent beer. I do wish this one was available where I live. I have to thank my brother in law for bringing this one back for me from Colorado.

Aug 21, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first brew from bootstrap, ipa is always a good place to start with a new brewery, usually fairly indicative of their control of their process and knack for recipe formulation. this one is real blonde in color, also super clear, and while it looks a little flat, it does have a wispy white topping an inch or so high. the nose smells weirdly like jellybeans to me, not the sugary part, i dont really perceive sweetness, but the flavors part, like a handful of jellybeans of different flavors that may not be all the way compatible. muddled in that way, but not unappealing. also not that hoppy, balanced and light on the nose. the flavor is less of that fruity weirdness. plenty of fresh pale malt, really really light in grain, very little if any caramel balance to it. thats okay though, because the hops are also rather delicate in this one, not big and bold like the style asks for, but more reserved, designed to be sessionable i suppose, but it comes through more like an american pale than an ipa. still, fresh and tasty, but the jellybean thing comes back in the finish just a bit where bitterness might otherwise finish it off. i did not dislike this, and in fact think its cool because its different, but its not what you are probably used to in the style.

Aug 09, 2014
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StoneTSR from Colorado

3.11/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: The quarter-inch head that foams up with the first pour seems thin, but is surprisingly strong, as it holds up for several minutes. Underneath it is a bright orange, but slightly hazy beer.

SMELL: The hops provide a nice, sweet citrus, mostly orange with a hint of grapefruit. There is also a fairly strong malt presence here as well.

TASTE: The malt is pretty intense and in that sense it reminds me a lot of Upslope's IPA before they started dry-hopping it. Coincidentally, it's the same ABV at 7.2%. The hop character is a little light here for me, however. It has pleasant notes of grass, pine and citrus, but they all seem to be overpowered by a sweeter malt. The only time it seems to really shine is in the finish, where a nice, bitter bite catches the palate at the last possible moment. Ultimately though, It does not taste as fresh as I remember it being. There's no born on/best by date on the can, however, so I'm not sure of the age.

MOUTHFEEL: The Insane Rush feels a little thin, almost a bit watery. There is a light tickle and a nice drying finish to an otherwise sweet beer.

OVERALL: I am going to need to retry this review in the near future and if I have better results I will edit my review. Until then I will let this stand, but hopefully I can chalk it up to an old can or maybe just an off-batch. I have experienced and heard many great things about this brewery, so hopefully this is just a fluke.

Jul 23, 2014
Insane Rush IPA from Bootstrap Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 127 ratings