dollarbill (13) - , California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought a coupla bottles of this at Vendome in Fullerton, CA. The brewery is probably less than four miles from this store, as the crow flies.
Itís a very crisp and refreshing IPA.
Humans can supposedly discern IBU differences within a +/- 5 IBU range, but I would not have guessed this beer clocks in at 85 IBUs, as the brewery marketing copy claims. Iím sure my palate isnít as good as many, and my hop tolerance has changed quite a bit over the years, but I just donít think itís really 85 IBUs. Maybe 50?
Thatís not to say it is not an IPA. Pliny the Elder clocks in at around 100 IBUs, and it doesnít taste like 100 to me either, so I could be completely full of it.
I like this beer. I paid $4 for a 22-oz bottle, and itís not bad. I donít think Iíll be jonesing for it like I jones for Pliny, but I canít get Pliny whenever I want it, so Iím always on the lookout for decent, more easily obtained IPAs. This is right up there with Stone, Alesmith, Ballast Point, and Port. Itís a decent IPA.
An aside, addressed to the rating below: I used to avoid Racer 5, after having a bad bottle, but now itís part of the rotation, too. Just be careful out there, and make sure the IPA youíre buying is fresh and properly stored.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice dark amber color. No aroma. Zilch. Flavor is rye, malt, medicine, rotten vegetables. A tiny bit of spicy hops in the background. Itís a looooong stretch to call this an IPA. Honestly, I donít even think I would call this a Pale ale. Maybe an ESB? Not a very good one either. This is my first bootleggers beer and wow what a bore this is.
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. For starters, this should be a CAPITALIZED Hopinator. As it currently stands, this should probably not be on the website (Iíll fix it when Iím an admin or a local admin takes care of it). This is a randalized version of rustic rye ipa. Pours with a golden body and a small off-white head. Aroma is herbal and really fresh citrusy hop flowers. Taste is citrus, caramel, light spice and herbal hops. Medium carbonation, and a lot better that the base beer!
Earlier Rating: 8/1/2009 Total Score: 3.3
On tap at the brewery. Pours with a clear golden body and a fluffy bone colored head. Aroma of rye malt, and earthy hops. Taste is earthy and herbal with light rye. Their pale has a better and stronger hop profile. Light bubbles.
brokensail (12782) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a clear light amber/burnt orange color with a thin white head on top.
S: The nose is very pleasant with plenty of orange and grapefruit along with some sweet bready and caramel malts.
T: The flavor is sort of overwhelmed by a sharp and overly intense bitterness. I love IPAs as much as the next person, but I found this one to be "off". The citrus and malt flavors are totally overwhelmed.
M: The body is medium with a tingly carbonation and that unfortunate bitterness lingers on the tongue.
D: I was expecting to really enjoy this beer, but something didnít quite work out. I donít know if it was the "hopinator" itself that caused the extreme bitterness, but it was not the experience I was looking for.
Earlier Rating: 2/22/2010 Total Score: 3.2
A: The pour is an orangish-yellow color with a nice white head on top, which sticks around for quite awhile.
S: The smell is primarily citrus hops (grapefruit) with a touch of caramel but no rye notes to speak of.
T: The taste is a bit better than the nose. The grapefruit hops are there along with a somewhat mild bitterness. The caramel malt provides a bit more sweetness than Iím used to in an IPA, but not bad. Again, no rye to be found.
M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation.
D: This IPA isnít too bad, but not necessarily one of the better west coast incarnations. The name is also a bit misleading as I really failed to detect any of the usual rye characteristics.
alexanderj (3405) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RyE ipa. On tap. Aroma of caramel apples, earth, flowers and citrus. Nice and unusual aroma. Flavor of citrus, flowers, earth and caramel. Long slightly bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 2/27/2009 Total Score: 3.5
Bottle; poured a dark orange color with a medium to large off white head. Aroma of citrus, earth, "mesquite" and rye. Flavor was a bit strange, not it in its flavor components, but rather how they all came together. Definitely a rye presence, which formed the backbone. However, it was not the most pronounced rye flavor. Hopping wasnít as pronounced for me as it has been for others; I donít know if that has to do with the bottled version or what. Citrus and floral hopping. Still it was a pretty tasty brew, if not the most flavorful IPA or Rye beer. Pleasantly surprised with the quality of bootleggers thus far.
skmikeg (1276) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2012 Pours a apple juice like amber color with a small off white tan head. aroma is not as hoppy as I was expecting and is dominated by roasted malt and carmel malt. flavor is of carmel malt, roasted malt, some grapefruit, pine, a little soapyness and sourness from the rye hits at the end. body seems a little light and the finnish is kind of sour. overall, not very impressed.
Plovmand (6913) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Hazy golden with a medium off white head. Caramel, hops, light acidic lacto in aroma. The flavour is fruity, light piney and hoppy but also acidic which must be an infection. Too bad...
fonefan (38495) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Unclear medium to dark yellow orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, moderate to heavy hoppy, peach, orange, fruit acidic immature fruit. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, light light acidic and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
Theis (14305) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at PapsÝís - Thanks. Cloudy orange - white head. Grape fruity, sweetness, bubblegum, peppery, soapy, light sourish, sparkling, grainy, light hoppy, toasted. A bit off.
joergen (23306) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at PapsÝ.
Muddy golden coloured with a medium sized white head.
Fruity aroma of caramel, honey, hops and pine needles.
Light acidic flavour of honey, caramel and grass.