beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Not bad. The rye is certainly front and center. Not very hoppy to my west coast tastebuds. Pours a nice orange/brown color. Good sparkle to it but to me is just a little on the blah side. mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
I’ll tell you what. This beer may not be a big bad ass beer but that’s what makes it great. Think Anchor Steam only more hopped up and just as drinkable. For me super delicious. I gotta get more. Killer aromatics. Aroma is nutty, grainy, cracked sunflower seeds, rye, malty, bitter hops. The quality a flavor is on par with excellent German crafted ales. If you are a pretentious beer snob then don’t bother but if you like delicious beer at a cheap price. Get some. Tasty tasty tasty! I am floored by how drinkable it is. Everything about it is awesome! BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2011
A little too sudsy and watered down to warrant that big marquee of an IPA. It’s funny, too, because they make another IPA, called Knuckle Sandwich, that blows any other IPA out of the water. This particular guy, however, lacks the buzz and sting of its contemporaries. The hops nip your tongue but never burrow in, and, being an India Pale Ale guy, this paints my soul a dark stroke of blue. Rustic isn’t terrible, but it doesn’t deserve your time, either. Next. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle poured into a perfect pint glass...Pours a medium gold with red and copper tones. Nice tope head, good retention and lacing...Light of aroma, of surprise, rye. A little caramel with a smidge of vomit on the end...The taste and feel are really light. Feel is annoyingly thin. The taste is light rye, not strong but incredibly easy to drink, a total palate cleanser.
J_man (996) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Crystal clear copper with beautiful Champagne effervescence and a billowy and persistent white head. Decent earthy hop aroma with slight malt sweetness. Taste is light piney bitterness with a noticeable dry grain flavor and texture (I’m assuming from the rye). Finishes dry and sweet with very little bitterness. Calling this an IPA seems a bit of a stretch, but it’s a fine beer and I love the rye component!
hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle... Hazy amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Spicy rye and caramel malts construct an aroma based on fruity apricot and peach-like hops. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Great balance. Plenty of honey and toffee malts accompany flavorful spicy grains and fuzzy fruit hops. Crisp, bittersweet finish. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of caramel, light citrus, and a touch of spicy rye. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of lemon and peach. Overall body is moderate, somewhat tart, and finshes with moderate bitterness. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Orangish pour, white head. Nice citrus and lightly spiced aroma. Some yeast and caramel. Flavor is a little malt heavy, caramel, grapefruit peel, and some lemony tartness. Thanks Johnc! Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bomber. No bottling date, but I assume that it is relatively fresh. The pour yields a deep, brassy, orange-amber body with a thick head of smooth beige foam. Lasting a good while, the head settles in as a hazy film with a wide, ramped up ring at the edge. Tall, branched out flares and sprawling arches of lace cling hard to the glass. The nose is, to my dismay, very grainy and stale, showing cereal predominantly, and hinting at some cardboard. Hops show faded citrus and herbal elements, but fail completely to match the intensity of the cereal malt. Flavors fall right in line, continuing the disappointing trend of cereal grain staleness and weak, faded, floral and citrus hopping. It is amply bitter, but there is a void of tasty, juicy resins that are the calling card of west coast IPAs. I really don’t even get much rye, as it’s signature cleanness doesn’t come through. The palate, at least, is appropriately medium bodied, with even keeled, drying carbonation. A touch of astringency is forgiveable. Disappointing brew, overall. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 19-Jan-11 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 18-Jan-11 for $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Tustin, CA) The first bottle I tried a year ago was infected, but the opportunity to rerate this beer has indeed presented itself, and this time, the beer smells and tastes sound, so off we go! It pours orange in color with moderate haze, and the pale-beige head rises to nearly an inch before settling to a thin but complete layer. Unchallenging aromas of hop pellets, orange citrus, grass, and toasty, grainy malts are aromatic enough but not attention grabbing. First sip, and well, as West Coast IPAs go, this one is quite tame. The hop flavors are grassy and citrusy with orange and grapefruit rind, and the associated bitterness is light-medium, never overpowering the toasty rye malt base, which unlike some rye-based beers, is readily identifiable. Only a gentle sweetness here, and the hops easily counter that. Mouthfeel is dusty, somewhat dry, and reasonably crisp with medium-high carbonation and medium weight. Some patchy and spotty lace sticks to the glass. While this isn’t an IPA that will grab the spotlight, it manages to be pleasant and easy to drink without being boring.
12-Dec-09 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 24-Nov-09 for $4.99 at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA) We’re not off to a stellar start here with bottles from Bootlegger’s. Pouring this hazy, amber-colored beer, an inch of off-white head that settles to a thin layer, leaving modest lacing at the top of the glass. However, it’s all downhill from there. The nose is lactic; maybe not egregiously so – yet, but strong enough that it’s clear something is not right with this beer. A pleasant background aroma of ripe stone fruits fights a losing battle to get to the forefront. On the palate, the beer is clearly showing signs of lactic sourness, again, not heavy, but strong enough to be the dominant aspect of the beer, and unfortunately, it’s not a "good" sourness. In the background, stone and citrus fruits hint at what this beer might taste like, while touch of piney hops and mild bitterness lurk further back. Light-medium in body, moderate in carbonation, fairly dry and lightly dusty, sour and acidic. Will rerate when the chance presents itself, but will this be another brewery that makes good beer but churns out infected bottles? (4, 3, 4, 3, 7 = 2.1)