Sunday, October 14, 2012

FALL'S NO-DOUBT CHAMP BEER: BOOTLEGGER'S "RUSTIC RYE IPA"

There are certain beers that achieve a sort of viral insanity/hype that money simply cannot buy. A couple of Southern California IPAs hit viral paydirt  the past year or two; sadly, neither of which I've been able to taste since I've never seen 'em & because they don't make their way out of SoCal except via trade: KERN RIVER BREWING's "Citra DIPA" - apparently a monstrously great double IPA - and BOOTLEGGER'S BREWERY's "Knuckle Sandwich". I'm totally dying to try both. If you've got a line on these beers, drop us a hollar, will ya?

I decided to settle for second place when I saw a bottle of BOOTLEGGER's "RUSTIC RYE IPA" on the shelves at the world-class beer/wine store K&L Liquors in Redwood City, CA. What's this doing here? (For what it's worth, this store seems to be bringing up all sorts of cool stuff from around the state, and I'm surprised every time I walk in. You gotta check it out). I figured it'd be no Knuckle Sandwich, but from what I'd read, not much else is. Well lemme tell you right here and now, K.S. is going to have to be pretty goddamn great to taste any better than "Rustic Rye IPA" already does, because this is the best beer I've had this Fall and maybe summer too - and for sure the finest IPA released in the year of our lord 2012. There! Boom!

What a wallop of flavor this one has. Rye and hops in perfect balance, no lie. It pours an opaque orange and has just the right amount of carbonation. Spicy, but with a clean hop bite, and only 6.2% ABV. I drink a lot of beer, but I don't drink many that are up in this rarefied echelon. I was surprised, too - because check this out; just a few days before I had this I took the family to Disneyland, and in our hotel bar I had a fairly gross pint of their "Palomino Pale Ale". I was thinking, "these are the guys that make the infamous Knuckle Sandwich??". No, these are the guys. 10/10.

4 comments:

dontdrinkbeer.com said...

I think that's the old label, wait I am positive bc i Just sent a ton of this as extras out in trade boxes.

Jay H. said...

Wow, so I was drinking an AGED IPA, no less. It was fantastic. Let me know when you're able to track down the Knuckle Sandwich and I'll have a trade box ready for you in no time, ok..?

Dave said...

I LOVE Rye. I need to get this.

dontdrinkbeer.com said...

KS comes out like 3 times a year and it just passed like 6 weeks ago so expect another batch in like 3-4 mos