Rye IPA’s are something of an enigma to me, I’ve never been able to put my finger on how I feel about it. On the one hand, there’s a great complexity to them, on the other hand, they ride a little dry for my liking.
Bootlegger’s take on the genre is consistent to it’s claim. The finish is what one would expect from a Craft Brewed IPA, and the Rye bit adds an interesting complexity. The flavor seems to start forward and work it’s way back, with the aftertaste holding steady on the back of the tongue.
Final assessment, the jury is still out on Rye IPAs. This one was one of the better ones, and if you like ’em, find this one.