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Boardwalk Black Rye - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 15
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 07-19-2011)
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

jenray, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Zaphog, Dec 13, 2013
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akang, Nov 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

SocalKicks, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

InfernoBoss, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

GatorCoop, Oct 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

for starters, my bottle says BOARDWALK BLACK RYE IPA. I cannot find anything else like this on BA, and I think they recently changed the label... i'm confused, but here goes (quickly):
black pour with a nice little head that is not very firm; smells nice and roasty. smells very nice. some green hop in there and some espresso, I think, and the taste follows that suit. a little burnt-ness to it, but very easy going down. rye seems to come at the finish with a little bitterness but overall this is pleasantly better than I was expecting. my apologies. I just hadn't had much respect for karl strauss but this is a serious abv with an astonishingly easy drinkability. I want to give it an 87 on appearance and smell but cannot, so I split them.

pkalix, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

funkel81, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

betterbitter, Jul 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

DSkilling, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a near pitch black with the faintest of red tinge, while the head peaks out at 2 fingers thick and is a light tan in color. Good retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is strong with great stick.

Smell - Strong notes of roasted malt and char smokiness. Chocolate. Distant coffee notes. Light floral and citrus hop presence.

Taste - Follows the nose. Predominant roasted malts. Char and peat smokiness. Dark chocolate. Moderate hops give it a touch of citrus zing, but they are nowhere near the star of the show. Where's the rye? Only hints in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with lively carbonation. Creamy, but the carbonation gives it a whipped-like quality. Undoubtedly will thicken up as it loses CO2.

Overall - Drinks much closer to a light, smokey RIS than it does your typical Classic 'Black IPA'. Reminiscent of Mad River Serious Madness and Grand Teton Black Cauldron alike. I don't get much rye flavor, and when rye is in the name of the beer, it should be the featured character; here it is not, thus the lower overall score. If rye weren't in the name, with probably gets a 90 score from me. Still as a beer itself, without taking into consideration the style, this is really good and a definite future buy.

TheSixthRing, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jwalden, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Texasfan549, Jun 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

afrokaze, May 18, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is a rich roasted malt, coffee and molasses. Wonderful.
The taste is rich as well. Roasted malt, rye spice, coffee just a little bit burnt.
The texture is crisp with low to moderate carbonation.
Quite delicious.

Fatehunter, May 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

2dogbrew, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

kingmaker, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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somnus, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Devinph, Feb 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Pugs78, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

jmccraney, Dec 19, 2012
Boardwalk Black Rye from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.