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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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345 Reviews

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Reviews: 345
Hads: 1,424
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 264
Gots: 398 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wagenvolks on 02-16-2010

Why Rye? This assertively flavorful grain is more often associated with whiskey than with ales. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of bourbon and scotch. But when we procured some seasoned barrels from our friends at Templeton Rye, we asked ourselves, “Why not?” Why not brew a rich, tawny rye ale, then mellow it in the warmth of charred oak rye whiskey casks? Two kinds of malted rye provide spicy sweetness, giving way to notes of caramelized wood and the citrusy tang of Perle, Magnum, and Saphir hops before easing into a dry, lingering finish.

47 IBU
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station on the second day of the 2014 vintage's release, so it's as fresh as possible. I've had previous vintages out of the bottle, but never this close to release. I'm also curious to see how it compares to the bottle of 2013 I'm currently sitting on. Served in a 12 oz Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a murky burgundy-brown, with sangria red highlights at the edges where the light passes through. Atop the body sits a one-and-a-half finger head of vanilla white dense, frothy foam. Retention is good, and it leaves traces and spatters of lace intermittently around the glass.

Smell - Light vanilla, oak, caramelized sugar, rye spiciness and hints of black pepper, faint leather-like tannins, and esters from the whiskey.-soaked wood. There is some subtle fruit there as well, like dried figs or dates perhaps, but the sweetness from the wood and grain is more prevalent.

Taste - Toasted rye bread, white pepper, vanilla, toffee and some hints of a deeper sweetness, like molasses. The heat from the alcohol is certainly obvious, but balances well with the sweetness from caramel malts and rye grain. Of course, I'm a huge fan of rye, so the doubling down just makes for a richer, deeper experience of the specialty grain. Some light astringency from the whisky on the finish, but it also lends a touch of smokiness.

Mouthfeel - Body is on the heavy side of medium==nice and chewy--with moderate carbonation and a semisweet finish with a lingering bitterness that is a nice reminder of the sip you just took. Not at all syrupy, but does have a slightly viscous quality to it.

Overall, this is a fantastic and pretty unique offering from Boulevard. Not many people are dabbling in Templeton barrel-aged rye beers. It's hard to compare to my other favorite rye beer, since this one is barrel aged and the other one is far more aggressively hopped, but it's probably safe to say that this one is pretty close to tied for best in style in my mind. I look forward to it's annual release every year.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a murky amber color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, oak, toasted, vanilla, cherries, dark fruits, figs, and warm alcohol. Smells good.

Taste: Same as above and very cool. Some bitterness and and booze in the rear too. Above aromas blended well on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Really smooth, nice warm booze, medium to full bodied, a bit dry, light tingly bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Wow, wow, wow. Thus I'd one stellar beer. Very sad to not see it in the top beers categories, but it will always be a top beer for me. I look forward to the next year of this beer anf many more afterwards.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazed amber/burnt orange mix with a large blooming off white head.The charred oak really shows thru in the nose along with caramel,and slight green apple.Full on lush feel in the mouth,borderline chewey.Flavords are big in vanilla tinged oak with a touch of char,the rye impart a peppery-like spiciness and green apple-like tartness in the finish.A bigtime complex brew here,big in the oak and rye tartness,very nice.

Bottle#7296 of 12148.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Mike for this one! Truly a most generous BA. Rye-on-rye is a bloody copper color with a fifty-fifty division of cloudiness and clarity. Kind of surprised to see barely any head form, even with a pretty aggressive, nearly straight-down pour. A thin, thin beige collar slowly assembles itself and disperses to the outer edges of the beer, where it meets the glass.

The aroma is plumped up with a good amount of dry rye and a touch of wet oak; even lighter inclusions of whiskey lie somewhere in the background. There's a river of malty, caramel sweetness flowing through that is kept tame by the spicy rye notes. I'm picking up some dense, almost tart apple skin and plum skin notes. Nice, overall, but there's just a touch of cardboard-y oxidation that seems like has taken place.

There's a lot more of that dry and spicy rye with the first sip than the first sniff, with a big whiskey and grain flavor up front. Smooth caramel and toffee malts with a little bit of sticky sweetness - as I mentioned before, the spicy and dry balances the sticky and sweet. A touch of plum shows up again, sans the apples (which is probably a good thing), to add just a slight twinge of borderline tart fruitiness.

The aftertaste is highly reminiscent of rye (or possibly pumpernickel in a lesser sense) bread. The malts tame themselves and the sweetness is alleviated by this time, and you're left with a bready, dry, and rye-filled flavor that coats your palate. Just a slight touch of oxidation has been confirmed with a bit of wet cardboard, giving the beer a slightly "old" flavor. Unfortunate, since the beer is only about a year old. Medium mouth feel; slick, dry, and heavy with low carbonation.

Despite the premature oxidation that has taken place, the beer was still pretty nice and quite drinkable for what it was. I'd really like to have another go at it, with a fresh bottle, as I'm sure it stands the chance to be even better. I'm not the biggest fan of rye beers, but this one was executed nicely, especially if you're a fan of whiskey and dryness.

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Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of brownbeer
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish color with a dirty white head that sticks around.

Big aromas of toasty oak, whiskey, naturally accompanied by alcohol, sweet vanilla, and brown sugar. Clean, but lacks some of the complexity that could really take it to the next level for me. I'm thinking age could definately help this out.

Some rich toffee sweetness on the front of the tongue, lively carbonation leads to a distinct whiskey taste, ending with a spicy burn that reminds you this is a sipper. The warm whiskey fade goes on and on, in a good way, it just limits quantity. I wouldn't open one of these by myself, whew!

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Photo of tbryan5
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of campuschief
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

EPIC! I never rate beers because I feel they are a personal choice. This one was on another level! Seriously I've had all of the top 5 or more and this one is the best! Thanks Boulevard for doing such a good job with this beer and please, PLEASE, make more for me to imbibe.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Ravenz98
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown magnum, batch # and best by date on the label. #10671 out of 12148.

Expressive head but not a foamer, three fingers high from a firm pour. Good dense and rocky formation that plateaus in the middle. Ruddy brown color, good clarity. First sniff is a clean waft of leftover barrel juice from the rye whiskey barrels and the spiciness from the rye seems to come from all directions. Smooth and creamy with a semi-thick body. Rye malt flavor has a firm grasp on the palate, from sweetness to spice to a toasted character. Heavy fume of barrel juice is quelled by the size of the malt character, lightly fusel within. The wood is there but does not pull to hard. Some barrel char and fruitiness add some depth and complexity. Finish is fun but chaotic with all flavors peaking, booze, wood, spicy malt, fruit, etc.

Wow, pretty epic ... an amazing twist on the barrel aged beer movement which is nearly commonplace in the craft beer world. Very happy to run into this bottle.

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Photo of tigg924
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern—served into a pint glass

Appearance: red-brown in color, hazy, 1.5 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: whiskey barrel and light rye

Taste: light rye that becomes more present as the beer warms. followed by huge sweet caramel/vanilla/ and toffee with big whiskey oaking through the finish

Mouthfeel: very sticky sweet but not cloying, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: Amazing. Maybe the best from Boulevard that I have had and certainly one to revisit. I love the oaking in here especially the way it combines with the caramel malt. My only complaint is I wish the rye was more pronounced. That said, as long as I do not expect to get a rye bomb, this is phenomenal.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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