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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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95
world-class

1,221 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 211
Gots: 368 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 02-16-2010)
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bghozali


1/5  rDev -76.5%

10-14-2012 00:46:17 | More by bghozali
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coffeecubb

Minnesota

1/5  rDev -76.5%

03-30-2012 14:08:16 | More by coffeecubb
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redsoxfan73

New York

2/5  rDev -52.9%

03-16-2013 17:52:46 | More by redsoxfan73
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

2.1/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2012 Version

Had this one sitting in the cellar for a bit, finally decided to pop it. Pours a reddish-orange with a moderate off-white head.

Smell... damn it all to hell. The smell is off. No whiskey, slightly tart and acetic.

Taste confirms what the smell hinted at. Tastes slightly spicy and then everything goes to s@#%. Slightly tart, slightly rotten garbage, very disgusting.

Mouthfeel - who cares when the beer tastes like this?

Overall, I was looking forward to trying this as Boulevard usually makes a solid product. Quite disappointed by how this turned out.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 21:18:21 | More by thebigredone
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Dunes


2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

02-12-2013 22:57:18 | More by Dunes
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berlinpa

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

01-03-2013 03:48:08 | More by berlinpa
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Anonymousmark

Missouri

2.55/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is definitely a niche market beer. It came highly recommended by the shop owner and I was attracted by the high ABV and the whiskey barrel aging process. Obviously, it is not chugging beer. It is brewed to enjoy slowly in an easy chair along with good company and stimulating conversation. I have to say though, that I didn't enjoy it as I though I would. I can't blame the beer... it was exactly as advertised. But as it turned out, I just didn't like the blended tastes. In the future, when I want rye whiskey I will drink rye whiskey and when I crave a brew, I will have a beer. With that said, its a distinctive and unique tasting beer that is worth a try by true beer aficionados.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 17:14:44 | More by Anonymousmark
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

2.56/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle with Bottle No. 17291; Best By: Feb. 2014; Batch: 2012-2

The beer poured a brown/dark copper color, with noticeble carboantion rising to the top of the glass, off white/cream colored head that dissipated in the blink of any eye.

The beer gave off an aroma of Dark fruits, wood, a hint of smoke and whiskey. In my opinion, this was the best part of the beer.

The taste was way too much whiskey for me and not enough of Rye. I like a good Rye beer, which is why I bought this one, but if I wanted whiskey, I would have poured a Johnnie Walker instead.

The beer had a medium feel mouth feel to it, it had good carbonation, and the alcohol was very noticeable.

Overall, while I applaud the creativity, I think that this one is a miss, but given the overall rating, I would be willing to give it another shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 00:49:22 | More by PhillyStyle
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DiabolikDUB for this bottle.

A: Pours a dark brown with some caramel notes and an off-white head.

S: Some bourbon and a bit of spice. Something is a bit off, but I can't pick out what it is.

T: Bourbon, rye, and maybe a bit of cardboard; at the same time, it doesn't taste like there's anything particularly wrong with it. Don't think it was a brewing/packaging issues; there's just something my palate doesn't agree with.

M: Dry and a bit hot.

D: Something just not right all around here. Usually a fan of Boulevard's bigger beers, but can't get into this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 02:04:20 | More by Thorpe429
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duceswild

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

06-18-2012 01:00:45 | More by duceswild
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mconner666

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

03-08-2014 19:26:52 | More by mconner666
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jjanega08

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A= pours a hazy brown color. pretty much straight brown. A little amber maybe but easily the most brown colored beer I've ever had. The head is a beautiful two fingers holding excellent retention and lacing. The head is a nice off white color.

S= Initially I smell a lot of spicy Belgian yeast to it. Sort of the green apple spice thing and pear going on. There is a strong alcohol presence in the smell as well as a little whiskey. There is a little bit of rye in it but not as much as I expected.

T= This is unique for sure. Again I get a nice Belgian yeast spice to it up front with some green apple pear flavors. Then that washes away and I get some rye. I think rye is a delicate malt and prolly shouldn't be imperialized. This is really light on the rye flavor. The major flavor is whiskey I would say. There is a little oakyness and wood to it but not much. All is sort of shadowed by the alcohol heat. Interesting but not the best rye beer I've had by far.

M= A little high in carbonation and prickly tingly bubbles. Somewhat thin.

D= This is a different beer for sure but a little too boozy and not nearly rye- ey enough. The rye is not very pronounced. An underwhelming beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 04:08:31 | More by jjanega08
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.4%

02-16-2014 14:00:00 | More by schmidtmattsays
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tbone64

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -29.4%

04-06-2014 23:17:39 | More by tbone64
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polshgiant

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.4%

01-07-2013 03:24:59 | More by polshgiant
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.4%

01-10-2013 01:54:01 | More by Hugonaut13
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dlello2

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.4%

05-24-2012 03:42:33 | More by dlello2
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -29.4%

01-22-2014 03:32:15 | More by kvgomps
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atrocity

Virginia

3/5  rDev -29.4%

04-25-2014 15:56:41 | More by atrocity
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drummermattie02

Texas

3/5  rDev -29.4%

05-31-2013 02:07:25 | More by drummermattie02
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -29.4%

06-27-2012 01:00:22 | More by thegerm87
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinking this one solo tonight.

I pour straight in so its got a head on it that then fades out leaves a bit of lacing but not a lot. nice sunburst color.
The aroma is a heavy dry rye note, a light white pepper and just dry.
The flavors have that spicy note you expect from a rye beer. It is the kind of spice that when implied "rye" people will like and when implied "chili" people will not like, really on the border.
There is some alcohol that pokes through because of the dryness of this one, and makes it a bit smokey, and light notes of vanilla bringing in some sweetness.
Mouthfeel is quick to fade due to the dryness.

I am indifferent to this one, going to drink the whole 750ml, but its just average. i guess i like the rye, but could go for more alcohol heat,whiskey, and maybe a little less dry, but i am strange.

Love, Chad

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 04:52:52 | More by ChadQuest
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bashiba

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy light brown, thin ring of white head, no retention.

The smell is malty and a bit spicy and a little alcohol.

The flavor is sweet with a bit of woody whiskey flavor, big alcohol heat and a strange off tartness, a bit harsh as well.

The mouthfeel has a bit of thickness and heat.

Not enjoying this at all, a big mess.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 04:07:53 | More by bashiba
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this in Peoria before Christmas, now opening it on a Friday night in March. It pours dark, an amber copper color, a little bit of haze and a thick off-white head with each pour. Like 8 fingers of foam, but it subsided pretty quickly.

The aroma is both good and bad, I liked the rye but didn't like the medicinal notes. Cough syrup is rarely a positive feature in a beer, and this beer unfortunately embraced it. It smells a bit alcoholic too, surely due to barrel treatment.

It tastes about as expected from aroma, strong spiciness from the rye, heavy whiskey barrel notes, and light medicinal badness throughout.

Heavy stuff, not entirely appreciated by me, probably my least favorite from the smokestack series.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 20:19:52 | More by TurdFurgison
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Insubordinator

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

07-25-2013 04:21:30 | More by Insubordinator
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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.