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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,225 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,225
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 212
Gots: 371 | FT: 32
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A story of rye, for the rye and of the rye.Enormous head on beige body. Mild rye spice aroma. Above average body, Decent surprisingly smooth drinkability. The taste yields much barreling including vanilla and coconut, perhaps a result of maximum time recommended in bottle,just a drop of faint sour. Bottle from IP with Steve in Warren.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 14:17:38 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

08-26-2012 20:25:08 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration courtesy of FosterJM.

2012 vintage. Bottle # 22706.

Pours a slightly hazy brown with a a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, whisky, and wood. Taste is of malt, dark fruits, slight rye, and a woody whisky kick on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think this one smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 21:42:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-12-2012 21:33:38 | More by djrn2
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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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metter98

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle at The Bier Garden, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is hazy amber in color. It poured into a snifter glass with a finger high off white head that gradually died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong aromas of whiskey from the barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little boozy and has flavors of rye whiskey along with notes of rye malts and associated hints of spiciness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is very drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. The only drawback is that it might be perceived as a little one dimensional with the use of both rye malts and rye whiskey.

Note: 2013 vintage

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 20:24:31 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-15-2011 21:49:43 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the last of my big blvd beers of the week, i was definitely excited to try this one as i love the style and it really looked quite interesting. poured into a pint glass.

really very nice and quite heavy pour with tons of lacing coming down the sides of the glass throughout the session, really quite nicely done.

aroma is dark fruits and malts up front with a nice kick of rye as it warms and shows its true colors. grassy and herbal and earthy with lots of things going on here. perhaps a touch of heather or something else going on in here as well. smooth and very full bodied flavors are all over this with hints of caramel, soothing earthy hops and a light dryness that ever so slightly comes togehter at the end.

overall another winner, and i am starting to think they really cannot or so not go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 01:48:35 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy rye notes with some rye whiskey notes and some light grainy notes. Taste is a very drinkable mix of spicy rye malt with some dry rye whiskey notes that are well-balanced and rounded with a dry finish. Body is about average with good carbonation and surprisingly not apparent presence of alcohol. I still can believe how easy this one is to drink, well-balanced while retaining a good level of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 18:39:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

09-30-2012 01:12:59 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard has a masterful way of using a base style and then using it as a springboard for experimentation and aggression. Rye-on-Rye does all this and keeps its balance and stature pristine. Absolutely amazing.

Rye-on-Rye pours with a glowing but slightly hazy deep copper, truely amber color. A froathy and creamy off white head shows a lot of structure and allure with great staying power (characteristic of rye beers) and impressive lacing throughout. Light legging through the alcohols can be seen with a gentle swirl of the glass.

Dopplebock-like aromas fill the olfactories with strong notes of sun-kissed barley fruitiness and deeply bready melanoidins. The rye character gives a gentle spice and deep bread (bread crust) scent that hovers just above the deeply caramel scent.

Raisons and plumbs lead the sweet start the beer from an estery and rum-like sip to a deep and complex bready sweet bread notion mid-way through. The spicy rye then ushers the beer from sweetness to a non-descript maltiness in the end. The finish delivers an alcoholic and powerful malty-dryness that avoids the boozy notes that sometimes detract from the beer-y notion of whisky aged beers.

Definately a weighted and malty mouthfeel, especially early- the beer retains a lot of body and creaminess deep into the session, with a deep and bready texture throughout.

Interestingly enough, the beer is increadibly complex but doesn't scream about all its nuances. Beautiful in its simplicity but intriguing in its development as the glass warms and the carbonation releases. I wish that the beer dried out a bit more in the finish and I want more of a toast quality. Where the sweetness of the malts are amplified by the sweet rye whisky contributions, the beer takes on a candied flavor and texture. But the rye grains and rye whisky aging has done it's artistic job in a very robust and characterful way. Again, hats off to Boulevard.

Thanks again BlueOkie- I owe you!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 03:39:29 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mark for sending me this beer awhile back.

A: The pour is a dark amber color, leaning towards brown, with a fluffy off-white/khaki colored head.

S: The nose is full of whiskey, oak, vanilla, toffee, and sweet caramel and toffee malts. Quite simple, but very nice.

T: A similar story in terms of the flavor. A slight spice character that I generally associate with rye beers as well as a nice whiskey note from the -bal. The oak provides some vanilla that blends in nicely with the sweet toffee and caramel notes.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: This is one smooth and easy drinking beer. The whiskey and the beer blend seamlessly and make for a really nice experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 05:25:17 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

02-11-2012 09:39:25 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

04-01-2012 01:55:01 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-16-2012 14:45:09 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-28-2013 02:16:58 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-13-2013 22:04:30 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 00:13:28 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

10-03-2013 18:55:40 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-29-2013 05:17:17 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

2012 edition. Imagine "Blonde on Blonde", only with brunettes...mmm... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises prime whiskey, rich caramel, sweet biscuit, mild oak, vanilla bean, a touch of buttercream, light candied orange peel, and a bit of vague spicy flashes in the back. The taste brings in more of the same, the barrel and the malty sweetness interpenetrating each other beautifully on my tongue. From beneath bubbles an undertow of clove- and brown sugar-heavy spicy notes that compliment the proceedings quite well. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nigh-silky feel. Overall, a damn fine beer, one of the better melds of base and barrel I've yet encountered.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 00:48:51 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, burgundy color. Like all Smokestack beers it had a huge head - light brown/tan, long-lasting and thick foam that left behind thin rings of lace.

S - Rye and whiskey aromas hit you right in the nose as it pours out. As you examine more closely there are floral notes, too.

T - It tasted of maple syrup, booze and rye. There was a strong maltiness with touches of vanilla and a mild spicy hop presence.

M - This one is crisp, sharp and smooth. A full-bodied, slow sipper with a dry finish.

D - This is yet another fine brew from the Boulevard Smokestack series. One of the best rye beers that I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 00:31:37 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glowing murky reddish brown, offwhite skim across the top that begins to lace after a second pour. Color is attractive, it looks nice in a stemmed tulip glass.

Sweet, bready, and almost fruity nose, the Templeton Rye is immediately recognizable, soft aroma of brown sugar and toffee sweetness. The rye beer provides the rich bready component, and the barrel offers a mellow vanilla sweetness with traces of honey, citrus, and dry woodiness in the aftertaste. Rich and full bodied, soft and supple feel, but not boozy. Medium level of carbonation. Rye spirit flavor is very present, but with minimal associated heat. Great symbiosis between the barrel and the beer. This bottle was cellared for around 3-4 months.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 03:35:44 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-13-2012 22:53:01 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Arbitrator. Rye on Rye pours a clear crimson red, topped by a finger of off white head. Color and clarity are excellent.

It smells of berry-like fruitiness, toast, caramel malt; not a lot going on. Mild and clean, this doesn't exhibit much malted rye or rye whiskey.

The taste is a bit bolder, showcasing both the caramel sweetness of the barrel and the spiciness of the rye malt. There's also caramel malt, black pepper, tannic oak. Medium-bodied, very spicy around the mid-palate with a mildly hot and peppery finish. I love the concept of this beer and had high expectations, and while it is good, the flavors and especially the aromas are somewhat muted for such a high gravity barrel-aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 03:45:07 | More by largadeer
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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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