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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,332 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,332
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 225
Gots: 384 | 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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

FreshHawk, Apr 02, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Rich ruby red with massive bubbly head that looks like it belongs on a root beer float. Great lacing tendrils.

Smell: Caramel, plum and some light oak. Generally spicy and boozy as well.

Taste: There is a strong malty backbone of caramel, plum, toffee and cherry. However, there are equally strong layers from the added rye and the Rye Whiskey barrel aging, with strong spice, oak and booze. Tastes a little bit like a Manhattan, which is really cool.

Feel: Full, thick body with a decent carbonation, as Boulevard seemed to treat the carbonation a little more like a Belgian beer. Very warming.

Overall: Once again, this is like a Manhattan in beer form. Unique, utterly delicious and dangerously sippable.

bsp77, Apr 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

duff247, Apr 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

rjacobs6, Apr 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

kjkinsey, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Batch #1 Bottle #9450

A-Pours a swarthy,murky crimson body topped with 2 1/2 inches of dense,surprisingly sturdy for the ABV,light tan foam that held fast for a good amount of time and left sticky,chunky ribbons of lacing on the glass.

S-Dark fruit,sweet whiskey,lightly charred oak,rich vanilla,red grape,caramel and light spice.Some very vinous notes of ripe,red grape and fruity alcohol.

T-Dark cherry,fig,raisin,black pepper,whiskey,toffee,light vanilla and light citric hop tang on the finish.

M-Medium/full body of considerable complexity and balance.Really spot-on carbonation with a leveled sweetness and good supporting alcohol.

O-Easily my favorite brew in the Smokestack Series.Definitely gonna revisit this one.

StlHopHead77, Mar 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Agold, Mar 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

RDW, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from batch 2012.

A: A deep brown and red pour. Large fizzy tan head. Fades at a medium pace and leaves pretty decent lacing behind.

S: As you would expect, loaded with rye. Primarily rye whiskey that really stands out along with some oak. Some rye bread too but subtle.

T: Lots of rye whiskey but not as overpowering as the smell (but still tons of it). Loaded with charred oak and caramel. Lots of spicy rye and a bunch of bready malt too. Boozy.

M: Fairly effervescent, moreso than you would expect. Outside pretty smooth and not too heavy despite the 11% ABV.

O: Well, definitely a beer for rye lovers, whether it be the spice or the whiskey (or both). Feels lighter and more bubbly than you'd expect for such a big beer. Definitely boozy though. It's pretty good but I'm gonna have to sit on some to see if it mellows out a bit.

Dope, Mar 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

EZE123, Mar 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

avaldivia, Mar 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Ajlvt, Mar 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

PEIhop, Mar 30, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.4%

coffeecubb, Mar 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

BigJim5021, Mar 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Pellinore1, Mar 30, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- dark copper with a 2" light yellow head.

S- definite whiskey ( love me some Templeton!), slight smoke cherry wood, caramel and spices.

T- sweet caramel, smoked malt, dark fruits, whiskey, and spiciness from the rye.

M- medium body and carbonation, has a nice warming feeling that you would get from sipping on TR.

O- excellent beer! The spiciness from the rye combined with aging in Templeton barrels is just a perfect match. Will be looking for more tomorrow!

kawilliams81, Mar 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

1Adam12, Mar 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

FUNKPhD, Mar 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

sgttibbs, Mar 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

louuud pop. murky mahogany brown with a quickly receding almost white head that leaves chunky lacing behind.

definite whiskey aroma... toasted wood, rye spice, slight smoke, molasses, vanilla, caramel sweetness.

very slight smoke and woodiness with a vanilla smoothness and caramel sweetness that balances the rye spice and alcohol warmth. a well-balanced and tremendously crafted brew.

slightly thin bodied with a subtle carbonation that works perfectly for the style. an alcohol heat, but without any harshness. great blend between a whiskey and a beer.

I love it. One of the best Boulevard beers I have had. Just wonderfully balanced. a sipper, which it should be. Will pick up a couple more...

silentjay, Mar 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Whiskeydeez, Mar 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

punkhim, Mar 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

To start, cold has a huge effect on this brew, lots of chill haze. I've reviewed it one it warmed up...

A - Clear mahogany, great clarity for a complex brew. Nice strong carbonation and wonderful foamy and soapy tan head. no lacing or residue.

S - Huge rye and vanilla scents. You can smell the heat too.

T/M - Awesome smoothness and vanilla feel. Perfect moderate carbonation. The rye stands out, but is not overwhelming. Lots of heavy barley and delicate hops. The heat is very well hidden and does not stand at the forefront. The heat is detectable, but not over top or annoying. Very wet, heavy, and roasty.

O - Awesome first impression of Rye on Rye! Great brew! Highly recommended, i'll be anxious to see where this one goes with a bit of time. Huge and enjoyable!

chugalug06, Mar 25, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky amber color. The head is an inch of solid off white foam that recedes very slowly into a firm cap of lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of caramel, rye whiskey, oak, and rye bread. All of the elements of the aroma are well balanced, and play nicely with each other. The taste is of maltier than the aroma with more caramel, and rye bread character. There are still a significant oak and whiskey notes, but they are more in the background. There is also a noticeable alcohol presence in the finish that distracts from the rest of the beer. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a cloying texture that I dislike in beer. Overall, this is a good beer that I would drink again, but I can't see myself searching for it.

KarlHungus, Mar 24, 2012
Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,332 ratings.