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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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94
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1,361 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,361
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 230
Gots: 385 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer number 4 of the Astros #brewandbaseball challenge! I'm behind but doing my best to catch up. Poured from bottle into CBS Snifter. Pours a nearly transparent dark amber color, some decent head retention, which is surprising given the ABV and Barrel aging. A creamy looking texture to this beer. Smell- booze, molasses, some spicy bready notes from the rye. Woody barrel notes, some vanilla. Alcohol is obvious. This will be a really boozy bastard. Taste- the booze is puckering. its pretty much all I am getting at the front of the tongue, resembles straight rye whiskey. Some nice woody notes and vanilla linger around the sides of my mouth, but I struggle to get a lot of depth and complexity to this one. After the booze, it seems that the flavors are a little muddled. Nothing stands out, but this is a beer that will have to develop in order to be worthy. I'll review again after a year and see what comes of it, but would not recommend to drink it fresh. Not a great experience, not a horrible one.

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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle cork and caged
Bottle # 18829 "2012-2/02-2014"

I love rye beer, and I love rye whiskey. Hopefully the two can work well together.

LOUD cork. Absolutely beautiful and unusual color. A red to burgundy with yellow tinted head. Head diminishes quickly. Good amount of carbonation.

Smells of charred wood and whiskey. The only beer I can think of that smells anything like this is a well aged old ale. A pleasant slightly oxidized alcohol + caramel aroma.

Taste is amazing. Charred wood and a smooth whiskey burn. Pleasant suiting bitterness. Somewhat thinner body. Acidic to the tongue although not from carbonation. Lots of spice coming from rye malt. Hints of citrus. Mouthfeel gets better as carbonation wears off. Really wide spectrum of balanced flavors. Quite intense and unusual.

I can see why anyone argues it's not appealing. You have to like whiskey to like this beer. Definitely a burn and booze flavor involved. But for me it works, I like it a lot.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark orange and amber color with a half inch of head. Translucent, almost ruby-like appearance.

S - Rye whiskey aroma is dominant, as it should be and it is complemented by a very slight burn from the alcohol. Some sweeter fruits come through here as well such as raisin and fig.

T - Delivered as promised, strong rye whiskey character with a strong rye bread (caraway seed) backbone. Slight alcohol burn, by nothing deterring. I expected to be overwhelmed by too much of a rye flavor, but this isn't the case; the two rye types go well together. No hop character, but a sweet malt profile to hold everything in place.

M - Spicy and warm rye aftertaste that properly tops off this full-bodied rye brew.

O - This is easily my favorite beer of the year because of its amazingness and that it promises exactly what it provides. 5's across the board.

Photo of SawDog505
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a reddish brown with a creamy off white head, very little lacing. Smell is vanilla, Oak, Bourbon, carmel, and leather. Taste is all of those things, vanilla and bourbon dominate, pretty mild considering what it is. Body is a little thin, plenty of carbonation, not overly dry, and very easy drinking. This solid not really familiar with the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jar2574
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a snifter at Beer Kitchen. Not very much head. A thick dark brown looking brew. Smell is sweet, malty, and rye. Upfront the taste is strong rye. Extremely bready, thick, syrupy, not much carbonation. The taste is also sweet cherries and caramel malts. The 11 percent alcohol is well hidden. If you like big semi-sweet beers and rye bread on your sandwiches you'll like it.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -29.2%
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

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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is somewhat hard to come by in the KC area, so I had to visit my go-to guy that keeps the really good stuff behind the counter. In return, I won’t send the goons to burn the place down…but seriously, the guy always hooks me up.

Appearance – Pours a caramel color with auburn tinges, really looks like a tasty beer. Big dominant head on it which left awesome lacing on the glass, really thick looking. It seriously looks like liquefied caramel to me.

Smell – The nose is a strong bourbon, wood, some spices and sweetness. Complex nose is really impressive.

Taste – This beer is quite complex in its flavors as it is in the nose. The watchword here is BIG. There are some more subdued wood notes (I use the term subdued relatively) and a little caramel sweetness, but the rye, whisky, and malt come through like Albert Pujols in October. Wow. As the beer warms, the bourbon takes an ever more dominant role in the taste, to where by the time the brew is at room temperature, its almost like sipping really smooth bourbon and water.

Mouthfeel – Chewy, big bodied, no sign of the rather intense 11%ABV. Smooth to the point of ridiculous, goes down so easy its dangerous, especially at 11%.

Overall – A very impressive beer, a good representation of the Smokestack series and my hometown brewery. Boulevard strikes it big with this one. If I was going to send one of the Smokestacks to someone, I would likely send this one over all others. Highly recommended. Drink this with whatever or whenever you would normally think of drinking bourbon, except this is much better.

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4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the horseshoe pub in Hudson MA.

Poured a clear tan body with a small off-white head.

Nose was amazing with a strong caramel malt, but loads of rye whiskey.

Taste is along the same lines. Big body, but not over the top. No hint whatsover this beer is 11%abv. Lots of absoultely delicous caramel and bready malt mixed with layers of rye whiskey. Flavor. Oak, mild touches of vanilla, some leather. Your typical barrel aged sort of flavor.

What an AMAZING beer. I could drink this all day. (Technically I did). :-) I really wish this was a full time brew from Boulevard. Awesome stuff. I ordered a second round, then went back later in the day to order a 3rd and 4th. Seriously, awesome beer.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,361 ratings.