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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,370 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,370
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 234
Gots: 386 | FT: 28
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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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Happy to see this beer show up around here. Batch 2012-1, bottle 13195.

Pours into a tulip a murky reddish brown. Beige head sticks around pretty decently as a cap, some lace.

Lots of sweet fruity malts, caramel, spice, bourbon is mellow at first but grows with warmth.

Lots of dark fruit, spicy rye malt, caramel, bourbon+oak are somewhat mellow but definitely grow with warmth like the scent. Has a slight tart twang to it, reminds me of their BBQ a bit, I wonder if they used the same barrels. Light hoppage and vanilla show through.

Smooth. Full-bodied, carbonation at a good level, grows to be quite warming and boozy but not really a deterrent.

I like the flavorful and mellow bourbon but the base beer doesn't seem to bring much to the table. Still it definitely pulls of a nice unique combo of a rye beer/rye whiskey, it's enjoyable.

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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent clear, copper red body with a big, fat, thick and creamy white head. Foam clings stubbornly to the glass...

Excellent rye spiciness in the nose with a soft malt grain character. A bit of red licorice is in there as well.

Bold rye and barley taste, well-balanced. Somewhat sour. Soft bitterness sneaks up on you, fading nicely in the finish.

Heavy mouthfeel with a wet, juicy feel in the mouth.

One of the best rye beers I've encountered in a while. Good balance between the grains, hops not overly assertive in the aroma but coming through well in the bittering department. An excellent rye quaff!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great release from Boulevard.

A: 2 finger khaki colored head with good retention forms atop a deep rusty brown bodied brew. Mostly cloudy, but was still able to see bubbles rising.

S: Caramel and bourbon characteristics are most prominent. Hints of spicy notes from the rye begin to poke through, but never become overbearing as dark fruits bring up the rear.

T: Very interesting beer we have here. Great to get a whiskey aged brew that isn't a stout or a barleywine. Spicy rye notes rush out of the gates, but are soon mellowed by the rye whiskey, vanilla, and dark fruit flavors.

M: Medium bodied, creamy front with a sharp carbonated backend.

O: I found this beer not only to be great, but also brave. I hope other breweries begin aging non-traditional beers like this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of aasher
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied cherry wood brown with a one finger soapy and creamy two finger head. Te nose features smooth and spicy rice with a touch of rye whiskey. I expected it to be a little more pronounced. You could say that the aromas are holding back a bit. The flavors are nice and malty. There is plenty of spicy rye with a nice about of rye whiskey, some caramel, and some toffee with a slightly soapy finish. The flavors are nice. I like how the rye base works with the whiskey. They complement each other well. If anything there could be more whiskey presence. Luckily it builds as it warms but even then there could be more. It drinks medium in body and not necessarily over carbonated but it instantly stimulates your entire palate in an effervescent type of manner. Overall this is a nice beer. I definitely prefer it to their bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. This is yet another high quality beer from the Smokestack series.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of lnashsig
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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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.

Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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