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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,330
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 225
Gots: 383 | FT: 27
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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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

amart80, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle, batch 2012-2. Bottle #20670.

A- Pours with a dark red body, almost looks brown. Very light tan head forms to about two fingers with a bubbly fizzy texture. Creamy ring leaves a few nice rings of lace.

S- Opens up with warmth, at first I couldn't get anything in the nose. Sweet caramel and rye malts with a vanilla whiskey oak barrel influence.

T- More complex here. Spicy rye and rye whiskey combine to be pretty, spicy. The whiskey has an oak, vanilla and general bourbon feel. Lots of raisin, spice, dark fruit, caramel and slight alcohol.

MF- Foamy feel overall with a lighter gravity body. Spiced palate with slight bitterness and pretty warm from alcohol.

Pretty much what one would expect with rye beer and rye whiskey. A nice oak presence and the rye whiskey and malt add spicy pepper, coriander and raisin hints. Balances out pretty nicely.

cbutova, Mar 23, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Duvel tulip. This years vintage (2012).

Pours a fluffy, off-white, two and a half finger head. Dark brown color. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Light lacing.

Well balanced aroma consisting of strong, sweet malt and then an element of oak, vanilla, and whiskey come in. A little bit of rye detected, but probably wouldn't have guessed if I didn't know.

Just as I expected from the aroma. Starts off sweet and malty, with a light element of spiciness from the rye. About halfway through, the sweet, oaky, whiskey flavors come through. Definitely comes through, but not overpowering. Also a bit of warming alcohol on the finish.

Has moderate carbonation, medium-full body, and great drinkability for 11%. Would have guessed it was around 8 or so.

Boulevard doesn't make a bad beer (especially their smokestack series stuff). Love the drinkablity for 11%. Would have classified it as a american strong ale, rather than rye, but it doesn't matter either way. Seek it out.

ahq514, Mar 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

jrenn, Mar 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

cadaugherty, Mar 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Reed, Mar 22, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Martin City Brewpub - $7 for a tulip glass.

I bought a bottle of this that's sitting in my refrigerator, but wanted to try it on tap.

Whiskey is the dominant aroma, but the spicy malt dominates the taste with a nice whiskey backdrop.

Extremely flavorful and pleasant to drink. Wouldn't know it was 11% if I wasn't familiar with it. Looking forward to my bottle.

kcillini77, Mar 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Johnfitts, Mar 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

bsuedekum, Mar 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 9618. 2012 Vintage.

Cloudy burgundy with a larger than 2 finger light tan head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has rye, caramel, oak, and citrus. Smells like it should be sweet.

Tastes of rye, caramel, citrus, oak, and a little vanilla. Somewhat sweet, but balanced by the citrus hops which provide some bitterness for balance.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden for an 11.00 % abv beer. One of the best tasting Rye beers I have had since SurlyFest.

hardy008, Mar 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

shebby, Mar 20, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

bashiba, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

A- dark copper with large head that dissipates with some lacing.

S- big rye and whiskey nose with a fruity hint lurking in the background.

T- Intense spicy rye followed by sweet whiskey, slight tropical/coconut fruitiness. but the sharp spice predominates.

M- crisp, syrupy, warming, dry and sweet. crazy.

O- If I were a whiskey guy this would be exceptional. But I find some of the flavors overwhelming.... A sipper for sure.

IPA1978, Mar 17, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber colored brew with sudsy sand colored foam and fair lacing. Whiskey and spice coming out and filling the nose. Tastes of two main components, peppery spice and hot whiskey. Pretty minimal malt sweetness and there is some oak presence there, but the spice and whiskey are so prevalent. A little age would help this to settle some, but overall, this fresh one is ever so tasty. A very nice example of a barrel aged brew. Will grab some more of this one.

jera1350, Mar 13, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, selection sunday

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, auburn body - fairly clear, heavy beige head, with a nice lace

smell: barrel - oak, whiskey, vanilla, cherry, spiced rye

taste: lovely beer - showcases the barrel quite well - oak, whiskey, cedar, dark cherries, vanilla, pepper, spicy rye loaf, sweet malts.

mouthfeel: sharp carbonation, medium body, creamy finish

overall: great stuff - as expected from the smokestack series

dirtylou, Mar 11, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into Tulip glass
A- auburn color with about a 1 1/2 nch light brown head, nice lacing throughout

S- great stack of aromas, starts with a smell of dark fruit, caramel, canilla, followed by the oak, and finishes with the whiskey smell. all smells work great together

T- Tastes like it smells, you get the all flavors working together, nothing standing out until the last, and ba,, the whiskey. But a good it of whiskey.

M- For a beer that has the smell of whiskey, i was expected a harsh end, but man, it felt smooth all the way through

I picked this beer up outta town, as we havent got it in yet, been a big boulevard fan, but this is by far my favorite! Go get ya some!!!!

bigzhodes, Mar 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth as Smooth gets!

This rye beer leans away from the hops and has more of a barleywine taste. In my opinion this is the best beer Boulevard has made so far. You will never have a rye beer quite like it.

Archimedes, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

SubpoenaDeuces, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Corked and Caged bottle into a tulip - Batch 1-2010

A: Pours a hazy dark reddish brown with a nice dark tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is really nice in this one. There are big aromas of vanilla, rye spice, apples, and cherries.

T: The taste starts with the cherries and apples then moves to a spicey rye flavor with some vanilla on the finish.

M: The feel is creamy and on the fuller side of medium.

O: This is one of the better rye beers I've had and worth a try if you can find it. Thanks to my Santa for hooking me up with this long time want!

GregSVT, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

djrn2, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Diomede, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Kahlerbock, Jan 09, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a murky brown with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: lots and lots of vanilla and caramel. Strong oaky and smooth bourbon notes bring up the finish.

T: similar to the aroma, tons of oak, caramel, and vanilla. Some slight bourbon notes toward the finish with a light bitterness. Smooth, clean finish.

M: medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is super creamy and smooth.

O: a great beer. Fairly simple, but delicious and smells great with a smooth, creamy body.

n2185, Jan 09, 2012
Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,330 ratings.