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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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95
world-class

1,221 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 211
Gots: 368 | 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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PPOmaha

Nebraska

3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: spicy malt, prominent sweet bourbon sweetness.

Appearance: Amber brilliantly clear.

Taste: light caramel, vanilla, spicy rye, prominent bourbon/whiskey finish.

Mouthfeel: medium, whiskey bite lingers into the finish. Needs a bit more carbonation.

Overall: great beer, hides the alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 04:59:03 | More by PPOmaha
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

02-10-2014 02:45:51 | More by thatoneguymike
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-09-2014 23:38:01 | More by CRJMellor
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Denzo

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-09-2014 23:23:21 | More by Denzo
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mschind

California

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I looked for this while on a trip to KC but was told it sold out in the stores in about two weeks. Back home in Sacramento I find that Total Wine still has plenty!

A- pours the color of an old penny, slightly hazy with a thin, creamy and persistent head.

S- A well balanced combination of rye, whiskey barrel, booze and vanilla. No hops.

T- Starts sweet and boozy followed by a rich malt flavor and then dark cherries. Rye spice and a bit of heat from the alcohol leave a nice clean finish.

M- This is a strong as some barely wines I've had but it somehow maintains a lighter body without any syrupy sweetness. I like the bit of heat toward the end. Smooth carbonation helps keep things on the light side.

O- Malt and wood forward with no discernible hop flavor or aroma but just enough bitterness to provide balance. A classic to look forward to each year.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 22:07:32 | More by mschind
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Shatter

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-09-2014 21:46:09 | More by Shatter
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body with decent head and lace and has a sweet, boozy aroma, picking up a good amount of not only bourbon/barrel notes with alcohol but love the dark fruits (figs/raisins) and minor rye base (not overpowering) in the aroma. A medium bodied beer that is chewey and has some sweetness to it, figs and plums coming through with a little bit of sugary goodness and there is a woodiness and alcohol kick to this beer - the rye makes the beer real smooth and adds some heat and alcohol bite to this beer as well as a touch of sweetness; the rye is front and center in this beer. At times the sweetness is puckering but overall the beer is well balanced and the ABV is kept in check and this is just a solid drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2014 21:03:42 | More by clayrock81
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WreckingBrew

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-09-2014 17:06:24 | More by WreckingBrew
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Black_ox

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

02-09-2014 16:32:36 | More by Black_ox
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T_Hass

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-09-2014 03:54:45 | More by T_Hass
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 vintage

Big pop when the cork comes out. Definitely some pent up carbonation as the head erupts and sticks around forever. It's a little yellowy/off-white and the body is dark with orange and red coming out in the light. Laces superbly.

Seems like it could have been 100% barrel aged with the alcohol notes and spicy whiskey coming off the nose. A little sweet. Caramel and cherry.

Rye whiskey, rye malt and 12% alcohol is prominent bringing plenty of warmth and spice. The cherry note from the aroma is fairly prevalent as well.

Damn this drinks amazing. Smooth medium bodied with some slight tingly bubbles. Ends a little dry.

I could see this aging great. Too bad I just drank my only bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 03:00:52 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Mordhaus

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

02-09-2014 01:53:58 | More by Mordhaus
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottle, poured into Boulevard snifter

A- Pours an auburn brown color with some orange highlights, big creamy & foamy cream colored head that seems to retain forever, leaving thick thick creamy lace when swirled

S- Spicy rye is definitely noticeable up front with some peppery aroma, with it comes a fruity sweetness that brings notes of tangerine & orange flower water. A hint of bourbon juice and oak round it out, complimenting the rye without overpowering it

T- The rye takes front stage with an interesting mix of sweet and spicy flavors. The spicy flavors are peppery and grainy, the sweetness has a caramel maltiness. Light woodsy notes are there, but subtle. The barrel juice kicks in near the finish adding just enough complexity and accentuating the sweetness of the beer. sweet-yet-spicy finish with a hint of bourbon

M- thick and slightly chewy body with low carbonation produces a creamy mouthfeel with a velvety finish. A hint of warmth as it settles, good drinkability despite being 12%

O- One thing that I like about Boulevard's limited release beers, is that they only use a blend of barrel aged beers,complimenting the base beer and allowing the to shine. The rye plays well with the barrel notes and drinks very easily for the ABV. Very good

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 23:55:51 | More by Treyliff
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seanchai

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-08-2014 01:39:43 | More by seanchai
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kenmyers70

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-08-2014 01:07:09 | More by kenmyers70
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FilumDee

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +17.6%

02-07-2014 02:49:19 | More by FilumDee
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-07-2014 00:58:09 | More by Crimsontider22
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kojevergas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2014 vintage 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded red hood-and-wire cap over a cork acquired at a local bottle shop and served into Stella Artois stemware in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery as well as this beer's current 94 rating. Batch number RR13326-2. Best by: 11/2015. Reviewed begrudgingly as a rye beer. 12% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of nice white-khaki colour. Good thickness. Nice even consistency and smooth complexion. Head retention is very good for the high ABV - about 7 minutes. Nice consistent albeit uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Body colour is a rich tawny orange-amber of above average vibrance; it has a brilliant glow when backlit. It's got brilliant cascading upward bubble trails indicative of sound carbonation. Yeast particles are visible floating in the body.

Overall, it's a pretty gorgeous beer. A special appearance which reveals the beer is alive and intrigues the drinker. I'm very excited to try it, and don't notice any flaws.

Sm: Lovely. Charred oak barrel, hints of burnt sugars, bursts of citrusy orange flesh and zest, toffee, complementary floral hop notes, subtly spicy rye, marshmallow, and a notably subtle rye whiskey spice. The whiskey and oak lend it cohesion throughout the aroma. It's got a pleasantly tangy fruity hop profile. Not your everyday whiskey barrel aroma, nor is it merely a rye beer. There's much more going on here, and I can't wait to try it.

A pleasant, bold aroma of moderate strength, yet it's somehow still subtle and subdued. No yeast character is detectable.

There is some light alcohol warmth which I find attractive. I don't find any overt off-flavours, but the citrusy orange does seem a bit out of place and I'm curious how it'll fit into the flavour profile.

T: The rye malt is woven throughout quite nicely, but what really works well here is the charred/burnt oak barrel, which immediately differentiates the beer from most other oak barrel brews; it's a refined sophisticated oak presence and has its own almost unique character. I would like it to feel a bit more toasty, but that might just be personal preference. Given both the rye malts and the rye whiskey, you'd think this would have more spiciness than it does.

It's actually strangely sweet, at least up to the midpoint, but never quite cloying. Just as I feared, the citrusy/orange fruit hop build doesn't really work very well alongside the more refined notes of oak, rye, and whiskey, and feels out of place. The choices of hops here are far from ideal; that's my biggest criticism of the flavour profile.

I keep convincing myself I'm finding vanilla (or at least vanillicin) but then I think it's only because I'm looking for it. In any case, if it is present, it's far less prominent than you might expect in say, a bourbon barrel aged stout.

Caramel, light toffee, maybe some biscuit malt? I'm having trouble identifying the malts used here beyond just the rye. It's also got almost a honey or faint butterscotch note buried in the second act that I can't quite place.

I'm still hung up on how wrong the fruitiness feels here. But disregarding the hop-derived fruitiness, it's also got some plum notes which work decently.

I quite like the beer, but I really want that pesky fruitiness gone, as it really holds the balance back. It's a cohesive and almost gestalt build. Certainly this brew boasts some notable complexity and subtlety. Hell, I'd say the spice is too subtle. It could be more intricate and nuanced, but what's there is good. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Some boozy warmth does manifest. No yeast character comes through.

Mf: A warm, lightly dry, and lightly coarse mouthfeel which has a full body and a good presence on the palate, but not as much weight as you'd expect. As a result, it's a bit more approachable than most barrel aged beers at this ABV, and it slides down a bit easier. Almost chewy. I'd prefer it more coating than it is. It's rather filling in any case. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated as well, to its detriment.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, harsh, or stale.

The texture suits the taste generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: It's a hell of an inspired brew; very few breweries would think to try something like this. The subtle char is a highlight, but the awkward fruitiness is a drawback. While not the world-class mindblowing beer I expected, it's a very enjoyable and inventive beer with a lot to offer the discerning drinker. Solid work from Boulevard, but not a world class effort. I'd recommend it to friends.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 06:37:27 | More by kojevergas
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

02-06-2014 02:11:30 | More by XmnwildX12
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Sazz9

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

02-06-2014 00:48:12 | More by Sazz9
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-05-2014 04:44:52 | More by PatGreer
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-05-2014 02:58:20 | More by Sludgeman
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Niekon

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-05-2014 02:55:12 | More by Niekon
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RaulMondesi

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Haven in Orange, CA.

Ok, well, like... Rye on rye! The main man means, think silk on silk, gold on gold, Adriana Lima on Adriana Lima... This is that beer. Thing was creamy, lush, smelled like the heavens... Just straight goodness.

Sip and enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 23:47:52 | More by RaulMondesi
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FrogOut69

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

02-03-2014 23:00:02 | More by FrogOut69
Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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