Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.3/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance - Hazy amber-brown color with two fingers worth of light tan head. Good retention with a large amount of lacing.
Smell- Caramel aroma with some oak notes and spiciness from the rye.
Taste- Caramel and rye malt flavor with some oak and citrus flavors as well. Just a hint of booze flavor.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Dry feel with a small amount of warmth from the ABV.
Overall- A great sipping beer. I am a little surprised that I have enjoyed this beer as much as I have. I normally don't enjoy barrel aged beers that much because I don't like the taste of bourbon but maybe I should give rye whiskey a try if it's half as good as this beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2014 16:02:21 | More by scratch69
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours brown in color with a big amount of sediment chunks floating around and a good one and a half finger head that has good retention.
Smell has some good ale aromas, not a whole lot of bourbon aromas but a lot of good grainy, husky aroma with a very mild spicy aroma from the rye. Grain is the highlight of the aroma.
Taste is great. A lot lighter then I was expecting but the malt is defiantly forward with slightly sweet rich grainy flavors before a mild dry oaky midsection and finish. Light tang is also present from the bourbon barrel.
Mouthfeel is good.medium to light body with moderate carbonation keeps this very drinkable through all the big flavors.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2014 06:35:02 | More by Fcolle2
4.14/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: pours a deep amber color. Light tan two finger head. A lot of lacing that holds on through the entire glass
S: Sweet on the nose with caramel up front, and bourbon and apple in the background.
T: Bourbon up from with a slight whiskey burn, but in a good way. On the second sip comes the hops and spices subtlety. Good balance. Don't get as much caramel as on the nose. Finish is sweet, salty, and a bit boozy.
M: Creamy and smooth across the tongue. A bit chewy. Warms the throat as it goes down. Good winter beer!
O: Another excellent offering from boulevard smoke stack series. They continue to impress. I wish I had a few more bottles so I didn't have to wait until next year to enjoy. I love you boulevard!
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2014 03:09:42 | More by ajzbedo73
3.89/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance- Given with less than a finger's worth of head which had pretty good retention. The head was a slight off-white with hints of tan and light beige. The body is a medium to dark amber which appears as a medium amber in the light. Some sheeting which extends from the rim of the glass.
Nose- Isn't showing much at all at the moment. Some slight sweetness from citrus. A light clay perhaps. After a while, more citrus comes out along with a tiny bit of rye spice. Swirling is pointless; it adds nothing to the sparse picture.
Taste- Starts off pretty mellow, then introduces some citrus but then bam, the rye hits you like an Old-Fashioned right in the eye. I expect this from this type of beer- I did not expect it from BBQ. Nice citrus (mostly orange, some lemon), tons of rye, and huge amounts of spice which challenge the tongue. Some pepper, coriander, and even cinnamon. I don't know if this is exactly my type of beer but I enjoy it nonetheless. It certainly doesn't lack presence with its strong notes of citrus and rye. Some cherry, a slight bit of pineapple. This is very reminiscent of BBQ as it is pretty much the flavor profile of an Old-Fashioned. Some lemon and a good amount of tartness. I like it but I wish there was a little bit more malt presence. The complexity and presence are there but some more malt would give it a little more balance. Good to really good beer. For such sweetness, it is fairly integrated. Pretty much a really good beer even if it isn't exactly what I would want to drink.
Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with ample carbonation which benefits the overall mouthfeel. A little bit of zip really works the slight tartness of the flavor profile.
Drinkability- Fairly accessible if you like Old-Fashioneds or beers with slight tartness. I imagine this would repulse many but this beer is doing exactly what it set out to do. 5 dollars a pint seems incredibly reasonable for this beer. It could be a 6 oz pour easy.
Overall- Good to really good beer. But rather pedestrian for Boulevard. This brewery does such good work that it's really hard to praise a competent beer from them. It's not exactly my cup of tea but it could be amazing for someone else. Must try for those who like rye beers but know that this is very sweet (with notes of cherry, lemon, and orange). Connotes bourbon without any real bourbon flavors. A fun beer but not one I could drink a lot of.
Serving type: on-tap
01-20-2014 00:29:19 | More by artoolemomo
4.16/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
dark apricot color. lots of carbonation. perfect 1/16" layer of topping, level across. absolutely beautiful looking brew....
sticky-sweet malty aroma, with alcohol.... nice thick coat on the sides as the glass tilts.... some fruit in the nose. mesquite....
sweet, barrel and alcohol taste. I can taste the rye and it numbs my tongue. does anyone else get a numbness from rye? some fruit on the palate. dark fruit. head stays on top and level throughout. again, mesquite...
second pour yields a fluffier, fuller head, not as level, but stiff and full.
overall, a very nice brew for 12%. a little different than what I was expecting, but decent.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2014 22:20:53 | More by pkalix
Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.