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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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353 Reviews

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Reviews: 353
Hads: 1,495
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 21.77%
Wants: 265
Gots: 437 | FT: 25
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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Photo of oceanman907
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750ml Magnum with a best by date into a tulip glass.

This beer pours a wonderful ruddy brown head that foams and foams, excellent head retention from my bottle. Wow you can smell the bourbon nose right off the bat, raisins, prunes, rye spiciness, clove, faint oak. The flavor is much the same with a forward rye spice followed by boozy bourbon notes and dried fruit sweetness, faint smokiness and a lingering oak finish. Only beef w this beer was the cloying thickness of it, but overall a very interesting and complex beer that tastes similar to an old ale with a healthy amount of rye thrown into the mix witch makes this a beer worthy of seeking out.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

2012 edition. Imagine "Blonde on Blonde", only with brunettes...mmm... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises prime whiskey, rich caramel, sweet biscuit, mild oak, vanilla bean, a touch of buttercream, light candied orange peel, and a bit of vague spicy flashes in the back. The taste brings in more of the same, the barrel and the malty sweetness interpenetrating each other beautifully on my tongue. From beneath bubbles an undertow of clove- and brown sugar-heavy spicy notes that compliment the proceedings quite well. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nigh-silky feel. Overall, a damn fine beer, one of the better melds of base and barrel I've yet encountered.

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Photo of leaddog
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 edition.

Appearance - Pours a medium copper colour with a finger width of bubbly cream-coloured head.

Smell - Wood notes, whiskey, spiciness from the rye, caramelized malts, touch of smoke.

Taste - Caramel malts, whiskey, oak flavours, light spiciness from rye, slight citrusy hop. Very warm flavours.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation. Warming sensation as it goes down.

Overall - An excellent rye beer with a unique spin by Boulevard. Phenomenal flavours with an excellent complexity. Really like the nice warming sensation.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1600th review! Got in a trade with Cyde. 750 ml bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage bottled 3/2013. Pours moderately cloudy ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, orange zest, brown sugar, spicy rye, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toast, clove, floral, brown bread, and light spicy alcohol. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, brown sugar, orange zest, toast, toffee, rye, bourbon, oak, vanilla, clove, brown bread, floral, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, raisin, brown sugar, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, clove, vanilla, and toasted earthiness one the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark malts with a near perfect balance of barrel flavors; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged strong ale! Fantastic balance and complexity of malt and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for 12%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber golden color with caramel colored head. ok lacing and retention

S - Tons of sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak, some citrus hops, rye and sweet malt. Smells huuge

T - Exactly as it smells! all oaky vanilla sweet bourbon up front, followed by citrus and spiced rye with sweet caramel, oaky vanilla big boubon flavors again again at the finish. Malty sweet aftertaste

M - Lighter bodied, super drinkable

O - Huge bourbon sweetness is perfectly tempered by rye spiced hops

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Photo of lighthabit
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

real quick, a 2012 xmas gift from my bro

beautiful deep apricot in color
thick head dies to thin layer, spotty lacing
barrel is there in the nose, not too strong. malty, rye, yum
mmm-mmm, two flavors that really compliment each other, bit of a bite in the finish, but pleasant. for its abv, not too boozy, just a bit
feels nicely thick, smooth, goes down deceptively easy

been holding on to this for a while, glad i finally got to pop it open. recommended!

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Photo of thebigredone
2.12/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2012 Version

Had this one sitting in the cellar for a bit, finally decided to pop it. Pours a reddish-orange with a moderate off-white head.

Smell... damn it all to hell. The smell is off. No whiskey, slightly tart and acetic.

Taste confirms what the smell hinted at. Tastes slightly spicy and then everything goes to s@#%. Slightly tart, slightly rotten garbage, very disgusting.

Mouthfeel - who cares when the beer tastes like this?

Overall, I was looking forward to trying this as Boulevard usually makes a solid product. Quite disappointed by how this turned out.

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Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Bottle

A-amber with three fingers worth of creamy head that sticks to the glass

S-the smell is pretty strong of sweet malt, caramel, light dark fruits, and bourbon

T-taste matches the smell well, sweet caramel malt, spicy rye, and a nice oakyness round it out.

M-medium to full body, medium carbonation, finishes a bit hot

Overall this might be my favorite beer so far from Boulevard, a nice blend of flavors and while the alcohol is present it is still manageable

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 2012.2 bottle # 14071
A- This beer pours a hazy dense glowing caramel brown body with a sea of racing microbubbles colliding with a thick beige head that last and last sticking to the glass with each sip.

S- The sweet malt and spicy alcohol lead to a paper straw and then green oak barrel aroma with some caramel malt in the finish. There is a soft fusel note and the aroma keeps growing as it opens.

T- The rich dry spicy malt has some buttery caramel flavor with a circus peanut yeast ester growing as does the rich caramel wood finish. The gentle sweetness in the finish is cut by the slight fusel alcohol taste that lingers. Some nice vanilla notes pop through as the depth and flavor grows.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a nice alcohol warmth that grows along with the flavor.

O- The nice sweetness of malt is supported by spice earthy rye and alcohol with a full barrel flavor. This is a great sipper.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - An absolutely stunning reddish brown with 2 fingers of a beautifully white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Smells of huge rye and bourbon with dark fruits becoming more apparent as it warms. Bit of spiciness comes through here as well.

T - Oh man, this is something else! Huge notes of toffee, vanilla, dark fruits such as cherries and raisins, caramel and rye. Finishes with a nice sweetness leaving barely any alcohol to be detected; impressive!

M - Medium body on this one, lighter than I would expect. Makes for a dangerously drinkable and amazing brew.

O - This was my first rye beer and it really impressed the hell out of me. Extremely delicious while being drinkable and is one of my favorites.

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Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle at The Bier Garden, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is hazy amber in color. It poured into a snifter glass with a finger high off white head that gradually died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Strong aromas of whiskey from the barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little boozy and has flavors of rye whiskey along with notes of rye malts and associated hints of spiciness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is very drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. The only drawback is that it might be perceived as a little one dimensional with the use of both rye malts and rye whiskey.

Note: 2013 vintage

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks merc for cracking out this vintage 2012 brew

The beer pours a dull, hazy orange/red amber with a thin halo of tan head, loose lacing, and plentiful sediment. The nose is buttery whiskey barrel aged caramel sweetness, slightly boozy, with a touch of rye. The taste is definitely whiskey barrel forward with a generous amount of rye spice in the finish. It's medium bodied, barleywine-esque, slightly spice, heavily barrel aged and boozy (but not as much as the BBQ). Wow, what a good beer that presents huge barrel aged sweetness along with excellent rye spice. It's more of an evening sipper at 11% and with huge rye spice, but very tasty and impressive. I'd certainly try this beer again.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml of the 2013 bottling, generously sent to me by laymansbeerfan, and split into tulips with my brothers...

A: Dark gold, nearly amber, with a huge off-white head that leaves a spiderweb of lacing behind.

S: Big-time toffee, vanilla, and a moderate rye-whiskey component right upfront, along with a clear citrusy character, hops maybe? Big malty body with grainy, spicy undertones.

T: Moderate caramel and big toffee right upfront...barrel character is really nicely blended here, little bit of vanilla and a pulling charred oak component...toasted grains, distinctive fruitiness and spiciness is apparent as well.

MF: Creamy medium/full body with moderate carbonation. Warmth is apparent but welcome. Carbonation is spot-on.

O: A really pleasant BA rye beer, unique and flavorful.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

pours a deep amber with 2 fingers of off-white detergent-like head which dissipated slowly and gave off a good amount of head. smells of vanilla, bourbon, toffee, caramel, banana. very sweet malty flavor at first (caramel, brown sugar) followed by harsh burn of alcohol leading way to vanilla, banana. and bourbon flavors. this is a very sweet and booze heavy beer. full body with medium carbonation, definitely a sipper with lots of alcohol burn.

overall? yeah this was well worth hunting down on r/beertrade, and well worth waiting to drink. one of the best barrel aged beers i've had.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Batch Number/Best By Date: 2012-1/02-2014 Much love to Slvrmon82 for hookin a brotha up.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before dropping down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a light center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass leaving splotches behind.

S- Woody, somewhat boozy aroma. Also toasty. Semi-astringent. Not a whole lot there.

T- Ah, now we're getting somewhere. Mildly sweet caramel flavor melds nicely with the spicy rye and oak notes. Alcohol is very well-masked. The astringency found in the aroma is just as apparent in the flavor but there's more to work with here.

M- Pretty standard feel with some sharpness from the booze and rye with medium carbonation and a medium-full body.

O- Not necessarily complex since what you have is a rye beer aged on rye barrels but it's certainly drinkable and enjoyable if you're a rye fan like I am.

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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A story of rye, for the rye and of the rye.Enormous head on beige body. Mild rye spice aroma. Above average body, Decent surprisingly smooth drinkability. The taste yields much barreling including vanilla and coconut, perhaps a result of maximum time recommended in bottle,just a drop of faint sour. Bottle from IP with Steve in Warren.

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Photo of Rutager
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thank you to Steasy66 for this bad boy.

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep amber orange with a 2+ finger, amber tinted cream coloured head.

Smell. Grainy malts, sweet caramel, woody bourbon and vanilla, and some fruity yeast and spicy rye.

Taste. Spicy rye malts and caramel, whiskey and wood, vanilla and some fruity yeast and booze.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full bodied, slightly sticky with a medium amount of smooth carbonation.

Overall. Nice big rye beer that's smooth and tasty. Finishing this bottle won't be a problem even being as big as it is...

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Photo of rlee1390
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy deep ruby, one finger off white head.

S-Rye, whiskey, spice, grass, caramel, molasses and darker fruits.

T-Oak, rye. darker fruits, molasses, caramel and apples.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, easy drinking for the abv.

O-Was expecting a little more but still a very good beer. Maybe some more rye spiciness would have been nice.

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Photo of Buster
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Beautiful caramel color, hazy, with a decent head.

S- The nose is dominated by a huge oak-vanilla-whiskey note, with spicy rye and some booze.

T- Much like the nose, there are big rye, whiskey, vanilla, oak flavors. There is also some caramel sweetness, fruitiness, and toffee.

M- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated, and smooth.

O- This is a great beer, especially considering the price. Definitely pick this one up if you come across it.

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Photo of tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had heard a lot of praise for this beer and never had a chance to actually try it so I was very glad to find it on tap at Stub's. Served in a 10 oz wide mouthed glass.

Pours dark mahogany with a creamy tan head. Great lacing as the glass empties. The aroma is not nearly as potent as I was expecting. Smooth malts and some barrels, maybe. Ample hops in the taste but gels well with the overall profile of the beer. Warms one up as it goes down.

Frankly I was confused for a while about the beer I actually got but soon enough the rye comes forth... maybe the only element that keeps the bitterness in check on a warm beer. I started to like it finally and it is certainly a well made beer. But I didn't really enjoy it.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for this one.

A - dark caramel with a thick, brown head that has great retention; some floaties throughout

S - esters, some faint rye, alcohol

T - peppery rye, fruity esters, some apple, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, warming alcohol, smooth

This is a really nice beer. The flavor isn't as intense as I would have expected and it's not overly complex. This beer is very drinkable for the ABV and has a nice solid flavor profile that shows off the immense rye character. This is a must try for all rye fans.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Pours a nice 2-3 inch off white foamy head with ruby red transparency.

Rye spice in the nose. Some hop. Charred oak and some booze.

Tastes upfront on hop and then the rye takes over. Charred oak flavor and vanilla. Breadiness in there. Pert near like drinking rye whiskey. I've never had Templeton before, now I have.

Full bodied brew with low carbonation. Alcohol is warming and welcome.

Stellar brew done well in style! Big bottle of this asks you to invite a friend. Nice brew for the launchpad.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is a dark brown hearth color, filled with lots of carbonation and topped off with a thick tan head that consists of creamy small bubbles and larger billowy bubbles in the center. The aroma is semi-dry, filled with wheat and mild malts and plenty a light fruits and banana bread. It is light on the tongue and crisp. It is very creamy and the caramel is very pleasant, there is a slight whiskey note in its aftertaste. Very complex, the more I sip on it the more flavors come out, mild fig and apple, toffee, butter are all mixed in very well. The body does seem to thicken up just a bit, the mouth feel after letting it warm up would be medium to full bodied.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 3.3.13
Batch 2012-1
Best by 02-2014
Bottle 12885

A - Pours a dark carmel brownish with a fluffy tan head with good retention.

S - Strong carmel, rye and ripe dark frutis.

T - Lots of carmel and toffee, not much else.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.

O - Mellowed way out, tons of toffee and carmel, no booze or heat detected.

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Photo of cvm4
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2013 bottle

A - Pours a light amber, almost translucent. Has a frothy two finger eggshell head.

S - Definitely rye whiskey overload... Malts and caramel in the background.

T - Rye with a sweeter side that has a woodsy oaky background.

M - Light body, medium to high carbonation. It has a wet finish.

O - Complex, unique and aggressive towards the rye whiskey. Not bad at all!

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.