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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,361 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,361
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 228
Gots: 385 | FT: 27
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 AlCaponeJunior
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Auburn and mostly clear, large head that slowly went to a one finger head and lasted from there, lacing good.

Aroma is nice, spicy rye, caramel, wood, vanilla, whiskey, caramelized sugar, lots of spiciness, dark fruits, in some ways almost smells like a quadrupel.

Taste is very complex and will take a while to quantify. That's ok, because at 12% ABV, this bottle will take me a while to drink! The barrel aging is immediately apparent. Plenty of oak, whiskey, and vanilla come through right away. There's again a fruity presence, much like a quadrupel's fruitiness. Candi and brown sugar are ever-present. The spiciness from the rye adds tons of delicious complexity.

Actually this beer is reminding me of Boulevard's Bourbon Barrel Quad quite a lot. It's not the same, but there's clearly some overlap! The body is lighter on this beer, it's about medium,. but smooth as can be and creamy in texture. Each sip leaves your tongue coated with a lightly vanilla like resinous coating. Very enjoyable!

Tremendous, as always. Great job Boulevard!

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Vintage 2013, Best before Jan 11 2014.

A very nice fluffy and tan head, grows three fingers, with a little bit of retention and togetherness. Lots of thin rising carbonation tan in color going up the sides of the glass, through a fairly opaque reddish amber brown body. The carbonation just creeps in slow motion.

Nose is full of rich caramel and thick vanilla. Nice mellow woody oak too, it smells like a sundae. Creamy, thick, dense. Is this dessert coming?

A real nice creamy palate, fills with what is nicely hinted on the nose. Lots of vanilla richness and milky cream. Sweet caramel on the finish, with a hint of bittering hop even. Dry and punchy, with hints of fruit as it warms up on the hop angle of peach and oranges. Spicy malt with an equally playful carbonation that cuts. Palate really jumps around a lot on this one, but it's very fun. More warmth even brings out some banana like esters.

Really fun and great beer from these guys, this one might be my favorite I've had from them so far.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Anonymousmark
2.56/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is definitely a niche market beer. It came highly recommended by the shop owner and I was attracted by the high ABV and the whiskey barrel aging process. Obviously, it is not chugging beer. It is brewed to enjoy slowly in an easy chair along with good company and stimulating conversation. I have to say though, that I didn't enjoy it as I though I would. I can't blame the beer... it was exactly as advertised. But as it turned out, I just didn't like the blended tastes. In the future, when I want rye whiskey I will drink rye whiskey and when I crave a brew, I will have a beer. With that said, its a distinctive and unique tasting beer that is worth a try by true beer aficionados.

Photo of WillCarrera
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, batch 2013/1, best before 11/2014, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear amber red color, topped with a finger of creamy khaki head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Delicious, sweet aroma of whiskey, oak, vanilla, and caramel.

T- Has a touch of bourbon but also a lot of leathery, spicy malt. Leans more toward bready, fruity flavors and away from the richer, sweeter characteristics of the aroma.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry with spice and some booze heat.

O- A solid beer overall, has a really nice aroma but is a bit less rich and delicious in the flavor, consider skipping this.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

damn this is a big beer. pours hazy golden brown like when the tater tots are perfectly ready, with a caramel hue and a fluffy tan head as tall as you want to make it. yum. it smells like rye malt, spicy and peppery and rich, and it also smells like oak casks, with some char and some strong whiskey notes of vanilla. the flavor is about the same, not as rye malt heavy as I thought from the nose, but still undoubtedly a rye forward brew. I think the barreling process is a little overdone in this one. I never really say that, but this one tasted more like whiskey than beer, especially in the finish, and it really overshadowed what I assume to be an expertly made strong rye ale. maybe just the blend was too much, I don't know, but it was an experience either way, with the alcohol becoming punishing in the finish and as I worked my way through a bottle of this on my own. full full body, good carbonation and a very expansive feel. lots of booze burn in the finish, and at least a mild hangover awaits the overeager, but like all beers in the smokestack series, this was well planned, well executed, and very original.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. 2013 bottle with a best by date of 4-12-2014.

Appearance: Pours a very deep and somewhat hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Starts out with a nice big four finger off white head that recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A quite complex malt and spice driven aroma with lots of barrel hints. Big scent of rye whiskey upfront along with hints of wood, oak chips, and vanilla. Bready malts with a lot of rye spicing and hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, peat, and yeast. Some burnt brown sugar and subtle undertones of citrus fruit including orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Also a light hint of licorice. Very woody as the barrel elements are pretty strong. Very interesting and good smell.

Taste: As complex and good as it smells. Big barrel presence throughout with a big taste of rye whiskey, oak chips, wood, and vanilla. Lots of malt taste with big notes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, yeast, and peat. Light anise licorice notes. Some candied brown sugar sweetness. Subtle taste of citrus grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Taste is actually fairly drying and not very boozy. Literally tastes like rye whiskey without the big heat. Really good tasting rye beer here.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy and somewhat chewy. Very smooth for its size. The 12% abv is hidden really well considering.

Overall: A really great barrel aged rye beer. Big rye and barrel flavor and the sweetness and heat is kept in check. Really well done.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,361 ratings.