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Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,211 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,211
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 210
Gots: 368 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
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

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3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rum and caramel at the core with a pop of early Rainier cherry.

Foam is frosting-thick on initial pour. Carbonation is low and delicate enough to encourages the beer's sweetness, as if this beer shares a parent with cava.

Full, heavy mouthfeel. Lung-filling on first whiff. Hued a color reserved for sugar at around 315 degrees Farenheit.

Wonderful. A winner.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 02:54:05 | More by Barrelista
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-13-2012 20:20:08 | More by jacewg
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-13-2012 06:01:50 | More by Ultraman9000
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into large tulip - 2012 vintage - thanks to Snowrs

Pours a slightly hazed caramel brown with some brighter red hues. Thick beige head rests on top, slowly fading into a coating of film, leaving patchy webbed lacing on the glass.

Plenty of rye spiciness in the nose with bready caramel touches. Hints of toffee and vanilla with whiskey tones. Oaky barrel tannins and soft heat.

Caramel and rye up front with a soft, sticky sweetness. Toffee and bread crust with a dash of hops. Whiskey barrel is pretty prevalent with boozy warmth and leathery vanilla hints. Thick backbone with bready caramel and roasted hints. More rye spice with a touch of pine on the back end. Finishes a bit warm and assertive with lingering rye and whiskey.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, sticky and full on the tongue with lingering tendencies. This is one hell of a rye beer - I'm already a pretty big fan of the style but barrel aging it definitely adds a whole new dimension.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 23:16:43 | More by xnicknj
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard Brewing’s
Poured in a Jester King Tulip glass

A: Dark brown, with purple tones, thin quickly dissipating head with little lacing
S: Smells Belgian, like a Quadruple; hints of whiskey and rye and earthiness
T: Front is whiskey-forward; can tell it was aged in whiskey barrels. Has some roasty bits, but not like a stout, and some rye spiciness, but not as much as I’d expect. Has a little Quadruple like flavor as well, maybe the yeast? The alcohol is apparent in the aftertaste, and almost has a tiny whiskey-like burn to the nostrils, but does not overpower with alcohol
M: Lightly carbonated, smooth mouthfeel
D: Very drinkable for such a strong beer.

Aging this one; got three more and I think it's only going to get (amazingly) better.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 00:50:33 | More by DRyan
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-10-2012 16:34:02 | More by vfgccp
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-09-2012 02:31:15 | More by ryanw111182
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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard Smokestack Rye on Rye

Appearance: light brown, medium-large head, and good lacing.

Smell: whiskey, oak, and a dark citrus sweetness.

Taste: dark citrus, whiskey, and a nice maltiness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a pretty nice brew. The alcohol is unnoticeable. The whiskey malt sweetness is pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 01:38:52 | More by megahurts4
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-07-2012 15:29:49 | More by mrandypandy
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-06-2012 14:56:50 | More by hoppymcgee
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New York

5/5  rDev +17.9%

06-06-2012 01:18:01 | More by bentonquest
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-05-2012 00:04:46 | More by vbiliyar
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rye-on-Rye opens with a malty, smoky, charcoal-and-bourbon aroma that makes immediately apparent the beer’s barrel aging. The whiskey notes are upfront and potent, but not so much that they overpower everything else. Behind them lies a lovely layer of sugars and fruit esters, including heavy dollops of fig, raisin, and prune, as well as molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, pepper, and baking bread. A thin grapefruit and pine layer notes hops, adding citrusy and resin complexity that meshes well with the whiskey. As a whole, the nose is very enticing, and while it can pessimistically take on somewhat of a cola/Dr. Pepper syrup note, the whiskey barrel aging nicely combats this and brings out an alcoholic liquor addition that works very well.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a surprisingly large blast of hops, sending pink grapefruit, pine resin, and lemon washing across the tastebuds. Against this onslaught the other flavors are temporarily opaque, but do slowly come through in syrupy raisin, fig, and prune fruit esters, as well as a noticeable peppery, woody whiskey-like alcohol burn that tingles the soft palate and goes up the nose. Thick brown breads and threads of vanilla become more apparent later in the mouthful, joined by toasted nuts. In subsequent sips the whiskey aging becomes even more apparent, coloring the fruit esters and breads with a nice woody, charcoal-whiskey tone. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main flavors, with surprisingly strong lingering sweet sugars and woodiness, and lasts for a good while. Mouthfeel is a dry (especially in the aftertaste) medium to medium-strong, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is quite delicious fare, and it seems a very wise choice on Boulevard’s part to do a 67% rye whiskey barrel-aged/33% ale mix, as this option provides the beer with both a full, round, flavorful sugary malt base, as well as a nice whiskey overtone that plays off of the other flavors, rather than dominating them (as can happen with 100% barrel-aged beers). The heavy 11% ABV is noticeable throughout the entire mouthful, marking one of the beer’s few weaknesses, but even here that sensation mostly blends well, reminding of the beer’s origins. Very much worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 16:57:58 | More by jondeelee
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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage. Pours a crimson reddish brown color with a medium off-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is rye whiskey up front with a slight cherry aroma. Some oak with smooth vanilla and a hint of toffee. As the beer warms a bit, the rye really comes through nicely. Taste is sweet rye spiciness at first. Some woodiness with a ton of vanilla. Rye whiskey on the back of the tongue with a surprisingly light burn for such high ABV. Mouthfeel is a little on the lighter side...should have more body to it. A tad bit watery. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is a damn tasty beer. Just wish it had more body.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 06:26:27 | More by DovaliHops
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-03-2012 02:54:22 | More by freduardo
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

06-02-2012 20:03:56 | More by Weischej
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-01-2012 03:45:19 | More by JSchock7
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky light brown with a 1.5 finger creamy off-white head.

Whiskey is very well integrated in the aroma. Smooth spicy rye whiskey is the dominant force, but some wood, vanilla and toffee as well.

Tastes more like a whiskey cocktail than a beer, but that's not necessarily bad. While the rye whiskey flavor is dominant, it's not overpowering or overly boozy. Wood and vanilla are also present along with an earthy spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium. Low carbonation levels are perfect for the style.

Pretty amazing beer. The rye is integrated nicely and adds a pleasant flavor without being overpoweringly boozy.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 22:20:31 | More by jmarsh123
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-30-2012 00:25:07 | More by movemanythings
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

05-28-2012 23:34:39 | More by llava005
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-28-2012 17:56:23 | More by dumptruck81
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-28-2012 02:53:18 | More by Chisfinest84
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This blended beer is brewed with rye and then 67% of it is aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels (an excellent rye whiskey based on a Prohibition-era recipe previously illegally distilled in Templeton, in Carroll County, Iowa).

The beer pours a medium to dark brown, with tones of copper, orange and a touch of ruby. There is a near half-inch head of thick and creamy foam that is off-white to very light brown in color and leaves a medium density of lacing down the glass.

The aroma is much more subdued than many whiskey barrel aged beers. It does not beat you over the head with the fact that it was in a whiskey barrel, but it is still apparent. There is vanilla, wood, and smooth rye whiskey.

The taste is slightly sweet, tangy, a bit of spice from the rye grain, vanilla, wood and rye whiskey.

The alcohol is apparent, but smooth and not hot. The mouthfeel is creamy.

This drinks much like a smooth rye whiskey cocktail, say rye with vanilla cola, but much smoother, deeper, fuller, substantial and more balanced. This is a fine whiskey barrel aged brew. Boulevard brews a line of generally excellent beers and Templeton Rye is an excellent whiskey; the two merge together nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 00:41:49 | More by cpolking
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-27-2012 02:47:18 | More by rab53
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

05-26-2012 13:02:57 | More by Reagan1984
Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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