Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Rye-on-Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

353 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 353
Hads: 1,495
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 21.77%
Wants: 265
Gots: 438 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Rye-on-Rye Alström Bros
Reviews: 353 | Hads: 1,495
Photo of AirBob
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. Tons of floaties detracted from the appearance, but overall an excellent representation of the style. Pillowy off white head with excellent lacing and retention. Sweet Rye on the nose and taste - mellow, well intergrated. Booze is non-existent. Pleasantly soft mouthfeel.

 290 characters

Photo of scratch69
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

 732 characters

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.39/5  rDev +5%
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.

 258 characters

Photo of Hopswagger
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Pours a highly carbonated tawny red under a cloud of dense frothy khaki head that settles quickly to a thin swirly wake. 

S:  Nose is big and boozy.  Cherry coke and whiskey, sour mash, brown sugar, dry oak, but mainly potent whiskey. 

T/M:  Taste follows the nose but delivers a healthy dose of spiced rye bread, hidden behind the alcohol is a subtle earthy and herbal hop bitterness and pleasant warming.  Body is full with stinging carbonation that delivers a super dry finish that leaves my mouth slightly numb. 

O:  Jack and coke anyone?  This reminds me of high school when I used to mix whiskey with cherry coke.  Despite the hearty dose of booze this is really quite good. It has much better character and complexity that a mixed beverage. The drinkability is really grand considering the ABV and the encombesment of alcohol. I would like to age one and see how it develops. 

 902 characters

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Phyl21ca for sending us this brew in a great trade.

Bottle No. 5802 bottled on January 2012.

A: A rich clear hue of whisky suggestive of the flavour waiting within. Topped with a pale tan head and poured just a scant finger worth.

S: A warm oaky smell similar to the inside of a cigar box, sweet maltiness lead the way with a solid rye whisky scent and spicy notes. Some alcohol esters towards the back end that compliment the warm woody and grainy scent.

T: Opens with a full on rye whisky flavour, sweet pale malts, spicy, woody, grainy, slightly smokey and warming through with alcohol esters that compliment the flavours. Hops show through at the front and compliment the rye and grains.

M: Carbonation is low while the alcohol esters warm the mouth livening the flavours. Medium to heavy body that clings pleasantly.

O: Incredibly delicious and offers the rye whisky flavour and smoky wood that's soul satifying and comforting. Incredibly bold flavours that are perfect on every front. I'm not even a whisky lover, but this might change my mind.

 1,075 characters

Photo of hreb
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL cork-and-cage topped bottle served in a chalice glass. I am a big fan of rye so I've been excited to finally taste this, though the ABVs seem killer in this big bottle. Best by 11-2015 but I couldn't wait a day longer. Beer pours amber in color with a medium tan head. Intense fruity aroma of raisins and plums, very much reminiscent of barley wine. Or rye wine? And quite a bit of oak in there too, suggesting oaked California Chardonnay. Flavor delivers both the sharp edge of rye graininess and the rich, overwhelming rush of barleywine. And of course the course vanilla and bourbon flavors of the barrel. Yeah, I could easily believe these barrels once held rye bourbon. Boulevard's ingredients list mentions a couple of adjunct sugars, which no doubt pumped up the alcohol as well as left some residual sweetness. though 2.8°P final gravity is pretty freaking low. But where was I? Oh yes, this beer is fantastic, you should drink it.

As previously mentioned I'm a huge fan of rye beers (Lenny's RIPA is a favorite) and this beer takes rye in a totally different direction. Rye and hop bitterness play really well together. But an IPA this is not. It is, however, a fantastic barleywine, and a fantastic way to showcase oak aging. And also a really delicious rye beer.

 1,281 characters

Photo of alex_hart
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

served in the boulevard glass

I sit here drinking this, and am in awe. It is unbelievable how Boulevard has somehow married whisky and beer together in such a perfect matrimony. This has been sitting in my fridge waiting for me to drink it for a little over a week now, and it was torture waiting. It came highly recommended, and was even said to be the best brew from the smokestack series, by one of the beer experts at a local liquor store, and sweet heaven and earth they may actually be right.

Its dark burnt orange and hazy brown appearance with a consistent half finger head atop a beautiful reverse waterfall of carbonation is immaculate.

the taste is something like i've never had before. like i said before, this marriage was meant to be. to have a 12% brew be so classy and smooth with little to no sign of an alcoholic bite is beyond me. This is a must try for anyone and everyone.

 898 characters

Photo of Kinsman
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby/light brown color with a nice creamy tan head on top. Rich woody aromas dominate the aroma with light hints of alcohol in the background. Malt notes seem to be hidden by the barrel notes.

Barrel notes aren't quite as overpowering on the palate as they were in the aroma. Nice rye kick before the sweet vanilla and oak flavors come through. A bit of a fruity and caramel sweetness mixes in well. Finishes with a bit of heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and certainly full bodied. Overall, a bold and tasty treat with a nice deviation from the usual bourbon-stout combo.

 607 characters

Photo of beergod1
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy mahogany color with a tan head. The aroma is strong rye with some oak notes and dark fruit. The flavor is very nice with rye, cherries, vanilla, oak and a strong, spicy hops and rye finish. The alcohol is fairly noticeable. Medium mouth feel and medium carbonation. Tastes better than the smell. But a solid brew.

 335 characters

Photo of Naugros
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found and bought at the suggestion of many FB friends. And I'm glad I listened to them.

The deep copper brew gives off a strong smell of rye whiskey balanced out with brown sugar sweetness and some floral hops. The taste has all the elements of that aroma, but the whiskey doesn't assert itself as strongly. From the smell I thought I'd be tasting a booze bomb, but it's really nicely balanced. It IS sweeter than I expected, but not too much so, with that sweetness knocking out the initial alcohol burn.

This beer drinks far too easily for its ABV level. And despite the sweetness, it remains drinkable, smooth and exceptionally balanced.

 643 characters

Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinking this one solo tonight.

I pour straight in so its got a head on it that then fades out leaves a bit of lacing but not a lot. nice sunburst color.
The aroma is a heavy dry rye note, a light white pepper and just dry.
The flavors have that spicy note you expect from a rye beer. It is the kind of spice that when implied "rye" people will like and when implied "chili" people will not like, really on the border.
There is some alcohol that pokes through because of the dryness of this one, and makes it a bit smokey, and light notes of vanilla bringing in some sweetness.
Mouthfeel is quick to fade due to the dryness.

I am indifferent to this one, going to drink the whole 750ml, but its just average. i guess i like the rye, but could go for more alcohol heat,whiskey, and maybe a little less dry, but i am strange.

Love, Chad

 838 characters

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

750ml corked and caged bottle. Cork was a bitch to get out. Served in the original Blvd. chalice. Poured a slightly hazy reddish light brown with about a finger of off white head. Seemed very carbonated. Whiskey hits you right off in the aroma as expected. Oak, vanilla and also some hops. More of the same in the flavor. Nice spicy bite from the rye in the beer and the barrel. Fair amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Also a long lingering taste of vanilla. Medium bodied.

I would love to taste the original beer without the barrel. If you like rye whiskey (and I do), you need to try this beer.

 602 characters

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cinnamon stick brown color with some nice head, decent lacing. Smell is big on the whiskey with some nice spicy rye notes in there too. Taste follows, but with some big buttery vanilla notes. A bit of piney hops, but just a tad, some spicy malt, wood, and more vanilla. Oddly, this all seems a bit muted to me. The flavors just don't 'pop' like I want them to. Also, as the beer goes on this becomes more pronounced. Medium to full body with some nice creaminess, decent carbonation to keep it going. Drinkability is pretty good, but as the beer goes along it kind of loses its power, an odd experience. I was happy to try this. This might be an unfair comparison, but given the option to spend $13 on this or a 4-pack of Backwoods Bastard, I'd go with the Backwoods. Nevertheless, good stuff, just not necessarily all there for me.

 845 characters

Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

 325 characters

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.

 668 characters

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really, Really excellent and well made Rye Ale. Looks beautiful, big copper penny glow with a creamy dense head. You get plenty of Rye spice and some booziness in the nose. Flavors are a combo of Rye spice and sweetness, with a slight citrusy undertone, a bit of vanilla oak butteriness. I get plenty of oak and whisky notes, but not really a lot of char. 12% ABV is well hidden, save for a bit of astringent boozy heat in the finish. I like how Boulevard blends the base rye ale (1/3) with the barrel aged ale (2/3) so that the booziness doesn't override the delicious spice of the rye malt grain bill.

This really deserves to be sat upon for another couple of years, but it's delicious now. I'll go buy a couple more to cellar.

 730 characters

Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

cloudy and sediment-ridden. smells like raisin and sweet biscuit. big ol' rye & whiskey barrel taste, with some nice plum/dark fruit notes. aftertaste is the same. delicious!

 178 characters

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

Poured from 750ml bottle into Globe glass.

A. Massiver 4 finger head, most of the Smokestack beers have plenty of carbonation and this one is no different. Decent lacing. Verg good retention. Color is mahogany brown.

S. Smell is pretty hot. Rye, malt, whiskey. An oakiness/woody smell. Vanilla. Lots of alcohol aroma at its current stage.

T. Taste is rye, whiskey, vanilla. Not as much heeat on the tongue. Actually fairly smooth. Like the taste of this quite a bit.

M. Medium bodied. Full carbonation. Pretty dry. Just a little lingering sweetness.

D. Drinkable. Goes down fairly easy for such a big beer. Smell is very boozy, but the taste is already smooth and well balanced. Another winner from the Smokestack Series. *With a year on this beer, it becomes something else. The booziness fades away and leaves a very delicous complex beer*

 848 characters

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, crowned and corked. 2012 vintage, batch #2012-2, bottle #18665. A gift from a friend. Served cold in a standard pint glass.

A: Dark orange-tan brew, cloudy as hell. Short-lived 1/2" of head from a gentle pour settles to a thin layer across the surface. Appreciable viscosity observed during the pour.

S: Woooow, tons of bourbon in the aroma. Much more like bourbon than rye whiskey in my opinion, maybe because of the extra body/ sweetness. Not dry enough for a rye whiskey. Charred oak, mulling spices, smoke, cedar, citrus pith. Moderately sweet, some alcohol spice lingering behind the scenes.

T: Tastes just like the smell, no deception here. Very heavily influenced by the barrel aging. Tastes like it's made of half bourbon. Very potent and very tasty! Wow.

M: Moderately thick. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, though not completely. It quickly makes itself felt. Fairly well balanced in that regard. Finishes with a nice strong dose of lingering wood smoke/ charred oak.

D: An epic example of barrel aged brew. A must-have if you're in to this sort of thing, but probably quite overpowering if you're not. Finishing this bottle is going to screw me up in all sorts of nice ways. I usually gotta drink wine in order to get this kind of buzz from a single bottle. Gets the job done with class and style. I almost want to make a Manhattan with it.

 1,369 characters

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked bomber into a corsendonk christmas chalice- pours a slightly hazy rusty reddish brown with a one finger head that quickly dissipated and left very light lacing.

Smells a LOT like whiskey- definitely get the booze, a very sharp rye smell, and a good amount of wood.

Taste is incredible- rye whiskey beer simply put. Sharp rye and alcohol burn at the beginning; the rye smoothes out into a sweet rye malt and finishes with a little earthy yeast, wood, and rye.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light to moderate carbonation- alcohol warming and burn is a big part of this brew as it seems to be brewed to taste like rye whiskey. They did exceptionally well. Get this beer if you like whiskey!

 717 characters

Photo of MNishCT77
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle acquired in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2013 vintage (batch # 2013-1, best by 11-2014), poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 10/15/13 over an several hours while homebrewing:

A: 2/3 - dark mahogany-brown coloration, minimal clarity, pours thickly into a subtle glass lacing, big alcohol legs

S: 11/12 - rich, intense rye flavors and alcohol pouring out of the glass, little hop aroma, no detectable flaws

T: 19/20 - on the anterior tongue, it's as expected from the complexity of the aroma...rich rye malt and barrel complexity - lots of vanilla, caramel, toffee and stone fruit; in the middle of the mouth, the flavors continue to develop and linger; the alcohol is barely detectable and I was extremely surprised to learn that this beer is 12% ABV (initially thought that it was more in the 6-10% range)

M: 4/5 - high bodied; appropriate carbonation; little aftertaste that invites another sip and makes this dangerously, dangerously drinkable

O: 9/10 - I had Founders Backwoods Bastard not that long ago, and, even though sylistically (malt bill, yeast and barrel-aged) they are very different, I cannot help but comparer these two beers; although I like both beers, I enjoy this one much more for the following reasons: barrel notes are not as overpowering, booze is not as intense and apparent and the rye dries it out leaving little aftertaste and clamoring for another sip; this beer is mighty impressive, and, for $9.79 at Franklin's in Hyattsville, MD, it's probably the best beer oz.-for-oz., $-4-$ that I've purchased in the DMV

TOTAL = 45/50

 1,580 characters

Photo of gr0g
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2015 release, 750ml bottle. Copper in color, maybe darker, like mahogany. About one finger of foam on the head, with retention/lacing being pretty good for a 12% ABV beer. The "spicy" (still can't think of a more descriptive word) character of rye is evident on the nose. Next up is caramelized sugar. Less vanilla character than bourbon barrel-aged beers, as the aroma suggest a drier beer.

The flavor profile isn't sweet at all, contrary to what I'd expected. More than enough bitterness to balance out the flavor profile. Alcohol is barely detectable. This is just a big rye beer with a more mellow hop character, and that's fine with me. Of note is the very mellow, soft, and smooth mouthfeel, which makes this a pleasure to sip. I guess I expected a bigger, bolder flavor profile, but the quality of Rye-On-Rye can't be denied. A supercharged, yet restrained rye beer.

 874 characters

Photo of treznor
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750mL, best by date of 11/2015, into a Goose Island Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a deep copper that is barely translucent in front of a light. Massive head that dissipates fairly quickly with some lacing.

S - Smells almost boozy, but mostly just with a massive rye note. Maybe it smells boozy from the rye whisky barrels?

T - At first it tastes fairly boozy, but then it smooths out and you realize that what you were tasting probably wasn't the alcohol, but rather the rye whisky barrels tricking you. So much rye everywhere in this one!

M - Just slightly thicker and this would be perfect! As it is it has a nice mouthfeel that lingers.

O - A pretty awesome contribution. I'm not even sure of exactly what style I'd place this in other than 'Rye'. It's like waves of Rye on Rye (sound familiar?). My wife, who in general hates Rye beers and dislikes Barrel Aged beers (hey, more for me!) even thought this was pretty good, at least for a sip or two. It smoothed out a bit after sitting our for about an hour, starting at fridge temp (~40F), probably ending around 55-60F. These notes were taken at the end.

I'm torn on whether this is one to cellar or enjoy now. I could definitely see how cellaring could improve it, but as it is its pretty awesome and I'm worried that cellaring would smooth out the somewhat rough character that I like in rye.

 1,379 characters

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle

A: Dark amber with a large off white head. continuously carbonates and is effervescent. With some alcohol legs

S: getting some rye, caramel, and some sweet fruits.

T: sweet but slightly boozy. nice rye flavor and has some dark fruit flavors. also has a slight sour undertone. It has a good rye/caramel taste. citrusy and tangy

M: Creamy, malty, tangy, and citrusy

O: great rye and good buy

 407 characters

Photo of chanokokoro
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a snifter

Dark amber with a off-white three finger head that dissipates fairly quickly after a very firm pour. Initial aroma of whiskey, slight undertones of wood, and hints of spicyness from the rye. Very complex taste rye spicyness combined with sweet malt, light accents of charred wood, ripe fruit, and booze. Heavy-medium to light-full bodied with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Really exceptional brew that is really unique. Definitely one to try if you haven't.

 497 characters

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