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Westside Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 204
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: zeff80 on 10-16-2011

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.31/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Murky brown/amber. Thick white head. Really thick, doesn't fade quickly. Fat lacing remains down the glass.

S Rye, obviously, but lots of it. Sweet malt. Hops. Something tart, lime maybe.

T Thick wet grains. Rye, wheat. Slight sweetness and zestiness, apples, orange peel, cinnamon.

M Nice rich foamy mouthfull. Finishes with a little bit of a bitter aftertaste. Still nice and refreshing.

O I liked this very much. Boulevard, to me, has always made good beers and I flat out love some of their offerings, but this kicks it up a bit. This is the most quality brew I've had from them. The flavors blend so well. Sweet, dry, bitter and the rye is present but does not overtake everything. The best rye beer I've ever had. (726 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottle says best by 04/24/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep and fairly hazy brownish amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head which slowly settles into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A toasty, bready, and fairly spicy malt forward aroma. Toasty pale malts with upfront hints of biscuit, grains, wheat, caramel, toffee, yeast, straw, and cracker. Spicy hints of rye bread. Fruity hints of apple and slight citrus orange. Dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, and dates. Subtle hints of earthy and floral hops in the background. A pretty nice bready aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a bready, toasty, and fairly spicy malt driven taste. Toasted pale malts with good notes of biscuit, wheat, grains, caramel, toffee, straw, cracker, and yeast. Good spicy notes of rye bread. Subtle fruit taste with notes of apple and orange as well as some dark fruit notes of fig, raisin, and dates. Light backing notes of earthy and floral hops towards the finish. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely creamy, spicy, and smooth. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a rye beer. Good toasty malt notes with a nice kick of rye spice. (1,321 characters)

Photo of alk3kenny
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a nice thick fluffy tan head... Smell is of roast, candied fruit, slight hops not over powering... Slightly sweet, with some sour notes on the back of the tongue... malt/hop balance is nice.. Not usually a huge rye beer fan but this is pretty good and really easy to drink. Would buy a sixer if made available. (332 characters)

Photo of MickeyD
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a clean pint glass

A: two fingers head dissipated quickly, dark golden brown

S: little spice and caramel, nut.

T: Spicy bite with sweet caramel

M: fairly smooth with a little bite of spicy rye

O: I love rye beer and this one is no exception spicy, malty but not overly sweet. Delicious! (303 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up as part of mixed 12 pack from Boulevard. Oustanding appearance on the beer, thick and murky looking with a great head that just grabs the glass as it dissipates, beautiful. Not much to offer the nose but very tasty, Good but not great, I enjoyed this one very much and would have no problem having it again. Might not seek it out but would gladly snag it as part of a mixed pack again. (400 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Crimson colored...little head

S-Very spicy...love the rye aroma...

T-Big on the rye again....reminds me of one of my favorite beers the Summit Unplugged RyePA minus the hop forward feel to that....this is more pure malt....lable promises "tangy"...sure I'd agree there...

M-Light side of medium bodied with a lower carbonation....

O-Enjoyable rye beer for rye lovers... (375 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a limited beer that was brewed for a special event in KC. On tap at brewery. ABV approximately 4%

A - Poured a clear, amber color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of rye bread with some caramel notes. Slightly floral.

T - Nice spicy hop bite up front with notes of rye and sweet caramel. Good balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This was nice. Glad I got to try it. (505 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark amber, huge head.

Smell: Fruity, rye bread spiciness.

Taste: Juicy citrus with rye spiciness underneath. As it warms up it balances out with the rye coming through a little more.

Overall: Picked up a single to try, I used to have a lot of Boulevard when I lived in Missouri. This is pretty good, not a rye bomb, but a balanced pale ale with a moderate rye feel to it. (387 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Hazy amber-brown color with a finger and a half worth of head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Rye spiciness, caramel, and some nuttiness.

Taste- There is some spiciness and a slight sourness from the rye with notes of caramel malt and nuts.

Mouthfeel- On the heavy end of light bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Smooth with a dry finish.

Overall- A good offering from Boulevard. This beer should become a regular in their lineup. (494 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Westside Rye is a unbelievable rye session ale. I would drink this all-night. The beer poured a hazy amber with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is carries rye in the form of a wet corn meal. The taste is evenly balanced between malt and hop. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent session ale...but there is a heinny/stella after taste...but overall it is tasty! (432 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

"30% malted rye = tangy, piquant, edgy. How does it pair with pastrami? You tell us." Brewed in the style of a Rye Ale, available in 12 oz. bottles with in the boulevard 12 pack variety case as a Tasting Room series beer.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Smokestack tulip glass. Served above 49º Fahrenheit.

Pours a tan white head of a creamy frothed head over a red amber body with moderate clarity and very little visible carbonation. Retention is above average, lacing is light and spotty. The aroma consists of bready, syrupy rye with a slight acidity and a mild herbal hop background with a subtle bitterness and a moderate potency. The flavor is very similar with a bready rye profile, fairly clean with a low graininess, a subtle peppery edge and a soft, pleasant sweetness. The texture is slightly slick, lightly viscous and a touch tangy dry with a moderately bold carbonation for a prickly, fevered mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is fairly well rounded out, with the earthy bitterness and tangy edge of the specialty malt bill balancing out the subtle sweetness. The alcohol presence is low, and off characters are minimal to none. Overall this is a solid rye ale recipe, fairly simple and clean but straightforward enough to showcase the rye at its optimal role, nice body and flavor without a grainy, rough or dry edge. Think of it as the little brother of Rye on Rye, Boulevard knows how to use the ingredient to their advantage. Very enjoyable.

Boulevard Brewing Co.'s
Westside Rye Ale
3.75/5.00 (1,553 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled also on 5/4/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a english pint glass.

Pours a pretty amber brown in color with about a 1/2 finger off-white head. Lots of lacing was seen with each sip which was very surprising actually. The aroma isn't too heavy and is of some grains with a hint of citrus and floral hops. The taste is crisp and sharp with a hint of rye and wheat. Overall, it is different and isn't bad. Perfect carbonation. (473 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i like this idea of the tasting room series, it has brought us some great beers already, and allows some of the more raw stuff they do to hit our lips, which i like, because sometimes boulevard is overly polished. this one pours somewhere between caramel and brown, with some sediment at the bottom of the bottle but other than that mostly clear. the head is tan and frothy, but shortish lived. i smells a weird tang, which the label says comes from rye, but to me its almost tannic, and the finish of the beer agrees with that, almost off, but the middle is so good. caramel malt and chocolate malt (light), and the rye, which takes on more of a dried fruit here than a spice, again the tang. yeast is english it seems, doughy and hanging around in the finish, which is off dry. well made no doubt, but definitely in need of some tweaks to be perfect. i love the grain flavor, think its awesome, but maybe the sparge temperature or something is a little too warm. those tannins arent amazing in the finish, but i like the base flavor a whole lot, and think it fits the fall season super well. underrated overall i think... (1,123 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy mahogany with a tiny tan head. Aromas of cinnamon and dark bread. Taste begins with a bit of spicy rye, then some dark bread, then a bit of metal, followed by a clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light. Overall though, it is a good beer, there are a few downsides here and there, but the final product is nice. (337 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle's best by date: 08/14/14

Very clear, deep copper body with a thick, creamy head. Faint aroma of caramel and vague spiciness. Mild rye bread flavors with a sharp hop bitterness at the finish. Medium-light body; crisp and dry finish.

A decent drinking if rather unexciting beer. The rye punch comes through in the taste primarily yet the beer, on whole, seems rather bland and watery, at least initially. The smell was pretty faint and hard to pickup on although it is there. Subsequent sips reveal a bit more depth with the malt base and rye, so it can (does) grow on you. With a 30% rye grain bill, I expected a bit more rye oomph. (640 characters)

Photo of MrBoz21
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with thick white head that settles to about 1/2 inch and holds. Thick lacing rims glass. Color is straw-amber and very clear (about 10% opacity) and effervescent.

Aroma: Bready Rye malt leads way. A bit of citrus.

Taste: Again rye malt leads the way. Bready Flavor dissapears quickly and leaves a bit of hop bitterness at back of mouth.

Mouthfeel: Relatively dry and light in the mouth, slightly astringent.

Overall: Very quaffable, but lacks dimension. (476 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper brown in color. Fingernail thin layer of foam rests upon the top. Good clarity. I definitely get the spiciness of the rye in the nose. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. The front of the palate is definitely the rye, but it is quickly balanced with some hop flavor. Pretty straight forward, but a pretty good brew. (319 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 8/14/14.
Good looking. Nice full head with torrents of bubbles rising through a nice amber body of copper.
A little tight on the aroma. A little malt and I struggle to find any hops.
Soft rye spiciness and a mellow shot of bitterness for hops. Smooth malt flavors overall.
Filling body from the carbonation, but the gas isn't too intense in the mouth, instead having a softer quality overall.
As warms the rye shows stronger with a crackling quality, which is fun. (473 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A slightly aggressive pour yields a half finger of off-white head with a sandy tinge to it. This sits over a slightly burnt orange body. A slow, steady stream of bubbles makes a journey from bottom to top, and the beer keeps a little frothy ring at the top. Lace cannot quite maintain a hold on the glass.

The aroma is actually underwhelming. There is the light trace of rye bread. A faint whiff of caramel helps it out. I get a little earth/garden note as well.

The flavor speaks volumes more than the nose. The front end is a rye bread flavor that starts off with a little spice and blossoms into a full rye flavor. This transitions with a very light caramel sweetness but keeps the rye and spice into a slightly earthy taste that complements. All light but good.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It is very dry. (816 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger hear that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and bubbles coming seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Not really sure what I'm smelling in this beer. Biscuity malts, somewhat spicy rye, and a little citrus.

Taste: Toasted and biscuity malts, some rye, and some citrus.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a little creamy, somewhat drinkable, light bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: This what a pretty average rye beer if you want to call it that. Easy to drink, but I wax expecting spicy notes and a bit more hops. (633 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Dark brassy hue. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Pervasive effervescence. Foam blanket. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Caramel malt, pungent rye, tangy molasses.

T: Roasted caramel malt, fresh tea leaf, pungent rye bread.

M: Hearty and earthy. Pungent finish lingers on the palate.

D: Sip or session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Really nice head, and thick lacing. Nose is sweet and pungent. Earthy roasted caramel, accentuated with some rye bread and tea leaf. Overall, this is a good quaff. (557 characters)

Photo of tito42
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery tour, 7/5/2013. To be released in upcoming "test" sampler packs locally. Aimed to be a sessionable rye ale. Very pedestrian as far as a unique Boulevard offering goes. Very clearly a Boulevard Pale Ale base with some rye notes and perhaps a touch more hops in the process. The rye isn't featured prominently enough in my opinion. Wouldn't be one I'd rate highly in the new test sampler pack initiative. (424 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brown color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, hint of floral hops, and hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a rye beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of pale malt, hops, hint of wheat, and a hint of rye. Overall, great appearance, decent body, but lacking in aroma and complexity. (449 characters)

Photo of Rhettbuck
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean, pure and the color of a dirty penny. The head on this beer was substantial, frothy. In fact I would say too much head for a beer. Had to wait almost ten minutes for it to go down without getting a beer beard.

Smell: Not over powering, but then again that might be my cold.

Taste: Good, light and crisp. The bottle label suggest drinking it while eating a pastrami, and I have to think it would be a good pairing. Slight bite at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a bit heavy, but I should have expected that with the foamy head. Granted I tried this beer in Denver and the elevation seems to make most of my beers more carbonated.

Overall: I like this beer. Don't know if I would buy it just buy itself. But for a sampler I was happy with it. (781 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A warm amber-brown, sticky khaki head that throws some nice lace. Peppery spicy rye is front and center. Other malt derived flavors include burnt toast, toffee, and biscuit. Hops are mild with a dirty herbal note that meshes with the rustic rye. Overall, some decent flavors going on, but it seems a bit diluted and even watery at times given the high percentage of rye. It just needs a little more. If you are going for something malt driven - give me a little more body. If you are going for dryness and drinkability - give me a little more in the way of hops. (562 characters)

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Westside Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.