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Westside Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zeff80 on 10-16-2011)
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

skloeff, Nov 03, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Viperman1316, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of EF4
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

EF4, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.51/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I was very excited to try this "Tasting Room" beer given I had enjoyed some of their other tasting room-to-distribution beers before, but this one left me quite dissatisfied. Quite surprised this was one they selected to send out in the sample packs.

While the appearance of a red ale is actually appealing, the aroma is mostly subdued. Wisps of grain and some esters, but nothing much more to speak of. No hops indicated.

Dry, grainy, earthy characteristics that just don't seem to mesh well in this intensely malted rye. I get it...they have hightlighted the rye here, but just seems a little too in your face. Caramel and nuts shows up for a bit, but overall, quite lifeless. Not buying that this one brings any spice to speak of.

The mouthfeel was probably the best quality of this beer. No bitterness (probably because of the lack of IBU level) makes for moderate drinkability. Mid body, light carbonation.

I try not to bust the balls of any brewery on here, but I couldn't bite my tongue on this one. I have really come to love Boulevard's Smoke Stack Series and could care less for their year round for the most part. This one certainly doesn't belong in the former (or neither, hopefully). Kinda sad that the variety pack came with three of these.

Bosoxfan20, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Wobbly
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Wobbly, May 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Herky21, Sep 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Gipsy_Danger, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of DenverHopHead
2.77/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 5/18/14, into a pint glass.
Appearance - a dark, sunset orange; bubbly carbonation that builds a huge, creamy, off-white head. Lacing is above average.
Smell - rye bread, with a hint of spice. Disappointed at the lack of hops in the nose.
Taste - follows the nose with the rye bread and spice.
Feel - tame and feels more like a lager.
Overall - not bad for the price, but I wouldn't have if not in the mixed 12.

DenverHopHead, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of JackieTH
2.84/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruddy amber with a trace head and no lacing. Smells of caramel, light pine resin. Taste is malty with biscuit and caramel. There is a mild hop bitterness some rye spice. Body is medium light. Overall this is a bit muddied in flavor. The carbonation is decent but really nothing worthwhile here.

JackieTH, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of budgood1
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out of the 12 oz. stubby bottle a clouded dark amber colour with a frothy light tan head. nice retention and subsequent lace. lightly malted aroma, nondescript with just hints of cocoa and spice. the taste of this ale shows off only bits and pieces of the rye used, mildly spicy, slightly astringent and fleetingly bitter. there are meek notes of choco inspired malts used but any other flavours are hard to pin down. light body and a mouthfeel a bit too watery for a brew such as this. pretty drinkable...just sort of lacking in something.

overall this would have to go down as a miss for me. the malt profile should be ratcheted up a few notches to compliment the rye used. for a rye inspired brew, this misses the target.

budgood1, Apr 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

beerbrains, Sep 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Bjlps, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle labeled 3353-1033-F-BEST BY 05/18/14. Sampled on April 26, 2014.

The pour is mainly amber brown with a little reddish hue if held to the light. Some cloudiness which could be a chill haze, and little to no head.

Aroma: Well, not much to it. Yup, some rye and barley grain notes and a basically clean hop crispiness but nothing jumps out as out of the ordinary or particularly special.

The body falls in the light to medium range.

The taste brings out a better rye grain character than the nose and then there is a stronger caramel sweetness that kicks in and a fuller bitterness. But this all has to be taken it consideration with the bland aroma. It tastes better than the bland aroma suggests but does that make it better? Not especially. Ho-hum. OK.

puboflyons, Apr 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

jmccullough108, Oct 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

JTomczak, Sep 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

BostonPhilly, Aug 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

TastyIsBeer, Jan 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

jascott2112, Jun 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

sendbeer, May 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

nheinzie57, Jul 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Whiskeydeez, Oct 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Texasfan549, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of mdcrouser
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Nice creamy head, with a transparenet and uniquely burnt orange-gold. Nice, but the color is definitely different.

I'm getting very little on the nose.

Maltiness like an amber, but with the rye coming through as mildly spicy - like tiny bees on the tongue, initially stinging. Supported then by a bit of citrus and some greenery. Little else comes through.

The mouthfeel is great - creamy, smooth, easily drinkable.

Looks good, feels good, but the smell and taste are significantly lacking. It just comes across as wanting for something more.

mdcrouser, Dec 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

jroberts8811, Aug 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

JaysUncle, Nov 26, 2013
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Westside Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.