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Westside Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 204
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 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...

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Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 3/23/14

Murky orange body with reddish highlights. Thin layer of parchment colored foam, lasting surface skim. Minimal spotty lace.

Aroma is toasty with some apple esters.

Prickly carbonation, tangy rye graininess, mildly bitter aftertaste. Sort of one dimensional, but it has some distinctive rye flavor to it. Overall just ok.

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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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up as part of a mixed 12 sample-pack, BBD 01/06/14

Pours a super-effervescent copper/brown with 1 finger of khaki colored head. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Faint pepper, brown bread & leafy hop notes

T: Some pepper notes, a bit of brown bread sweetness, & not much else up front. Dryness & some pepperiness as this warms, slight toastyness as well. Finishes dry, peppery with a little bit of leafy hops

MF: Kind of thin, slight carbonation, picks up as this warms

A run of the mill rye beer, nothing to see here...

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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!

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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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - brown with a creamy tan head, decent retention
S - earthy rye, toasted grain
T - earthy, peppery spicy rye, brown malt, rye bread crust, toasty grain, caramel
M - creamy, smooth, medium-full body, drying finish
O - decent rye beer but seemed to be missing something.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of budgood1
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a DFH IPA glass.

A - Hazy copper with a hefty finger of off-white foam. Average retention with low lacing.

S - Grain, brown bread, toasted malts, mild leafy hops.

T - Grainy, tea tannins, rye malts, somewhat peppery but not as spicy as I thought it would be. Mild grassy hops add light bitterness, dark bread, toasted toffee, finishes semi-dry at the very end.

M - The carbonation is low and slightly stingy, medium weight, kinda syrupy.

An average Rye that seems well made but nothing groundbreaking. You could session this though.

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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.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.54/5  rDev -28%
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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of JackieTH
2.84/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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