Westside Rye - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 203
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 4.53%
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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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 203
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 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. (294 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 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 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 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 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 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... (544 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)

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 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 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. (1,260 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 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 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)

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