Grainstorm Black Rye IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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3.79/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is a solid burnt wood, molasses, roasted malt and lemon. Nice.
The taste is grainy all over, burnt and roasted malt, mild lemon bitterness and finishes with a little honey sweetness. Nice balance.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Very enjoyable. The malt takes a front seat to the hops.
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2013 23:40:46 | More by Fatehunter
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
From a 750 ml bottle (batch 2012-1, best by August 2013) into a snifter.
A-A normal pour produces a fat finger, maybe a finger and a half, of grayish-brown head. The head fades within a minute and leaves no lacing. The beer is the color of eastern-Montana asphalt...a sort-of reddish-blackish-brown. Light gets through the edges, but the brew is mostly opaque.
S-The smell is zesty. I get big doses of orange peel, rye spice, and wheat grain. The barley is also quite noticeable and less roasted/charred than in many examples of this style. For being past its best-by date, my bottle still has a good whiff of hops and bitterness.
T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely with lightly bitter citrus peel that combines with the rye and barley to give a very zesty flavor. The grain is very up front here with wheat and barley both being distinguishable flavors. The finish is drying and lightly bitter.
M-The feel is medium body and carbonation is average strength. There is a pleasant oily coating that reminds you of the hops in here.
O-This is a nice, but not amazing, take on a black ale. I know my bottle was probably beyond its prime by a few months, but the hops are still up front and provide a nice citrus-peel bite that offsets the barley and wheat flavors. It lacks the cocoa that many black ales rely on, and instead, relies on rye spice and roasted barley, which mostly works, but this beer gets a bit grainy at times. A solid effort in an increasingly crowded style.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2013 06:08:02 | More by spoony
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.