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Grainstorm Black Rye IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Grainstorm Black Rye IPAGrainstorm Black Rye IPA

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619 Ratings

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 33
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the root cellar, along comes Grainstorm, a big, wet wallop to the senses. In the glass, dark and turbulent clouds gather. A high-pressure system of pungent hops collides with a stationary front of barley, wheat, and rye. The forecast: a veritable monsoon of flavor, with surges of roasty malt, microbursts of hops, and a chance of golfball-sized hail. The extended outlook calls for unseasonably pleasant enjoyment.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: acelin on 12-06-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 619 | Reviews: 113 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BrianStu22:
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

BrianStu22, Apr 23, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep roasted chesnut brown with a large blooming light beige colored head atop that takes forever to settle leaving a nice full ring behind.Resiny hops stand out most in the nose along with a shot of spicy rye,not much roast.Quite dry on the palate with a healthy dose of citric/resiny hops,there is a sharpness from the rye but it's not in your face,somewhat grainy and earthy but not a whole lot of roast.A well hopped ABA that doesn't have alot of the "black" components,still a nice beer.

oberon, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
Photo of joemetric
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of NWer
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Explosive pour into a tulip from 750 ml corked & caged bottle.
Massive four finger head in spite of my best efforts to pour carefully.
Dark appearance brown foam holds nicely for a long time
Very smooth malty feel up front. Full hop flavors don't appear until after way into the mouthfeel phase.
Very enjoyable beer. Very easy to sip through an entire bottle without realizing it.

NWer, Apr 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

SD-Alefan, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of chip26
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

chip26, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, best by 11/2014. Pours brown with a huge and growing creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roast, sweet chocolate malt, rye and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt, spicy rye with big roast piney bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a nice black IPA with lots of piney hops, roast and some rye.

Beaver13, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of bishopdc0
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

bishopdc0, Apr 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

megamass, May 26, 2013
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Jason, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of tigg924
2.96/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: dark brown in color, clear, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and citrus hops

Taste: coffee grounds, char, citrus and earthly hops, light rye bread

Mouthfeel: medium-high body, medium-high carbonation, sweet start that becomes bitter and dry

Overall: I love Boulevard and the style, but this one just did not do it for me. The char is heavy on this one and sometimes the rye added a slightly medicinal quality to it. Not a horrible beer by any stretch but there are several others in the style I would go to first. This one was a miss for me.

tigg924, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Torey
3.2/5  rDev -21%

Torey, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

alienlifeforcecube, May 20, 2013
Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Tulip.

Appearance: Black with thin but persistent tan head and light lacing rings.

Smell: Citrus and pine, chocolate, grains and spicy rye.

Taste: Slghtly smoky chocolate with nice layers of citrus and pine. Grainy malts with definite notes of rye. Finish is bitter and spicy with some pine and roasted bite.

Feel: Medium to full bodied, creamy and smooth, but a little chalky and grainy. Dry finish.

Overall: Another very good Smokestack beer from Boulevard.

bsp77, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

virinow, Sep 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Mantooth, Sep 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

cubsfanjace, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

valkyre65, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

timontheroad, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Zonian1, Jul 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

sgttibbs, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe glass)
Batch 2012-3
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a pale tan head that is thick and creamy lasting or a bit.

S- The dark earthy malt has some cream notes and a green herbal hop hint in the finish.

T- The pungent dark hops have a roasted malt bitterness that gently comes through with a pungent hops linger on the back of the tongue. There is a hint of coffee roasted malt in the bitterness as it opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight fizz finish that boost the bitterness.

O- There are lots of dark bittern notes in this beer that overpower any malt or hop flavor and not much other character. The big bitterness makes it a bit hard to get through a full bottle.

rhoadsrage, May 28, 2013
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Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.