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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

564 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
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)
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.39/5  rDev +8.4%

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station as this Boulevard spring seasonal hits KC for it's second year of existence. I like it quite a bit, so it seems about time to update my score and do a full review. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown hue, almost black, with just the faintest rim of coffee color right around the edges of the glass. Atop the body sits a one-finger sudsy head of latte foam colored bubbles--just a slight twinge of khaki. Retention is moderate, with the foam dissipating to a healthy buildup around the rim of the liquid, and a small island of accumulated foam in the middle, separated by a moat of black with a thin film across the top. Rims of lace are present as I drink it down, with some soapy sheets of lacing in places and eventually a mottling of spots all around the glass long after the liquid has gone.

Smell - Different from many "black IPAs" in that the roasted characteristics are very much in the background on this take. Instead, the nose is led by fragrant citrus and herbal grass and pine--the "IPA" side of this bipolar style. Following the hoppy drum major in this parade of flavors is a corps of rye spice and earthiness.

Taste - Much like the aroma, the citrus is big and almost juicy. Not an adjective I've often used to describe this style, but there is a great deal of orange zest and tangerine flesh to given this a wonderful pungency that is kept in check by the spicy rye and roasted malt. Some faint esters waft through the other flavors, and at the very end, there is a lingering bitterness, like almost-burnt toast, to make sure the "black" part of this ale is more than just the color.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a feel that is slightly juicy and highly drinkable for the style, with low bitterness.

Overall, this isn't like a lot of examples I've had in the style, but I personally think it sets it apart in a good way. Much less rich and overbearing than some of it's black rye IPA counterparts, it's a fitting spring take on the style.

03-21-2014 07:05:09 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

03-19-2013 20:56:18 | More by oberon
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jono0101

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-18-2013 22:14:15 | More by jono0101
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joemetric

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

07-10-2014 16:25:00 | More by joemetric
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NWer

Washington

4.21/5  rDev +4%

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.

04-17-2013 21:55:42 | More by NWer
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-15-2014 01:38:29 | More by SD-Alefan
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-19-2014 23:43:04 | More by DaftPatrick
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chip26

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-10-2014 03:09:37 | More by chip26
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

03-24-2014 05:00:31 | More by Beaver13
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-13-2013 18:12:53 | More by bishopdc0
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megamass

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-26-2013 02:58:00 | More by megamass
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-11-2013 01:04:59 | More by Jason
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.96/5  rDev -26.9%

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.

03-12-2013 15:58:03 | More by tigg924
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-20-2013 00:02:04 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

08-17-2013 02:22:30 | More by bsp77
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virinow

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

09-04-2013 02:04:43 | More by virinow
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

09-20-2013 22:15:41 | More by Mantooth
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doremite

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-13-2013 20:39:13 | More by doremite
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cubsfanjace

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-12-2014 19:45:59 | More by cubsfanjace
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valkyre65

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-02-2013 15:09:38 | More by valkyre65
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timontheroad

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-04-2013 20:56:43 | More by timontheroad
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Zonian1

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-23-2014 00:28:07 | More by Zonian1
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

02-23-2013 03:07:11 | More by sgttibbs
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

(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.

05-28-2013 16:54:01 | More by rhoadsrage
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bigolwilly

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

03-04-2014 22:35:29 | More by bigolwilly
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Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.