Grainstorm Black Rye IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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:
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
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
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
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
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
3.68/5 rDev -9.1%
(Served in a globe glass)
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
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.