Grainstorm Black Rye IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.39/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-21-2014 07:05:09 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
4.55/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
A - Amazingly special. Immediately on pouring into pint glass small bubbly foam rose, threatening to overflow. Visible beer depth was just 1/2 inch, topped with foam of 4 inches. This beer requires patience before you can fast it. (Perhaps my glass should have been a lower temperature?)
S - To me it the rye smell was first very strong, too strong. This time my patience resulted in a smoother and more appealing and enticing smell.
T - Very smooth but still fulfilling. Boulevard's rating of 65 IBU is just right.
M - Again, a fine mix of a good amount of smoothness with bitterness.
O - A fine experience. Neither dull nor overpowering. For me the best part is how it changes to become better. An excellent rye.
I highly recommend it.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 04:24:05 | More by dethomp
4.2/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A: Black with a huge, steady brown head; good lacing
S: Tropical fruits explode as the cork comes out: pineapple, mango, grapefruit and then comes the spicy bready malts--man, this beer smells amazing
T: Tropical hop forward and those flavors then blend so well with the spicy rye--such a nice testament to how a beer can be hoppy and yet balanced; some alcohol becomes evident in the finish
F: Creamy and yet sticky; this is a nice feeling beer; such good texture from start to finish
O: A really nice beer; such a great example of what rye can add to a beer
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 19:44:30 | More by dbossman
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.