Grainstorm Black Rye IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by estlinska:
4.26/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Served in a tulip at The Saucer on 4/3/13. Pours a deep, light devouring black into the glass with not many other hues to it. It has a good tannish head with tons of tiny bubbles that leaves good, sticky, thick lacing all over the glass. The smell was full of powerful hops. There was tons of oily, resinous citrus on the nose, which I absolutely love, but I felt like the malt was a little overpowered. I pick up a bit of roasted coffee and maybe some charred cookie in the background, but it is totally eaten alive by the hops. As I taste the beer it starts with the bitter malt and some roasted coffee and brown sugar. This flavor flows seemlessly into the spicy character of the rye malt. Then at the peak of the performance is the flavorful hops: there is mango and oranges especially there. It's a very fluid expression of several very good flavors that just work well together. Mouthfeel is characterized by good carbonation levels and a nice body overall. As usual, I am very impressed overall with the quality of the Smokestack series by Boulevard, even while largely disliking most of their regular offerings. This beer was a good strong offering. The only detriment I placed was in the nose because I feel like a Black IPA should have a little more of the dark malts present (as this is what "separates" it from a regular IPA/DIPA). That is simply a "style" thing, but overall I loved this beer.
Serving type: on-tap
04-07-2013 17:58:31 | More by estlinska
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 537 ratings.