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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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570 Ratings

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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 33
Gots: 49 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by jjanega08:
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3.61/5  rDev -10.9%


A= Pours a nice black color with a huge beige colored head that holds great retention and lacing. A rediculous head actually. I should have poured it a littl more carefully but it was a hard read.

S= Huge hop aroma with a nice roast character. Mostly just a big sexy hop smell though.

T= The taste is a little muddled. There is of course the big hop flavor but the black roasty flavor plays a bit in the bitterness as well. These Black IPAs are a little confusing for me tongue. The rye component is nicely represented with a spicyness that works well with the hops.

M= The mouth is a nice creamy feel.

O= This is a solid Black ale. I personally find the style to be a little goofy. There is just so much flavor packed into a beer that it all just sort of falls together. I don't know if it's just me but they seem a little muddled. They still taste good but they all sort of taste the same to me. It's taken a few to understand it but I think for me most part it's hard to make a Black Ale that is different.

03-19-2013 00:42:40 | More by jjanega08
More User Reviews:
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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-18-2013 22:14:15 | More by jono0101
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-15-2014 01:38:29 | More by SD-Alefan
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-19-2014 23:43:04 | More by DaftPatrick
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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


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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-26-2013 02:58:00 | More by megamass
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-11-2013 01:04:59 | More by Jason
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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

09-04-2013 02:04:43 | More by virinow
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

09-20-2013 22:15:41 | More by Mantooth
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-13-2013 20:39:13 | More by doremite
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-12-2014 19:45:59 | More by cubsfanjace
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-02-2013 15:09:38 | More by valkyre65
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-04-2013 20:56:43 | More by timontheroad
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-23-2014 00:28:07 | More by Zonian1
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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