Grainstorm Black Rye IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.95/5 rDev +22.2%
Wow....one of the best beers I've had...very happy to have had the chance to have it on tap. The beer poured an opaque black with thick ecru head that laced like a vicki secret catalog all the way down the brady sniffer glass. The scent was fresh hop with pine being a bit most potent than the citrus which tied in nicely with the burnt malt backdrop. The taste was a beautiful balance between the hops and roasty rye with kept the pallat clear after the pull. The mouthfeel was medium to full in body with smooth carbonation. The best thing about this beer was that it was under 8%...making it sessionable!!! I could have sat at that table all night long!
03-29-2013 22:58:08 | More by WoodBrew
4.78/5 rDev +18%
I had this beer as a "test batch" brew at the brewery following a brewery tour. They said they were announcing it's release soon, so when I heard the official name, I decided to be the first to review it here.
Poured from the tap fresh at the brewery into a 5 oz. tasting glass.
This beer pours black. Start black. It's neat, because you can see bits of carbonation carrying the yeast particles to the head, which is a small, cream/tan color. This beer left a moderate amount of lacing on the glass as it was slowly consumed.
The color is deceiving. This brew doesn't smell like coffee, doesn't smell like chocolate. It smells like a fine IPA, with great floral hops, with one difference: it's made with rye. Rye is spicy, yet sweet, and really hardy, or I guess husky smelling. It smells boastful, very full. The Rye smells a bit toasted, and not very sweet.
This beer tastes very much how it looks. Great rye spice, yet very sweet and full bodied. No rye barrels here- this is nothing like the Rye-on-Rye Smokestack Boulevard previously released. It's hoppy, with a good malt backbone that's certainly not too thick. Perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel was superb for an IPA, perhaps aided by the rye. Despite being a hefty 7.7%, and rye, and hoppy, I found this beer fairly drinkable.
Boulevard has a hit on their hands.
12-06-2012 20:53:59 | More by acelin
4.75/5 rDev +17.3%
I've been looking forward to this one since I loved it on tap during a brewery tour this past fall. Can't wait to again.
Deep black without light, dark brown with it. Lots of head to begin leaves remnants of lace behind, inches above where the head dies down to.
Sweet and hoppy with citrus and fruit, just like the IPA name would have you believe - oranges, peaches, with barely a hint of any maltiness. Pretty darn awesome.
Mandarian oranges are most apparent from the outset, followed by lemon, slight breadiness from the malt and some spiciness from the rye closes. I love how it's so highly hopped, but balanced out by malts and rye.
Dry, crisp and exceptionally aromatic in the mouth - the slight burn of hops lingers, much moreso than what I remember.
Another outstanding delivery from the folks at Boulevard - really proud to call them a KC brewery.
02-16-2013 02:30:00 | More by mdcrouser
4.55/5 rDev +12.3%
The beer pours a rich mahogoney with a tan head. The atoma is the expected strong mixture of rye and hops. The taste is a combination of the two bitters at work there is an undercurrent of mslt in the closr thst lingers nicely the feelvis medium and oily a very interesting rye and a bit different. All in all a solid and enjoyable beer.
04-13-2013 18:04:41 | More by claytri
4.55/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
07-20-2014 04:24:05 | More by dethomp
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.