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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

531 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 31
Gots: 47 | 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)
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NIURicky

Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.8%

04-16-2013 02:01:04 | More by NIURicky
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darthhamby

Missouri

5/5  rDev +23.8%

02-05-2013 18:04:26 | More by darthhamby
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redfishlk

Maryland

5/5  rDev +23.8%

03-17-2013 02:19:04 | More by redfishlk
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2013 22:58:08 | More by WoodBrew
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acelin

Kansas

4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 20:53:59 | More by acelin
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RDW

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

04-28-2013 10:49:16 | More by RDW
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Sara

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

02-24-2013 23:30:17 | More by Sara
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

02-25-2013 07:33:35 | More by bigbeers84
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Beerislivingproof

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

02-19-2013 00:25:53 | More by Beerislivingproof
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KelsoSaaz

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

01-10-2014 23:40:53 | More by KelsoSaaz
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Crash_the_Dog

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

03-31-2013 02:37:34 | More by Crash_the_Dog
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lukulele

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

04-28-2013 23:34:26 | More by lukulele
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BigGingDrinker

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

06-21-2013 15:27:33 | More by BigGingDrinker
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blvdlover


4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

04-19-2014 00:51:46 | More by blvdlover
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Mini4x

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

12-29-2013 20:44:38 | More by Mini4x
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NickSMpls

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

04-12-2013 23:40:02 | More by NickSMpls
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htdoerge

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

03-12-2013 04:02:25 | More by htdoerge
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

02-27-2013 02:09:11 | More by jongullotti
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Techichi

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

05-22-2013 14:46:37 | More by Techichi
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Punisher

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

05-03-2014 04:18:59 | More by Punisher
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mdcrouser

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 02:30:00 | More by mdcrouser
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

04-30-2014 01:04:53 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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claytri

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2013 18:04:41 | More by claytri
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked and caged bottled served in a Smoke Stack tulip. One of the most magnificent looking beers I've seen - deep brown, bordering on black, with a thick, meringue-like head of ecru foam that refuses to fall to less than two fingers of thickness and leaves clumps of lacing. Pine and thyme aromatics hit first followed by an undercurrent of dank herbs, grapefruit rind, and tropical fruits. The palate offers more of those big hop flavors along with a punch of sharp, herbal bitterness. Malt offers the familiar rustic spiciness of rye and just a faint dusting of roast and smoke reminiscent of chicory coffee.

Exactly where I like my Black IPAs/CDAs - aggressive hops, minimal malt and roast. The hop combo is one of my favorites (Simcoe, Amarillo, and Citra) and the brewers should be applauded for not going overboard with the specialty malts, with the rye addition being a unique twist to the style. Grainstorm keeps up the tradition of excellence I've come to expect from the Smokestack Series. Simply a great American craft beer here.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 19:42:25 | More by bump8628
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chip26

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-10-2014 03:09:37 | More by chip26
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Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.