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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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116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 659
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 40
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: acelin on 12-06-2012

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.

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Photo of Anker13
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2/15/13 Boulevard Brewing Co | Grainstorm Black Rye IPA | Draft

Appearance- Deep brown almost black, creamy off white persistent head

Aroma- Great aroma, a lot hoppier than I expected. Citrusy and earthy hops, nice roasted malt character as well, definitive rye spiciness

Mouthfeel- moderate co2, medium bodied, goes down smooth, the rye is slightly drying

Taste- Interesting progression. The rye spice is up front followed by some bitter chocolate flavors. Then you get a wave of earthy and somewhat citrusy hops, rounds out with that rye spice again. Pretty cool.

Residual- dryness from the rye, slight coating

Overall- A real interesting black rye ipa. The rye isn't too sharp and the hops are not too aggressive. well balanced and quite tasty, I would recommend giving this one a try (793 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked bottle into chalice.
Dark mahogany with amber head.
Aroma of rye, nuts, orange zest.
Big carbonation and rich, full mouthfeel.
Tastes of dark roasted sweet malts, caramel, minerals, peppers. Overall delicious, rich and yummy. There's a tongue piercing mouthfeel even after 10 minutes but the delicious dark sweet roasted malts remain prominent and tasty. (373 characters)

Photo of tito42
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL champagne to a Boulevard tulip. Batch 2012-1, best by August 2013.

A: Murky mahogany with lots of unfiltered particulate and a foamy cocoa-white head that clings to the glass.

S: Wheat, huge infusion of rye, piney hops, tulip florals, plum, and a hint of cocoa. Very complex, unfolds as the beer warms.

T: Wheat, barley, and a load of rye up front. Pine and citrus hops with a rich backbone of plum and lightly roasted malt. Opens up with a finish of apple and tulips.

M: Medium-light bodied with a good measure of hops bitterness and a dry finish.

O: Another good entry in the Smokestack Series. Very nuanced and complex for a rye beer. They got the rye right in this one, the complex flavors are balanced and let the rye shine through. Well done. (774 characters)

Photo of Chirpie
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up the second it appeared. Very reasonably priced, so I picked up a couple bottles based on my previous success with Boulevard beers.

After uncorking the big bottle (750ml) I poured it into a tulip. Medium level of carbonation. Nice tan head.

This beer is an odd one for me. The look makes you think heavy stout like qualities are on the horizon. The smell is a little bit hops, but you can easily detect the grains. And the taste? Very hoppy - BUT - the bitterness is EXTREMELY mild for the amount of hop flavor you get.

The featured grains don't show up in the taste as much as I expected.

So let me recap. Doesn't really smell what it looks like and doesn't really taste what it smells like. LOL

If you've ever wanted a hop forward beer with a bit of a rye bent and no lingering bitter aftertaste, you must try this beer.

I may rate this higher in the future, I just need to try a couple more bottles, because it's such an interesting beer. (963 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle with a best by date of 08-2013. Pours a very dark brown. Not quite black as some light comes through. Huge 2.5 finger light tan head that is super thick and creamy. It just lingers forever. I think my beer constantly had a 1 finger head the entire time i was drinking it. Really nice. Good lacing

S- Very hop forward. Piney, resinous, citrus- some grapefruit is what i am picking up. Spices from the rye come through in the end.

T- Taste does a good job of following the nose. Pine, earthy hops up front with some citrus notes as well, then they give way to the rye. Maybe the slightest touch of chocolate, but maybe i am just going crazy. Not a huge malt base as it gives way to the rye. I absolutely love the way the earthy hops and spice of the rye are battling for taste bud supremacy. A lot going on here and i like it. A fantastic grudge match with my palate at stake. Some bitterness in the finish.

M- Pretty damn close to full body IMO. Thick and velvety. Dry finish. Can't detect any of the alcohol.

O- Just an outstanding beer. Exactly how a black rye IPA should be. One of the better ones I have had and one of the better ales from Boulevard IMO.

$8.99 for bomber bottle (1,217 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Busy Bee

A - black with a large, brown head that has great retention

S - peppery rye, bouquet of flowers

T - peppery, spicy, floral, chocolaty

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This is a really nice beer. It's very intricate and showcases each and every flavor well. This is a really solid black IPA but the rye is a tremendous compliment to the superb hop character. This is has good drinkibility and flavor profile. One of the better black IPAs that I've had. (485 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

BBD of 08-13

Pours caramel with 3+ fingers of tan head. Insane head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, lemongrass, a little bit of pear, big-time peppery notes & lemon zest, carob & wet grain

T: Follows the nose, some roastynesss & a smidge of grainyness up front. More grassyness, a touch of grapefruit & roastyness, orange rind. Finshes with dryness, slight roastyness, graperfruit acidity & a firly prounounced crispness

MF: Medium body , firm carbonation, nice balance, skews a touch watery as this warmed up

Very drinkable, no mattter how you slice it. I like this one a lot (581 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a massive light brown half glass head that slowly dissipates to a half finger head with pillowy lacing. Aroma of light toasted malt, citrus hops and slight rye sourness. Unusual flavor of toasted and caramel malt, some nuttiness; transitions to dark malt and sweet fruit juice then finishes with piney, citrus hops and slight rye sourness. A fun roller coaster of a flavor progression, with the sweet fruit part a unique component. Medium bodied. This is an unusual, but completely enjoyable rye / black ale; IPA hoppiness is subdued, but the balanced, interesting flavors more than hold interest. Hope to see this one again. (700 characters)

Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

cloudy, dark opaque. thick tan head. nose; wheat crust and hops... maybe some slight citrus hints. there's supposedly a grain orgy going on in this bottle (barley, wheat AND rye) and it shows - this is a big "liquid bread" beer. taste; big earthy toasted grain backbone rounded out with cocoa, hops and citra zest notes. the rye definitely shows up a bit dry and spicy on the end. not my favorite style, but it's about as engaging and solid as the black ale style gets. (473 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle: This one pours a fairly opaque, dark brown color. There was about a finger of fairly dense tan head on it. It leaves a bit of lacing. Nice nose to this one. Pine, some citrus and rye are predominate. Getting some other fruits hiding in the background. Nice taste. A good citrus and pine bitter bite to it, followed by some roasted malt. Some rye, maybe some of the fruits hiding in there. Very nicely balance body. This is very good and worth searching out! (471 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 750ml bottle out of a Belgian snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thick, off-white, 3-finger head that slowly dissipates, leaving a great trail, and ending in a huge frothy head.

S: Great hoppy aroma.

T: Smooth yet bitter hoppy flavor with very slight rye taste. Finishes on the tart side of bitter.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Excellent Black Rye IPA - smooth and well balanced towards the hops. (438 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge 2/3 of the glass head. Settles into a definitive beige sugar loaf. Leaves some chunky spots on the glass. The liquid is dark brown where no light passes.

Floral hop is the first impression. I can detect some darker malts and the dryness of the Rye. Very attractive and well balanced.

Smooth and dry, the taste starts with a darkly toasted malt (and just a hint of bitter chocolate). The body is modestly rich. The carbonation is below average. The finish is black pepper bitterness. The aftertaste of dark cocoa and hop is quite short for what one would expect. (568 characters)

Photo of estlinska
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,406 characters)

Photo of rwhitmore
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into the Boulevard Smokestack tulip. A huge tan had, dense all-black color. The aroma starts with citrus rind, and robust grain. The spice from the rye is there, but not dominant.

The roastiness is up front in the flavor, and there's more pronounced hop bitterness than in the aroma. It finishes dry, and the roasted flavor lingers a bit. There's some alcohol warmth.

It's a medium to full body, and I thought the carbonation was right.

This is another great one from the Boulevard Smokestack series. A well-balanced combo of roasted grain, and a lot of hops. Get this one while you can, it's a limited release. (643 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (563 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle.
A) Pours with a big beige head with great retention and takes a while for it to settle. Opaque body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Pleasant aromatics. Spruce. Earthy sweetness. Black Pepper.
T) Spicy. Black pepper. Bready. Mellow malts help to balance out the hops
M) Medium body. Quite smooth. Hop tannins linger it the finish. Subtle heat from the alcohol.
O) A delicious Black IPA/Cascadian pale ale. I'll be finishing the bottle. (454 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Side poured with standard vigor from the 750mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours pitch black with a massive, towering, fluffy light brown head taht never really dissipates and leaves tremendous lacing. Love the packaging! Wicked presentation.

Smell - Talkin' big boy ish with some citrus, pine, lemon zest, lots of big hoppy scents in this one!

Taste - Starts with a nice little malt base but quickly transitions to the fruity hoppiness. A bit of bitterness, nothing too ridiculous. Excellent, balanced, nothing too out of proportion.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, I think the tremendous head retention has something to do with this. A bitterness at the end, lets you know the hops are there. Really tasty, medium bodied and carbonated.

Overall - Excellent beer, I would highly recommend it not only for just the straight up qualities but also for the uniqueness of the brew. A black rye IPA. A lot of these I have had are kinda sub-par, but this one is excellent. I hope it continues to get brewed, highly recommended, CONDOR approved. (1,058 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two wrongs do make a right. I do not like rye beers and I do not like black IPAs. But this seems to work. I fought this one. I love Boulevard but hate both these types of beer. So I avoided it. Boy was I wrong. The look of this thing is pretty good but still standard. Mostly dark brown body with some mocha colored head. Aroma is fresh. Hippy and sweet. Just how I like it. The flavor just works. I notice the hops and the rye, but they compliment each other and just taste great. No idea why. Mouth is spot on for this beer. Medium body but the carbonation takes it to full.

Overall I cannot believe how much I like this beer. Very similar to Mountain Stardard in that I just like it. (688 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch Number G14035-1. Best by date: 11-2014.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, spicy rye, cocoa, and slight char aromas. Taste is much the same with dark roasted malt, rye, citrus zest, and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great balance of roast, citrus zest, and rye aspects all around. (637 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly and fluffy tan head into a snifter that left thick sheeting and lacing throughout. the body was black with brown edges.
s - strong west coast piney hops.
t - piney hops with some rye spice and roasted coffee and chocolate notes underneath.
m - bubbly and coating.
o - terrific black ipa and i loved the rye take on this. another smokestack series winner. (394 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Boulevard brewers introduce us to the turbulent atmosphere that their locale has to weather. No, it has nothing to do with the actual weather, but the brewing climate that their Smokestack Series has to offer. If Grainstorm is what they encounter, then please- let it rain down!

The black IPA is instead a very dark brown, only differentiating from black along its margins. But with the piercing citrus character of white grapefruit, the nose turns from black and towards pale. Emulating IPA for a moment, the initial hoppy taste soon weaves in burnt caramel sweetness and toasty breadiness to bring the senses back to black.

And those burnt sweetnesses resonate on the fatter portions of taste, seeming porter-like early on. But like IPA does, the malts fade, taking with it the bulk of sweetness and chocolate to leave a roasted char behind to work in tandem with citrusy hops, and a spicy huskiness that stems from the early palate to its deep finish.

Drying wonderfully, only the shell of malt leaves its starchy substrate behind which supports the earthen rye bite, the acute pine bitterness and roasted acidity extremely well. Pretending to be "imperial", the body suggests something bigger, but its dryness refutes it all and promotes a more drinkable palate. (1,270 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (381 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 Ml poured into a tulip

A- Pours murky brown, almost balck in the glass with brown around the edges. A massive off tan frothy head with great retention.

S- A good citrusy hop profile in the beer. A slight roastedness. A bit of wheat. A very herbal and earthy tone to the beer. Somewhat grainy and spicy.

T- A slight bitterness and a big bit of carbonation at first. The hop profile in this beer is somewhat floral and very citrusy. There is a lot of pineapple, lemongrass and mango in the beer. A subtle wheat character in this beer as well as a slight herbal spicyness from the rye I assume. The roastedness comes in on the back end and really only lingers for a second. A well balanced beer.

M- High carbonation, medium bitterness and medium body. Quite drinkable. A changing taste profile.

O- This is pretty badass beer. A different beer and very well done. Definitely worth a try. (893 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gift from my brother as a b-day gift. Cork led off with a massive pop, the a huge dense rocky head persisted for quite some time. Beer looks dark brown - can't really see through- except for some ruby highlights.

Aroma smells fruity and juicy. Berry fruits like melon, raspberries, blueberries. Kind of like popping a piece of juicy fruit gum into your mouth and inhaling those flavors. After the fruitiness fades, some spicy hop aromas make an appearance. No real malt in the aroma.

Dark grainy character in initial flavor: likely the rye and dark malts. Seems like black patent was most likely used. Hop flavors intermingle well with the malts giving this a nicely balanced & complex beer. Firm bitterness throughout. Feels medium bodied with some lingering bitterness and a touch of creaminess from the still persistent head.

First Boulevard beer I've had, and I like it. I like it a lot Jerry. Am glad to get the happiness in the nose yet a great balance in the flavor. Very well done. (995 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass form a 750ml bottle with one of the coolest Blvd. labels out there.

Pours a nice mahogany brown color with a huge 1.5 inch light tan head. The retention is awesome. The head recedes very very slowly and leaves some nice lacing as it goes down. The head is also pretty dense.

Aroma is so nice. Some grassy and herbal hop notes that provide some slight pine and mild citrus notes. Very NW like. There is about a ton of different grain notes in the nose. Nice rye spice wit some earthiness and some good bready wheat notes. There are some slight chocolate notes in the nose as well.

Flavor is very delicious. Herbal grassy notes are present along with some nice pine. The grain profile is very nice. There are some nice rye spice notes that compliment the hops very well and linger till the last drop is down. There is some slight roast to the malt notes and some mild cocoa sweetness especially on the back end. All the flavors are very well crafted and work together very well. The brew is one of the more balanced Black Ales out there. Quite delicious. The body is a bit on the lighter side. I would like a bit more of a body.

Overall. This style is quickly becoming one of may favorites and brewers are doing a great job with it. This is a great example of the style. (1,299 characters)

Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.