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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

601 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 33
Gots: 56 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Black_ox, Apr 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Bp123, Jul 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Taylor_J, Jun 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

BradleyR, Jul 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

adkieffer, Mar 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

captainbearcat, Aug 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Blavaq, Mar 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

mrjbrown27, Jun 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

BigTrubble, Feb 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

SuperHop18, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Sir_Goatman, Jun 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

teleforce, Aug 23, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +10.9%

Smccarty78, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of abrethanson
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled a corked and caged 750 bottle from the local spirit shop in my Kansas hometown. Split with my Dad while introducing him to better beer.

A: Wow, this baby is a pitch black abyss. Pours a thick foamy tan 2-finger head with good lacing. Head retention is good and carries nice bubbles. The bottom portion of the pour held a lighter coffee brown tint.

S: Piney from what I could sense. (I cannot smell and did not have a nose around)

T: Again, wow. Seemed like it took forever to figure out all the flavors. Spicy rye and a lot of complexity. Cloves, bready undertones, dark fruit, and burnt coffee bitterness up front. A hell of a lot of pine / evergreen on the finish. Really had to pay attention to each sip. The burnt coffee lingers for quiet a while. Hop bomb indeed but toes the line on wrecking your palette. Well balanced between the hops, malt, and carbonation. The booziness was not overly apparent until the last glass.

O: I am not overly familiar with the black rye IPA style but came away thinking this was a great take. Complex, smooth, well-balanced, and unique. Not sesssionable but good beer to split a 750 with. Dad enjoyed it too!

abrethanson, Apr 24, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +10.6%

mt2mtl, Aug 14, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750mL bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: pitch black, light brown creamy head, lots of glass retention.

Smell: citrus, pine, bread, flowers, hint of spice

Taste: smooth, well balanced, not overly bitter but moreso a typical IPA bitterness. Aftertaste is overwhelmed with the creamy head. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: very nice IPA. Never had a black rye IPA and was very impressed. A flawless execution by Boulevard. Hope this one sticks around.

jmccullough108, Feb 26, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard is one of my favorite breweries. Very diverse. This is a different style for them.
It's a winner.

I bought the beer yesterday. New and fresh. It wasn't entered in the beer store's computer system yet.

Watch the Boulevard video on this beer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61eJu992vSA

In a tulip, the beer poured a dark, dark molasses black color, with a 3 finger head.

Tropical fruit and citrus wafted from the head. I could smell the malt.

Wonderfully malty and not too carbonated mouth feel.

Taste: complex. Tropical fruit, citrus, licorice( I tasted this in the Maharaja DIPA). Very hop forward.

Overall: great beer. Complex, malty, hop forward. Buy fresh and drink now.

brureview, Feb 18, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2012-1. Best by 08-2013. Think it's around a month old.

A: Nice dark brown pour with an enormously huge effervescent light brown head. Head fades annoyingly slowly - I want to drink it already! Huge island of foam reminds. Big swaths of fluffy lacing everywhere.

S: Big juicy grapefruit. Some pine in there too with the notable spicy rye to boot. Tiny bit of resin. No real roasted malt to note, maybe the lightest hint of chocolate? Might be my imagination.

T: Lots of grapefruit and pine up front. There's the roasted malt. Sweet and chocolatey, mixing in with rye and the hop flavors. Get some spice from the rye and a wave of bitterness from the hops in the finish. Pine and resin mainly in the finish and the lingering aftertaste - with hints of bitter chocolate now that the sweetness has run out. Really a wonderful combination.

M: Nice medium body but smooth and borderline creamy even.

O: Wow, this beer is great. The chocolate, rye and hops really meld together nicely. Well balanced, mellow, smooth and very tasty. Outstanding really. Not a huge in-your-face hoppiness like some - wookey jack is definitely a hoppier version of this for example. This one is more easy drinking and balanced but doesn't have as sharp of flavors. Awesome job, Boulevard.

Dope, Mar 12, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +9.6%

Justin-m, Aug 16, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours near black with a ridiculously massive head. Good retention and lacing is fantastic.

S - Slightly citrusy grassy hops and sweet roasty dark malts. Smells amazing

T - hop forward with roasty rye type undertones. Sweetness is fairly masked. Definitely grassy/citrusy hops first and roasty burnt malts and rye second, great flavors of each

M - light bodied+. Light for the style minimal carbonation and very very smooth

O - Easily a top 5 black IPA for me

MacQ32, Jul 13, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous beer? mmmm the penultimate fab beer. Whatever; pretty friggin good brew. In most of my scores it was just a hair under the next up rating. Anyway, poured at a great temperature with giant, foamy, frothy, medium tan head that never settles and a bit'o lace. Aroma is slightly gamey, hops, dark roast malt, weed, dry forest, mustiness. Appearance is a very dark but clear cherry garnet with a few bubble trails. Flavor's a slightly sweet acid at the very first and quickly followed by bitter and the resin & citrus flavors . Roast is also predominate and include dark ripe fruit. Finish is like flavor, tapers slow, and is fairly drinkable.

drpimento, Oct 02, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I pour lightly into a Duvel tulip to accommodate the anticipated carbonation, but it still billows over the edge near unending Ala Peter North. Gotta love the carbonation on these Boulevard Brews. Pure black in color with some crimson hues. The froth is huge and unyielding.

Robust oily, floral hops to the nose. Tastes spicy with more oily hops, a nice grain character, a flash of molasses sweetness, overly ripe plum and a slightly medicinal finish.

Medium and quite smooth despite the bitterness. Dry with some noticeable alcohol.

Fantastic.

stephens101, Feb 28, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

davet100, Sep 02, 2014
Grainstorm Black Rye IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.